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Leading Happier (W)

CAREER ADVANCEMENT: Designed for the mid/senior level professional with significant experience looking for advice around professional skills and job advancement
Session I: 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Happiness is more than a nice-to-have feeling; it’s an essential skill that can make you a more effective and powerful leader. And happiness and emotional health can be improved through practice, which in turn boosts productivity, creativity, communication, innovation, engagement, and performance. In this practical workshop, nationally recognized happiness expert Nataly Kogan shares the mindset shifts and skills that create emotionally healthy leaders to help you and your team thrive. Attendees will learn how to cultivate a culture of appreciation, build psychological trust, and improve emotional well-being and resilience for yourself and your team. 

Speaker: Nataly Kogan, founder, Happier, Inc., creator of the Happier Method™, author, Happier Now

Emcee: Athena Murphy, VP business operations, Juniper Networks

Feedback (and Other Dirty Words) (POE)

CAREER ADVANCEMENT TRACK: Designed for the mid/senior level professional with significant experience looking for advice around professional skills and job advancement
Session II: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Feedback: the mere mention of the word can make blood pressure rise. But when it’s done right, giving feedback is the most effective means of improving communication and performance, and receiving feedback provides valuable opportunities to learn and grow. This session will help take the sting out of feedback and reclaim it as a motivating, empowering experience for you and your team. Author M. Tamra Chandler explains how feedback got such a bad rap and how to recognize and minimize the negative physical and emotional responses that can erode trust and shut down communication. Then a panel of accomplished managers offers their tips for giving and receiving more effective, focused, and fair feedback. 

Thought leader: M. Tamra Chandler, author, Feedback (And Other Dirty Words)


  • Lenette Posada Howard, vice president, operations, Niantic
  • Amy Jen Su, author, The Leader You Want to Be
  • Shanis Windland, vice president, diversity and inclusion, VMware

Emcee: Kim Cano, VP, global human resources, State Street @statestreet

The Power of Story: Rewriting Your Life (LP)

EMERGING PROFESSIONALS: Designed for early career professional women entering or re-entering the workforce
Session III: 3:00 – 4:00 pm 

Are you writing your own story or living a life that has been written for you? Rising political media star Erica Williams Simon realized at twenty-seven that she was on a “treadmill to nowhere” and set off to build a bold new life for herself. In this session, she shares her personal story and her blueprint for seeking a new way to live by rewriting your personal narrative. Join this session to learn how to challenge the stories you’ve been told about fear, work, money, identify, faith, and love; and to become the protagonist of your own authentic, empowered, and ultimately world-changing story. 

Speaker: Erica Williams Simon, author, You Deserve the Truth

Emcee: Chase Kennedy, senior R&D engineer, Boston Scientific

How to Skimm Your Life: Entrepreneur Edition (LP)

EMERGING PROFESSIONALS: Designed for early career professional women entering or re-entering the workforce
Session I: 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg took theSkimm from an idea dreamed up on their couch to a full-fledged membership company with an audience of seven million. In this conversation they detail their exceptional journey and what they learned along the way about business and partnership. They share their advice around taking a professional leap, building a team, staying nimble, and making smart choices. This conversation will provide encouragement and actionable advice for entrepreneurs, both first-timers and those looking to level-up their business.

Speakers: Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin, co-founders and co-CEOs, theSkimm

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

Emcee: Emily Foley, head of corporate marketing, Cisco Capital @cisco

Jump into Social!

Want to join the social revolution but don’t know where to start or how to find the time? Stop dipping your toe in, and join us as we share how to safely and easily jump in to this new world of professional social media. This discussion will provide you with easy to implement strategies and best practice steps for launching your professional profiles online using LinkedIn and Twitter. We’ll cover the basics of setting up your online presence, connecting to your existing network, and growing your contacts.

Speaker: Bonnie Grant Petrich, senior director, sales development, Dell EMC Pac

Storytelling Across Mediums: Brand Cohesion & Narrative for Entrepreneurs

Your brand is essential to your business’s success. It can share your values, differentiate you from your competitors, inspire customer loyalty, and drive your sales to new heights. A strong brand depends on compelling, cohesive narrative, but with multiple print and digital mediums, it can be a struggle to stay unified. Creative director and designer Suzanne Shade’s work can be seen in Minted’s brand evolution, Vmware’s brand narrative, and the soon-to-be unveiled brand identity for the blog  SF Girl By the Bay. In this roundtable, she discusses thoughtful strategy, context, and cultural trends to help you integrate your brand narrative across mediums.

Speaker: Suzanne Shade, creative director, SF Girl by the Bay

The Most Powerful Assessment You’ll Ever Take: Strengths-Based Career Development

Are you working to your strengths? Research demonstrates that individuals who are working to their strengths are six times as likely to be successful in their roles and three times as likely to say they have a high quality of life in general. HR specialist Anne Elkin has used a simple online tool in executive onboarding, team development, and her own career journey. Join this interactive roundtable discussion to learn how you can uncover, articulate, and leverage natural areas of talent in order to maximize personal effectiveness and performance.

Speaker: Anne Elkin, vice president, human resources, Qualcomm

The Next Generation of Digital Payments for Small Business Owners

With digital commerce constantly changing, it can be overwhelming for a small business owner to figure out which payment technologies can future-proof them and deliver the best checkout experience for their customers. Join MasterCard’s Adam Granoff and Stripe’s Sarah Heck for a conversation about the different commerce experiences available today, and why offering consumers a variety of payment choices is critical. Participants will learn about the balance between great customer experience and payment security; how to optimize sales in various commerce channels; and how to minimize cart abandonment.

⚬  Adam Granoff, senior vice president of digital partnerships, MasterCard
⚬  Sarah Heck, head of external affairs and new markets, Stripe Atlas

Using Video Like a Pro to Grow & Scale Your Business

Did you know that audiences are ten times more likely to engage, embed, and share video content, skyrocketing traffic for your brand or business? Making videos can be fun and rewarding, but, at the start, it can also be overwhelming. In this roundtable, Emmy-nominated television producer, digital strategist, and consultant Andrea Corson will help you master the art of short and engaging video for your website and social channels. You’ll learn how to get your videos from conception to publication and the tools and strategies needed along the way to create and promote seriously impressive video.

Speaker: Andrea Corson, Emmy-nominated television producer, digital strategist, and consultant, Video Pop

What’s In It For Them? Leading Innovation Through Empathy

Your innovative project can achieve cross-organization success, but how do you get support when your colleagues have other priorities? Start by thinking of how a successful outcome can benefit those colleagues. Dr. Nicola Peill-Moelter, Akamai’s one-person-team corporate sustainability officer, will share examples of how she uses this empathic approach to successfully execute sustainability initiatives. Whether you are working with virtual teams, remote colleagues, or associates across the hall, join this roundtable to explore how you can apply this approach to achieve faster and better outcomes for your projects.

Speaker: Nicola Peill-Moelter, corporate sustainability officer, Akamai Technologies

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