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Have you ever asked yourself what gets in the way of your achieving your greatest goals? Or helping others achieve theirs? 
Sure, we can point to plenty of external obstacles these days. But sometimes, the obstacles are much closer at hand. 
Like perfectionism. Imposter syndrome. Or simply feeling alone. 
In this month’s newsletter, you’ll find powerful suggestions for overcoming those obstacles — from the award-winning actress Viola Davis; the always-entertaining Jameela Jamil; and Frances Haugen, the woman who blew the whistle on Facebook. 
This Black History Month, we hope you find that their tips help you be your own best ally — and help others, too. 
And if you do more (not only for your career but also) to support others this year, you’ll find yourself in good company. As a recent article published by Fortune shows, active support of traditionally underrepresented groups — including BIPOC, LBGTQ+, disability groups, and women — is rising.

Wishing you a happy February! 

Lisa B.

Viola DavisHow to Finally Crush Perfectionism & Imposter Syndrome

“Perfectionism makes us constantly distracted with our own failures, looking forward rather than at where we are right now, constantly feeling we have to be better than everyone else. In fact, perfectionism stops you from moving forward, and it stops you from connecting. There is no way to move forward without it being clunky.” Read more.

Viola Davis, award-winning actress, producer, and author

Jameela Jamil“I treat imposter syndrome like a wedding that I have crashed. Where I'm just like, ‘You know what? I probably don't deserve to be here. And if I don't, then f* it. I've gotten in somehow, and now I'm going to get some cake. And if you can look at life as a party, as a wedding that you have crashed, and think, "Well, you only live once," and grab everything you can. Why not? Life is short.” Read more.

Jameela Jamil, actress, writer, and LGBTQ+, mental health, and body-positive activist 

Frances HaugenDo This One Thing to Help You Stand Up for Change  

“The most important thing is finding at least one person. It could be your spouse; it could be a friend; it could be a parent. You need to find someone you trust and can tell the truth to.” Sometimes, it can even be a teenager. Read more.

Frances Haugen, data engineer, Facebook whistleblower, and social media accountability and transparency advocate

Listen to an interview with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on Women Amplified
Award-Winning Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on Women Amplified

The Americanah author sat down with Target EVP Laysha Ward for a fascinating conversation about Ngozi's experience as a Nigerian-born author and academic in the U.S.

Dive into their ideas and adventures in communicating — at home, in writing, and in the board room.

"When people are not listening to me, my first thought is, all right, you’re just not listening to me. My second thought is, maybe I’m not telling the story in the best way. Because you do have a responsibility to tell the story in the best possible way."
  • And don’t miss guest host Laysha Ward’s fantastic LinkedIn post on putting holistic well-being at the top of your career and life plan. 
Feb. 16: Navigating Ageism at Work - The Forgotten DEI Factor

Register now for the latest installment of our Justice, Equity, and Inclusion Series in partnership with State Street, the Boston Globe, and the MA Conference for Women.

In this free virtual session, Wharton School management professor Peter Cappelli will offer actionable tips to navigate within an ageist workplace, and foster a culture of inclusion and respect. Free; registration required.

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Registration Closes Soon! Don't Miss Out On the 2023 California Conference for Women March 1 & 2
  • March 1, 2023: In person at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Featuring Constance Wu, Shawn Achor, Gail Devers, and more. 
  • March 2, 2023: Virtual Conference featuring Naomi Osaka, Misty Copeland, Ginni Rometty, & an amazing lineup of breakout and special guest speakers. Tickets are $175 and include 30 days of on-demand replay.
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