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Finding My Voice + Learning to Trust my Gut - from LeanIN Toronto Launch

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I gave this talk at the LeanIN Toronto Launch party on September 24 to a group of 300 amazing women. It is all about finding your voice and being yourself and not letting anyone else tell you otherwise.

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Finding My Voice + Learning to Trust my Gut - from LeanIN Toronto Launch

  1. Finding Your Voice by Tara Hunt & learning to follow your gut @missrogue
  2. Ignoring pressure to fit into someone else’s expectations.
  3. Being your authentic self
  4. this is not an easy task… @missrogue
  5. – your mother, your eighth grade teacher, your first manager, your boyfriend… you name it. “She just needs to work on her confidence.”
  6. – 2014 Study on Confidence as it relates to the orbitofrontal cortex. “Scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) have found that confidence is actually a measureable quantity, and not reserved just for humans.” on Confidence: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/09/140918121438.htm
  7. where do you lie on this continuum? most confident ! decision 100% made ! least confident ! more information needed for decision !
  8. so much motivation, so little time…there is no shortage of motivation @missrogue
  9. Daily Schedule (for a single woman): ! 5:30am - get to the gym!!! 6:30am - makeup/hair/perfect outfit 7:15am - make a good breakfast, clean up 7:30am - leave for the office, so I arrive earlier than my male colleagues 8:30am - shoot, I’m not the first one in…boss has already left a message 12:00pm - lunch at my desk… 8:00pm - okay, I’ll take the rest of this work home …it’s not safe to stay later. 9:00pm - shoot, I didn’t take anything out this morning to prepare for tonight 9:45pm - guiltily eating takeout while working, which means I need to workout even harder tomorrow 11:45pm - read email from parents that say they are upset that I don’t call more often. Too late now. 1:00am - tossing and turning with guilt-dreams.
  10. There’s lots expected of us… • nails perfect • hair perfect • makeup done - but make it look like we aren’t wearing any! • well-dressed • super smart • stay fit • look amazing in a bikini • be pretty • eat healthy • be able to scarf down huge burgers • give 150% at work • MBA or other advanced degree • attentive daughter • good friend • excellent lover • responsible adult • well-read • up to date on all things in my career field • great mom • clean house • lots of interesting hobbies • be cool! • be confident • be humble • play sports • like sports • don’t be too into sports, though • be cultured • be up on the latest trends • keep it together • smile and be positive!
  11. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TmscdapDHg Smile! @missrogue
  12. And we also have a few special rules… • don’t wear too much makeup • don’t walk alone at night • don’t wear provocative clothing • don’t date too many people • don’t not date people • don’t get emotional • don’t be too logical • don’t be aggressive • don’t be passive • don’t cuss and swear • don’t be a prude • don’t be too loud • don’t be too quiet • don’t talk back • don’t brag • don’t talk about your accomplishments • don’t take photos of yourself in sexy situations • be careful online…in fact, just take everything down because if you are using the web, you are just asking for someone to post your naked photos online • hell, if you put yourself out there in any way at all, you are pretty much just asking for trouble • oh…but remember, you are still expected to run the world and be better than your male counterparts.
  13. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlNUIIyDA_w Jay Smooth @missrogue
  14. “Confidence is not, as we once believed, just feeling good about yourself… ! “Confidence is a belief in one’s ability to succeed, a belief that stimulates action. In turn, taking action bolsters one’s belief in one’s ability to succeed. So confidence accumulates—through hard work, through success, and even through failure.” http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/04/the-confidence-gap/359815/
  15. “Speak up!” “Lean in!” “Stop apologizing!” “Don’t get emotional!” “Keep your head down!” “Buck up!” “Say no!” “Say yes!” “You are your own worst enemy!”
  16. Every single day there are hundreds of messages aimed at us, telling us that we are not trying hard enough, not achieving enough, not being enough. ! It’s so easy to lose our focus and certainty to self- doubt when so many around us - including our own families - question our paths. @missrogue
