Empowered Women and Their Powerful Leadership
Women have no limits.
They have the authority, tenacity and power to influence the world, and especially the younger generation. Thousands of inspiring female leaders are now rising above the rest, to motivate and empower millions of people around the world, using various platforms like TED Talks and TEDx, now easily accessible through the internet.
As the popularity of TED Talks increase, Ted Talks women's leadership unceasingly rises too. This month, we summed the latest and the best of must-see TED Talks about strong women leaders in their industries. We hope their experiences and passion inspire the leader in you.

Top 10 Ted Talks about Women's Leadership That You Need to Watch

by Sheryl Sandberg

In this powerful TED Talk about women's leadership, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg examines the reasons why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their careers, and offers three impactful pieces of advice to women, and especially young women, aiming for a position in the C-suite.

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by Inés Hercovich

Zain Asher is a Nigerian British news anchor at CNN International who is based in New York City.

"When I first heard this phrase, I thought it was such a cliché, I heard it so many times while growing up, and that is: success comes when opportunity meets preparation."

Zain struggled to work her way up in CNN. She wanted to become better than others and while she was working at a local news, she decided to study and educate herself in local news. She believed that a bigger opportunity will come and look at her now.

"I truly believe in trusting your struggle, knowing that, the hardships you go through will somehow end up being for your own benefit. I also believe in turning a blind eye to competition. I believe in giving, I believe in trusting and knowing that your opportunity will one day come, you just have to be ready."

The main lesson that she learned in life is to prepare for every opportunity when it comes.

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3. Know Your Worth by Casey Brown
by Inés Hercovich

Casey Brown is a pricing consultant and greatly supports that people should be paid based on their excellence. She uses her expertise to help clients discover their pricing power.

"Being properly valued is so important. Define your value and communicate your value. These are two elements to realizing our full earning potential."

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by Inés Hercovich

Teresa Njoroge is the CEO of Clean Start Kenya. She is a criminal and social justice reform advocate.

Miscarriage of justice happens when an innocent person is found guilty or wrongfully accused of a crime.

"I had finally gotten the freedom that I longed for. I come as one, but I stand as ten thousand. Encouraged by the hope that thousands of us have come together to reform and transform the criminal justice system. Encouraged that we are doing our jobs as we are meant to do them, and let us keep doing them with no apology."

Njorge was convicted along with millions of people in prisons today, yearning for freedom. Strong female leaders like Njorge was convicted for three years and eventually got cleared by the court of appeal.

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New York Times best-selling author Tasha Eurich is an organizational psychologist and researcher.

She is an advocate of self-awareness. Self-awareness is the ability to see ourselves clearly, to understand who we are, how others see us and how we fit into the world.

"The search for self-awareness never ever stops, life goes on. Its up to us to choose to learn and grow from our mistakes and tragedies, and our successes. We need to change our 'why' to 'what'. Learn to be focused on the relationships that mean the most to you and understand the life that you want to lead."

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6. How to motivate yourself to change your behavior by Tali Sharot (TEDxCambridge)
Do you have a behavior that you want to change about yourself?

Tali Sharot was born in Israel and is a professor of cognitive neuroscience in the department of Experimental Psychology at University College London.

"If we want to motivate change, we might want to rethink how we do it. Because fear: the fear of losing your health, the fear of losing money, induces inaction. While the thrill of a gain, induces reaction."

Try positive strategies rather than threats and seek progress. There is always an opportunity for progress.

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7. What one skill = an awesome life? by Dr. Shimi Kang (TEDxKelowna)
Dr. Shimi Kang is from British, Columbia. She is a Harvard-trained medical doctor for seventeen years and has worked with thousands of people. She is also a successful writer and a researcher.

Kang emphasizes how humans are in a state of bizarre paradox or negative evolution.

"I changed and I adapted. Bring balance back into your lives, bring play, connection and downtime back into your lives. We humans, we are perfect instruments of adaptation. We humans are built and meant to thrive. And we humans, every single one of you can have an awesome life."

She continues to bring awareness and reduces the stigma of mental health and continues to educate kids and their parents.

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Dr. Leila Hoteit was named Businesswoman of the Year at the Arab Woman Awards in 2016 and named Young Global Leader for the World Economic Forum in 2014.

She is based in Dubai and is a core member of the BCG's Public Sector and People Organization. During her TED talk she spoke about three lessons for thriving in the modern world.

"Our culture emphasized at the time, that it was sons, not daughters, who should be professionally motivated. Women continue to advance in the world, not fast enough, but we are moving. The Arab will to making progress despite many setbacks. This is the result of strong Arab women not giving up, and continuously pushing boundaries."

