Session 2017 l Pioneer Your Big Life: How to Use Grit and Perseverance to Your Advantage

The best thing about life on your own terms? There is no one clear-cut path. The hard part? There is no one clear-cut path. How do you create the life you want when you’re not even sure you know what that looks like or how to get it?

Welcome to the Big Life—it’s not only within your reach; you get to write the rules. Led by Ann Shoket, former editor-in-chief of Seventeen and author of THE BIG LIFE, this session offers insights to help you tap your ambition AND honor your dreams at the same time. You will hear from a panel of pioneers who have been in your shoes – confused, frustrated, discouraged. Learn how they persevered with grit through challenges and confusion and achieved success – even when they hit roadblocks along the way. This insightful and life-changing session will explore what goes through your head when you fall down or hit a bump, and how that—not talent or luck—makes all the difference in creating your Big Life. Read More

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2017 Session | Mastering Civility: A Manifesto for the Workplace

Incivility can impact productivity, hijack focus and create stressful environments. It can even affect customer, client and stakeholder relations. Ultimately, incivility cuts the bottom line and can lead to huge costs to the economy. Join researcher and rudeness expert Dr. Christine Porath as she leads a session on the costs and remedies for incivility. In this session, you will learn how you can enhance your influence and effectiveness with simple acts of civility. Based on research in nearly every industry and type of organization, Porath offers an eye-opening civility checkup as well as provides essential tools and actionable resources to turn civil behaviors into a daily practice for you and your organization. We will also explore much-needed advice on what to do if you are the target of incivility. You are sure to leave this session feeling better about life and with an arsenal of tools to help you stay on the high road for work (and life). Read More

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2017 Session | Managing Up: A Strategic Approach to Success in the Workplace

Did you know that employees spend an average of nearly 20 hours a week worrying about what their boss says or does? That equates to almost half of one’s work week. Imagine how much more productive (and happier) we would be if we were able to spend our time focused on hitting business goals rather than stressing about the relationship with our boss. And even if you have the best boss imaginable, everyone has bad days and rough patches. You don’t have to sit back and allow the actions of those above you derail your day or week or consume your mind. Prioritizing your relationship with your manager is not just critical to your success, but to your overall job satisfaction. It takes two to tango so why leave the quality of the relationship solely in your manager’s hands? This session is your chance to take charge and learn the tricky art of managing up. Using best practices from experts and a panel of professionals in the trenches, attendees will learn actionable tips to:

  • Understand your manager’s work/behavioral style and adjust your style accordingly;
  • Rethink your communication approach and share information more effectively;
  • Set boundaries and know when to push back and say no;
  • Maneuver the complexities of involved around gender and working with male managers;
  • Influence quietly; and much more!

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2017 Session | Navigating Office Politics…and Difficult People

Your work day is filled with them–people who frustrate, impede, maneuver, undermine, plot, connive, and whine. Attend this invaluable session and learn how to navigate through the emotions, stress and anger that distract from your actual work and achieving success. Attendees will explore easy-to-follow scenarios for every situation – including technology, generation gaps and language barriers, as well as address tyrants, to the pushy and presumptuous to camouflagers. Learn helpful strategies and phrases for diffusing workplace tensions and effectively resolving conflicts in today’s technologically advanced workplace.

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2017 Session | How to Build and Harness a Meaningful Network

Networking is no longer just schmoozing before or after hours at a handful of industry events, coffees or cocktail parties. In an always connected digital world with every platform literally at your fingertips, networking has become a 24/7 endeavor and a must-do if you want to set yourself apart from the rest. How do you cut through the noise and build meaningful connections that ultimately create a powerful network focused on YOUR unique needs? Attend this session and learn a modern roadmap to cultivate genuine, mutually beneficial and long lasting relationships that can help you achieve your goals no matter how big or small. Led by The Girl’ Lounge founder Shelley Zallis who created a one-of-a-kind destination for women to connect, this session will teach you how you can connect with others in a simple yet strategic way, and with small tangible adjustments to your daily schedule that will maximize your impact and time. Whether you are hoping to land your dream job or promotion, win a coveted account or successfully launch a new business, you will learn how to:

  • Connect with others and not clutter your schedule or hit dead-ends;
  • Synchronize your face-to-face networking efforts with your digital outreach;
  • Overcome anxiety and stage fright when mingling;
  • Make an “ask” that is mutually beneficial to both parties so the connection is a win-win; and
  • Stay focused on the right networking efforts for your situation (and without FOMO).

