2010 Agenda

2010 Agenda

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7:30-8:30 Registration  (Exhibit Hall)

Exhibits open

8:30-9:45 Opening Keynote Session

Mrs. Angela Menino, First Lady, City of Boston
Heather Campion, co-founder and chief administrative officer, BALANCE
Victoria Reggie Kennedy, health care reform advocate
Elizabeth Lesser, co-founder, Omega Institute
Jessica Herrin, founder and CEO, Stella & Dot
Marian Heard, MA Conference for Women board member and president & CEO, Oxen Hill Partners
Glenda Hatchett, best-selling author and star, “Judge Hatchett”
Renee Connolly, vice president, US Communications, EMD Serono, Inc.

10:00-11:00 Seminar Session I (see details below)

11:00-11:30 Board Meetups, booth 461

Carol Fulp, senior vice president, brand communications and corporate social responsibility, John Hancock Financial
Marian Heard, president and chief executive officer, Oxen Hill Partners
Karen Kaplan, president, Hill Holiday

11:30-12:30 Seminar Session II (see details below)

12:30-1:00 Board Meetups, booth 461

Micho Spring, chairperson, U.S. Corporate Practice and President, New England office for Weber Shandwick Worldwide
Pam Wickham, vice president, Corporate Affairs and Communications, Raytheon

1:00-2:30 Keynote Luncheon

Carol Fulp, MA Conference for Women board member and senior vice president, brand communications and corporate social responsibility, John Hancock Financial
First Lady Diane Patrick
Alison Quirk, executive vice president, global human resources, State Street Corporation
Auma Obama, advisor, CARE USA
Karen Kaplan, MA Conference for Women board member and president, Hill Holliday
Christy Turlington Burns, model and advocate
Candy O’Terry, Co-Host, Magic 106.7’s “Exceptional Women” to present the Be The Change Award
Tory Johnson, bestselling author and CEO, Women For Hire
Gloria Larson, MA Conference for Women board member and president of Bentley University
Gloria Steinem, iconic women’s rights activist

2:30-3:00 Board Meetups, booth 461

Heather Campion, co-Founder and chief administrative officer, BALANCE
Renee Connolly, vice president, US Communications, EMD Serono, Inc.

2:45-3:45 Seminar Session III (see details below)

2:30-5:30 Career Fair Power Sessions

3:00-5:00 Meetup with Tory Johnson

2:30-5:30 Resume Critiques and Mentor Match

Exhibit Hall open all day

Below is a list of breakout sessions. Additional speakers and panelists may be added as they are confirmed. Speakers and session times subject to change.

SEMINAR SESSION I (10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.)

LEADERSHIP: Creating a Culture of Courage: The New Leadership Challenge
As companies are demanding that employees do more with less and try to anticipate the future, courage has become a critical and often overlooked element of every leader’s skill set and “scorecard.” We can no longer be averse to taking risks or remain complacent in any organization—our success depends on our ability to make difficult decisions confidently and quickly… about our businesses, about our careers and about our lives. While many believe that courage is a quality that leaders are born with, Cindy Solomon teaches that you can:

  • Build “courage skills” you’ll need to succeed in today’s changing environment
  • Use courage to work differently and more effectively
  • Use your decision making skills to succeed in this new world order

Speaker: Cindy Solomon, speaker, writer, executive coach

Host: Allene M. Diaz, vice president of Oncology Marketing, EMD Serono, Inc.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Your Time is Now! Turnaround Techniques for Reinventing Your Career
Regardless of age or circumstance, it is never too late to make a change. While the routine of your daily rituals at work or home may feel comfortable, you don’t want to allow yourself to be stagnant or get caught in a rut. This engaging panel will bring together women who have faced pivotal moments that have altered their lives. Together we will learn how they used these experiences to seize an opportunity, reinvent themselves and ultimately follow their dreams and passions to make practical and realistic changes. Attendees will walk away with tools for reevaluation and inspiration to make a positive shift within their existing career or embark on a new career path.