Hoteit firmly believes that success teaches us about tenacity. Having a controlling mindset is crucial to your success.

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9. An interview with the founders of Black Lives Matter by Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi
"When black people are free, everyone is free."

Four strong female leaders talk about the Black Lives Matter movement. It is a discussion about race, and inequality all over the world. Black Lives Matter is a human rights movement for black girls to have a vision that they deserve to be fought for.

"We have to invest in black leadership, that is what I have learned the most in the past few years. I believe that the movement for black lives is not just for us, but for everybody. " - Patrisse Cullors

"Practice stepping back as well as also sometimes stepping in. And what I learned in this process was that we need to acknowledge that different people contribute different strengths. In order for our entire team to flourish, we have to allow them to share and to shine." - Opal Tometi

"I think another way that we can support leaders is to struggle with us, but struglle with us politically, not personally. We can have disagreements without being disagreeable, but it's important for us to sharpen each other, so that we all can rise." - Alicia Garza

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10. How Africa can keep rising by Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
"When black people are free, everyone is free."

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is a Nigerian economist and the first female Minister of Finance of Nigeria.

"And our women, and our girls: we have to recognize that girls and women are a gift. They have strength, and we have to unleash that strength so that they can contribute to the continent."

She strongly believes in unleashing the youth, engaging all the young people especially women, is how Africa will rise. It is important to support women to create, innovate, and lead the way.

TED Talks women's leadership help us recognize and give credit to thousands of inspiring female leaders who have greatly contributed in our society.

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1) Becoming Michelle Obama

An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States

"In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare."

"In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same."

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2) I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World

The bestselling memoir by Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai.

I Am Malala. This is my story.

"Malala Yousafzai was only ten years old when the Taliban took control of her region. They said music was a crime. They said women weren't allowed to go to the market. They said girls couldn't go to school."

"Raised in a once-peaceful area of Pakistan transformed by terrorism, Malala was taught to stand up for what she believes. So she fought for her right to be educated. And on October 9, 2012, she nearly lost her life for the cause: She was shot point-blank while riding the bus on her way home from school."

"No one expected her to survive."

"Now Malala is an international symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize winner. In this Young Readers Edition of her bestselling memoir, which has been reimagined specifically for a younger audience and includes exclusive photos and material, we hear firsthand the remarkable story of a girl who knew from a young age that she wanted to change the world -- and did."

"Malala's powerful story will open your eyes to another world and will make you believe in hope, truth, miracles and the possibility that one person -- one young person -- can inspire change in her community and beyond."

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3) Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy

By Sheryl Sandberg

#1 New York Times Best Seller

Named a Best Book of 2017 by Barnes & Noble and Amazon

"From Facebook’s COO and Wharton’s top-rated professor, the #1 New York Times best-selling authors of Lean In and Originals: a powerful, inspiring, and practical book about building resilience and moving forward after life’s inevitable setbacks."

"After the sudden death of her husband, Sheryl Sandberg felt certain that she and her children would never feel pure joy again. “I was in ‘the void,’” she writes, “a vast emptiness that fills your heart and lungs and restricts your ability to think or even breathe.” Her friend Adam Grant, a psychologist at Wharton, told her there are concrete steps people can take to recover and rebound from life-shattering experiences. We are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. It is a muscle that everyone can build."

"Option B combines Sheryl’s personal insights with Adam’s eye-opening research on finding strength in the face of adversity. Beginning with the gut-wrenching moment when she finds her husband, Dave Goldberg, collapsed on a gym floor, Sheryl opens up her heart—and her journal—to describe the acute grief and isolation she felt in the wake of his death. But Option B goes beyond Sheryl’s loss to explore how a broad range of people have overcome hardships including illness, job loss, sexual assault, natural disasters, and the violence of war. Their stories reveal the capacity of the human spirit to persevere . . . and to rediscover joy."

"Resilience comes from deep within us and from support outside us. Even after the most devastating events, it is possible to grow by finding deeper meaning and gaining greater appreciation in our lives. Option B illuminates how to help others in crisis, develop compassion for ourselves, raise strong children, and create resilient families, communities, and workplaces. Many of these lessons can be applied to everyday struggles, allowing us to brave whatever lies ahead. Two weeks after losing her husband, Sheryl was preparing for a father-child activity. “I want Dave,” she cried. Her friend replied, “Option A is not available,” and then promised to help her make the most of Option B."

"We all live some form of Option B. This book will help us all make the most of it."

