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2018 Session | Overcoming Bias in School & Beyond

We all have blind spots or biases about people from other cultures, religions, and genders. These hidden biases influence the friends we choose, the organizations we join—and can influence our careers. Recognizing and braving our own blind-spots is challenging enough, but how do we ensure others are assessing us in a fair and accurate way? Whether negative or positive, these stereotypes influence others’ behavior towards us.  Join this panel of leaders to learn how they overcame broad generalizations about who they were to accomplish their lofty goals.

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2018 Session | Play Big: Lessons in Being Limitless

Talent and luck play a big part on your road to success, but what role does grit and perseverance play? When Dr. Jen Welter joined the Arizona Cardinals in 2015, she was the first woman to ever break the glass sideline of the NFL and became a trailblazer in the ultimate boys’ club. In this session, Dr. Welter will provide specifics as to how she succeeded despite the odds, through force of will and determination, and reveal the wisdom she gained over countless setbacks and challenges.  With vivid wit and candor, she will share her hard-earned advice for cultivating true perseverance and toughness so that you can get big things done.

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2018 Session | Time Saving Tips for Women at all Stages in Life

For most of us, a life with more time to do what you want and less stress would be optimal. But, making intentional, purposeful choices to create a life with more clarity and ease when you feel so harried is challenging. Whether you are on a quest to earn and produce more and feel overwhelmed by busyness, a new parent returning to work and trying to manage the balance, or just looking for more time-saving tips, this session will help you un-complicate to try and achieve the simpler, more intentional lives we desire. Join this panel of experts to learn:

  • How to boycott busy, get rid of excess, and create more with less—more space, more time, and less stress
  • How to establish sanity back into your life with practical tips for managing the mental, emotional, and physical challenges of returning to work as a new parent
  • Practical tips for finding more time in your day

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2018 Session | Women & Work: The Changing Meaning of Ambition

Faced with pivotal and thought- provoking moments in their careers, college friends Hana Schank and Elizabeth Wallace came back together decades post-graduation to embark on a project about women, ambition, transition, crisis and achievement. This workshop will share their rich insights, findings and first-hand experiences about the changing meaning of ambition. Drawing on their project,The Ambition Interviews,  they will offer insights into the variables that push women to make big decisions, and offer tools to help emerging professionals make those decisions easier.  For a new generation of working women or anyone at a crossroads, this session will explore the impact of modern parenting, a 24/7 work culture, and sexism in the workplace so that those big decisions become a little easier to make.

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2018 Session | The Myth of the Nice Girl: Leading with Strength and Kindness

Even in 2018, we continue to grapple with the negative perception of women’s “niceness” in the business world. If women are nice, they are seen as weak and ineffective. But if they are tough, they are labeled some other things This is the perfect session for those trying to navigate the complexity of relationships at work while staying kind and respectful of others. Explore how women can reclaim “nice” and sidestep regressive stereotypes about what a strong leader looks like.  Sharing her time-tested strategies, Fran Hauser will prove that women don’t have to sacrifice their values or hide their authentic personalities to be successful. Join her to explore how to:

  • Balance being empathetic and decisive
  • Ask for what you want without feeling badly
  • Become a boss who is respected, not feared
  • Lead with kindness, empathy, and strength

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