2019 Workplace Summit Agenda

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1:00 PM GENERAL SESSION | BALLROOM WEST

 

WELCOME REMARKS featuring HEATHER CAMPION, managing director, Koya Leadership Partners and @MassWomen board member

GUEST SPEAKER featuring LAUREN ZAJAC, chief legal officer, Workhuman @workhuman

DITCH THE DRAMA AND DRIVE BIG RESULTS

featuring CY WAKEMAN, president and founder, Reality-Based Leadership and best-selling author @cywakeman

When employees indulge in distracting drama, learned helplessness, low accountability, lack of self-awareness, and ego-driven behavior, it comes at a significant cost to their organizations and bottom lines. Drama in the workplace can easily consume up to three months per year of each employee’s time — potentially billions of dollars annually in the U.S. alone. That’s the Drama Quotient. Leadership expert Cy Wakeman will help you lead first and manage second with actionable tools that help you recreate mindsets (your own and that of others). Attendees will learn how to quickly see and radically accept the reality of the situation; conserve precious team energy; anticipate upcoming change; and capitalize on the opportunity inherent in the situation without drama or defense. Walk away motivated to lead in a bold new way that eliminates self-imposed suffering and drives big results! CLICK HERE to access free resources from Cy.

2:30 PM GENERAL SESSION | BALLROOM WEST

 

WELCOME REMARKS featuring KELLI KIRWIN, director, Worldwide Software Sales, Cisco Systems @cisco

INTERSECTIONS OF INCLUSION: PIONEERING A PATH FORWARD

featuring WADE DAVIS, former NFL player, corporate inclusion advisor and educator @wade_davis28

The world is at a significant turning point: more complicated than ever before as we stand at a crossroads and face the intersection of race, gender, class and sexuality. While voices that challenge systemic inequalities are indeed rising to the forefront, it’s simply not enough. This powerful keynote will explore how to become an action oriented change-maker and not someone who just checks the D&I box. Former NFL player Wade Davis will share his deeply personal story of his own experience as a gay player in the National Football League, as a high school bully determined to prove his masculinity, and as a boy very close to a deeply religious mother who considered homosexuality “an abomination.” Bias is ingrained in society, and like Wade, we have all been victims of gender stereotypes. Using his firsthand experiences about defusing and redirecting hate, we will explore real-world solutions to combat unconscious bias, sexism, racism, pay equity and much more. Together we learn how this impacts organizations and teams today, how to dispel fear and mistrust among each other, and how to create workplaces that work for everyone.

CLOSING REMARKS featuring ANTHONY WILLIAMS, VP, HR, talent acquisition & diversity, Akamai Technologies, Inc. @akamai

4:00 PM GENERAL SESSION | BALLROOM WEST

 

WELCOME REMARKS featuring DEBORAH PINE, executive director, Center for Women and Business, Bentley University and Bentley Executive Education @bentleycwb

DARE TO LEAD

featuring DR. BRENÉ BROWN, researcher, storyteller and TED speaker @brenebrown

Leadership is not about titles or the corner office. It’s about the willingness to step up, put yourself out there, and lean into courage. Brené Brown has taught us what it means to dare greatly, rise strong, and brave the wilderness, and today she will teach us about Daring Leadership – the ultimate playbook of four skill sets that are 100% teachable. Based on new research conducted with change makers and culture shifters, attendees will learn and practice how to take part in brave work, tough conversations, and how to show up with our whole hearts. The world is desperate for braver leaders and Brené Brown will help us step up and get there.

 

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