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4) Think, Learn, Succeed: Understanding and Using Your Mind to Thrive at School, the Workplace, and Life

By Dr. Caroline Leaf

"Our thought lives have incredible power over our mental, emotional, and even physical well-being. In fact, our thoughts can either limit us to what we believe we can do or release us to experience abilities well beyond our expectations. When we choose a mindset that extends our abilities rather than placing limits on ourselves, we will experience greater intellectual satisfaction, emotional control, and physical health. The only question is . . . how?"

"Backed by up-to-date scientific research and biblical insight, Dr. Caroline Leaf empowers readers to take control of their thoughts in order to take control of their lives. In this practical book, readers will learn to use"

"- The 5-step Switch on Your Brain Learning Program, to build memory and learn effectively"

"- The Gift Profile, to discover the unique way they process information"

"- The Mindfulness Guide, to optimize their thought life and find their inner resilience"

"Dr. Leaf shows readers how to combine these powerful tools in order to improve memory, learning, cognitive and intellectual performance, work performance, physical performance, relationships, emotional health, and most importantly a meaningful life well lived."

"Each of us has significant psychological resources at our fingertips that we can use in order to improve our overall well-being. Dr. Leaf shows us how to harness those resources to unlock our hidden potential."

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5) Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "Do you ever suspect that everyone else has life figured out and you don’t have a clue? If so, Rachel Hollis has something to tell you: that’s a lie."

"As the founder of the lifestyle website TheChicSite.com and CEO of her own media company, Rachel Hollis developed an immense online community by sharing tips for better living while fearlessly revealing the messiness of her own life. Now, in this challenging and inspiring new book, Rachel exposes the twenty lies and misconceptions that too often hold us back from living joyfully and productively, lies we’ve told ourselves so often we don’t even hear them anymore."

"With painful honesty and fearless humor, Rachel unpacks and examines the falsehoods that once left her feeling overwhelmed and unworthy, and reveals the specific practical strategies that helped her move past them. In the process, she encourages, entertains, and even kicks a little butt, all to convince you to do whatever it takes to get real and become the joyous, confident woman you were meant to be."

"With unflinching faith and rock-hard tenacity, Girl, Wash Your Face shows you how to live with passion and hustle--and how to give yourself grace without giving up."

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6) The Go Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea

By Bob Burg

“Most people just laugh when they hear that the secret to success is giving. . . . Then again, most people are nowhere near as successful as they wish they were.”

"The Go-Giver tells the story of an ambitious young man named Joe who yearns for success. Joe is a true go-getter, though sometimes he feels as if the harder and faster he works, the further away his goals seem to be. Desperate to land a key sale at the end of a bad quarter, he seeks advice from the enigmatic Pindar, a legendary consultant referred to by his many devotees sim­ply as the Chairman."

"Over the next week, Pindar introduces Joe to a series of “go-givers”: a restaurateur, a CEO, a financial adviser, a real estate broker, and the “Connector” who brought them all together. Pindar’s friends teach Joe the Five Laws of Stratospheric Success and help him open himself up to the power of giving."

"Joe learns that changing his focus from getting to giving—putting others’ interests first and continually adding value to their lives—ultimately leads to unexpected returns."

"Imparted with wit and grace, The Go-Giver is a classic bestseller that brings to life the old proverb “Give and you shall receive.” "

"Nearly a decade since its original publication, the term “go-giver” has become shorthand for a defining set of values embraced by hundreds of thousands of people around the world. Today this timeless story continues to help its readers find fulfillment and greater success in business, in their personal lives and in their communities."

"This expanded edition includes the text of the original business parable, together with a foreword by Arianna Huffington, a new intro­duction, a discussion guide, and a Q&A with the authors."

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7) Own It: The Power of Women at Work

By Sallie Krawcheck

A Wall Street Journal and Washington Post Bestseller, Own It is a new kind of career playbook for a new era of feminism, offering women a new set of rules for professional success: one that plays to their strengths and builds on the power they already have.

"Weren’t women supposed to have “arrived”? Perhaps with the nation’s first female President, equal pay on the horizon, true diversity in the workplace to come thereafter? Or, at least the end of “fat-shaming” and “locker room talk”?"

"Well, we aren’t quite there yet. But does that mean that progress for women in business has come to a screeching halt? It’s true that the old rules didn’t get us as far as we hoped. But we can go the distance, and we can close the gaps that still exist. We just need a new way."

"In fact, there are many reasons to be optimistic about the future, says former Wall Street powerhouse-turned-entrepreneur Sallie Krawcheck. That’s because the business world is changing fast –driven largely by technology - and it’s changing in ways that give us more power and opportunities than ever…and even more than we yet realize."

"Success for professional women will no longer be about trying to compete at the men’s version of the game, she says. And it will no longer be about contorting ourselves to men’s expectations of how powerful people behave. Instead, it’s about embracing and investing in our innate strengths as women - and bringing them proudly and unapologetically, to work."

