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2013 Session Podcasts

Leadership in a Multigenerational Workforce: Bridging the Gap to Drive Bottom Line Impact

Using the skills of different generations of workers is critical to increasing business results and bottom line impact. The most effective and successful organizations right now are the ones that foster and leverage a multigenerational workplace to better innovate and gain competitive advantage. This interactive panel will bring together a mix of Gen X and Gen Y leaders to share tools and strategies to help attendees:

  • Understand the value of and better accept different generational perspectives in the workplace (especially as it relates to women);
  • Attract and retain top talent outside of our own pyramid;
  • Engage and mentor the next generation of women leaders;
  • More effectively lead a multigenerational workforce; and
  • Utilize the skills of different generations to leverage individual strengths and achieve organizational strength.
Moderator: Miki Agrawal, serial social entrepreneur and Forbes 2013 “Top 20 Millennials” @TWINMIKI
Panelists: Colleen Brewer, vice president, sales and marketing, Austin American-Statesman @STATESMAN
Debbie Dunnam, senior vice president, Americas services sales, Cisco @CISCO
Karen Korellis Reuther, design leader and former creative director, Nike @KKREUTHER


Health and Wellness: 5 Seconds to a Healthier and Happier You

Radio host, TV personality and Common Sense Activist Mel Robbins will introduce you to the “5 Second Rule.” She will offer tools and tips for how you can make easy changes to improve your daily routine – including sleep, diet, exercise, sex and managing your to-do lists and inboxes. Using a great blend of humor and practical advice, you will walk away ready to change your life, take control and be healthier and happier – in 5 SECONDS FLAT.

Speaker: Mel Robbins, relationship expert, best-selling author and host, A&E’s “Monster In-Laws” @MELROBBINS


Your Next and Best Career Move: How to make a Working Identity and Life Plan that Reflects You

In our quest for excellence, shattering the glass ceiling and following a traditional executive career trajectory, women are often sidetracked from a path that may be better suited for their individual strengths or unique passions. Women should and can rise beyond their potential, but not at the expense of their specific skills, talents and expertise. Whether you are looking for a career change, re-entering the workforce after time away, or trying to find the right path for you, this session will help you create and execute your life plan and create the working identity that best reflects you.

Moderator: Holly Gordon, executive director and executive producer, Girl Rising @HOLLYGORDON
Panelists: Allison Dew, vice president, global corporate and consumer marketing, Dell @ALLISONDEWSAYS
Shirley Franklin, former mayor, Atlanta and visiting professor, LBJ School @ATLSHIRLEY
Trenesa Stanford-Danuser, vice president, global communications and strategic alliances, Estee Lauder @TREHUG


Innovation Uncensored: Ignite your Project, Career and Workplace

Creativity can’t be forced and everyone hits a wall at times – even seasoned leaders and entrepreneurs. Is your CEO breathing down your neck? Is your top client hovering and waiting for that next big idea? Are your teammates and employees uninspired? While innovation can be elusive at times, there are practical and easy ways to cultivate an innovative and creative workplace that drives bottom line results. This session will explore how you can create a constant exchange of ideas and implement techniques to ignite your project, company and career. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from successful innovators and entrepreneurs to learn how they generated ideas, fostered a creative environment and ultimately executed.

Moderator: Natalie Madeira Cofield, president & CEO, Capital City African American Chamber of Commerce and author, The Pursuit of Entrepreneurship @NCOFIELD
Panelists: Deborah Buresh Jackson, founder, Plum Alley @DBDJ1007
Mauria Finley, founder, Citrus Lane @MAURIAFINLEY
Emma Johnson, founder, @EMMAJOHNSON


Let’s Pretend This Never Happened – Which Moments in Life Define Us?

Which moments in life define who we are? Jenny Lawson will help you discover that the most terribly human moments—the ones we want to pretend never happened—are the very same moments that make us the people we are today. And we are better because of them.

Speaker: Jenny Lawson, award-winning blogger and author, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened @THEBLOGGESS


Dot Complicated

Technology has changed virtually every part of our lives: how we interact with friends and family, how we raise our children, how we announce major life news, how we find love, and how we manage our careers. Social norms and etiquette are changing constantly as we get used to life with smartphones, 24/7 access to one another, and more emails than one person could ever humanly respond to. Things have definitely gotten more fun and efficient, but also much more complicated. Randi Zuckerberg will help you sort through the noise to help find the “new normal”.

Speaker: Randi Zuckerberg, former director of marketing, Facebook; founder, Zuckerberg Media and author, Dot. Complicated @RANDIZUCKERBERG


Personal Finance: Seven Savvy Ways to Plan a Better Budget

How financially savvy are you? Wealth management expert Manisha Thakor will share her personal budget philosophies for achieving financial security. Attendees will learn how to incorporate those strategies into a budget that works for them and keeps spending on track.

