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Inspiration meets practical advice in this podcast from the nation’s largest network of conferences for women in the workplace. For over 20 years, we’ve delivered insights from extraordinary women, such as Michelle Obama, Maya Angelou, Indra Nooyi, Elizabeth Gilbert, Serena Williams, and Brené Brown. Now, Women Amplified offers you a taste of the Conference each month to enjoy from the comfort of your own phone! Hosted by award-winning journalist Celeste Headlee, you can expect true stories and real-world advice from the most brilliant and successful women out there. We cover topics around leadership, career advancement, self-care, transitions and other relevant issues that women face. This is your go-to listening experience to help you navigate life in your career and at home and bring your best “you” to all that you do!

Women Amplified The Conferences for Women

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    • 4.7 • 55 Ratings

Inspiration meets practical advice in this podcast from the nation’s largest network of conferences for women in the workplace. For over 20 years, we’ve delivered insights from extraordinary women, such as Michelle Obama, Maya Angelou, Indra Nooyi, Elizabeth Gilbert, Serena Williams, and Brené Brown. Now, Women Amplified offers you a taste of the Conference each month to enjoy from the comfort of your own phone! Hosted by award-winning journalist Celeste Headlee, you can expect true stories and real-world advice from the most brilliant and successful women out there. We cover topics around leadership, career advancement, self-care, transitions and other relevant issues that women face. This is your go-to listening experience to help you navigate life in your career and at home and bring your best “you” to all that you do!

    Getting Back on Track: Lessons on Resilience and Perseverance

    Getting Back on Track: Lessons on Resilience and Perseverance

    Gail Devers is not a stranger to a challenge. The five-time Olympian, nine-time World Champion and three-time Olympic gold medalist in track and field was one of the fastest women alive for almost two decades. 







    But the hurdles she faced off the track, battling Thyroid Eye Disease (TED) and Graves’ Disease, were just as daunting as those she faced on. 







    As we celebrate Women’s Health Week, take some time to listen to this harrowing story of resilience and perseverance. Devers pushed forward to find answers and allies — while combating the lack of control she had over the competitive diseases racing through her body.







    This episode is sponsored by Horizon Therapeutics.























    Gail Devers













    Gail Devers is a five-time Olympian, nine-time World Champion and three-time Olympic gold medalist in track and field who was one of the fastest women alive for almost two decades. Amid this unprecedented feat, Gail has also been living with Graves’ disease and symptoms of Thyroid Eye Disease (TED) for more than 30 years.After a harrowing two-and-a-half-year quest for answers about her health, Gail was diagnosed with Graves’ disease in 1990, just two years before winning her first Olympic gold medal. Her journey back to the track was nothing short of spectacular, especially after overcoming near career-ending symptoms, including extreme weight loss, fatigue, and insomnia. Gail also experienced symptoms of TED including eye pain, dryness, irritation and bulging eyes.In a decorated 25-year track career that followed, Gail has been recognized as an American sporting icon. By winning back-to-back 100m Olympic gold medals, and three World Championships in 100m hurdles, Gail cemented herself as one of the most dominant female sprinters of our time. She has since been inducted into both the National Track and Field and the United States Olympic Halls of Fame.Today, Gail enjoys volunteering and giving back to the community through organizations that include The Boys and Girls Clubs of America and the Atlanta Track Club. She also coaches hurdles for her daughter’s high school track team, mentors world-class athletes, and loves spending time with her family, two dogs and their rabbit.







    Celeste Headlee













    Celeste Headlee is a communication and human nature expert, and an award-winning journalist. She is a professional speaker, and also the author of Heard Mentality and We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations that Matter. In her twenty-year career in public radio, she has been the executive producer of On Second Thought at Georgia Public Radio, and anchored programs including Tell Me More, Talk of the Nation, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition. She also served as cohost of the national morning news show The Takeaway from PRI and WNYC, and anchored presidential coverage in 2012 for PBS World Channel. Headlee’s TEDx talk sharing ten ways to have a better conversation has over twenty million total views to date. @celesteheadlee















    Additional Resources









    * To learn more about Thyroid Eye Disease and to find a TED Eye Specialist near you, visit FOCUSonTED.com.







    * Learn more about Gail’s athletic accomplishments at Olympics.com



















    * Do you have a work/life problem? Let’s solve it!

