2015 Agenda

Agenda at a Glance

Below is an overview of our 2015 programming to give you a sense of what you’ll experience in one incredible day. Check back here approximately 12 weeks before Conference Day for a complete schedule of 2016 workshops and events.

7:30 am  Registration Opens

8:15 – 9:30 am  Opening Keynote Session

9:30 – 10:00 am  Author Signings
10:00 – 11:00 am  Session I Breakouts
11:00 – 11:30 am Author Signings
11:30  – 12:30 pm  Session II Breakouts
12:30 – 1:00 pm Author Signings

1:00 – 2:45 pm Luncheon Keynote Session

3:00 – 4:00 pm  Session III: Expert Exchange Sessions
3:00 – 4:40 pm  Social Media Roundtables & Small Business Roundtables
4:00 – 4:30 pm Author Signings

5:00 pm Conference Closes

Open All Day: Exhibit Hall; Career Pavilion


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W = Workshop
Interactive sessions that include exercises, role plays and other activities which offer practical advice.

POE = Panel of Experts
Led by a thought leader in the space, these sessions will offer a brief “state of the climate” followed by a sharing of best practices and lessons learned from experts in the trenches.

LP = Life Perspective
These sessions offer a mix of advice and inspiration by sharing real life stories to offer a perspective on managing life experiences.

Track

 

Session 1

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Session 2

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Track

Leadership
Designed for a seasoned or aspiring leader looking to climb the ladder and shatter the glass ceiling
Session 1

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Challenging Convention: Using Successful Innovations to Think Differently (W)

The model of disruptive innovation describes how certain types of new business models emerge and transform entire industries. Successful disruptions follow a well-defined pattern, and from this we can extract principles to guide the development of solutions that are both innovative and effective. This session will offer powerful – and practical – techniques for applying these principles to be more innovative in our business and for tackling the most challenging leadership problems. Together we will explore how to reframe business challenges in ways that enable you to get beyond conventional ways of thinking, and how to quickly develop a broad range of innovative ideas to address them. Participants will also have the opportunity to engage as a group and take “The Challenge” to push your leadership comfort and identify concrete takeaways to implement and make disruptive positive changes for yourselves, your team and your bottom line.

Speaker: David Duncan, senior partner, Innosight

Host: Oneeka Williams, MD, top-ranked United States urologic surgeon and children’s book author

Session 2

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Strategies to Stand Out, Step Up and Get Noticed in a Male Dominated World (POE)

There are very few women holding executive level positions even in 2015 – and significantly fewer in traditionally male dominated industries such as finance, STEM and manufacturing. For women in these fields, it is even more important to stand out, step up and get noticed, not only to climb the ladder but to have impact. Bringing together a diverse mix of women from male focused industries, participants will learn from their successes and identify the pitfalls to avoid. We will explore tips and tools to strengthen your presence and confidence when you are the only woman in the room. Attendees will walk away knowing what to say, how to act, how to overcome intimidation and ultimately get taken seriously.

Panel of Experts:

  1. Isis Anchalee, creator, #iLookLikeAnEngineer campaign and full stack engineer, OneLogin
  2. Catherine Avgiris, EVP and CFO, Comcast Cable
  3. Tracy Campbell Accardi, VP, research and development, breast health and skeletal health, Hologic
  4. ML Krakauer, EVP, business development for global services, EMC Corporation
  5. Jami McKeon, global chair, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius

Host: Kam Unninayar, VP, finance, laboratory products & services, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Track

Leadership
Designed for a seasoned or aspiring leader looking to climb the ladder and shatter the glass ceiling
Session 1

10:00 am – 11:00 am

The Courage to Innovate: Unlocking the Skills to Challenge Convention (POE)

We are being asked every day to become more “entrepreneurial” in how we shape our organizations, businesses, teams and products. Whether you are from a small organization seeking that competitive edge, a large and cumbersome organization looking for a better way to do business or an entrepreneur embarking on a new venture … it takes courage … courage to lead … courage to risk … and most importantly, courage to innovate. Your survival depends on your ability to make fresh thinking happen on a daily basis in every nook and cranny of your workplace. Leadership expert Cindy Solomon will explore the barriers that hold businesses back and the six secrets/skills for courageous innovation. This provocative session will also feature a mix entrepreneurs and corporate leaders to share their best practices and lessons learned for innovating within their organizations, product offerings, teams and their own careers. Participants will leave with a renewed spirit of innovation and understand the skills required to work differently and more effectively and become the ultimate innovators.

Moderator: Cindy Solomon, speaker, thought leader and author, Creating a Culture of Courage

Panelists:

  1. Melody Lee, director, brand strategy and planning, Cadillac
  2. Kathrin Schoenborn-Sobolewski, PhD, VP, global clinical operations, Merck KGaA
  3. Anita Santos, VP marketing, Tyco Security Products

Host: Barb Vlacich, vice president, presales operations, Kronos Incorporated

Session 2

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Debugging the Gender Gap: Disrupting Workplaces to Work for Women

The statistics are staggering, and while we have taken steps in the right direction, progress remains slow. Implementing real change will require a top down and bottom up approach. The most effective leaders navigate highly diverse teams and are aware of any unconscious bias, all with an eye toward innovation and profitability. Using real-world examples from workplaces that are making strides, this interactive discussion will explore what leaders at all levels can do to be disrupters and contribute to the overall movement, including how to deal with unconscious bias in yourself and team members, how to measure, motivate and reward the best teams, what types of metrics optimize innovation and what actionable things you can do immediately to implement positive change for your team and organization.