Speaker: Manisha Thakor, founder and CEO, MoneyZen Wealth Management and author, On My Own Two Feet: A Modern Girl’s Guide to Personal Finance @MANISHATHAKOR


Success Codes for Professional and Personal Leadership

What strategies will help propel you toward professional successes and personal satisfactions? Leaders from Cisco will share what rules they’ve personally lived by to guide them through the rough waters of the technology market and sustained success. Learn what changes you can make to your daily work life to master the demands of large organiza- tions, deliver impact to the business and leadership of others. You will be sure to walk away with a few thoughts you can immediately bring back to your work day and accelerate your own success.

Moderator: Lynn D. Tinney, director, strategy and planning, Americas services sales, Cisco @CISCO
Speakers: Debbie Dunnam, senior vice president, Americas Services Sales, Cisco @CISCO
Sandy Hoffman, chief diversity officer, Cisco @CISCO
Sridevi Rao, business development director, Cisco Services, Cisco @CISCO


Your Guide to Getting Respect and Handling Tough Relationships

No matter what you’ve been through, the good news is that true respect starts on the inside. In this interactive session, learn the secrets featured by CNN, USA Today, Glamour, and Teen Vogue to getting the life, relationships, work and health you want. The Respect Basics will show you how to finally make self-respect the foundation of your decisions, self-care, relationships and leadership path.

Speaker: Jessica Baker, founder, Respect RX @THERESPECTINST

CAREER ADVANCEMENT 201… Communicating Effectively for Inclusion: How to Go from Well-Meaning to Well-Doing

We have all had those moments when we feel like we have communicated something carefully, only to be met with blank stares or even worse, ruffled feathers. In this session, Vernà Myers, a nationally recognized expert and author of Moving Diversity Forward, will teach us how to go from well-meaning to well-doing in our efforts to communicate inclusively. From race to gender and generation, Myers brings a wealth of knowledge about effective communica- tion strategies.

Speaker: Vernà Myers, nationally recognized diversity expert and author, What If I Say the Wrong Thing? @VERNAMYERS 

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT… Driving Social Good and Change Through the Power of the Workplace

Through access to networks, employees and customers, the workplace – regardless of size, sector or purpose – has the unique power to act as force multipliers to impact social change and make a difference. This session will explore the various ways that employees and entrepreneurs can use a work or corporate infrastructure to give back, volunteer and make an impact locally, domestically or globally. This session will use experiences from real-life change agents to offer inspiration and advice for how you can engage and make a difference within your workplace. Attendees will explore:
•How to find out if your company has employee networks dedicated around these initiatives
•How to start an initiative if your organization doesn’t already have something
•How to work with your company to ensure that corporate and social responsibility is part of their mission
•How to integrate philanthropy and social responsibility into the mission and financials of your small business

Moderator: Sera Bonds, executive director, Circle of Health International @COHINTL
Panelists: Laura Huffman, state director, Nature Conservancy Texas @LAURAJHUFFMAN
Sherri Reuland, president, board of directors, Boot Campaign @BOOTCAMPAIGN
Jessica Shortall, director of giving, TOMS Shoes @JESSICASHORTALL

EXPERT EXCHANGE 2: Secrets of Health Care: What You Need to Know to Take Control of Your Health

There are many treatments and products available to treat illness, but how do you know all the options available and which are the ones that really work, are the most effective and how best to obtain them? In this interactive session, Dr. Altshuler will discuss the latest findings from conventional, alternative and preventive medicine and how to navigate the healthcare system to get what you need for your health.

Speaker: Dr. Laurence Altshuler, board-certified internist, Cancer Treatment Centers of America 

EXPERT EXCHANGE 3: REACT: How to Succeed in a Team Environment

Join Dahna Hall as she shares REACT, an interactive presentation that will outline strategies for success within your team environment. She will help you work through the issues we face as part of a team, such as communication, accountability and trust and advise us how we should lean in to assignments that we may initially shy away from.

Speaker: Dahna Hull, vice president and general manager, AT&T Mobility, South Texas @DAHNAHULL

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT… How to Use Body Language to Influence Human Behavior and Enhance Your Presence

Effective application of rapport building and people reading skills are essential to succeed in today’s world. Leaders with presence have the ability to influence others through interpersonal relationships, are open to meeting new people, and can find a way to connect with others. Award-winning “human lie detector” and communications expert Janine Driver will help you better understand the impact of your non-verbal and verbal communications on others. Through use of her cutting-edge new body language strategies you will learn how to read others hidden emotions and build better relationships to ultimately enhance your presence, improve your business impact and expand your networks both in the workplace and in life.

Speaker: Janine Driver, lie detector expert and New York Times best-selling author, You Can’t Lie to Me

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT… Life at a Crossroads: Finding the Courage to Choose a Different Path

Best-selling author, playwright and screenwriter with movies that include: 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 will teach you what you can run from and what is just part of life.

