2017 Session | The User Manual: Instructions for How You Work as a Manager

Products come with user manuals – but people don’t. And we all have our quirks — the little things that annoy or delight us; the times of day we work best; the way we like to give and get feedback. Why not be up front about them with our employees, teams and colleagues, and develop a “user manual’ that captures our particular working style? Creating your own user manual can be a great exercise in self-reflection and when shared with others, this tool can be useful to highlight team dynamics and spark healthy dialogue around how to most effectively work with one another. In this session, attendees will learn how business leaders can use this tool to foster better teamwork, increase productivity and ultimately improve your management skills. Using interactive exercises, you will dive right into the steps involved to create your own user manual to share with your supervisor, your department or your company when you return back to the office! Read More

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2017 Session | Challenging the Status Quo

Sometimes, to make impactful changes you need to challenge the status quo – whether it’s in your industry, your career or your life. Yet many leaders chronically reject creative solutions and often embrace the familiar, even as they profess commitment to innovation. Could people love but also hate creative ideas? Could the mindset we use to evaluate ideas turn this love or hate on or off—in an instant? Do experts struggle even more than novices with this bias? And even more startling, could the “best practices” that organizations employ to manage innovation activate this bias, and inadvertently, kill innovation? Drawing on Wharton professor Jennifer Mueller’s expertise along with a panel of pioneers from the frontlines, we will address the tough questions; learn best practices to self-disrupt your current mindset and recognize creative opportunity; and explore how to overcome other peoples’ sticky preference for the status quo. Attendees will leave armed with strategies for introducing and maintaining a culture of change and feel confident to challenge the status quo. Read More

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2017 Session | ENCORE: The Joy Manifesto: Life Hacks for Life Zen

Busy has become a way of life – an epidemic of sorts. We complain about “how busy we are” yet do we secretly like it? When did busy become a badge of honor? Is it cool or is it just a facade for us to hide behind? Our perception of our busyness, doesn’t just give us something to talk about, it allows us to create chaos and obstacles that prevent us from living life to its fullest. Attend this session for a fresh approach to finding some much needed space and balance. Led by author, joy seeker and creator of The Joy Manifesto, Gretchen Stewart will offer step by step instructions along with simple life hacks on how to create and manifest what brings you joy.  From organizational tools to creating mindful habits this session will arm you with an ability to actually welcome a little less busy and embrace a lot more joy! Read More

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2017 Session | ENCORE: Connectional Intelligence: How to Get Big Things Done

Success and leadership is often attributed to having smarts, passion and luck. But in today’s hyper-competitive world, even those gifts aren’t enough. Erica Dhawan argues that the game changer is a thoroughly modern skill called Connectional Intelligence – a skill that anyone can attain. In this session, you will learn what is involved and see how you can use connectional intelligence to unleash the breakthrough competitive advantage you need to succeed in the 21st century. Dhawan will share secrets of how the world’s movers and shakers, including a dynamic live panel of pioneers use Connection Intelligence to achieve their goals and ultimately get big things done at work and in life! Read More

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2017 Session | ENCORE: The Confidence Divide: Closing the Gap to Achieve Career Success

Being passed over for a promotion you knew you were ready for is nothing new. What may be unique is this little culprit: a disparity in confidence. While men are prone to overestimate their abilities, women too often sell themselves short and confidence plays a crucial role in the ability of women to succeed. Confidence expert Grace Killelea has done the research and will share how to turn your job competency into the kind of authentic confidence that gets noticed. Attendees will learn:

  • The Four Rs of Success–relationships, reputation, results, and resilience;
  • How to build circles of influence, leverage and promote your skills and cultivate executive presence; and
  • Strategies to help you bounce back from setbacks.

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2017 Session | Resources and Strategies for Parenting Children in Behavioral or Emotional Crisis

Mental illness and behavioral challenges in children is an ever-growing epidemic in today’s fast-paced pressure cooker of life. When a child is faced with a behavioral disorder, emotional problem or psychiatric disease, the impact is far-reaching—affecting everything from the child’s home, school and social life to the emotional wellness of the entire family.  Our role as parents is to protect our children and it can be heart-breaking to watch them suffer day in and day out. Do you feel overwhelmed and immobilized? Not sure how to help or locate the best resources to support your child and your family? Attend this powerful and invaluable session to find answers to these questions and also explore: warning signs; early intervention; strategies to manage crisis and the delicate balance of protecting your child and understanding when to let them fail without adding to an already complex situation. Read More

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2017 Session | Get Over Your S*it, Be a Badass, and Start Enjoying Life

Jen Sincero, success coach and motivational cattle prod has helped countless people transform their personal and professional lives to move beyond the negative and embrace the positive. With the perfect blend of practical advice and inspiration, attendees will walk away with the ability to see their lives with a glass half full perspective. Whether you are looking to navigate massive deals, build a dream business, go for that promotion or find your soul mate you will leave armed with the motivation to take the road of optimism and change your life for the better. Read More

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2017 Session | Live Richer with the One Week Budget

When “The Budgetnista” started writing her book at age 25, she was a teacher making $35,000 a year, and saved $40,000 in two years. She has since dedicated her life to financial literacy and helping others live a richer life. In this session, you will learn her invaluable money management system – 12 steps that that can be completed over a 7-day span (hence, The One WEEK Budget). Attendees will learn the practical and easy tools to complete the One Week Budget challenge and ultimately find a richer life.

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Session 2017 l Global Citizenship: The Powerful Convergence of Everyday Life and Social Impact

No matter where you turn, challenges and devastations are a hard reality within our country and across the globe. Simple pleasures like watching television or reading a magazine have become saddening and disheartening given current events. Do you feel helpless? Are you overwhelmed with the abundance of causes and not sure how to contribute? Do you yearn for a life of greater significance beyond your day-to-day? Attend this session to hear from a panel of pioneers and learn how you can become a change-maker without moving across the world or quitting your job. From volunteerism, activism, philanthropy, humanitarianism and simple shopping strategies, this session will offer the perfect mix of actionable steps and inspiration for how you can get involved; find a cause that aligns with your passions; use your creativity and innovative thinking; and contribute to a cause that has positive social impact. Read More

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2017 Session | Learning to Drop the Ball and Achieve More by Doing Less

Join Tiffany, one of Fast Company’s League of Extraordinary Women and Lean In launch team member, in this immersive personal development experience. She will share her story of failures and triumphs as a working woman juggling lots of balls. Through her experiences, she will help you release unrealistic expectations. Best of all, she will highlight her three tried-and-true lessons, along with practical tips that you can use immediately including the “Four Go-To’s” necessary to excel once you’ve freed up your bandwidth by dropping the ball:

  • Going to exercise (building your stamina);
  • Going to lunch (building your network);
  • Going to events (building your visibility);
  • Going to sleep (building your renewal).

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