Moderator: Robin Hauser Reynolds, documentary filmmaker, CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap

Panelists:

  1. Jeanne Trogan, executive director, global events marketing, Dell
  2. Lauren Leader-Chivée, co-founder and CEO, All In Together Campaign Inc.
  3. Kelly McKenna, SVP and global head, center for applied research, State Street Corporation

Host: Beth Carlson, VP, global talent development, HR, Raytheon Company

Track

Career Advancement
Designed for the mid/senior level professional with significant experience looking for advice around professional skills and job advancement
Session 1

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Your QUANTUM LEAP: How & Now!! (LP)

Gloria Mayfield Banks has consistently beaten the odds to achieve phenomenal success in her life and business. She defied Dyslexia to earn a college degree and a Harvard MBA, left an abusive marriage and a corporate career at IBM 20 years ago to sell lipstick – quickly ascending to Elite Executive National Sales Director with Mary Kay, Inc. Over her career with Mary Kay, Inc., Banks has broken company sales records, including largest personal team, largest unit, and largest national unit – her performance ranks as #3 in the United States and #1 for an African American. Using her first-hand experiences, Gloria will share invaluable lessons that she learned for persevering and share 10 specific steps for making a QUANTUM LEAP in life and at work. With a mix of inspiration and practical advice, this session will help you shift your thinking to create different results for you and those you lead. Attendees will walk away ready to break records and set new standards to create the best life for you while always remaining true to who you are!

Speaker: Gloria Mayfield Banks, entrepreneur, author and president/CEO, Banks Contracting

Host: Mithu Bhargava, vice president, Americas presales, EMC Corporation

Session 2

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Working Simply: Embracing the Power of Your Personal Productivity Style (ENCORE)

Carson Tate says  our brains often don’t work the way the experts assume. In this session you will discover your individual productivity style through exploration of the four major styles – Prioritizer, Planner, Arranger and Visualizer. Tate will offer invaluable tactics for leveraging your personal style instead of fighting it which makes it much easier to manage your attention span, get more done, tame your inbox, set and reach goals and much more. She will also share how understanding the different styles can improve workplace relationships with bosses, colleagues, and employees.

Speaker: Carson Tate, nationally renowned expert on workplace productivity and author, Working Simply

Host: Kristin Owens, head, renal marketing and patient reimbursement, Sanofi

Track

Career Advancement
Designed for the mid/senior level professional with significant experience looking for advice around professional skills and job advancement
Session 1

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Burnout: How to Set Boundaries and Frame a Priorities-Based Conversation (POE)

You have achieved a certain level of success by your ability to say “yes” – Yes, I will work on Saturday; Yes, I will take on more than my share of work; Yes, I will serve on an additional committee in order to help out the team. While saying “yes” has put you in a position of influence and known for being a team player, too many “yes’s” could also lead to your demise professionally and personally. When we obligate ourselves to too many projects or aggressive deadlines, we can quickly find ourselves over-committing and under-delivering. The quality of our work suffers because we do not have an unlimited amount of time and energy to dedicate to our obligations. When our quality suffers, our credibility is impacted. Suddenly, our quality of life suffers. This interactive panel discussion will explore the power of saying “No”. Sharing real stories from real women at various stages in their careers, attendees will identify the signs that show you have you’ve hit your limit. Whether you are talking to your boss, client or teammate, this session will offer tools to have a priority-based conversation, pushback and say NO to avoid burnout, still feel successful and achieve life integration where your personal and professional goals are being met.

Moderator: Paula Davis-Laack, JD, MAPP, resilience and burnout prevention expert and contributor, Huffington Post and Psychology Today

Panelists:

  1. Kelly McGonigal, PhD, health psychologist and best-selling author, The Upside of Stress
  2. Lynn Tinney, Riverbed Technologies
  3. Gwen Robinson, managing director, corporate social responsibility and community reinvestment act (CRA) officer, Santander Bank
  4. Jane Bowman, vice president, marketing & sales development, The Boston Globe

Host: Laura Vail Wooster, vice president and head of Insurance marketing, John Hancock

Session 2

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Your QUANTUM LEAP: How & Now!! (LP) (ENCORE)

Gloria Mayfield Banks has consistently beaten the odds to achieve phenomenal success in her life and business. She defied Dyslexia to earn a college degree and a Harvard MBA, left an abusive marriage and a corporate career at IBM 20 years ago to sell lipstick – quickly ascending to Elite Executive National Sales Director with Mary Kay, Inc. Over her career with Mary Kay, Inc., Banks has broken company sales records, including largest personal team, largest unit, and largest national unit – her performance ranks as #3 in the United States and #1 for an African American. Using her first-hand experiences, Gloria will share invaluable lessons that she learned for persevering and share 10 specific steps for making a QUANTUM LEAP in life and at work. With a mix of inspiration and practical advice, this session will help you shift your thinking to create different results for you and those you lead. Attendees will walk away ready to break records and set new standards to create the best life for you while always remaining true to who you are!

Speaker: Dr. Gloria Mayfield Banks, entrepreneur, author and ranked #3 elite executive national sales director, Mary Kay, Inc.

Host: Mithu Bhargava, VP, Americas presales, EMC Corporation

Track

Emerging Professionals
Designed for Millennials and newer professionals entering or re-entering the workforce
Session 1

10:00 am – 11:00 am

The Art of Talking About Yourself: How to Position Your Value…Not Just Your Resume (POE)

Whether you are trying to ace a job interview, sign a new client or land a promotion, it is critical to sell yourself! Professionals often fall into the trap of regurgitating bullets about their past jobs instead of sharing the value they can offer as a result of their experiences. Bringing together a diverse group of powerhouse women, this interactive session will share best practices and lessons learned from experts around branding, talking about yourself and selling yourself professionally. From portraying a physical presence to speaking the language, attendees will walk away armed with the ability to position your value, not just your resumé.

