All general sessions will be held in the Palos Verdes Ballroom.

Opening Keynote

Building Your World of Limitless Possibilities

Debra Sandler Board Director, Gannett Co.
In business, disruption — even destruction — is inevitable and necessary. But will you be a force of disruption or let old behaviors hold you and your organization back? In her opening keynote address, Mars Inc.'s Chief Health and Wellbeing Officer Debra Sandler will share her experiences as a pioneer in creative disruption and inspire you to step out in a bold and purposeful way to create new opportunities and add value to your organization.
Wednesday, July 29 | 9:15 am – 10:00 am


Riding the Wave of Exponential Innovation

Marcus Shingles Senior Principal, Deloitte
The swell of innovation in social and digital technology is having a profound impact on the way we do — or should do — business. In this thought-provoking session, Marcus Shingles, a leader in Deloitte Consulting’s Innovation Group, will address the vast opportunity and real threats associated with today's exponential pace of discovery and invention. Learn how new ecosystems that combine nontraditional partnerships, emerging technologies and new business models can create an endless array of new products, services and businesses.
Wednesday, July 29 | 10:35 am – 11:00 am


Rethinking “Customer First”

Maria Renz Technical Advisor to Jeff Bezos, Inc.
Every leader believes she is customer-centric. But if putting the customer first meant the ultimate disruption — the elimination of your job — would you do it? Maria Renz of Inc. did just that when she persuaded Jeff Bezos to apply her traditional TV advertising budget to the online giant’s Super Saver Shipping program. In this thought-provoking presentation, Renz will reveal why every leader should rethink customer centricity from advertising to merchandising. She’ll share how courageously embracing disruption led her to a role at the right hand of the CEO and how it can lead to a new world of opportunity for you.
Wednesday, July 29 | 11:05 am – 11:30 am


Disrupting Leadership: Game On!

Cindy Kent President and General Manager, Drug Delivery Systems Division, 3M
Organizations can’t fully embrace creative disruption without senior leaders who model the desired leadership style. As president and general manager of one of 3M's largest divisions, Cindy Kent knows the most impactful leaders intentionally disrupt command-and-control leadership styles and nurture a more collaborative, transparent workplace. Leave this session dedicated to developing others, supporting authentic relationships and creating a sense of community that will build employee loyalty and set the stage for innovation and new business opportunities.
Wednesday, July 29 | 11:35 am – 12:00 pm

Featured Keynote

The Career-Building Power of Creative Disruption

Marne Levine COO, Instagram
If you want to experience total fulfillment as a professional, you have to be willing to face your fears and embrace the unknown. From her early roles as a protégé of Larry Summers at Harvard University and in The White House to her position as Instagram’s first COO, Marne Levine has used creative disruption to drive her career. In this candid talk, Levine will share how she experienced success without “knowing it all” and how an “uncomfortable yes” can lead to a career and life you were afraid to imagine.
Wednesday, July 29 | 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Creating a Collective Voice

NEW Inclusion Chair Ken Charles, Vice President, Global Inclusion and Staffing, General Mills
It is time for women to come together, find a collective voice and act to transform the business world for the better. NEW is stepping up to lead the change, helping women to champion each other. In this session, NEW Inclusion Chair Ken Charles will give us an update on the Network's diversity and inclusion efforts and how you can get involved to help create a workplace — and industry — without limits.
Thursday, July 30 | 8:15 am – 8:30 am

Morning Keynote

The Power of a Career with No Limits

Denise Pickett President, American Express OPEN
Trish Lukasik SVP, PepsiCo Warehouse Sales, PepsiCo Inc.
Denise Pickett is a 23 year veteran of American Express and president of American Express OPEN, the leading card issuer for small businesses in the U.S. and an industry disrupter known for its innovation in social media and content marketing. Pickett will share lessons she’s learned during her career and provide insights on how women can manage their careers with authenticity. She’ll touch on topics that have played a role in her journey, including taking risks, the importance of mentors and sponsors, and leading with courage.
Thursday, July 30 | 9:00 am – 9:45 am 

