The Non-Linear Path to Success

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The Non-Linear Path to Success

Joanne Conroy, M.D., CEO and President of Dartmouth Health speaks with Sian Beilock, President of Barnard College at Columbia University, and the President-Elect of Dartmouth College about the importance of…
January 11, 2023

The Non-Linear Path to Success

Meet Our Guest: 

Sian Beilock is a cognitive scientist by training and serves as the eighth President of Barnard College at Columbia University, and the President-Elect of Dartmouth College. As one of the most selective academic institutions in the United States, Barnard College is devoted to empowering exceptional women to change the world and the way we think about it.

Key Insights: 

Sian Beilock emphasizes the importance of learning and listening when taking on a new leadership role, and finding the “low hanging fruit” that can help to move the organization forward.

Empowering Women in STEM. The opportunity to lead Barnard College because it focused on empowering women and promoting academic excellence was a major factor in Sian’s decision to take on the role of President.

No One’s Path is Linear. At Barnard, she has focused on supporting students and alumni in their career journeys, particularly women who may take non-linear paths to be a vocal advocate for issues related to women in leadership and the workplace, writing op-eds and articles on the subject.

On Handling Failures. She advises young women that it is important to be self-compassionate and to treat oneself like a good friend, especially when faced with challenges or setbacks.

This episode is hosted by Joanne Conroy, M.D. is the CEO and President of Dartmouth Health.

Relevant Links: 

Check out Sian Beilock’s website

Read her article “I was elected to become the first woman to lead Dartmouth in over 250 years–and I still doubt myself. Here’s why that’s a good thing”

Check out her articles on Forbes

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