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Program Schedule

April 12, 2017

5:30 - 7:30pm

Early Check-in

Opening Evening Reception
(Open to registered conference attendees only)

April 13, 2017

6:45 - 7:45

Check-in and Continental Breakfast

7:45 - 8:30

Welcome Remarks

8:35 - 9:25

Opening Keynote

Nina Tassler

Challenging the Status Quo

Nina Tassler, Former Chair, CBS Entertainment

As former chair of CBS Entertainment, Nina Tassler occupied a singular position in the television industry as the only female—and first Latina—to run a broadcast network. During her tenure at the top, this self-described "loudmouthed feminist" made sure that CBS became a more female-friendly place, both on and off camera. In her kickoff keynote presentation, Tassler relates some of the successes and setbacks she experienced working to empower women executives and talent in an industry where gender inequity is legendary.

9:35 - 10:55

Concurrent Morning Sessions

Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe

1. Signature Session: Courage under Fire

Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, Director, Saint Monica Girls’ Tailoring Center in Gulu, Uganda

Sister Rosemary served at the epicenter of Uganda’s civil war for 30 years. Although the gunfire has now ceased, an important battle remains—to restore the future of the country’s children. At Saint Monica’s Girls’ Tailoring Center, she has created a care and rehabilitation community that provides war-shattered women and children the practical skills they need to support themselves, and in the process, regain independence and a sense of hope. In her inspiring talk with author and entrepreneur Raquel Eatmon, Sister Rosemary describes her long commitment to education as the savior of her country.

Josh Levs

2. Gender Equity: Leveling the Playing Field

Josh Levs, Award-Winning Broadcaster and Journalist

As family policy activist Josh Levs argues, achieving gender equality in the workplace requires tackling outmoded structures built in the Mad Men era—laws and policies that prevent both women and men from receiving equal treatment and hurting business in the process. In this session, the author of All In: How Our Work-First Culture Fails Dads, Families and Businesses—And How We Can Fix It Together, advances some of his ideas about the legal and corporate changes that would not only lift women as leaders, but also support men as family caregivers.

Karen Hough

3. Executive Presence: Changing Perceptions, Building Credibility

Karen Hough, Founder and CEO, ImprovEdge

Do you want to be seen as a leader but not quite sure you have that elusive quality known as executive presence? In this high-energy workshop, ImprovEdge Founder and CEO Karen Hough details how to leverage your own authentic presence to build trust in others. Using improvisational exercises, real-life examples, and a good dose of humor, Hough demonstrates immediately useful techniques for shaping how others perceive you, improving the clarity and effectiveness of your communications, and building long-term relationships with colleagues and clients alike.

4. Business Panel: Leading with Purpose

Panelists [TBD]

Purpose is the why and the how of an organization, defining what it is and does, whom it serves, and how it contributes to the well-being of society. The challenge of leadership is to bring others together to achieve this common vision. In this dynamic panel discussion, top executives from some of the country’s major corporations exchange views about what leading with purpose means for business strategy, management, employee satisfaction, and ultimately competitive performance.

Roshini Rajkumar

5. Career Management: Own Your WOW!™

Roshini Rajkumar, CEO, Roshini Performance Group

Don’t leave money and influence on the table, urges presence engineer and personal brand strategist Roshini Rajkumar. As she explains in her lively presentation, the way to avoid this mistake is to power up your differentiation and clearly communicate your WOW!-ness in the marketplace. Sharing anecdotes from her decades as a TV and radio host who has interviewed some of the world’s most powerful figures, Rajkumar reveals the secrets of defining or refining your space, and then taking the steps necessary to truly master and showcase your unique expertise.

Jade Simmons

6. Leadership Lessons: Walk Powerfully in Your Purpose

Jade Simmons, Classical Pianist and Entrepreneur

Jade Simmons, known as classical music’s number-one maverick, has built an exceptional career by what she calls organic reinvention. To help spark similar momentum in your own journey, she guides you through a process of discovering your unique truth—about who you are, who you were created to be, and how you were meant to function. She then provides a strategy for reinventing yourself and your team to position for breakthroughs in life and in business, using powerful musical examples to underscore her message.

Susan Cain

7. Team Development: Changing How We Work, Lead, and Innovate

Susan Cain, Co-Founder, Quiet Revolution

As today’s leaders are well aware, one of the central challenges of any organization is to bring out the best in its employees—individuals of vastly different personality types and abilities. Drawing on years of research and the latest in neuroscience and psychology, renowned leadership and innovation expert (and well-known introvert) Susan Cain delivers an enlightening and practical presentation that may radically alter your views about developing talent, managing teams, and making smart hires.

10:55 - 11:25

Meet the Speakers Book-Signing Break

11:25 - 12:15

Morning Keynote

Marlee Matlin

Accept No Limits

Marlee Matlin, Actress and Humanitarian

From an early age, Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin learned to walk around barriers rather than let them define who she is or could be. Her success on both stage and screen is a testament to this philosophy, as is her longtime activism on behalf of diversity and LGBT rights, deaf and hard-of-hearing children in developing countries, and many other humanitarian causes. In her inspiring and often humorous presentation, Matlin makes her message clear: with courage and vision, you can do anything if you set your mind to it.