    • 50 min
    Lift Your Spirits with Club Quarantine DJ D-Nice

    Lift Your Spirits with Club Quarantine DJ D-Nice

    D-Nice is best known as a DJ having spun for President Obama during his inaugural ball – and as the creator of the phenomenon, Club Quarantine, a livestream dance party that lifted us up and brought joy to the masses during the height of the pandemic, when we needed it most. 







    In this episode, which is a replay of a conversation from the 2022 Pennsylvania Conference for Women, Target’s EVP and chief external engagement officer Laysha Ward talks with D-Nice about his career, reinvention, mental wellness, music and allyship. Together they explore his gift for creating community and ways you can do the same.























    Our Guest: D-Nice













    D-Nice is not only a pillar of hip-hop but is continuing to steer pop culture with his journey taking him from the streets of Harlem all the way to The White House. The legendary artist, DJ, and photographer has moved millions on wax, on stage, and now online with his revolutionary virtual Club Quarantine. The latter paved the way for numerous Instagram Live series. More importantly, Club Quarantine raised millions for first responders, HBCU’s, and more. D-Nice’s global influence has been acknowledged time and again including the NAACP Image Awards naming him Entertainer Of The Year, TIME magazine nominating him for 2020 Person of the Year, and EBONY magazine including him on the 2021 Power 100 list. After spreading hope online, he is back to making records and rocking stages. D-Nice kicked off 2021 co-curating the Official Playlist of the Biden + Harris inauguration. Soon after, he performed at the official in-stadium Super Bowl LV pre-show. D-Nice continued the year taking his talent from his sold out Club Quarantine Live at the Hollywood Bowl to the iconic Met and Kennedy Center Honors Galas. After bringing in 2022 on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, he opened at the NBA All-Star Game and helped provide the soundtrack for the 94th Academy Awards. Most recently, D-Nice headlined and co-produced a special sold out presentation of Club Quarantine Live at the legendary Carnegie Hall. D-Nice continues to innovate and inspire, leaving an indelible mark on the entertainment industry.























    Guest Host: Laysha Ward













    Laysha Ward is an accomplished C-suite executive with thirty years of leadership experience at Target. In 2017, Ward was named executive vice president, chief external engagement officer, overseeing Target’s enterprise-wide approach to engage and deepen relationships with cross-sector stakeholders to drive positive business and community impact. In 1991, Ward began her career with Target as a member of the store sales and management team of Marshall Fields in Chicago. In 2000, she was named director of community relations and promoted to vice president of community relations and Target Foundation in 2003. In 2008, President Bush nominated, and the U.S. Senate confirmed Ward would serve on the board of directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the nation’s largest grantmaker for volunteering and service, which she continued to serve as board chair under the Obama Administration. Later that year, she was promoted to president of community relations and the Target Foundation. She serves on the Aspen Institute Latinos and Society Advisory Board and the Stanford Center for Longevity Advisory Council, is a member of the Executive Leadership Council, the Economic Clubs of New York and Chicago, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, The Links, and serves on the boards of Greater MSP, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Northside Achievement Zone, as well as United Airlines and Denny’s Corporation for-profit board of directors.

    • 56 min
    Representation and Equity: Inspiration from Reese Witherspoon

    Representation and Equity: Inspiration from Reese Witherspoon

    This episode features a woman whose talent has no limitations: award-winning actress, entrepreneur, producer, women’s advocate, and New York Times bestselling author Reese Witherspoon!







    Over the years, we’ve had the chance to see her shine on screen, as a producer behind the curtain, as an entrepreneur, and today in conversation with award-winning journalist Lisa Ling.







    We will explore what Reese is doing to elevate women’s stories, change the narrative for women and help chart a new path forward. Part actionable tips and part inspiration, you will walk away empowered to navigate your career, take risks and find your purpose. 







    This conversation was originally recorded at the December 2022 Massachusetts Conference for Women.







    This episode of Women Amplified is proudly sponsored by Cisco.























    Additional Resources:









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    * Join us as we welcome Tina Fey to Philadelphia this October 19th! Registration opens Thursday, April 20th at 9:00am ET. Learn more and sign up for the PACFW newsletter to be the first to know about new speaker confirmations.

















    Reese Witherspoon & Lisa Ling Episode Transcript







    Ling:







    Well, I just want to launch into things because we all know that you are a hugely successful actress and producer and entrepreneur, and those things don’t always go hand-in-hand. Not all incredibly successful Hollywood actresses are also successful entrepreneurs. So I want to just ask you what you think the Reese Witherspoon secret sauce is? What are some of the essential qualities that you think have contributed to your success?







