Breakout Session

2017 Session | ENCORE | The Future of Modern Love

Iconic couples’ therapist, erotic intelligence expert and best-selling author of Mating in Captivity 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 | How to Raise an Adult: Resisting the Over-Parenting Trap

Julie Lythcott-Haims’ provocative manifesto, How to Raise an Adult, drew worldwide acclaim for outlining the harms of helicopter parenting and offering her strategy for raising preteens and teens to self-sufficient young adulthood. Come hear Julie in person talk about her philosophy as to why over-parenting harms children, their stressed-out parents, and society at large. While empathizing with the parental hopes and, especially, fears that lead to over-helping, Lythcott-Haims will share practical alternative strategies that underline the importance of allowing children to make their own mistakes and develop the resilience, resourcefulness, and inner determination necessary for success. Read More

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2017 Session | Financial Security: Why You Need to Own It

Establishing financial security and maintaining our lifestyle through retirement is something we know is important, but may not always prioritize in our day-to-day decision making.  These behavioral inhibitors further exacerbate our financial gaps. Join this session to bring these challenges and behaviors to light and learn how to get back on track to reaching your long-term financial goals. Read More

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2017 Session | ENCORE | Transform Your Working Life: The Science Behind How to Have a Good Day

Whether we have a good day or not depends partly on things we can’t control – perhaps we run into an unexpected crisis, or our colleagues seem unusually cranky. But behavioral science shows us that many things that seem “fixed” or “random” can be surprisingly strongly influenced by our own actions, once we understand just a little of how the brain works. Caroline Webb, economist and former partner at consulting powerhouse McKinsey, will demonstrate how tiny tweaks to our daily routines can transform our experience of what happens around us, the number of hours in the day, our level of intelligence, and even other people’s moods. She will teach us you to be at your best even under pressure, and equip you to handle common challenges such as co-worker conflicts and difficult deadlines. With this kind of powerful insight in your back pocket, you can change your “luck” and obtain more control over the quality of your days. Read More

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2017 Session | The Big Life: Embrace the Mess

Millennial women are changing what it means to be powerful and successful in the world—for everyone. Forever. As former editor-in-chief of Seventeen magazine and now the voice behind the popular Badass Babes community, Ann Shoket has been a cheerleader for millennial women for more than 15 years.  She will share actionable guidance combined with personal stories from well-known, uber-successful millennials, plus intimate conversations with a cast of compelling young women and Shoket’s own stories from her quest for The Big Life. Read More

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2017 Session | ENCORE | Strategies to Win: Tackling the Invisible Barriers to YOUR Success

When women work to break the glass ceiling, they are more likely to rely on hard work and obtaining outside qualifications than engaging in networking, negotiation and office politics, which can often seem unnecessary and a waste of time. But, recognizing the importance of these strategies can be the first step in advancing your career and a lack of willingness to engage can negatively impact your success. Attendees will overcome this barrier to career advancement by learning the steps to developing these skills, enabling them the career success they desire and deserve. Read More

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2017 Session | Innovation & Entrepreneurship: Pushing the Boundaries for Success

Making a decision to “push the boundaries,” whether it is starting your own company, taking an innovative approach, making a job transition or joining a start-up can be overwhelming.  If you have dreamed of making a change, but not sure you are ready for the gamble, this panel of innovative women can help you navigate your fears and assess the risks involved. Learn the best practices of these seasoned entrepreneurs & executives, so that you are are prepared to push the limits and armed to achieve success. Read More

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2017 Session | Networking to Where You Want to Go: Building the Relationships YOU Need to Succeed

If you think of networking as schmoozing at cocktail parties or scrolling through LinkedIn for new contacts to add, think again. In the social media age, you need a modern roadmap for creating and cultivating meaningful connections to stand out from the crowd and achieve any of your goals, no matter how big or small. In this session, networking expert J. Kelly Hoey will share her approach to mastering this timeworn skill in a world where everyone is posting, liking, and friending fast and furiously, but many are failing to leverage their connections successfully. Hoey will provide Innovative strategies for forming strong relationships—the genuine, mutually beneficial, long-lasting kind—using the social tools at your disposal and show attendees how to: Read More

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2017 Session | Gender Partnership: Engaging Men as Advocates to Pioneer Gender Equity

By engaging men in advocating for more equal workplaces, we’re creating better leaders, stronger businesses, more fulfilling lives for both women and men as well as establishing a business imperative required at all levels from all managers. The stats are staggering, in terms of where women stand in the workplace even after all this time, and will need an all hands-on deck approach to make the changes necessary for equality. Yet, while progress is slow, it is critical to understand that advancements are being made and this forward movement is not being solely spearheaded by women. This session will bring together top female and male executives to share their firsthand experiences and contributions for achieving gender equity within their organizations. Read More

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2017 Session | Success on Your Terms: Empowering Your Way to THE BIG LIFE

The best thing about life on your own terms? There is no one clear-cut course of action. But, how do you create the life you want when you’re not even sure you know what that looks like or how to get it?  Welcome to the Big Life—it’s not only within your reach; you get to write the rules. Led by Ann Shoket, former editor-in-chief of Seventeen magazine, this session offers insights to help you tap your ambition AND honor your dreams at the same time. This insightful session will explore what goes through your head when you fall down or hit a bump, and how that—not talent or luck—makes all the difference in creating your Big Life. Read More

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