12:15 - 1:30

Luncheon

1:30 - 2:20

Afternoon Plenary Session

Diana Nyad

Find a Way

Diana Nyad, Author, Journalist and Long-Distance Swimmer

When Diana Nyad emerged from the ocean after her historic swim from Cuba to Key West, millions of people around the world cheered her epic feat of tenacity and endurance. But how did she find her way to this achievement at age 64 when she could not at age 30? How had her four previous failures actually pushed her toward success? Nyad provides answers to these questions as she explains what this grueling challenge taught her about facing fears, pursuing a dream, and living each day without regrets.

2:30 - 3:50

Concurrent Afternoon Sessions

Reshma Saujani

8. Signature Session: Learning the Art of Imperfection

Reshma Saujani, Founder and CEO, Girls Who Code

A true political entrepreneur, Reshma Saujani started Girls Who Code with a single mission—to close the gender gap in technology. She soon realized, however, that encouraging girls' interest in computer science and the trial-and-error process of coding involved first teaching them to embrace risk rather than seek perfection. In her conversation with journalist and filmmaker Nora Poggi, Saujani describes how program participants who learn this lesson are, in turn, using their technical skills to become leaders and change agents in their communities.

Josh Levs

9. Gender Equity: Leveling the Playing Field

Josh Levs, Award-Winning Broadcaster and Journalist

As family policy activist Josh Levs argues, achieving gender equality in the workplace requires tackling outmoded structures built in the Mad Men era—laws and policies that prevent both women and men from receiving equal treatment and hurting business in the process. In this session, the author of All In: How Our Work-First Culture Fails Dads, Families and Businesses—And How We Can Fix It Together, advances some of his ideas about the legal and corporate changes that would not only lift women as leaders, but also support men as family caregivers.

Karen Hough

10. Executive Presence: Changing Perceptions, Building Credibility

Karen Hough, Founder and CEO, ImprovEdge

Do you want to be seen as a leader but not quite sure you have that elusive quality known as executive presence? In this high-energy workshop, ImprovEdge Founder and CEO Karen Hough details how to leverage your own authentic presence to build trust in others. Using improvisational exercises, real-life examples, and a good dose of humor, Hough demonstrates immediately useful techniques for shaping how others perceive you, improving the clarity and effectiveness of your communications, and building long-term relationships with colleagues and clients alike.

11. Business Panel: Leading with Purpose

Panelists [TBD]

Purpose is the why and the how of an organization, defining what it is and does, whom it serves, and how it contributes to the well-being of society. The challenge of leadership is to bring others together to achieve this common vision. In this dynamic panel discussion, top executives from some of the country's major corporations exchange views about what leading with purpose means for business strategy, management, employee satisfaction, and ultimately competitive performance.

Roshini Rajkumar

12. Career Management: Own Your WOW!™

Roshini Rajkumar, CEO, Roshini Performance Group

Don't leave money and influence on the table, urges presence engineer and personal brand strategist Roshini Rajkumar. As she explains in her lively presentation, the way to avoid this mistake is to power up your differentiation and clearly communicate your WOW!-ness in the marketplace. Sharing anecdotes from her decades as a TV and radio host who has interviewed some of the world's most powerful figures, Rajkumar reveals the secrets of defining or refining your space, and then taking the steps necessary to truly master and showcase your unique expertise.

Jade Simmons

13. Leadership Lessons: Walk Powerfully in Your Purpose

Jade Simmons, Classical Pianist and Entrepreneur

Jade Simmons, known as classical music's number-one maverick, has built an exceptional career by what she calls organic reinvention. To help spark similar momentum in your own journey, she guides you through a process of discovering your unique truth—about who you are, who you were created to be, and how you were meant to function. She then provides a strategy for reinventing yourself and your team to position for breakthroughs in life and in business, using powerful musical examples to underscore her message.

Susan Cain

14. Team Development: Changing How We Work, Lead, and Innovate

Susan Cain, Co-Founder, Quiet Revolution

As today's leaders are well aware, one of the central challenges of any organization is to bring out the best in its employees—individuals of vastly different personality types and abilities. Drawing on years of research and the latest in neuroscience and psychology, renowned leadership and innovation expert (and well-known introvert) Susan Cain delivers an enlightening and practical presentation that may radically alter your views about developing talent, managing teams, and making smart hires.

3:50 - 4:20

Meet the Speakers Book-Signing Break

4:20 - 5:20

Closing Keynote

Diane von Furstenberg

Paying it Forward

Diane von Furstenberg, Fashion Icon, Women's Rights Advocate and Philanthropist

Fashion designer and philanthropist Diane von Furstenberg started out in 1972 with a suitcase full of jersey dresses and the idea that she wanted to be “the kind of woman who doesn’t rely on a man to pay her bills.” Now one of the most influential and admired business leaders of our time, she achieved this independence and much more as she saved her company from collapse and built DVF into the global luxury brand we know today. Von Furstenberg takes the stage to recount some of the ups and downs of her truly fascinating life and the purpose she has found in empowering up-and-coming women leaders and entrepreneurs around the world.

5:20 - 6:00

Connection Reception