Embracing Our Ever-Changing Body (panel)

Moderator: Lynya Floyd, health director, Family Circle Magazine

Panelist 1: Katherine Anderson, ND, FABNO, national director of Naturopathic Medicine, Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Panelist 2: Susan Tolles, founder, Flourish Over 50
Panelist 3: Vonda Wright, author, Fitness After 40: How to stay strong at any age
Panelist 4: Nikki Drummond, certified clinical nutritionist (CCN) and founder, NeuroFit Nutrition
Panelist 4: Katherine Anderson, director of Naturopathic Medicine, CTCA

The physical and emotional aspects of dealing with the ever-changing female body can be exciting and dreadful all at the same time. Whether you are in your twenties or your sixties, your appearance is always evolving and different from what it was years before. With increasing media attention around image and weight, it is critical that we adopt healthy perceptions of ourselves so that we can act as solid role models for young girls struggling with their own image. This panel discussion will help you process all aspects of the aging process from weight, nutrition, skincare and attire selections. Together we help you explore the options and teach you how to make effective health decisions that are right for you.

Host: Casey Sollock, ICF-accredited life coach and children’s book author

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Finding Your Passion

Speaker: Tina Hambly, founder and designer, Valentina Shoes
Speaker: Cory Cotton, founder, Dude Perfect and author, Go Big

Finding your passion can be a lifelong mission – and one that evolves as you grow and change. This interactive session offers two different perspectives around how to find what you love and create that into meaningful work and everyday life. Tina Hambly went from a 17-year career in high tech event marketing to becoming the founder and designer of Valentina, a girls’ fashion brand featuring shoes for “hip, happy girls.” Within months of launching her bold girls’ brand, Valentina was featured on People.com as a brand “your girl will go crazy over,” touted as “Designer to Watch” by Austin Monthly magazine and selected as “Best of the Best” to be featured during Austin Fashion Week 2012. Hambly shares how after decades, she reinvented herself, found her passion and turned it into reality. Cory Cotton, a recent graduate of Texas A&M University, is one of the founders of the five-man trick basketball shot team known as Dude Perfect. In just three years, Dude Perfect has more than 80 million views of their online content and has been labeled by Advertising Age as one of You Tube’s hottest brands. As an entrepreneur and acclaimed author, Cory inspires you to Go Big with what you love and use that platform for a cause greater than you.

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Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love and Lead (workshop)

B.BrownSpeaker: Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW, research professor, University of Houston

Every day we experience the uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable, or to dare greatly. In a world where “never enough” dominates and feeling afraid has become second nature, vulnerability is subversive, uncomfortable – even a little dangerous at times. Based on twelve years of pioneering research, Dr. Brené Brown dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and argues that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage. Together, attendees will:

  • Examine the critical role vulnerability plays in our personal and professional success;
  • Dispel the four major myths of vulnerability;
  • Explore the most common strategies we use to avoid and minimize vulnerability and how they move us away from our goals; and
  • Identify actionable strategies for leaning into our discomfort and embracing vulnerability as a source of strength and inspiration.

Host: Colleen Brewer, vice-president of sales and marketing, Statesman Solutions

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Influence Expansion:How to Leverage and Grow Your Influence to Drive Real Business Growth (workshop)

Lena WestSpeaker: Lena L. West, founder and CEO, XynoMedia and top 30 entrepreneurs to follow on Twitter

For many, influence is seen in a negative light. People associate it with manipulation and “smoke and mirrors” techniques, but in reality, influence is one of the top traits we have to offer. Your clients compensate you with the expectation that you’ll be able to influence them and their business for growth. The media hopes that including you in their story will influence more people to read their piece. Your team looks for you to influence the direction of the company for everyone’s benefit. The trouble is, many executives either don’t exercise their influence muscles enough or they go overboard and become pushy. This session will show you how to:

  • Redefine influence in a way that helps you drop the negative connotations and get on with implementing influence in your business;
  • Impact bottom line results;
  • Look for the hidden sources of influence in your business and life;
  • Identify the people who influence you and who you influence (critical to understand if you want to make a mark); and
  • Strike the right balance between influencing and being influenced

Host: Allyson Peerman, corporate vice president, Public Affairs, AMD and president, AMD Foundation

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Knowing Your Value and Negotiating Your Worth (workshop)

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 that then that women are not compensated to reflect our power? Victoria Pynchon will arm you with the tools to help you close your personal income and leadership gaps and become a powerful and confident asker.

Host: Fay Fleming, founder, The Business Performance Company

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

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 encourage your braininess to take the lead and teach you how to dream big and make it happen!

Host: LisaBeth Thomas, Big Cheese, LBTJ Group and president of Texas Women in Business

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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 will empower you to overcome your fears and take control of your financial health. This interactive workshop will provide you with 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.

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Health & Wellness: Taking a Mind Body Approach to Satisfaction

Dr. Jennifer BermansmSpeaker: Dr. Jennifer Berman, urologist, renowned expert and pioneer in female sexual medicine

Covering both physiological and psychological issues, this workshop will provide you with easy-to-understand information on the medical breakthroughs and treatments that can help women of all ages enjoy more fulfilling sex lives. Attending this session will change the way you think about sex, yourself and your partner. As one of the few women urologists in the country, Dr. Berman offers practical advice to help you:

  • Reach your ultimate passionate connection;
  • Inform and empower you to take control of your sexuality and overcome hurdles;
  • Feel comfortable advocating for your sexual needs; and
  • Dispel some of the common myths.

Host: Deborah Hamilton-Lynne, editor, Austin Woman and Austin Man Magazines

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The Creative and Innovative Leader: Moving from Idea Generation to Action (panel)

Moderator: Patti Johnson, CEO, PeopleResults

Panelist 1: Siobhan Fallon, author, You Know When the Men are Gone
Panelist 2: Sue Chen, founder and CEO, Nova Medical Products
Panelist 3: Bryony Gomez-Palacio, founder, Under Consideration
Panelist 4: Carla Thompson, CEO and founder, Sharpskirts

Creativity and innovation are often interchanged as the same – but innovation is not creativity. Creativity is about coming up with an original idea and innovation is about executing that idea into a reality. The greatest leaders need to exhibit and foster creativity and innovation in the workplace to succeed in today’s competitive, unstable and volatile climate. This dynamic panel discussion will bring you face-to-face with top innovators to share their experiences. Generating ideas and executing on those ideas is key to success whether you are in a corporate setting, in a small business or an entrepreneur waiting to break out. Attend this session and learn:

  • The difference between creativity and innovation
  • How to enable an environment that supports and encourages creativity and innovation
  • How to leverage a multi-generational workplace to increase innovation and bottom line results
  • Strategies to generate ideas and turn them into action

Host: Mary Ellen Dugan, executive director, Global Brand & Advertising, Dell

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The Disruptive Innovation of You

Whitney-JohnsonsmSpeaker: Whitney Johnson, co-founder, Rose Park Advisors, author and contributing writer, Harvard Business Review

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. In this session, Whitney Johnson shares her personal disruptive innovation and teaches the fundamentals of disruptive innovation to show you how powerful it can be in your evolving reinvention, both personally and professionally.

Host: Norine Yukon, CEO, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Texas

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