2017 Session | Stand Out, Step Up and Get Noticed

Gender exclusion is still prominent in today’s work environments putting women in a challenging position – for obvious reasons around the lack of equity– but also for those trying to exist in a corporate landscape as they climb the ladder and try to make a name for themselves. The competition is fierce wherever you are, and whether you like it or not, you are part of it. How do you stand out without alienating others? How do you get taken seriously in a male-dominated room? Join this team of leaders to uncover key lessons learned and new insights on how to make strides towards equity and partnership. Attendees will learn how to:

  • Handle manterrupting, bropriating and talkblocking;
  • Understand when to lead, when to follow and when to move on;
  • Assert your presence using strong verbal skills and body language;
  • Overcome bias and internal fears that prevent you from stepping up; and
  • Ways you can pay it forward.

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2017 Session | Branding Yourself to Achieve your Career Goals

No matter how skilled you are, how experienced, how many years you’ve been in business, or how much you love what you do, if you do not have a commanding presence on every platform and can successfully communicate your story, you will continue to be under-recognized and labor to attract recognition. For women who have taken a non-linear career path or have taken a pause and now want to re-enter, this can be even more challenging. The ability to speak and communicate with confidence and charisma is critical and will eliminate these obstacles allowing you to take your career or business to the next level. Attend this session to learn from some of the best brand marketing agents about how to position yourself for your future. Read More

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2017 Session | Creative Change: Strategies for Fostering Innovation

CEOs, top executives, and other business leaders say they need creativity and real innovation to thrive in a competitive world. But according to former Wharton management professor Jennifer Mueller, many business leaders chronically reject creative solutions and often embrace the familiar, even as they profess commitment to innovation. Mueller’s research reveals that it’s not just CEOs, but many others often struggle to accept new and creative ideas even when desired. Mueller will address the tough questions these findings raise: Could people love but also hate creative ideas? Could the mindset we use to evaluate ideas turn this love or hate on or off—in an instant? Do experts struggle even more than novices with this bias? And even more startling, could the “best practices” that organizations employ to manage innovation activate this bias, and inadvertently, kill innovation? Mueller diagnoses this hidden innovation barrier, and will share her solutions, including:

  • A four- step process (and a fifth lifeline) to self-disrupt your current mindset and recognize creative opportunity;
  • An idea-pitching framework aimed at helping you overcome other peoples’ sticky preference for the status quo;
  • Key organizational levers to disrupt the cultural beliefs holding your company back;
  • Tips to more accurately recognize creative leaders who can lead organizations in productive new directions, and
  • Strategies to generate ideas without harming your ability to make them count with the decision-makers.

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2017 Session | Power, Parity & Influence: Driving Change in the Workplace

Becoming a leader in a boys’ club is a tough one. The structural issues around gender exclusion are real, but they don’t have to affect your ability to rise every day and act with clarity when you see the impediments. Women CAN influence the distribution of power to drive positive change. This intimate discussion will bring you up close and personal with Margaret McKenna—the first woman deputy White House counsel, the first president of Walmart Foundation, and the first woman president of Suffolk University. McKenna has forged the path of firsts and has also been a change agent in her different roles, from leading an effort to appoint more women and people of color to federal judgeships, to prioritizing hunger as the signature issue for the Walmart Foundation and driving governance change at Suffolk University. She has moved from government to the university life to the largest company in the world. How did she obtain these positions? How did she learn to navigate such different environments? What lessons did she learn about creating positive change? Led by friend and colleague Marian Heard, we will answer these questions, and you will leave with strategies to influence change. Read More

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2017 Session | Making the Transition on Social Media from Personal to Professional

Your social media is important and plays a big role in your personal life. But, how will future employers view your social media activity? More than 50% of employers use social media to screen hires and unfortunately, a single post can throw off your career track.  Millennial branding strategist Alex Wolf will walk you through how to separate your personal and professional social media and set boundaries to avoid conflicts, so you can enjoy your social without the risk. Read More

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2017 Session | The Future of Modern Love

The quality of our lives depends on the quality of our relationships. Yet, when it comes to modern love, the expectations and social norms are quickly shifting beneath our feet. Over the past three decades, iconic couples’ therapist, erotic intelligence expert and best-selling author of Mating in Captivity and The State of Affairs, Esther Perel has been a penetrating observer of cultural patterns. In this session, she will explore desire, trust, honesty, accountability and the complicated (and contradictory) needs that are shaping relationships today. Attendees will walk away with a better understanding of the intricacies of love and desire and what it takes to build thriving and resilient relationships. Read More

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2017 Session | Achieving More by Doing Less

Even though women are 50% of the workforce, they only represent 18% of the highest-level leaders. Responsibilities at work and home often leave women without the bandwidth to succeed and wondering if their career and personal goals are unachievable. Tiffany Dufu, one of Fast Company’s “League of Extraordinary Women” and once the poster child for doing it all, will offer a new perspective on why the women’s leadership movement has stalled and how we can stop that trend. She will share actionable advice on how we can reevaluate our priorities, embrace imperfection and expect less of ourselves and more of others so that we can focus on the goals we truly care about. Attendees will walk away with practical tips to help us flourish at work and develop deeper, more meaningful relationships at home. Read More

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2017 Session | Your Own Sweet Time: Building a Life That Works for You

“Having it all” has become the subject of countless books, articles, debates, and social media commentary, with passions running high in all directions. Many now believe this to be gospel truth: Any woman who wants to advance in a challenging career has to make sacrifices. And with such a wide spectrum of priorities, workloads and resources for women, it is impossible to define “life balance” for all. But, what if there was a recipe for giving you more time in your day? Time management expert Laura Vanderkam will share seven time management strategies that may make a difference between just hanging on and possibly feeling like you are “having it all.” Read More

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2017 Session | Draw Your Big Idea: The Ultimate Creativity Tool for Turning Thoughts into Action

In this increasingly visual age, images speak louder than words. Studies show that images also help people think. Visual note-taking such as doodling increases memory retention rates by nearly 30 percent, and opens creative pathways, strengthens focus, and inspires self-expression. Driven by these groundbreaking findings, entrepreneurs Nora Herting and Heather Willems founded ImageThink, and can help you visualize your ideas and transform your creative processes using simple drawing techniques that anyone can master. Do you have lots of ideas but feel immobilized and overwhelmed, and find yourself unable to turn those ideas into action? Attend this session and learn how to incorporate “Draw Your Big Idea” into your daily work life. This session will feature interactive drawing exercises tailored to help you brainstorm, refine, and execute ideas in the office, within your teams, and even at home. Learn how to beat creative block—for good—and turn your thoughts and dreams into reality! Read More

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2017 Session | How to Get Taken Seriously as a Woman in Tech

Whether you are just getting your foot in the door, negotiating your next promotion and raise or trying to get backing for your big entrepreneurial idea, the tech field is a tough place to be a woman. From a lack of visible mentors and role models to underrepresentation in startup communities and pontification about including more women in tech, without much action, the challenges that women face in the tech field are well-known. This panel of experts will share how they found their way in this field and the tangible strategies that can help you do the same. Read More

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