5 Female-Led TEDtalks That Will Inspire You

Podcasts are undeniably all the rage, but I’m a sucker for a good TEDtalk. Throughout my own career, I’ve always favored TEDtalks over podcasts, probably because I feel like I connect more with the speaker. I’ve watched more hours than I can count, but there are a few I always come back to. Most importantly, there are some female-led TEDtalks that I find particularly inspiring. I love smart, badass women who share their knowledge with other smart, badass women. It was hard to narrow it down, but here are my tried-and-true favorite female-led TEDtalks.

1. Why we have too few female leaders by Sheryl Sandberg

Oh, Sheryl. My ultimate girl crush. I’m constantly impressed by her wits, knowledge and insights into leadership and the world around her. Put this one at the top of your list.

2. My year of saying “yes” to everything by Shonda Rhimes

If you haven’t read this book yet, jump on it. Shonda is so much more than Thursday night medical dramas (although I love those so much). This book and the accompanying TEDtalk were game changers for me.

3. The danger of a single story by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

One of my absolute favorite authors on the planet, I love this TEDtalk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie that is centered around culture, acceptance, and understanding the multiple sides of every story.


4. Want to change the world? Start by being brave enough to care by Cleo Wade

Another one of my badass babe crushes, Cleo Wade should be on your radar for sure. I love her modern take on activism and how we can use our platforms to make the world a better place.


5. The power of introverts by Susan Cain

Introverts, unite! This podcast is meant for anyone out there who feels like their introverted nature might be a hinderance. Susan Cain flips the script and shows how introverts bring power and extraordinary talents to the world and to business.

Do you have any TEDtalks that have made a difference in your life? I’d love to hear them!

Let’s keep the female empowerment going with What To Do When You Get Let Go; Lessons From WorkParty and  We Love This Babe: Sunshine Abou Bakar.

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Author: Samantha Welker

Samantha Welker is the business manager at Glitter Guide. She has an Master's in Corporate Finance & Sustainability from Harvard Business School but prefers working in the creative industry. She also hosts a weekly business podcast for creative women called Pretty Okay Podcast. She loves spending time with her husband and her son, Rocky, in sunny San Diego. Follow along on Instagram