50/50: Rethinking the Past, Present & Future of Women and Power | 2019 Session

50/50 gives the 10,000 year history of gender + power — from setbacks and uprisings, to the bigger context of where we are today. Using her signature, cinematic-thought-essay style, Emmy-nominated filmmaker & founder of The Webby Awards Tiffany Shlain brings us on an electric ride to explore, where are we really on the greater arc of history of women and power? This session will kick-off by viewing this powerful 20 minute film. We will then discuss what it’s going to take to get to a #5050 world — not just politics and board rooms, but truly shifting the gender balance to be better for everyone. Read More

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ENCORE | 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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ENCORE | Communication: Speak Up. Stand Out. | 2019 Session

Effective communication is more than just words and phrases. It’s a projection of your competence and even your potential as a leader. Great communicators can voice their vision confidently, move plans and projects forward, and present their ideas across all levels of an organization. Join this workshop for actionable steps to develop your own communication style. Learn to: go from invisible to visible; communicate both up and down the ladder; and speak with clarity and confidence so that your ideas are heard, your value is clear, and your opinions are remembered. Read More

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Hyperfocus: Productivity in a World of Distraction | 2019 Session

The research is clear: the state of our attention determines the state of our lives. Yet our attention has never been as overwhelmed or in-demand as it is today. We’ve never been so busy while accomplishing so little, and we’ve grown increasingly uncomfortable with a lack of stimulation and distraction. This engaging workshop is a practical guide to managing your attention—the most powerful resource you have to get stuff done, become more creative, and live a meaningful life. Attendees will walk away with actionable tips to: Read More

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Influence: How to Change Minds and Win at Work | 2019 Session

The ability to sway opinions, encourage buy-in or convince individuals to completely change their stance on a subject is a powerful skill to harness at work and in life. And changing hearts is an important part of changing minds. In fact, research shows that appealing to human emotion can help you make your case and build your authority as a leader. Expert Mary Abbajay will set the stage for an exploration of influence by sharing a brief presentation followed by  a conversation with an engaging panel to explore frameworks for developing influence, as well as success stories and pitfalls to avoid. Walk away with simple tactics you can use to every day to change minds and win at work! Read More

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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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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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