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Claire Shipman

Women's Leadership Expert; Longtime Television News Reporter; and New York Times Best-Selling Author, The Confidence Code and Womenomics

A newswoman with over a decade of experience covering the world’s biggest stories, Claire Shipman takes audiences to the front lines of global events.


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  • Does Confidence Trump Competence?

  • What Turns Our Thought Into Action?

  • The Early Seeds of Confidence

  • The Confidence Gap and Compensation

  • Confidence Lessons

  • Cracking the Confidence Code - What Women Need to Know

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    In this candid, motivational speech, Claire Shipman offers up the most compelling and surprising new research from her latest book, The Confidence Code, which suggests that confidence may well be the missing ingredient for women today who are eager to find both success and satisfaction at work and at home. Women are achieving unprecedented success in public and private sectors. But still, there’s a dark shadow of doubt that women can nurture—doubt about their ideas, their abilities, their right to rule at the top. Just one example of the real-world results: women won’t apply for promotions, according to some studies, unless they have 100% of the qualifications. Men will go for that job when they have 60% of the qualifications. Shipman gets to the bottom of the female confidence conundrum with basic, provocative questions like these:

    • Is confidence more important than competence?
    • Is there a confidence gene?
    • What are women doing, or learning, wrong?
    • Can we blame our parents?
    • Does perfectionism impede confidence?
    • Is bravado confidence? Do we have to be jerks to be confident?
    • How important is it really to our lives?
    • Is it possible to get more of it, even late in life?

    The answers are often counterintuitive. Some come from the frontiers of neuroscience—part of our confidence is hardwired, it turns out. But not all of it. And we can redo that wiring with fairly basic action that Shipman outlines. Gone are the old maxims about standing up straight and faking it. Confidence is work, and it involves risk and giving up perfection. But it’s within our reach. And it doesn’t have to look like male bravado. Inspiring, insightful and persuasive, Cracking the Confidence Code will leave your audience understanding that by acting on our best instincts and by daring to be authentic, women can feel the transformative power of a confident life.


  • Womenomics: Write Your Own Rules for Success

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    America is on the verge of the biggest workplace revolution since the Second World War. Women are more valuable than ever on the job, and are literally remaking the office to suit them. The most recent numbers show women now make up a majority of workers—in part due to the recession. During the recent rash of layoffs and downsizing, the 82 percent of the jobs lost in recent months have been those belonging to men. But there is also a pink lining to the current economy: around the globe, survey after survey reports that companies that employ more senior women actually make more money. Women are more inclusive, more focused on long-term results and, in many cases, better educated. But women don't want the same career track their male counterparts have carved. Women want more flexibility and are creating work lives to suit them—lives where they have time for children, elderly parents, friends, pets, marathons or just themselves. Claire Shipman provides insight as well as shares her own personal stories on how to attain the right balance between careers and personal lives.
    Audience members will understand:

    • How the contributions of women are reshaping the workplace—and earning companies more money
    • How to create the right work life balance for yourself
    • What employers should be doing to keep and recruit women


  • How Women Are Changing the World, from Politics to the Workplace

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    Millions of American women turn to Good Morning, America's Claire Shipman for the news they need to make the decisions that shape their lives. Shipman offers a unique and personal perspective on the changing nature of women in the workplace and the world. She looks at how women are changing the political landscape in Washington and around the country, offering anecdotes about how the daily life on Capitol Hill is different now that more women are in politics. She discusses the operating styles of everyone from Michelle Obama to Nancy Pelosi to Hillary Clinton – all of whom she knows personally. She gets personal, discussing the challenges for high-profile women in the broadcast media, and, as the mother of two children, she gets practical, talking about strategies for balancing hectic personal lives with the all-consuming demands of professional lives.



  • The Confidence Code for Girls: Taking Risks, Messing Up, and Becoming Your Amazingly Imperfect, Totally Powerful Self
  • The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance---What Women Should Know
  • Womenomics: Work Less, Achieve More, Live Better