    Reese Witherspoon:







    Well, first of all, thank you for saying that. If I think really about my early beginnings and where my motivation comes from, I definitely think, I grew up in a military family, so there was very much a sensibility, a sense of duty, of giving back. You know, about being on time and being professional and being responsible to people. So that was a really good early foundation for me. And also, my mother was a nurse for 40 years and an educator at a university. And her dedication to her job, her love and passion for her job, really ignited in me this work ethic that I think has stayed with me through the years.







    Lisa Ling:







    So you would say work ethic has probably been the driver behind all of it?







    Reese Witherspoon:







    For sure. And I think also a passion for what I do. Even from when I was a really little girl, five years old,

    • 26 min
    Leadership Lessons from IBM Trailblazer Ginni Rometty

    Leadership Lessons from IBM Trailblazer Ginni Rometty

    Today’s episode features leadership trailblazer and former IBM CEO Ginni Rometty in conversation with Fortune’s Ellen McGirt. From navigating a challenging childhood to becoming one of the world’s most influential business leaders, Rometty is a unique leader and an amazing role model for business leaders everywhere.







    This conversation, originally recorded for the 2023 California Conference for Women, explores the pivotal milestones from Rometty’s life and career to form a blueprint for how we can use “good power” to advance our careers, inspire our teams, improve companies, and create healthier societies.







    With a mix of personal experiences and actionable coaching advice, walk away with invaluable lessons around authentic leadership and ways to redefine power to drive meaningful change for ourselves, our organizations, and our communities. This conversation originally took place at the 2023 California Conference for Women.







    This episode is sponsored by Cisco.























    Ginni Rometty













    Ginni Rometty is the former chairman, president, and chief executive officer of IBM. She became CEO of IBM in 2012 and retired from the company on December 31, 2020. Rometty reinvented more than 50 percent of IBM’s portfolio, built a $25 billion hybrid cloud business and established IBM’s leadership in AI, quantum computing, and blockchain. Under Rometty’s leadership, IBM achieved record results in diversity and inclusion through programs that extended parental leave, made it easier for women to return to the workforce, and more. 







    Rometty is the co-chair of OneTen, an organization that is combining the power of US companies to upskill, hire, and promote one million Black Americans over the next 10 years into family-sustaining jobs with opportunities for advancement. She is the author of GOOD POWER: Leading Positive Change in Our Lives, Work, and World (March 7, 2023; Harvard Business Review Press).







    Celeste Headlee













    Celeste Headlee is a communication and human nature expert, and an award-winning journalist. She is a professional speaker, and also the author of Speaking of Race: Why Everybody Needs to Talk About Racism—and How to Do It, Do Nothing, Heard Mentality, and We Need to Talk. In her twenty-year career in public radio, she has been the executive producer of On Second Thought at Georgia Public Radio, and anchored programs including Tell Me More, Talk of the Nation, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition. She also served as cohost of the national morning news show The Takeaway from PRI and WNYC, and anchored presidential coverage in 2012 for PBS World Channel. Headlee’s TEDx talk sharing ten ways to have a better conversation has over twenty million total views to date. @CelesteHeadlee







    Additional Resources:









    * Get free shipping on all our speaker titles — including Rometty’s Good Power: Leading Positive Change in Our Lives, Work, and World — when you shop our independent partner bookstore at Bookpeople.







    * Connect with Rometty at twitter.

    • 32 min
    Inspiration and Lessons with Misty Copeland

    Inspiration and Lessons with Misty Copeland

    Misty Copeland made history as the first African-American female principal ballerina at the American Ballet Theatre.







    Her talent, passion, and perseverance enabled her to do what no one had accomplished before. In this episode, which is a replay of an extraordinary conversation from the March 2023 California Conference for Women, Target’s EVP and chief external engagement officer Laysha Ward gets up close and personal with Misty Copeland.







    Together they talk about Copeland’s journey of resilience and courage through struggles with racism and exclusion. They also discuss her new book, The Wind At My Back, which celebrates the special connection Copeland made with her mentor Raven Wilkinson.







    Listen in, and learn how mentorship and intergenerational relationships can propel your career and bring additional meaning to your life.















    Our Guest: Misty Copeland













    Misty Copeland is a principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre and the author of the New York Times bestsellers Life in Motion, Ballerina Body, Black Ballerinas, and the children’s picture book Bunheads, as well as the award-winning children’s book, Firebird. She made her Broadway debut in 2015’s On the Town, putting the show into the Broadway Box Top 10 for the two weeks that she guest starred as Ivy Smith. 







