Breakout Session

2016 Session | Retirement Planning: Tips and Tricks for Making Your Money Last

Planning for your financial future is not easy. Do you invest safely knowing that the money will be there, but might not be quite enough? Or do you invest more aggressively in the hopes that you have more money to spend later in life? America’s most trusted financial advisor Jane Bryant Quinn will share how to turn your retirement savings into a steady paycheck that will last for life. By showing you strategies for squeezing higher payments from your assets—your monthly income, your Social Security account, home equity, savings and retirement accounts, she will show you how the right moves will not only raise the amount you have to spend, they’ll stretch out your money over many more years. Read More

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2016 Session | Managing Stress & Burnout

Women are maxed out, addicted to being busy, and overwhelmed.  Keeping busy at all costs is the cultural status quo, but the drive to do more is impacting our families, our work, and our health. Women process burnout differently than men and the result of our busyness is not only a lack of time, but also exhaustion, stress, anxiety, guilt, fear, social comparison, inauthenticity and physical illness. This panel of experts will not only provide you with tips to avoid burnout, but also specific strategies to live with intention, help you manage the stress, find more time in your day and ease the pressure when you can’t avoid being busy. Read More

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2016 Session | How We Decide: Strategies to Improve Our Decision Making Skills

Every day, in every part of our lives, we face an increasing number of choices. Our futures depend not just on the results, but on how well we handle making these hard choices and the serious scrutiny that comes with them. But is a woman’s experience issuing a tough call any different from a man’s? Men and women approach decisions differently, though not necessarily in the ways we have been led to believe. And despite popular misconceptions, women are just as decisive as men — though they may pay a price for it. Cognitive psychologist Therese Huston will to break open the myths as to how we decide and then lead a discussion with a panel of decision makers about how to improve decision-making skills, create options, make optimal choices and ensure that others will take your decisions seriously. Read More

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2016 Session | Innovative Women Pushing the Boundaries: Sharing Strategies for Risk-Taking and Success

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

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2016 Session | Unconscious Bias: Strategies for Bridging the Gap

The stats are staggering and while we have taken steps in the right direction, progress remains slow. Impacting real change will require a top down and bottom up approach. The most effective leaders navigate highly diverse teams, being aware of any unconscious bias – all with an eye toward innovation and profitability. Using real-world examples from workplaces that are making strides, this interactive discussion will explore what leaders at all levels can do to contribute to the overall movement including: • How to deal with unconscious bias in yourself and team members; • How to measure, motivate and reward the best teams; • What types of metrics optimize innovation; and • What actionable steps you can take to immediately impact positive change for your team and organization. Read More

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2016 Session | Forward: A Conversation with Abby Wambach

Abby Wambach has always pushed the limits of what is possible. At age seven she was put on the boys’ soccer team. At age thirty-five she would become the highest goal scorer—male or female—in the history of soccer, capturing the nation’s heart with her team’s 2015 World Cup Championship. Along the way, Abby has become a fierce advocate for women’s rights and equal opportunity, pushing to translate the success of her team to the real world. Abby’s professional success often masked her inner struggle to reconcile the various parts of herself: ferocious competitor, daughter, leader, wife. Join this session to hear Abby share her inspiring and often brutal journey from girl in Rochester, New York, to world-class athlete. Read More

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2016 Session | I AM THAT GIRL: Empowering Your Everyday Life

Every day, we are bombarded with messages that lead us to question who we are. Meet Amanda Slavin, CEO & founder, CatalystCreativ and advisory board member, I AM THAT GIRL, which advises young women to be the best version of each of us. In this inspirational and interactive session, attendees will learn how to collaborate instead of compete and contribute as much as they consume, so they can better navigate the world.

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2016 Session | Living with Intent: Your Guide for Moving From Action to Outcome

Mallika Chopra, the daughter of spirituality guru Deepak Chopra, has been steeped in questions of purpose, fulfillment and enlightenment for her entire life. As she looked to answer these questions, she struggled with the challenges of guilt and finding balance and serenity as her to-do list multiplied by the second. Her tipping point led her to authoring Living with Intent, a chronicle of her search to find more meaning, joy and balance in life. In this session, Mallika Chopra will share her personal journey – successes and failures – and provide a practical road map for how we can all move from thought to action to overcome. Attendees will leave both inspired and armed with solid tools to make positive changes for living a life of intent. Read More

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2016 Session | Your Own Sweet Time: Building a Life That Works for You

“Having it all” has become the subject of countless books, articles, debates, and social media commentary, with passions running high in all directions. Many now believe this to be gospel truth: Any woman who wants to advance in a challenging career has to make sacrifices. And with such a wide spectrum of priorities, workloads and resources for women, it is impossible to define “life balance” for all. But what if there were a recipe for giving you more time in your day? Time management expert Laura Vanderkam will share seven time management strategies that may make a difference between just hanging on and possibly feeling like you are “having it all.” Read More

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2016 Session | Women, Work and Life: How to Give and Take

Women do the lion’s share of helping, mentoring, and office housework. Adam Grant, Wharton’s top-rated professor and coauthor with Sheryl Sandberg of the New York Times series on women and work, will explore how to contribute to others without sacrificing yourself. Using surprising studies and actionable cases, Adam will cover how to be generous without burning out and getting burned, so that no good deed goes punished. Read More

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