OctoBER 16, 2018
SHERATON GRAND 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
 

2018 AGENDA IN FULL 

7:30–8:30 REGISTRATION/CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

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

wOMEN IN LEADERSHIP - A PERSPECTIVE FROM THE C-SUITE

SHELLEY BAUSCH

President, Carlisle Fluid Technologies at Carlisle Companies

A C-Suite executive with extensive senior leadership experience at Fortune 500 manufacturing companies, Shelley has been, throughout her career, one of the few women in management and often the only woman in the room. In a TED-style talk, she will address the limited advancement of women into senior leadership roles, including the effects of unconscious bias, institutional barriers and other challenges women continue to experience, even at the highest levels of leadership. Shelley will explore what women leaders can do individually and how they can, individually and as a group, impact what actions their organizations take to deal with the obstacles women continue to encounter.

Shelly was appointed in October 2017 as President of Carlisle Fluid Technologies to lead the company's growth and evolution. Prior to joining Carlisle, Shelley served as Global Vice President at PPG Industries where she had P&L responsibility for a $5 billion business with over 4,000 employees at 20 sites worldwide. She began her career at Dow Corning Corporation, where she served in a variety of leadership positions, including Business Vice President, at Dow Corning's corporate headquarters, as well as a two-year assignment in Shanghai, China. Shelley serves on the Board of Directors of Kraton Corporation (NYSE-DRA). 

BRAG! THE ART OF TOOTING YOUR OWN HORN WITHOUT BLOWING IT

PEGGY KLAUS

Leadership and Communications Best-Selling Author, Keynote Speaker, Consultant to Top C-Suite Executives, Regular Contributor to the New York Times

In her highly-energized presentation, Peggy helps women professionals understand and perfect the art of self-promotion. For most of us, brag is a four-letter word that conjures up unpleasant images of obnoxious, self-aggrandizing people we prefer to avoid. Yet research suggests if you want to get ahead in your career, self-promotion is not a choice but a necessity. In fact, remaining quiet about yourself and downplaying your accomplishments will most assuredly stall or derail your career. Peggy will help us to talk about ourselves and our businesses in a genuine, artful and entertaining way, i.e., how to brag "the good way."

For more than two decades Peggy has helped thousands of professionals succeed in the workplace by teaching the skills essential for great leadership. She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Bloomberg Business and O Magazine and has appeared on Nightline, the Today Show and 20/20. Her client list reads like a who's who of Fortune 500, mid-sized and startup companies. She is the author of best-selling books, including BRAG!. Looking to influence even younger leaders, Peggy empowers girls as the founder of BRAG! Connections - a program that reaches thousands of aspiring teens and disadvantaged women. In an earlier incarnation, Peggy earned advanced degrees in drama, speech and theatre from the Royal Academy of Music and the Drama Studio and was a producer and director at ABC, CBS, NBC, Paramount Studios and Warner Brothers.

WOMEN HOLD UP HALF THE SKY

Rachel Mushahwar

General Manager, US Enterprise, Government and Cloud Industries, Intel

How do you make sense of all of the latest "tech trends" that  seem to be everywhere? And most importantly: WHY should you, as a woman leader, care? In a TED-style talk, Rachel will provide a look at the technology trends of today and tomorrow. Since women hold up half the sky, it's critical that ALL women leaders, from all professions, are aware of, invest in and take full advantage of the rapid pace of technological change -- to spur their personal and professional success. This is a talk you will understand and be fascinated by - whether you're a tech geek or a technophobe.

Rachel is a global executive with 23+ years of experience in a variety of industries where she has consistently deliverd significant and measurable bottom-line results. She currently serves as the General Manager for US Enterprise, Government, SLED and Cloud Industries at Intel and leads nine different industry verticals in the US (Cloud, Retail, Transportation, Manufacturing, Energy, Financial Services, Government, SLED and Health Life Sciences) and is accountable for $5B in sales. She was named by Chain Store Age as one of the "Top Ten Women in Technology" in January 2017 and Women's Wear Daily listed her among the "Top Industry Transformers" in December 2016. She has been seen on Wall Street Journal Live and NBC Press Here and often speaks on technology trends and how industries need to transform to compete.

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

BRAG! EXPERIENTIAL WORKSHOP

PEGGY KLAUS

Best-Selling Leadership Author Who Was Previously a Producer and Director at ABC, CBS, NBC, Paramount and Warner Brothers

In this high-impact, experiential workshop, Peggy will build on the knowledge and advice delivered in her morning Keynote. You will learn, through fun, interactive exercises and role-playing scenarios, "the good way" to brag, by creating your personal brag bag, brag bites and bragologue. Peggy will help you to always project your best self without ever sounding like a walking billboard. The practical benefits will be both quick and long-lasting!

Women's professional advancement in the era of "time's up"

Jalina Kerr
Senior Vice President, Charles Schwab

Brooke Westemeier
Assurance Partner, EY

Maureen Bussoletti
Senior Vice President, American Express

Sharon Delaney McCloud, Moderator
Leadership Communications Expert, Emmy Award Winning Journalist

In a lively, interactive exchange, this panel of senior leaders will share their perspectives on the challenges facing women leaders as they advance to the next level of leadership. They will address the issues of pay parity, leadership parity and unconscious bias, among others.  They will engage the audience in a discussion of what individual leaders can do and have done -- what's worked?  what hasn't worked? What efforts have their organizations made on an insitutional level -- what's worked? what hasn't worked? While there are no perfect, easy solutions, we must share our successes and failures so that the dismal predictions of 100 years until pay parity and leadership parity do not become a reality. 

