Innovation

ENCORE | How is Bias Affecting Your Organization? | 2019 Session

We all have blind spots: hidden unconscious biases that can influence the culture of our organizations and the career trajectories of all its employees. But when we learn how to identify these blind spots, we have the power to make change. Sharing best practices and lessons learned from their first-hand experiences, diversity consultant Tiffany Jana and this panel of experts will examine what helps break down these biases, and what all of us can do right now to create systems in which all people can thrive. You will walk away with concrete strategies to tackle structural bias—both individually and organizationally.

Thought Leader: Tiffany Jana, founder, TMI Consulting & author, Overcoming Bias and Erasing Institutional Bias

Panelists:

Trey Boynton, sr. manager, global strategy & enterprise solutions, office of inclusion & collaboration, Cisco Systems
⚬  Jennifer Brown, author, How to Be an Inclusive Leader
⚬  Quinetta Roberson, Fred J. Springer Endowed Chair, Business Leadership, Villanova School of Business

Emcee: Thao Le, partner, corporate and securities group, Pepper Hamilton LLP

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Inspiration to Ignite Your Inner Rebel: Real Stories from a Real Rebel Girl | 2019 Session

From Silicon Valley entrepreneur to global best-selling author, the co-creator of the “Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls” series Elena Favilli will share her rebellious journey. Hear how her battle against Silicon Valley sexism led to writing stories of real women.

Learn why the fight for gender equality begins with the stories we tell our children and how their book series sparked a movement of rebel girls across the globe. Walk away inspired to unleash your inner rebel and make a difference for yourself and the next generation of pioneers to come.

Speaker: Elena Favilli, CEO, Rebel Girls and co-author, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

Moderator: Veronica Rueckert, author, Outspoken

Emcee: Daniela Mardarovici, co-head, multisector/core plus fixed income, Macquarie

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Finding and Engaging Male Allies | 2019 Session

When men use their power to advocate for women and support the creation of an equitable organization, everyone wins. But how do you inspire a male colleague or boss to be your ally in removing the barriers to your success? Join workplace gender expert David Smith and a panel of experts for an enlightening discussion about overcoming reluctance to allyship and identifying the actions allies can take to support your career.

Thought Leader: David Smith, co-author, Athena Rising and associate professor of sociology, Department of National Security Affairs, United States Naval War College

Panelists:

Emcee: Celeste WarrenVP, human resources & global diversity and Inclusion Center of Excellence, Merck

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The Encore Career – Purpose, Passion and a Paycheck in the Second Half of Life | 2019 Session

No matter how successful you are, pivoting to a new career in the second half of life can present some uphill battles. With the reality of ageism and bias in the workplace, trying to rebrand yourself in a new field may feel overwhelming. Whether you want to change careers, find new purpose, have hit a mid-career stopping point or have opted out and now want to opt back in, you can find a new career that offers joy and impact. This panel of experts will share the skills you need to showcase, how to position yourself for success in your transition, and ways to connect with younger colleagues to find happiness in your encore career.

Thought Leader: Marci Alboher, author, The Encore Career Handbook

Panelists:

⚬ Stacey Delo, co-author, Your Comeback: A Working Mother’s Guide to Navigating the Modern Workplace

Susan Rietano Davey , career re-entry expert expert and founder, Prepare to Launch

⚬ Karen Chong, director of audience engagement, AARP

Emcee: Loraine Ballard Morrill, director, news and community affairs, iHeartMedia

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How is Bias Affecting Your Organization? | 2019 Session

We all have blind spots: hidden unconscious biases that can influence the culture of our organizations and the career trajectories of all its employees. But when we learn how to identify these blind spots, we have the power to make change. Sharing best practices and lessons learned from their first-hand experiences, diversity consultant Tiffany Jana and this panel of experts will examine what helps break down these biases, and what all of us can do right now to create systems in which all people can thrive. You will walk away with concrete strategies to tackle structural bias—both individually and organizationally.

