6 Amazing TED Talks by Powerful Women

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They say that if you’re the smartest one in the room, you’re in the wrong room. This is especially important when it comes to growing a strong and innovative company, which is why it’s important to learn from those we find inspiring, intelligent and progressive. Though it’s not just about looking at female entrepreneurs, it’s also valuable to listen to successful women in all industries and sectors. Having a more balanced mindset is invaluable, so here are six incredible women, from various backgrounds.

Sarah Lewis: Embrace the near win

At her first museum job, art historian Sarah Lewis noticed something important about an artist she was studying: Not every artwork was a total masterpiece. She asks us to consider the role of the almost-failure, the near win, in our own lives. In our pursuit of success and mastery, is it actually our near wins that push us forward?

 

Mel Robbins: How to stop screwing yourself over

Mel Robbins is a married working mother of three, an ivy-educated criminal lawyer, and one of the top career and relationship experts in America. Widely respected for her grab-'em-by-the-collar advice and tough love, Robbins drills through the mental clutter that stands between people and what they want. Her approach is smart, effective and entertaining. Five days a week, Mel hosts her own syndicated radio show The Mel Robbins Show, discussing hot topics and giving advice to callers across America.

 

Shonda Rhymes: My year of saying yes to everything

Shonda Rhimes, the titan behind Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder, is responsible for some 70 hours of television per season, and she loves to work. "When I am hard at work, when I am deep in it, there is no other feeling," she says. She has a name for this feeling: The hum. The hum is a drug, the hum is music, the hum is God's whisper in her ear. But what happens when it stops? Is she anything besides the hum? In this moving talk, join Rhimes on a journey through her "year of yes" and find out how she got her hum back.

 

Sheryl Sandberg: Why we have too few women leaders

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg looks at why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their professions -- and offers 3 powerful pieces of advice to women aiming for the C-suite.

 

Surabhi Gautam: How “SHE” became an IAS officer

Surabhi Gautam was born in an orthodox village of Madhya Pradesh, where girl child had unequal rights. Years later she walks into the same village and the entire village is celebrating her success. She talks that knowledge is the only art of recognition.

 

Luvvie Ajayi: Get comfortable with being uncomfortable

Luvvie Ajayi isn't afraid to speak her mind or to be the one dissenting voice in a crowd, and neither should you. "Your silence serves no one," says the writer, activist and self-proclaimed professional troublemaker. In this bright, uplifting talk, Ajayi shares three questions to ask yourself if you're teetering on the edge of speaking up or quieting down -- and encourages all of us to get a little more comfortable with being uncomfortable.