"When we do, she says, we gain the power to advance in our careers in more natural ways. We gain the power to initiate courageous conversations in the workplace. We gain the power to forge non-traditional career paths; to leave companies that don’t respect our worth, and instead, go start our own. And we gain the power to invest our economic muscle in making our lives, and the world, better."

"Here Krawcheck draws on her experiences at the highest levels of business, both as one of the few women at the top rungs of the biggest boy’s club in the world, and as an entrepreneur, to show women how to seize this seismic shift in power to take their careers to the next level."

"This change is real, and it’s coming fast. It’s time to own it."

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8) Speak with Impact: How to Command the Room and Influence Others

By Allison Shapira

Your voice matters, especially as a leader.

"Every day, you have an opportunity to use your voice to have a positive impact--at work or in your community. You can inspire and persuade your audience--or you can distract and put them to sleep."

"Nervous, rambling robotic--these presentation styles can ruin a talk on even the most critical topics. And with each weak performance, career prospects dim."

"To get ahead and make an impact, you need to deliver well-crafted messages with confidence and authenticity. You must sound as capable as you are."

"Public speaking is a skill, not a talent. With the right guidance, anyone can be a powerful speaker. Learn to conquer fear, capture attention, motivate action, and take charge of your career with Speak with Impact. Written by an opera singer turned CEO, speaker, and executive communication coach, the book unravels the mysteries of commanding attention in any setting, professional or personal."

"Whether it’s speaking up at a meeting, presenting to clients, or talking to large groups, the book’s easy-to-use frameworks, examples, and exercises help you:"

"- Kickstart the creative process"

"- Compose a clear and concise message"

"- Engage your audience through storytelling and humor"

"- Banish filler words and uptalk"

"- Strengthen and project your voice"

"- Use breathing techniques to overcome stage fright"

"- Use effective body language"

"- Build your executive presence"

"- Deliver presentations with confidence and authenticity"

"- When you know what to say and how to say it, people listen. Find your powerful voice… and step into leadership. Speak with impact."

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9) Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.

By Brené Brown

"#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Brené Brown has taught us what it means to dare greatly, rise strong, and brave the wilderness. Now, based on new research conducted with leaders, change makers, and culture shifters, she’s showing us how to put those ideas into practice so we can step up and lead."

"Leadership is not about titles, status, and wielding power. A leader is anyone who takes responsibility for recognizing the potential in people and ideas, and has the courage to develop that potential."

"When we dare to lead, we don’t pretend to have the right answers; we stay curious and ask the right questions. We don’t see power as finite and hoard it; we know that power becomes infinite when we share it with others. We don’t avoid difficult conversations and situations; we lean into vulnerability when it’s necessary to do good work."

"But daring leadership in a culture defined by scarcity, fear, and uncertainty requires skill-building around traits that are deeply and uniquely human. The irony is that we’re choosing not to invest in developing the hearts and minds of leaders at the exact same time as we’re scrambling to figure out what we have to offer that machines and AI can’t do better and faster. What can we do better? Empathy, connection, and courage, to start."

"Four-time #1 New York Times bestselling author Brené Brown has spent the past two decades studying the emotions and experiences that give meaning to our lives, and the past seven years working with transformative leaders and teams spanning the globe. She found that leaders in organizations ranging from small entrepreneurial startups and family-owned businesses to nonprofits, civic organizations, and Fortune 50 companies all ask the same question:"

How do you cultivate braver, more daring leaders, and how do you embed the value of courage in your culture?

"In this new book, Brown uses research, stories, and examples to answer these questions in the no-BS style that millions of readers have come to expect and love."

"Brown writes, “One of the most important findings of my career is that daring leadership is a collection of four skill sets that are 100 percent teachable, observable, and measurable. It’s learning and unlearning that requires brave work, tough conversations, and showing up with your whole heart. Easy? No. Because choosing courage over comfort is not always our default. Worth it? Always. We want to be brave with our lives and our work. It’s why we’re here.” "

"Whether you’ve read Daring Greatly and Rising Strong or you’re new to Brené Brown’s work, this book is for anyone who wants to step up and into brave leadership."

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10) Focus on Them: Become the Manager Your People Need You to Be

by Ryan Changcoco (Editor), Megan Cole (Editor), Jack Harlow (Editor)

Perfect the Skills to Excel as a Manager

"An engagement crisis, a management skill shortage, a retention problem―call it what you will, today's research and workplace insights emphasize that many employees leave managers. . . not companies."

