Conference Sessions

2018 Session | ENCORE: Self-Advocate, Stand Up and Negotiate for What You Want

Compromise is the worst thing you can do – never split the difference! Does this seem contrary to everything you’ve learned about negotiations? Former FBI lead international kidnapping negotiator Chris Voss, will share all kinds of surprising tactics that radically diverge from conventional negotiating strategy so that always negotiate as if your life depended on it, and you never have to split the difference. Whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, an executive or a manager, shy or a social butterfly, this session will expose you to new perspectives on negotiation and offer renewed confidence in your ability to self-advocate, hold your own and push back to secure what is rightfully yours – promotion opportunities, plum assignments and higher pay. Read More

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2018 Session | ENCORE: Be a Great Boss and Colleague AND Stay Human

Even in 2018, we continue to grapple with the negative perception of women’s “niceness” in the business world. If women are nice, they are seen as weak and ineffective. But if they are tough, they are labeled some other things This is the perfect session for those trying to navigate the complexity of relationships at work while staying kind and respectful of others. Explore how women can reclaim “nice” and sidestep regressive stereotypes about what a strong person looks like. Sharing her time-tested strategies, Fran Hauser will prove that women don’t have to sacrifice their values or hide their authentic personalities to be successful. Join this session to explore how to:

  • Balance being empathetic and decisive
  • Ask for what you want without feeling badly
  • Become a someone who is respected, not feared
  • Act with kindness, empathy, and strength
  • Be authentic, confident and crush it at work

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Leading Through Controversy: Lessons on Courage and Risk-Taking

Whether or not you agree with her mission, Cecile Richards is an influential and progressive leader who has succeeded in driving change in the midst of controversy. When it could have been much easier to give up, Richards always stayed the course. Leading in the frontlines of today’s workplace is complicated and filled with an abundance of obstacles and opposition. How leaders navigate through these pitfalls is critical to their success and ultimately their bottom line. In this powerful session, Richards will draw on her personal leadership experiences to explore courage, influence and risk-taking. She will offer practical advice and actionable takeaways for how you can stand up, speak up, positively gain traction with your team and superiors and ultimately impact change as a leader within all areas of your organization despite the pushback and bumps you face along the way. Read More

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2018 Session | Tips For A Successful Mentor-Mentee Relationship

A lot of hard work and mix of mentors helped FOX’s NFL reporter Laura Okmin break the barriers of a male dominated field and ultimately assume the position to cover the biggest names on the biggest stages including over ten Super Bowls, two Olympics, multiple NBA Finals, World Series and All-Star games. Now she’s paying it forward by helping to train, mentor, and prepare the next generation of women in sports media with her new program, GALVANIZE. Having experienced both sides of the mentee and mentor relationship, Laura is here to share her best practices and lessons learned for creating the most successful two-sided relationship to ensure it is a win-win. We will also get up close and personal in a fireside chat with real-life mentor and mentee, Anthony Ostler, SVP at Global Services and Stacy Dawson Belf, MD at Alternative Investment Solutions – both part of State Street’s PWN Mentoring Circles program. Whether you are looking to develop your leadership skills or seeking guidance to put you on a path for a promotion or high profile assignment, this session will arm you with practical tips for leveraging a mentor program to support your multifaceted career journey. Read More

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2018 Session | Authentic Activism: Creating Change from 9-to-5…and Beyond

Whether you work at a startup, a large corporation, or for a small non-profit, turning your personal mission into your purpose at work can lead to great change in your life and in the world. Purpose can be found in any position because it’s not about your job title, it’s about your approach to your work. Anyone can spark change by integrating your mission, authenticity, passion, and giving back into one’s career and life. Online sensation Franchesca Ramsey, will share how she transformed her “viral moment” into a platform for social justice and ultimately became what she describes as an “Accidental Activist”. A panel of pioneers will discuss their personal journey to a forging a life of meaning. They will offer practical tips for driving change–even if you aren’t in charge of policy. We will explore what it means to be an authentic activist; how to create a clear vision, inspire supporters, and persuade decision makers. Read More

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