Pre-Conference Seminars: April 22, 2014

These special pre-conference seminars are available only to registered attendees of the Leadership Conference. Register now to take advantage of these value-added offerings.

Registration Fee: $99 per session

10:00 - 11:45 am
Play a Bigger Game
Wendy Capland

Are you playing too small? Do you feel you have more talents than you are currently using? Are you feeling restless or bored professionally?

Join us to infuse a little excitement, success and satisfaction into your career. This hands-on, highly interactive workshop, designed specifically for women leaders, will help you identify where you need to place your attention and what actions to take to transform your career and life.

In this session, you will:

  • Breathe new life into your current situation and shift into new actions. (If we keep doing what we are doing, we will keep getting what we've got)
  • Stimulate your deepest thinking about yourself
  • Gain new insights that will enable you to grow yourself and your leadership.
  • Apply what you learn immediately

Be ready to radically question your firmly held beliefs and learn new strategies to make the changes you have been dreaming about. Come prepared to create a new possibility for yourself as a leader, aligning what you care most about with results you want to create.

1:00 - 2:45 pm
Strategically Leveraging Your Networks
Stacy Blake-Beard, PhD

What is 'networking'? What do your networks look like? Where are your developmental opportunities in relation to your network? What is your next step to strengthen and leverage your networks to achieve your personal and organizational goals?

No one who makes it does so alone. We all need assistance as we are striving to meet our personal and professional goals. In this engaging and interactive workshop, you will work through a proven framework to manage your networks, and the relationships in them, more effectively.

Through the use of network mapping, and a focus on a specific leadership goal, you will analyze your network and develop an action to fill your "network gaps" in a structured and systematic way. At the conclusion of this session, you will have a better understanding of the strengths and developmental opportunities that you have in relation to your networks. You will be better equipped to move toward your leadership goal with a plan....and with the help and support you need.

3:00 - 4:45 pm
Executive Presence
Mary Shapiro

In the book, The Leader of the Future, author Charles Handy notes, "A career is now not so much a ladder of roles, but a growing reputation for making things happen." It is this reputation (aka "personal brand") of providing value that enables you to establish credibility and authority, and influence organizational outcomes. But it is one thing to have an aspirational brand and another to achieve it. It is through the intentional management of your executive presence (your core values and ethics; your acumen; and your "externals") that you can develop, maintain (or hurt) your aspirational brand. "Externals" are what others see and hear that ideally reinforce and actually "markets" your brand. For example, does your behavior in meetings reinforce your brand of being open to dissenting ideas? What do your emails tell others about who you are? Clearly "presence is in the eye of the beholder," so what happens when you add gender into the mix? Do people interpret your externals, and therefore your brand, according to gendered expectations regarding what men and women are supposed to act and be like? In this session we will explore your own aspirational presence, and how gendered dynamics may be impacting your reputation/brand inside your organization. We'll discuss strategies for managing your externals in a way of managing your brand and building your perceived value inside your organization.