What is Turn Adversity into Advantage?

The world isn’t a level playing field. Some people begin with inherent advantages; others have to create them for themselves. Despite what we’ve been taught from a young age, hard work alone isn’t always enough. Stereotyping, bias, and superficial perceptions—like race, gender, age, religion, ability, sexual orientation, and more—play a large role in how we’re seen by others and how far we can go. The good news is we can flip biases and reframe them to work in our favor, both in the workplace and in our lives.

In this class, Laura’s EDGE framework will show you a number of practical, actionable ways to flip constraints, obstacles, stereotypes, and adversity into advantage:

  • Insight into the difference between hard work, and hard work plus; the ways in which hard work matters, but understanding that it takes more than effort to achieve and maintain success.
  • Practical tips and strategies on how we hone our ability to read our audience and the ways in which others perceive us, so that we can redirect these perceptions and attributions.
  • Clarity on what obstacles, constraints and stereotypes can do for us — they don’t always have to be setbacks; they can work to our advantage.
  • The EDGE framework, and how it can empower individuals; how the “system” and the “structure” might be imperfect… but individuals can still gain and create their own edge within an imperfect system.

Laura Huang is an Associate Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. Laura’s research examines interpersonal relationships and implicit bias in entrepreneurship and in the workplace. She is the creator of #FindYourEdge, an initiative dedicated to addressing inequality and disadvantage through personal empowerment.

Her award-winning research has been featured in the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes, and Nature, and she was named one of the 40 Best Business School Professors Under the Age of 40 by Poets & Quants.

Previously, she held positions in investment banking, consulting, and management, for organizations such as Standard Chartered Bank, IBM Global Services, and Johnson & Johnson.
Laura holds an MS and BSE in electrical engineering, both from Duke University, an MBA from INSEAD, and a PhD from the University of California, Irvine. Her first book is entitled Edge: Turning Adversity into Advantage. Sign up and learn more about the #FindYourEdge movement at: https://edgeremarkable.com.

This class will be hosted on Zoom and include breakout rooms where you will be interacting with other participants. Your individual link will be emailed to you after you register.

Due to limited seating in each class, all ticket purchases are final.

Missed a bit? Don’t worry- an unedited recording of the class will be made available for 48 hours so you can relive all the action in your own time.

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