9 Inspiring TED Talks For Female Entrepreneur

Did you know that women start an average of 849 new businesses every day? In fact, 4 out of every 10 businesses in the U.S. are now women-owned. What are the stories behind those women? Get some insight from these TED Talks speakers about issues they faced and how they solved them. While some are specific to women entrepreneurs, there’s a useful nugget in there for all business owners to help grow your enterprise.

The Real Reason Female Entrepreneurs Get Less Funding – Dana Kanze [14:39 minutes]

According to Fundera’s State of Online Small Business Lending, women get approved for debt funding at lower rates than men and pay higher interest rates. In this talk, Kanze uses her research to explain why. The answer lies just beneath the surface in the unique questions investors ask women business owners. Learn how to respond and get better results. 

Know What You’re Worth, Then Ask For It – Casey Brown [8:13 minutes]

Are you charging enough for your services? Women business owners earn just 80 cents for every dollar a male business owner earns. Pricing consultant Brown says closing this gender gap requires defining and clearly communicating your value. She shares how to flip your thinking and get paid what you’re worth.

Why We Choke Under Pressure And How To Avoid It – Sian Leah Beilock [15:04 minutes]

When all the eyes are on you, have you ever choked? You’re not alone. In this presentation, Beilock explains why we freeze under pressure. Maybe you’re focusing on the wrong thing. Learn how to redirect your attention on the things that will put you back on the right track.

Never, Ever Give Up – Diana Nyad [15:21 minutes]

Have you gone about as far as you can go and aren’t sure you can do it anymore? Here’s one that will give you the courage to keep going. Nyad describes her lifelong dream to swim 100 miles from Cuba to Florida. She failed at age 20 but succeeded when she tried again, at age 64. Find out where she turned for inspiration and succeeded.

Why Do Ambitious Women Have Flat Heads? – Dame Stephanie Shirley [13:30 minutes]

Think things like working from home and telecommuting are ground breaking? They are but Shirley did it back in the 1960s where she started what became a $3 billion tech company. Using humor, she shares her secrets of success for business and in her personal life.

How To Manage Collective Creativity – Linda Hill [17:08 minutes]

Want to unlock the creativity inside of you? Hill says look outside instead. It’s about enabling the collective talents of people around you. That interaction creates innovation. Learn how to set the stage and keep the creativity flowing with your employees. You might be surprised at what comes out.

Women Entrepreneurs, Example Not Exception – Gayle Tzemach Lemmon [12:59 minutes]

Think successful women entrepreneurs are an exception? Think again. Lemmon provides numerous examples of how women-owned business owners are propping up world economies. But first women need to change the way they see themselves. Think bigger.

How To Lead In A Crisis – Amy C. Edmondson [4:33 minutes]

Having just survived 2020, crisis has become a way of life (and business). Edmondson draws on this environment and offers practical ideas to leading in a crisis and staying true to your values, even if you have incomplete information.

Looking Past Limits – Caroline Casey [15:17 minutes]

Casey reveals something about herself that will make you rethink what you know about limits and the power of believing in yourself. You’ll be astounded by her experiences and inspired to be your best self.

TED Talks offer a unique and on-demand way to recharge your entrepreneurial spirit. Watch these stories and get inspired to go even further (in business and in your life).