2013 Session Podcasts

Strategies to Bridge the Gap, Own Your Value and Negotiate Your Worth

When women are empowered to lead and given the tools and support to do so, they make choices that change history. Why is it then that women are not compensated to reflect our power? Why is it that even in today’s age, U.S. women make 77 cents for every dollar a man takes home, on average? In this interactive session, leaders of Mayor Menino’s Women’s Workforce Council and negotiation experts will share how Boston is leading the charge to help women achieve pay equity. Attendees will hear from senior executives from leading area companies who are taking concrete and public steps to address these issues and also share tools to help you become a powerful and confident asker. By sharing today’s most successful negotiation strategies, you will learn how to monetize your strengths and potential and own your value – not only in your paycheck, but by the position you hold.

Panelists: Dennis Colling, vice president, human resources, Partners HealthCare @PARTNERSNEWS
Victoria Pynchon, co-founder, She Negotiates and best-selling author, The Grownups’ ABCs of Conflict and Success as a Mediator for Dummies @VICKIEPYNCHON
Alison Quirk, EVP, chief of human resources and corporate citizenship, State Street Corporation and member, Mayor Menino’s Women’s Workforce Council @STATESTREET
Moderator: Victoria Budson, executive director, Women and Public Policy Program, Harvard Kennedy School, chairwoman, Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women and member, Mayor Menino’s Women’s Workforce Council @WAPPPHKS 

Achieving EPIC Career Breakthroughs: A Conversation with Cathie Black

The view is different at the top – and a lot of talented women still miss it! But Cathie Black didn’t. Black, who began her career selling ads for Ms. Magazine under Gloria Steinem, rose to become both president and publisher of USA Today and president and chairman of Hearst magazines, where she was responsible for more than 300 publications around the world including Cosmo, Elle, and O, The Oprah Magazine. (She’s the one who convinced Oprah to create a magazine in the first place!). Creating a personal brand and developing an executive presence were key to Black’s success and rise through the ranks. Sharing insider secrets from her personal journey, this session will provide you with practical tools for breakthrough career success. Attendees will learn:

  • How to cultivate remarkable executive presence
  • Strategies to create a personal brand that aligns with your short-and long-term career goals
  • Tools for networking within a large organization, including how to become visible without being annoying
  • Advice to help you effectively lead change – both within yourself and your organization
Speaker: Cathie Black, former president & chairman, Hearst Magazines, best-selling author & Forbes “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” @CATHIEPBLACK
Moderator: Emily Bennington, author, Who Says It’s a Man’s World: The Girls’ Guide to Corporate Domination @EMILYBENNINGTON 

Innovation Uncensored: Inspiration to Ignite your Project, Career and Workplace

Creativity can’t be forced, and everyone hits a wall at times – even seasoned leaders and entrepreneurs. Is your CEO breathing down your neck? Is your top client hovering and waiting for that next big idea? Are your teammates and employees uninspired? While innovation can be elusive at times, there are practical and easy ways to cultivate an innovative and creative workplace that drives bottom line results. This session will explore how you can create a constant exchange of ideas and implement techniques to ignite your project, company and career. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from a panel of the nation’s leading innovators to learn how they generated ideas and ultimately executed.

Panelists: Renata Mutis Black, humanitarian, chairwoman, Seven Bar Foundation and vice chair, YPO @RENATA_M_BLACK
Antonia Dunbar, co-founder, Thinx @ANTONIADUNBAR @SHETHINX
Jill Larsen, vice president, strategic talent acquisition and global inclusion, Cisco @CISCO
Vina Leite, senior director, human resources, EMC Corporation @EMCCORP
Moderator: Sylvia Ann Hewlett, economist, HBR blogger and CEO, Center for Talent Innovation Center @SAHEWLETT 


Winning from Within: Breakthrough Negotiations for Leading, Living and Lasting Change

