Conference Sessions

2018 Session | The Language of Leadership

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Words can carry enormous weight, influencing our perceptions of people and even their leadership potential. Research shows that the words chosen to describe women leaders may vary from the way male peers are described for the same level of performance. Examining the bias embedded in our words, this session will change the way you describe yourself and others. Led by Lori Nishiura Mackenzie, this panel of experts will provide strategies to choose your words wisely when advocating for organizational talent and communicating your strengths as a leader.

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2018 Session | Be More with Less: Making Room for What Matters Most

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Are you overwhelmed by busyness? The quest to earn more, produce more, and be more can complicate the simpler, more intentional lives we desire. Author Courtney Carver knows first-hand about the consequences of a busy life, which compromised her relationships and eventually threatened her health. In this workshop, the author of Soulful Simplicity: How Living with Less Can Lead to So Much More shows us how to stop getting caught up in the rush and to discover the power of simplicity. She shares how conscious minimalism can improve health, build more meaningful relationships, and relieve stress in our lives. Participants will learn how to boycott busy, get rid of excess, and create more with less—more space, more time, and even more love.
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2018 Session | Play Big: How to Go All Out, Beat the Odds, and Be Limitless in Life

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What limits–self-imposed or from others–are holding you back? At 5’2” and 130 lbs, Dr. Jen Welter broke the mold by playing professional football and becoming the first female NFL coach. In this workshop, she talks about how perceived shortcomings might also be strengths and how a winning mindset and reputation can help you win the game. Participants will learn how to know your perception so you can create your own reality, cultivate grit and toughness to overcome inevitable setbacks, and how to find your own “it factor” on and off the field.
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2018 Session | Radical Honesty: ​How to Tell the Truth (Even When No One Wants to Hear It)

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Even if you believe that honesty is the best policy, we don’t always say what we really mean, especially in the workplace. Talking openly about issues and challenges can go against our desire to be nice and make one another feel good. When Patty McCord was the chief talent officer at Netflix, she co-authored the company’s famous “culture deck,” which spelled out her vision for creating a company culture that hinges on employees behaving like, and being treated as, adults. Part of being an adult is being able to hear and tell the truth. In this workshop, the author of Powerful Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility explains why radical honesty is the only way to ensure that you are trusted and understood. Participants will learn about different styles of delivery, systems for offering feedback, and how leaders can model key behavior like admitting fault. Bring your questions about transforming your workplace and your life with radical honesty, from disagreeing with your supervisor to recruiting, motivating, and creating great teams.
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2018 Session | Retire with Enough Money: Strategies for Making Your Money Last

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With ever-changing policies on retirement planning, it’s tempting to put off saving for retirement until there is a clear path to follow. Do you invest safely knowing that the money will be there, but might not be quite enough? Or do you invest more aggressively in the hopes that you have more money to spend later in life? Labor economist and nationally-recognized expert in retirement security Dr. Teresa Ghilarducci will help you cut through the confusion and misinformation with a strategy to help you achieve what you are planning for in your retirement savings. Her program will explain:

• What a person or household needs to have saved;
• How much to expect from Social Security; and
• How to make your money grow between now and then.

There are no gimmicks or magical thinking in this presentation —just valuable recommendations that will make attending this session a wise investment.

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