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A Seat at the Table: A Panel on Board Readiness (POE)

LEADERSHIP: Designed for seasoned or aspiring leaders looking to climb the ladder and break barriers
Session III: 3:00 – 4:00 pm 

California became the first state in the nation to require women be included on corporate boards of directors when it passed SB 826 in 2018. This is an unprecedented opportunity for women who are board-ready and a call to action to future leaders. In this conversation, learn from corporate directors about their paths to the boardroom, including how they educated themselves, networked strategically, developed the necessary skills, and positioned themselves for success. Whether you are a seasoned executive considering board service in the next five years or an aspiring leader strategizing for down the line, join this discussion for valuable information about the road to board candidacy.

Thought leader: Donna Hamlin, founder, Boardwise

Women of Color & the Workplace (POE)

CAREER ADVANCEMENT: Designed for the mid/senior level professional with significant experience looking for advice around professional skills and job advancement
Session III: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

It’s no secret that women of color face some unique career challenges, even in companies that have diversity initiatives in place. But what these challenges are, and what strategies can be used to help overcome them, is too often left out of career advancement discussions. But not in this one! Minda Harts, author of The Memo, shares a roadmap for women of color and their allies, offering actionable advice about addressing workplace biases, microaggressions, and isolation. 

Thought leader: Minda Harts, author, The Memo


  • Ruchika Tulshyan, author, The Diversity Advantage

Additional panelists to be announced!

Women Breaking Barriers (POE)

Leaders are almost certain to face obstacles—maybe even opposition. But skillfully meeting these challenges can become the driving force behind your success. In this powerful session, pioneering industry leaders will share how they have succeeded in creating change despite significant roadblocks. They will share strategies for earning respect, gaining traction, tackling naysayers, and ultimately breaking barriers for yourself and others. Plan to walk away inspired by these powerful women—and ready to inspire others yourself.

Thought leader: Michelle King, host, The Fix podcast

Additional speakers to be announced!

We’re All in This Together: How to Lead and Succeed in a Multigenerational Workplace (POE)

With five generations now in the workforce, individuals and organizations must embrace the reality of age diverse teams. To lead and succeed in business today requires an understanding of how to communicate effectively across differences and tackle situations that may arise when diverse styles clash. Candace Steele Flippin, a leading expert on generations in the workforce, opens this session with her research and strategies for how to thrive in a multigenerational workplace. She will then lead a conversation with diverse leaders on how they approach intergenerational teamwork.

Thought leader:  Candace Steele Flippin, multigenerational workplace scholar and author, Generation Z in the Workplace and Millennials in the Workplace

Additional speakers to be announced!

Effective Allies (POE)

When leaders use their power, position and privilege to advocate for marginalized people, everyone wins, including them. But being an effective ally at work means more than being empathic and compassionate. It’s a continual process of curiosity, courage, and introspection that results in behavior change that is inclusionary. Rachana Bhide, journalist and founder of “The Corner of The Court,” shares her research and strategies for intersectional allyship. She then leads a discussion with a panel of experts on how individuals and organizations can overcome reluctance to allyship and become agents of change in creating more equitable organizations.

Thought leader: Rachana Bhide, Bloomberg Radio London anchor and founder and editor, Corner of the Court Project


  • Ray Arata, founder, Better Man Conference
  • Minda Harts, author, The Memo

Additional speakers to be announced!

Wine Tasting Networking Reception

ENCORE: Build a Network of Relationships, Not Just Contacts (W)

CAREER ADVANCEMENT TRACK: Designed for the mid/senior level professional with significant experience looking for advice around professional skills and job advancement
Session III: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm 

Developing a strong network is critical to career success. These meaningful relationships will serve you throughout your career – and help you be a valuable connection for others, too. FOX’s NFL reporter Laura Okmin credits her network with helping her to break the barriers of a male-dominated field and ultimately cover the biggest names on the biggest stages. Now she’s paying it forward by helping to train, mentor, and prepare the next generation of women to become super connectors. She shares how to be strategic about who you meet, how to meet them, and how to form lasting relationships. Whether you are looking for success in a mentor-mentee program or growing your career by building meaningful relationships, she will share the best practices for creating relationships that are a win-win. This encore session will lead into the networking wine reception; come ready to start building your network!

Speaker: Laura Okmin, founder, GALVANIZE, and FOX NFL reporter

Roundtable | Powerful Partnerships

In every industry and for organizations of all sizes, collaborating effectively is a critical factor in your business’s success. But with business increasingly conducted digitally, how can you develop the relationships that are integral to strategic partnerships? In this roundtable, Qualcomm’s senior director of marketing Andrea Hogan shares her tips on cultivating relationships in the digital age.

Speaker: Andrea Hogan, senior director of marketing, Qualcomm

ENCORE: The Myth of the Nice Girl (W)

CAREER ADVANCEMENT TRACK: Designed for the mid/senior level professional with significant experience looking for advice around professional skills and job advancement
Session III: 3:00 – 4:00 pm

Even in 2020, we continue to grapple with a double-edged sword around women’s “niceness” in the business world. If women are nice, they are seen as weak and ineffective. But if they are tough, they are labeled some other things. This is the perfect session for those trying to navigate complex relationships at work while staying kind and respectful of others. Explore how women can reclaim “nice” and sidestep regressive stereotypes about what a strong leader looks like. Sharing her time-tested strategies, Fran Hauser will prove that women don’t have to sacrifice their values or hide their authentic personalities to be successful. Join her to explore how to balance being empathetic and decisive; ask for what you want; and lead with kindness, empathy, and strength.

Speaker: Fran Hauser, media executive, startup investor, and author, The Myth of the Nice Girl

Roundtable | Creating a Vision for Your Business

A clear vision is crucial for your business’s success. Identifying that vision will help you clarify what you want, define your goals, and determine the steps to get there. Join this interactive roundtable discussion to learn how to clarify your vision and map out what you want to accomplish and create for yourself.

Speaker: Margalit Ward, co-founder, Get Up Girl Women’s Coaching, and director, Professional Women’s Network So Cal

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