Conference Sessions

2018 Session | Transform Your Working Life

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Whether we have a good day or not depends partly on things we can’t control – perhaps an unexpected crisis or a cranky colleague. But behavioral science shows that many things that seem “random” can be strongly influenced by our own actions. Caroline Webb, economist and former partner at McKinsey, will demonstrate how tweaks to our daily routines can transform our experience of what happens around us, the number of hours in the day, our level of intelligence, and even other people’s moods. She will share insights on handling everyday challenges and being your best even under pressure. With this kind of powerful insight in your back pocket, attendees will leave with the power to transform their approach to life for boosted workplace performance and personal satisfaction.

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2018 Session | Update Your Blueprint for Advancement

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To get ahead, even the most talented professionals cannot rely on their achievements and abilities alone. Career planning is a necessity, and strategies should include both skill-expanding and relationship-building steps. This session offers practical advice from a panel of highly accomplished professionals on what you can do daily to get where you want to go. Author Bonnie Marcus leads this conversation, going beyond the typical advancement tips to help you identify opportunities, better understand office politics, and make an impact to propel your career to the next level.

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2018 Session | What No One Tells You About Negotiating

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Many people avoid negotiating, fearing conflict or even failure. But if the goal of negotiating is to reach agreement, forget “winning” and focus instead on communication, cooperation, and collaboration. Amy Trask, who went from Raiders intern to the first female CEO of an NFL team, knows how to make a deal and will change the way you think about sitting down to negotiate. The author of You Negotiate Like a Girl: Reflections on a Career in the National Football League shares her personal story and hard-earned wisdom about coming to an agreement. Attendees will leave this workshop with a new perspective on negotiation and renewed confidence in their ability to advocate for themselves and on behalf of others.

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2018 Session | Navigating Office Politics with Grace

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Your workday is filled with them—people who frustrate, whine, undermine, plot, and impede progress. You can’t always choose who you work with, but you can choose how you approach workplace drama. This session will detail specific techniques for doing just that with easy-to-follow scenarios for common situations. Taking into account the modern work issues including technology, generation gaps, and language barriers, researcher Amy Cooper Hakim and a panel of experts will discuss diffusing tensions and bringing civility back to the workplace. Come away with a better understanding of why people operate in different ways as well as clear strategies for working successfully with different personality types.

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2018 Session | We Persist: Building Resilience for Success

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An unexpected stumble or fall can throw off our careful planning and feel like a defeat. But, a setback can also unleash creativity, provide new opportunities, and strengthen resolve: key ingredients for success. Using real-life experiences, this engaging discussion will help you discover how facing challenges can help you build grit, grow professionally, and reach your goals. Whether you are bouncing back from a personal or work-related disappointment, attend this session to learn how to become more resilient and, ultimately, successful.

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