Conference Sessions

2018 Session | Your Survival Guide for the New Office

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A new job brings fresh opportunities to forge relationships, build your skills, and make your mark. Author of Work It Carrie Kerpen leads this panel of business leaders and thinkers in a conversation about establishing your reputation from day one on the job. They share their actionable tips for getting off on the right foot with your new boss, familiarizing yourself with your new company’s culture, and building trust with and earning the respect of your new coworkers. Join this panel to learn the tools you need to quickly establish yourself as a valued member of your new team.

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2018 Session | Every Body Is Beautiful: A Healthy Self Image for All Shapes & Sizes

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A sense of self is ever-changing, but one thing remains constant: our overall wellness depends on a healthy self-image. Author and yoga instructor Jessamyn Stanley is well-known for her body positive image, but her inspiring self-confidence was hard won. She discusses her life, yoga, and the moment by moment work of addressing emotional and physical barriers. This unique workshop will include a seated movement and breathing exercise.

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2018 Session | Creative Change

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CEOs, top executives, and other business leaders agree that creativity and innovation are vital to thrive in a competitive world. But according to the research of former Wharton management professor Jennifer Mueller, many business leaders chronically reject creative solutions and instead embrace the familiar. Mueller’s research reveals that it’s not just CEOs, but many others who struggle to accept creative ideas even as they seek innovation. Mueller will address the tough questions these findings raise: Do we love but also hate creative ideas? Could the mindset we use to evaluate ideas turn this love or hate on or off—in an instant? Do experts struggle even more than novices with this bias? And even more startling, could our “best practices” activate this bias, and inadvertently, kill innovation? Mueller diagnoses this hidden innovation barrier and will share her solutions in this workshop.

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2018 Session | Diversity Refresh: What We Really Need to Be Successful

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Workplace diversity can increase productivity, job satisfaction, innovation, and even a business’s bottom line. Increasingly companies know how vital it is for their workforce to have a collective well of experience and perspectives, but their approach to increasing diversity has not changed much over the decades. Dr. Vivienne Ming reframes how leaders of both small and large organizations can address diversity in their ranks. She presents a fresh approach to why diversity is crucial, how to shift well intentioned practices that can actually be exclusionary, and the right metrics to measure effectiveness.

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2018 Session | Leading by Inclusion

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To lead with a focus on inclusion will impact our work in the conference room, in the boardroom, and beyond. Inclusive leadership affects who we hire and mentor, how we speak and listen, and what goals we set, review, and reward. Join this group of high profile professionals for some refreshing insights on inclusive leadership. Together we will discuss what works, what doesn’t, and what to watch out for as we broaden our leadership behaviors to create inclusive workplaces where all employees can thrive.
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