"Good managers know they need to deliver results to be successful. But great ones? They understand the essence of managing encompasses something more: making connections, embodying the right skills, and developing their direct reports. They also realize managing well takes practice. With Focus on Them, you'll get the tools and know-how to excel as a manager."

"Edited by the Association for Talent Development's own management authority Ryan Changcoco, research expert Megan Cole, and content developer Jack Harlow, this book explores ATD's new management framework―the ACCEL model. Each chapter, written by a leader in management and talent development, focuses on one of the five skills all managers need:"

"- Accountability (Timothy Ito)"
"- Communication (Ken O'Quinn)"
"- Collaboration (Winsor Jenkins)"
"- Engagement (Hunter Haines)"
"- Listening and assessing (Michele Nevarez)"

"By investing in your own development―boosting your ACCEL skills―you signal to your employees that you're serious about their development and learning, too."

"Becoming a manager isn't climbing a mountain. By focusing on the basics, you can transform from a results-oriented manager to the super people manager your employees need."

If 30 is the new 20, then these fascinating women entrepreneurs are way ahead of the game.  Still in their 20's, the young women entrepreneurs we have profiled below have achieved business and leadership success that outshines their male counter parts in the same age range, and older.  

Audacious, hard-working and innovative, these below-30 female entrepreneurs are turning heads in a shark-filled startup world, and penetrating the male-dominated c-suites.

Glass ceiling, watch out.  A newer generation of female entrepreneur leaders are rising at lightening speed.  And we love that!

Erika Jensen, The Flex Company, 29 

Erika Jensen is a cofounder of The Flex Company, a startup which was backed with more than $4.2 million in venture capital funds. The Flex Company owes its creation to two female entrepreneurs, namely Jensen and Lauren Schulte. Flex manufactures menstrual discs, which reduce pain due to menstrual cramps - in other words, a product which would definitely appeal to a lot of women. Aside from her current venture, Jense is an advocate for body positivity and previously ran an e-commerce site for a high-end sex toy brand. 

Suhani Parekh, Misho, 27 

Suhani Parekh launched Misho as a fashion label in 2016, which has gotten her accolades for being an Indian designer with a global outlook. Parekh was the recipient of the Grazia Young Fashion Award the same year, followed by Elle Graduates and the Elle Style Awards in 2017. Her brand has been featured twice in Vogue Paris and her jewellery found its way onto the cover of Vogue Arabia and onto Rihanna. 

Parekh didn’t actually start out as a fashion designer, but studied sculpture at Goldsmith’s in London. Fascinated by metals and how they could “activate the space of the body,” she continued making jewellery during her stint as part of architect and interior designer Ashish Shah’s team. Parekh’s jewellery combines traditional silversmithing techniques with modern inspiration from architecture and sculpture. 

Talia Goldberg, Bessemer Venture Partners, 27 

Talia Goldberg stands out as the youngest vice president in the 106-year history of Bessemer Venture Partners. Her accomplishments with Bessemer include co-leading their investments in shipping startup Shippo as well as payments startup Toss, though she actually started there back in 2012. Aside from this, she also tries to spot other startups for Pinterest to partner with or acquire, with its $12.3 billion in wealth. 

Deepanjali Dalmia, Heyday Care, 27 

Deepanjali Dalmia left her job as a financial consultant at Ernst & Young in New York, becoming another amongst female entrepreneurs who left a promising career to stake it out. Dalmia returned to her native India in 2015 and spent several months doing research, before deciding to go into personal hygiene. ,This happened when she learned that nearly 87% of Indian women use disposable sanitary napkins, while being unaware that plastic and other synthetic materials can cause cervical cancer.

Dalmia developed a sanitary napkin using bamboo fiber and corn, using her own funds to develop a product which doesn’t cause any irritation. Heyday care was launched in Delhi and Mumbai in September 2017, and their products are also available online as well. 

Iyore Olaye, Walker & Company, 24 

Walker and Company creates beauty products for people of colour, including Bevel (a men’s grooming line) and FORM (their haircare line). Walker and Company is backed by $33.3 million in funding, including from notable investors such as Magic Johnson and Google Investors among others.

24-year-old Iyore Olaye is their lead product engineer, and is known for her strong marketing and technical skills. Her accomplishments with Walker and Company include creating an 11-product hair care line in just 12 months, making her one of the inspirational female entrepreneurs whom you can look up to. Olaye has been an advocate for women and other underrepresented minorities in STEM fields, with her experience as the only African American woman in Cornell’s 2016 chemical engineering class making this a very personal thing. Olaye has conducted interviews and tours around the US to share her story with others, and she also founded the Iyore Noelle Olaye Scholarship Award to help minority STEM students through their challenging first year. 

