Success & Leadership

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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ENCORE | 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:
⚬  Mary Beth Harler, MD, head, innovative medicines development, Bristol-Myers Squibb
⚬  Romy Newman, founder, Fairy God Boss
⚬  Jessica Turner, EVP, product and innovation, North America, Mastercard

Emcee: Jennedy S. Johnson, assistant general counsel, PECO

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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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How to Skimm Your Life | 2019 Session

Navigating life isn’t easy, but theSkimm founders, Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin make it a lot more fun. This fireside chat will deliver theSkimm’s trademark mix of real talk, humor, and inspirational messaging to take all of the daunting, cumbersome and frankly unsexy parts of being an adult, and break them down in the same way they break down a complicated news story every morning in our inbox. They’ll also take you on a journey through their experiences with entrepreneurship and reveal how their evolving the brand to meet the demands of the future. Join this session to learn how to navigate the noteworthy moments in your lives, not just your days. Attendees will leave armed with advice, information and even a few hacks to help you make the most informed life and career decisions.

Moderator: Erica Williams Simon, author, You Deserve the Truth

Speakers: Danielle Weisberg & Carly Zakin, co-founders, theSkimm

Emcee: Naomi Jacobs, Director of Social Media Strategy, Qurate Retail Group

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How to Lead and Succeed in the Multigenerational Workplace | 2019 Session

Diversity in the workplace has been proven to benefit people and organizations. But managing and communicating effectively across diverse teams can present some challenges. So, how do you harness the unique strengths of diverse team members who—especially due to generational differences—bring different styles and values to the workplace? In this session, Lindsay Pollak, a leading researcher on generations in the workforce, and a panel of experts will share their insights into these different generations. Attend to learn clear strategies for communicating and team-building that will help you turn generational diversity into business success. Read More

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Women Breaking Barriers: Lessons from the Frontlines | 2019 Session

As a leader in your organization, you are almost certain to face obstacles—maybe even opposition. But skillfully meeting these challenges can become defining moments in your journey to success.  In this powerful session, two influential CEOs will share how they have succeeded in courageously driving change in the midst of big challenges. You will learn strategies for how to stand up for yourself; positively gain traction with others, and ultimately break barriers—whatever the pushback and bumps you face along the way. Plan to walk away inspired by these powerhouse women—and ready to inspire others yourself. Read More

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Ava DuVernay: Women Need to be Each Other’s “Fan Girls”

Ava DuVernay

Men are often defended by other men, Ava DuVernay said to the 10,000 women attending the 2019 Pennsylvania Conference for Women.

Using the film industry as an example, she said: If criticism comes, so do “fan boys” who support the person being criticized by descending on the Internet to protect them. Read More

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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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