Moderator: Aliza Licht, author, Leave Your Mark and formerly known as DKNY PR GIRL

Panelists:

  1. Kemal Harris, top Hollywood power stylist and costume designer, House of Cards
  2. Ivette Helal, vice president, HR, laboratory equipment division, Thermo Fischer Scientific
  3. Nzinga Shaw, chief diversity and inclusion officer, Atlanta Hawks
  4. Chantel Waterbury, entrepreneur and founder, Chloe + Isabel

Host: Kirstyn Pearl, founder, Seacoast Sweets

Session 2

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Resilient Disrupters: Strategies to Stay in and Win the Game (POE)

Research shows that 40% of women entering the workforce have hopes of reaching the C-Suite. Sadly research also shows that within 2-3 years of being in the workplace that figure drops by a staggering 60%. How will we ever bridge the gap and pioneer equity if women aren’t putting themselves in the running? While we work collectively address the systemic issues of equity, we also need to arm the next generation of pioneers with the courage to disrupt and with the skills of resiliency to survive the trials, tribulations and pitfalls along the journey to the top. This session will bring a mix of experts and leaders to share invaluable lessons that helped them stay in the game and reach the top. Walk away armed with the practical advice and inspiration to meet the challenge and change the stats for good!

Moderator: Tiffany Dufu, chief leadership officer, Levo League

Panelists:

  1. Jacqueline Hornor Plumez, PhD, author, Bitch in Your Head
  2. Ingrid Jacobs, business diversity lead, Raytheon Company
  3. Betsy Myers, founding director, Center for Women and Business, Bentley University
  4. Mary Beth Moynihan, SVP, corporate strategy & marketing, Boston Scientific

Host: Monica Elliot, regional CFO, North America, EMD Serono

Track

Transitions
Offering expertise for maneuvering career and life transitions
Session 1

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Reviving Your Career: Actionable Steps to Achieve a Professional Renaissance (POE)

Whether you have stepped off the path you hoped to be on or are returning having temporarily stepped out of the workplace, this session will look at what you can do to avoid or overcome a plateau, revive your trajectory and find ways to follow your passion. Even star performers feel stuck at some point in their careers as promotions don’t come as easy as they used to. No matter where you are, you will learn to identify your personal and professional gaps and walk away with actionable advice from experts and professionals who have spent their careers focused on this topic. They will share stories of real women who have experienced and overcome barriers, bias and obstacles and who have ultimately revived their careers and achieved a professional renaissance.

Moderator: Dyllan McGee, Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker and founder and producer, MAKERS

Panelists:

  1. Kelly Dempsey, fashion designer and finalist, season 14 Project Runway
  2. Shermin Kruse, author, Butterfly Stitching and partner, Barack Ferrazzano
  3. Jill Larsen, VP, talent acquisition, people planning & services HR, Cisco Systems

Host: Jackie Glenn, VP and global chief diversity officer, EMC Corporation

Session 2

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Juicy Living, Juicy Aging: Advice to Thrive and Not Just Survive 50+ (W)

The cyclical nature of women’s lives means that we are constantly going through a series of transitions physically and mentally. Yet while Americans now live stronger and healthier lives, and more and more women are embracing transition, there is still a negative connotation to aging. Our culture is constantly promoting anti-aging products and cosmetic procedures to deal with the possibility of looking youthful in order to feel good about ourselves. Why do we need to look young to feel good? Why can’t we learn to embrace who we are, even the physical imperfections? Rather than focusing on the appearance aspect of aging, this session will explore how daily doses of fun can improve brain functioning and memory, boost physical and emotional health and enhance social connection – all of which allow us to enjoy life at any age. Participants will walk away from this session with a lot of laughs and also learn practical takeaways to use a light-hearted approach to remain youthful in mind/body and spirit and to tackle the 50+ transition by thriving and not just surviving!

Speaker: Loretta LaRoche, stress management expert and best-selling author

Host: Sara DiVello, author, Where in the OM Am I?

Track

Personal Development
Offering advice for maximizing your relationships and reaching your personal goals outside of the workplace
Session 1

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Motivating and Influencing Others to Impact Social Good (POE)

Are you passionate about changing the world? Are you looking for ways to channel your innovation and impact change? Are eager to make a difference in your community and around the globe beyond your day job? This session will offer you the practical how-to advice and the inspiration to not only make your mark but to learn how to influence and motivate those around you to create positive social impact around the issues and causes close to your heart.

Moderator: Steven Gross, chief playmaker and head, Life is Good Foundation

Panel of Experts:

  1. Nadia Lopez, principal, Mott Hall Bridges Academy and featured on Humans of New York
  2. Gregg Renfrew, founder and CEO, Beautycounter
  3. Lindsay Tia Reilly, designer, entrepreneur and CEO, Lindsay Tia
  4. Connie Weaver, executive vice president and chief marketing officer, TIAA-CREF

Host: Maia Germain, SVP, corporate citizenship, State Street Corporation

Session 2

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Women, Work and Life: How to Give and Take (W)

Women do the lion’s share of helping, mentoring, and office housework.  Adam Grant, Wharton’s top-rated professor and coauthor with Sheryl Sandberg of the New York Times series on women and work, will explore how to contribute to others without sacrificing yourself. Using surprising studies and actionable cases, Adam will cover how to be generous without burning out and getting burned, so that no good deed goes punished.

