Agenda

Agenda a Glance

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Our agenda at a glance, below, gives you a general overview of what you’ll experience in one incredible day.

7:30 – 8:30 am: Registration

8:30 – 9:45 am: Opening Keynote

9:45 – 10:15 am: Book Signings
10:00 – 11:00 am: Seminar Session I
11:00 – 11:30 am: Book Signings
11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Seminar Session II
12:30 – 1:00 pm: Local Leader Meet-Ups; Book Signings

1:00 – 2:45 pm: Keynote Luncheon

2:45 – 3:30 pm: Book Signings
2:45 – 5:00 pm: Career Pavilion
3:00 – 4:00 pm: Local Leader Meet-Ups; Encore Workshops & Expert Exchange Sessions
3:00 – 4:40 pm: Social Media Roundtables; Small Business Roundtables
4:00 – 4:30 pm: Book Signings

5:00 pm: Conference Closes

Open All Day: Exhibit Hall


W = Workshop
Interactive sessions that include exercises, role plays and other activities which offer practical advice

POE = Panel of Experts
Led by a thought leader in the space, these sessions will offer a brief “state of the climate” followed by a sharing of best practices and lessons learned from experts in the trenches

LP = Life Perspective
These sessions offer a mix of advice and inspiration by sharing real life stories to offer a perspective on managing life experiences.

Track

 

Session 1

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Session 2

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Track

Leadership
Designed for a seasoned or aspiring leader looking to climb the ladder and shatter the glass ceiling
Session 1

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Innovation & Courage: How to Create Courageous Innovation in Your Team (POE)

How do some companies innovate quickly and easily while others struggle with slow moving decisions and missed market opportunities? After over 5,000 interviews across organizations in all industries and from around the globe, results reveal the defining characteristic of successfully innovating cultures is Courage. How do organizations create courageous cultures and ignite the innovation within teams? How do we as leaders create courageous innovation within our work groups and our own careers? We’ll explore the answer to these questions and others through this provocative session with women who have created innovation both within their organizations and in their careers.

Thought Leader: Cindy Solomon, speaker, thought leader and author, Creating a Culture of Courage

Panelists:

  1. Chandini Portteus, president and CEO, Livestrong
  2. Ingrid Vanderveldt, founder & chairman, Empowering a Billion Women by 2020 (EBW2020)
Session 2

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Pioneering Pay Equity: Strategies to Bridge the Gap, Own Your Value and Negotiate Your Worth (POE)

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 our power? Why is it that even in today’s age, U.S. women make 77 cents for every dollar a man takes home on average? In this interactive session, leaders and negotiations experts will share how we can lead the charge to help women achieve pay equity. Attendees will hear a conversation with senior executives from leading area companies who are taking concrete and public steps to address these issues and also share tools to help you become a powerful and confident asker. By sharing today’s most successful negotiation strategies, attendees will learn how to monetize your strengths and potential and own your value – not only in your paycheck, but by the position you hold.

Thought Leader: Gloria Feldt, New York Times best-selling author, and co-founder and president, Take the Lead

Panelists:

  1. Patty McCord, consultant and former chief talent officer, Netflix
  2. Anne-Marie Slaughter, author, Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family and president, New America Foundation
  3. Elizabeth Thornton, author, The Objective Leader: How to Leverage the Power of Seeing Things As They Are
Track

Career Advancement

Designed for the mid/senior level professional with significant experience looking for advice around professional skills and job advancement
Session 1

10:00 am – 11:00 am

SESSION AND SPEAKER(S) TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON!
Session 2

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

No Risk, No Reward: Taking the Risk to Do What You Want With Your Career (POE)

Ever wanted to take that big chance? The huge jump between what you feel you should do and what you deep down really want to do can be overwhelming. This panel will help you navigate your fears and learn to take chances in your career that may or may not work out, but will always help you grow.

Thought Leader: Mary Spio, CEO of Next Galaxy Media and author, It’s Not Rocket Science: 7 Game-Changing Traits for Uncommon Success 

Panelists:

  1. Major MJ Hegar, Foreign Policy 100 Leading Global Thinker
  2. Rochelle Rae, founder, Rae Cosmetics
Track

Emerging Professionals
Designed for Millennials and newer professionals entering or re-entering the workforce
Session 1

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Working Simply: Embracing the Power of Your Personal Productivity Style

Carson Tate says that’s because our brains often don’t work the way the experts assume. In this session you will discover your individual productivity style through exporation of the four major styles – Prioritizer, Planner, Arranger and Visualizer. She will offer invaluable tactics for leveraging your personal style instead of fighting it which makes it much easier to manage your attention span, get more done, tame your inbox, set and reach goals and much more. She will also share how understanding the different styles can improve workplace relationships with bosses, colleagues, and employees.

