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


A complete Agenda will be available shortly. In the interim, the following are brief descriptions of our Featured Sessions. A few additional Sessions are being added. Check back with us soon!

FEATURED SESSIONS 2019

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.

THE LIKEABILITY FACTOR FOR WOMEN: LESSONS FOR THE BUSINESS WORLD FROM THE POLITICAL WORLD

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 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 which followed. 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.

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.

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!

POWER UP: KEY BEHAVIORS THAT BUILD OR DIMINISH POWER

LISA SHEPARD, Partner, EY, Leader of EY’s Professional Women’s Network

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.

RECREATING YOURSELF: MOVING FORWARD AFTER FAILURE

MICHELLE CIROCCO, Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer, Televerde

Fear of failure plagues many female leaders. But, to succeed, women must learn to fail forward, Bouncing back in the face of failure can be an especially difficult challenge for women. According to U.S. News, research has shown that women are judged more harshly for their mistakes and may respond by being more risk averse, a tendency often exacerbated by the quest for perfection. Michelle will share her personal story of learning from her worst mistake, finding the courage to believe in herself in the worst of times and to overcome her greatest challenge. Her story will help all of us to learn from our failures but to not allow our failures to define our futures – and to share that valuable lesson with our daughters, nieces, mentees and peers.

OWNING YOUR RISE!

CARLA HOWARD, Keynote Speaker, Mentor, Businesswoman & Author, Executive with Avnet, APS & IBM

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.

ENHANCING CREATIVITY AND PROBLEM-SOLVING

SARAH MCLEAN, Author, Keynote Speaker & Teacher on Mindfulness and Meditation, Author of Soul-Centered and The Power of Attention

An internationally-recognized expert, author and keynote speaker on mindfulness, Sarah offers inspiring presentations and leading-edge workshops on mindfulness, stress reduction and mind/body health, sharing the latest scientific findings along with practical tools and inspirational stories. Through innovative exercises, Sarah will provide us with the tools we need to enhance our creativity and jump-start our problem-solving skills.

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 peer networking opportunities that can be continued long after the Symposium.

Questions? Please contact us.