Speaker: Adam Grant, Wharton’s top-rated professor, best-selling author, recognized as one of HR’s most influential international thinkers

Host: Beth Grous, chief people officer, Trip Advisor

Track

Personal Development
Offering strategies for managing and improving your physical, mental and emotional well being
Session 1

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Moody Bitches: The Truth About the Drugs You’re Taking, The Sleep You’re Missing, The Sex You’re Not Having, and What’s Really Making You Feel Crazy (W)

Women are leaders, breadwinners, and caregivers. We’re leaning in so much we’re about to fall over. To take the edge off, many women pop a pill, eat something sugary, have a drink, or spend mindless time online. These activities quickly become patterns that take an enormous toll on women’s bodies and natural hormonal balance. According to Dr. Julie Holland, women are made to be moody which is a strength—not a weakness even though our culture tells us otherwise. This enlightening session will explore: The pros and cons of the drugs you’re being offered, as well as some surprising and highly effective, individual, natural therapies that can help you press the reset button in your own bodies and minds; How medicating away our natural moods can have devastating consequences for women in many areas of your lives including sex, relationships, sleep, eating, focus, balance, and aging; and The natural moods and fluctuations of a woman’s body and how when used properly, moodiness is power that can be used to create a better and more balanced life at every stage.

Speaker: Dr. Julie Holland, psychopharmacologist and author

Host: Stacy DeBroff, founder and CEO, Influence Central and CEO, Mom Central

Session 2

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

A Conversation with Sophia Amoruso: Tips on How to Become Your Own #Girlboss (LP)

Sophia Amoruso is the creative visionary, modern-day entrepreneur and fashion doyenne who has forged an unprecedented path in building a modern brand and the fastest-growing online retailer in the country. Named by Forbes as “Fashion’s New Phenom,” she has recently caught the attention of Silicon Valley and The New York Times poetically put it, “if ever there were a Cinderella of tech, Sophia Amoruso might be it.” With relentless obsession over all things web and social media, Amoruso has propelled her brand’s unforgettable aesthetic on every channel including more than 2 million followers on Facebook and Instagram combined. As these carefully curated pages have “translated ‘likes’ into sales” according to Forbes, Amoruso has revolutionized marketing with a business built almost entirely on unpaid social media from day one, today drawing millions of visitors back to the Nasty Gal site every month. In this intimate discussion, get up close and personal as she shares her extraordinary personal story and offers insights on entrepreneurship, marketing, branding and career advice.

Moderator: Antoinette Antonio, anchor, WCVB Channel 5

Speaker: Sophia Amorusoretail rock star, founder and CEO, Nasty Gal and author, #GIRLBOSS

Host: Erin Brooks, VP, community & employee engagement, Suffolk Construction

Track

Career Advancement // Personal Development
Session 1

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Working Simply: Embracing the Power of Your Personal Productivity Style - ENCORE

Career Advancement Track

Carson Tate says our brains often don’t work the way the experts assume. In this session you will discover your individual productivity style through exploration of the four major styles – Prioritizer, Planner, Arranger and Visualizer. Tate will offer invaluable tactics for leveraging your personal style instead of fighting it which makes it much easier to manage your attention span, get more done, tame your inbox, set and reach goals and much more. She will also share how understanding the different styles can improve workplace relationships with bosses, colleagues, and employees.

Speaker: Carson Tate, nationally renowned expert on workplace productivity and author, Working Simply

Host: Lauren Shea, director, product development and end user experience, The Boston Globe

Session 2

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Picture Your Prosperity: Smart Money Moves to Turn Your Vision into Reality (W)

Personal Development Track

If someone asked you to describe prosperity and security, what would you see in your mind’s eye? When it comes to financial planning, it’s easy to jump right into the minutiae of investments, skipping over the deeper questions of what you really want from your money, both now and in the future. But in this session, Lisa Kueng will do the opposite. She wants to help you figure out exactly what you need and want. Only then can you make the smart money decisions that can help turn your vision into reality. Get ready to feel more excited than ever about your money, and about all the good things it can bring.

Speaker: Lisa Kueng, co-author, Picture Your Prosperity: Reframing Your Money To Create The Life You Want

Host: Dyan M. Goodwin, managing director, U. S.  Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management

Track

Young Women’s Program
Designed for high school junior and senior girls
Session 1

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Brave Girls: Strategies for Strength and Success (POE)

The world is waiting for the next generation of strong women who will positively influence and shape our world. How do you become one of those women? How do you gain the confidence in your abilities to create change? How do find something that is meaningful and drives you? Offering a mix of practical advice and inspirational real-life stories of the skills, success and failures needed to become brave women and leaders of your life!

Moderator: Stephanie Kaplan Lewis, co-founder, CEO, and editor-in-chief, Her Campus

Panelists:

  1. Marquesha Babers, poet, That Girl and member, Get Lit Players
  2. Shree Bose, winner, Her Campus 22 Under 22
  3. Erin Schrode, green girl, ecopreneur and co-founder, Turning Green

Host: Sally Fassler, managing director and chief financial officer, Sankaty Advisors LLC

Session 2

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

FLAWED: How to Stop Hating on Yourself, Others, and the Things That Make You Who You Are (W)

The old saying “nobody’s perfect” is so true and we all have our flaws! We also all have our own version of the “Not Good Enough” story. These stories have the power to hold us back… or set us free. When approached with respect and compassion, our “flawd stories” can be turned into our strongest allies. They can even be used as a powerful way of helping others. We will explore the pros and cons of courageous sharing as we look at the lives of women and girls who’ve taken “their mess” and turned it into their message.

