5 Must Watch TED Talks for Women Entrepreneurs

I am SUCH a TED Talk addict. If I need a quick 20 minute inspiration boost it’s the first place I turn. TED talks have taught me so much – about social change, technology, happiness. But they have been especially valuable to me in my journey as an entrepreneur. Being able to directly and easily connect with women who have gone before me and created great, incredible companies is so very inspiring and motivating. Especially when they talk about how they started, the huge challenges they surmounted, and the things that got them through the lows.
So – I thought I’d share my top 5 favourite TED talks for women budding entrepreneurs.
1) Gayle Tzemach Lemmon: Women Entrepreneurs, Example Not Exception
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I love this – ‘we do not invest in victims, we invest in survivors’. Women make strong, powerful entrepreneurs, not just ‘mum-preneurs’, or micro-financed business owners – entrepreneurs.
2) Elizabeth Gilbert: Your Elusive Creative Genius
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A beautiful, uplifting talk – especially good for times you’re feeling a bit lost or anxious or helpless in the direction of your business. You really need to watch this one – trust me!
3) Jessica Jackley: Poverty, Money—and Love
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Kiva is an amazing story, and it started out as just an idea. But the ripple of change it has created across the world is phenomenal. Jessica has a moment of emotion as well, and its powerful to see the true passion she has for her cause.
4) Sheryl Sandberg: Why we have too few women leaders
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I’m such a big fan of Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook. If you’ve read her book ‘Lean In’ you will love this – she has three powerful pieces of advice for women aiming high.
5) Leymah Gbowee: Unlock the intelligence, passion, greatness of girls
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This one is my favourite. This one will move you and stir your passion to change the world – I promise.
Did I miss some great ones? Share your fav TED talks below!

Author: Lauren Shuttleworth

Founder and Director of Words With Heart. Passionate about conservation, women’s and girls’ education, and really good gelato.