Panelists:
Josefina Bonilla, publisher, Color Magazine
Dani Monroe, president, Center Focus International, Inc.
Maria Murnane, author, “Perfect on Paper”
Lesley Jane Seymour, editor-in-chief, MORE Magazine

Moderator: Cindy Morrison, author, “Reinvention 2.0”
Host: Linda Waters, founder and president, Back to Business, and founder, Confidence Beads

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT: Finding your 50/50
Work life balance is not just an issue impacting those with kids. Regardless of situation or circumstance, we all have our own juggling act and struggle to achieve 50/50. Recent shifts over the last decade within the workplace and at home are changing the face of balance. Attend this interactive discussion and learn:

  • Cutting edge research around the evolving role of men and fathers and what that means for women today
  • Creative ways employers and our federal government are addressing workplace flexibility
  • Resources and tools available to manage your responsibilities and achieve your unique form of balance

Panelists:
Susan M. Esper, Partner, Deloitte & Touche, LLP
Professor Brad Harrington, executive director, Center for Work & Family, Carroll School of Management, Boston College
Candace Karu, lifestyle commentator & favorite foodie, Cabot Creamery
Diana Scott, senior vice president, Human Resources, John Hancock Financial
Moderator: Wendy Sachs, editor-in-chief, Care.com

Host: Karen Delgado, sales vice president, The Savings Bank Life Insurance Company of Massachusetts

FINANCE: Rebound and Recover: Strategies for Emerging from the Recession and Taking Control of Your Finances
People everywhere are in recovery mode as we emerge from turbulent economic times. Now more than ever, it is critical to take control of your finances and learn effective strategies to help you rebound and safeguard your financial future. Providing practical takeaways, experts will explore:

  • How to recover from debt and tips to avoid debt going forward
  • Tools for effective investment management and minimizing risk
  • Methods for saving and doing more with less

Panelist:
April Lane Benson,
Belinda Fuchs, CPA, President, OwnYourMoney.com
Alexa Von Tobel, founder, LearnVest
Moderator: Valerie Coleman Morris, Emmy award-winning journalist, financial literacy expert and author of “Mind over Money Matters”

Host: Mary Reineman, director of Wellesley Complex, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Bank of America Corporation

HEALTH AND WELLNESS: The CEO of Your Health: Are You Ready to Lead the Charge?
According to the US Department of Labor, women are responsible for approximately 80% of all decisions on family health care and are likely to be the caregivers when someone in the immediate or extended family becomes ill. It is critical to stay current on ways to care for yourselves and your families and relatives. This interactive panel will feature medical and wellness experts to explore the things you really need to know to take control of your health and manage the health of others:

  • How to have more informative conversations with your healthcare providers – doctors, pharmacists and insurers
  • Fun, practical and easy tips for cooking healthy meals and having a fit lifestyle
  • Advice on sensible training, setting goals and finding balance to fit in time for exercise
  • What vitamins do we really need? How can they help us day-to-day and prevent long-term illness?

Panelist:
Melissa Scribner, employee benefits manager, Boston Scientific
Joan Benoit Samuelson, Olympic medal winner, marathon runner, author
Moderator: Dianne Savastano, founder and president of Healthassist

Host: Pam Wickham, vice president, Corporate Affairs and Communications, Raytheon

SMALL BUSINESS/ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Transitioning from a Home Based or Small Business to a Scalable Enterprise
Are you considering starting a business? Do you already have a business that you would like to grow? Do you want to think big, launch to grow and find the support you will need? Attend this engaging panel and hear inspiring stories about women who launched successful businesses and entered the scaling process. Using real-life examples, attendees will walk away with statistics and research, best practices and resources for scaling and growing a business. Whether you currently have a home-based or small business and want to scale, or want to launch big from the start this session will help you achieve your goals.

