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Becoming the Boss: A Panel for New Managers (POE)

EMERGING PROFESSIONALS TRACK: Designed for Millennials and newer professionals entering or re-entering the workforce
Session I: 10:00 am – 11:00 am

First-time managers are not only learning a new role; they are learning what it truly means to lead. Transitioning from individual contributor to successful manager will require a different set of skills and a new professional identity as “the boss.” Author and executive coach Amy Jen Su shares how to tap into and expand your leadership capacity so that you can sustain your optimal level of performance and thrive in your new role. She then leads a conversation with experts about how first-time managers can earn trust, build influence, navigate team responsibilities, and become the leaders they want to be. 

Thought leader: Amy Jen Su, author, The Leader You Want to Be

Panelists:

Emcee: Barbara Joyce-Shaikh, associate principal scientist, discovery immune oncology, Merck Research Laboratories

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 II: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Developing a strong network is critical to career success. These meaningful relationships will serve you throughout your career – and you can be a valuable connection for others, too. FOX’s NFL reporter Laura Okmin credits her network in part with helping her to break the barriers of a male-dominated field and ultimately assume the position to 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 even 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 the most successful two-sided relationship to ensure it is a win-win.

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

Emcee: Alyssa Desuacido, culture of inclusion specialist, Applied Materials

Personal Branding for Your Career Lifecycle (W)

TRANSITIONS: Offering expertise for maneuvering career and life transitions
Session I: 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Your personal brand is how you are known, and the value others assign you. At any stage of your career, it has an impact on your opportunities, resources, referrals, and promotions. Whether you are a professional just starting out, a leader looking to advance to the executive level, or have your sights set on joining a corporate board, building a strong personal brand will have a big impact on your career lifecycle. Award-winning international reputation expert Lida Citroën shows audiences how to manage their personal brand in the way they communicate, behave and position themselves. She will reveal her secrets for taking ownership of your personal brand and driving your career lifecycle. Learn to assess your relevancy and reputation, design your legacy, layer your personal brand over your long-term career goals, and leverage a wide range of self-promotion strategies, from strategic networking to your signature style.

Speaker: Lida Citroën, reputation management and personal branding expert and author, Reputation 360

Emcee: Deirdre Hanford, chief security officer, Synopsys @synopsys

ENCORE: Resilience Reset: It’s Your Turn to Thrive (W)

TRANSITIONS: Offering expertise for maneuvering career and life transitions
Session III: 3:00 – 4:00 pm

The ability to successfully navigate change, rise above adversity, and triumph in our lives boils down to one word: resilience. When faced with a challenge, ambiguity, or adversity, those who practice resilience refuse to let fear hold them back; and they break through barriers to not only survive difficult times, but thrive as a result. Learn how to cultivate courage, improve resilience, and triumph over adversity, obstacles, and setbacks at work. Be inspired to be an agent of change, conquer fear and self-doubt, and develop strategies that can be applied immediately in all aspects of your life to become bolder, stronger, and better able to handle anything thrown your way.

Speaker: Anne Grady, resilience expert and best-selling author

Emcee: Ellen Filvaroff, executive director, mechanisms of Cancer Resistance Thematic Research Center, Bristol-Myers Squibb @bmsnews

ENCORE: Your Money: A Pathway to a Richer Life (W)

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT: Offering advice for maximizing your relationships and reaching your personal goals outside of the workplace
Session III: 3:00pm – 4:00pm

What do we want from money? Some look for independence and security, while others desire more choices and a better way of life. And all of us want to feel less stress about money. Now that women have more money—and power—than ever before, how can we start making our money work for us? In this session, Today show financial editor and bestselling author Jean Chatzky will share what she’s learned about living a financially robust life and detail her strategies for understanding your life in relationship to your finances, including: tactical solutions to get paid what you deserve, make your money last, leave a legacy, and, most importantly, bring you joy. 