Closing Keynote

Drive Creative Disruption — and Bring Others Along

Daniel Pink Management guru and best-selling author
Only motivated, confident and competent leaders can drive creative disruption for positive change in their organizations. But disruptors’ ideas are often misunderstood, undervalued or brushed aside as too difficult to implement. In his closing keynote address, management guru Daniel Pink will challenge you to rethink the way business is done and will offer practical steps for selling out-of-the-box ideas and motivating others to change destructive behaviors. You’ll learn how to use the power of imagination and storytelling to gain buy-in for your game-changing ideas.
Thursday, July 30 | 10:00 am – 10:45 am 

Deep-Dive Discussions

Wednesday, July 29 | 1:45 pm – 3:00 pm

Riding the Wave of Exponential Innovation

Marcus Shingles Partner, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Facilitator: Christy Consler Founder and CEO, Sustainable Leadership Advisors
Join Deloitte’s Marcus Shingles and your industry peers to further explore how you and your company can profit from the dizzying speed of change in technology, communication and modes of business.
Marineland Ballroom 1

Rethinking “Customer First”

Maria Renz CEO, Technical Advisor to Jeff Bezos, Inc.
Facilitator: Debra Langford CEO, The Langford Company
Rethink how you view your customers with Amazon’s Maria Renz and engage in idea-generating discussion with your peers.
Marineland Ballroom 2

Disrupting Leadership: Game On!

Cindy Kent President and General Manager, Drug Delivery Systems Division, 3M
Facilitator: Jan Hill Consultant and Coach, Hill Enterprises Inc.
Learn how to be a leader who supports — and triggers — creative disruption in your organization.
Marineland Ballroom 3

Special events

Welcome Reception

Touch base with old friends and make new connections.
Tuesday, July 28 | 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm | Catalina Terrace

Networking Breakfasts

Get the day started by dining with fellow senior executives.
Wednesday, July 29 | 6:45 am – 7:45 am | Catalina Ballroom and Terrace
Thursday, July 30 | 6:45 am – 7:45 am | Catalina Ballroom and Terrace

Coty Nail Spa

NEW Forum attendees may book appointments for a free express manicure or pedicure directly with Terranea Resort by calling 310.265.2740 and mentioning the Network of Executive Women. Appointment start times may be scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Walk-ins will be accepted on a space-available basis.
Tuesday, July 29 | 11:00 am – 5:00 pm | The Terranea Spa

Walgreens Sunrise Yoga

Join us for an energizing yoga session. Reserve your yoga mat by contacting Erica Naranjo of the Network of Executive Women at Attendance limited. Walk-ins will be accepted on a space-available basis.
Wednesday, July 29 | 6:00 am – 6:45 am | Yoga Studio in Terranea Spa

Start Now: Achieve Greatness through Disruptive Innovation 

A single idea can transform a life, a business, a community — or the world. In this powerful session, Ann Christensen, president of the Clay Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, will teach you to trust your own “crazy ideas” that can lead to breakthrough advances. Tap into your natural creative strengths to move from success to significance at work and in life.
Tuesday, July 28 | 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm | Marineland Ballroom

A Special Conversation with Drew Barrymore

Embracing your power means taking ownership of your life’s story. No matter your birthplace, family heritage or background, your choices allow you to reinvent, reengineer and remake who you are. During this special event, you’ll hear how actress and businesswoman Drew Barrymore has charted her own path to success. You’ll leave knowing your profession doesn’t define you and inspired to step forward with purpose and passion, according to your own rules, to create the “best you.” Barrymore will be interviewed by Walmart’s Carmen Bauza.
Tuesday, July 28 | 6:45 pm – 7:30 pm | Palos Verdes Ballroom

Forum Dinner

Relax and dine with your fellow senior-level executives.
Tuesday, July 28 | 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm | Catalina Terrace

Forum Luncheon

Lunch and network with fellow senior-level executives.
Wednesday, July 29 | 12:15 pm – 1:45 pm | Palos Verdes Terrace

NEW Forum Reception: Color Out Loud

Join us for a creative happy hour.
Wednesday, July 29 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm | Palos Verdes Terrace

Forum Dinner: Exhaling and Connecting

Unwind and enjoy a relaxing dinner and socializing with your peers. Dress casually and comfortably — and exhale!
Wednesday, July 29 | 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm | Palos Verdes Terrace


Grand Sponsors

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