2016 Session | Telling Your Story … With the Emphasis on “You”

The key to good storytelling? Being yourself! Join two featured TED speakers from State Street — self-described as a graphic designer by day and a musician by night, and a proud defender of extroverts — for an interactive interview. Charged with practical tips and advice about how to tell your story with confidence and connect with your audience, learn how you can stay true to who you really are — in any situation. Read More

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2016 Session | Create Your Daily Success Routine and Double What Gets Done in a Day

Do you want to finally break the never-ending cycle of feeling like you didn’t accomplish enough in a day and spend more time on self-care, family, travel and the social interactions that you’ve been longing for? Attend this interactive session/ fireside chat to learn how to create your personalized routine for daily success. Using practical advice from productivity expert Jamila Payne, along with real-life best practices and lessons learned from trenches with senior executive Renee Connolly, participants will leave inspired to increase goal achievement, get consistent results and learn how to: Read More

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2016 Session | How to Drive Innovation Through Diverse Collaboration and Teamwork

Join this session for a dynamic discussion to learn how diverse collaboration leads to innovation in times of uncertainty. Economist and best-selling author Caroline Webb will help us get to know Jennifer Davis, who leads internal and external communications for Dell’s Client Solutions (PC) business and also founded the company’s marquee entrepreneur initiative, the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network. Diving deep into Jennifer’s real-world experiences, we will explore best practices and lessons learned for how you can align yourself to be a change agent in the workplace. Participants will walk away with practical advice and inspiration to succeed in today’s evolving workforce and learn tips for the most effective collaboration and teamwork to achieve maximum business results and forge long-lasting relationships internally. Read More

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2016 Session | Five Simple Steps to Take Control and Own Your Health

Whether you are a young woman who just landed your first job, a stay-at-home mom who is known as your son/daughter’s chauffer or an executive who is jet-setting around the globe, you may struggle to find time to focus on your health. Taking care of your health can actually make facing life’s challenges a lot easier. What’s more, taking steps to take control of your health can be empowering. Eating well, meditating and exercising seem like something only celebrities have time and money to achieve. Attend this session and see for yourself that it can be for everyone! Participants will walk away with five simple steps to take charge of your health and get on the right track toward better living. Read More

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2016 Session | Pivot: The Only Move that Matters Is Your Next One

No matter your age, life stage, bank account balance, or career level, you can learn how to pivot strategically into your next opportunity. Career change doesn’t have to be a crisis, and plateaus don’t have to be a problem. In fact, if change is the only constant, now more than ever as it relates to our economy, it behooves us all to get better at it. Your best chance of success lies right under your feet. By doubling down on what is already working, you can cut through confusion and move more quickly in a new direction. Pivoting is a mindset and a skillset, and it is one we can all get better at. This workshop will resonate with anyone facing the question of what comes next by providing a methodical plan to move forward, one that you can cycle through as many times as necessary. Read More

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2016 Session | Why Simple Wins

Complexity is killing companies’ ability to innovate and adapt, and simplicity is fast becoming the competitive advantage of our time. “Why Simple Wins” enables leaders and teams to move beyond the frustration and futility of unproductive work to create a corporate culture when valuable, essential work is the norm. By learning how to eliminate redundancies, communicate with clarity, and make simplification a habit, companies can begin to recognize which activities are time-sucks and which create lasting value. By eliminating the low-value work, individuals feel less overwhelmed, more empowered, and able to spend each day doing things that matter. Read More

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2016 Session | Using Setbacks to Build Resilience and Succeed

Failure and fear are a natural part of life. Although typically viewed as a negative, they can be harnessed to unleash innovation, growth and even lead to success. Through setbacks and failure, we can learn invaluable skills like resiliency and risk taking to propel life in a positive direction. Using real-life experiences from folks just like you, this engaging discussion will help you discover how failure can work for you. Whether you are bouncing back from a job setback, trying to reinvigorate innovation in your company, struggling with a relationship or facing the everyday obstacles that arise at work or home, attend this session to learn how to break free of the stigma and catapult growth for yourself both professionally and personally. Read More

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2016 Session | The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn’t Have to Be Complicated

TV analysts and money managers would have you believe your finances are enormously complicated, and if you don’t follow their guidance, you’ll end up in the poorhouse. Guess what…they’re wrong. In this session, finance expert Helaine Olen will show you that everything you need to know about managing your money could fit on an index card. She will explain why the ten simple rules of the index card outperform more complicated financial strategies. Attendees will leave with an easy-to-follow action plan that should help them in good times and bad. You’ll gain the the tools, knowledge, and confidence to seize control of your financial life. Read More

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2016 Session | Listful Thinking: Using Lists to Be More Productive, Successful and Less Stressed

What do Madonna, Martha Stewart, John Lennon, Ellen DeGeneres, Ben Franklin, Ronald Reagan, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Edison, and Johnny Cash have in common? Each is (or was) a list maker. These successful people, along with CEOs and successful entrepreneurs, all use lists to keep track of their ideas, thoughts, and tasks. Finding enough hours in the day to get everything accomplished and allow for some downtime can be a struggle. It’s no wonder so many of us are stressed, overextended, and exhausted. More than half of all American employees feel overwhelmed, according to a study by the nonprofit Family and Work Institute. For the 54 percent of us who feel like we’re chasing our own tails, Listful Thinking is here to prove that it doesn’t have to be that way. You can still find time to relax, read a good book, and do the things you love. This enlightening and practical session will offer indispensable tips on saving time, getting organized, improving productivity, saving money and reducing stress. Read More

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2016 Session | Negotiating at Work: Turn Small Wins Into Big Gains

Young women professionals are opting out of their jobs in significant numbers and the usual explanations do not apply. They don’t leave to have families, although some do. Rather they leave because they are burned out by the burdens of extra work. They don’t see the promise of career opportunities and future advancement. And they get paid less. Negotiation is an overlooked alternative to opting out—it empowers you to stay in the game. Learn how to negotiate at work and obtain the tools at your fingertips to help you get opportunities, promotions, flexibility, buy-in, support and credit for your work. This interactive session brings together a mother/daughter duo to share their experiences in gender, negotiation and real-life experiences from the trenches, to recognize the opportunities you are passing up each and every day. Together, they will help you prepare and position yourselves to get difficult conversations started, help you find solutions that work for all parties and offer tools to deal with the challenges you encounter along the way. Participants will learn that by negotiating, you can find ways to succeed at work without sacrificing a home and community life. Attendees will walk away with:

  • Concrete advice on how to recognize opportunities to negotiate and bolster your confidence prior to the negotiation;
  • Strategies to get the other person to the table and engage in creative problem solving, even when they don’t recognize the issue; and
  • Techniques to turn “asks” into a negotiation and advance “stuck” negotiations to reach a successful conclusion.

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