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May 26, 2021

Women > A Force in Business

Forge Your Path Forward

As we continue navigating the new ways of working and living in our post-pandemic world, Women > A Force in Business is more timely than ever. Join us virtually at Charlotte’s premier conference uniting professional women and their advocates. This half-day virtual event promotes leadership development, advocacy, mentorship, and personal wellness for women as well as their male peers.

What to expect:

Dynamic keynotes and breakout sessions, live one-on-one and speed networking, and enriching group discussions in networking lounges.  We’ll explore topics that will propel female professionals forward in their careers while emphasizing self-care and balance.

Get an exclusive sneak peek of what we are planning from last year’s virtual Raleigh event:

Agenda

Wednesday, May 26
8:00 amLobby and Networking Lounges Open
8:30 amOpening Session and Keynote: Stories of Hope - A Conversation with Dr. Ophelia Garmon-Brown
  • Dr. Ophelia Garmon-Brown, Senior Vice President, Chief Community Health and Wellness Officer, Novant Health
  • Page Fehling, Anchor, Fox 46 Charlotte
9:15 amNetworking Break
9:20 amPop-Up Session

Streamline Your Life: Apps to Save You Time
Time is one of our greatest, and least abundant, resources. Finding balance while juggling work, school, and life is a challenge many of us face. In this session, you will learn about apps and resources to make life easier and more productive.

Emmy Boyette, Director of Marketing, NC Chamber

 

9:45 amBreakout Sessions

Wellness and Emotional Agility: Strategies to Help You Thrive During Difficult Times

As the ways we have worked and lived are rapidly changing and gaining in complexity and pace, our well-being and ability to adapt and thrive are becoming even more critical factors in how we cope and address stress and uncertainty. In this interactive session, our panelists will help you assess your personal well-being and share techniques to strike a balance while juggling work, school, and life. You will walk away with tangible items to build an action plan for a healthier, happier, and more successful future.

    • Dr. Kinneil Coltman, Senior Vice President, Chief Community and External Affairs Officer, Atrium Health
    • Ericka Ellis-Stewart, Director of Education & Advocacy, Mental Health America of Central Carolinas
    • Jill Gregory, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Sonoma Raceway
    • Moderator:  Kate Payne, Vice President of Communications, NC Chamber

Unlocking the Power of Allyship For A Stronger Tomorrow

In a time of social unrest and racial injustice, the power of allyship helps create a more equal society and workplace for all. In this session, you will learn how to recognize privilege, counter microaggressions and effectively champion underrepresented colleagues in your workplace.

    • Brandon Bell, Diversity & Inclusion Lead, Syngenta North America
    • Susie Silver, Senior Consultant, The Diversity Movement
    • Allie Lin, Head of Litigation and Employment Law, Brighthouse Financial
    • Moderator:  Debra Derr, Director of Government Affairs, NC Chamber

Recharge Your Finances: Securing A Prosperous Post-Pandemic Future

Individuals and families have faced difficult choices amid the global pandemic with a disproportionately heavy burden falling on the shoulders of professional women. Balancing work, family, and money may seem like an impossible undertaking during a time when everything seems to be in shift. In this session, you will hear practical advice on how to make progress on your financial and professional goals, handle downshifts in your career, take advantage of opportunities for career advancement, and plan for retirement as we come out of the pandemic.

    • David Valentiner, CFA, Director of Interest Rate Management, First National Bank
    • Jessica Vester, CFP, Relationship Advisor & Planning Specialist, First National Bank
10:30 amNetworking Break
10:35 amPop-Up Session (repeat)

Streamline Your Life: Apps to Save You Time (repeat)
Time is one of our greatest, and least abundant, resources. Finding balance while juggling work, school, and life is a challenge many of us face. In this session, you will learn about apps and resources to make life easier and more productive.

Emmy Boyette, Director of Marketing, NC Chamber

11:00 amClosing Session and Keynote: Adversity & Resilience: Women Find Our Way Forward

Piper Kerman, Author of Orange Is the New Black

12:00 pmNetworking
12:15 pmEvent Concludes