Conference Schedule: Thursday, April 5, 2012

6:45-8:00
REGISTRATION AND CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
8:00-8:30
WELCOMING REMARKS
8:35-9:25
OPENING PLENARY SESSION

Meg Whitman

Innovation is the bedrock upon which all great companies—large and small—are based. But how do you keep innovation going once you have progressed from startup to grownup? Business visionary Meg Whitman gambled that the Internet could change how people buy and sell goods, and then built eBay into a trading empire for entrepreneurs around the world. In her inspiring address, she offers straightforward advice about transformational leadership and the cultivation of environments where good ideas are valued, developed and executed.

9:35-10:55
CONCURRENT MORNING SESSIONS

1. Personal Finance: New Rules of Money
Carmen Wong Ulrich

Everyone thought credit cards were a good thing, that our homes would always go up in value, that we would always have jobs—or be able to find new ones quickly. And we all thought the stock market was our friend in planning for retirement. But the rules are changing every day. In this practical hands-on seminar, money management expert Carmen Wong Ulrich reveals new strategies you can pursue to rebound from financial setbacks and invest with confidence.

Carmen Wong Ulrich

2. Teambuilding: Permission to Engage
Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour

The key to executing a strategic plan is full engagement, and permission to engage has to come from the inside out. No one knows this better than Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour, who gained this knowledge firsthand as a SuperCobra helicopter pilot on the front lines of the Iraq war. In her high-energy presentation, Armour describes how to harness the power of a "breakthrough mentality" and the steps you can take to achieve top performance from your team and from yourself.

Vernice Armour

3. Signature Dialogue: Game On
Jane McGonigal with Moderator Jill Avery

Surprisingly perhaps, half of the serious players of online games are women. To world-renowned gaming designer and futurist Jane McGonigal, the widespread popularity of alternate reality cyber games provides a powerful platform for real-world change. Her groundbreaking research has demonstrated that the billions of hours devoted to gaming worldwide are not wasted time but rather build a massive skillset combining intense focus, collaborative teamwork, strong social relationships, and innovative problem solving. A brilliant thinker and speaker, she expands upon her provocative theories during the first half of this stimulating presentation. Simmons School of Management faculty member Jill Avery then joins McGonigal to explore the many ways gamers' talents can be channeled to produce positive social change.

Jane McGonigal Jill Avery

4. Impact: Breaking Away—The Winning Formula
Jane Edison Stevenson

Jane Edison Stevenson, a pioneer in innovation leadership, has formulated a new blueprint for sustainable growth. No matter what industry you are in, the secret to long-term success is fueling growth through change—including a large dose of risk management. In this highly interactive workshop, Stevenson describes her breakthrough leadership model that is revolutionizing how today's business leaders think about innovation. With this foundation, you will learn how to develop your own winning formula for maximizing the potential of employees, technology, and resources.

Jane Edison Stevenson

5. Global Consciousness: Building Women's Businesses
Mary Ellen Iskenderian with Moderator Teresa Nelson

From a modest experiment over 30 years ago to a burgeoning industry today, microfinance has come of age. Under the leadership of Women's World Banking President and CEO Mary Ellen Iskenderian, local institutions and banks in 27 developing countries worldwide now provide credit and loans to low-income women to fulfill their dreams by starting their own businesses. This success has set the stage for another phase of innovation—one in which WBB and its members are attempting to break through cultural barriers to empower and educate women to build financial safety nets for themselves and their families. Following her remarks, Iskenderian talks with Teresa Nelson, Elizabeth J. McCandless Professor of Entrepreneurship Chair at the Simmons School of Management, about everyday challenges and triumphs of supporting women's entrepreneurship as a means to fight world poverty.

Mary Ellen Iskenderian Teresa Nelson
10:55-11:25
Meet the Speakers Book-Signing Break
11:25-12:15
MORNING PLENARY SESSION

Robin Chase

Acclaimed thought leader and serial entrepreneur, Robin Chase has already transformed how we travel. Now she wants to transform how we live. A green-conscious problem-solver and cloud technology maven, she is the founder of car-sharing success story Zipcar and the ride-sharing community GoLoco, In her compelling presentation, Chase shares her ideas about the nearly boundless opportunities presented by the expanding reach of wireless communications—opportunities that not only make more efficient and responsible use of resources, but also help to put our country on a firmer economic foundation.