Panelists:
Jen Groover, founder and CEO, Jen Groover Productions and creator, The Butler Bag
Patricia Miller, co-founder, Vera Bradley
Moderator: Terry Hazell, entrepreneur in residence, Texas State University and Springboard Enterprises

Co-Moderator: Amy Millman, President, Springboard Enterprises
Host: Lisa Dennis, president, Knowledgence Associates

Practical Tools to Live an Organized Life and Control Your Chaos 
Organization is critical for maximum productivity and success at home and in the office. Don’t let the chaos of your everyday life impact your ability to stay organized. Attend this practical and fun session and learn how to physically and mentally prepare yourself to tackle the expected and the unexpected. Organization experts will provide strategies, easy solutions and products to help you better organize:

  • Everyday life including your home, kids and work
  • Major events including moves, weddings and births
  • Life essentials including finances, emergency plans and your health and wellness

Panelists:
Sarah Welch, co-founder, Buttoned Up

Host: Kim Golembewski, regional general manager, Walmart Stores

YOUNG WOMEN’S PROGRAM
*The following session is designed specifically for junior and senior high school girls participating in our Young Women’s Program

Session I (10:00 am – 11:00am)

Sports for Change
Every girl has the power to change the world. To unlock her potential, she must have the opportunity to get an education and build the skills and confidence needed to meet life’s challenges. Proving that education programs aren’t just about learning in the classroom, CARE’s Sports for Social Change initiative utilizes sports to help girls realize their power within and help bring positive and sustainable change to entire communities. According to Dr. Obama, “Sports is about how you keep trying and learning how to pick yourself up when you’re down. It’s about practicing to achieve a goal.” Through fun activities and interactive discussion, Dr. Obama will bring to life inspiring examples of girls around the world whose lives have changed as a result of sports and demonstrate how young women can improve their self-esteem, resolve conflicts, address life skills and bring positive change to their communities.

Speaker:
Dr. Auma Obama, technical advisor, Sports for Social Change Initiative, CARE USA
Host: Deborah Re, chief executive office, Big Sister Association of Greater Boston

SEMINAR SESSION II (11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)

LEADERSHIP: The Resilient Leader
The challenges of recent turbulent economic times have taken a toll on everyone in some capacity both professionally and personally. Resiliency is a critical skill for survival—both in life and in business. Women leaders from diverse backgrounds and perspectives are brought together for an interactive discussion to share their personal journeys around overcoming obstacles at various times in their lives. Using their best practices and lessons learned we will explore the qualities of a resilient leader and how you can develop and refine resiliency skills to conquer any challenges that cross your path.

Panelists:
Dr. Lisa Bender, VP and chief HR officer, MITRE
Dr. Sandra Stratford, chief medical officer, Raytheon
Lisa Constantino, chief financial officer, EMD Serono, Inc.
Vicki Knighton, Sr. director, State Government Affairs, EMD Serono, Inc.
Tracy Atkinson executive vice president and chief compliance officer, State Street Corporation
Moderator:Shelley H. Carson, PhD, professor, Harvard University
Host: Victoria Waterman, president, Leading Women MASS

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Using Social Media to Build Your Brand
In this tough economy, it’s more important than ever to develop a brand and set yourself apart from the rest of the masses. Whether you have a job and are looking to advance, in the midst of a job search or working to build a business, social media provides the skills, network and energy to create a serious career advantage. This interactive workshop will explore ways to master social media to help create and reinvent your brand, reputation and thought leadership. Attendees will learn how to utilize social media to:

  • Establish access to new networks
  • Leverage Facebook and Twitter as a practical professional tool
  • Create a blog to align with and help you achieve your short- and long-term professional goals
  • Break into new industries, professions and business opportunities

Speaker:
Susan Getgood, founder, GetGood Strategic Marketing Inc. and author, “Professional Blogging for Dummies”

Host: Monica Wilson, director of marketing, AT&T

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT: Making a Difference: Finding Your Unique Way to Give Back
Are you passionate about a cause but feel like you don’t have time to do anything about it? Do you want to make the world a better place but feel like one person can’t make a difference? Get inspired and take action. This session features stories of real women who have reworked their lives and careers to find remarkable ways to give back to their communities and improve the lives of others. Walk away with inspiration and practical steps to:

  • Integrate social responsibility and passion for a cause into your life – in a way that works for you
  • Identify socially conscious companies and learn how to select an employer that aligns with your values
  • Make a difference and make a living at the same time

