Breakout Session

Health and Wellness: Improving Your Productivity by Managing Your Stress and Sleep

How many times have you wished for more hours in a day or said, “If only I didn’t need to sleep”? We all want to maximize our time and energy. While our needs and stresses are different, there are some consistencies that can be leveraged by all women to maximize our efficiency. This ses – sion will feature medical and wellness experts to explore options to make you as productive and successful as possible including: which vitamins enhance performance; best times of day to exercise to gain the best results; when and what to eat; and tips for achieving the best sleep!

Panelists: Nwenna Kai , author, The Goddess of Raw Foods @NWENNAKAI
Aminah Keats, director, naturopathic medicine, Cancer Treatment Centers of America @CANCERCENTER
Emily Leaman , health and fitness editor, Philadelphia magazine @EMLEAMAN

Moderator: Dr. Vonda Wright , author, Dr. Vonda Wright’s Guide to THRIVE: 4 steps to Body, Brains and Bliss @DRVONDAWRIGHT
Host: Kim Eberbach , VP, wellness and community health, Independence Blue Cross @IBX
Branded by: Cancer Treatment Centers of America

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Achieving Work/Life Integration: How to Have it All…At the Right Time

Decades ago, before the invention of laptops and smart phones, boundaries were clear and work stayed at the office after 5pm. Thanks to the blessing (or curse) of technology, separation of work and play seems to be non-existent. While workplace productivity has increased as a result, balance continues to be out of whack as women especially, struggle to juggle the mayhem and pressures of life and career. Rather than find strategies to balance work and life as separate silos, this session will explore strategies for integrating work and life. Understanding that the demands for each ebb high and low at varying times, attendees will not only learn ways to effectively manage tasks and time, but will learn how to put the focus back into things that matter most at the right times so that you can feel successful personally and professionally – and with less guilt!

Panelists: Amanda Steinberg , founder and CEO, The Daily Worth @AMANDASTEINBERG
Mally Roncal, celebrity makeup artist and founder and president, Mally Beauty @MALLYBEAUTY
Molly Watson , COO, Tierney @HELLOTIERNEY

Moderator: Lisa Belkin , senior columnist on life, The Huffington Post @LISABELKIN
Host: Jennifer MacMullen , VP and market director, Beneficial Bank @BENEFICIALBANK
Branded by: Tierney

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Leadership in a Multigenerational Workforce: Bridging the Gap to Drive Bottom Line Impact

Using the skills of different generations of workers is critical to increasing business results and bottom line impact. The most effective and successful organizations right now are the ones that foster and leverage a multigenerational workplace to better innovate and gain competitive advantage. This interactive panel will bring together a mix of Gen X and Gen Y leaders to share tools and strategies to help attendees:

  • Understand the value of and better accept different generational perspectives in the workplace (especially as it relates to women);
  • Attract and retain top talent outside of our own pyramid
  • Engage and mentor the next generation of women leaders
  • More effectively lead a multigenerational workforce
  • Utilize the skills of different generations to leverage individual strengths and achieve organizational strength

Panelists: Jill Ross , VP and market director, Beneficial Bank @BENEFICIALBANK
Renata Mutis Black, chairwoman, Seven Bar Foundation @RENATA_M_BLACK
Elizabeth Reeves , SVP and chief human resources officer, AmeriHealth Caritas @AMCARITAS

Moderator: Miki Agrawal , serial social entrepreneur and ranked Forbes 2013 “ Top 20 Millennials” @TWINMIKI
Co-Hosts: Catherine O’Hara , VP and director, consultant relationships, North America, State Street Global Services and Dawn Powers , FCM sales and marketing, State Street Global Exchange @STATESTREET
Branded by: State Street

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Workshop: Getting What You Want (By Getting Out of Your Own Way)

In this workshop, “Getting What You Want By Getting Out of Your Own Way”, New York Times-bestselling author Laura Munson shows how to redefine success so you allow yourself to succeed. Munson is the author of “This is Not the Story You Think It Is: A Season of Unlikely Happiness.” She is an expert in perseverance and dealing with rejection (both personally and professionally), the creator of the Haven Writer Retreats. She talks from personal experience about the power of the present moment and awareness of self to surrender the past and reinvent the future into the reality of what is. In this session you will:

  1. Learn that both “failure” and “success” are myths.
  2. Let go of external definitions of your success, in order to define what you really want.
  3. Get out of victim-based thinking and into practical, creative thinking.
  4. Reinvent your life to get what you want.
  5. Define a statement of intention that can be referred to for daily affirmation, focus and guidance.


