2014 Women Leaders Conference - Schedule
Zero to Breakthrough: How a Breakthrough Mentality Creates Breakthrough Results
Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour, America's First African-American Female Combat Pilot
A Real Discussion about You and Your Money
Lori Gervais, Director, The Gervais Group at Robert W. Baird & Co.
This workshop is for women who have accumulated financial resources and want to create a financial future with a purpose. This will not be a technical presentation on the economy or stock selection. It is about coming together to address the financial planning challenges we face today, plan for what is next, and determine the proactive steps we can take. Gain direction, clarity, and confidence. We will discuss what I believe are the fives stages of our financial life. Understand how to best navigate them in today’s economic environment and tailor them to your situation. Be a part of this participative and straight forward conversation.
Conflict Management for Women Leaders: Maintaining a Balanced Perspective When Storms Brew
Rufina Garay, Executive Coach and Consultant, TPV Consulting, LLC
Why does conflict happen? Do you deal with oil and water personality types that don’t mix? Are values at odds between people whom you manage? Learn to see the signs of conflict early and take control of it. Transform its energy into productive communication.
The Art of Networking
Moderated by Johonna Duckworth, Owner, Creative Images
Panelists: Dionne Grayson,MSW, Executive Director, Lead2Change, CEO, Building Your Dreams; Maureen Hurd, CEO, Core Business Solutions; Eve Hall, Ph.D, President and CEO, African American Chamber of Commerce; Ivette Alvarado, LPC, Psychotherapist, Trillium Care Group & Psychology, Instructor, Concordia University; Alexis Rose Criscimagna, Marketing & Leasing Consulting, Mandel Group, Creative Consultant
The Art of Networking is an informative workshop that will include a panel of successful business women who work in diverse areas ranging from non-profit to corporate as well as small business owners. Panelist will share how networking has helped them to advance professionally and personally. Participants can expect to learn networking tips and techniques that can be used in any profession.
Sparking The Innovation Engine: How to foster a culture of innovative people and ideas that impact the bottom line.
Tamara Kleinberg, Serial Entrepreneur & Innovator, The Shuuk
To compete in today’s ever-changing landscape, organizations and leaders must learn to create a sustainable culture of innovation or risk becoming irrelevant. The playing field has changed and innovation is your competitive advantage during economic drought and downpour. In this highly interactive session, Tamara will share how to integrate sideways thinking across all aspects of your business, creating disruptive innovation that impacts the bottom line, challenges status quo thinking and shakes up business-as-usual. You’ll leave the session with:
- A roadmap for creating truly disruptive innovation
- The Top tools for fostering innovative people and ideas
- A framework for creating a sustainable culture of innovation
- Pages of tools, templates and ideas to implement immediately
Building a Brand from the Inside Out
Ana Schwager, Community Affairs and Grassroots Regional Leader, Southwest Airlines
Ana Schwager, Community Affairs & Grassroots Regional Leader from Southwest Airlines speaks on how Southwest Airlines created, maintains and reinvigorates one of the most admired corporate cultures.
You're Not Too Old to Chase Your Dream
Dara Torres, 12-Time Olympic Swimming Medalist, Author, and Commentator
More than Just a Name: Owning and Managing Your Online Reputation
Katie Klein-Murphy, Digital and Social Media Strategist, Boelter + Lincoln Marketing Communications
“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” Warren Buffet
In this constantly evolving age of real-time media, it is essential to
keep tabs on your online reputation. During this session, you will learn how to make the best personal first impression for both your business and yourself, and why managing your online identities is crucial to long-term success. You’ll be introduced to tools for managing, monitoring and tracking your social reputation, and discover how to build relationships and engage your online communities. Additionally, Katie will help you establish an online strategy to position both your personal and professional brands in the best possible light. Bottom line: you’ll learn how to navigate, direct and manage your online presence and use it as a key driver for new personal or business opportunities.
Managing Overwhelm – Commitments, Energy and Expectations
Kim Ebinger, President, Kim Ebinger Coaching, LLC
Being ‘overwhelmed’ is a part of the human experience-albeit an unpleasant one. Together, we will examine the personal and professional costs of living in a state of overwhelm and offer strategies and practices to prevent it. Participants will be invited to shift their view of overwhelm and will leave with a greater sense of personal control over it.
Specifically we will explore
- What is Overwhelm and how do you know when YOU are in it?
- The costs to your health, relationships, creativity and innovation
- The expense to your organization and professional growth
- Causes of overwhelm – a new paradigm that includes management of our energy, expectations and commitments
- Antidotes and Inoculations -Strategies and Practices that work
Taking the Leap:Entrepreneurial Lessons from the Trenches
Moderated by Cindi Thomas, Co-Founder, Translator
Panelists: Anne Grace Nimke, CEO & Founder, The Good Jobs, Inc.; Heather Johnston, CEO & Founder, Find My Spot; Emily Callaghan, Director - Innovation Learning, Johnson Controls; Sara Meaney
Curious about what it takes to be on the other side of employed life? Join us for this panel discussion that brings together women successfully navigating various stages of the "start-up" world. We'll discuss what motivated them to take the plunge into the start-up world, the learnings they gained throughout their journey and the benefits they see for infusing the entrepreneurial spirit into employed life.
