Breakout Session

2017 Session | Strategies to Stand Out, Step Up and Get Noticed

Gender exclusion is still prominent in today’s work environments putting women in a challenging position – for obvious reasons around the lack of equity– but also for those trying to exist in a corporate landscape as they climb the ladder and try to make a name for themselves. The competition is fierce wherever you are, and whether you like it or not, you are part of it. How do you stand out without alienating others? How do you get taken seriously in a male-dominated room? Join this team of leaders to uncover key lessons learned and new insights on how to make strides towards equity and partnership. Read More

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2017 Session | Creative Change: Strategies for Fostering Innovation

CEOs, top executives, and other business leaders say they need creativity and real innovation to thrive in a competitive world. But according to former Wharton management professor Jennifer Mueller, many business leaders chronically reject creative solutions and often embrace the familiar, even as they profess commitment to innovation.  Mueller’s research reveals that it’s not just CEOs, but many others often struggle to accept new and creative ideas even when desired. Mueller will address the tough questions these findings raise: Could people love but also hate creative ideas? Could the mindset we use to evaluate ideas turn this love or hate on or off—in an instant? Do experts struggle even more than novices with this bias? And even more startling, could the “best practices” that organizations employ to manage innovation activate this bias, and inadvertently, kill innovation?   Mueller diagnoses this hidden innovation barrier, and will share her solutions, including: Read More

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2017 Session | Power, Parity & Influence: Driving Change in the Workplace

Gender exclusion is still prominent in today’s work environments putting women in a challenging position – for obvious reasons around the lack of equity– but also for those trying to exist in a corporate landscape as they climb the ladder and try to make a name for themselves as a leader in a boys’ club. This intimate discussion will bring you up close and personal with Margaret McKenna – the first woman Deputy White House Counsel, the first president of Walmart foundation and the first woman president of Suffolk University. McKenna has forged the path of firsts and has also been a change agent in her different roles, from leading an effort to appoint more women and people of color to Federal judgeships, to prioritizing hunger as the signature issue for the Walmart foundation and driving governance change at Suffolk University. She has moved from government to the university life to the largest company in the world. How did she obtain these positions? How did she learn to navigate such different environments? What lessons did she learn about creating positive change? Led by friend and colleague Marian Heard, we will answer these questions, and you will leave with strategies to influence and obtain the distribution of power and control necessary to drive positive change and make strides towards equity and partnership. Read More

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2017 Session | Think Differently: Feeling Confident about Taking the Lesser Known Path

“Follow your gut” is advice easy to give, but harder to follow. How do you know when following your intuition will lead you to happiness and success?  In the session, super stars in their industries will share with you the reasons why fostering your passions, seeking purpose in your chosen interest and taking the road less traveled is often the most rewarding, despite (and because of) the hiccups and failures you may encounter on the way. Read More

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2017 Session | The Future of Modern Love

Iconic couples’ therapist, erotic intelligence expert and best-selling author Esther Perel has traveled the globe and worked with hundreds of couples on their relationships.  Her latest research touches on infidelity and why it is so poorly understood. Affairs are a time-honored taboo, universally forbidden yet universally practiced, and have a lot of teach us about our relationships and about love, lust, and commitment. Join this session for a groundbreaking and provocative look at sex, infidelity (even thoughts of infidelity) and a daring framework for understanding the intricacies of love and desire. Attendees will walk away learning how to strengthen their relationships, making them more honest and more resilient. Read More

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2017 Session | Achieving More by Doing Less

Even though women are 50% of the workforce, they only represent 18% of the highest-level leaders. Responsibilities at work and home often leave women without the bandwidth to succeed and wondering if their career and personal goals are unachievable.  Tiffany Dufu, one of Fast Companies’ League of Extraordinary Women and once the poster child for doing it all, will offer a new perspective on why the women’s leadership movement has stalled and how we can stop that trend.  She will share actionable advice on how we can reevaluate our priorities, embrace imperfection and expect less of ourselves and more of  others so that we can focus on the goals we truly care about.  Read More

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2017 Session | Authentic Leadership: Leading with Vision and Truth

Mellody Hobson is a nationally recognized voice on financial leadership and investor education, and a pioneering business executive. From her humble Chicago childhood to success as an investment guru to director of major public companies like The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. and Starbucks Corporation – and her marriage to filmmaker George Lucas, Mellody Hobson has shattered stereotypes of every kind and always kept true to herself. Starting as an intern and rising all the way up to president of Arial Investments, there is no doubt why she was named one of TIME Magazine’s most influential people in the world. Now is your chance to get up close and personal in this intimate fireside chat to learn from her successes and mistakes. You will walk away inspired to take control of your professional life, think and act bravely and ultimately become the authentic leader you always aspired to be! Read More

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2017 Session | Using Setbacks to Build Resilience and Succeed

Failure and fear are a natural part of life. Although typically viewed as a negative, they can be harnessed to unleash innovation, growth and even lead
to success. Through setbacks and failure, we can learn invaluable skills like resiliency and risk taking to propel life in a positive direction. Using real-life experiences, this engaging discussion will help you discover how failure can work for you. Whether you are bouncing back from a job setback, trying to reinvigorate innovation in your company, struggling with a relationship, or facing the everyday obstacles that arise at work or home, attend this session to learn how to break free of the stigma and catapult growth for yourself both professionally and personally. Read More

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2017 Session | Branding Yourself to Achieve your Career Goals

No matter how skilled you are, how experienced, how many years you’ve been in business, or how much you love what you do, if you do not have a commanding presence on every platform and can successfully communicate your story, you will continue to be under-recognized and labor to attract recognition. For women who have taken a non-linear career path or have taken a pause and now want to re-enter, this can be even more challenging. The ability to speak and communicate with confidence and charisma is critical and will eliminate these obstacles allowing you to take your career or business to the next level. Attend this session to learn from some of the best brand marketing agents about how to position yourself for your future. Read More

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2017 Session | The Confidence Divide: Closing the Gap to Achieve Career Success

Being passed over for a promotion you knew you were ready for is nothing new. What may be unique is this little culprit: a disparity in confidence. While men are prone to overestimate their abilities, women too often sell themselves short and confidence plays a crucial role in the ability of women to succeed. Confidence expert Grace Killelea has done the research and will share how to turn your job competency into the kind of authentic confidence that gets noticed. Attendees will learn:

  1. The Four Rs of Success–relationships, reputation, results, and resilience;
  2. How to build circles of influence, leverage and promote your skills and cultivate executive presence; and
  3. Strategies to help you bounce back from setbacks.

Listen in to this session to find the confidence you need to step off the sidelines onto the playing field–and claim the success you deserve.  Read More

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