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 MORNING CONCURRENT SESSIONS
12:00–1:45 LUNCHEON & KEYNOTE SPEAKER
2:00–2:45 AFTERNOON CONCURRENT SESSIONS
3:00-4:30 AFTERNOON KEYNOTES & CLOSING REMARKS
4:30–6:00 HOSTED RECEPTION, NETWORKING & BOOK-­SIGNING
 

2017 AGENDA IN FULL 

7:30–8:30 REGISTRATION/CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

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

WHEN YOU'RE READY TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP

mary loverde

Internationally-Renowned Keynote Speaker, Author of 4 Best-Selling Books, including "The Invitation:When You're Ready to Take the Next Step"

A dynamic and captivating speaker, consultant and writer, Mary helps leaders to take that important next step to the career and life they desire. In this highly-interactive and entertaining session, Mary will help participants identify what they really want, explore what's holding them back, understand their Achilles Heel and successfully move forward. In a program that involves participants in meaningful dialogue, Mary provides specific "works in real life" strategies, so that participants can lead the life they want now -- not someday.

A powerful speaker on the international stage, Mary is the author of four best-selling books published in three languages. She has appeared on ABC World News Tonight, 20/20 and four times on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Her ideas have been published in such diverse journals as The Wall Street Jounal, the New England Journal of Medicine and Ladies Home Journal. Her diverse client list includes: Apple, LinkedIn, NASA, Mayo Clinic, IBM and Intel. For 15 years, Mary served on the faculty of the University of Colorado School of Medicine, where she was Director of the Hypertension Research Center. Mary received the highest rating and a standing ovation when she spoke at an AWLF Symposium several years ago. 

WOMEN AT THE HELM: EMPOWERING, ADVOCATING AND PAYING IT FORWARD

SHERYL PALMER

Chairman, President & CEO, Taylor Morrison Home Corporation

As a woman in the heavily male-dominated construction industry, Sheryl admits she was hesitant to "play the woman card." Now, as the only woman to head a major home builder and developer in the U.S., she believes that women professionals must not only understand the differences that they bring to the workplace, but that they must embrace those differences and enable our organizations to benefit from them. She encourages women leaders to step out of our respective comfort zones -- to use our positions to address the lack of diversity in leadership, be advocates for other women, take our seats in influential boardrooms and inspire other women leaders.

As President and CEO of Taylor Morrison since 2007, Sheryl has been able to lead Taylor Morrison into the top ranks of America's largest public homebuilders, following the company's IPO in 2013. Taylor Morrison now ranks #644 on the Fortune 1000 and is the nation's 7th largest homebuilder. Recently named Chairman of the Board, Sheryl is implementing a strategic business strategy focused on expanding the company's U.S. footprint. Prior to Taylor Morrison, Sheryl was a Division President at Blackhawk Corporation and an Area President at Pulte Homes/Del Webb. She was recently featured in The New York Times "Corner Office" in an article entitled "Sometimes Shoeless, Always Real," discussing her life, upbringing and path to the top.

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

STRATEGIC PERSPECTIVE: EXCELLING AT THE "16TH" COMPETENCY

MARY LOVERDE

Award-Winning Author Who Has Appeared on "ABC World News Tonight," "20/20" & "The Oprah Winfrey Show"

In a research study of thousands of business leaders, women outscored men in all but ONE of the 16 leadership competencies. What was it? "Develops a Strategic Perspective." More men than women focus on developing skills and relationships that support their success. In this high-content program, Mary will help participants get a clearer understanding of how they can leverage the skills of risk-taking, visioning and awareness to develop a more strategic perspective. Threre's no reason we can't make it 16 out of 16!

THE TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGIN': BRIDGING THE GENERATIONAL GAP

JENNIFER WITTER 
Practice Area Lead, Organizational Effectiveness, Slalom Consultiing

SHARON AUT
Global Inclusiveness & Diversity Lead, Slalom Consulting

MARCIA STROM
Organizational Effectiveness Consultant, Slalom Consulting

Bob Dylan might have said it best -- "The times they are a changin'." Today's workforce looks drastically different than that of days gone by. Never has the gap between the generations been so wide. There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach. This session will help participants understand the unique attributes, expectations and values of each generation and the cultural gaps between different generations and their organizations. Most importantly, it will help participants answer the question: What are YOU doing to bridge the generational gaps and lead the culture change?

POWER UP

STACY GORIN

Executive Coach, Americas Leadership & Team Coaching, EY

As women climb up the organizational ladder, they vanish. Women -- and the world -- can't afford to wait as long as many estimates predict -- another 100+ years -- for women to achieve leadership parity. The POWER tool, developed by EY to help close the gender gap, focuses on the key behaviors that can either diminish power or build power. Recognizing that demonstrating POWER is  individualized, not one size fits all, the tool enables individuals to identify where they stand and provides key resources that speak to their needs. These resources will prove invaluable long after the session is over. 

SHARE THE WISDOM ROUNDTABLES -- CIRCLES OF 10

Participants will have the opportunity to gather in circles of 10 to discuss a topic of interest. Led by one of our speakers or a local leader with expertise in the topic, the women will share personal experiences, lessons learned and best practices. In addition to valuable knowledge sharing, the roundtables will provide excellent networking opportunities that can be continued long after the Symposium. (Topics will be posted in advance.)

