OctoBER 13, 2017
j.W. MARRIOTT CAMELBACK INN resort

 
AGENDA AT A GLANCE
   
7:30 - 8:30 REGISTRATION/CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
8:30 - 10:45 OPENING REMARKS & MORNING KEYNOTES
11:00–11:45 CONCURRENT SESSIONS
12:00–1:45 LUNCHEON & KEYNOTE SPEAKER
2:00–4:30 AFTERNOON KEYNOTES & CLOSING REMARKS
4:30–6:00 HOSTED RECEPTION, NETWORKING & BOOK-­SIGNING
 

2016 AGENDA IN FULL -- CHECK BACK FOR 2017

7:30–8:30 REGISTRATION/CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

8:30–10:45 OPENING REMARKS & MORNING KEYNOTES

LIFT AS YOU CLIMB: LEADERS HELPING LEADERS

LIBBY GILL

C-Suite Executive at Universal Studios, Sony and  Turner Broadcasting, Keynote Speaker, Award-Winning Author, CEO, Libby Gill & Company

Libby Gill is leadership expert and executive coach who helps established and emerging leaders bring out the best in themselves and their teams. With her expertise as both an executive and entrepreneur, Libby shares an inspirational blend of leadership strategies and hard-won Hollywood secrets to help women along their leadership journey. Not one to shy away from tough truths about women in the workplace, she shares relevant data about the biases that both men and women hold against female professionals and provides tips and tools for getting past them. With her vast expertise in communication and brand strategy, she helps executives, professionals and entrepreneurs to develop and maximize their authentic leadership voice and brand, ignite bold, future-focused leadership and lift others as they climb.

Libby Gill spent nearly 20 years in senior leadership roles in the media industry. Libby was Senior Vice President and Head of Communications at Universal Studios, and previously at Sony Pictures and Turner Broadcasting. Deciding that she would answer the call of entrepreneurship, Libby left the corporate world and founded Libby Gill & Company in November 2000. A frequent media guest, she has shared her success strategies on CNN, NPR, MSNBC, CBS Early Show, the Today Show, Oprah & Friends Radio Network and in BusinessWeek, Time, The New York Times and Wall Street Journal

ENGAGING MEN TO ADVANCE WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP

BRIAN MCDONALD
Senior Vice President, Charles Schwab

ALAN SCHNAID
Chief Financial Officer, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide

LISA SHEPARD
Partner, EY

LIBBY GILL
Moderator, Executive Coach and Leadership Expert

The number of women in senior leadership positions has essentially flat-lined over the past 15 years. In a lively, interactive exchange, this panel of extraordinary leaders will share their perspectives on why this is occurring and on what needs to be done to remedy it. Do women hold themselves back? Do men, and women, have unconscious biases toward women as leaders, especially in senior positions? Are there institutional barriers that block women from being promoted to senior leadership? Are men fully engaged in the conversation to support, retain and promote women in the workplace?

The panel will focus on both the personal responsibility of individual leaders to overcome unconscious biases and the organizational efforts to address institutional barriers and blind spots to create cultures that encourage the advancement of women. We look forward to an open and honest discussion of these issues.

11:00 – 11:45 MORNING CONCURRENT SESSIONS -- Choose 1 of 4

THE POWER OF MINDFULNESS

SARAH MCLEAN

Global Teacher of Mindfulness and Meditation, Author of "Soul-Centered" and "The Power of Attention," Founder, McLean Meditation Institute

Most leaders are over-scheduled and over-stimulated – mentally, emotionally and physically.  The practice of mindfulness allows leaders to live in the moment and awaken to experience, improve focus and clarity of thought and experience greater vitality and fulfillment. By sharing scientific findings and inspirational stories and providing practical tips and experiential exercises, Sarah will help you become more aware of how you focus your attention, learn ways to change your default thinking patterns, bring your awareness back to the here and now and make lasting changes in your outlook -- creating greater success and happiness in your professional career and personal life.

THE CONFIDENCE GAP: CREATING A CULTURE OF CONFIDENCE

JENNIFER SERLIN, PH.D.

Licensed Psychologist, Executive and Personal Coach

While women in leadership have made undeniable progress, women are still woefully underrepresented at the highest levels of power and the numbers are increasing at a glacial pace. In this hands-on workshop, Dr. Serlin will explore the importance of creating a culture of confidence in the workplace and examine how its absence undermines women’s success and advancement.  Participants will learn to recognize and leverage their own personal confidence, develop strategies to overcome common obstacles that diminish confidence and identify strategies to facilitate an organizational culture that increases and strengthens confidence at all levels of leadership.

THE "b" WORD FOR WOMEN LEADERS: BALANCING STRENGTH AND STYLE tO COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY

JILL GOLDSMITH, J.D., LAC, NCc

Executive and Leadership Coach, Former Trial Lawyer and Law Firm Managing Partner

Everything you do sends a message about you. Beyond your degrees and subject matter expertise, your success is often determined by your communication effectiveness. Whether we like it or not, behaviors and communication styles for women leaders require a delicate balance to avoid labels such as too passive on the one hand or too aggressive on the other. This seminar will help provide insights, techniques and practical solutions to develop a communication style for work that influences others, motivates teams and gets results while minimizing the labels others give women leaders. 

