2012 Session

Life at a Crossroads: Finding the Courage to Choose a Different Path (workshop)

Delia-EphronsmSpeaker: Delia Ephron, best-selling author, playwright and screenwriter

Bestselling author, playwright and screenwriter for movies including You’ve Got Mail, Hanging Up and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and books that include her most recent, The Lion is In, Delia Ephron explores the crossroads of life and offers her insight as to how to find the courage and imagination to take a different path. With humor and grace, she teaches what you can run from and what is just part of life.

Host: Karen Dougherty Buchholz, vice president, Administration, Comcast Corporation

How Executive Presence Can Help You Achieve EPIC Career Breakthroughs: A Conversation with Cathie Black

Moderator: Emily Bennington, author, Who Says It’s a Man’s World: The Girls’ Guide to Corporate Domination

Speaker: Cathie Black, president and chairman, Hearst Magazines, best-selling author and Forbes “50 Most Powerful Women in Business”

The view is different at the top – and a lot of talented women still miss it! But Cathie Black didn’t. Black, who began her career selling ads for Ms Magazine under Gloria Steinem, rose to become both president and publisher of USA Today and president and chairman of Hearst magazines, where she was responsible for more than 300 publications around the world including Cosmo, Elle, and O, The Oprah Magazine. (She’s the one who convinced Oprah to create a magazine in the first place!). Creating a personal brand and developing an executive presence were key to Black’s success and rise through the ranks. Sharing insider secrets from her personal journey, this session provides practical tools for breakthrough career success. Learn:

  • How to cultivate remarkable executive presence;
  • Strategies to create a personal brand that aligns with your short-and-long term career goals;
  • Tools for networking within a large organization, including how to become visible without being annoying; and
  • Advice to help you effectively lead change – both within yourself and your organization.

How Great Women Lead (panel)

Moderator: Bonnie St. John, Olympic skier, amputee, and bestselling author

Panelist 1: Judith von Seldeneck, CEO, Diversified Search
Panelist 2: Cindy Gallop, founder, Ifwerantheworld.com
Panelist 3: Alba Martinez, principal, Retail Investor Group, Vanguard

Referred to by NBC Nightly News as, “One of the five most inspiring women in America,” Bonnie St. John shares groundbreaking research from her newest book, How Great Women Lead, which chronicles the professional and personal lives of powerful women shaping today’s world. Sharing critical data and interviews from both the book and a live panel discussion, the panel offers lessons from current leading ladies in the business, political and non-profit worlds. Learn practical tools that will equip you to embrace your own leadership potential as well as inspire and lead others along their path to greatness.

Host: Merribeth Devine, SVP market leader – Mid Atlantic Region, TD Wealth

Smart Girls at the Party: How to Change the World By Being Yourself (workshop)

Meredith WalkerSpeaker: Meredith Walker, former producer, Saturday Night Live and co-founder, Smart Girls at the Party

In a society heavily focused on image, being the “smart girl” comes with all sorts of assumptions (and unfortunately not all are positive). This inspirational and interactive session explores how to move beyond hair, make-up, nails and clothes and find the child hiding within you –the one that played make believe or ran carefree through the park with friends. Learn tools that will encourage your braininess to take the lead and teach you how to dream big and make it happen!

Host: Kelly Mac, assistant program /music director, Clear Channel stations Power 99 (WUSL FM) and 105.3 (WDAS FM)

Knowing Your Value and Negotiating Your Worth

Victoria-PynchonsmSpeaker: Victoria Pynchon, co-founder, She Negotiates, and best-selling author of The Grownups’ ABCs of Conflict and Success as a Mediator for Dummies

When women are empowered to lead and given the tools and support to do so, they make choices that change history. Why is it then, that women are not compensated to reflect their power? Victoria Pynchon arms you with the tools to help you close your personal income and leadership gaps and become a powerful and confident asker. By sharing today’s most successful negotiation strategies, she teaches how to create a strategic plan to command your fee, nail your salary and monetize your strengths and potential.

