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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
  • Conference bookstore

NEW: Attend both the October and November editions of  Women > A Force in Business  by selecting the “Add-on” ticket option during check-out. You’ll get two events for just $65 more!

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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.

9:00 amNetworking Break
9:15 amBreakout Session I

Overcoming Imposter Syndrome: Strategies to Build Confidence

Ever felt like a fraud at work? As if at any moment, everyone else is going to realize that you’ve bluffed your way to your current position? This phenomenon is known as the Impostor Syndrome. Research shows that although Imposter Syndrome is experienced by men, it is particularly prevalent among women with over 70% of us experiencing ‘imposter symptoms’ during, and in many cases throughout, our careers. This program will share some specific strategies to overcome Imposter Syndrome and build confidence.

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
  • 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

  • Amy Batten, Attorney, Smith Anderson
  • Brenda Velasquez Wagner, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and VP of HR Transformation, LabCorp
  • Jan Archer, Owner, Archer Farms and Archer Consulting

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
  • Susie Silver, With Pride Consulting

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

  • Dr. Caroline Lee Wilds, Physician Chief Operating Officer, Tryon Medical Partners
  • Chris Samborski, Vice President of Procurement and Finance, Martin Marietta
  • Moderator:  Chandra Storrusten, CEO & Chief Value Creation Officer, Visible Value

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

Kathy Murphy, President of Fidelity Personal Investing, Fidelity Investments

12:15 pmNetworking Break
12:30 pmEvent Concludes