October 30, 2018

In 2017, more than 800 professionals gathered in Raleigh to help women rise. This year, we’ve raised the bar even higher.

On October 30, 2018, we expect an attendance of more than 1,000 women, more ambitious than ever to overturn the gendered stereotypes of yesterday and usher in gender equity across all workplaces. Join us as we explore pathways to leadership, what it’s like at the top and how men and women can work together to inspire the next generation of female leaders.

Our 2018 event promises to be the largest and most interactive yet, with a wider variety of exhibitors, content topics and options for a truly tailored experience. Come ready to learn, connect and engage at one of the NC Chamber’s most popular and highly-attended events.

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Presented By
  • Dell Technologies

Agenda

Tuesday, October 30
7:00 amRegistration/Exhibit Hall Open

Breakfast

Pop-Up Sessions

7:45 a.m.: Creating the Energy to Lead Well
Becky Jacobs, Chief Engagement Officer, Simple Change

As a leader, implementing simple changes in your behaviors and routines can create a ripple effect across your organization for improved motivation, productivity and results. Learn simple strategies to:

  • Build habits to improve your focus, prioritization and impact
  • Maintain the energy needed to achieve success in both work and life Strategies to help your teams improve their productivity and efficiency

 

Headshots
Headshots available all day in the registration area

 

 

8:15 amOpening Session

Emcee: Barbara Gibbs, ABC11

Courageous Leadership for Women: The Unwritten Rules of Success
Cindy Solomon, Leadership Development Expert

It’s never been more important for women leaders to make a positive and proactive impact inside of their organizations, their teams and their careers. But none of us can climb the mountain without first learning to use the ropes!

In this provocative, hilarious and “real” talk, nothing is off limits as Cindy shares best practices and learnings from over 8,700 interviews and 20+ years helping executives build their courage and their successes. Taking these learnings Cindy has developed the courageous leadership skills it takes to be successful in any environment, whether entrepreneurial, corporate, leader or individual contributor.

Audiences will leave this program feeling inspired and with an action plan focused on building their courageous leadership skills – regardless of level or industry.

9:30 amNetworking Break

Utilize this time to attend a Pop-Up Session, visit the event bookstore, take a professional headshot and explore our exhibits!

Pop-Up Session

9:35 a.m.: Self-Promotion Tactics
Adele Michal, Sales and Confidence Coach

Self-promotion often puts women in a double bind. Women who advocate for themselves too strongly are often seen as less likable. Yet, women who don’t advocate for themselves at all are seen as less viable leaders. That makes the middle ground frustratingly narrow and tricky. Join us for this quick session to learn how you can effectively, and more comfortably reframe self-promotion.

Book Signings

  • Cindy Solomon, The Courage Challenge Workbook
  • Jenn Potter and Sharon Delaney McCloud, Keep Going
10:00 amBreakout Session I

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Realizing Our Potential: Women Supporting Women

  • Terri Phillips, MD FAAP, Vice President and Head of Global Medical Affairs, Merz North America
  • Rebecca Gilliam, Associate Vice President, Clinical Operations, United Therapeutics
  • Laurie Krebs, Vice President Tax, Red Hat, Inc.
  • Pam Townsend, Senior Vice President and Southeast Regional Manager, WSP USA
  • Jill McConnell, CFO, Covance (moderator)

There is a large chasm between the numbers of women starting out on the professional track and how many advance to senior positions. Are we realizing our potential? One of the many ways we can unlock our full potential is through support, sponsorship and guidance from other women. A rising tide lifts all boats after all. Join our panel of experts for a frank discussion on the importance of women supporting other women and how you can champion the women in your life.

Building Resiliency in the Face of Adversity: The Working Woman’s Playbook

Sharon Delaney McCloud, Walk West

At some point in your journey, you will face something that could make or break you. So, how will you get through it? Emmy Award-winning journalist, cancer survivor, Olympic Torchbearer and communications expert Sharon Delaney McCloud presents a humorous and compelling narrative on lessons she’s learned from the highs and lows of life as a working parent. As a type-A orchestrator by nature, Sharon shares how she sought balance after a tragic loss and now embraces grit and gratitude to face each day with a new outlook.

