November 19, 2019
Grab life by the lapels.
In 2018, more than 800 professionals gathered in Raleigh to help women rise. This year, we expect our largest audience ever at Women > A Force in Business, the state’s premier conference for professional women and their advocates.
This one-day event promotes leadership development, advocacy, mentorship and personal wellness for women in the workplace, as well as their male peers. An array of keynote speakers, breakout sessions and pop-up learning opportunities will explore:
- Communication strategies
- Financial literacy
- Health and wellness
- Workplace impact
- Career trajectory
- Negotiation tactics
- Personal branding
- And more
Browse our list of breakout sessions here!
- Renowned keynote speakers
- Breakout sessions
- Pop-up learning sessions
- On-site headshots
- On-site bookstore
- Exhibit hall offering products, services and development opportunities geared toward professional women and their adovcates
- Complimentary networking reception
- Lunch included with admission
Join us November 19 at the Raleigh Convention Center. It’s time to unleash your potential.
Please note that due to high attendance, the only way to guarantee you will sit with your colleagues is to purchase a reserved table.
Monday, November 18
|9:00 am||Pre-Con Session A: Impact and Influence for Women Leaders|
The NC Chamber is pleased to offer as an add-on to your registration an exclusive workshop experience with Dramatic Resources—a renowned provider of arts-based learning and leadership programs for companies across the globe, including Cisco, Deloitte, Nestle, Visa and others.
What is it?
Impact & Influence is a half-day workshop designed to maximize the impact of participants’ communication and their ability to engage and influence others in a range of business settings. The work explores issues of confidence and authority, illustrating how the behavioral choices you make affect those around you, and how you can create more of an impact when you are ‘taking the stage.’
The workshop will look at:
Duration: Three (entertaining, fast-paced) hours
Time Banks: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm OR 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm | November 18, 2019 | Raleigh Convention Center
Availability: 40 people per time bank
Fee: NC Chamber Members and Event Sponsors: $99 | Non-Members: $149
|1:00 pm||Pre-Con Session B: Impact and Influence for Women Leaders|
Tuesday, November 19
|8:00 am||Registration and Exhibit Hall Open|
|8:35 am||Pop-Up Session|
Pop-Up Session: Demand More from your Money
In this quick and informative session, you will receive advice and tips on how to eliminate stress and anxiety around your money and make it work more for you. You will also learn how you should approach finances during different career and life stages to make your life easier.
|9:00 am||Opening Session|
Emcee, Barbara Gibbs, Co-Anchor, ABC11 Eyewitness News
Remarks by Carol Flack, Vice President of Global Materials, Dell Corporation
A Conversation with Jessica McDonald
Living on the Other Side of Imagination
Dr. Shirley Davis, author, speaker and certified life coach
Are you living the life that you always imagined? Are you living your best life now? If the answer is “no,” join the 90% of those who admit that if they got to live life over again, they would live it differently—with more passion, intention, purpose and productivity. In fact, research reveals that when we are living life in this way, we are happier, healthier, more productive and come up with better solutions. So what keeps us stuck in a rut, a routine, and comfortable with the status quo?
What’s the secret sauce used by those who are living on the other side of imagination?
In this presentation, Dr. Davis will guide you through steps and strategies for how to make bold and courageous moves, how to conquer paralyzing fears and the stigma of failure, and how to navigate the winds of uncertainty. She will outline the key elements of how she made her dreams and imaginations a reality and today is living her best life. You will learn how to do the same through the art of creative and strategic thinking, goal setting, life mapping and reinvention. You will leave inspired and empowered to begin your journey of living on the other side of imagination
|10:30 am||Networking Break|
Enjoy networking and pop-up sessions during this time.
Pop-Up Session: The Multi-Tasking Mom: Striking Balance, Staying Sane, Finding Fulfillment
Whether you work inside or outside of the home, parenthood requires us to juggle an overwhelming number of responsibilities. What’s the secret to managing a hectic schedule, family responsibilities and a full-time career? Join Sarah King, co-host of MIX 101.5’s “Two Men and a Mom” for a brief, humorous and candid fireside chat that will help you ditch the guilt and stress that so often accompany the demands of motherhood.
|11:05 am||Breakout Session I|
|12:00 pm||Lunch and Keynote|
Emcee, Amber Rupinta, Anchor, ABC11 Eyewitness News
Introduction by Dana Guzzo, Senior Vice President, Sustainability, Community Relations and Communications, Martin Marietta
That’s What She Said: Making Our Internal Dialogue our Biggest Cheerleader
Jess Ekstrom, Founder, Headbands of Hope
Whether or not we recognize it or hear it, we have this voice in our head: the voice in our head that tells us we’re not ready. The voice in our head that makes our failures louder than our wins. The voice in our head that compares us to the woman beside us. The voice in our head that tells us someday, but not today.
This voice places a buffer between our world and how we feel or respond. It tells us when:
Sometimes, this voice doesn’t know what the heck it’s talking about. Sometimes, girlfriend is whack. It tells us we shouldn’t apply for the job or it’s not the right time or we’re not good enough or it feeds off of all the negativity.
So what happens when we change the story?
Opportunity. That’s what happens when we change the voice in our head to tell us we can “bring it.” It opens up a world we once considered beyond reach. Everything we want is within reach if we’re willing to throw perfection out the door and embrace the messiness of the journey.
But first, we have to learn to recognize the voice in our head and train it to be our biggest cheerleader, instead of the coach that keeps putting us on the bench. In this keynote, Jess will use her story of Headbands of Hope to show how she actively trained the voice in her head through times of inspiration, chaos, failure and purpose.
|1:45 pm||Breakout Session II|
|2:45 pm||Networking Break, Book Signings, Pop-Up Sessions|
Enjoy author signings, networking and pop-up sessions during this time.
Pop-Up Session: From Intern to President: Five Lessons I Have Learned Along the Way
In this session, APCO Worldwide President Kelly Williamson shares her journey from entry-level to top executive at the world’s largest majority women-owned communications firm. Having worked 20 years at APCO, Kelly is also a mother and an adjunct professor at UNC Chapel Hill’s Media and Journalism School. She was named a Champion in the 2018 PRWeek Hall of Femme and a 2019 Top Women in PR by PR News.
|3:15 pm||Closing Session|
Emcee, Tisha Powell, Co-Anchor, ABC11 Eyewitness News
“Wait…what?” Taking Risks and Building Relationship Assets with Agility-Pamela Norley Shares Career Advice
Pamela Norley will share lessons learned, risks taken, and her unique approach to mastering a new role gleaned from a multi-decade career in the legal, financial services, and now philanthropic fields. Pamela began her career as a junior attorney and is now President of the nation’s largest grantmaker, Fidelity Charitable, which last year granted over $5.2 billion to nonprofits through its donor-advised fund program. Pamela co-founded the Women’s Leadership Group at Fidelity Investments over 15 years ago, which now has more than 8,300 members worldwide.
|4:00 pm||Power Hour Networking Reception|
Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with your peers and the event speakers during this networking reception. Complimentary wine and beverages provided.
|5:00 pm||Conference ends, exhibit hall closes|