Seema Bansal, Venus ET Fleur 

Seema Bansal is the cofounder of the New York-based rose atelier Venus ET Fleur, an internationally recognised brand which has revolutionised the experience of buying flowers online. Her story might not be the most inspirational amongst female entrepreneurs, but it’s definitely an interesting twist: Bansal co-founded her company with her partner, after the latter sent her flowers for Valentine’s Day back in 2015 which frankly weren’t up to the mark. Since then, the duo has taken to changing the way flowers are delivered. 

Qin Yunquan, Kapap Academy, 29 

Women around the world often worry about their safety, and this is what places Qin Yunquan amongst the top female entrepreneurs - she’s one of the cofounders of Singapore’s Kapap Academy. As an instructor and the CEO of Kapap, Qin has trained thousands of underprivileged women and children in the art of self defence - and she’s the only self-defence instructor to have ever received the Queen’s Young Leaders Award. Qin’s inspiration came from the death of her brother in a street fight, making her initiative a very personal venture. 

Kanchan Amatya, Sustainable Fish Farming Initiative, 23 

Kanchan Amatya might not be among the top female entrepreneurs in terms of sheer monetary success, but she’s definitely seeking to make a difference in the world. Amatya is the founder and executive director of the Sustainable Fish Farming Initiative, which is a women-led social enterprise whose purpose is to fight hunger and poverty in Nepal. The SFFI empowers women farmers in rural Nepal to use sustainable fish farming practises, and Amatya has rightly received a lot of recognition for her commendable effort. 

Gigi Gorgeous, YouTube star, 25 

With over 2.7 million YouTube subscribers and nearly as many followers on Instagram, Gigi Gorgeous’s story as a transgender model places her amongst other inspirational female entrepreneurs. Gigi started with YouTube a few years before her transition, but decided to start posting more personal content after loosing her mother to cancer in December 2013. 
Gigi originally found YouTube as a way to connect with other people like her, and has always been honest and forthcoming even if she hasn’t always shown her emotional side. These days, she has a lot of fun online and also has a documentary in the works. 

Lauren Cason, Ustwo Games, 29 

Lauren Cason was one of the senior artists on the award winning Monument Valley 2, which drew inspiration from the work of MC Escher. Prior to this, Cason worked with Funomena, Dim Bulb Games, and Harmonix as an artist. She’s been active inspiring others, having worked on making games with incarcerated youth and speaking at Girls Make Games in order to inspire more young women to join her field.

Once upon a time, girls who wanted to learn coding had to join the Girl Scouts! Fast forward to 2018 as more young girls become enamored of coding—-so much so, women in IT are beginning to make their voices heard. According to the founder of Girls Who Code, this explosion of interest has caused 90,000 young women to proclaim themselves techies-in-progress by joining this group. By 2027, says CEO Reshma Saujani, “We are on track to achieve gender parity in computer science.” 

When these girls finish their educations, companies will want the best and the brightest to retain reputations for being top tech companies to work for. Whether you’re just entering this field—-or you're seeking new opportunities--this list of top tech companies to work for can help you target and find employment with companies that know the value of women in technology and intend to promote, advance and pay them accordingly. 

1. Company name: Accenture 
Location: Dublin, Ireland 
Industry: Global management consulting and strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations services. 
Culture: To date, more than 1,800 women have participated in Accenture’s “Developing High Performing Women” course to help build confidence and “provide roadmaps for successful careers and position women in the right roles” The corporation assesses what female employees want annually and deliver programs and initiatives geared toward helping them succeed. In fact, Accenture has “identified 40 workplace factors that create a culture of equality.” This research is published to promote Accenture’s desire to help women advance as they close the gender pay gap. Accenture's generous benefits package reflect this commitment to women, as well. 
Website: https://www.accenture.com/us-en/careers/jobsearch 

2. Company name: Apple 
Location: Cupertino, California 
Industry: Designs, develops and sells consumer electronics, computer software and online services. 
Culture: Women hired by Apple for their IT expertise are surrounded by artists and engineers, thinkers and doers, so for those who are both right- and left-brained, Apple is Nirvana. Affiliated with a long list of female-focused organizations, Apple is proud to partner with Women Who Code, Black Girls Code and the National Center for Women and Information Technology. Women@Apple DNA is a popular in-house initiative offering a wide range of empowerment, mentoring and networking opportunities. Additionally, employees benefit from lactation stations, maternity leave coaching, backup child care and eldercare benefits for staffers caring for aging relatives. 
Website: http://www.apple.com/jobs/us/index.html 

