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Program Schedule

April 4, 2018

12:00 - 7:30

Early Check-in

5:30 - 7:30

Opening Evening Reception
(Open to registered conference attendees only)

April 5, 2018

6:45 - 7:45

Check-in and Continental Breakfast

7:45 - 8:30

Welcome Remarks

8:35 - 9:25

Opening Keynote

Nely Galan

How to Become Self-Made

Nely Galán, Former President of Entertainment, Telemundo and Author

A first-generation immigrant, media mogul, and real estate entrepreneur, Nely Galán has written a new definition of what it means to be self-made. Now she is leading a campaign to help aspiring women—particularly women of color—to do the same. Her grassroots organization, the Adelante Movement, is a digital community that unites and supports budding business owners with training, resources, and inspiration. A powerful inspiration herself, Galán kicks off the day with her empowering message that any woman can turn her dreams of self-sufficiency into reality.



9:35 - 10:55

Concurrent Morning Sessions

Tan Le

1. Signature Session: Women's Entrepreneurship: Embracing Your Inner Outsider

Tan Le, Entrepreneur, Co-founder and CEO of EMOTIV

Tan Le credits her early struggles as a Vietnam refugee and Australian immigrant for much of her success today. In this fascinating presentation, Le talks about the moment she realized that her outsider status actually provided a kind of freedom—to not be stuck in the way things are, to look at things with a fresh perspective, and to never stop asking questions. Le believes these are the same qualities that have helped her succeed as a woman working in biotechnology and engineering, where the challenge is to constantly push the boundaries of what is possible.



Whitney Johnson

2. Disrupt Yourself™: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work

Whitney Johnson, Co-founder, Rose Park Advisors' Disruptive Innovation Fund and Author

Disruptive companies upend markets by doing something truly different—they see a need, an empty space waiting to be filled, and they dare to create something for which a market may not yet exist. In this session, renowned management thinker Whitney Johnson demonstrates how you can put the power of disruptive innovation to work in your own career. Drawing on her background as co-founder of two early-stage venture firms and award-winning equity analyst, Johnson provides practical advice and concrete action steps for following your own disruptive path.



Raquel Eatmon

3. The Social Broker: Transporting your Network from Strategy to Execution

Raquel Eatmon, CEO, Rising Media LLC and Author

Most people dread networking because new situations are filled with uncertainty, and uncertainty sets off the alarms in your brain's limbic system. Fear can cause us to overreact, feel rejected, or make poor decisions. Through research and personal experience, possibility broker Raquel Eatmon has developed a smart, relationship-building strategy for staying on the rational side of your brain when initiating new professional connections. Attend this activity-filled session to learn how to work a room with confidence and build genuine rapport with others.



Brooke Cartus

4. Beyond Bias: Awareness, Understanding and Improv

Brooke Cartus, ImprovEdge

As children, we play memory games that teach us to distinguish red and blue, squares and circles. As adults, we use those same skills every day in the workplace to make micro-judgments—unconscious decisions that may undermine trust and loyalty among fellow employees. In this interactive session, Brooke Cartus leads a series of improvisational exercises that reveal your own cognitive bias and its potential impacts on your team and organization. With this new awareness, you will walk away with powerful techniques to address bias, have constructive conversations, and build collaboration.



Cathy Salit

5. Creativity, Change, and the Competitive Edge

Cathy Salit, CEO, Performance of a Lifetime and Author

Rapid change is a reality of our times, affecting us all in big and small ways. In this lively and engaging presentation, Cathy Salit explores how to approach change (and adversity) as a creative opportunity, and to reap the benefits of the innovation, collaboration, and competitive edge that follow. Through personal stories, best practices, and interactive exercises, you will learn how to tap your natural creative abilities—and those of others—to discover new possibilities in work and life.



Roopa Unnikrishnan

6. Shake Up The Status Quo

Roopa Unnikrishnan, Head of Strategy, HARMAN International and Author

In today's evolving economy, the old rules about job security and career advancement no longer apply. At any moment, life can throw you a curve—whether it's an intriguing new opportunity or a career dead-end—that causes a shift in thinking. As Roopa Unnikrishnan explains, these moments are your chance to disrupt the status quo and make the leap toward true satisfaction in business and life. In her compelling presentation, Unnikrishnan details how you can apply the same five disciplines that innovative companies use to achieve success to shape your own bright future.



7. Business Panel: Men Who Get It

Panelist: TBA

It has been demonstrated over and over that embracing diversity is not only the right thing to do, but it is also good for the bottom line. But developing new cultural norms—especially in larger, established companies—is a challenge that requires the commitment and support of men in positions of power. Attend this informative panel discussion to hear from several male leaders “who get it” about the promising initiatives that their organizations have taken to advance equity, gender balance, and inclusion in the workplace.

