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Great talk on empowerment, self realization leadership and clearing away obstacles

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  • Embracing Your Own Power: A discussion about leadership, self-confidence & women Susan Mernit Women Who Tech October 14, 2008
    • What are we going to talk about?
    • What is the mindset it takes to be a leader?
    • How do emotional intelligence & conviction for into your professional life?
    • What does it mean to embrace your own power?
    • There are no answers, only observations & sharing...
  • This is a talk about experiences & observations…from someone who didn’t start out in corporate life...but did pretty well there.
  • My story--Susan Mernit Current: CEO & Co-founder, People’s Software , 2008 TechStars company; Program manager/consultant, Knight News Challenge , Knight Foundation Formerly, Senior Director/Head of Product, Yahoo! Personals , VP, AOL & Netscape
  • In the ‘90s, my career took a fork in the road…. Started as a poet and worked for non profits Became a writer/editor 1992: Writer & Editor, Scholastic, Inc. 1993- Dove into the Net 1998: Director/GM, Parade.com Began running web businesses 2000: VP, Netscape.com 2002: VP, America Online
  • Transitions Ended up at Yahoo! after running my own consulting business… So how did I go from poet to business person to VP? And what does that have to do with this talk?
  • Susan’s theories about her success
    • Risk tolerant-- no MBA meant no brain-washing
    • Learn from others, including mentors
    • Super hard working. Tackle tough stuff w/great follow through
    • Natural leader with strong problem solving skills
    • Pragmatic, results-oriented , confident
  • Moving from personal stories to general observations How do you get noticed and get the chances to move ahead? What is the balance between team-building and building your brand? What’s the degree of risk that feels right? How does the work part and the inner life part fit together?
    • What are the traits that can help breed success?
  • How about these?
    • 4 qualities that make you more powerful
      • Confidence
      • Risk tolerance
      • Directness
      • Know when you need help—but don’t take it if you don’t
  • "Nine guys, all used to being in charge. I'm absolutely conscious about speaking up more frequently and interrupting people - even though we were taught not to interrupt. Damn it, I'll repeat myself! I'll say it louder! I'll lean forward in my chair.” --Thereseia Gouw Ranzetta, Accel Partners
  • “ It’s a can-do spirit with a must-do responsibility that together generate great results.” --PepsiCo chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi
  • “ Nothing is created without something being destroyed.” -ADM chairman and CEO Pat Woertz
  • Questions If you “know” it, how do you do it? Does being powerful make you: unlikeable? a bitch? less feminine? Are we talking about work, or your whole life?
    • How about those voices in your head?
    • And those trolls?
    • How about failure?
    • How about success ?
  • What holds women back
    • Asking for permission
    • Waiting to be invited
    • Perfectionism, aka competition turned inward
    • Putting yourself last
    • Fear (of course)
    • ‘ Difficultly balancing/juggling
  • What practice can help you change
    • Everything but juggling, that just sucks…
  • Things to think about
    • What would you lose if you went for it this one time?
    • What would you gain?
    • Is there an opportunity cost?
    • What if you waited to do X—how much does timing matter?
    • To do X well, how do you clear time?
    • Who can help you?
  • More questions
    • Who’s your kitchen cabinet?
    • Is someone watching your back?
    • Are your expectations realistic?
    • And can you work the learning curve?
    • Powerful women are pragmatic women—who grow incrementally and take risks.
    • Okay, let’s have a discussion—what do you think tapping into your own strength means?
    • When have you felt it?
  • People (friends) who inspire me
    • Lisa Stone, co-founder, BlogHer
    • Lisa Williams, co-founder, Peoples Software
    • Viviane Tang, Viviane’s Sex Carnival
    • BJ Pheiffer, Napa chef
    • Christine Herron, First Round Capital
    • Mary Hodder, founder, Dabble
      • And lots more…..
  • So how is your power tied to your network?
  • How do you grow your network?
    • Community
    • The web: twitter, blogs, etc.
    • At the office
    • Through your work life
    • Conferences and meet ups
  • And what do you do with it when you get it? (Insert discussion here)
    • Thanks.. closing remarks, questions
  • Interesting lists (corporate) Fortune Powerful Women Summit, October 2008 http://www.timeinc.net/fortune/conferences/women08/women_home.html CNN Money: 50 Most Powerful women list 2007 http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2007/fortune/0709/gallery.women_mostpowerful.fortune/ Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women 2008 http://www.forbes.com/2008/08/27/most-powerful-women-biz-powerwomen08-cz_me_cs_0827women_land.html The New Valley Girls http://money.cnn.com/2008/09/25/news/newsmakers/sellers_valleygirls.fortune/index.htm?postversion=2008100614