Speaker: Delia Ephron, best-selling author, playwright and screenwriter @DELIAEPHRON 

ENCORE SESSION: Winning From Within: Practical Wisdom for Leading Wisely and Living Well

Internationally renowned negotiation and conflict resolution pioneer Erica Ariel Fox offers a forward-thinking approach to leading and living by mastering the “negotiation within”. Fox says that the most important negotiations start from within ourselves, rather than with others. She shares how to master your “inner negotiators” to get more of what you want, improve your relationships, and get better results at work and at home. Using insights from Western psychology, Eastern philosophy and neuroscience, Fox will provide a map for understanding your inner world and offer a method for sorting yourself out. Whether you’re working with a difficult client, trying to get more from your team or developing your highest leadership potential, this workshop will prepare you to lead, live and create lasting change more effectively. Together we will:
• Learn what it means to “negotiate with yourself ”
• Recognize four key inner negotiators
• Leverage different inner negotiations for distinct results
• Take away simple practices for expanding mindsets and skills

Speaker: Erica Ariel Fox, J.D., lecturer, Harvard Law School; founding partner, Mobius Executive Leadership; author, Winning From Within and LinkedIn Influencer @ERICAARIELFOX

EXPERT EXCHANGE 6: Stand and Shift

Tracy Carmen-Jones will help you understand the role that perspectives and assumptions play in professional conversations. Session attendees will learn how to identify their default orientation and gauge the impact of shifting perspectives to generate better results and more effective interactions. This session is targeted
for newer professionals who are interested in building self-awareness and being enabled to fully participate and contribute at work.

Speaker: Tracy Carmen-Jones, president, WaterLight Group Leadership expert

CAREER ADVANCEMENT 201… Strategies to Build a Compelling Brand and Attract More Business

Experts from some of the world’s top companies will share their strategies for branding success. How do you communicate your brand’s value in an ever-changing market? What strategies are best to help you develop your own personal brand? How can you use social media to propel your brand? Whether you are launching a new business or branding products and services for a large company, this session will help you build a compelling brand and attract more business.

Moderator: Becky Arreaga, president and partner, Mercury Mambo @BECKYARREAGA
Panelists: Porter Gale, author, Your Network Is Your Net Worth and former director of marketing, Virgin America @PORTERGALE
Tracy Yelencsics, director of global brand, Xerox @TYELENCICS
Randi Zuckerberg, former director of marketing, Facebook; founder, Zuckerberg Media and author, Dot.Complicated @RANDIZUCKERBERG 

REINVENTION… Stop Networking, Start Connecting: The Power of Who

When was the last time you were able to think about your dreams and aspirations? Bob Beaudine, the legendary networking coach, will help you realize that achieving those dreams is not as far away as you think. This session will provide practical tools and strategies to help you spend less time randomly networking and more time using the tools and knowledge you already have to achieve your dreams.

Speaker: Bob Beaudine, CEO, Eastman & Beaudine and author, The Power of Who @YOUGOTWHO


YOUNG WOMEN’S PROGRAM (designed for high school junior and senior girls)… Viewing and Discussion of Girl Rising

The 2013 movie, Girl Rising, took us by storm and opened our eyes to the plight of girls around the world. In this session, Girl Rising producer Holly Gordon will share poignant moments from the film and lead a discussion about how access to an education can change lives.

Speaker: Holly Gordon, executive director and executive producer, Girl Rising @HOLLYGORDON


The Moment and Method for Reinvention

Best-selling author, “Good Morning America” contributor and entrepreneur Tory Johnson is no stranger to major life changes— having shifted from employee to entrepreneur after a painful firing. With a lifetime of struggling with her weight, Tory felt ashamed of how she looked but could never find the will to change. When a network executive warned her that if she didn’t lose weight her television career could be in jeopardy, Tory experienced something profound: A Shift. She knew she didn’t just want to change, she needed to change. Now, after a second major shift–losing more than 60 pounds in a year– Tory is on a mission to help others change their thinking and achieve a better life. This session isn’t about weight loss – it is designed for anyone struggling to make a big life change, be it professional or personal. Together, these exceptional women will share their personal stories of shifting, and offer valuable lessons and inspiration for taking charge and changing your mindset once and for all. Attendees will:

  • Identify “their defining moment” for reinvention
  • Create a plan to make the shift
  • Understand and make a list of things to sacrifice along the road to shift
  • Learn strategies for self-discipline
  • Create a healthier and happier life
Speaker: Tory Johnson, New York Times best-selling author, The Shift, and workplace contributor, “Good Morning America” @TORYJOHNSON
Panelist: Sallie Krawcheck, one of the most respected voices on Wall Street and business leader, 85 Broads @SALLIEKRAWCHECK