2017 Session

ENCORE | Bounce: Refresh Your Approach to Breaking Through

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Being passed over for that promotion or new opportunity remains a challenge, especially for women. Setbacks are part of the journey.  We all need to learn how to stop, drop and roll during tough times and to make choices that keep us moving forward. Develop your grit and tenacity and bounce back stronger and more confident than ever. Join leadership expert Grace Killelea for stories, inspiration and tips to help you break through. Read More

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Speed Network Your Way to Meaningful Mentoring

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Join networking expert Julie Kantor for our inaugural Mentoring RoadtripTM. This is your chance to meet up with the individuals who can create new professional opportunities, sponsor your work and help accelerate your career. Julie will use a proven-successful approach to lead a highly dynamic and interactive session. Each participant will meet with 6-8 ‘matches’ and explore key themes like ‘what drives your passion?’ ‘ How do you deal with a flat tire or your batteries needing to be recharged?’ ‘what technology truly increases your productivity?’ Read More

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Transformative Resilience™: The Way Forward for Women Leaders

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Today’s women face unique challenges that range from the gender stress gap to the glass cliff to leading in an increasingly complex world. Join women’s leadership expert Ama Marston as she shares her new research on why it’s essential for us to ”spring forward” in the face of adversity and change, rather than bouncing back. You will leave this session with tangible takeaways and a toolkit to help you lead in the face of 21st Century challenges.

Speaker: Ama Marston, international strategy and leadership expert and co-author, Transformative Resilience

Emcee: Lynne Born, board member, Watermark

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EXPERT EXCHANGE | Diversity, Equity and Race: Broadening Perspectives in the Workplace

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As the conversation around race and diversity in our society today continues to evolve, so does the need to understand how this impacts our roles in the workplace. The focus of this panel is to candidly discuss the challenges, address difficult issues and talk about how to make room for a constructive dialogue when bridging cultural and technical perspectives. Join this honest discussion and learn how we can all improve and learn from equity related issues we encounter daily. Read More

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EXPERT EXCHANGE | Let’s Talk About It! Understanding and Engaging the LGBTQ Community for Business Success

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Whether you are an LGBTQ-identified individual or an ally who wants to gain a greater understanding of the issues facing LGBTQ individuals in the workplace, this panel will offer one-of-a-kind insights from key influencers working in the tech community. Please join us as Megan Dickey guides a conversation revealing key stories, unique actions and successes related to engaging and honoring this diverse community for greater business success and a richer life. Read More

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EXPERT EXCHANGE | Work/Life Integration: Lessons Learned from the Trenches

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Life doesn’t stop just because you enter an office every day. Recent benchmarking and employee surveys show there is a true need for organizations to provide support for employees navigating career and juggling the demands of life outside of work. Doing so will not only improve employee morale but will contribute to the overall success of the business. This interactive session will offer real-life perspectives from successful women and executive leaders to illustrate how the organization supported their life integration. By sharing their personal journeys – both on what has worked and not worked throughout various stages of their careers, attendees will learn strategies to:

Speakers:

Lisen Stromberg, CEO and founder, PrismWork and author, Work, Pause, Thrive
Samantha Walravens
, author, TORN and cofounder, Geek Girl Rising

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EXPERT EXCHANGE | Gender Partnership: Engaging Men As Advocates to Pioneer Gender Equity

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By engaging men in advocating for more equal workplaces, we’re creating better leaders, stronger businesses, more fulfilling lives for both women and men as well as establishing a business imperative required at all levels from all managers. The stats are staggering, in terms of where women stand in the workplace even after all this time, and will need an all hands on deck approach to make the changes necessary for equality. Yet, while progress is slow, it is critical to understand that advancements are being made and this forward movement is not being solely spearheaded by women. This session will bring together top female and male diversity leaders from the Valley to share their firsthand experiences and contributions for achieving gender equity within their organizations. Read More

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Crafting a Life That Matters

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There’s an idea in our culture that living a meaningful life is some grand pursuit — that you have to be a spiritual guru or lifesaving surgeon to count your life as meaningful. Actually, that’s not true. Each and every person, regardless of who they are and what they do, can lead a meaningful life. The question is —how? Emily Esfahani Smith draws on the new and growing body of social science research, as well as the stories of ordinary and extraordinary people she interviewed, to reveal what the building blocks of a meaningful life are. Start the new year with the key steps and information to ensure that every day you feel fulfilled and happy. Read More

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EXPERT EXCHANGE | Innovative Leaders Forging New Pathways

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At the heart of the Valley’s culture is disruption, regardless of gender, age or ethnicity. Join this dynamic panel to hear unique perspectives on forging new pathways, disrupting the norm, whether in business, in life or in the world. You’ll take away insights and inspiration for challenging stereotypes, taking risks and making the seemingly impossible a reality.

Moderator:

Claire Lee, managing director, Silicon Valley Bank

Speakers:

Shuly Galili, founding partner, UpWest Labs
Elizabeth Gore, Dell entrepreneur in residence, Dell
Laura Kennedy, VP Corporate Development, Techstars
Les Matthews, senior vice president, digital partnerships

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ENCORE | Trailblazers: Pushing the Envelope and Leading Change

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This session will feature innovative women who are pushing the boundaries today and having success. Sharing their personal stories, attendees will learn how to:

– Establish a climate that embraces smart risk and invites sustainable growth;
– Identify and eliminate barriers to progressive thinking; and
– Gain confidence to push the limits. Read More

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