Speaker: Laura Munson , New York Times best-selling author, This is Not the Story You Think it Is: A Season of Unlikely Happiness @LAURAMUNSON
Host: Lisa Nutter , president, Philadelphia Academies, Inc. @PHILACADINC

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Personal Finance: Seven Savvy Ways to Plan a Better Budget

How financially savvy are you? Wealth management expert Manisha Thakor will share her personal budget philosophies for achieving financial security. You will learn how to incorporate these strategies into a budget that works for you and keeps your spending on track.

Speaker: Manisha Thakor , founder and CEO, MoneyZen Wealth Management and author, On My Own Two Feet: A Modern Girl’s Guide to Personal Finance @MANISHATHAKOR
Host: Pam Cyr , EVP and retail banking officer, Beneficial Bank @BENEFICIALBANK
Branded by: Beneficial Bank

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Is Your Body Language Sending the Right Message?

Talk all you want—it’s your body language that speaks loudest. In this podcast, author and “human lie detector” Janine Driver helps you hone your non-verbal skills to become a better leader and connector.

Speaker: Janine Driver, lie detector expert and New York Times best-selling author, You Can’t Lie to Me @JANINEDRIVER
Host: Karen Dougherty Buchholz, vice president, administration, Comcast Corporation @COMCAST

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Carry On, Warrior: Developing Resiliency to Mobilize a Better You

We have all faced negative or challenging experiences personally or professionally – it’s a part of life. While the experience may impact us; it’s how we move forward as a result which defines who we are. Are you someone who lets challenge immobilize you in times of distress? Once a recovering bulimic and alcoholic, best-selling author and blogger, Glennon Melton serves as a great model for how resiliency helped her carry on and overcome years of pain, suffering and addiction. Sharing real-life insights, inspiration and humor, the beloved founder of Momastery will teach you how to develop resiliency skills to overcome your obstacles, better build from challenges in life and prepare you to carry on and be your own warrior.

Speaker: Glennon Doyle Melton , founder,, and NY Times best-selling author, Carry On Warrior @MOMASTERY
Host: Frankie Darcell , author, producer and radio personality, Clear Channel @FRANKIEDARCELL
Branded by: Clear Channel Radio and Outdoor

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Your Next and Best Career Move: How to MAKE a Working Identity and Life Plan that Reflects You!

In our quest for excellence, shattering the glass ceiling and following a traditional executive career trajectory, women are often sidetracked from a path that may be better suited for their individual strengths or unique passions. Women should and can rise beyond their potential, but not at the expense of their specific skills, talents and expertise. Using the first hand experiences of women from the front-lines, attendees will explore their unique journeys and learn from their best practices and lessons learned along their road to discovery. Whether you are looking for a career change, re-entering the workforce after time away, or trying to find the right path for you, this session will offer practical advice for evaluating your career path, defining your working identity and creating your life plan.

Panelists: Julie Shifman , author, Act Three: Creating the Life You Want @ACTTHREE Cindy Ratzlaff , author, Queen of Your Own Life @BRANDYOU Beth Rubino , executive vice president, HR and workplace services, QVC @QVC

Moderator: Amy Richards , writer, activist and producer, MAKERS @HEYMSAMELIA
Host: Andrea Wikerd , assurance senior manager, Ernst and Young @EYNEWS
Branded by: QVC

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Strategies to Build a Compelling Brand and Attract More Business

Experts from some of the world’s top companies will share their strategies for branding success. How do you communicate your brand’s value in an ever-changing market? Which tools are right for you and which ones should you avoid? How can you use social media to propel your brand? Whether you are launching a new business or branding products and services for a Fortune 500 company, this session will help you build a compelling brand and attract more business.

Panelists: Karen Korellis Reuther , partner, Cast Collective and former creative director, Nike @KKREUTHER
D’Arcy F. Rudnay , chief communications officer, Comcast Corporation @COMCAST

Moderator: Tina Wells , CEO and founder, Buzz Marketing Group @TINACWELLS
Host: Joanne Ryder , EVP, director of brand and strategy, Beneficial Bank @BENEFICIALBANK

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Life at a Crossroads: Finding the Courage to Choose a Different Path (workshop)

Delia-EphronsmSpeaker: Delia Ephron, best-selling author, playwright and screenwriter

Bestselling author, playwright and screenwriter for movies including You’ve Got Mail, Hanging Up and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and books that include her most recent, The Lion is In, Delia Ephron explores the crossroads of life and offers her insight as to how to find the courage and imagination to take a different path. With humor and grace, she teaches what you can run from and what is just part of life.

Host: Karen Dougherty Buchholz, vice president, Administration, Comcast Corporation

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