    She’s been featured in the New York Times and on CBS Sunday Morning and 60 Minutes, and she was named one of Glamour’s Women of the Year and Time magazine’s 100 most influential people.







    Copeland is the recipient of the Young, Gifted & Black Honor at the Black Girls Rock! Awards and the Springarn Medal, the NAACP’s highest honor.























    Guest Host: Laysha Ward













    Laysha Ward is an accomplished C-suite executive with thirty years of leadership experience at Target. In 2017, Ward was named executive vice president, chief external engagement officer, overseeing Target’s enterprise-wide approach to engage and deepen relationships with cross-sector stakeholders to drive positive business and community impact. In 1991, Ward began her career with Target as a member of the store sales and management team of Marshall Fields in Chicago. In 2000, she was named director of community relations and promoted to vice president of community relations and Target Foundation in 2003. In 2008, President Bush nominated, and the U.S. Senate confirmed Ward would serve on the board of directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the nation’s largest grantmaker for volunteering and service, which she continued to serve as board chair under the Obama Administration. Later that year, she was promoted to president of community relations and the Target Foundation. She serves on the Aspen Institute Latinos and Society Advisory Board and the Stanford Center for Longevity Advisory Council, is a member of the Executive Leadership Council, the Economic Clubs of New York and Chicago, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, The Links, and serves on the boards of Greater MSP, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Northside Achievement Zone, as well as United Airlines and Denny’s Corporation for-profit board of directors. She received a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, master’s degree from the University of Chicago, and an honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. She and her husband, Bill, reside in Minneapolis, MN.

    • 49 min
    Power of Our Words and Actions

    Power of Our Words and Actions

    This episode features an extraordinary conversation between award-winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Americanah, Notes on Grief) and Target’s EVP and chief external engagement officer, Laysha Ward.







    Spoken or written, words are a powerful vehicle to share knowledge, offer perspectives and influence others. They can be truths, facts, or alternatively, they can perpetuate negative thoughts, stereotypes, even fake news.







    Recorded at the December 2022 Massachusetts Conference for Women, these two women explore Chimamanda’s journey to offer perspective around the power of words, acknowledging differences, and being fully inclusive. Learn how to avoid rushing to judgment and to truly understand opinions — even those that strongly differ from your own.





























    Our Guest: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie







    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is an award-winning author born in Enugu, Nigeria. She graduated summa cum laude from Eastern Connecticut State University with a degree in communication and political science. She has a master’s degree in African studies from Yale University, and in creative writing from Johns Hopkins University. She was awarded a Hodder fellowship at Princeton University and a fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute of Harvard University. She received a MacArthur Fellowship, popularly known as the “genius grant.” She has received honorary doctorate degrees from 15 prestigious universities and colleges. Adichie’s work has been translated into over thirty languages. Her first novel, Purple Hibiscus, won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and her second novel, Half of a Yellow Sun, won the Orange Prize. Her novel Americanah won the US National Book Critics Circle Award, and was named one of The New York Times Top Ten Best Books of 2013. She has delivered two landmark TED talks: The Danger of A Single Story and We Should All Be Feminists, which started a worldwide conversation about feminism. Her most recent work, Notes On Grief, an essay about losing her father, was published in 2021. She was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2015. In 2017, Fortune Magazine named her one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders. Adichie divides her time between the United States and Nigeria, where she leads an annual creative writing workshop.















    Guest Host: Laysha Ward













    Laysha Ward is an accomplished C-suite executive with thirty years of leadership experience at Target. In 2017, Ward was named executive vice president, chief external engagement officer, overseeing Target’s enterprise-wide approach to engage and deepen relationships with cross-sector stakeholders to drive positive business and community impact. In 1991, Ward began her career with Target as a member of the store sales and management team of Marshall Fields in Chicago. In 2000, she was named director of community relations and promoted to vice president of community relations and Target Foundation in 2003. In 2008, President Bush nominated, and the U.S. Senate confirmed Ward would serve on the board of directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the nation’s largest grantmaker for volunteering and service, which she continued to serve as board chair under the Obama Administration. Later that year, she was promoted to president of community relations and the Target Foundation. She serves on the Aspen Institute Latinos and Society Advisory Board and the Stanford Center for Longevity Advisory Council, is a member of the Executive Leadership Council, the Economic Clubs of New York and Chicago, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, The Links, and serves on the boards of Greater MSP, the Minnesota Orchestra,

    • 31 min

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