Internationally renowned negotiation and conflict resolution pioneer Erica Ariel Fox offers a forward-thinking approach to mastering the art of negotiations by mastering the “negotiation within.” Recognizing that some of the most important negotiations start from within ourselves rather than with others, Fox shares how to master your “inner negotiators” to get more of what you want and improve your relationships. Using insights from Western psychology and Eastern philosophy to resolve the gap between what people know they should say and what they actually do, Fox will provide a map for understanding your inner world and offer a method for sorting yourself out. Whether you are working with a difficult client, trying to get more from your team or developing your highest leadership potential and value this workshop will prepare you to lead, live and create lasting change. Together we will:

  • Learn what it means to “negotiate with yourself ”
  • Recognize key inner negotiators
  • Leverage different inner negotiations for distinct results
  • Use the “Beyond Yes” method to negotiate effectively with yourself in order to deal successfully with other people
Speaker: Erica Ariel Fox, J.D., lecturer, Harvard Law School, founding partner, Mobius Executive Leadership and author @ERICAARIELFOX 


How to Use Body Language to Influence Human Behavior and Enhance Your Presence

Effective application of rapport building and people reading skills are essential to succeed in today’s world. Leaders with presence have the ability to influence others through interpersonal relationships, are open to meeting new people, can establish rapport and find a way to connect with others. Award-winning “human lie detector” and communications expert Janine Driver will help you better understand the impact of your non-verbal and verbal communications on others. Through use of her cutting-edge new body language strategies you will learn how to read others’ hidden emotions and build better relationships to ultimately enhance your presence, improve your business impact and expand your networks both in the workplace and in life.

Speaker: Janine Driver, lie detector expert and New York Times best-selling author, You Can’t Lie to Me @JANINEDRIVER 


How to Make a Budget, Stick to It and Live Large!

How financially savvy are you? This interactive workshop will offer personal budget philosophies for achieving financial security. You will learn how to incorporate these strategies into a budget that works for you, allows you to keep your spending on track and still enjoy life each day!

Speaker: Karen Finerman, contributor, Fast Money, co-founder and president, Metropolitan Capital Advisors, Inc. and author @KARENFINERMAN 


Driving Social Good and Change through the Power of the Workplace 

Through access to networks, employees and customers, the workplace – regardless of size, sector or purpose – has the unique power to act as force multipliers to impact social change and make a difference. This session will explore the various ways that employees and entrepreneurs can use a work or corporate infrastructure to give back, volunteer and make an impact locally, domestically or globally. This session will use experiences from real-life change agents to offer inspiration and advice for how you can engage and make a difference within your workplace. Attendees will explore:

  • How to find out if your company has employee networks dedicated around these initiatives
  • How to start an initiative if your organization doesn’t already have something
  • How to work with your company to ensure that corporate and social responsibility is part of their mission
  • How to integrate philanthropy and social responsibility into the mission and financials of your small business
Panelists: Nicki Maher, vice president, Charity by Design, Alex and Ani @CHARITYBYDESIGN @ALEXANDANI
Eileen Howard Boone, senior vice president, community relations and philanthropy, CVS Landmark @EILEENBOONECSR
Denise Kaigler, senior vice president, corporate affairs and communications, Boston Scientific @DKAIGLER
Deborah Buresh Jackson, founder and CEO, PlumAlley.co and rated Forbes “Women Changing the World” @DBDJ1007
Moderator: Shivani Siroya, founder and CEO, InVenture @INVENTURE


Season of Unlikely Happiness: Getting What You Want by Getting Out of Your Own Way

New York Times best-selling author Laura Munson is an expert in perseverance and dealing with rejection (both personally and professionally). What happens when we hear “I don’t love you anymore,” “You didn’t get that job,” “Your mother has cancer?” In this session, Laura Munson talks from personal experience about the power of the present moment and awareness of self to surrender the past and reinvent the future into the reality of what is. Attendees will:

  • Learn how to claim your life
  • Identify where you are stuck
  • Get out of victim-stanced thinking and into practical creative thinking
  • Reinvent your life to get what you want
  • Define a statement of intention that can be referred to for daily affirmation, focus and guidance
Speaker: Laura Munson, New York Times best-selling author, This is Not the Story You Think it Is: A Season of Unlikely Happiness @LAURAMUNSON


MAKING a Life Plan That Best Reflects You!

