Gender Differences in Competition
For the first time in history, men and women work side-by-side. Both can succeed, but that doesn’t mean the conditions necessary for success will be the same. In fact, the science has revealed that—from champion tennis pros to CEOs—women and men differ on when they compete, and they attach different meanings to successes and failures. In this speech, Ashley will identify social, cultural, psychological, and physiological factors behind gender differences at work. She will reveal how these differences affect performance–from job interviews to board meetings. Just a couple examples: Men are more interested in working on a team. Women are three times more sensitive to feedback–especially if it’s negative. Under stress, men increase risk-taking, while stressed women decrease risk-taking. Men assume they are qualified for a task, women assume they aren’t. Leadership styles that may increase a man’s authority might weaken a woman’s. The goal of this conversation isn’t to put anyone in a gender box. Instead, it’s to help you identify when these differences may help or hurt, and what we all can do going forward. Male or female, this is one exciting, controversial event you can’t afford to miss.
About Ashley Merryman
Ashley Merryman’s insights change the world’s dialogue. Co-author of two New York Times bestselling books – Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing and NurtureShock: New Thinking about Children – Merryman has had enormous critical and commercial acclaim. Email and social media are filled with demands to read her work: her New York Times essay, “Losing is Good for You,” was shared on Facebook 40,000 times within the first 24-hours of publication.
Merryman’s genius is that she finds the best science to explain our world, and, having done so, she transforms our lives. With Po Bronson, it was Merryman who introduced the world to Carol Dweck and her now famous concept of growth mindset. Then Merryman brought the science of creativity to the public’s attention. Now, she’s using the latest science to understand how character affects leadership and achievement–how to teach people to become their very best. Particularly when things seem at their worst. She’s taught Olympians how to better perform under pressure; she’s advised executives on building a winning culture. From keynotes to conference rooms, Merryman has appeared at more than 180 venues–global leaders such as: Staples; FOX; Janssen Pharmaceuticals; State Street Global Advisors; YPO; Aspen Institute; SXSW; PopTech; Wired Business Conference; Red Bull; English Institute of Sport; IMG Academy; National Head Start Assoc.; Georgetown; USC; Yale; and the United States Military Academy.
Merryman’s book Top Dog, written with Bronson, was an instant New York Times bestseller, with foreign language editions are underway, as it has been revolutionizing the world of elite performance. Among the critical raves–it was a “Best Book of the Month” by both Barnes & Noble and Amazon, on many “Best of the Year” lists, and Salary.com said it was the #1 book every entrepreneur must read.
Merryman and Bronson’s previous book, NurtureShock, has become one of the most influential books about children ever published. On the New York Times bestseller list for more than six months and an Amazon Top Nonfiction 100 book for over a year, it has been translated in 20 languages.
In addition to cover stories for Newsweek and New York, Merryman has written for New York Times, Time, Washington Post, Guardian, ESPN Magazine, and more. Her media appearances include: CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360; Fox and Friends; CBS This Morning; Charlie Rose; Tavis Smiley; @KatieCouric; John Stossel; ESPN’s Outside the Lines; HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel; BBC’s World News and Sports Hour; Canada AM; and NPR’s On Point. She once delighted “Mr. Wonderful” Kevin O’Leary with an on-air explanation of how science could predict his entrepreneurial success; Stephen Colbert devoted an entire segment of The Colbert Report to her take on kids and competition. Her mastery of psychology, neuroscience, and more is considered so authoritative that her work’s been cited in 158 academic journals and 460 books to date. And Merryman’s won nine awards for her work, including the PEN Center USA Literary Award; AAAS Award for Science Journalism; an “Audie”; and two Clarions.
Merryman has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts and a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University. An attorney, Merryman previously served as a speechwriter and in other positions in the Clinton Administration. She lives in Los Angeles, directing a small all-volunteer tutoring program for inner-city kids since 1999.
Read more about Ashley Merryman on her website
Thursday, May 18
The Belo Mansion