Agenda - June 20, 2017

7:30-8:30
Conference Check-In and Continental Breakfast
8:30-8:45
Welcome and Introductions
8:45-9:45
Morning Keynote - Bonnie Comley '81

Bonnie Comley '81 is the founder and CEO of BroadwayHD.com, an online streaming service on a mission to promote and preserve live theater, extending the reach of Broadway and Broadway caliber shows to anyone, anywhere. On June 30, 2016, Comley & BroadwayHD made history with the first live stream of a Broadway show. The show was live streamed to over 60 countries, trending on both Facebook and Twitter. BroadwayHD currently has over 150 titles of stage to screen content while adding features for education, subtitles, captions and audio descriptions. Bonnie Comley, is a three time Tony Award winning producer, she has also received an Olivier Award, and two Drama Desk Awards for her stage productions. Comley is a long standing member of The Broadway League and has produced twenty-four shows on Broadway. Comley is currently producing On Your Feet, the Gloria & Emilio Estefan story, and Sunset Boulevard with Glenn Close on Broadway. Comley has received numerous awards for her philanthropic work including The Actors Fund Medal of Honor, The Drama League Special Contribution to the Theater Award, The Paul Newman Award from Arts Horizons, and The Theater Museum Distinguished Service Award. Comley's educational honors include The Distinguished Alumni Award from Emerson College and The Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. and she is a member of the business honor society Beta Gamma Sigma. The Music Theater Program is named in her honor at Boston University, The Musical Theater Society Room bears her name at Emerson College and the theater in Mahoney Hall at the University of Massachusetts Lowell is known as the Comley/Lane Theater.