  17. The best thing I ever did for my confidence was know this…
  18. @missrogue
  19. my map of mistakes + wins
  20. Early team picture - riya.com
  21. Mr. Arrington would come to regret this. ;)
  22. Riya launch: Over 1 million photos uploaded in under 24 hours from over 20k sign ups. Done without advertising or traditional marketing/PR. Before we called it ‘social media’. ! Riya was acquired by Google in 2009 (became product search). @missrogue
  23. Citizen Agency @missrogue
  24. Public Speaking
  25. Coworking Movement: Citizen Space and our efforts created a movement that birthed thousands of spaces for independents to work out of worldwide. ! Sold Citizen Space in 2011. Citizen Space
  26. then this happened…
  27. Wrote a book - 7 languages
  28. Citizen Space Expansion
  29. 13 City Karaoke Road Trip
  30. Buyosphere
  31. My struggle lives on the web Buyosphere: Raised over $500,000 from friends/ family and angels over 3 years. Built 3 iterations of a product (with one major pivot). Pitched on the TechCrunch Disrupt stage. Got tons of press (including InStyle Magazine’s clever click award). ! Shut the site down this month.
  32. Justin Trudeau LPC Leadership Campaign: I’d never run social for a political campaign, but that didn’t stop me from saying yes! Justin won in a landslide with 80% of the popular vote. We attracted over 11,000 volunteers and broke fundraising records.
  33. lime foundry Lime foundry: Started with two others on the premise that we could create simple social content programs for clients. Had 4 clients, but the partnership broke down. ! Shut down after less than a year.
  34. Toronto + MSLGROUP
  35. But I still can’t answer the question: @missrogue
  36. – how about you? “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?” or “What do you want to be when you grow up?”
  37. the key: onlyness @missrogue
  38. “Onlyness is that thing that only one individual can bring to a situation.” ! Nilofer Merchant http://nilofermerchant.com/2013/01/17/onlyness-the-topic-and-the-talk-at-tedxhouston/
  39. picscatter: a small representation of the amazing women I know
  40. Our Onlynesses • Experiences • Histories • Personalities • Geographies • Training • Hobbies • Connections • Who we admire • Who has shaped us • Our families • Our ethics • Our work • Our level of confidence • Our dark sides • Our talents • and much much more…
  41. – Nilofer “The thing about any of our aspirations or dreams is that they are always—as of yet— unproven. So of course this is impossible. To go towards a new future, action is the thing… ! “If you wait for someone else to first give you permission to pursue a new direction, then you are, in effect, seeking permission to be yourself.” http://www.oprah.com/spirit/Nilofer-Merchant-Steps-to-Living-Your-Purpose#ixzz2TqxIj5Nv
  42. Examples of women finding their onlyness
  43. Hannah Hart https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTyotI3IHFQ
  44. some awesome insight https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DsHuSU4Y5g
  45. Lily Singh - !!Superwoman!!
  46. Tavi Gevinson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6osiBvQ-RRg
  47. jane mcgonigal cindy gallop chimamanda andachie nilofer merchant
  48. What they have in common… @missrogue
  49. 1. They have embraced who they are + found their onlyness - their unique story. ! 3. They carved out their own definition of success. In fact, they’ve created it. ! 5. And though every single one of them has probably faced enormous self-doubt + push back, they went for it anyway.
  50. We don’t have time to live by someone else’s definition of success… @missrogue
  51. Stuff my parents think is important (not in particular order) 1. Stability 2. Buying a house 3. Being debt free 4. Being a good Mom 5. Being happy
  52. Stuff others think is important (not in particular order) 1. The size of your bank account 2. The awards/accolades you’ve won 3. Your title + distinctions 4. How many other people think you are important 5. The power/influence you have
  53. Stuff I think is important (not in particular order) 1. Being challenged + growing constantly 2. Collecting a diversity of experiences + meeting a diversity of new people 3. Leaving the world a better place than I found it 4. Living life to the fullest 5. Being a good person
  54. Finding your onlyness.
  55. Redefining success on your own terms.
  56. Championing those others who are finding their onlyness, too.
  57. Tara Hunt @missrogue tara@tarahunt.com www.tarahunt.com @missrogue facebook.com/missrogue instagram.com/missrogue slideshare.com/missrogue youtube.com/sanfranrogue

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