Speakers:

  1. Jeanne Demers, COO, WeStopHate.org and co-author, FLAWED 
  2. Emily-Ann Rigal, founder and director, WeStopHate.org, co-author, FLAWED and ranked Newsweek’s “150 Most Fearless Women in the World”

Host: Amanda Eleuteri, manager, HR, Sankaty Adivsors LLC

Session 3: Expert Exchange Sessions

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Session 3

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Expert Exchange sessions provide attendees with the opportunity to gather with peers in a smaller setting to learn from experts. These sessions are discussions focused on sharing best practices and lessons learned around career or personal development topics. In addition to valuable knowledge sharing, they provide a great peer networking opportunity. Expert exchange sessions are designed to be intimate; therefore capacity will not exceed 150 participants. Seating is first-come, first-served, and doors will close once we reach capacity. Topics include:

Session 3

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Power Play: Tapping in to Your Strengths

The old rules of power are dead. We are in the throes of a demographic revolution, a total upending of business as usual. Real power correlates to the depth of your network – plus, how adapt you are at maximizing your authentic strengths. Join our Millennial rising stars panel for an interactive forum about how a strengths-based approach can be a game changer for your career. In addition to this dynamic discussion, the session will conclude with the opportunity for attendees to take a Strengths Assessment for real data to help you drive change.

Moderators:
Fredrik Axsater, senior managing director and global head, defined contribution, State Street Global Advisors
Colleen Boselli, principal, Strength Catalyst Partners

Speakers:
Jacki Bouchie, internal ETF sales associate, State Street Global Advisors
Sean Fullerton, AVP, center for applied research, State Street Corporation
Stacie Powell, principal, GGRP program, investments, State Street Global Advisors

Hosts:
Kelly McKenna, SVP and global head, center for applied research, State Street Corporation
Brie Williams, VP and head, practice management, State Street Global Advisors

Session 3

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Maximizing Your Career in a Virtual Environment

Mobility has changed the way we interact and grow especially in the workplace. In a world where everyone is always connected, how do you leverage technology to maximize your career? How do you build out your online community? How do you maintain work/life balance? In this Expert Exchange, attendees will learn how to gain exposure, visibility, and succeed in a virtual workplace. Speakers will share their experiences as they have watched the workplace evolve and the tools they used to transition to the  global online work environment.

Moderator: Brooke Dobyns, chief of staff & director, GCS- S&P, Cisco Systems

Speakers:
Aimee Alexander, communications manager, Cisco Systems
Michelle Chiantera, senior director, Americas partner and U.S. commercial marketing, Cisco Systems
Kelli Kirwin, senior manager, Americas global customer success, Cisco Systems
David Wright, senior director, global customer success, Americas virtual sales, Cisco Systems

 

Session 3

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Pioneering Gender Diversity in STEM

Join this session for a dynamic discussion on gender diversity in the technology industry and the role women play in transforming the future. As a 22-year EMC veteran, Carol Muise will join emerging professional Isis Anchalee to share a multigenerational approach to addressing the key issues facing women in STEM. Together they will share best practices and lessons learned along their career paths as well as explore the #ILookLikeAnEngineer movement (featured in Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, and tweeted by Melinda Gates). Participants will walk away with the practical advice and inspiration needed to succeed in STEM.

Speakers:
Isis Anchalee, creator, #iLookLikeAnEngineer campaign and full stack engineer, OneLogin
Carolyn Muise, VP, total customer experience, EMC Corporation

Session 3

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Unlocking the Power to Think Differently: Where Can Your Curiosity Take You?

Asking questions and being curious every day can fuel both personal and professional growth and propel us to success. Join this interactive session on the power of inquisitive thinking and curiosity. Martha will discuss how curiosity and relentless questioning has fueled her well-known work on stem cell generation. Todd will follow with an engaging workshop in which participants will learn how curious they are and how curiosity impacts their overall well-being. The session will include open discussion and audience participation.

Speakers:
Todd Kashdan, Ph.D, scientist, psychology professor and author
Martha Rook, Ph.D., director, stem cell bioprocessing group, EMD Millipore

Session 3

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Building Your Personal Brand: Sharing Practical Tools and Action Plans

“That’s so YOU!” Ever wonder what your personal brand says about you? Do you have an action plan on how to create a brand that will help you further your career? From this session you will learn from brand coaches and women with their own stories and brands to determine what you can do to strengthen your brand! The panelists will represent multiple generational perspectives which all participants can identify with. This expert exchange includes practical tools and action plans that will help you create a brand that will get you where you want to go!

Speakers:
Lillian Chin, director, global reporting & analytics, global business services, Boston Scientific
Lisa Considine, director, HR, Boston Scientific
Jeri’Ann Hiller, principal research & development specialist, Boston Scientific
Meghan Scanlon, VP, endoscopy marketing, Boston Scientific
Claudia Schulz, manager, financial planning & analysis, Boston Scientific

Session 3

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Live Healthy. Earn Rewards. Get Financially Fit.

Your health and wealth are closely linked and making the right choices in both areas can better prepare you for the future. Join us in a discussion featuring real life stories on how to find motivation and encouragement for healthier living, can provide greater security for your family. You’ll find that taking control can help you:

• Live a longer healthier life for you and your family;
• Optimize savings on different types of purchases; and
• Earn rewards & incentives to help you achieve your goals

Want to personalize your journey? Stay with us directly following the exchange and participate in the Vitality Village. Take a quick health assessment, visit the fitness station, learn about nutrition and talk with a wealth specialist.

