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1:00 PM |  General Session

Welcome Remarks
          Marlene Williamson, CEO, Watermark

1:05 PM | Keynote Address

Talking (and Listening) Constructively

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

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.

2:00 PM | Networking Break & Author Signing

2:15 PM | General Session

Building Trust & Navigating the Workplace After #MeToo

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

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.

PREVIEW: 50 Ways to Fight Bias

Featuring:
Rachel Thomas, president and co-founder, Lean In

Gender bias is holding women back in the workplace. Whether deliberate or unconscious, bias makes it harder for women to get hired and promoted and negatively impacts their day-to-day work experiences. This hurts women and makes it hard for companies to level the playing field. Get a sneak peek into Lean In’s new program, 50 Ways to Fight Bias. Pairing a card-based activity with a short video series, this program highlights very specific examples of gender bias in the workplace, encourages groups to brainstorm solutions together, and offers research-backed recommendations for what to do.

3:05 PM | Networking Break & Author Signing

3:20 PM | General Session

How to Be Allies Without Fear

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

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

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.

4:35 PM | Conclusion

Next Steps

Featuring:
Jenn Taigman, senior director, user experience, Akamai @akamai

Closing Remarks

Ann Barlow, partner and president, Peppercomm West Coast & board member, Watermark

4:45 PM | Networking Wine Reception

 

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