NOON -- 1:45 LUNCHEON & KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

WOMEN LEADERS ON THE WORLD STAGE

lAURA LISWOOD

Co-Founder and Secretary General, Council of Women World Leaders, Author of the Book and Video Documentary, "Women World Leaders", Senior Executive Goldman Sachs

Laura Liswood has taken an unprecedented journey into the corridors of power around the world – in her work with the Council of Women World Leaders and when conducting one-on-one interviews with nineteen women Presidents and Prime Ministers. She chronicled the leadership journeys of these amazing women in her book and video documentary, Women World Leaders. Laura will share the obstacles these women faced in attaining the highest office, whether, once they were in office, they were able to further the cause of women in their countries and the differences between male and female world leaders. Most importantly, Laura will address how these world leaders mirror the rights of all women to claim their own authority and entitlement to lead. 

Laura co-founded, together with President Vigdis Finnbogadóttir of Iceland, the Council of Women World Leaders, and serves as its Secretary General. The Council’s membership is comprised of the most powerful women leaders in the world – current and former female Heads of State and Heads of Government. She also co-founded The White House Project to change the cultural message in the United States about women as leaders. She has written two business books, Serve Them Right and The Loudest Duck. A long-time executive at Goldman Sachs, Laura has worked extensively on issues of globalization and workforce diversity.

2:00 - 2:45 AFTERNOON CONCURRENT SESSIONS -- Choose 1 of 4

THE POWER OF MINDFULNESS

SARAH MCLEAN

Global Teacher of Mindfulness and Meditation, Author of "Soul-Centered" and "The Power of Attention," Founder, McLean Meditation Institute

(See Description above in Morning Concurrent Sessions.)

THE CONFIDENCE GAP: CREATING A CULTURE OF CONFIDENCE

jENNIFER SERLIN

Licensed Psychologist, Executive and Personal Coach

(See Description above in Morning Concurrent Sessions.)

THE POWER OF INFLUENCE IN LEADERSHIP

KAREN MILDENHALL

CEO & President, KM Leadership Solutions, Certified Professional Coach

Can you influence without being the leader and can you lead without influence? In today's open and collaborative work environments, the most successful leaders strive to intentionally influence rather than lead by their authority. This workshop will examine the behaviors of the most powerful influence leaders, focus on the critical steps to increase the impact of your influence and explore the advantages and potential pitfalls of being a leader without a title or direct reports in your organization.

3:00 – 4:30 AFTERNOON KEYNOTES

SOARING TO UNIMAGINED HEIGHTS!

DR. RHEA SEDDON

One of the first female NASA Astronauts, Physician, Healthcare Executive, Partner, LifeWings Partners LLC

As one of the first six female NASA astronauts, Dr. Rhea Seddon is a pioneer in every sense of that word. Rhea has a unique story to tell - a glimpse into that walk through the doors of the ultimate men’s club, the astronaut office, and all the barrier-breaking resistance that act entailed. With candor and humor Rhea will share the ups and downs, the laughs and heartaches, the weighty questions and everyday worries she experienced. This session will speak to everyone who’s trying to reach for a star. 

Dr. Seddon spent 19 years with NASA. A medical doctor, a trained surgeon, she flew on three space shuttle missions, logging more than 722 hours in space and orbiting the Earth 480 times. But she didn't just fly, she soared. Above the Earth and above the glass ceiling. To be selected as one of only approximately 500 men and women in the world to travel in space is prestigious. Even more rare is to be honored as an inductee into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame. Fewer than 90 astronauts have been selected by a panel of their peers to join this elite group. Rhea's turn came last year when she was the eighth woman inducted.

AWAKEN YOUR INNER CHAMPION: BEHIND EVERY SUCCESSFUL WOMAN IS HERSELF 

DEBORAH GARDNER

Competitive Performance Expert, Author and Keynote Speaker, Swimming Speaker, Swimming Champion, Trailblazing Sportscaster at CBS and NBC 

In a highly interactive, insightful and high-energy presentation, Deborah Gardner helps leaders in today’s highly competitive global world to identify their untapped potential by discovering their competitive spirit. She helps them awaken their inner champion and become fearless in achieving their goals, ambitions and dreams – in their professional and personal lives. 

A swimming champion turned competitive performance expert, author and keynote speaker, Deborah Gardner has a wealth of competitive experience – as a competitive swimmer who qualified for the boycotted 1980 Olympics, a two-time Gold Medal Senior Olympics winner, one of the first female sports broadcasters with CBS-TV and NBC-TV and a successful hospitality executive. Her clients include American Express, Wal-Mart, Chevron, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Marriott and Kaiser Permanente.

4:30 – 6:00 HOSTED RECEPTION, COCKTAILS, NETWORKING & BOOK-SIGNING

RECEPTION

In a relaxed atmosphere, build on and expand the relationships started during the symposium. Interact with and get to know the Forum's outstanding speakers and your fellow participants. Participate in a book-signing with our speakers who have recently published books.

NOTE: ADDITIONAL SPEAKER INFORMATION WILL BE POSTED SHORTLY. CHECK BACK SOON FOR AN UPDATED SCHEDULE. Should changes occur prior to the program, speakers of similar stature will be substituted.

Questions? Please contact us.

AGENDA OVERVIEW

7:30 – 8:30
Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 4:30
Symposium & Luncheon

4:30 – 6:00
Hosted Reception, Casual Conversation & Book-Signing