5 TED Talks Every Career Girl Needs To Listen To

Being a career girl isn’t always easy, you can struggle with feelings of inadequacy and sometimes it’s hard to find motivation to keep you going. Luckily, TED has a variety of talks for every occasion!

Here are 5 TED talks by successful women that you should listen to for advice, motivation, and inspiration!

5 TED Talks Every Career Girl Needs To Listen To


#1 Sheryl Sandberg: Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg talks about the fact that a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top positions in their professions and offers invaluable advice to any women looking to reach those top level positions.

#2 Bel Pesce: 5 Ways To Kill Your Dreams

Successful entrepreneur Bel Pesce breaks down five easy-to-believe myths that are holding us all back from achieving our dreams, and explains why so few people actually do realise their dreams in life.

#3 Susan Colantuono: The Career Advice You Probably Didn’t Get

Susan Colantuono shares simple advice for women that are doing everything right and taking all the best advice but just not moving up in their career. She delivers this advice in a clear, plain way and luckily what she says rings true for every avenue, from new graduates to people already in their dream career.

#4 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The Danger Of A Single Story

Novelist Chimamanda Adichie talks about the fact that our lives and cultures are all made from interlinking stories woven together. We hear thousands of stories of people and places every day in the news and on the television. Chimamanda talks about her experience of finding her voice and why it’s important not to hear a single story about another person or culture, and instead to develop our own understandings of the world around us.

#5 Dame Stephanie Shirley: Why Do Ambitious Women Have Flat Heads

In the 1960s, Dame Stephanie Shirley founded a pioneering all-woman software company in the UK, which was valued at $3 billion. In this funny, witty and real talk Dame Stephanie explains how she broke down the expectations of the time, why she went by “Steve” and talks about identifying ambitious women.

We love listening to these empowered women talk, do you have any favourite TED talks? Let us know in the comments below and happy listening!




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Beth is the Managing Editor of CGD. She is a graduate of the Penguin Writer's Academy, has published a short story and loves to read creative writing manuals in her spare time.

  • Aubrey

    What a wonderful selection of TED Talks to highlight this subject! Particularly enjoyed the first post. Interesting to see the way we view women vs men in the business world. Even though I’m only a student, learning this now is going to make it that much easier when the time comes. Thanks for sharing!

  • Elizabeth Rebecca

    I’ll have to make time for these this weekend :)

    Lizzie Dripping

  • Rita

    These are amazing TED talks! Thank you for sharing. My favorite TED talks are: Amy Cuddy’s Your body language shapes who you are talk, How to stop screwing yourself over by Mel Robbins, Why you will fail to have a great career by Larry Smith and Arianna Huffington’s How to succeed? Get more sleep talk and many more, but these are top favorites. :)
    – Rita.Z

  • Sarah

    What an inspiring start to my morning! Thank you for the great list.
    I have now bought Sheryl Sandberg’s book for further motivation.

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