Speakers:
Michelle Dauphnais, VP, national accounts, John Hancock Insurance
Kim Kramer, president, certified wealth strategist® CWS®, chartered advisor in philanthropy® CAP®, Legacy Wealth Solutions, Inc.
Jennifer Tierney, vice president, sales & distribution, John Hancock Insurance

Session 3

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Gender Awareness is Not Just Women’s Work: It Takes All of Us

It’s one of the most important questions asked by millions of women in the workplace: how to engage men in efforts to achieve collaboration. Leading expert Josh Levs, author of a highly acclaimed book on the subject, will share surprising insights and proven tactics. “Less than 5% of the CEOs in the S&P 500 are women,” he says. “Many men want to join the effort to address this, but are afraid to speak up.” Leaders and executives from Boston-based Liberty Mutual will share their company’s initiatives to actively empower women, engage men and enhance the success of the company through greater gender awareness and collaboration. Participants will leave with a list of ideas and action items for their businesses and organizations.

Moderator: Josh Levs, former NPR and CNN correspondent, author of All In

Speakers:
Greg Gale, director of diversity & inclusion, Liberty Mutual Insurance Group
Candace L. Sutcliffe, Esq. SVP and chief compliance officer, global compliance & ethics, Liberty Mutual Group

Session 3

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The Power of Culture: Strategies for Winning with Your Employees

In November, the Workforce Institute at Kronos published a new book, It’s All About Bob(bie), Strategies for Winning With Your Employees, that reveals how organizations can have it all: happy employees, loyal customers, and better results than ever before. This session will bring together several of the authors of this anthology who will discuss how corporate cultures that engage employees can be built and nurtured.  We will explore: using culture to drive results; how to work with and engage with millennials; leading from the top down; using social collaboration to build engagement and more.  

Moderator: Joyce Maroney, director, Workforce Institute, Kronos

Speakers:
China Gorman, former CEO, Great Place to Work Institute
Sharlyn Lauby, president, ITM Group
Sue Meisinger, former CEO, SHRM

 

Session 3

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Finding Inspiration from Entrepreneurs Who Do the Most with the Least

For as long as she could remember, Jessica Jackley, the co-founder of the revolutionary first online microlending site Kiva, had a singular and urgent ambition: to help alleviate global poverty. While in her twenties, she set off for Africa to finally meet the people she had long dreamed of helping. The insights of those she met changed her understanding. Today she believes that many of the most inspiring entrepreneurs in the world are not focused on high-tech ventures or making a lot of money; instead, they wake up every day and build better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities, regardless of the things they lack or the obstacles they encounter. Jackley will explore how you can embrace entrepreneurship as a powerful force to change in the world. She will share her own story of founding Kiva with little more than a laptop and a dream, and the stories and the lessons she has learned from those across the globe who are doing the most with the least. In this session, she will motivate everyone to more deeply appreciate the incredible entrepreneurial potential that exists in every human being on this planet—especially themselves – even if you are in a traditional career. Together you will learn how to use your inner entrepreneur to impact positive change in work and in life.

Speaker: Jessica Jackley, social entrepreneur and author, CLAY WATER BRICK

Social Media Roundtables

3:00 - 5:00 pm

Led by an expert facilitator, roundtables offer an informal and intimate setting to share best practices around a focused and specific social media topic. Roundtables are discussion based and will not feature a formal presentation. We encourage attendees to come with questions. Each roundtable will be offered a total of three times to allow attendees the opportunity to participate in multiple discussions on different topics. Roundtables will take place at the following times:

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm;
3:35 pm – 4:05 pm;
4:10 pm – 4:40 pm

Roundtable 1: Twitter: No More Shouting Into the Void

There are practically a million stories posting on Twitter every second…or at least it feels that way. How do you tell your story and amplify your message in the middle of all that? This roundtable will cover key topics like defining your platform, finding like-minds, hashtag strategy, aligning worthwhile partnerships and building your brand on Twitter.

Speaker: Nicole Blades, senior associate tech editor, Cool Mom Picks

Roundtable 2: Trolling: Strategies to Avoid and Overcome Online Harassment

Social media can be an essential tool these days for anyone trying to build their pubic brand.  At the same time though, the risks can be significant. Online harassment or “trolling” has become a significant problem especially for women who can face an avalanche of vitriol from men online hiding behind the veil of web anonymity.  There are some efforts to crack down but the issues persist.  In this discussion we’ll explore the challenges and opportunities and learn how to use social media for good, and how to avoid the bad.

Speaker: Lauren Leader-Chivee, co-founder and CEO, All In Together Campaign Inc.

Roundtable 3: Corporate Blogging 101

You’ve probably heard the phrase “Content is king” a million times, and read that your business needs a blog to be successful. But does corporate blogging offer an actual return on investment? And if it does, how can you maximize the impact of your content efforts? This roundtable will focus on concrete ways to measure your blog’s value, as well as tips for increasing blog traffic and lead generation.

Speaker: Juliana Casale, content marketing manager, Nanigans

Roundtable 4: Using Social Media to Create a Movement

Social media can be used for social good. This roundtable focuses on how to successfully use social media to generate awareness about your cause. Honing in on authenticity is the key. We will explore how being honest and transparent serves as the foundation for a social media movement that will engage people in a genuine way and inspire participation.

Speakers:
Emily-Ann Rigal, founder and director, WeStopHate.org, co-author, FLAWED
Jeanne Demers, COO, WeStopHate.org and co-author, FLAWED

Roundtable 5: How to Produce Content That Your Audience Wants

There is this frantic hype around social and digital channels to be all things to all people. Brands and individuals try to develop content for everything or automate channels just for the sake of being present. Ultimately, this leads to a lot of noise on social that doesn’t drive results and creates a perfect storm for burnout. This session will help participants identify the best channels and content styles for their audiences. Together, we will focus on effective audience identification and content consumption habits as well as efficient and realistic content calendar development and execution.