12:15-1:30
Luncheon
1:30-2:20
AFTERNOON PLENARY SESSION

Michele Norris

Known for her intelligent and incisive reporting on NPR's All Things Considered, Michele Norris is one of the most distinguished journalists on air today. After the election of President Obama, she started out to write a book about the nation's hidden conversation about race. But once she discovered the secret history of her own African-American family, the focus became much more personal. In her fascinating keynote presentation, Norris talks about some of the truths she learned from writing The Grace of Silence, her deeply moving memoir revealing the power of what is left unspoken.

Michele Norris
2:30-3:50
CONCURRENT AFTERNOON SESSIONS

6. Personal Finance: New Rules of Money
(repeat of morning session)
Carmen Wong Ulrich

Everyone thought credit cards were a good thing, that our homes would always go up in value, that we would always have jobs—or be able to find new ones quickly. And we all thought the stock market was our friend in planning for retirement. But the rules are changing every day. In this practical hands-on seminar, money management expert Carmen Wong Ulrich reveals new strategies you can pursue to rebound from financial setbacks and invest with confidence.

Carmen Wong Ulrich

7. Global Strategy: Getting China and India Right
Haiyan Wang

The rise of China and India is a game-changer for global business, and renowned multinational strategist Haiyan Wang explains why in this timely and informative session. After describing how competition for markets and resources has already escalated, Wang presents specific steps that companies should take now to ensure that they are winners on the new playing field being created as China and India emerge as powerhouses over the coming decade.

Haiyan Wang

8. Signature Dialogue: Brewing up a Revolution
Rhonda Kallman with Moderator Michele Norris

When Rhonda Kallman co-founded The Boston Beer Company in the mid-1980s, crafting full-flavored beer was a dying art. With little experience but a tremendous gift for marketing, she transformed the company's first product, Samuel Adams Boston Lager, from a novelty beverage sold out of the back of her car into an international bestselling brand. Standing at the forefront of what has become a thriving US microbrewery industry, she also helped to open the door for women in a traditionally male-dominated world. During her candid and perceptive presentation, Kallman describes the ups and downs of her second entrepreneurial venture and the skills she has cultivated to start and grow a small independent company. NPR's Michele Norris then engages Kallman in a lively dialog about her personal and professional journey and the lessons learned along the way.

Rhonda Kallman Michele Norris

9. Business Panel: Leading Innovation in an Uncertain World
Panelists: Marcy Blair, Marilyn Crouther, Patricia Florissi
Moderator: Jane Edison Stevenson

Creating a culture of innovation is a business imperative. Drawing on her extensive experience in the corporate world, Jane Edison Stevenson leads a panel of top-level executives in a freewheeling discussion about the top-down demands of innovation leadership and the realities of risk-taking. Their shared insights will stimulate new thinking and awaken a sense of possibility from beginning to end. Be sure to bring your own questions for the open dialogue to follow.

Panelist Panelist Panelist Jane Edison Stevenson

10. Teambuilding: Permission to Engage
(repeat of morning session)
Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour

The key to executing a strategic plan is full engagement, and permission to engage has to come from the inside out. No one knows this better than Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour, who gained this knowledge firsthand as a SuperCobra helicopter pilot on the front lines of the Iraq war. In her high-energy presentation, Armour describes how to harness the power of a "breakthrough mentality" and the steps you can take to achieve top performance from your team and from yourself.

Vernice Armour
3:50-4:20
Meet the Speakers Book-Signing Break
4:20-5:20
CLOSING PLENARY SESSION

Billie Jean King

Billie Jean King personifies the 2012 conference theme of innovation and impact. Over the course of her legendary career, King not only achieved her childhood ambition of becoming an international tennis champion, but she also opened the way for other women in sports and beyond. With undiminished energy and strength of purpose, she continues to work for gender equality and social change as a coach, businesswoman, and activist. A role model for women and men alike, King closes the day with inspirational advice about winning both on and off the court.

5:20-6:00
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