3. Company name: AppNexus 
Location: New York, New York 
Industry: Enables and optimizes real-time sale and purchase of digital advertising. 
Culture: Small but mighty, AppNexus makes many of the best tech places to work for women lists because diversity and empowerment are prioritized by giving staff members ownership of interesting, complex projects. Flexible work schedules allow parents to adjust work hours to coincide with family life and perks like gym discounts, recognition programs and on-site educational opportunities give staffers plenty of reason to celebrate being part of this family. Eager to support every staff member’s passions, volunteerism is encouraged, but moms are especially fond of the fully stocked kitchens and family lunch Friday. AppNexus is an active supporter of Girls Who Code and HR is constantly seeking to fill job slots with talented IT women. 
Website: https://www.appnexus.com/careers

4. Company name: CDW 
Location: Lincolnshire, Illinois 
Industry: Multi-brand technology solutions provider to business, government, education and healthcare organizations. 
Culture: For women who want to grow professionally while juggling family obligations, this northwest Chicago suburban company makes the job manageable. Women in IT enjoy CDW-subsidized temporary child care benefits, financial help with fertility treatments and flexible maternity and leave benefits. At the corporate headquarters, on-site lactation stations for nursing moms and training and advancement opportunities showcase CDW’s corporate culture and eagerness to retain the best and brightest IT stars. Employees are also eligible to take advantage of the Bright Horizon Years Ahead program for staffers who are looking after aging parents. 
Website: www.cdwjobs.com 

5. Company name: Cisco Systems 
Location: San Jose, California 
Industry: Develops, manufactures and sells networking hardware, telecommunications equipment and more. 
Culture: Visit the Cisco website and you'll discover this statement: “Colorful hair? Don’t care. Tattoos? Show off your ink." If that’s not an invitation to fly your freak flag by showing off your impressive IT background and skills, you may want to take a pass on applying here. For women who land a job at Cisco, it’s a rarified environment. About half of all leadership teams are women in technology. Cisco was represented at the White House when the Equal Pay Pledge was signed, work flexibility is prioritized, and staffers enjoy parental leave time. After returning to work, the company reimburses nursing moms for costs incurred when shipping breast milk home to baby while traveling on Cisco business. 
Website: www.cisco.com/careers

6. Company name: Ericsson 
Location: Stockholm, Sweden 
Industry: Networking and telecommunications. 
Culture: You don’t have to move to Scandinavia for a job with this cutting edge company; the company's U.S. presence has seriously enhanced this nation’s tech business scene. Ericsson’s pioneering programs for females include sponsorship of the Lesbians Who Tech Summit in San Francisco and UPWARDS, a support initiative targeting senior-level women leaders. Ericsson is a worldwide employer of women and the company's international aim—-by 2020—-is to make sure the company sustains a gender diversity profile that keeps the ratio of female employees to at least 30-percent of its workforce. That goal has already been surpassed on the administrative level: currently, 31-percent of the corporation’s executive staff is comprised of women. 
Website: https://jobs.ericsson.com/ 

7. Company name: IBM 
Location: Armonk, New York 
Industry: Cloud platform and cognitive solutions company. 
Culture: The brand name may be iconic but at IBM, women have been “creating meaningful roles for female employees since the 1930s.” This company has an equal opportunity policy written in 1935 that remains in effect to this day: “Men and women will do the same kind of work for equal pay. They will have the same treatment, the same responsibilities and the same opportunity for advancement." In 1943, Ruth Leach was named the first female vice president and Virginia Rometty became IBM’s first CEO in 2012. Between on-site lactation stations to emergency, onsite child care, perks are numerous, which is why IBM remains a favored employer for women in IT. 
Website: https://ibm.com/careers 

8. Company name: Microsoft 
Location: Redmond, Washington 
Industry: Develops, manufactures, licenses, supports and sells computer software, consumer electronics, personal computers and related services. 
Culture: GLEAM, Microsoft’s global Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender (LBTTQ) resource group, is but one of the ways employees from all walks of life feel valued and accepted at this corporation. Women working for Microsoft enjoy one of the closest salary spreads in the industry; “for every dollar earned by men, female employees in the U.S. earn $1.00 dollars in the same job title and level.” A typical benefits package includes wellness programs. Eager to build a reputation for being family friendly, Microsoft announced that it intends to stop doing business with companies unwilling to offer their employees paid family leave. 
Website: https://careers.microsoft.com/us/en/ 

