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

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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

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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

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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.

Panelists: Deborah Buresh Jackson, founder, Plum Alley @DBDJ1007
Mauria Finley, founder, Citrus Lane @MAURIAFINLEY
Emma Johnson, founder, @EMMAJOHNSON

Moderator: Natalie Madeira Cofield, president & CEO, Capital City African American Chamber of Commerce and author, The Pursuit of Entrepreneurship @NCOFIELD

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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.

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

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

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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

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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.

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

Moderator: Miki Agrawal, serial social entrepreneur and Forbes 2013 “Top 20 Millennials” @TWINMIKI

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24 Things You can Do with Social Media to Get into College (or put your best foot forward)!

Gina CarrollsmSpeaker: Gina Carroll, blogger and author, 24 Things You Can Do with Social Media to Help Get into College

Colleges have now embraced social media as an important tool in the admissions process. They are also using sites like Facebook to uncover unsavory information about candidates. This session illustrates ways that you can use social media to explore, attract and connect with colleges in a positive way. Learn how to create an online presence that allows schools to see your strengths and attributes. We also explore tools how to turn a potentially negative outcome (like getting turned down by your college of choice because of your social media content) into an optimal one by creating a positive social media presence. Even if you are not college bound, this session offers practical tools for building a social media presence that is invaluable to your job search and life.

Host: Dahna L. Hull, President & General Manager, Retail Sales & Service, AT&T Mobility South Texas

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Creating Your Happiness Project: A Conversation with Gretchen Rubin

GretchenRubin-120x162Speaker: Gretchen Rubin, bestselling author, The Happiness Project

Moderator: Carrie Contey, founder, Early

Gretchen Rubin is the author of the #1 New York Times and international bestseller The Happiness Project—an account of the year she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, the current scientific studies, and the lessons from popular culture about how to be happier. On her popular blog, The Happiness Project, she reports on her daily adventures in the pursuit of happiness. The Happiness Project has proven to be more than just a book – it is a movement that we have all become fascinated with. This session is an informal conversation and extension of Gretchen’s keynote.

Host: Sally Hernandez, anchor, KXAN

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Defining Success on Your Own Terms (panel)

Moderator: Alexis Sclamberg, author, blogger, The Huffington Post, and former lawyer

Panelist 1: Alyce C. Alston, Chairman and CEO, CultureMap Austin and launch publisher, O! The Oprah Magazine
Panelist 2: Lauren Berger, “Intern Queen,” best-selling author and BusinessWeek’s Young Entrepreneurs 25 under 25
Panelist 3: Danielle LaPorte, Amazon #1 author, The Fire Starter Sessions and creator, Your Big Beautiful Book Plan
Panelist 4: Wilka Toppins, attorney and founder, The Corporate Latina

It’s a new world and Gen Y professionals are approaching careers very differently than their parents. They are no longer staying at on organization for 20+ years and climbing the ranks – rather, they are moving and evolving rapidly. In 2012, feeling successful professionally goes well beyond having a stable position and financial security. Young professionals are building career paths that align with their values, morals and passions. This interactive discussion brings together a mix of corporate, non-profit and entrepreneurial women to share their perspectives and journeys.

Host: Dahna L. Hull, president and general manager, retail sales and service, AT&T Mobility South Texas

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