Panelists:
Renee Connolly, vice president, US Communications, EMD Serono, Inc.
Hannah Grove, executive vice president and head of global marketing, State Street Corporation
Donna Latson Gittens, founder & CEO, causemedia
Chai Ling, founder, All Girls Allowed
Moderator: Candy O’Terry, media broadcast professional, Magic 106.7, creator, “Exceptional Women”

Host: Ayanna Pressley, councilor, City of Boston

FINANCE Bootcamp: How to Do More with Less
Cutting your costs doesn’t mean you need to stop spending altogether – spending money is a reality! But we want to make sure that you’re making the most of your money by spending it wisely. A few cost-cutting habits in your life will allow you to do more with less and also means you’ll have more to spend on FUN things. This interactive finance boot camp will help you:

  • Manage spending by creating a budget
  • Tackle your costs by understanding your fixed vs. variable expenses
  • Identify ways to handle the unexpected

Speaker: Alexa Von Tobel, founder, LearnVest

Host: Carolyn Groobey, head of Consumer Marketing, PayPal Credit

SMALL BUSINESS/ ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Effective Skills and Tools for Accessing Capital
This interactive workshop will share tools to help you access funding to grow your business or to start a business. By taking the Springboard eCAT capital access test, you will determine what type of capital is right for you. We will also feature a live panel for you to meet women who have raised money, as well as present a “mock pitch” for funding with live feedback and coaching so you can see best practices in action. Lastly, we will provide you with a tangible tool about community resources available to help you with your funding plan and access funding in Texas.

Co-Speakers:
Terry Hazell, entrepreneur in residence, Texas State University and Springboard Enterprises
Amy Millman, president, Springboard Enterprises and Board Member Central Texas Angel Network
Workshop Participants:
Salimah Nooruddin, associate, MassChallenge
Katie Rae, founder, Project 11
Jessica McLear, director, MooDoos LP

Host: Lisa Dennis, president, Knowledgence Associates

HEALTH AND WELLNESS: Raising Happiness: 10 Simples Steps to More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents
Parenthood can be one of the most fulfilling and joyful things that we do. Life is short, and thankfully the new science of happiness is showing us ways to enjoy our children and our lives more. Drawing on what science tells us about the factors that breed happiness in childhood and beyond, Dr. Carter will teach us simple skills that set the stage for optimism, emotional health, and confidence in our children—while helping us become happier parents at the same time! This interactive workshop will help you learn:

  • Why YOUR happiness is critical for the success and happiness of your CHILDREN
  • How to find more joy in your parenting and home life, even if you are super-busy
  • How to praise your kids-and others!-so that they are confident and resilient

Speaker:
Christine Carter, PhD, author, “Raising Happiness”

Host: Myriam Ortiz, executive director, Boston Parent Organizing Network (BPON)

YOUNG WOMEN’S PROGRAM: Understanding the Risks and Impacts of Using Social Media
*The following session is designed specifically for junior and senior high school girls participating in our Young Women’s Program

Part 1: Run Your Own Race
This inspirational talk will bring you up close and personal with Joan Benoit Samuelson – the first Women’s Olympic Marathon gold medalist and world record winner at the 1979 and 1983 Boston Marathon. Using her personal experiences, Joan will share powerful lessons around the importance of passion, purpose, goals and giving back. We will explore how they can help you succeed in life and empower yourself to make a difference.

Speaker:
Joan Benoit Samuelson, Olympic medal winner, marathon runner, author
Host: Mia Roberts, chief operating officer, Big Sister Association of Greater Boston

Part 2: Add More ~ing To Your Life
This hip self-transformational workshop will show you how to make happiness a way of life. Designed to bulldoze negative thought patterns and create personal change through positive affirmations, physical activity and visualization meditations, this session will offer tools for happiness through the dynamic ~ing Equation, a proven method of sharpening one’s intuitive senses and activating untapped inspiration. Together we will:

  • Learn tools for achieving happiness
  • Overcome fearful limiting beliefs
  • Learn to cope with issues around self-esteem, bullying and lack of confidence
  • Understand the importance of mentorship and how to find a mentor

Speaker:
Gabrielle Bernstein, life coach and author, “Add More ~ing to Your Life – A Hip Guide to Happiness”
Host: Mia Roberts, chief operating officer, Big Sister Association of Greater Boston

Host: Big Sister Association of Greater Boston

SEMINAR SESSION III (2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.)

