Breakout Session

ENCORE | Networking and Mentoring: Build Relationships, Not Just Contacts | 2019 Session

Developing a strong network of mentors and advocates is critical to career success. These meaningful relationships will serve you throughout your career and can help you be a valuable connection for others. A lot of hard work, networking and mentors helped FOX’s NFL reporter Laura Okmin break through the barriers in a male-dominated field and ultimately cover the biggest names on the biggest stages. Now, she’s paying it forward by helping to train, mentor and prepare the next generation of women with her new GALvanize program. Laura will help you understand who you need to meet, how to meet them and how to form lasting relationships (even if you’re an introvert!) Whether you are looking for success in a mentor-mentee program or growing your career by building meaningful relationships, she will share the best practices for creating the most successful two-sided relationship to ensure it is a win-win.

Speaker: Laura Okmin, Emmy award-winning sports reporter and founder, GALvanize

Emcee: Lisa Hunt-Lewis, managing director, State Street Global Services 

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ENCORE | Harness Resilience to Catapult Yourself Forward | 2019 Session

Women today face more stresses and strains, both professionally and personally, than ever before. But what if you could embrace life’s challenges in ways that enabled you to catapult yourself forward? Join resilience expert Anne Grady as she presents with a comedic spin her story of being forced to build resilience and how her life was transformed as a result. She will share the important tools to enable you to cultivate your ability to adapt, continually learn and establish a healthy relationship with key stressors.  Attendees will learn how to:

    • Identify triggers and self-defeating habits to proactively manage them;
    • Utilize brain-based strategies to improve emotional regulation and attention;
    • Identify personal and professional high pay-off activities and priorities; and
    • Take advantage of risk, change, and adversity to get back up faster and stronger

Speaker: Anne Grady, resilience expert

Emcee: Lauren D’Innocenzo, assistant professor, organizational behavior, Drexel LeBow College of Business

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ENCORE | Your Money: A Pathway to a Richer Life | 2019 Session

What do we want from our money? Some of us look for independence and security, while others desire more choices and a better way of life. But all of us want to experience less stress around money. So, now that women have more money—and power—than ever before, how can we start making our money work for us? In this session, Today Show financial editor and best-selling author Jean Chatzky will share what she’s learned about living a financially robust life. She will also present her three-part plan for understanding your life in relationship to your finances. Expect to walk away armed with tactical solutions for getting paid what you deserve, making your money last, leaving a legacy—and, most importantly, feeling joyful while doing it.

Speaker: Jean Chatzky, author, Women with Money: The Judgement-Free Guide to Creating the Joyful, Less Stressed, Purposeful (and Yes, Rich) Life You Deserve

Emcee: Heather Scher, VP, field development, Penn Mutual

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ENCORE | You’re Not Lost: Create the Career YOU Want, Not What is Being Determined for You | 2019 Session

Making some career decisions can be enough to bring any adult to her knees. The anxiety, second-guessing and often unsolicited opinions we face are abundant. This “Where am I going with my life?”self-doubt affects us all at some point. It can also prevent you from making the small decisions that will help you get where you want to go. Join this panel for helpful insights into how to think about your choices, trust your instincts and decide whether to stay the course or pivot in a new direction.

Thought Leader: Maxie McCoy, author, You’re Not Lost

Panelists:
Emilie Aries, nationally recognized writer, author and founder, Bossed Up
Kelley Biskupiak, career consultant and co-founder, Prepare to Launch
Tania Small, MD, global medical oncology franchise head, GlaxoSmithKline

Emcee: Jennifer Duff, managing director, life sciences, operations, Accenture

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Brave, Not Perfect | 2019 Session

How would it feel to be able to embrace imperfection? To not try to please everyone all the time? To not pass up opportunities that take you out of your comfort zone? Or to avoid rejection at all costs? In this session, Girls Who Code founder and CEO Reshma Saujani will share an array of insights into ending our love affair with perfection and rewiring ourselves for bravery. She’ll share why perfection may set us on a path that feels safe in the moment, but bravery leads us to the one we’re authentically meant to follow to be the author of our biggest, boldest and most joyful life.

