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Anne-Marie Slaughter, Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University, declares that while some women have reached society's highest levels of leadership, there is no framework for new generations of women to attain similar accomplishments. Slaughter argues that there needs to be a "revolution" to secure a new era of representation for women.
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg reflects on her own experiences as a mother and a woman in the corporate world to call for social change in the work/home balance between men and women. "We all lose because of this [imbalance]," she says. "We limit women's ability to contribute in the workforce and, even more importantly, we limit men's ability to contribute at home."
Minority Leader of the House Nancy Pelosi discusses class warfare at The New Yorker Festival 2011. In response to a claim that "corporations are people, too," she counters, "Workers are people, too!"
Author Alain de Botton says routine work allows us to impose order, provides us a distraction from thoughts of deaths and permits us to be something "slightly better than we manage to be in our day-to-day life."
Author Alain de Botton discusses the taboo of sexual relations between coworkers.
He draws comparisons between the Catholic Church’s stance on sex to the polices found at many places of work. "What the large corporation has to deny is the idea that sex might be more fun than work," says Botton.
Alain de Botton, author of The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work, discusses lessons he learned from observing workers at a United Biscuits factory in the UK.
According to Botton, highly specialized jobs lead to a sense of aimlessness in many workers. "The problem of the modern world...is it becomes very, very hard to see the impacts that you have on anybody's life."
Byron Reeves, the Paul C. Edwards Professor in Stanford University's Department of Communication, shows how scientists are measuring psychophysiological responses to arouse the productivity of employees at work. Reeves believes that by tapping into a brand narrative, employees will be more engaged, active workers.
SEIU International Secretary-Treasurer Eliseo Medina cautions that the opportunities for the working class are under attack by ballot measures that restrict labor unions.
Communication consultant Audrey Nelson chastises the working women she sees wearing "postage-stamp sized skirts" and baring cleavage in professional environments.
"Nothing will erode your credibility quicker," she warns.
John Gray, author of Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, explains how estrogen levels in men are on the rise and how this is not necessarily a good thing.
Alain de Botton, author of The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work, gives a hilarious account of his experience with the HR department at an accounting firm.
Although prepared to be sarcastic, de Button found sincerity and kindness in company songs and the "24-hour anti-bullying hotline."
Dulce Matuz, president of the Arizona Dream Act Coalition, questions how America will remain competitive in STEM fields if undocumented students with an education in science are not allowed to work in the United States.
Mike Rowe has had dirty jobs in the past, but nothing quite like his memorable visit (for all the wrong reasons) to a San Francisco sewage treatment facility.
Philosopher and mechanic Matthew Crawford defends trade work as more cognitively stimulating than society recognizes.
He considers manual labor to be not only more satisfying to human nature than white-collar work, but often more creative and mentally taxing.
Vocational coach Craig Nathanson leads an exercise in planning "your perfect vocational day," including ideal activities, work settings, and associates.
He explains that the key to living an authentic life is learning how to capitalize on your passions.
Yahoo President and CEO Marissa Mayer defends her decision to institute a controversial plan requiring employees to work on-site. Mayer argues that having workers in the office spurs discovery and innovation.
Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and renowned food critic A. A. Gill debate the moral relativity of gourmet food production, from foie gras to worker rights. "Most Ghanaian dish washers are treated far worse than any of the geese that make foie gras," says Gill.