20th Annual Symposium Agenda

October 17, 2019
SHERATON PHOENIX DOWNTOWN

 
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


 

AGENDA IN FULL

7:30–8:30 REGISTRATION/CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

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

OVERCOMING THE SEEMINGLY IMPOSSIBLE
AMY VAN DYKEN, Olympic Swimmer, First Female Athlete to Win 4 Gold Medals in a Single Olympic Games, Paralyzed in an ATV Accident in 2014

Since childhood, when confronted with debilitating childhood asthma and when facing potentially career-ending shoulder surgeries during her Olympic career, Amy Van Dyken's mantra has always been "Who are you to tell me what I can and cannot do?" But it was her life-threatening spinal cord injury in an ATV accident in 2014 – with little hope of surviving and none that she would ever walk again -- that put her perseverance to the test. Amy delivers a powerful message on overcoming limitations and restraints, whether put on us by others, by circumstances or self-imposed – a message that will have a lasting impact on everyone in the audience.

EXCELLING AS A TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADER
SUSAN CHAPMAN-HUGHES, Executive Vice President and General Manager, American Express, Former Global CAO, Citi Realty Services

Susan has been widely recognized and honored for her business acumen, her creativity and her transformational leadership, traits that are of even greater importance as we rise through the leadership ranks. Susan will share how each of us can become truly transformational leaders – leaders who encourage, inspire and motivate our staff, our peers and even our superiors to innovate and create change that will help grow and shape the future success of our organizations. Susan will also encourage us to teach this style of leadership to the young women and girls who will follow us.

11:00 – 11:45 MORNING CONCURRENT SESSIONS -- Choose 1 of 3

ENHANCING CREATIVITY AND PROBLEM SOLVING
SARAH MCLEAN, Author, Keynote Speaker on Mindfulness and Meditation

When you're over-stimulated and over-scheduled, coming up with an innovative idea or creatively solving a problem can be difficult. In this experiential session, discover the science behind mindfulness and how it creates cognitive flexibility and more mental space for innovation. Sarah will guide you into an open-monitoring practice to promote and increase divergent thinking and creativity as well as into an inspiring visualization practice to increase your ability to problem-solve. You'll also receive additional take home practices to help you get your creative mojo back.

POWER UP: KEY BEHAVIORS THAT BUILD OR DIMINISH POWER
LISA SHEPARD, Partner, EY, Leader of EY’s Professional Women’s Network
GAIL BABES, Managing Director, 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. A Partner at EY and a Leader of EY's Professional Women’s Network, Lisa will share EY's proprietary POWER tool. Developed by EY to help close the gender gap, it focuses on the key behaviors that can either diminish power or build power for professional women. 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 specific needs.

EGO VS EQ: HOW LEADERS BEAT 8 EGO TRAPS WITH EQ
JEN SHIRKANI, Keynote Speaker, Author

As leaders rise into senior positions, they encounter unique leadership traps that can trip up even the most successful leaders. Jen will share these leadership traps and explain why EQ is particularly hard to maintain as professionals climb the ladder and ascend to the C-Suite. You will leave this presentation with practical examples and new skills as you learn about these unique leadership traps and the ways to avoid them.

NOON -- 1:45 LUNCHEON & KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

THE LIKEABILITY FACTOR FOR WOMEN
SANDRA SOBIERAJ WESTFALL, White House Correspondent, The Associated Press, Washington Bureau Chief, People/Time Inc.

During her nine-year tenure as White House Correspondent, Sandra had a front-row seat to history. She was 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 National Political Correspondent for People/Time Inc., she had a front-row seat to the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, which saw the first female presidential candidate nominated by a major political party, as well as to the 2018 election. With lessons learned from the political world, Sandra will focus on how the likeability factor (or likeability penalty) impacts women's success in the professional world.

2:00 - 2:45 AFTERNOON CONCURRENT SESSIONS -- Choose 1 of 3

POWER UP: KEY BEHAVIORS THAT BUILD OR DIMINISH POWER
LISA SHEPARD, Partner, EY, Leader of EY's Professional Women's Network
GAIL BABES, Managing Director, 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. A Partner at EY and a Leader of EY's Professional Women’s Network, Lisa will share EY's proprietary POWER tool. Developed by EY to help close the gender gap, it focuses on the key behaviors that can either diminish power or build power for professional women. 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 specific needs.

ENHANCING CREATIVITY AND PROBLEM SOLVING
SARAH MCLEAN, Author, Keynote Speaker on Mindfulness and Meditation

When you're over-stimulated and over-scheduled, coming up with an innovative idea or creatively solving a problem can be difficult. In this experiential session, discover the science behind mindfulness and how it creates cognitive flexibility and more mental space for innovation. Sarah will guide you into an open-monitoring practice to promote and increase divergent thinking and creativity as well as into an inspiring visualization practice to increase your ability to problem-solve. You'll also receive additional take home practices to help you get your creative mojo back.

OWNING YOUR RISE!
CARLA HOWARD, Keynote Speaker, Mentor, Author, Businesswoman

The key to women professionals rising in their careers is building self-confidence and their level of influence within an organization. Many times, we are unaware of small actions and choices that are holding us back from realizing our full potential, landing that dream job or simply feeling heard in a constantly-moving and hyper-connected world. We tend to rely on working harder to get ahead. Small changes in our approach to rising will create a significant increase in our level of influence and promotability. During this session, you will learn how to market yourself, showcase your work, create and manage your brand, quiet your inner critic and rely on your inner mentor.

3:00 – 4:30 AFTERNOON KEYNOTES

RECREATING YOURSELF: MOVING FORWARD AFTER FAILURE
MICHELLE CIROCCO, Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer, Televerde

What if the worst mistake of your life ended up being the best thing that ever happened to you? Fear of failure plagues many female leaders and recovering in the face of failure can be an especially difficult challenge for women. Michelle will share her personal story about finding the courage to believe in herself in the worst of times; how empathy, education and opportunity empowered her to overcome her greatest challenges, move past societal stigmas and become the best version of herself. Her story will help all of us to learn from our failures and not allow our failures to define our futures – and why we should share this valuable lesson with others and help to support their success.

LEADING ACROSS GENERATIONAL DIFFERENCES
MEAGAN JOHNSON, Generational Expert, Humorist & Keynote Speaker, Co-Author of Generations, Inc.

An acclaimed generational expert and author, Meagan is, at heart, a humorist and a captivating speaker. She gives audiences an opportunity to laugh at their own generation, and others, while also providing realistic strategies for all generations to coexist in the professional workplace. Meagan helps leaders tap into each generation’s unique set of perceptions, expectations and motivations so that they, and their organization, can thrive together!

4:30 – 6:00 HOSTED RECEPTION, 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.

Should changes occur prior to the program, speakers of similar stature will be substituted.

Questions? Please contact us.