At Naked Ambition we are passionate about celebrating incredible women who are forging robust and powerful career paths.
We believe in women who hunger to do the impossible. Women who want to write their own stories. Who think bigger. Those who are unrelenting. The ones who hustle. Drive. Contribute. Shape their industry. Change the game. And maybe even change the world.
Along our journey we have been introduced to, and heard stories of, so many extraordinary women who have inspired us and act as a daily reminder for why we do what we do.
When we are craving an instant injection of inspiration one of our favourite sources is none another than TED.
Many of the women we have met, or no doubt we will make it our mission to meet in the future, have already intrigued and inspired us with their ‘ideas worth spreading.’
Here are 5 of our top TED Talks delivered by game-changing and awe-inspiring women:
1. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi, The Danger of a Single Story:
Chimamanda is a Nigerian novelist and short story writer. She offers a powerful, personal, touching and humorous talk on the danger of a single story and the stereotypes we hold to be true.
“Stories matter. Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign, but stories can also be used to empower and humanise. Stories can break the dignity of a people but stories can also repair that broken dignity.”
2. Roselinde Torres, What it Takes to be a Great Leader:
A senior partner and managing director of Boston Consulting Group, Roselinde Torres has spent 25 years observing what makes great leaders tick. This insightful and candid talk uncovers the characteristics of today’s thriving leaders.
“They are women and men who are preparing themselves not for the comfortable predictability of yesterday but also for the realities of today and all of those unknown possibilities of tomorrow.”
3. Susan Colantuono, The career advice you probably didn't get:
CEO and founder of Leading Women, a consulting firm, raises the question of women in senior leadership positions and asks: “Why are so many women mired in the middle and what has to happen to take them to the top?” Susan offers a unique angle to the gender gap debate and outlines what she calls the “missing 33%” of the career success equation. Susan has some interesting insights into how women can help organisations be more effective, create careers that soar and contribute to closing the gender gap at the top. Powerful stuff!
4. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, We should all be feminists:
We just couldn’t help putting Chimamanda in our top 5 again because both her TED talks are just so good! In this potent and hopeful talk, Chimamandra weaves together personal stories from her youth in Nigeria with a complicated discourse around gender roles in today’s society. She shares her deepest dreams for a fairer world. In fact, this talk was so touching and so relevant that Beyoncé featured it in a film clip for her popular song Flawless.
“We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls, ‘You can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful. Otherwise you will threaten the man…Feminist: the person who believes in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes.”
5. Anne-Marie Slaughter, Can we all "have it all"?
Last but certainly not least public policy expert Anne-Marie Slaughter is a key player in the women-in-the-workplace conversation. She exploded the debate when her article 'Can women have it all' was published in The Atlantic in 2012. Anne-Marie expands on her article and explains why shifts in work culture, public policy and social norms can lead to incredible pay offs in work and life – for women AND men.
"Changing our workplaces and building infrastructures of care would make a big difference, but we're not going to get equally valued choices unless we change our culture, and the kind of cultural change required means re-socialising men"
We hope this gives you that hump day boost you may just need after returning from a long weekend.
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