Speaker: Jean Chatzky, CEO and co-founder, HerMoney, financial editor, NBC’s “Today” show, and best-selling author

Emcee: Erika McEnroe, VP, deputy general counsel & chief ethics and compliance officer, Synopsys, Inc. & board member, Watermark Institute @wtrmrk

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 II: 11:30 am – 12:30 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

Emcee: Alicia Jager, vice president of digital partnerships, Mastercard

Comeback Careers: Purpose and a Paycheck in the Second Half of Life (POE)

TRANSITIONS: Offering expertise for maneuvering career and life transitions
Session I: 10:00 am – 11:00 am 

No matter how successful you have been in the past, staging your career comeback in the second half of life can present some challenges. With the reality of age bias in the workplace, pivoting into a new field or re-entering the workforce after opting out may feel overwhelming. Join this conversation to learn about finding meaningful work that fits and funds your life. This panel of experts will share how to position yourself for a successful transition and find happiness in your encore career.

Thought leader: Susan Davey Reitano, career re-entry expert and founder, Prepare to Launch

Panelists:

  • Stacey Delo, co-author, Your Turn: Careers, Kids & Comebacks—A Working Mother’s Guide, and CEO, Après
  • Denise Dettore, vice president, human resources, BeiGene
  • Vibha Dixit, program director of Encore fellowships, Encore.org

Emcee: Lori Nishiura Mackenzie, co-founder, Stanford VMware Women’s Leadership Innovation Lab, and lead strategist, diversity, equity, and inclusion, Stanford University Graduate School of Business

Accept, Reject, or Negotiate: Evaluating Your Offer (POE)

EMERGING PROFESSIONALS: Designed for early career professional women entering or re-entering the workforce
Session II: 11:30am -12:30pm

Congratulations on getting the job! It’s time to assess your offer and decide if this really is the perfect position for you. Lauren McGoodwin, CEO of Career Contessa, kicks off this discussion with her best advice about researching a potential employer and job opportunity. Then, a panel of professionals shares their strategies for asking the right questions when evaluating a new opportunity. Come learn how to get the inside scoop on benefits and culture, how to negotiate the terms, and how to ultimately decline the offer if it’s not right for you. 

Thought leader: Lauren McGoodwin, CEO, Career Contessa

Panelists:

  • Ignace Conic, vice president, process management, enterprise technology human resources, Prudential Financial
  • Susan Rietano Davey, career re-entry expert and founder, Prepare to Launch
  • Lusen Mendel, interview and negotiation coach

Emcee: Holly Martin Smith, CIMA, assistant vice president, field talent management, Morgan Stanley

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Lightening the Mental Load (POE)

EMERGING PROFESSIONALS: Designed for early career professional women entering or re-entering the workforce
Session II: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm 

How much of your energy is spent on invisible work—whether at the office or at home? Whether it is making sure everyone signed the boss’s birthday card or remembering to hire a date night babysitter, these thankless tasks exert a “mental load” that can increase stress levels, hinder productivity, and even slow down career advancement. Michelle King, host of The Fix podcast, opens this session by sharing the roots of this challenge in our homes and workplaces. She then leads a discussion about how to spend more time on socially and professionally recognized work and share the mental load with colleagues and, for those in domestic relationships, with partners.

Thought leader: Michelle P.  King, director, inclusion, Netflix

Panelists:

Emcee: Nikki Medoro, radio host, KGO 810

Your Money: A Pathway to a Richer Life (W)

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT: Offering advice for maximizing your relationships and reaching your personal goals outside of the workplace
Session I: 10:00 am – 11:00 am 

What do we want from money? Some look for independence and security, while others desire more choices and a better way of life. And all of us want to feel less stress about money. Now that women have more money—and power—than ever before, how can we start making our money work for us? In this session, Today show financial editor and bestselling author Jean Chatzky will share what she’s learned about living a financially robust life and detail her strategies for understanding your life in relationship to your finances, including: tactical solutions to get paid what you deserve, make your money last, leave a legacy, and, most importantly, bring you joy. 

Speaker: Jean Chatzky, CEO and co-founder, HerMoney, financial editor, NBC’s “Today” show, and best-selling author

Emcee: Naomi Mulgrave, vice president, head of strategy & innovation, Prudential International Insurance @prudential

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