Indian Women in Leadership Roles
Loretta Metoxen, Oneida Tribal Historian
Join us to learn the Native American perspective on women's leadership.
Scaling A Cliff Without Ropes: Navigate Your Career When You Can't See What's Coming
Julie Henszey, Owner of Next Step Goals, LLC
The uncertainty of our work environment can make it difficult to navigate towards our career goals. We may lose sight of our goals as we tackle projects and respond to the whims of leadership, with no time to think about our future and what's best for us. It's like groping our way along a cliff face without ropes
We can't afford to let obstacles block our progress. Discover the core reasons we get stuck and learn new skills to create momentum again. Gain personal power by applying strategies based on cutting edge research in the field of positive psychology. You'll find footholds on the cliff face you never knew existed.
3-4:15pm - Concurrent Sessions Three
Big Bets - When to take that chance
Brigette Breitenbach, Owner/Principal, Company B Brand Marketing
Over the past 25 years, Brigette Breitenbach has worked for two prominent companies and started two others. Her career in marketing and PR has been defined by several moments that she calls "big bets." Those singular moments that offer an opportunity - while sometimes scary - to set a new course and shape one's life and career. From taking the bull by the horns when presented with many projects she wasn't yet qualified to manage, to listening to her gut instincts, Brigette loves to share why she believes in that old adage, "when you come to a fork in the road, take it."
Her stories include: "Working under the Big Top" - how a summer internship with Ben Barkin's legendary firm started a career; "The King of Toilets" - working for Kohler Company and it demanding ownership and iconic products; "Trading the Commute for a Ping Pong Table" - how a decision not to put a son in day care an hour away led to starting a first company; and "So you want to own a hotel?" - why being $7.5million short on cash launched Career 2.0
Having Strong Influence Without Exerting Pressure
Michelle Primus, Partner, Momentum Partners
Do you want to achieve more? Have people listen to you more? Respect you more? Do you know of people who seem to command attention and respect and you’re not sure why?
Influence is a concept that seems to elude many of us. We start to question ourselves….Am I not being confident enough? Maybe I don’t know as much as I need to. Maybe they figured me out and realize I’m not really as good as they thought I would be. Maybe I need to be more of a (bleep). Maybe I need a bigger title/role.
Come find out how to tap into your personal talents and strengths to command the influence you deserve – whether at your job or in your personal life. Spend some time reflecting on where you already have influence, and why. Get feedback and ideas on what you could change to influence situations in a positive way.
Super-Size Your Skill Set: Is a Non-Profit Career for You?
Moderated by LG Shanklin-Flowers, Executive Director, Public Allies-Milwaukee, UWM School of Continuing Education
Panelists: Griselda Aldrete, Executive Director, HPGM; Cathy Girard, Vice President of Development, Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin; Denisha Tate, Chief Operations Officer, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee; Deanna Tillisch, President & CEO, UPAF
The Non-Profit sector employs more women than men. There are definite advantages to non-profit work. Hear what this talented and dedicated panel have to say.
10 Things You Must Do Before Leaving for Work
Mary Stoker Smith, News Anchor, Fox 6 News
The average person forms an opinion of you in the first 10 seconds they see you – opinions on intellect, qualifications, likeability, income level and more. What do those 10 seconds say about you?
Revisit all those things your mother taught you – with an updated flair: The fine (and for some, the lost) art of good grooming! There is such a thing as a one-minute makeover; come see how it’s done. Are you stuck in a black rut? Learn to use a little color as a pick-me-up. Explore how accessories can change any outfit. Exercise and nutrition are a must for any professional – it takes time, but not as much as you might think. Have you ever been accused of being “a bag woman,” carrying several bags with you every day? Mary will show you how to lighten your load, and share all sorts of other tricks of the trade.
Perfecting Your Persuasive Pitch: How to Create a Compelling Business Plan
Janet Phillips, Co-Founder & CEO, Vector Surgical
Translate your clever idea into a successful business plan! Learn five keys to success in moving from initial concept to operational reality: 1) Concept Cogency; 2) Market Mania; 3) Roaring Revenue; 4) Required Resources; and 5) Gusty Gusto. For each of these elements we will review a business story that allows us to debunk myths, identify core truth, and “look in the mirror.” Come join the fun and set yourself up for entrepreneurial success!
Contact Jan Allen, Director, Business, Engineering & Technology, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-227-3219.