Speaker: Kate Bachman, senior PR account executive, Industrium

Roundtable 6: Build Your Personal Brand with Social Media

Brands used to be just for businesses. Now the key to career longevity is creating new opportunities, embracing challenges and treating yourself as a brand – Define your message and expertise, be social, build real relationships, and the elevation of your career will begin. This interactive roundtable discussion will explore the powerful ways in which social media networks can help establish your personal brand and expand your network. Together we will explore how to utilize Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and blogs to build your brand.

Speaker: Tiffanie Stanard, founder and CEO, Prestige Concepts and co-host and producer, We are MENT, Radio One

Roundtable 7: Connecting Influencers and Branding

Attend this discussion to learn how to develop relationships with the online influencers that can get your business noticed. The focus will be on setting the tone for mutually beneficial connections between influencers and brands. We will also explore how online campaigns are created and the key social media networks for marketing campaigns.

Speaker: Roxanna Sarmiento, VP, client services, Latina Bloggers Connect and social media fellow, UN Foundation

Roundtable 8: Leave a Lasting Impact with Instagram

Instagram is here to stay. It’s beautiful, fast and can leave a lasting impact. From basic phone photography tips and the social best practices, learn how to get started, keep going, and succeed in connecting visually with your networks, both personally and professionally.

Speaker: Casey Carey-Brown, blogger, Life with Roozle

Roundtable 9: Search Engine Optimization: Tips to Improve Your Website Traffic

Search Engine Optimization, better known as SEO, when implemented correctly, has the potential to drive a significant amount of new traffic to your website. Is your site optimized for On-Page SEO? Off-Page SEO? SEO is an important element of Inbound Marketing, which is a strategy digital marketers use to pull traffic to their website. Historically, marketing has focused on pushing outbound messages to attract customers but the way we search for goods to supply our needs has changed fundamentally. Are you looking for tips and tricks to improve your website traffic?  Come, let’s chat.

Speaker: Michelle Miller Groves, president, Social Good Marketing, Inc.

Roundtable 10: Why E-Commerce Has Become a Game-Changer

From e-commerce reviews on blogs, online sites, and social media platforms to today’s reliance on online shopping, digital technology has completely upended the consumer purchasing journey. Consumers eagerly seek out e-commerce reviews for first-person recommendations, insights on new brands they want to try, and product and usage information before making a purchase — whether it’s online or in a brick-and-mortar store. Attend this discussion to learn how e-commerce has transformed the consumer experience and explore research findings around the impact of e-commerce reviews on consumer behavior, what this means for marketers, and where we go from here.

Speaker: Stacy DeBroff, founder and CEO, Influence Central & CEO, Mom Central

Roundtable 11: Using Social Media to Increase Attendee Engagement Before, During and After Events

Social media is now one of the most essential tools brands can use to better understand and improve the attendee experience. Social media remains a great way to collect meaningful data about events, interact with attendees, request feedback and create post event engagement with audience. Event success is not measured solely on numbers, but in your ability to provide tools and encouragement attendees need to spread brand messaging and online activity. This roundtable discussion will focus on going beyond quantitative measures to create experiences that drive your target audience to increase social media sharing and become the voice of your brand.

Speaker: Diana Vertus, founder and event producer, Exquisite Design Concepts & co-founder, Franklin Park Art Grove

Roundtable 12: Crisis Management: How to Protect Your Reputation and Leverage a Social Media Crisis

It’s every company’s worst 5am wakeup call – there was an influx of chatter on your social channels throughout the night… and it’s not good. Social media is every company’s most fickle frenemy. So what do you do when your once loyal following is lambasting you and it’s going viral? This roundtable discussion pinpoints the best ways to approach and even leverage social media crisis, the steps to putting a crisis management plan in place, and tips and tricks on how to prevent your Social following from ruining your business’s reputation in the first place.

Speaker: Elaina Featherstone, marketing manager, Her Campus Media

Small Business Roundtables

3:00 - 5:00 pm

Led by an expert facilitator, roundtables offer an informal and intimate setting to share best practices around a focused and specific topics within the small business and entrepreneurial space. Roundtables are discussion based and will not feature a formal presentation. We encourage attendees to come with questions. Each roundtable will be offered a total of three times to allow attendees the opportunity to participate in multiple discussions on different topics. Roundtables will take place at the following times:

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm;
3:35 pm – 4:05 pm;
4:10 pm – 4:40 pm

Roundtable 1: Grow Your Business

This dynamic action-packed session is designed to provide entrepreneurs and small businesses with practical information to accelerate business growth including: how to supercharge your business networking and learn from your peers; understand what top resources are available for women and minorities;  ways to increase your chances of getting the capital you need to grow your business; and how to create an action plan to accelerate your marketing and business effectiveness.

Speaker: Juliette Mayers, president and CEO, Inspiration Zone LLC

Roundtable 2: Bringing Your Idea from Concept to Market

How do you turn your concept or idea into a business or brand that is ready to command market share? In this roundtable discussion, learn from a marketing and branding maven who has successfully brought various brands and products to market for herself and for her clients. Learn what it takes to compete in a discount obsessed market and create the brand loyalty you need to capture market-share fueled with actionable takeaways.

Speaker: Laurie Miller Voke, founder, Female Fan Association

Roundtable 3: Getting Your Business Off the Ground: Understanding the Funding Options

Starting any business is hard work, but not all businesses will raise the capital to grow and expand in the same way. This roundtable will explore the pros and cons of various funding options. You will learn the fundamentals of funding and understand what options are available and the key considerations for raising capital. Attendees will also explore the basics of bootstrapping including tips and techniques for making it work on a shoestring budget. You will walk away with a solid understanding of the various options available and what is best for your business and your unique situation.