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2017 Session | How to Get Buy-In to Pioneer Equity in Your Organization

Are you tired of waiting for C-level directives to address the equity gaps in your organization? Do you feel frustrated and helpless? Don’t sit around and wait – be a pioneer and create the change. This session will share the real-life story of a manager at Salesforce and their journey to address the glaring equity issues – both pay and positions – within their company. Learn how they got the attention of the CEO to get the buy-in and drive change to fix the problems. Using best practices and lessons learned from their first-hand experiences, along with expert advice around gender partnership/engaging men, you will leave today armed with knowledge, actionable tips and the motivation to do the same in your organization.

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2017 Session | Option B: Finding Joy in the Face of Adversity

After the sudden death of her husband, Sheryl Sandberg felt certain she and her children would never feel pure joy again. Her friend Adam Grant, a psychologist at Wharton, told her there are concrete steps people can take to recover and rebound from life-shattering experiences. We are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. It is a muscle that everyone can build. Option B combines Sheryl’s personal insights with Adam’s eye-opening research, exploring how a broad range of people have overcome adversity. In this session, Adam will share real-life stories to reveal the capacity of the human spirit to persevere and to rediscover joy. Attendees will learn how to help others in crisis, develop compassion for ourselves, raise strong children, and create resilient families, communities, and workplaces. Participants will walk away with strategies and inspiration to apply these learnings to everyday struggles, allowing you to brave whatever lies ahead. We all live some form of Option B.

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2017 Session | The Future of Modern Love

The quality of our lives depends on the quality of our relationships. Yet, when it comes to modern love, the expectations and social norms are quickly shifting beneath our feet. Over the past three decades, iconic couples’ therapist, erotic intelligence expert and best-selling author of Mating in Captivity and The State of Affairs, Esther Perel has been a penetrating observer of cultural patterns.  In this session, she will explore desire, trust, honesty, accountability and the complicated (and contradictory) needs that are shaping relationships today.  Attendees will walk away with a better understanding of the intricacies of love and desire and what it takes to build thriving and resilient relationships.

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2017 Session | The “Skinny” on How to Build a Cocktail for Success: A Fireside Chat with Skinnygirl Mogul Bethenny Frankel

Bethenny Frankel is a businesswoman ahead of the curve, who has always identified and capitalized on business opportunities, from becoming a natural food’s chef and marketing Bethenny Bakes, her healthy baked goods to selling “Princess Pashminas” at house parties, and ultimately creating the low calorie cocktail category, with the launch of Skinnygirl Cocktails which has grown into an empire by expanding beyond just beverages. Bethenny has a distinct voice and a candid point of view which has helped her become not just a successful entrepreneur but a branding guru. This entertaining, inspiring and advice packed fireside chat will give you the chance to get up close and personal with Bethenny Frankel – entrepreneur, brand collaborator, developer, marketer, best-selling author, producer, television personality and advocate for women in crisis with her new B Strong campaign in partnership with Dress for Success. Attendees will learn from Bethenny’s successes and setbacks. Whether you are looking for practical tips to start a business, motivation to reinvent yourself, or branding tips – this session will arm you with tools to make the changes needed to build the cocktail for your success – and offer some laughs at the same time!

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2017 Session | A Conversation on 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. Learn easy hacks that can be implemented every day to rid your life of chaos, cultivate the art of living and embrace some zen. 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!

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