Breakout Session

Outspoken: How to Get your Voice Heard | 2019 Session

We know from history that nothing gets accomplished unless someone speaks up. But being the person to do that can be hard, especially when women are more frequently interrupted than men. In this session, communications expert Charmaine McClarie will provide real world examples from her own experience of speaking up, and will interview a panel of experts about some of today’s most effective communication strategies.  Plan to leave with the skills to use your voice with confidence and “get loud” so that nothing stands in your way.

Thought Leader: Dr. Laura Sicola, CEO, Vocal Impact Productions and author, Speaking to Influence

Panelists:

Dena Blizzard, comedian and founder, Ladies Out Loud

Veronica Rueckert, author, Outspoken

Tracy Stover, managing director, Bank of America

          Emcee: Michelle Lowry, professor of finance, TD Bank and academic director, Raj & Kamla Gupta Governance Institute, Drexel LeBow School of Business

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How to Skimm Your Life | 2019 Session

Navigating life isn’t easy, but theSkimm founders, Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin make it a lot more fun. This fireside chat will deliver theSkimm’s trademark mix of real talk, humor, and inspirational messaging to take all of the daunting, cumbersome and frankly unsexy parts of being an adult, and break them down in the same way they break down a complicated news story every morning in our inbox. They’ll also take you on a journey through their experiences with entrepreneurship and reveal how their evolving the brand to meet the demands of the future. Join this session to learn how to navigate the noteworthy moments in your lives, not just your days. Attendees will leave armed with advice, information and even a few hacks to help you make the most informed life and career decisions.

Moderator: Erica Williams Simon, author, You Deserve the Truth

Speakers: Danielle Weisberg & Carly Zakin, co-founders, theSkimm

Emcee: Naomi Jacobs, Director of Social Media Strategy, Qurate Retail Group

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How to Lead and Succeed in the Multigenerational Workplace | 2019 Session

Diversity in the workplace has been proven to benefit people and organizations. But managing and communicating effectively across diverse teams can present some challenges. So, how do you harness the unique strengths of diverse team members who—especially due to generational differences—bring different styles and values to the workplace? In this session, Lindsay Pollak, a leading researcher on generations in the workforce, and a panel of experts will share their insights into these different generations. Attend to learn clear strategies for communicating and team-building that will help you turn generational diversity into business success. Read More

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Women Breaking Barriers: Lessons from the Frontlines | 2019 Session

As a leader in your organization, you are almost certain to face obstacles—maybe even opposition. But skillfully meeting these challenges can become defining moments in your journey to success.  In this powerful session, two influential CEOs will share how they have succeeded in courageously driving change in the midst of big challenges. You will learn strategies for how to stand up for yourself; positively gain traction with others, and ultimately break barriers—whatever the pushback and bumps you face along the way. Plan to walk away inspired by these powerhouse women—and ready to inspire others yourself. Read More

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ENCORE | Ditch Workplace Drama and Drive Results | 2018 Session

Ego-driven behaviors are the #1 source of drama in workplaces today, generating huge amounts of emotional waste. Some people thrive on the drama and toxicity. But for most of us, it is an unwanted distraction.  How do we eliminate the big egos and frenzy from our organizations? In this session, leadership expert Cy Wakeman will show you how to ditch the drama so you can be responsible for your own success and learn to love your job again, no matter your level at an organization. She will provide you offer the tips and tools for cultivating accountability so you can help drive results and restore sanity to the workplace.

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Get Paid What You’re Worth | 2018 Session

Women are the majority of today’s college graduates, but less than a quarter make it past middle management. And we are being paid 80% of what men make. Now is the time to change this staggering reality. Whether you’re interviewing for a new job or want a raise in a current one, this panel of experts will discuss how to prepare, best ways to present yourself, and what to say when you’re getting pushback during a negotiation. Leave this session with the courage to get paid what you deserve.

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Be More with Less: Making Room for What Matters Most | 2018 Session

Are you overwhelmed by busyness? The quest to earn more, produce more, and be more can complicate the simpler, more intentional lives we desire. Author Courtney Carver knows first-hand about the consequences of a busy life, which compromised her relationships and eventually threatened her health. In this workshop, the author of Soulful Simplicity: How Living with Less Can Lead to So Much More will share how to stop getting caught up in the rush and to discover the power of simplicity. She shares how conscious minimalism can improve health, build more meaningful relationships, and relieve stress in our lives. You will learn how to get rid of excess and create more with less—more space, more time, and even more love.

Speaker: Courtney Carver, blogger, creator of Project 333, & author, Soulful Simplicity

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

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Choose Wonder Over Worry: Moving Beyond Fear | 2018 Session

Worry. Fear. Doubt. It can stifle a dream, hinder a relationship, or bring your life and career to a halt. But while we often think fear is a challenge to overcome, what if instead it’s an ally on the path to unlocking our full potential? Author, speaker, and artist Amber Rae urges us to “choose wonder” as we embrace discomfort, and shares with us a unique approach for understanding the hidden meaning in our emotions: by dialoguing with them. Join Amber Rae as she guides you to reframe your relationship to emotions like anxiety, fear, stress, imposter syndrome, and envy so you can be the best you in life and work.

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Overcoming Bias in School & Beyond | 2018 Session

We all have blind spots or biases about people from other cultures, religions, and genders. These hidden biases influence the friends we choose, the organizations we join—and can influence our careers. Recognizing and braving our own blind-spots is challenging enough, but how do we ensure others are assessing us in a fair and accurate way? Whether negative or positive, these stereotypes influence others’ behavior towards us.  Join this panel of leaders to learn how they overcame broad generalizations about who they were to accomplish their lofty goals.

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Play Big: Lessons in Being Limitless | 2018 Session

Talent and luck play a big part on your road to success, but what role does grit and perseverance play? When Dr. Jen Welter joined the Arizona Cardinals in 2015, she was the first woman to ever break the glass sideline of the NFL and became a trailblazer in the ultimate boys’ club. In this session, Dr. Welter will provide specifics as to how she succeeded despite the odds, through force of will and determination, and reveal the wisdom she gained over countless setbacks and challenges.  With vivid wit and candor, she will share her hard-earned advice for cultivating true perseverance and toughness so that you can get big things done.

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