Breakout Session

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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2017 Session | Working with Difficult People: Navigating Different Personalities for Career Success

Your work day is filled with them–people who frustrate, impede, maneuver, undermine, plot, connive, and whine. This session will detail specific techniques for handling all of them, with easy-to-follow scenarios for every situation. Taking into account the modern issues that play into our work, including technology, generation gaps, and language barriers, researcher Amy Cooper Hakim and a panel of executives who have expertly handled many of these situations, will guide you through the 10 kinds of culprits, from tyrants and bullies (regular and cyber) to the pushy and presumptuous to connivers and camouflagers; and offer helpful tactics and phrases for diffusing workplace tensions and effectively resolving conflicts. Come away with a clearer understanding of why people operate in different ways as well as clear strategies for working successfully with different personality types. Read More

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2017 Session | Mastering Civility: A Manifesto for the Workplace

Is there room for civility in today’s high-paced, heads-down, sound-bite, cut-to-the-chase world? The answer is a resounding yes. Civility brings financial, emotional and physical benefits. Join researcher and rudeness expert Dr. Christine Porath as she leads a discussion with a panel of senior executives on the costs and remedies for incivility. This panel will share how you can foster a more positive environment at work, tactical strategies to limit digital interruption in conversations and meetings and finally, when there is no other recourse, how to confront effectively, maintaining civility for yourself and those around you.  Read More

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2016 Session | Pivot: The Only Move that Matters Is Your Next One

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Transform Your Norm…Success Lies Outside Your Comfort Zone

Lisa Nichols is no stranger to transformation. Her own story is extraordinary – she transformed her life from a single mom on public assistance to a millionaire entrepreneur. Her own struggles have been the inspiration behind her bold mission to teach others that it is possible to do the same. Using her signature systems, Lisa will guide you through this interactive workshop, teaching you how to accomplish unfathomable goals and tap into your own potential. Get ready to have your norm disrupted and move out of your comfort zone to find success and prosperity in your both personal and professional life. Read More

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