Category: Breakout Session

How to Be Allies Without Fear | 2019 Workplace Summit Session

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Research has shown that diverse teams drive innovation and bottom line success. Yet greater workplace diversity also presents the immense challenge of finding common ground across differences. This powerful and interactive workshop will explore how we can move forward together. Offering actionable strategies you can immediately implement on your own and with your team, it will show how to be an effective ally, improve communication, manage conflict, and build inclusive cultures where employees feel respected and valued.

Featuring:
W. Brad Johnson, Ph.D, clinical psychologist, professor of psychology in the Department of Leadership, Ethics, and Law, United States Naval Academy, faculty associate, Johns Hopkins University and co-author, Athena Rising
David Smith, Ph.D, associate professor of Sociology in the Department of National Security Affairs, United States Naval War College, former Navy pilot and co-author, Athena Rising

Emcee: Dave Kim, executive director, global inclusion & diversity, Gilead Sciences @gileadsciences

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Building Trust & Navigating the Workplace After #MeToo | 2019 Workplace Summit Session

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The #MeToo movement has led us to a watershed moment. Cultural norms and workplace policies are evolving. And new questions and realities are starting to surface. A recent study by LeanIn.Org and SurveyMonkey showed that twice as many male managers now feel uncomfortable working alone with, socializing with, and mentoring women. This is a pivotal moment for gender partnership. Come hear this forward-looking conversation about how to dispel fear, build trust, and develop workplace cultures that work for everyone.

Thought Leader:
Rachel Thomas, president, Lean In Foundation @leaninorg
Panelists:
Amy E. Gallo, author, HBR Guide to Dealing with Conflict @amyegallo
W. Brad Johnson, Ph.D, clinical psychologist, professor of psychology in the Department of Leadership, Ethics, and Law, United States Naval Academy, faculty associate, Johns Hopkins University and co-author, Athena Rising
Lori Nishiura Mackenzie, executive director, Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Stanford University @lorinmackenzie
Emcee:
Ashraf Hebela, head, analytics & sales operations, Silicon Valley Bank @svb_financial

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Talking (and Listening) Constructively | 2019 Workplace Summit Session

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Featuring: Celeste Headlee, communication and human nature expert, award-winning journalist & author, We Need to Talk @celesteheadlee

In our workplaces and in our world, civil discourse is losing ground at a time when we need it most. Great conversations have the power to diffuse conflict, strengthen relationships, and build understanding across differences. As a radio host, Celeste Headlee has interviewed thousands of people from all sides of the equation, giving her a unique perspective on talking–and listening–constructively. She shares the art and science behind effective communication, sharing her practical lessons for improving your skills and broadening your view of what makes a productive conversation.

Emcee:
Stacey Clark Ohara, global head, inclusion & diversity, Juniper Networks @junipernetworks

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2019 Session | The Future of Work: Thriving in the Gig Economy

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The rise of the gig economy has brought new complexity–and opportunities–to the world of work. Many people are finding that short term contracts can develop their skill sets, build their professional networks, position them for a career pivot, and give them freedom to work how and when they want. But being your own boss isn’t for the faint of heart. This panel discussion is for those who are interested in learning how flexible work can accelerate their career, are considering contract-type work within their current company, or manage businesses that could benefit from this resource. Read More

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2019 Session | Choose Wonder Over Worry: Moving Beyond Fear

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Worry. Fear. Doubt. It can stifle a dream, hinder a relationship, or bring your life and career to a halt. But while we often think fear is a challenge to overcome, what if instead it’s an ally on the path to unlocking our full potential? Author, speaker, and artist Amber Rae urges us to “choose wonder” as we embrace discomfort, and shares with us a unique approach for understanding the hidden meaning in our emotions: by dialoguing with them. This session will guide you to reframe your relationship to emotions like anxiety, fear, stress, imposter syndrome, and envy. You will leave with strategies for both your life and work, so that you can be the best you. Read More

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2019 Session | Think Like a Founder: Your Questions on Entrepreneurship Answered

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People of all different backgrounds should have the opportunity to participate in, shape, and successfully found companies that can change the world. But Silicon Valley can be a tough place for women. The challenges are well known, but tried and true advice on creating opportunities and overcoming obstacles can be harder to find. If  you work in tech, are an entrepreneur, or are trying to move your big idea forward, come learn from some powerful women about what it takes to succeed in the Valley. They will share their tips on developing an entrepreneurial mindset, skillset, and toolset that can be applied to your startup or organization of all kinds. Read More

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2019 Session | Welcome to the Juggle: Fitting Career & Caregiving Together

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Achieving balance between your work and your family may be an unrealistic goal. If you are seeking balance, life becomes a zero-sum game with work on one end of the scale and your personal life on the other. It’s time to stop striving for balance and to start rethinking the whole career and family equation. Join this panel of professionals who are caregivers–of children, of adult relatives, and of multiple generations–as they demystify the juggle of fitting work and family into your life.  They will explore managing your life and finding the flexibility that both men and women, parents and the childless alike, need to enhance work performance and overall happiness. Read More

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2019 Session | Thinking in Bets: Avoid Emotional Decision-Making & Embrace Uncertainty

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Do you know when to cut your losses? In poker and throughout our lives, we are more successful when we maximize the time spent in favorable situations and minimize time in unfavorable ones. But many are too quick to quit when they are winning, and others refuse to walk away from a losing game. Former World Series of Poker champion turned business consultant Annie Duke lives with uncertainty, and has found that the key to long-term success is to think in bets. In this workshop, she examines how the interaction of many cognitive biases can cause us to miss good opportunities and continue on when the odds are against us. She shares her strategies to avoid these decision-making pitfalls and learn to take a longer term view. By shifting your perspective and embracing uncertainty, you will start accurately assessing what you know and what you don’t, improving your decision-making abilities in the office, in your career, and at home. Read More

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2019 Session | The Introverted Leader: Building on Your Quiet Strength

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To advance their careers, many introverts think they must subvert their natural tendencies and change who they are. But you don’t have to pretend to be an extrovert to rise to the top. By recognizing the value in listening, carefully preparing, and making others feel valued, introverts can build on their quiet strength and make it a source of great power. In this conversation, business leaders share their advice for tapping into your introverted tendencies and succeeding in an extroverted world. Read More

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2019 Session | The Changing Meaning of Ambition

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What does it mean for an ambitious woman to be successful during life’s different stages? What decisions shape our careers–for better or for worse? In times of transition, your definition of “success” may change, and, consequently, the choices you make may change, too. This panel of accomplished women will look at the choices they made over the course of their lives around work and family. If you are currently at a crossroad or are thinking ahead to the future, come explore the variables that push women toward making big decisions and learn how you can make those decisions easier for yourself. Read More

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