Conversation Events


AWLF's Conversation Events feature a national leader or a roundtable of leaders in a moderated conversation. They are limited in attendance in order to encourage an open dialogue and a lively exchange of ideas and information. The Conversation Events are held in an elegant, intimate, living-room setting at the Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort or in a theater setting at The Madison Center for the Arts. Each event provides multiple opportunities for the participants to interact. Guests are greeted with wine as they arrive and each event concludes with a fully hosted reception. Past Conversation speakers include: The Honorable Sandra Day O'Connor, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (Ret.); Shirley Weis, Chief Administrative Officer of Mayo Clinic worldwide; Beth Brooke, Global Vice Chair of Ernst & Young; Deb Henretta, Group President, Global Beauty, Procter & Gamble; May Busch, COO of Morgan Stanley; Dr. Eleanor "Connie" Mariano, first female Commander of the White House Medical Unit and Physician to three sitting U.S. Presidents; and a host of other influential national and Arizona leaders.



Thursday, August 20, 2020 -- Circumstances Allowing


A New Date Will be Announced as Guidelines & Health Considerations Allow

The Madison Center for the Arts

Learn from 4 Outstanding Leaders How To:

"Increase Your Influence, Build Your Network and Self-Promote"


Laura Lynn Smith LAURA LYNN SMITH 
Division Vice President & General Manager, ADP
Laura Lynn joined ADP in 1994 and has over 25 years of experience in leadership, talent management, business operations, sales and implementation. ADP is a Fortune 500 company with over 57,000 employees. She relocated to Arizona in 2017 to head ADP's 1,500-person Tempe location. She is responsible for the engagement and productivity of teams in this office, along with providing opportunities for career growth and development and community outreach. She is a board member with Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Foundation, ASU Career and Professional Development and Grand Canyon College of Business Advisory Board. She holds a Bachelor of Business degree from Loyola Marymount University and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Pepperdine University.   
Sarah Moesker SARAH MOESKER 
General Manager, Slalom 
As General Manager, Sarah leads Slalom’s Phoenix practice – 150 talented and experienced consultants who are helping local companies push the boundaries of what is possible – together. With over two decades of experience in business and IT consulting, Sarah joined Slalom as a Client Service Partner in 2014, became a Managing Director in 2017 and was named General Manager in 2019. Under Sarah’s leadership in 2019, Slalom Phoenix grew 77% and earned the company’s top client-driven "Customer Love" score. As a leader, Sarah walks the talk, fosters collaboration, encourages coloring outside the lines and achieves results. Slalom, with 7,500 employees in North American and London, is currently the fastest growing consulting firm in the Valley of the Sun. Sarah is degreed in Foreign Service from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.
CEO, Boys & Girls Club of Metro Phoenix
Marcia has more than 25 years of global and national corporate and nonprofit experience. She joined Boys & Girls Club of Metro Phoenix as Chief Executive Officer in 2016. Previously, she served as President of John C. Lincoln Health Foundation, Senior VP of Community Benefit for HonorHealth and Chief Development Officer of Valley of the Sun United Way. Earlier in her career, she worked in the Bay Area, including eight years in global program development. She has also worked and lived in Latin America, Cuba, Europe and the Baltic States. She is a member of ASU President’s Community Council and serves on the Board of Arizona School for the Arts and G60 Trauma Organization. She earned an MBA from the U of A’s Eller School of Management and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from NYU’s Tisch School of Arts.
Vice President, Honeywell
Jennifer is the Vice President of Mergers, Acquisitions & Licensing for Aerospace, a $15B business of Honeywell International Inc. In this role, Jennifer identifies, evaluates and executes acquisitions, divestitures, joint venture transactions and other business development opportunities aligned to Aerospace’s strategic initiatives. She also leads the Aerospace Licensing Center of Excellence. Prior to assuming her current business role, Jennifer served as Vice President and General Counsel for Mergers & Acquisitions. Before joining Honeywell in 2006, Jennifer practiced transactional law in large private law firms in Boston and Dallas. She received her undergraduate degree in Political Science and Economics from the University of Arizona, summa cum laude, in 1993, and her law degree from Harvard University, cum laude, in 1996.


Our Conversation events are special experiences. The unique setting, the wine and hors d'oeuvres and the comfortable conversational approach create an environment where the "speaker" remarks are thoughtful and candid, the attendees are able to participate in an open dialogue with the speakers and there are ample opportunities for real interaction and relationship-building with fellow participants.

At the upcoming event, our roundtable of leaders will share:

  • Their Paths to Leadership and their Perspectives on Leadership, including what has proven most effective in achieving personal and organizational success.
  • As they have risen in their careers, how they have increased their leadership influence, developed their personal networks and become comfortable with and adept at the art of self-promotion.
  • Practical Tips to help Conversation participants achieve greater success -- both within their organizations and in the larger business community.

Please join us for an evening of information, inspiration and camaraderie.

The Madison Center for the Arts
5601 North Sixteenth Street; Phoenix, Arizona

4:00 - 4:30 p.m. Registration, Wine & Casual Conversation
4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Conversation Program
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Hosted Reception & Casual Conversation

Attendance to this Event is "By Invitation."
If you are interested in attending, please contact us online or by phone at 602-861-9350.