1. How Great Leaders Inspire Action by Simon Sinek

Simon Sinek discusses what makes certain companies such as Apple so different and what people can learn from it. [18 min] (Images via Ted.com.)
2. Teach Girls Bravery, Not Perfection by Reshma Saujani

Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code, explains that we're raising our girls to be perfect and our boys to be brave. She discusses how we need to socialize young girls to take risks and learn to program computer code — two skills they need to move society forward.
3. The Power of Vulnerability by Brené Brown

Brené Brown studies human connection. Here she shares insights from her research on vulnerability and its importance in knowing ourselves and the world beyond. [20 min]
4. The Happy Secret to Better Work by Shawn Achor

Psychologist Shawn Achor argues that people shouldn’t get bogged down in the negative because, actually, happiness inspires us to be more productive. [12 min]
5. The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain

Today’s culture prizes extroverts in both school and workplaces, but author Susan Cain outlines the talents and abilities introverts bring. [19 min]


6. How to Turn a Group of Strangers Into a Team by Amy Edmondson

Amy Edmondson explains how bringing together a diverse group of people quickly to solve a problem takes humility, not bravado. [13 min]
7. The Puzzle of Motivation by Dan Pink

Career analyst Dan Pink examines motivation, starting with a fact that traditional rewards aren't always as effective as we think. [18 min]
8. Helping Others Make Us Happier — but It Matters How We Do It by Elizabeth Dunn

One key shift in how we help others can help us make a greater impact and boost our own happiness, social psychologist Elizabeth Dunn says. [14 min]
9. Why the Secret to Success Is Setting the Right Goals by John Doerr

Objectives and key results are the system John Doerr discusses that allows people to better reach their goals and even improve the world. [12 min]
10. Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders by Sheryl Sandberg

This talk by Facebook’s chief operating officer goes into three key ways women can be leaders — and what is holding them back. [15 min]


While interviewing top women in wealthtech for a recent cover story in Investment Advisor magazine, we noticed that several of these leaders mentioned that one of their favorite sources of information or inspiration were TED Talks. This online video site features a variety of experts, authors, business leaders and others who discuss in engaging and non-complex manners certain topics, ranging from self-improvement to business organization to leadership and beyond.

We asked those who mentioned TED Talks to name some of their favorites talks, and here are 10 we pulled from that list that we believe would be helpful for all those in financial services. We’ve provided the name and link, as well as approximate length.

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