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Nicole Williams

Nicole Williams is a career expert who is re-defining the world of work?making it glamorous, entertaining and relevant to modern women.

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Nicole Williams is a career expert who is re-defining the world of work; making it glamorous, entertaining and relevant to modern women. She is a bestselling author and the founder and editor-in-chief of WORKS, the go-to resource for career-minded young women. WORKS was named one of Forbes magazine's \"Top 100 Websites for Women\" and was the first media and content company marketed toward young professional women.

Nicole's books include Wildly Sophisticated: A Bold New Attitude for Career Success, Earn What You're Worth, and Girl on Top: Your Guide to Turning Dating Rules into Career Success. Nicole is a tell-it-like-it-is career expert who you wish could fight your work battles for you. She uses the ingenious approach of applying tried and true dating rules to your career, giving you the tools to be able to handle any work situation and come out on top.

She has appeared as a regular guest on Today, Good Morning America, and CNN, and in print, where her advice has appeared on the pages of ELLE, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Marie Claire and the Wall Street Journal. Nicole's clothing line, Girl on Top, became available in the spring of 2010 at The Limited stores across the country and she recently became a spokesperson for Monster.com, where she continues to spread her sexy mix of dating tips turned career strategies to young women everywhere. Nicole was recently named LinkedIn's Connection Director.

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  • Girl On Top

    According to career expert and bestselling author Nicole Williams, most men walk into a room expecting respect, while most women walk into a room and expect to have to earn that respect. She’d like to change all that, teaching young women how to instinctively act like they belong, how to be assertive and able to make an unpopular but important decision, and not settle for less than they deserve.

    Nicole has wrapped the topic of career (which, let’s face it, isn’t the most exciting thing in the world to talk about) into a larger context so that it’s relevant to a broader market. Her approach is more big sister as opposed to teacher or mother, a voice that is entertaining and authentic. In other words, it’s not just the same old information women have been hearing for years.

    She shares resume advice, how much to reveal at work, as well as what to put up with from your boss (and, more importantly, what not to). She tackles everything from having the money talk to leaving them wanting more on a job interview.

    She also helps with workplace fashion advice as well as issues of work/life balance. Her keen insight and candid advice will teach you how to recognize the good guys from the bad, win the kudos of those who matter, and create the career of your dreams.

  • The Networking Divide: How Men and Women Make—and Keep—Their Connections

    It's a scene that plays out in every office I’ve worked in. A woman uncomfortably approaches me to ask for a raise. I say no. She wonders what's wrong with her. A man confidently approaches me to ask for a raise. I say no. He wonders what's wrong with me. This is a critical insight into the difference between men and women in the workplace.

    In addition to their ability to externalize feedback (and consequently take more risk), men also cast a wider net when networking. Women, on the other hand, use their ability to build relationships and empathize to create a stronger Rolodex and take a deeper dive when it comes to making connections. While the playing field has certainly become more level, the differences between men and women continue to be pronounced. In this talk we examine the differences between the genders and focus on what we can learn from each other.

  • Get Lucky! How Preparation Can Change the Course of Your Career

    There’s an expression when it comes to the world of work: “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity." In today’s economy, as “opportunity” continues to remain relatively stagnant, the hands-down most critical thing you can do to change the course of your career is to up your "preparation" game. If you want to get lucky, you need to make connections, build recommendations, follow industry trends and get the inside scoop on the companies you’re interested in (and competing with). This interactive workshop will provide practical strategies around how to turn your luck around and will also explore how LinkedIn can help you propel your career to the next level, one connection at a time.

  • The New Era of Networking

    Social networking has changed the way we engage, mobilize and network with clients, customers and each other. This talk will explore the latest social networking tools and offer tips on how you can successfully utilize this whole new world of networking (whether you know what Twitter is or not) by engaging and mobilizing people and initiatives. Whether you are leading a non-profit, embarking on a new career or growing a corporation, this session offers something for everyone.

  • Balance is Bu*#@hit

    Social networking has changed the way we engage, mobilize and network with clients, customers and each other. This talk will explore the latest social networking tools and offer tips on how you can successfully utilize this whole new world of networking (whether you know what Twitter is or not) by engaging and mobilizing people and initiatives. Whether you are leading a non-profit, embarking on a new career or growing a corporation, this session offers something for everyone.

  • Balance is Bu*#@hit

    Balance is one of those words like “happiness” or “fulfillment” that feels somewhat elusive. Balance is a word that conjures up feelings of guilt – thoughts of “I haven’t been to the gym in three weeks” and “What’s wrong with eating take-out five nights a week?” We are constantly flooded with information from today’s most powerful women telling us that we can’t have it all or that we are not succeeding because we’re not Lean(ing) In to our careers. So what’s a working mom to do (aside from pull the covers over her head and give in before the day has even begun)? Here, Career Expert Nicole Williams will give you the strategies to help you set realistic expectations, hone your focus and hopefully get it all done—though not at the same time.

  • Career 101

    You might know how to pull an all-nighter and ace an exam but how can you put the skills you learned in college to use in your first job? Career Expert Nicole Williams helps students understand how to translate their valuable college years into real time experience as they embark on their careers. She’ll also educate students on the importance of their personal brand and influence. And as LinkedIn’s career expert she’ll give them tips on how they should be using social media to enhance their career.

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