Speaker: Carson Tate, nationally renowned expert on workplace productivity

Session 2

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

The Skills You Need to Build Your Career (POE)

What are the skills you wont see on a job description, but are essential to your success? Most of these skills are not going to be learned in a classroom, but are integral to career growth. Figuring these out will also help you identify where you can apply your current skills or supplement your education to prepare for future opportunities.

Thought Leader: Aliza Licht, SVP, global communications, Donna Karan and DKNY PR GIRL and author, Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job, Kill It in Your Career, Rock Social Media

Panelists:

  1. Tara Trower Doolittle, senior editor, Austin American-Statesman
  2. Kelly Showalter, general manager ,Westhollow Technology Center, Shell

Host: Lani Rosales, COO, AGBeat

Track

Transitions
Offering expertise for maneuvering career and life transitions
Session 1

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Branding & Perception: How to Maximize How You are Perceived by Others (POE)

How people perceive you is essential to success. And with the onslaught of social media and 24/7 business, the opportunities to mold that perception is constant. This panel of experts will to teach you how to create your unique and impactful brand and then market it appropriately. Attendees will learn how to shape this perception around your already-formed personality. And once formed, how do you leverage your unique personality quirks to be desired, impactful and successful?

Thought Leader: Stephanie Carls, digital lifestyle and branding expert, My Savvy Life

Panelists:

  1. Azita Ardakani, founder, Lovesocial
  2. Aliza Licht, SVP, global communications, Donna Karan and DKNY PR GIRL and author, Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job, Kill It in Your Career, Rock Social Media
Session 2

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Reviving Your Career: Actionable Steps to Achieve a Professional Renaissance (POE)

Whether you have stepped off the path you hoped to be on or are returning having temporarily stepped out of the workplace, this session will look at what you can do to avoid or overcome a plateau, revive your trajectory and find ways to follow your passion.  Even star performers feel stuck at some point in their careers as promotions don’t come as easy as they used to.  No matter where you are, you will learn to identify your personal and professional gaps and walk away with actionable advice from career expert Kerry Hannon, corporate professionals and a team of panelists who have spent their careers focused on this topic. They will share stories of real women who have experienced and overcome barriers, bias and obstacles and who have ultimately revived their careers and achieved a professional renaissance.

Thought Leader: Kerry Hannon, bestselling author; career, retirement and personal finance expert

Panelists:

  1. Laura Simms, author, The Purpose Paradigm
  2. Wendy Wallbridge, author, Spiraling Upward: The 5 Co-Creative Powers for Women on the Rise
Track

Health & Wellness
Offering strategies for managing and improving your physical, mental and emotional well being
Session 1

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Optimize Your Stress and Improve your Overall Well-Being (POE)

There’s no getting around it – in our 24/7 world, stress is something that all of us live with daily. But, how we perceive and respond to stress varies and it’s this reaction that affects our physical and emotional health. Experts will share their tools and insights for how to manage stress, enhance resiliency and access innate well-being through nutrition, self-compassion, mindfulness and preventative self-care. Prepare to leave with renewed clarity and fresh resources to help you live a better and more balanced life.

Thought Leader: Renee Trudeau, author and stress management expert

Panelists:

  1. Dawn Bazarko, DNP, MPH, RN, FAAN, founder, Moment Health, UnitedHealth Group
  2. Jan Bruce, author, meQuilibrium: 14 Days to Cooler, Calmer and Happier
  3. Dr. Kristin Neff, associate professor, UT and author, Self-Compassion
Session 2

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

SESSION AND SPEAKER(S) TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON!
Track

Personal Development
Offering advice to help you enhance your life, grow and create more positive personal experiences outside of the workplace
Session 1

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Equal: Women Men Work Family: A Conversation with Anne- Marie Slaughter

When Anne-Marie Slaughter’s Atlantic article, “Why Women Still Can’t Have it All” first appeared, it immediately went viral, sparking a firestorm of debate across countries and continents. Within four days, it had become the most-read article in the history of the magazine. In the following months, Slaughter became a leading voice in the discussion on work-life balance and on women’s changing role in the workplace. In this session, Slaughter will burst the bubble on all the “half-truths” we tell women about “having it all”, and teach us what is really necessary to get true gender equality, both in the workplace and at home.