Hers & His – Putting Our Differences to Work

Lisa Grimes and Paula Brown Stafford

Women and men think, behave, and work differently – sometimes the differences may be subtle while other times they are much more obvious. Regardless, men and women are wired uniquely. The way women approach a situation or communicate makes perfect sense to them, but to their male counterparts, it may not be perceived similarly. How do we take advantage of the differences? The answer begins with understanding. Resist the temptation to fit everyone into the same mold and instead appreciate the value of dissimilar perspectives. Be mindful of distinct strengths. Recognize nuances. With understanding, we can then begin to identify ways to leverage our differences for greater impact, ultimately experiencing the rewards that follow.

Theatre for Change: Using Theatrical Techniques to Combat Sexual Harassment

Ashley Popio, Founder and Artistic Director, North Carolina Women’s Theatre Festival

This interactive workshop will include a demonstration of how theatre can help people rehearse responses to uncomfortable situations. First, members of the Women’s Theatre Festival will demonstrate the techniques by performing a skit with various different outcomes. Then, audience members will have the opportunity to pair off in small groups, and practice those same techniques themselves, with supervision. As actors know, practice makes perfect, so why not practice responses to harassment, so that you are prepared in advance?

11:05 amBreakout Session II

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Networking Where You Want To Go

Networking isn’t just schmoozing at cocktail parties anymore.  In the age of social media, you need modern tactics for creating and cultivating meaningful connections.  Whether networking in person or on social media, this session will offer tips and strategies to create effective connections and harness the power of your network.

The Art of Negotiation: Strategies for Women

Dr. Rita Kosnik, Adjunct Professor of Negotiations, Stayer Center for Executive Education, University of Notre Dame

Women in the workplace face unique challenges when negotiating business deals and management relationships. Rather than dwell on the hurdles for success, the session will highlight how women can leverage their challenges into effective negotiation strategies with concrete recommendations that are applicable both to the workplace and their personal lives.

Cultivating Change

Ann Ashley, SPHR, Vice President, Talent & Organizational Development, The Biltmore Company

How does a historic attraction stay relevant to today’s consumers? At Biltmore, this is achieved by leading change with skill and precision, calling upon lessons learned over the past 125 years as well as innovative strategies and present-day research. Change, whether significant or small, is rarely easy, but your organization can persevere and find success through Biltmore’s time-tested approach to not just enduring change, but leading it.

 Key Session Takeaways:

  • Understanding of the psychology behind change
  • Applicable stories of Biltmore best practices in change management
  • Practical tactics to create change momentum in your organization

Strategies for Getting a Seat at the Table
Dr. Shirley Davis, CSP

Have you been grappling with the proverbial question: “How do I get a seat at the table?”  This is not a new question; it’s an ongoing conversation that’s been occurring for the past several years among more women and people of color who report that they want to gain more exposure to senior leaders at the top and be recognized as a key performer. In this presentation, Dr. Davis will identify the key skills and behaviors and at least 12 proven strategies and techniques that will enable professionals to not just “get a seat” but to “earn a seat” at the C-Suite table. They will also learn strategies and practices for how to sustain their level of influence and impact in their organizations. Participants can begin implementing these practical tips immediately back on the job.

12:00 pmLunch and Keynote

Climb Your Everest
Sarah Safari

Every day we are dealing with different obstacles to reach our goals. Sometimes, these hurdles look like huge mountains to climb. Getting a promotion at work, achieving your educational goals, and maintaining good relationships with our loved ones are examples of challenges we deal with on a daily basis. We are all capable of overcoming our fears and climbing all these mountains if we believe “there is no limit to human potential, there is only limit in human belief!” This motivational talk will empower and inspire you to look at life differently and positively.