10:55 - 11:25

Meet the Speakers Book-signing Break



11:25 - 12:15

Morning Keynote

Edie Weiner

A Break with History, and Our Collective Impact

Edie Weiner, President and CEO, The Future Hunters and Author

As trend-watcher Edie Weiner sees it, we are at the forefront of an entirely new civilization, and the upheavals and wonders ahead are only just beginning to reveal themselves. At the dawn of Civilization Alpha, where is humanity headed? And what role is there for each of us in the oncoming transformations? In this eye-opening session, you will learn what one of the nation's top futurists has to say about the emerging forces that will shape tomorrow's business and social landscapes, and how you can best adapt to this new world order.



12:15 - 1:30

Luncheon

1:30 - 2:20

Afternoon Keynote

Gretchen Carlson

Standing Up and Speaking Out

Gretchen Carlson, American Commentator and Author

When Gretchen Carlson spoke up about sexual harassment in the workplace, she felt like she'd jumped off a cliff without knowing what lay below. But after her courageous action sparked responses from thousands of women with similar experiences, she quickly realized the pervasiveness of the problem. And with this discovery, she also found a new mission—to help other women reclaim their power in the face of intimidation and injustice. In her keynote, Carlson shares her own dramatic story as well as those of others who are taking back their lives, careers, and dignity.

2:30 - 3:50

Concurrent Afternoon Sessions

Valerie Plame
Juliette Kayyem

8. Signature Session: Can't Anyone Keep a Secret?: Inside the World of Spies, Lies, Leaks and CyberGeeks

Valerie Plame, Former CIA Operative and Author
Moderator: Juliette Kayyem, Homeland Security Expert, CNN Analyst and Author

For outed CIA agent Valerie Plame, national security is essential to a thriving democracy. With her intimate understanding of espionage and counterterrorism, the former operations officer has a wealth of insights to share about the most pressing issues facing the country today, including the current condition of international security and the fight against nuclear proliferation. In this conversation with noted homeland security expert Juliette Kayyem, Plame provides an insider's understanding about what the news headlines really mean and why it matters.



Whitney Johnson

9. Disrupt Yourself™: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work

Whitney Johnson, Co-founder, Rose Park Advisors' Disruptive Innovation Fund and Author

Disruptive companies upend markets by doing something truly different—they see a need, an empty space waiting to be filled, and they dare to create something for which a market may not yet exist. In this session, renowned management thinker Whitney Johnson demonstrates how you can put the power of disruptive innovation to work in your own career. Drawing on her background as co-founder of two early-stage venture firms and award-winning equity analyst, Johnson provides practical advice and concrete action steps for following your own disruptive path.



Raquel Eatmon

10. The Social Broker: Transporting your Network from Strategy to Execution

Raquel Eatmon, CEO, Rising Media LLC and Author

Most people dread networking because new situations are filled with uncertainty, and uncertainty sets off the alarms in your brain's limbic system. Fear can cause us to overreact, feel rejected, or make poor decisions. Through research and personal experience, possibility broker Raquel Eatmon has developed a smart, relationship-building strategy for staying on the rational side of your brain when initiating new professional connections. Attend this activity-filled session to learn how to work a room with confidence and build genuine rapport with others.



Brooke Cartus

11. Beyond Bias: Awareness, Understanding and Improv

Brooke Cartus, ImprovEdge

As children, we play memory games that teach us to distinguish red and blue, squares and circles. As adults, we use those same skills every day in the workplace to make micro-judgments—unconscious decisions that may undermine trust and loyalty among fellow employees. In this interactive session, Brooke Cartus leads a series of improvisational exercises that reveal your own cognitive bias and its potential impacts on your team and organization. With this new awareness, you will walk away with powerful techniques to address bias, have constructive conversations, and build collaboration.



Cathy Salit

12. Creativity, Change, and the Competitive Edge

Cathy Salit, CEO, Performance of a Lifetime and Author

Rapid change is a reality of our times, affecting us all in big and small ways. In this lively and engaging presentation, Cathy Salit explores how to approach change (and adversity) as a creative opportunity, and to reap the benefits of the innovation, collaboration, and competitive edge that follow. Through personal stories, best practices, and interactive exercises, you will learn how to tap your natural creative abilities—and those of others—to discover new possibilities in work and life.



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13. Shake Up The Status Quo

Roopa Unnikrishnan, Head of Strategy, HARMAN International and Author

In today's evolving economy, the old rules about job security and career advancement no longer apply. At any moment, life can throw you a curve—whether it's an intriguing new opportunity or a career dead-end—that causes a shift in thinking. As Roopa Unnikrishnan explains, these moments are your chance to disrupt the status quo and make the leap toward true satisfaction in business and life. In her compelling presentation, Unnikrishnan details how you can apply the same five disciplines that innovative companies use to achieve success to shape your own bright future.



14. Business Panel: Disrupt the Ordinary

Panelist: TBA

Innovation has always been a high-stakes game, but what's different now is that the rules are no longer fixed. Instead of companies trying to out-execute the same business models as their competitors, business models themselves are being rapidly displaced, disrupted, and even destroyed. Drawn from a range of companies that continue to thrive in this new environment, the senior executives on this panel share their insights about encouraging and managing disruptive innovation both personally and professionally.



3:50 - 4:20

Meet the Speakers Book-signing Break

4:20 - 5:20

Closing Keynote

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