Thought Leader: Tiffany Jana, founder, TMI Consulting & author, Overcoming Bias and Erasing Institutional Bias

Panelists:
⚬  Jennifer Brown, author, How to Be an Inclusive Leader

⚬  Minda Hart, founder, Women of Color Equity Initiative and author, The Memo

⚬  Shreya Kangovi, MD, MSHP, executive director, Center for Community Health Workers, Penn Medicine

Emcee: Angelina Isaac, partner, senior diversity & inclusion workforce initiatives, Independence Blue Cross

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Foster Your Inner Entrepreneur and Innovator | 2019 Session

Being an entrepreneur isn’t just about starting a business. It’s about being a pioneer and thought leader. And, your next innovative idea could lead to breakthroughs—maybe even change the world. So, what’s holding you back? Whether you are in startup mode or looking to generate that next big idea within your current organization, this session will help you explore the essential skills, characteristics and habits to help foster your inner entrepreneur. From corporate professionals to business owners, this interactive panel will share their firsthand experiences to help you with idea generation and scalability. They will also offer strategies to help you navigate the obstacles that have kept that audacious idea of yours from becoming a reality.

Thought Leader: Nataly Koganfounder, Happier, Inc., creator of the Happier Method™, author, Happier Now

Panelists:
⚬  Ashley Tyrner, founder, Farmbox

⚬  Fawn Weaver, CEO, chief historian, and co-founder, Uncle Nearest, Inc.

Maya Bowie, VP of Buying for Integrated Culinary/Kitchen/Cook Merchandising, QVC and HSN

Emcee: Daniela Osio, global risk management leader, DuPont

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James Clear: If You Want to Make Big Changes, Think Small

James Clear

When he was a teenager, James Clear got hit in the face with a bat during a baseball game. It took surgery and nearly nine months for him to be able to work on regaining basic functions, like walking in a straight line. And even then, he could only focus on developing one tiny new habit a time. But together, these tiny habits made a big difference—big enough that, in college, he was named an Academic all-American.

They also led him to be an expert in how tiny habits can help us reach our potential—insights he compiled in 2018 The New York Times best-selling book, Atomic Habits, and shared with the 10,000 people at the 2019 Pennsylvania Conference for Women.  

“So often we think that change is about being ambitious. But setting a goal is the easy part,” he said. “Excellence is not really about making radical changes. It is about accruing small improvements over time.” Read More

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Cut the Complexity—and Do More Valuable Work

Lisa BodellMeetings, overflowing email inboxes, procedures and policies are all adding complexity to our jobs, hurting our productivity and, most importantly, blocking us from doing the work that has meaning to us.

“Typically, we’re not [even] doing our best thinking at work because we’re so busy doing stuff,” says Lisa Bodell, founder and CEO of futurethink and author of Why Simple Wins.

Here are five ways Bodell suggests simplifying work: Read More

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How Two Working Parents Make It Work

Ryan and Heather Fischer & familySponsored by Bristol-Myers Squibb

For Ryan and Heather Fischer, 2018 was an eventful year. Both employees at Bristol-Myers Squibb, the Fischers welcomed a second daughter, Colette, into their lives on January 24 – just three weeks after the company’s new and expanded paid family care leave policy went into effect.

“When the company announced the new program, I was ecstatic,” says Ryan, an IT business partner at the company.

Heather, a clinical trial forecasting analyst, had the same response. “It was just so nice to have all that time with our new daughter, to be 100 percent focused on her development and her needs,” she says. Read More

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Make 2019 Your Year to Be Fearless | Podcast

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If someone, with the track record to prove it, offered to share the five principles of fearlessness with you in 30 minutes—in a conversation you could listen to anywhere—would you tune in? Well, here’s your chance. We’re launching a new podcast series this month, with our first episode: a conversation on fearlessness—or really how fearlessness is not the lack of fear, but the courage to overcome it. The segment will feature Jean Case, Chairman of the National Geographic Society and CEO of the Case Foundation, and author of Be Fearless: 5 Principles for a Life of Breakthroughs and Purpose. You’ll learn about the surprising traits Case discovered great change-makers have in common. (Hint: They aren’t wealth, privilege, or even genius.) Case will share how to put the five fearless principles to work in your own life or organization so that you, too, can change the world.

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