9. Company name: Salesforce 
Location: San Francisco, California 
Industry: Produces cloud-based, CRM applications. 
Culture: President and Chief People Officer Cindy Robbins is proud of the fact that Forbes has named Salesforce one of The World’s Most Innovative Companies and the company has earned placement on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work nine times in a row. Making the inclusion of women a priority, Salesforce is “committed to women having the same executive roles…and given the same career opportunities as men.” It’s Salesforce policy to interview “one or more female candidates for every executive position.” In addition to generous benefits, bias training, mentoring, remote work opportunities and sabbaticals, employees are invited to join these unique Salesforce’s groups: Lean In circles and an internal parenting network. 
Website: https://www.salesforce.com/company/careers/ 

10. Company name: Ultimate Software 
Location: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 
Industry: Develops and delivers cloud-based human capital management solutions. 
Culture: Thirteen powerful core beliefs give this company an edge that belies a software enterprise that’s only been around since 1990. Ultimate has been recognized by Fortune magazine (Best Workplaces for Women) and it’s easy to see why: among the perks exempt employees receive include expenses associated with in-vitro fertilization treatment, same-sex legal spouse health coverage, unlimited personal time off, paid maternity and adoption leave, child sponsorship for extracurricular activities and the usual complement of perks that are offered only by companies highly-focused on the personal needs of employees. Living and working in Florida can’t hurt either. 
Website: https://www.ultimatesoftware.com/careers/



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Technology in the 21st century is no longer a male-oriented career, but a place for women to take the lead at. Women in technology grow in numbers; and conferences that help these women take on leadership positions are springing up all over the world.
If you are looking for Women in Technology Conferences during 2019, here are 10 of the best Women in Tech Conferences worth looking into.

1 BlogHer

Place: Los Angeles, CA | When: Jan 24, 2019.
Ticket Price: $125 - $175
The BlogHer tech conference is one for women thriving in the blogging niche. However, it is not limited to bloggers only. The conference is also open to content creators, strategists, SEO practitioners and anyone who wants to learn more and network inside Digital Marketing.

2 Women in Cloud Annual Summit

Place: Redmond, WA| When: Jan 26, 2019
Ticket Price: $99 - $200
This headline event has a reputation for not only bringing women in the cloud technology niche together, but helping them make quality connections too. From starters to the top executives of the cloud industry, every woman in this field is welcome.

3 MAKERS Conference

Place: Rancho Palos Verdes, CA| When: Feb 6, 2019
Ticket Price: 
MAKERS conference provides a place for women of different backgrounds but the same interest to come together, debate on important issues in the tech fields, and work towards a viable solution. It allows MARKERS from diverse paths an opportunity to come together and make a difference.


Place: Dallas, TX | When:  Feb 7, 2019
NEXT is a conference streamlined for executives in the mortgage industry to come together and look for ways to drive better business outcomes that involve technology.

5 WE-Code

Place: Cambridge, MA | When: Feb 22, 2019
Ticket Price: $40 - $200
If you are a student and love to code, mark this on your calendar. This will be the largest student-run conference for women in computer science across the country.
During the conference, you will pick up new skills, broaden your ideas, and network with like-minded peers.
More information at WE-Code Harvard University

6 Lesbians who Tech

Place: San Francisco | When: Feb 28, 2019
During this conference, some of the biggest discussions will be held, on subjects such as health data, cyber security, big data and much more.
Register at Lesbians Who Tech.

7 Johnson Women in Technology

Place: New York, NY| When: Mar 1, 2019
Like WE-Code, this is another student-run conference.  Graduates come together to discuss current problems in technology and present possible solutions.  Attendees also get a sneak peek into the industrial life that they will be entering after school.  It is a great insight for budding technologists.

8 Women in the World

Place: New York, NY| When: Apr 10, 2019
Ticket Price: $900
The Women in the World conference gathers women leaders in technology from all around the world to tell their stories of achieving success. The stories consist of challenges that help to strengthen these women’s motivation and drive, leading to the fact that gender is, truly, never a factor in one’s road to success.

9 Diversity in Technology

Place: London, UK| When: TBD
This sold-out event last year focuses on embracing the diverse backgrounds of women who are making a foray into tech, proving that promoting more women to leadership positions in the technology sector really is not as far-fetched as it seems.
This conference also provides participants with groundbreaking technologies, empowerment for minority groups, and encouragement for organizations to embrace a diverse culture in their recruitment strategies.

10 We RISE Tech Conference

Place: Atlanta, GA | When: TBD
What better way to show that women are truly breaking new grounds in tech than to put them front and center? At We RISE, the focus is on the extraordinary women leaders in technology, curated from the strongest women in the industry from all over the world.  The result?  Massive motivation for the audience and future leaders in technology.

As promised, we delivered a fantastic list of Women in Tech Conferences.  Which one of these conferences will you be attending in 2019?  Let us know in the comments below.

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