Speaker: Anne-Marie Slaughter, former Deputy Secretary of State and president, New America Foundation

Session 2

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Picture Your Prosperity: Smart Money Moves to Turn Your Vision into Reality  (W)

If someone asked you to describe prosperity and security, what would you see in your mind’s eye? When it comes to financial planning, it’s easy to jump right into the minutiae of investments, skipping over the deeper questions of what you really want from your money, both now and in the future. But in this session, Ellen Rogin and Lisa Kueng will do the opposite. They want to help you figure out exactly what you need and want. Only then can you make the smart money decisions that can help turn your vision into reality. Get ready to feel more excited than ever about your money, and about all the good things it can bring.

Speakers: Ellen Rogin & Lisa Kueng, co-authors, Picture Your Prosperity: Reframing Your Money To Create The Life You Want 

Track

Personal Development
Offering advice to help you enhance your life, grow and create more positive personal experiences outside of the workplace
Session 1

10:00 am – 11:00 am

What it Takes: The Ten Steps to Success (LP)

Whether you have a personal or a professional goal you have been trying to attain, Gloria Mayfield Banks can help you get there. She has consistently beaten the odds to achieve phenomenal success in her life and business. Using her first-hand experiences, Gloria will share the 10 specific steps for making a quantum leap at life and at work. With a mix of inspiration and practical advice, this session will help you shift your thinking to finally get the results you have been working towards.

Speaker: Gloria Mayfield Banks, entrepreneur, author and founding partner, Charisma Factor, Inc.

Session 2

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

What it Takes: The Ten Steps to Success (LP – ENCORE)

Whether you have a personal or a professional goal you have been trying to attain, Gloria Mayfield Banks can help you get there. She has consistently beaten the odds to achieve phenomenal success in her life and business. Using her first-hand experiences, Gloria will share the 10 specific steps for making a quantum leap at life and at work. With a mix of inspiration and practical advice, this session will help you shift your thinking to finally get the results you have been working towards.

Speaker: Gloria Mayfield Banks, entrepreneur, author and founding partner, Charisma Factor, Inc.

Track

YWP
Designed for high school junior and senior girls
Session 1

10:00 am – 11:00 am

I AM THAT GIRL: Empowering Your Everyday Life

Every day, we are bombarded with messages that lead us to question who we are. Meet Azita Ardakani from I AM THAT GIRL, which advises young women to be the best version of each of us. In this inspirational and interactive session, attendees will learn how to collaborate instead of compete and contribute as much as they consume, so they can better navigate the world.

Speaker: Azita Ardakani, founder, Lovesocial and board member, I AM THAT GIRL

Session 2

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Brave Girls: Strategies for Strength (POE)

The world is waiting for the next generation of strong women who will positively influence and shape our world. How do you become one of those women? And how do you gain the confidence in your abilities to create change? Stacey Radin, author of Brave Girls, will share her research into the skills needed to and the recognizable patterns of a powerful leader. She will then lead a discussion with powerful women who will share their stories of success and failure on their roads to becoming brave women.

Thought Leader: Dr. Stacey Radin, psychologist; founder, Unleashed and author, Brave Girls

Panelists:

  1. Maya Payne Smart, author and journalist
  2. Yasmine Winkler, CEO central region and chief consumer officer, United Healthcare

Track

 

Session 3

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Track

Session 3

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

SESSIONS AND SPEAKERS TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON!

Encores, Workshops & Expert Exchanges:

The Objective Leader: How to Leverage the Power of Seeing Things As They Are

We are all subjective—it’s human nature. We overreact to situations; we judge people too quickly and unfairly; we take something personally when it was not really meant that way. As a result, we lose relationships, reputation, money, and peace of mind. And in our ever-more-complex world, leaders must make decisions faster and with more conflicting information; widespread insecurity makes people territorial and risk-averse; and the consequences of every action are played out on a disproportionately large stage.  To succeed, we must consciously seek to increase our objectivity—seeing and accepting things as they are without projecting our mental models, fears, background, and personal experiences onto them In this session, Elizabeth Thornton will share her research and offer proven strategies for identifying limiting and unproductive ways of thinking and creating powerful new mental models that ensure continued success.

