March 2021 Newsletter

Driving Innovation in Times of Uncertainty With Silicon Valley Bank’s Courtney Karnes

Q: The events of the past year have been so hard for so many, and they also have underscored the power of innovation. How are you harnessing innovation? I am proud to lead a unique initiative called Access to Innovation at a unique bank, Silicon Valley Bank, whose clients are among the world’s most innovative companies. We see firsthand how innovation in medicine and healthcare, communications, frontier tech and so … [ more ]

What it Takes to Make History—with Dr. Jane Goodall

“I think an awful lot of what I’ve done is dependent on the amazing mother I had. I mean, she supported this crazy dream I had when I was 10 of going to Africa. When everybody else laughed at me, there was never any question that, because I was a girl, I couldn’t do these things, which is what everybody else said.”—Dr. Jane Goodall With strength, determination, purpose and passion, … [ more ]

One Small Word that Can Help You Advance Equity at Work

How can you speak up for equity in a way that brings other people along rather than risks an unproductive battle? Nina Shaw, the entertainment lawyer who The New York Times has called “The Hollywood Power Behind Those Seeking a Voice,” has one simple magic word: “We.” More broadly, she calls it “We Speak.” “It’s where I talk less about the personal situation and more about the organization,” Shaw says. … [ more ]

What One of the Highest-Ranking Women in the Military Learned about Leadership

It seems fitting that Michelle Howard—famous not only for being the first woman to become a four-star admiral in the U.S. Navy but for facing down Somali pirates to rescue Captain Philips—has this as one of her favorite quotes: “You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.” So, how do you cross the sea—or, more to the point, lead in challenging times? Here is one … [ more ]

Women Making History: with Time’s Up Co-Founder Nina Shaw

“I remember one day I walked into a conference room and there was a older gentleman I had been negotiating with [over the phone] for an extended period of time. I walked over to him and he looked at me and he said, ‘I’ll have my coffee with two sugars.’” “And I called the receptionist and said, ‘Mr. So-And-So would like a coffee with two sugars.’ And then I sat … [ more ]