LEADERSHIP: Courting Boards: Strategies for Getting a Seat at the Table
New research has proven that women’s participation on boards has a direct impact on the success of a company’s bottom line. Over the last several years there has been increased presence of women on corporate and public boards. In December 2009 alone, 30 women were appointed seats across the country. In this engaging discussion, attendees will learn:

  • Practical tips and skills for getting a seat at the table including self-promotion, building credibility and visibility
  • What boards are looking for and how to direct your career to get a seat
  • Best practices and lessons learned from women serving on boards
  • How board participation can positively impact and propel your career

Panelists:
Bonnie Marcus, founder and principal, Women’s Success Coaching and radio host, “Head Over Heels Radio”
Janice Reals Ellig, co-CEO, Chadick Ellig and co-author, “Driving The Career Highway, 20 Road Signs You Can’t Afford To Miss”
Rebecca Schechter, senior vice president, risk management, State Street Global Services
Moderator: Linda Basch, president, The National Council for Research on Women

Host:Cathy Minehan, president and CEO, Arlington Advisory Partners

CAREER ADVANCEMENT: Building Your Presence: The Art of Being Fabulous at Work (workshop)
Now immersed in a global economy and the most competitive business climate in history, strategic alliances and corporate re-engineering have all created significant competitive pressures on managers and executives at all levels of the organization. Technology, book and business knowledge aside, it is still all about people, respect and interacting with people. Business protocol and etiquette have assumed an increasingly important role. This interactive workshop will provide you with the necessary tools to help empower and present yourself with confidence and authority to outclass the competition.

Speaker:
Judith P. Bowman, president and founder, Protocol Consultants International and author, “Don’t Take the Last Donut”
Host: Kimberly Jones, attorney, Athena Legal Strategies Group

PERSONAL DEVELOMENT: Practical Tools to Live an Organized Life and Control Your Chaos
Organization is critical for maximum productivity and success at home and in the office. Don’t let the chaos of your everyday life impact your ability to stay organized. Attend this practical and fun session and learn how to physically and mentally prepare yourself to tackle the expected and the unexpected. Organization experts will provide strategies, easy solutions and products to help you better organize:

  • Everyday life including your home, kids and work
  • Major events including moves, weddings and birth
  • Life essentials including finances, emergency plans and your health and wellness

Panelists:
Dr. Annabel Beerel, leadership and change management expert, author and radio host, “The Women’s Leadership Hour”
Sarah Welch, co-founder, Buttoned Up
Erin Elizabeth Wells, certified professional organizer (CPO) and CEO and founder, Living Peace, LLC
Moderator: Kristin van Ogtrop, managing editor, Real Simple

Host: Jane Bowman, executive director of sales development, Boston Globe Media

Encore Session

Using Social Media to Build Your Brand
In this tough economy, it’s more important than ever to develop a brand and set yourself apart from the rest of the masses. Whether you have a job and are looking to advance, in the midst of a job search or working to build a business, social media provides the skills, network and energy to create a serious career advantage. This interactive workshop will explore ways to master social media to help create and reinvent your brand, reputation and thought leadership. Attendees will learn how to utilize social media to:

  • Establish access to new networks
  • Leverage Facebook and Twitter as a practical professional tool
  • Create a blog to align with and help you achieve your short-and-long-term professional goals
  • Break into new industries, professions and business opportunities

Speaker: Susan Getgood, vice president, sales marketing, BlogHer and author, “Professional Blogging for Dummies”

Host: Monica Wilson, director of marketing, AT&T

CAREER FAIR (2:30 – 5:30 pm)

Mentor Match

Meetup with Tory Johnson

Power Sessions

Resume Reviews