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Commencement Addresses

George Saunders: ‘What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness’

Here is the full transcript and video of George Saunders' commencement address to Syracuse’s Class of 2013.

Commencement Addresses

Jeff Bezos: ‘It’s harder to be kind than clever’

Here is the full video and transcript of Jeff Bezos’ commencement address to Princeton’s Class of 2010.

Commencement Addresses

Ellen DeGeneres: ‘As you grow, you’ll realize the definition of success changes’

It's graduation season, and we here at Ladders have decided to take a look back and showcase some past commencement addresses that stand the test of time. Here is the full transcript of Ellen DeGeneres' commencement address to Tulane's Class of 2009.

Commencement Addresses

J.K. Rowling: ‘Failure gave me an inner security that I had never attained by passing examinations’

It's graduation season, and we here at Ladders have decided to take a look back and showcase some past commencement addresses that stand the test of time. Here is the full transcript of J.K. Rowling's commencement address to Harvard's Class of 2008.

Commencement Addresses

Conan O’Brien: ‘Through disappointment you can gain clarity’

It's graduation season, and we here at Ladders have decided to take a look back and showcase some past commencement addresses that stand the test of time. Here is the full video and transcript of Conan O'Brien's commencement address to Dartmouth's Class of 2011.

Commencement Addresses

David Foster Wallace: ‘You get to consciously decide what has meaning and what doesn’t’

It’s graduation season, and we here at Ladders have decided to take a look back and showcase some past commencement addresses that stand the test of time. Here is the full transcript of David Foster Wallace’s commencement address to Kenyon College’s Class of 2005.

Personal Finance

By 35, you apparently need to have twice your salary saved for retirement

Hope you've been saving since your nascent twenties because the number listed is not pocket change. Fidelity Investments experts said you need to have a year's worth of your salary saved by 30. By 35, that number needs to jump to double your salary.

Productivity

6 career goals you should meet by ages 30, 40 and 50

Goals are often used as benchmarks of progress. If you meet 'em, you might earn a raise, a title change or bargaining power to ask for more vacation or flexibility. If you don’t — it’s time to work on improving your performance.

Commencement Addresses

Justin Trudeau to NYU’s Class of 2018: ‘Do you want to win an argument or change the world?’

Here is the transcript (and video) of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's commencement speech to NYU's Class of 2018.

Inspiration

Public Service Announcement: It’s OK to be bored at work

If you’re so disengaged that you’re not getting your work done, ask yourself, why are you even there? It might be time to move on. Or, maybe it’s just time for a shift in perspective — boredom isn’t your enemy. It’s trying to tell you something, and it’s time to listen.

Inspiration

3 leadership lessons learned at the United State of Women Summit

I just wrapped up an incredible weekend in Los Angeles at the second United State of Women Summit, a gathering of over 5,000 women from across the country who are standing up to make their voices heard and take action in their communities.

The Whole Human

This is the single worst piece of advice still given out by people

If all you like to do is use people, well, I feel sorry for you. Because when it’s all said and done, you’re not going to have anyone that will vouch for you. No one will offer to help you out in your time of need.

Job search

How to ask for a referral, and the template you should use

There are a million ways to mess up when you ask someone for a referral for a job or for someone else — especially if you don't know how well the two people know each other. Here's what to keep in mind.

Commencement Addresses

Tim Cook to Duke’s Class of 2018: ‘You must find your fearlessness’

Here is the transcript (and video) of Tim Cook's commencement speech to Duke's Class of 2018.

Commencement Addresses

Oprah Winfrey to USC’s Class of 2018: ‘Declare war on cynicism’

Here are excerpts and video of Oprah Winfrey's commencement speech to USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism's Class of 2018.

Commencement Addresses

Condoleezza Rice to High Point’s Class of 2016: ‘Don’t let anyone else define your passion’

It's graduation season, and we here at Ladders have decided to take a look back and showcase some past commencement addresses that stand the test of time. Here is the full transcript of Condoleezza Rice's commencement address to High Point University's Class of 2016.

Commencement Addresses

Sheryl Sandberg to UC Berkley’s Class of 2016: ‘You are not born with a fixed amount of resilience’

It's graduation season, and we here at Ladders have decided to take a look back and showcase some past commencement addresses that stand the test of time. Here is the full transcript of Sheryl Sandberg's commencement address to UC Berkeley's Class of 2016.

Mother's Day

8 executives share the best career advice they received from mom

Even if your mom doesn’t work in the same industry you selected for yourself, her smart — and carefully-selected — words make a difference in your professional decisions and progression. Especially for these executives, having their mother in their corner ensured their success and amped their confidence.

Commencement Addresses

Michael Bloomberg to Michigan’s Class of 2016: ‘An open mind is the most valuable asset’

It's graduation season, and we here at Ladders have decided to take a look back and showcase some past commencement addresses that stand the test of time. Here is the full transcript and of Michael Bloomberg's commencement address to University of Michigan's Class of 2016.

Commencement Addresses

Lady Antebellum to UGA’s Class of 2018: ‘You can take a big risk’

Here is the full transcript of the commencement address by Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood to Georgia’s Class of 2018.

Commencement Addresses

Lin-Manuel Miranda to Penn’s Class of 2016: ‘Immigrants get the job done’

It's graduation season, and we here at Ladders have decided to take a look back and showcase some past commencement addresses that stand the test of time. Here is the full transcript of Lin-Manuel Miranda's commencement address to University of Pennsylvania's Class of 2016.

Commencement Addresses

Tim Cook to MIT’s Class of 2017: ‘How will you serve humanity?’

It's graduation season, and we here at Ladders have decided to take a look back and showcase some past commencement addresses that stand the test of time. Here is the full transcript of Tim Cook's commencement address to MIT's Class of 2017.

Commencement Addresses

Steve Jobs to Stanford’s Class of 2005: ‘Stay hungry. Stay foolish.’

It's graduation season, and we here at Ladders have decided to take a look back and showcase some past commencement addresses that stand the test of time. Here is the full transcript of Steve Jobs' commencement address to Stanford's Class of 2005.

Commencement Addresses

William Shatner to NEIT’s Class of 2018: ‘The real world is both beautiful and ugly’

Here excerpts from William Shatner's commencement address to New England Institute of Technology's Class of 2018.

Commencement Addresses

Mark Zuckerberg to Harvard’s Class of 2017: ‘Purpose is what creates true happiness’

It's graduation season, and we here at Ladders have decided to take a look back and showcase some past commencement addresses that stand the test of time. Here is the full transcript of Mark Zuckerberg's commencement address to Harvard University’s Class of 2017.