Speaker: Elizabeth Thornton, author, The Objective Leader: How to Leverage the Power of Seeing Things As They Are

SOCIAL MEDIA ROUNDTABLES:

(3:00 pm – 4:40 pm)

Led by an expert facilitator, roundtables offer an informal and intimate setting to share best practices around a focused and specific social media topic. Roundtables are discussion-based and will not feature a formal presentation. We encourage attendees to come with questions. Each roundtable will be offered a total of three times to allow attendees the opportunity to participate in multiple discussions on different topics. Roundtables will take place at the following times within the Pavilion area: 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm; 3:35 pm – 4:05 pm; 4:10 pm – 4:40 pm

Roundtable 1: Twitter

Speaker: Stephanie Carls, marketing strategist and client success manager, Rivet Works

Full session description coming soon!

Roundtable 2: Successful Facebook Marketing Tips

Speaker: Heidi Gollub, Founder and Editor, Free Fun in Austin

Full session description coming soon!

Roundtable 3: Instagram: Creating a Powerful Story

Speaker: Jane Ko, editor in chief, A Taste of Koko

Full session description coming soon!

Roundtable 4: How to Maximize Your LinkedIn Presence

Speakers and session description coming soon!

Roundtable 5: Communicating Your Brand through Social Media

Speaker: Deana Saukam, co-owner and media director of Qui and East Side King

Full session description coming soon!

Roundtable 6: Social Media at Mid-Life: A Crash Course to Learn the Basics

Speaker: Mary Anne Connolly, founder, MACMedia

Full session description coming soon!

Roundtable 7: How to Maximize your Blog’s Reach

Melanie Mendez Gonzales, social media strategist and co-director, San Antonio Chapter, LATISM

Full session description coming soon!

Roundtable 8: Marketing your Business Online

Speaker and session description coming soon!

SMALL BUSINESS ROUNDTABLES:

(3:00 pm – 4:40 pm)

Led by an expert facilitator, roundtables offer an informal and intimate setting to share best practices around focused and specific topics within the small business and entrepreneurial space. Roundtables are discussion based and will not feature a formal presentation. We encourage attendees to come with questions. Each roundtable will be offered a total of three times to allow attendees the opportunity to participate in multiple discussions on different topics. Roundtables will take place at the following times: 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm; 3:35 pm – 4:05 pm; 4:10 pm – 4:40 pm

Roundtable 1: Developing a Strong Pipeline of Clients and Customers

Speaker: Dianna Koltz, VP of Customer, Rivet Technologies

You need to differentiate yourself from the competition and often the only way to do so is to develop a strong relationship with the buyer. Rivet’s award-winning vice president of sales and services, Dianna Koltz will share her insights into how to develop those relationships, make sure their needs come first and then maintain that strong connection so that your clients and customers don’t hesitate to recommend you and use your services again. Attendees will learn how to craft your elevator pitch, improve your networking skills and enhance your list-building secrets.

Roundtable 2: How To Tell Your Story

Speaker and session description coming soon!

Roundtable 3: Niche Marketing Strategies

Speaker: Psyche Terry, founder, Urban Intimates

Full session description coming soon!

Roundtable 4: Business Plan: A Roadmap to Success

Speaker: Martha Pincoffs, founder, HotDang

Full session description coming soon!

Roundtable 5: Raising Capital

Speaker: Kim Gorsuch, founder Weeva

Full session description coming soon!

Roundtable 6: Building your Team

Speaker and session description coming soon!

Roundtable 7: Taking Your Idea from Concept to Market

Speaker: Magette Wade, founder, Tiossano

Full session description coming soon!

Roundtable 8: Managing your Growth

Speaker: Karyn Scott, founder, Kids in a New Groove (KING)

Full session description coming soon!

LOCAL LEADERS:

Take advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity to get one-on-one advice from some of Austin’s leading women by asking a question about your career and community. Local Leaders will be available to meet in the exhibit hall within the community corner during designated networking breaks. You do not need to sign up in advance – first-come-first served and we have plenty of time to get your questions answered!

Participants include:

  1. Magette Wade, founder, Tiossano
  2. Mary Anne Connolly, founder, MACMedia
  3. Karyn Scott, founder, Kids in a New Groove (KING)
  4. Major MJ Hegar, Foreign Policy 100 Leading Global Thinker
  5. Kim Gorsuch, founder, Weeva
  6. Maya Payne Smart, author and journalist
  7. Tulane Holder, executive director, San Antonio Branch and co-founder, The Truth Heals

Check back closer to the conference date for a complete schedule and additional participants.