NOON -- 1:45 LUNCHEON & KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

THE IMPORTANCE -- AND POWER -- OF SHARING YOUR STORY

SANDRA SOBIERAJ WESTFALL

White House Correspondent, The Associated Press, Washington Bureau Chief and National Political Correspondent, People/Time Inc.

During her nine-year tenure as White House Correspondent, Sandra had a front-row seat to history. She was in every press pool, in the front row of the briefing room, in a front-aisle seat on Air Force One and had the first question at every press conference. As Washington Bureau Chief for People/Time, she had the privilege of seeing and showing powerful political figures as real people, off-stage. Sandra will share her story and how she leaned IN to what was most important in her career. In doing so, she will share the stories of some of the intriguing leaders she covered. And she will encourage each of us to write, own and share our stories. 

As White House Correspondent for the Associated Press, Sandra's credits include front-page coverage of high-stakes crises, including President Clinton's impeachment, the 2000 Presidential election recount and President Bush's response to the 9/11 attacks. As Washington Bureau Chief and National Political Correspondent for People/Time Inc., she represented the magazine on live national TV discussing breaking-news stories and telling the personal stories of the headline makers, including numerous interviews with President Obama and Michelle Obama. She was twice the recipient of the White House Correspondents Association's most prestigious award, the Merriman-Smith Award for Excellence in Presidential News Coverage under Deadline Pressure.

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

LEVERAGING YOUR INFLUENCE THROUGH THE pOWER OF RELATIONSHIPS

TERRI TIERNEY CLARK

Leadership Consultant & Author of "Learn, Work, Lead," Former Managing Director in Investment Banking on Wall Street

The ability to influence others is a critical component of leadership and a key to professional success, particularly as we rise to more senior levels. But women's confidence levels, risk profiles, excessive focus on work product and perspective on the relative value of relationship development can negatively affect women's ability to influence. Terri will discuss how we can enhance our personal confidence and risk profiles to gain ease with critical networking initiatives and gain that next level of influence in our organizations.

HOW TO GET ON BOARDS AND WHY YOU SHOULD

SUSAN SHULTZ

Founder & CEO, The Board Institute, President, SSA Executive Search International, Author of "The Board Book"

Advance your career and make a difference by serving on a board of directors -- nonprofit, private company, public company. Through examples, stories and discussion, this session will clarify why women's service on boards is essential and some of the barriers to equal board representation. Learn how board members are selected, what skills, qualities and backgrounds are preferred, how to proactively target boards and prepare to serve, how to avoid the common pitfalls, and identify the best path to a board seat.

POWER UP

STACY GORIN

Executive & Leadership Coach, Americas Leadership & Coaching Team, EY

(See Description above in Morning Concurrent Sessions.)

SHARE THE WISDOM ROUNDTABLES -- CIRCLES OF 10

Participants will have the opportunity to gather in circles of 10 to discuss a topic of interest. Led by one of our speakers or a local leader with expertise in the topic, the women will share personal experiences, lessons learned and best practices. In addition to valuable knowledge sharing, the roundtables will provide excellent networking opportunities that can be continued long after the Symposium. (Topics will be posted in advance.)

3:00 – 4:30 AFTERNOON KEYNOTES

YOU ACCORDING TO THEM: uNCOVERING THE BLIND SPOTS THAT IMPACT YOUR REPUTATION & CAREER

SARA CANADAY

Leadership Development Expert & Keynote Speaker, Author of "You According to Them," Former VP in Operations Management

Leadership expert and author Sara Canaday shares real-world stories that illustrate the hidden gaps between what we see versus what those around us see. Success at a higher level is determined by our impact on others. How do they perceive our words, behaviors and attitudes? Like it or not, their perceptions define our personal market value. Blending insights, humor and actionable strategies, Sara takes us on a journey to: gain a fresh perspective about our professional reputation; make strong and lasting impressions by matching our intent with our impact; and regularly elicit opportunities to be noticed, respected and promoted. 

A former Vice President in operations management, Sara is now a highly-acclaimed leadership expert and author. She understands the professional world and the challenges women face within that world. Her work has been featured in Forbes, Huffington Post, Investors Business Daily and on CNBC. She is a LinkedIn Learning Author, a Lynda.com author and an Adjunct Leadership and Executive Coach at the Center for Creative Leadership. An insightful and captivating speaker, her audiences walk away with information and strategies that they can put to work immediately -- improving their leadership skills, personal brands, business relationships and ability to move to the next level.

NEVER GIVE UP! 

AMY VAN DYKEN

6-Time Olympic Gold Medalist Paralyzed in 2014 ATV Accident 

A true inspiration, Amy received the highest ratings in the history of the Symposium when she previously spoke to us about the obstacles she overcame over the course of her career. Back by popular demand, she will address the biggest challenge of her life -- being told she was paralyzed from the waist down and would never walk again. Amy has never given up on her dreams and will not give up on her dream to walk again. Her perseverance, resilience, determination and drive will inspire each of us to never give up -- despite the trials and obstacles we face. Amy is one of the most impactful speakers you will ever hear! 

Amy was the first American female athlete in history to win four gold medals in a single Olympic games, at the 1996 Summer Olympics. She added two more swimming gold medals at the 2000 Summer Olympics. Her success in swimming won Amy a wide variety of awards and accolades, including the ESPN Awards (ESPY) Female Athlete of the Year Award, the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year and induction into the US Olympic Hall of Fame. She has graced the covers of Newsweek, Time and Sports Illustrated and was honored with her own Wheaties box. On June 6, 2014, Amy was in an ATV accident that severed her spinal cord.

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