Host: Happy Craven Fernandez, Ed.D., retired president, Moore College of Art & Design

Shattering the Glass Ceiling: Strategies to Redefine Power and Lead with Intention (workshop)

Gloria-FeldtsmSpeaker: Gloria Feldt, leadership expert and best-selling author

Do you place limits on yourself or your ambitions because you try to adhere to existing social structures? In this interactive workshop, learn the secret to unlocking your potential.  Many women feel the pressure to conform to society’s standards, resulting in a mere 18% of women filling leadership roles — a statistic that has barely changed in the last 20 years.  Using her first-hand experiences as teen mom, to president and CEO of one of the largest non-profit organizations in the country to best-selling author, Gloria Feldt teaches how you can redefine power, lead yourself with intention, and reach parity in your life.

Host: Raegen Price
, co-founder, Coalition for Racial Justice

Smart Women Finish Rich: How to Live Rich and Finish Rich (workshop)

David-BachsmSpeaker: David Bach, 9-time New York Times bestselling author and personal finance expert

Did you know that women own over 10 million businesses; 40% of American moms are the primary breadwinners; and women have consistently outperformed male investors over the last 20 years? America’s leading financial expert David Bach empowers you to overcome your fears and take control of your financial health. This interactive workshop provides seven concrete steps to help you achieve financial security so you can live rich and finish rich. Attendees will explore everything from debt to investing and retirement.

Host: Denise McGregor Armbrister, senior vice president, Wells Fargo Corporation and executive director, Wells Regional Foundation and Wells Fargo Regional Community Development Corporation

The Sandwich Generation: Strategies for Caregiving (and Surviving This Mid-Life Tug of War) (panel)

Moderator: LuAnn Cahn, eight-time Emmy award-winning journalist and co-host, “The 10! Show”, NBC 10

Panelist 1: Dawn Jones, breast cancer survivor, former patient, Cancer Treatment Centers of America and founder, LIVE, LOVE, WALK SEXY…Breast Cancer Foundation
Panelist 2: Amanda Bennett, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author
Panelist 3: Jody Gastfriend, vice president, Care Management, Care.com

Caring for children is a constant juggling act between homework, packing lunches, scheduling classes and managing sick days, and the list goes on. Caring for aging parents presents another juggling act and laundry list – not to mention the constant worry about a potential fall or the next doctor’s visit. But caring for both children and parents is physically strenuous and emotionally trying. This session will explore the challenges of caregiving and also offer practical strategies and resources available to help you successfully care for your loved ones and also ensure that you are taking care of yourself at the same time.

Host: Michele Szkoknicki, senior vice president of patient care services, Cancer Treatment Centers of America

The Disruptive Innovation of You (workshop)

Whitney-JohnsonsmSpeaker:Whitney Johnson, co-founder, Rose Park Advisors and author, Dare, Dream, Do

The idea is simple, but powerful: disruptive companies and ideas upend markets by doing something truly different – they see a need, an empty space waiting to be filled, and they dare to create something for which a market may not yet exist. As co-founder of Rose Park Advisors, Whitney Johnson will demonstrate how the frameworks of disruptive innovation can apply to you: if you want to be successful in unexpected ways, follow your own disruptive path. Dare to innovate. Dream big dreams. Do something astonishing. Disrupt yourself. In this session, Whitney Johnson will share her personal disruptive innovation and will teach you the fundamentals of disruptive innovation to show you how powerful it can be in your evolving reinvention both personally and professionally.

Host: Karen Farmer White, board member, Pennsylvania Conference for Women, education consultant and former managing director, Mesirow Financial

Using Your Professional Skills to Make a Difference (panel)

Moderator and Panelist: Rachael Chong, founder & CEO, Catchafire

Panelist 1: Barbara Greenspan Shaiman, social entrepreneur, author, Live Your Legacy and founder, Champions of Caring
Panelist 2: Charley Johnson, president, Pay it Forward Foundation
Panelist 3: Natalia Allen, Conscientious Fashionista, founder, Design Futurist and creator of clothing line, Essentialist

We all have valuable professional skills and expertise to share. Do you want to help make a difference in the world beyond your day job and traditional volunteerism efforts but aren’t sure how or where to start? Getting into action with the skills you already have in place is easier than you think. In this session, we offer first hand perspectives of people who have applied their skills to give back beyond the for-profit world. By sharing practical advice and inspiration, they will help you explore your possibilities for changing lives, including your own.

Host: Kristin Mullen, Cancer Treatment Centers of America

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