Conference Sessions

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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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2018 Session | How to Get Buy-in to Pioneer Equity and Diversity in Your Organization

Are you tired of waiting for C-level directives to address the equity and diversity gaps in your organization? Don’t sit around and wait! Be a pioneer and create the change you want. Using best practices and lessons learned from first-hand experiences, this panel of experts will share expert advice on gender partnership and diversity initiatives. Get ready to leave this session armed with knowledge, actionable tips, and the motivation to make change in your organization.

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2018 Session | ENCORE | Corner Office Success: How to Accelerate your Career Trajectory

Why do some careers take off while others stall? Common wisdom says that successful people attended elite an MBA program, landed high-powered jobs right out of school, and climbed the ladder straight to the top. But the CEO Genome Project shattered these myths. This 10-year study of more than 17,000 C-suite revealed some surprising choices that set successful CEO apart. Join this session to learn the four key behaviors of successful CEOs—and three moves that can catapult your career. Emily Sheeren, one of the principals of this study, and a panel of executives will share how to:

  • Fast-track your career by deploying career catapults
  • Overcome hidden handicaps to getting the job you want.
  • Avoid common hazards that can derail people promoted into a new role.

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2018 Session | Managing Up: How to Work Successfully with Any Type of Boss

Managing up is one of the most valuable soft skills you can develop in your career. It’s about building a relationship that fosters more communication, collaboration, and understanding between people at different levels of power, perspectives, and skills. Mastering these skills will help you build your reputation for effectiveness and grow a successful career. Leadership consultant Mary Abbajay and a panel of experts will share actionable tips to:

  • Understand your manager’s work and behavioral style and adjust yours accordingly
  • Enhance your self-awareness and become more adaptable
  • Read body language better
  • Develop true, lasting connections

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