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

FACE IT. EMBRACE IT. DEFY IT. CONQUER IT!

VICTORIA ARLEN

Paralympic Gold and Silver Medalist, ESPN Host & Reporter Who Fought Back to Life After 4 Years in a Vegetative State and 10 Years of Paralysis

Through her own heart-wrenching story, Victoria reveals how she overcame, and how we can overcome, life's challenges, even its darkest challenges - by finding gratitude, alternative perspective, creating hope and the power of unrelenting effort. She shares her approach for using the obstacles in life to create leverage for long-lasting, meaningful change. Her story of hope and courage is one that you will never forget. She hopes her journey can give hope to others when they need it the most. 

Victoria's life drastically changed at the tender age of eleven when she developed two rare conditions and lost the ability to speak, eat, walk and move. She spent nearly four years in a vegetative state "locked" inside her own body, completely aware but unable to move or communicate. Although doctors had written her off as a lost cause, Victoria was not ready to give up and, after almost four years, she began the nearly impossible fight back to life. She went on to defy all odds. She competed and won a Gold Medal and three Silver Medals at the 2012 London Paralympic Games. She joined ESPN as a host and reporter. Recently, after spending nearly a decade paralyzed from the waist down, she was able to learn how to walk.

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

THE REWARDS OF NETWORKING - INTERACTIVE SESSION

JENNIFER WITTER

Practice Area Leader, Slalom Consulting and Enthusiastic People Connector

The ability to build new relationships can be invaluable in achieving professional, business and personal goals. Symposium participants who desire additional opportunities to initiate relationships with other leaders in attendance will have the opportunity to do so in this smaller group setting. Participants will be given networking tips that can be easily implemented, then most of the session will be devoted to participants connecting with one another in a semi-structured, upbeat, "fun," atmosphere.

WOMEN LEADERS ACROSS THE GENERATIONS

Robyn Arnell
Vice President & Controller, Sprouts, Former Senior Vice President, Marriott

Amelia Murillo
Vice President, Carlisle Companies

Melissa Iyer Julian
Partner, Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A.

Kristina Anacker
Assurance Manager, EY

Anne Hanyak
CEO, AZ Women's Leadership Forum

A Roundtable of women leaders from the Baby Boom, Gen-X and Millennial generations will share their experiences and provide historical context and insight into the role and perception of women in the professional workplace. The discussion will include the challenges and opportunities each generation faced at the outset of their careers and how those evolved over the course of their careers as they rose through the ranks to higher levels of leadership, as well as the situations encountered, strategies employed, risks taken, sacrifices made and lessons learned by each generation. Most importantly, the roundtable will discuss how all of us can become better advocates for women in leadership by imparting our practical knowledge and paying forward our lessons learned to the women who follow us and, in turn, learning from our younger women leaders. The program will be substantive but also include some light-hearted moments.

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

HAVING A VOICE, NOT MERELY A SEAT, AT THE TABLE

SHARON DELANEY MCCLOUD

Emmy Award Winning Journalist, Leadership Communications Expert, Keynote Speaker, Entrepreneur

In group settings, men are 75% more likely to speak up than women. And when a woman does speak up, it's statistically probable that her male counterparts will either interrupt her or speak over her. What does this mean? It means, even in the professional world of 2018, if you're not ready to fight to be heard, the silence will kill you. In this engaging, actionable keynote, Sharon will explore tactics and techniques to amplify your voice figuratively (and literally) and hone your message to make certain that your voice is heard - so that you truly have a voice, and not just a seat, at the table. 

Sharon has extensive experience as an Emmy Award winning journalist. For twenty years, she excelled as a television news anchor, broadcaster and producer. Her ability to connect with with an audience was and remains one of her greatest strengths. In 2008, she entered the entrepreneurial world and subsequently navigated a successful merger with Walk West, where she is the Partner in charge of the firm's professional development practice. A breast cancer survivor herself, Sharon and her husband lost their younger daughter, Macie, who passed away in 2005 after a courageous battle against acute myelogenous leukemia. Sharon has turned her grief into action and gives selflessly of her time and talents to support other families and organizations that share her guiding principle to "Never, Ever Give Up." Sharon has been featured in numerous publications, including Sheryl Sandberg's Option B digital platform and Enterprising Women.

LESSONS IN LEADERSHIP FROM THE WHITE HOUSE DOCTOR 

DR. CONNIE MARIANO

First Female Director of the White House Medical Unit, Physician to Three Sitting U.S. Presidents, Author of "The White House Doctor" 

A dynamic and confident leader, Dr. Mariano is a true champion of and inspiration for all women leaders. She began her life in relatively humble circumstances and she has never forgotten her roots. Her nine-year tenure at the White House provided a rare and intimate view into the corridors of power that few people ever experience. She will share the invaluable leadership lessons she learned during her journey and her motivating prescription for women leaders' success and happiness in their professional and personal lives. 

In June 1992, Dr. Mariano became the first military woman in American history to be appointed White House Physician and, in 1994, she was the first woman to be named Director of the White House Medical Unit. She served nine years at the White House where she was physician to three sitting U.S. Presidents. She was the first Filipino American in history to become a Navy Admiral. As White House physician, she not only cared for the leader of the free world and the entire First Family, she also cared for visiting dignitaries and traveled all over the world with Presidents in her charge. After leaving the White House, Dr. Mariano became a consultant in the Executive Health Program at the Mayo Clinic. In November 2005, she founded the Center for Executive Medicine, a medical concierge practice which provides presidential-quality medical care to its patients.

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