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November 17, 2020

Following recommendations issued by Governor Cooper and the CDC, the NC Chamber’s Women > A Force in Business will be a virtual event. Our team remains in close contact with state officials and we feel that this decision is in the best interest of the health and welfare of our community. Thank you for understanding. 

A pandemic won’t keep us from smashing glass ceilings.

In a year where remote work, virtual schooling,  social distancing, anxiety, and chronic fatigue have almost become the norm, Women > A Force in Business is more timely than ever. Join us virtually November 17 at the state’s premier conference for professional women and their advocates. An array of keynote speakers and breakout sessions will explore topics that propel female professionals forward in their careers while emphasizing self-care and balance.

This half-day virtual event promotes leadership development, advocacy, mentorship, and personal wellness for women in the workplace, as well as their male peers.

Event features

  • Renowned keynote speakers
  • Breakout sessions
  • A virtual exhibit hall offering products, services, and development opportunities geared toward professional women and their advocates
  • Networking lounge
  • Women’s bookstore: Our selections have been carefully curated to align with the messaging and purpose of the event. Explore the titles that interest you and grab your favorites starting today; you’ll be supporting a local, women-managed business! Visit the bookstore.


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Tuesday, November 17
7:45 amLobby, Exhibit Hall and Networking Lounge Open
8:00 amOpening Session

Carla’s Pearls of Wisdom
Carla Harris, Vice Chairman, Managing Director and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley

In her 30-year career, Carla Harris has had extensive industry experiences in the technology, media, retail, telecommunications, transportation, industrial, and healthcare sectors. In August 2013, she was appointed by President Barack Obama to chair the National Women’s Business Council. In our opening keynote, Carla will speak about her self-described “Pearls” of wisdom, the proven strategies that have helped her succeed and thrive on Wall Street. Discussion points include the importance—and the power—of perceptions in the workplace, key relationships needed to ensure your success, and the role authenticity plays in being a powerful leader.

We are thrilled to offer all attendees a complimentary copy of Carla’s book: “Expect to Win: 10 Proven Strategies for Thriving in the Workplace.” Please email us your preferred mailing address at by Tuesday, November 10, to secure it.

9:00 amNetworking Break
9:15 amBreakout Session I

Unlearning Impostor Syndrome: Why Capable People Feel Like Impostors and What to Do About It

Dr. Valerie Young, Imposter Syndrome Expert and Author

      • Do you chalk your success up to luck, timing, or computer error?
      • Do you believe “If I can do it, anybody can”?
      • Do you agonize over even the smallest flaws in your work?
      • Are you crushed by even constructive criticism, seeing it as evidence of your ineptness?
      • When you do succeed, do you think “fooled them again”?
      • Do you worry that it’s just a matter of time before you’re “found out?”

If so, join the club!

Millions of people — CEOs and entry-level professionals, first year college students and PhDs, artists and engineers — secretly worry they’re not as smart or talented or qualified as other people “think” they are. It’s called the impostor syndrome. Left unchecked, it can lead to costly consequences not only for individuals but for their organizations as well. Fortunately, there is a solution.

In this surprisingly upbeat session, you’ll discover what impostor syndrome is and who is most susceptible. As importantly, you’ll walk away with practical, immediately usable strategies to help yourself and/or the people you lead, manage, mentor or parent.

Sponsors and Mentors: Advancing Women in the Workplace

      • Cindy Young, Director of Business Operations, Dell
      • Lee Anne Nance, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Stewart
      • Agnieszka Bartosiak, Director of Regional Controlling & Data Management – Agricultural Solutions North America, BASF
      • Moderator: Trey Rabon, President, AT&T North Carolina

One of the best tools for career success is finding the appropriate mentor and sponsor. This session caters to anyone who wants to become a better sponsor/mentor, or who is seeking a qualified sponsor/mentor. We will discuss how to find your perfect match, best practices for your specific role, and strategies for effectively advocating for yourself and others.

Let’s Get Real: How to Lead with Authenticity in an Ever-Changing World

Authenticity is more than buzzword; it’s a key ingredient to effective leadership and a welcoming workplace culture. In this session, you’ll learn timely strategies for flexing your unique brand of leadership while also remaining flexible in a workplace environment that undergoes flux and change.

10:00 amNetworking Break
10:15 amBreakout Session II

A Stronger Tomorrow: Unlocking the Power of Allyship

  • Julie Janson, Executive Vice President, External Affairs and President, Carolinas Region, Duke Energy
  • Jamey Millar, Senior Vice President, Managed Markets and Government Affairs, GSK
  • Susie Silver, CEO, With Pride Consulting
  • Moderator: Jackie Ferguson, CDE, Head of Content and Programming, The Diversity Movement

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.

Wellness and Coping During Difficult Times

As the ways we have always worked and lived are quickly changing, our personal well-being is becoming an even more critical factor in our ability to deal with increasing stress, fear and distraction. During this interactive workshop, wellness experts will help you assess your personal well-being and develop an action plan with simple strategies to navigate these uncertain times and create a healthier and happier future.

Agility in Uncertain Times

Agility is the ability to take swift and effective action in a dynamic, uncertain and ambiguous environment. In this session, you will learn how to lead through agility during these unprecedented times of uncertainty. Some of the topics discussed will be adapting to a virtual environment, finding work life balance, pivoting to a new role or industry, and using resources to find ways to thrive through adversity.

11:00 amNetworking Break
11:15 amClosing Session

Inspiring Better Futures!

Kathy leads Fidelity’s largest business unit, which today has over $3 trillion in assets, 25 million client accounts and 18,000 associates. She is a champion for individual investors, dedicating her career to transforming financial services by breaking down traditional industry barriers and making investing more accessible to people of all ages and circumstances. Kathy is especially passionate about helping women investors and has established a dedicated business unit focused on supporting their needs through tailored education, communication and engagement programs. Kathy’s talk will focus on a variety of topics she cares deeply about, including advocacy for women investors and women in the workplace, leadership development, diversity & inclusion, inspiring the workforce of tomorrow, and more! Kathy is a strong advocate for women, frequently speaks at women’s forums, and has repeatedly been named one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in American Business” by Fortune magazine.

12:15 pmNetworking Break
12:30 pmEvent Concludes