Ted Talks

From time-to-time we need something that will distract us from negative mental maps or unproductive performance habits, both professionally and personally. The 2017 Women's Development priorities highlight a desire to:

  • Build women's confidence and capacity
  • Develop future women leaders
  • Create a culture of women's networking, and
  • Design careers strategically for success

Aiming to enhance continual learning and awareness for our female workforce, a collection of motivational and insightful Ted Talks can be accessed below. Staff are encouraged to take a look and share with your colleagues. If you find any further interesting Ted Talks or have an inspirational Ted Talk you would like to share, please email Womens.Development@unisa.edu.au.

Leila Hoteit: 3 lessons on success from an Arab business women



Tracing her career as an engineer, advocate and mother in Abu Dhabi, Leila Hoteit shares three lessons for thriving in the modern world.

Adam Galinsky: How to speak up for yourself



Learn how to assert yourself, navigate tricky social situations and expand your personal power with sage guidance from social psychologist Adam Galinsky.

Mel Robbins: How to stop screwing yourself over



Semi-inspirational talk by Mel Robbins, talking about the necessity of pairing an idea with an action quickly before the idea dies.

Tim Urban: Inside the mind of a master procrastinator



In this hilarious and insightful talk, Urban takes us on a journey through YouTube binges, Wikipedia rabbit holes and bouts of staring out the window -- and encourages us to think harder about what we're really procrastinating on, before we run out of time.

Adam Grant: The surprising habits of original thinkers



Organizational psychologist Adam Grant studies "originals": thinkers who dream up new ideas and take action to put them into the world. In this talk, learn three unexpected habits of originals — including embracing failure.

Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are



Social psychologist Amy Cuddy argues that "power posing" -- standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don't feel confident -- can boost feelings of confidence, and might have an impact on our chances for success.

Drew Dudley: Everyday leadership



In this funny talk, Drew Dudley calls on all of us to celebrate leadership as the everyday act of improving each other's lives.

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.

Susan Colantuono: The career advice you probably didn't get



Susan Colantuono shares a simple, surprising piece of advice you might not have heard before quite so plainly. This talk, while aimed at an audience of women, has universal takeaways — for men and women, new grads and midcareer workers.

Anne-Marie Slaughter: Can we all "have it all"?



Public policy expert Anne-Marie Slaughter made waves with her 2012 article, "Why women still can't have it all." But really, is this only a question for women? Here Slaughter expands her ideas and explains why shifts in work culture, public policy and social mores can lead to more equality — for men, women, all of us.

Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability



Brené Brown studies human connection -- our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk at TEDxHouston, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The danger of a single story



Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.