1:45 pmBreakout session III

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Closing the Confidence Gap

  • Barbara Aguiar, Director of Communications and Industry Relations, BASF
  • Ravila Gupta, President and CEO, Council for Entrepreneurial Development
  • Carla Pearson, Vice President Immunology Marketing, GSK
  • Abigail Sheriff, Executive Vice President, Carolina Partners in Mental HealthCare
  • Melanie Sanders, Director of Video Production, Walk West (moderator)

Do you find yourself feeling as if you’re wearing a costume to work every day? Do you often doubt your accomplishments and have fear of being exposed as a “fraud“?  Confidence plays a crucial role in our ability to succeed, but the ability to accept credit for a job well done and show your authentic self at work can be difficult for many.  In this session, you will learn lessons on how to shrug off impostor syndrome and turn your job competency into the kind of authentic confidence that helps you succeed.

Sage Your Life: Yes, You Can Conquer Overload

Glenna Crooks, Ph.D.

Overloaded? You’re not the only one. A dozen years ago, my clients worried aloud that they were no longer able to manage their busy lives. Jobs, kids and caregiving was taking a toll. I looked for ways to help and found one. In an interview, Robert Downey, Jr. mentioned a “pit crew” of people helping him; one he needed because he “…was not a Model T, but a Ferrari.” You’re not a Model T either. You need a pit crew too. In fact, eight of them. Studying mine and managing them better improved my life, business and income. Since then, hundreds of others have done the same and allowed me to tell their stories in “The Network Sage.” Bring your overwhelm. I promise you’ll leave with a road map you can use tomorrow.

A Holistic View of Wealth Management for Women

Lori Taylor, Wealth Management Advisor, Fifth Third Bank

Around the world, women’s wealth and income are growing faster than ever.  However, there are many challenges women continue to face when it comes to financial management.  Whether you are planning your retirement, dealing with an unexpected life change, or just trying to navigate the daily issues surrounding your finances, this session will offer advice on how to find financial stability and manage your wealth.

REPEAT: Strategies for Getting a Seat at the Table
Dr. Shirley Davis, CSP

Have you been grappling with the proverbial question: “How do I get a seat at the table?”  This is not a new question; it’s an ongoing conversation that’s been occurring for the past several years among more women and people of color who report that they want to gain more exposure to senior leaders at the top and be recognized as a key performer. In this presentation, Dr. Davis will identify the key skills and behaviors and at least 12 proven strategies and techniques that will enable professionals to not just “get a seat” but to “earn a seat” at the C-Suite table. They will also learn strategies and practices for how to sustain their level of influence and impact in their organizations. Participants can begin implementing these practical tips immediately back on the job.

2:45 pmNetworking Break

Utilize this time to attend a Pop-Up Session, visit the event bookstore, take a professional headshot and explore our exhibits!

Pop-Up Session:

2:50 p.m.: Strategic Storytelling

Jeff Plack, Director of Business Development, Biltmore Estate Wine Company

Stories are the fabric of our lives. They create an emotional connection and provide meaning to ordinary events. As a fifth-generation, family-owned business, Biltmore uses storytelling to drive change and cultivate customer loyalty. In this session, learn how Biltmore leverages storytelling as a powerful tool to create meaningful connections for our guests at America’s Most Visited Winery®.

Book Signings: 

  • Sara Safari, Follow My Footsteps: A Journey of Adventure, Disaster, and Redemption Inspired by the Plight of At-Risk Girls
  • Lisa T. Grimes and Paula Brown Stafford, Remember Who You Are: Achieve Success. Create Balance. Experience Fulfillment.
3:15 pmClosing Session

Emcee: Brittany Bell, ABC11

Creating the Right Leadership Culture
Lynn Good, CEO, Duke Energy

Duke Energy’s CEO Lynn Good will share her view of leadership and the qualities that make a successful leader in today’s evolving world.

4:00 pmPower Hour Networking Wine Reception

Don’t miss the opportunity to connect with your peers and the event speakers during this networking reception.

Book Signings:

  • Glenna Crooks, Ph.D., The Networksage: Realize Your Network Superpower
  • Dr. Shirley Davis, The Seat
5:00 pmEvent and Exhibit Hall Close