Conference Sessions

2018 Session | Transform Your Working Life: The Science Behind How to Have a Good Day

Whether we have a good day or not depends partly on things we can’t control – perhaps we run into an unexpected crisis, or our colleagues seem unusually cranky. But behavioral science shows us that many things that seem “fixed” or “random” can be surprisingly strongly influenced by our own actions, once we understand just a little of how the brain works. Caroline Webb, economist and former partner at consulting powerhouse McKinsey, will demonstrate how tiny tweaks to our daily routines can transform our experience of what happens around us, the number of hours in the day, our level of intelligence, and even other people’s moods. She will teach you to be at your best under pressure, equipping you to handle common challenges such as co-worker conflicts and pressing deadlines. Learn how to change your “luck” and obtain more control over the quality of your days. You will leave armed with the power to transform your approach for boosted workplace performance and enjoyment. Read More

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2018 Session | Women & Work: The Changing Meaning of Ambition

Faced with pivotal and thought-provoking moments in their careers, college friends Hana Schank and Elizabeth Wallace came back together decades post-graduation to embark on a project about women, ambition, transition, crisis and achievement. This workshop will share their rich insights, findings and first-hand experiences about the changing meaning of ambition. Drawing on their project, The Ambition Interviews,  they will offer insights into the variables that push women to make big decisions, and offer tools to help emerging professionals make those decisions easier.  For a new generation of working women or anyone at a crossroads, this session will explore the impact of modern parenting, a 24/7 work culture, and sexism in the workplace so that those big decisions become a little easier to make. Read More

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2018 Session | Innovation Quotient: Making Your Mighty Idea a Reality

Your innovative idea could solve problems, create new paradigms, lead to breakthroughs, and possibly even change the world. What’s holding you back?  This panel of experts, led by serial entrepreneur Nathalie Molina Nino, will explore how you can unlock your boundless potential to create and innovate. You will learn how to clarify your vision, design for scalability, and take a few helpful shortcuts to navigate the obstacles that have kept that audacious idea of yours from becoming a reality. Read More

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2018 Session | Reading Others: It’s All About the Body

Whether in a meeting with your colleagues, selling a client on an idea or mingling at a networking event, understanding what others are trying to say is imperative to your success. Led by Alice Rutkowski, nicknamed the “People Whisperer,” this session will boost your nonverbal intelligence so you can better grasp someone’s true intent and influence others with your own body language. Rutkowski will share the five keys to reading body language: kinesics, posture, trusting what you can see, studying hands and arms, and being able to accurately assess facial cues—so that you can understand the body language in your own postures and in that of others. You will walk away with a whole new set of tools for your next interaction! Read More

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2018 Session | Break the Cycle: Embrace Your Hormones

Feeling “hormonal” is not usually seen as a positive thing, even though it is entirely natural. But Martie Haselton, the world’s leading researcher on sexuality, argues that there is great value to be had in better understanding the hidden intelligence of hormones. In this session, she will clearly explain the biological processes that profoundly influence our behavior and offer a radical new understanding of our bodies, minds, and relationships. Once we embrace hormonal cycles as adaptive solutions to genuine biological challenges, we can stop letting these changes bring us down and use this information to make better-informed choices. Plan to leave less fearful of hormonal shifts and armed with a new appreciation for how hormones can empower you to succeed. Read More

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