Speaker: Reshma Saujani, New York Times best-selling author and founder & CEO, Girls Who Code  

Emcee: Laysha Ward, EVP and chief external engagement officer, Target

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ENCORE | How is Bias Affecting Your Organization? | 2019 Session

We all have blind spots: hidden unconscious biases that can influence the culture of our organizations and the career trajectories of all its employees. But when we learn how to identify these blind spots, we have the power to make change. Sharing best practices and lessons learned from their first-hand experiences, diversity consultant Tiffany Jana and this panel of experts will examine what helps break down these biases, and what all of us can do right now to create systems in which all people can thrive. You will walk away with concrete strategies to tackle structural bias—both individually and organizationally.

Thought Leader: Tiffany Jana, founder, TMI Consulting & author, Overcoming Bias and Erasing Institutional Bias

Panelists:

Trey Boynton, sr. manager, global strategy & enterprise solutions, office of inclusion & collaboration, Cisco Systems
⚬  Jennifer Brown, author, How to Be an Inclusive Leader
⚬  Quinetta Roberson, Fred J. Springer Endowed Chair, Business Leadership, Villanova School of Business

Emcee: Thao Le, partner, corporate and securities group, Pepper Hamilton LLP

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ENCORE | Finding and Engaging Male Allies | 2019 Session

When men use their power to advocate for women and support the creation of an equitable organization, everyone wins. But how do you inspire a male colleague or boss to be your ally in removing the barriers to your success? Join workplace gender expert David Smith and a panel of experts for an enlightening discussion about overcoming reluctance to allyship and identifying the actions allies can take to support your career.

Thought Leader: David Smith, co-author, Athena Rising and associate professor of sociology, Department of National Security Affairs, United States Naval War College

Panelists:
⚬  Mary Beth Harler, MD, head, innovative medicines development, Bristol-Myers Squibb
⚬  Romy Newman, founder, Fairy God Boss
⚬  Jessica Turner, EVP, product and innovation, North America, Mastercard

Emcee: Jennedy S. Johnson, assistant general counsel, PECO

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Inspiration to Ignite Your Inner Rebel: Real Stories from a Real Rebel Girl | 2019 Session

From Silicon Valley entrepreneur to global best-selling author, the co-creator of the “Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls” series Elena Favilli will share her rebellious journey. Hear how her battle against Silicon Valley sexism led to writing stories of real women.

Learn why the fight for gender equality begins with the stories we tell our children and how their book series sparked a movement of rebel girls across the globe. Walk away inspired to unleash your inner rebel and make a difference for yourself and the next generation of pioneers to come.

Speaker: Elena Favilli, CEO, Rebel Girls and co-author, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

Moderator: Veronica Rueckert, author, Outspoken

Emcee: Daniela Mardarovici, co-head, multisector/core plus fixed income, Macquarie

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Happier Now: Embracing the Everyday | 2019 Session

Many of us are so busy chasing perfectionism, we forget to enjoy the everyday moments—imagining that happiness will come at some elusive time in the future. In this session, happiness expert Nataly Kogan and a panel of experts will share simple strategies for how to experience more joy, recognize when a change is needed, find contentment and have greater resilience when times get tough. You will learn how to escape the perfectionism trap and boost your emotional immune system so that you can reconnect to a sense of purpose and be happier today.

Thought Leader: Nataly Koganfounder, Happier, Inc., creator of the Happier Method™, author, Happier Now

Panelists:

Emcee: Condylia Courtney, global product manager, Ion Exchange Resin, DuPont

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Harness Resilience to Catapult Yourself Forward | 2019 Session

Women today face more stresses and strains, both professionally and personally, than ever before. But what if you could embrace life’s challenges in ways that enabled you to catapult yourself forward? Join resilience expert Anne Grady as she presents with a comedic spin her story of being forced to build resilience and how her life was transformed as a result. She will share the important tools to enable you to cultivate your ability to adapt, continually learn and establish a healthy relationship with key stressors.  Attendees will learn how to:

    • Identify triggers and self-defeating habits to proactively manage them;
    • Utilize brain-based strategies to improve emotional regulation and attention;
    • Identify personal and professional high pay-off activities and priorities; and
    • Take advantage of risk, change, and adversity to get back up faster and stronger

Speaker: Anne Grady, resilience expert

Emcee: Suzanne L. Quigley, director, corporate responsibility,Qurate Retail Group

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