Feedback (and Other Dirty Words): Why We Fear It, How to Fix It | 2019 Session

For many of us, “feedback” is a dirty word that brings up feelings of resentment and self-doubt. However, understanding how others experience us provides valuable opportunities to learn and grow. This session will help you learn how to take the sting out of feedback and reclaim it as a motivating, empowering experience. We will explore how to minimize the negative physical and emotional responses that can erode trust and shut down communication. Engaging in hands-on exercises and using real-world examples, attendees will learn how to give and receive effective, focused and fair feedback – and put these ideas into action right away! Read More

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Outspoken: Amplify Your Voice | 2019 Session

It’s undeniable: Women’s voices often aren’t heard—at work, at home, in every facet of their lives. The fault lies not with women, but in a culture that seeks to silence women’s voices. Communications expert Veronica Rueckert will kick off the session with insights, then join a conversation with expert panelists who will offer advice and skills to help you harness and understand your own voice and learn how to use it with confidence. Read More

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Networking: Become a Self-Promotion Pioneer | 2019 Session

Networking is no longer just about schmoozing at an occasional event after work. It happens in person and online and it’s a 24/7 job. Self-promotion, although not always comfortable for people (especially women and introverts) is a critical aspect of networking in 2019. Communications strategist Karen Wickre opens this session with her insights and step by step advice, followed by a conversation with expert panelists to discuss ways to nail that first impression and how to present yourself that creates the brand you want before someone brands you on their own. Attendees will walk away inspired and armed to become a self-promotion pioneer whether you’re sitting behind a screen or in the flesh. Read More

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Ask for It: Success for Women Begins With Negotiation Savvy | 2019 Session

Whether it’s a higher salary, much-deserved promotion, or more help at home, women find it hard to ask for what they want and refrain from negotiating even when they know that negotiation is necessary to get what they deserve. They pay for this reluctance in every aspect of their lives—in lost income, slower career progress, barred access to leadership roles at work, and health risks at home. Led by Sara Laschever, co-author of the groundbreaking Women Don’t Ask, this session will guide you through the process of becoming a more confident, savvy, and successful negotiator. Walk away feeling inspired and empowered to ask for what you want in ways that feel comfortable and work best for women. Read More

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ENCORE | Resilience Reset: Break Barriers and Thrive | 2019 Session

Success in today’s complex workplace requires the ability to  navigate change, rise above adversity, and triumph – all of which requires resilience and positivity. Kristen Balboni will open this session with a brief presentation on resiliency. A panel of experts will then take the stage and offer personal experiences, invaluable nuggets and tools that will empower you to embrace rather than avoid challenge, face adversity head-on and inspire greatness in yourself and others. Attend this session for a resilience reset and discover how to break through barriers to survive and thrive, especially in difficult times. Read More

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The Likability Trap: Women, Leadership and the Double-Bind | 2019 Session

Data suggests that the more women succeed in the workplace, the less  “likable” others tend to find them. Yet being considered likeable drives trust, influence and credibility – all three important qualities to embody at work. This session will challenge this outdated image of women in leadership in two ways. First, our thought leader will offer a brief presentation that will examine the subjective nature of likeability and how our innate need for it can hinder our progress and power. We will then dive into an interactive panel discussion with leaders in the trenches to share their personal experiences and offer actionable solutions for how to break free from cultural patterns holding us back, and ultimately minimize pressure we place on ourselves to be likeable. Attendees will leave less focused on being likeable, more focused on owning their worth and value and empowered to celebrate not mute their unique talents and styles. Read More

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Thinking in Bets: Lessons in Unemotional RiskTaking and Decision-Making | 2019 Session

Do you know when to cut your losses? In poker and throughout our lives, we are more successful when we maximize the time spent in favorable situations and minimize time in unfavorable ones. But many of us are too quick to quit when we are winning, or refuse to walk away from a losing game. Former World Series of Poker champion-n turned-business consultant Annie Duke lives with uncertainty, and has found that the key to long-term success is to think in bets. In this workshop, she examines how the interaction of many cognitive biases can cause us to miss good opportunities and continue on when the odds are against us. She shares strategies to avoid these decision-making pitfalls and learn to take a longer term view. By shifting perspective and embracing uncertainty, you will start accurately assessing what you know and what you don’t, improving your decision-making abilities in your career, and at home. Read More

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A Conversation on How to Skimm Your Life | 2019 Session

Navigating life isn’t easy, but theSkimm founders, Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin make it a lot more fun. This fireside chat will deliver theSkimm’s trademark mix of real talk, humor, and inspirational messaging to take all of the daunting, cumbersome and frankly unsexy parts of being an adult, and break them down in the same way they break down a complicated news story every morning in our inbox. They’ll also take you on a journey through their experiences with entrepreneurship and reveal how they’re evolving the brand to meet the demands of the future. Join this session to learn how to navigate the noteworthy moments in your lives, not just your days. Attendees will leave armed with advice, information and even a few hacks to help you make the most informed life and career decisions. Read More

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Unplugged: Reclaiming Balance in a Connected World | 2019 Session

Living in a world where we are connected 24/7 certainly offers pros but definitely doesn’t help the life-long life balance conundrum we face. What if we unplug and we shift from 24/7 to 24/6? Would withdrawal cripple us or would it allow us to reclaim balance in a life of go-go? Tiffany Shlain will open the session to explore how turning off screens one day a week can work wonders on your brain, body, and soul—and why this regular practice of looking up gives you a better chance of seeing the big picture. Following her presentation, a panel of women will share their successes and lessons learned around the role of technology in helping or inhibiting balance and sanity. Attendees will walk away with a mix of easy hacks and scientifically-grounded doable strategies for implementing a 24/6 week while living in a 24/7 world. Read More

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Fab Finance: Creating Your Best Financial Life | 2019 Session

87 percent of Americans lack financial confidence when it comes to managing their money, and approximately 73 percent live paycheck to paycheck. Concerns over money transcend all differences; and despite working hard to get ahead, most families are one check away from a financial crisis. This interactive finance workshop will offer tools to help you create a new narrative and new habits that support financial success. Attendees will leave with:

    • A better understanding of your money story and how your experiences shape your relationship with money;
    • Ways to counteract the tactics marketing companies use to encourage consumers to spend beyond their means;
    • The ability to create new habits that allow you to save more and increase your financial health; and
    • Ways to create a budget that aligns with your life goals.

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