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Summit 2013


Learning Sessions

Thursday, October 23 | 10:30 am – 11:45 am | 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
Sessions repeat in the afternoon, except Straight Talks

Senior Executive Track | Midlevel Leader Track | Emerging Leader Track


Senior Executive Track

Presence with Purpose

Mary Civiello, Civiello Communications Group
As you climb the leadership ladder, executive presence (EP) becomes increasingly important. When you’re in — or trying to get in — the big leagues, EP is critical to getting ahead, staying ahead and being a good communicator and leader. In this session, you’ll learn advanced techniques to polish your EP, including strategic body language, voice tone, verbal highlighting and most important, how to think differently to act more confident. You’ll learn how to make sure your ideas are heard whether you’re talking to your clients, senior leadership or direct reports.


Making Office Politics Work for You

Jill Flynn, Founding Partner, Flynn Heath Holt Leadership
Behind-the-scenes deal making. Game playing that leaves you disillusioned. Promotions that go to the wrong person. Office politics has gotten a bad rap for good reason — but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. Men are more likely to report they are good at office politics, while too many women executives want to avoid it at all costs. In this interactive session, you’ll learn how to embrace office politics as a way to strengthen relationships, advance your career and make constructive contributions to your organization. You’ll hear real-world examples of women executives who’ve learned to be politically savvy, and return to the office with a plan to increase your power and build your influence.


Midlevel Leader Track

Emotional Intelligence

Tara Frank, Vice President, Multicultural Strategy, Hallmark Cards Inc.
Emotional intelligence is the ability to read the emotions of yourself and others — and to put that understanding to practical purpose. Studies show that people with high emotional intelligence are better performers, better leaders and better adjusted. In fact, your EI may be more important than your IQ. In this session, an expert on emotional intelligence will show you how to understand the behavior of colleagues and clients, how to respond to the emotions of others and how to manage your own emotions to be a more effective leader.


Reinventing You

Dorie Clark, Adjunct Professor, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
Take control of your reputation and build the personal brand you want in this interactive session led by a leading workforce authority. You’ll learn how to identify and develop your unique brand, discuss how your brand changes as you advance in your company and explore the special branding issues faced by female executives and what to do when you want to change your job position or function. This workshop will help you think big about your professional goals, take control of your career and build a reputation that opens doors to the life you want.


Courageous Leadership

NEW Chair, Marketing and Communications Lisa Walsh, Senior Vice President, PepsiCo Sales, PepsiCo Inc.
Forbes reports “a rampant state of fear has sent many organizational cultures into a downward spiral.” If you want to thrive (or just survive) in today’s highly competitive workplace, you need to be bold, confident and courageous. That means confronting reality head on, speaking out, seeking feedback and making tough choices. In this session, a bold industry leader will share inspirational stories and practical solutions that will show you how to act without fear and become the leader you were meant to be.


Emerging Leader Track

Get in the Driver's Seat: Career Mapping

Wendy Capland, CEO, Vision Quest Consulting
Too many women wait to be offered new career opportunities, believing if they work hard and do a good job they’ll be recognized and promoted. Even when presented with a new opportunity, many women hold back, unsure if they’re ready. Men, in contrast, are more likely to seize opportunities — regardless of their circumstances or readiness. In this highly experiential session, you’ll learn how to determine what you want from your career and seize the opportunities that will help you get there. It will include a unique self-assessment and visioning exercise designed to help you map your future path and outline steps you can put into immediate action.


Understanding Gender Dynamics for Effective Teamwork

Jeffery T. Halter, President, YWomen
Men and women solve problems differently, communicate differently and collaborate differently. Organizations can either ignore the most important dynamic in the room — or they can embrace gender differences and leverage them to become more innovative and productive. In this session, you’ll learn the research behind gender dynamics and the role it plays in problem solving, team effectiveness, and work and communications styles. You’ll uncover the gender dynamics that make men “walk on egg shells around women” and make women feel that men “are self-centered and insensitive.” You’ll leave with a full engagement tool — The Evolved Leader — which you can use to increase your team’s effectiveness.


Work-Life Balance Wisdom

Tricia Molloy, Author of Working with Wisdom
Work-life balance is not an unattainable dream. It is a practice that can be mastered by setting boundaries, establishing priorities and living your values. In this innovative and engaging program, you’ll discover how to identify and prioritize what’s important and learn seven smart strategies to reduce stress, improve your outlook, increase your energy and manage your time to maximize your work-life balance. You’ll leave with a new outlook on work, life and what’s important.

Straight Talks Track

Uncovering Talent: Building More Authentic Work Teams

Christie Smith, West Region Managing Director, Deloitte Consulting LLP, Managing Principal, Leadership Center for Inclusion, Deloitte
Decades after the formal inclusion of women and ethnic minorities in the workplace, barriers to full inclusion persist. That’s because current inclusion initiatives often focus on assimilation instead of real inclusion. In this session, co-author Christie Smith will present findings from her landmark Deloitte report, “Uncovering Talent,” which offers a new approach to achieving inclusion that lets everyone in the organization bring their authentic selves to work and stop “covering” the very diversity our teams need.


Bouncing Back: Personal Resilience

Sarah Lewis, Author of The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure and the Search for Mastery
Failure may not be an option, but it’s always a possibility. And that’s not a bad thing. In this session, popular TED speaker and author Sarah Lewis will expand on her inspirational opening address and show you how to leverage the almost-failure — the near win — to advance your life and career. Learn why failure is part of the creative process and how to make it the key to your success.  (Morning only)


Legacy: Leaving Your Treasures and Gifts

Dr. Ella Bell, Founder and President, ASCENT
Meet our closing keynote speaker Dr. Ella Bell and explore how you can create your legacy from three different perspectives: Your personal legacy, your professional legacy and your community legacy. Find out how you can share your treasures and gifts, create a lasting legacy for those you love, and make a difference in the world. (Afternoon only)


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