As you embark on life beyond high school, it’s only natural to ask yourself “What do I want to be when I grow up?” Perhaps you would be happier and more successful in life by asking yourself “Who do I want to become when I grow up?” Rather than follow a path of what you think is expected, this session will help you can create a life plan that reflects your unique strengths, skills and passions. Using MAKERS, the largest platform for contemporary women’s stories, attendees will walk away armed with the inspiration and practical advice to make your best life plan and create a life that best reflects you!

Speaker: Amy Richards, writer, activist and producer, Makers @HEYMSAMELIA


Overcoming Obstacles in the Workplace

What do you do when you think you can’t? This session will offer tips and techniques for overcoming what’s often the biggest factor in holding you back … you! Hear from one executive about how she has broken down obstacles and pushed through her own barriers to get to the top. This talk will give you practical advice for helping you do the same.

Speaker: Hannah Grove, executive vice president and chief marketing officer, State Street Corporation @STATESTREET


Women on the Move: Navigating a Career Transition

Career paths aren’t always a ladder — transitions are common and can be difficult personal and professional decisions. Changing roles, taking on additional responsibility, or switching tracks entirely can be managed more effectively with a strong support network and a plan in place make change work to your advantage. In an interactive discussion, EMD Serono’s Monica Singh, who successfully jumped from dental school to law school and has networked her way to a position she enjoys, will share her strategies for managing a transition in your professional life.

Speaker: Monica Singh, counsel, EMD Serono @EMDSERONO


Engineering Innovation and Change Leadership

Driving and leading engineering innovation in the information technology industry can be both challenging and rewarding. Change is being embraced at breakneck speeds as social media and big data heavily influence computer technology and the daily world within which we interact. Anne has been with EMC for over seventeen years and has been at the heart of this transformation in this industry. Explore the challenges and lessons learned over the years on driving innova- tion and change in the fast paced world of information technology.

Speaker: Anne McClure, distinguished engineer and head global Oracle solutions team, EMC Corporation @EMCCORP


Success Codes for Professional and Personal Leadership

What strategies will help propel you toward professional successes and personal satisfactions? Leaders from Cisco will share what rules they’ve personally lived by to guide them through the rough waters of the technology market and sustained success. Learn what changes you can make to your daily work life to master the demands of large organizations and deliver impact to the business. You will be sure to walk away with a few thoughts you can immediately bring back to your work day and accelerate your own success.

Moderator: Lynn D. Tinney, director, strategy and planning, Americas services sales, Cisco @CISCO
Speakers: Lynn Fraser, director of strategy, planning and business operations, grow platform services, Cisco;
Kelly Lane, director of human resources, North East region, Cisco;
Jill Larsen, vice president, strategic talent acquisition and global inclusion, Cisco;
Bryan Piller, direc- tor, commercial east service, Cisco @CISCO


Leveraging Your Connections to Create Meaningful Change

Join Laura Slatkin as she shares her insight and leads a discussion on how to meld the worlds of business and philanthropy to create meaningful change. As founder, CEO, wife and mother of two children (one of whom has autism), Laura understands that being successful requires the right amount of balance. Hear Laura tell the story of her son’s diagnosis, navigating the autism world and deciding to turn her family’s heartbreak into triumph by creating innovative services for individuals with autism and all while running a booming luxury lifestyle fragrance company.

Speaker: Laura Slatkin, founder and CEO, Nest Fragrances @NESTFRAGRANCES @LAURASLATKIN
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