9:45-10:00
Break
10:00 - 11:00
Concurrent Sessions 1
Track A
Lead, Empower, Inspire - Interactive Workshop
Mindfulness for Success This program introduces the basic principles and practices of mindfulness, a concentrated state of awareness that helps people see and respond to situations with clarity. The range of stressors women face in their day-to-day lives can take a toll on both mental and physical health. Mindfulness and meditation practice are two critical elements of self-care that can minimize the negative effects of stress and promote self-awareness and satisfaction.
Speaker:
Tara Healey, Director, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care's Mind the Moment program
Track B
Succeed in Business & Entrepreneurship - Panel
Succeeding in Traditionally Male Professions & Industries This panel includes women who have succeeded in a variety of contexts that are traditionally predominated by men, including private equity, medicine, and financial services. Through a facilitated panel discussion, the speakers will reflect on the opportunities and challenges they have experienced in building their successes in these settings.
Panel Members:
Deborah Blazey-Martin, Chief of Internal Medicine & Adult Primary Care, Tufts Medical Center;
Valisha Graves, Executive Director, Morgan Stanley;
Jessica Reed, General Partner, Alta Equity Partners;
Moderator:
Prof. Karoline Evans, UMass Lowell, Manning School of Business, Department of Management
Track C - Sponsored by: Circle Health
Promote Holistic Health & Financial Wellbeing - Interactive Workshop
Women Focused Wellness Hear from women leaders from the Commonwealth discuss how wellness plays a role in their daily success. Learn strategies for expanding how you look at your own wellness as a leadership virtue.
Speakers:
TBD
Track D
Cultivate Career Development Skills
Time for Change - Panel Whether you're new to the workforce, returning to the workforce or an experienced professional, it can be difficult to navigate career transitions. Our panelists can answer your questions about exploring promotional opportunities, changing jobs or exploring new careers.
Panel Members:
Maureen Crawford Hentz, Vice President of Human Resources, A.W. Chesterton Co.;
Franky Descouteaux, '16, Director, Employment Services, Epilepsy Foundation New England;
Kathleen Goneau, Realtor and Certified Business Coach;
Alicja Januszewicz, Ph.D., Director of Mentoring Program for Healthcare Women's Association;
Moderator:
Elissa Magnant, Visiting Professor, Umass Lowell, Manning School of Business
11:10-12:10
Concurrent Sessions 2
Track A
Lead, Empower, Inspire - Interactive Workshop
Strengths-based Leadership An engaging 60-minute discussion & workshop What are your key strengths as a leader or as a team member? How do you pinpoint critical opportunities to expand and develop new competencies so you can reach that next level in your career? In this fun, hands-on workshop you'll discover your dominant leadership style, and practice ways to create a vision that inspires and mobilizes your team. Women in business, education, nonprofit leaders, and student of all ages encouraged to attend.
Speaker:
LZ Nunn, Executive Director, Project LEARN
Track B
Succeed in Business & Entrepreneurship - Speaker Session
Female Executive Stories of Success Our track keynote will feature two highly accomplished professional women who have built successful executive careers by following two very different trajectories. Cathy Saunders is a senior financial services executive with a distinguished career spanning 30-years of increasing leadership and executive responsibilities at Putnam Investments. Bernice Cramer has built a career with successes in entrepreneurial and corporate settings. Starting at Canon in Japan, she went on to create two successful businesses, and then transitioned to executive leadership roles at Polaroid, Plantronics, Altec Lansing, and Bose. These two illustrious speakers will share their personal stories of building paths to success, offering learning points for all who are developing their own professional journeys.
Speakers:
Bernice Cramer, General Manager, Wireless Headphones, Bose Corporation;
Cathy Saunders, Head of Registered Investment Advisory Business, Putnam Investments;
Facilitator:
Prof. Beth Humberd, UMass Lowell, Manning School of Business, Department of Management
Track C - Sponsored by: Circle Health
Promote Holistic Health & Financial Wellbeing - Interactive Workshop
Healthy Workplace & its Role in Your Success Explore the benefits of engaging in healthy workplace strategies. Learn about benefits of a healthy, holistic work environment and how it contributes to your personal success.
Speakers:
TBD
Track D
Cultivate Career Development Skills - Workshop
Building Social Capital In today's business environment, "social capital" is the new currency. On and offline, building relationships is a critical to career success. Regardless of whether you're looking for a new job, or want to increase your productivity, this workshop will help you understand what networking is and isn't and provide practical tools you can apply immediately to build your social capital. And, you'll make a few new connections too!
Speakers:
Sarah Mann, principal, Spark HR Solutions ;
12:15-1:15
Buffet Luncheon - 50 Warren Restaurant, Dining Hall and Lower Locks
1:15 - 2:15
Concurrent Sessions 3
Track A
Lead, Empower, Inspire - Interactive Workshop
9 Leadership Power Tools for Women Attendees will be catapulted into leadership with an abbreviated version of this effective tool. Developed by Gloria Feldt, to give women practical Leadership Power Tools that break down barriers to their personal and professional success and help them embrace their power with intention to lead and live without limits The 9 Leadership Power Tools are rooted in a sophisticated concept of power. Embraced with intention, women shift from the outdated, oppressive "Power Over" to the expansive, positive and innovative "Power To." Crack the code that has held women back from leadership parity. The 9 Leadership Power Tools give women immediately usable ways to navigate the world as it is, while leading the changes that need to be.
Speaker:
Lex Schroeder, Co-Founder of Feminists at Work;
Stephanie Goodell, Founder of Samaya Consulting;
Track B
Succeed in Business & Entrepreneurship - Panel Session
Turning your Passion into Success In this panel, we will hear from women who have turned their passions into successful careers in a variety of contexts, including entrepreneurial ventures, non-profits, and corporations. Our panelists have integrated their passions into successful roles in the corporate arena and the technology/mobile app sector, as well as in creating an urban farm & food justice organization and a mental health support call line. Drawing on their wealth of experiences, they will discuss how their underlying passions have allowed them to follow a variety of twists and turns toward a fulfilling life, both professionally and personally.
Speakers:
Aimee Cronin, Vice President of Partnerships, Drync
Eileen Davis, Director of Call2Talk, a United Way Company
Amanda Heller, Senior Financial Analyst, The TJX Companies, Inc.
Lydia Sisson, Founding Co-Director, Mill City Grows
Moderator:
Prof. Erica Steckler, UMass Lowell, Manning School of Business, Department of Management
Track C - Sponsored by: Circle Health
Promote Holistic Health & Financial Wellbeing - Interactive Workshop
Women & Creativity: Get Started, Break Through Blocks, & Reach Your Goals Successful creative women don't just have talent and dedication; they also understand their motivations for creating. If you want to reach your creative goals-whether in the arts or business or other fields-you must first understand your motivations. The first step is identifying your creative personality type: Are you an A-Lister, Artisan, Game Changer, Sensitive Soul, or Activist? In this session, you'll learn to get motivated like famous women in the arts, from Meryl Streep to Amy Schumer to Beyonce, and use this knowledge to break through blocks in your educational, professional, and personal creative endeavors.
Speaker:
Meta Wagner, Author, Journalist and Speaker
Track D
Cultivate Career Development Skills - Presentation
Power Up Your Speaking Communication is a make or break skill for leaders and managers in every industry and workplace. The "Power Up Your Speaking" seminar delivers the skills you need to build your confidence, motivate others, and enact measurable change throughout your organization. If you want your voice heard in every meeting, if you want others to share your vision, if you want your team to deliver results – you must be a master of communication. This seminar will put you on that path.
Speaker:
Laurie Schloff, Executive Communication Coach, The Speech Improvement Company
2:15-2:30
Break
2:30 - 3:30
Afternoon Keynote: Therese Gearhart

Therese Gearhart is the President of Coca-Cola Latin Center Business Unit responsible for 31 countries across the Caribbean, Central America, Ecuador, and Colombia.

Therese brings 28 years of international experience in General Management, Marketing, and Sales. She joined The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta in 1998. In the past 17 years, she has held the following positions: North America Food Service Division as Central Region Vice President; North America Food Service Division as Vice President of Marketing; General Manager Central America; Eurasia Africa Vice President for Marketing, Customer, and Commercial functions encompassing 92 countries, and President of Southern Africa Business Unit responsible for countries across sub-Saharan Africa.

Therese also currently co-chairs the Global Woman's Leadership Council for the Company, and serves on the Board of Director's for our Coca-Cola Bottling Company in Peru.

Prior to joining the Company, Therese held various positions in general management and marketing at Motorola, Inc. and Black and Decker Corporation. Therese holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Central Florida, and a master's degree from the American Graduate School of International Management in Arizona.

Therese is the mother of three children: Taylor (18), Noah (16), and Paige (13). She is fortunate to have been experiencing her amazing international career with her entire family, including her husband Chuck who is enjoying the full-time benefits of playing golf. In her spare time, Therese enjoys cooking for her family, reading, playing tennis, and spending time with family and friends.

3:30-5:00
Closing Networking Reception - 50 Warren Restaurant