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November 16, 2021

Join us this fall as we plan for our return to in-person events with limited capacity and the safety of our attendees, vendors, staff, and community at large fully in mind. We are closely monitoring the current situation and will make careful determinations on how we hold each event as it approaches. Please review our safety guidelines prior to registering.*

Your Voice. Your Story. Amplified.

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 at Raleigh’s premier conference uniting professional women and their advocates as we bring it back to in-person! This  event promotes leadership development, advocacy, mentorship, and personal wellness for women as well as their male peers. We’ll explore topics that will propel female professionals forward in their careers while emphasizing self-care and balance.

Experience the event, in person or virtually:

  • Dynamic and motivational keynote speakers, informative breakout sessions with live Q&A, plus pop-up sessions on timely topics.
  • Exhibitor hall spotlighting organizations that help promote your professional and personal growth.
  • Mobile event site with numerous interactive features, including Lounge area with group discussions on targeted topics, and live one-on-one and speed networking with the ability to interact with all attendees through video to expand your community.
  • Women’s bookstore in both live and virtual enviromnents, offering the latest professional and personal development titles. Support a local, woman-managed business and get your favorites online today for you and as gifts.


* In alignment with the latest mandates, masks are required regardless of vaccination status in any indoor public space in Wake County. We will provide updates as we continue to receive guidance.

Watch a highlight of last year’s virtual event to get a sneak peek of what we are planning:

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Tuesday, November 16
8:15 amEvent Opens
9:00 amOpening Session

Emcee:  Barbara Gibbs, ABC11 Eyewitness News
Welcome Remarks: Andrea Hughes, Services Operations Director, Dell Technologies

Opening Keynote: Speak Up. Stand Out. Be Heard.
Charmaine McClarie, C-suite Advisor, Keynote Speaker, Executive Coach and Executive Presence Authority

Communicating is more than words and phrases. You’ll learn strategies that increase your ability to project competence and presence, voice opinions confidently, speak up in meetings, move plans and projects forward and present ideas “up, down and across” the organization in a way that engages and influences the outcome.

10:00 amNetworking Break

Visit exhibitors, purchase some great selections in the bookstore, network with fellow attendees, attend a pop-up session, or get your complimentary headshot.

10:05  – 10:20 am
Pop-Up Session:  5 Ways Women Can Cultivate their Investing Superpower

10:30 amBreakout Session I

Harness Your Mental Agility: Strategies for Balancing Ambition and Well-Being
The mental, physical, and financial toll of the pandemic on women is undeniable. Managing everyday stress in a fast-paced world of overpacked schedules, changing work environments, and challenges in our personal arenas has become a daunting task. Hear from experts on how to stay on track with your professional and career goals without compromising your overall well-being.

Degrees of Leadership:  Projecting Your Potential and Talents
This thought-provoking session will delve into the styles and levels of leadership and provide insight into how demonstrating your personal characteristics and qualities can help you illustrate your leadership potential and reach your long-term career goals

Build Your Personal Brand and Boost Your Career
You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Having a credible personal brand – how you project your authentic self – positions you as a person of influence, opens massive opportunities for growth, and ultimately results in accelerating your career. In this interactive, highly engaging as well as entertaining session, you will be guided by an improvisation and sketch comedy expert to help you develop your personal brand, communicate your unique personality and leadership traits, and demonstrate the value you bring to your organization.

11:30 amLunch Session

Emcee:  Lauren Johnson, ABC11 Eyewitness News

The Importance of Women in the Workforce: How to Attract and Retain Them
We have all seen the data and positive impacts of having a diverse workforce – especially women in leadership positions – on employee engagement, creativity, productivity, and motivation levels. Join in the dialog on the importance of recruiting, rewarding, mentoring, and promoting women to forge a path for the current and future generations of female leaders.

1:15 pmNetworking Break

Visit exhibitors, purchase some great selections in the bookstore, network with fellow attendees, attend a pop-up session, or get your complimentary headshot.

1:20 – 1:35 pm
Pop-Up Session: Streamline Your Life: Apps to Save You Time
Emmy Boyette, Director of Marketing, NC Chamber

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.

1:45 pmBreakout Session II

Closing the Equity Gap: Communicating Your Worth
The research clearly illustrates women continue to lag professionally not only in compensation, but also in their trajectory to leadership roles. This session will focus on building your communication skills to help you assert yourself. From negotiating a salary, promotion, or work-life benefits, to having your voice, ideas, and decisions heard, you will walk away with tangible action items to advocate for yourself as well as other women in your organization.

  • Rachel Chase, Vice President, Human Resources & Communications, Merz Pharmaceuticals, LLC
  • Latisha Johnson, Chief Human Resources Officer, Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines
  • Kim Korando, Partner, Smith Anderson
  • Moderator: Sterling Ingui, VP, Business Information Security Officer, Fidelity Investments

Using Your Privilege to Become an Ally in Your Organization and Beyond
Privilege is a complex topic because people often associate it with affluence, race, or gender, and it can often carry a negative connotation. However, to move beyond the resistance associated with the notion of privilege and leverage its benefits, we first need to understand it and broaden its scope. In this interactive session, The Diversity Movement consultant Sharon Delaney McCloud will lead you through an exercise and then discuss how to use our advantages to advocate for equity and inclusion across our organizations and communities.

Career Longevity: How to Remain Marketable
Whether you are just starting out on your career path, contemplating embarking on a new professional journey, hit the mid-point and plateaued, or are perfectly content, showcasing your talents should always be top of mind to stay current in today’s marketplace. This practical session will provide attendees with tips and best practices on how to stand out in a crowd.

2:45 pmEvent Concludes