Speaker: Sheryl Schultz, co-founder & president, CabinetM

Roundtable 4: Strategies for Scaling Your Business

With her grandfather’s peppermint patty recipe handed down in 2010, Kirstyn Pearl started Seacoast Sweets out of her college dorm room. Word began spreading, more flavors were added to the mix, and demand grew exponentially. With a love for all things sweet, Kirstyn was able to quickly turn the company into a seasonal holiday highlight and now operates year-round for all to enjoy. Using her real-life experiences, this session will share strategies for getting your business up and running (a big hurdle in itself), and then ways to take it to the next level. You will gain insight on how to recognize business growth opportunities, how to create them, and best practices for avoiding the many pitfalls involved.

Speaker: Kirstyn Pearl, founder, Seacoast Sweets

Roundtable 5: Social Entrepreneurism: Building a Business Model that Gives Back

Social entrepreneurism is on the rise causing lots of Gen X and Gen Y entrepreneurs to think about business in a different way – beyond just basic business principles and focused on ways to give back to the greater community. This roundtable will offer practical how-to advice and inspiration for building a business model that makes money and also has a positive social impact and return to society. Attendees will many topics including: how to select a cause that is relevant and aligns with your passion – including how best to serve them; and how to identify partnerships and collaborations that would be critical to developing your business model and achieving success.

Speaker: Lauren Bettencourt, brand communications manager, global brand relations, ALEX AND ANI

Roundtable 6: Charge What You’re Worth

Learn the three keys for frustrated entrepreneurs who are ready to quickly breakthrough their invisible financial glass ceiling now! Are you tired of not earning the money you desire? Do you feel uncomfortable asking for money?  Money blocks can be holding you back from reaching your goals.  Learn from Kate Beeders how to get clarity, overcome obstacles, and the critical steps to move forward and get on track.

Speaker: Kate Beeders, entrepreneur, author and creator, Money Accelerator System™

Roundtable 7: Getting Past Hello: Cultivating Lasting Relationships

Getting Past Hello!”™ is a totally unique, out-of-the box curriculum focusing on the art of creating lasting business relationships. This roundtable will offer you the necessary tools to take charge of any networking situation. Learn how to meet new clients and get past hello by taking those introductions to the next level.

Speaker: Kimberly Miles, founder, Miles In Heels Productions

Roundtable 8: The Brand is YOU

What is truly unique about your business? Why do customers choose to do business with you instead of your competitors? If you are struggling to answer these questions, you are not alone. Many small business owners are unable to articulate what sets them apart from the crowd. Discover how your unique brand identity can be brought into sharper focus and motivate your customers to prefer doing business with you.

Speaker: Lisa Murray, principal, Trevi Communications

Roundtable 9: Transitioning from Traditional Worker to Entrepreneur

Taking the leap from a traditional career to being a small business owner/entrepreneur is an undertaking that involves many moving pieces. What are the skills and strategies you need to manage the transition? How can you tackle everything without feeling overwhelmed? What resources are available to help you maneuver the process? Attend this roundtable to get answers to these questions and more. Regardless of where you are in your process of transition, seasoned expert and veteran entrepreneur Randy Kamen can help you tackle the challenges that lie ahead.

Speaker: Randy Kamen, Ed.D., psychologist, educator and author, Behind The Therapy Door

Roundtable 10: Coopetition: How to Partner with the Competition

Would you like to expand your market, drive new revenue and create innovative new offerings for customers? Attend this session and learn how to harness the power of joint ventures to turn competitors into partners. Offering practical tips, expert Sabina Nawaz will share guidance on how to approach the competition to create mutually-beneficial deals. Attendees will: Understand how to share ideas, contacts, and services with your competitors without sacrificing any of your goals; Learn to approach your competitors with generosity to generate increased revenue and growth; Explore real-life stories of other in-the-trenches entrepreneurs who have used these same techniques to make more money, expand their client base, and grow their businesses.

Speaker: Sabina Nawaz, CEO and founder, Nawaz Consulting

Roundtable 11: Marketing in a Technology-Driven World

Marketing has become a technology-driven industry, changing more in the past five years than at any time in its history. This change has made it difficult for women who have stepped off the marketing career track to integrate effective marketing within their businesses or to immediately on ramp into existing positions. This roundtable will investigate the changing role of marketing, and will help you: • Start to learn the new language; • Familiarize yourself with the new technology; • Position yourself to find new marketing roles in the workforce

Speaker: Anita Brearton, co-founder & CEO, CabinetM

Local Leader Meet-Ups (inside the Bentley University Career Pavilion)

12:30 - 4:00 pm

Take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get one-on-one advice from some of Boston’s leading women by asking a question about your career, community and personal development.

To meet our local leaders, just stop by! You do not need to sign up in advance — attendance is first-come-first-served, and we have plenty of time to get your questions answered!

 

12:30 – 1:00 pm:

Jody Adams, chef, author, philanthropist and restauranteur, TRADE and Rialto

Megan Costello, executive director, Office of Women’s Advancement

Liz Morningstar, creator, Boston Public Market

Pat Parcellin, CEO, Girl Scouts of Eastern MA

Monica Singh, assistant general counsel, Sanofi US and board member, WISE Boston

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Toni Elka, executive director, Future ChefsBridget L Hindle, SVP, HR and director, diversity & inclusive leadership, Santander US

Kelly Dempsey, designer and Project Runway contestant

Patricia C. Fry, principal, Plymouth South High School, awarded Massachusetts Principal of The Year and  top 3 finalists for National Principal of The Year

Bridget Hindle, SVP and director of diversity and inclusive leadership, Santander

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Jeanne Dasaro, founder, Wonder Women of Boston

Kara Hutchenson, director of strategic marketing, Boston Celtics

Oneeka Williams, MD, top-ranked United States urologic surgeon and children’s book author