Agenda - June 19, 2018

7:30-8:30
Conference Check-In and Continental Breakfast
8:30-8:45
Welcome and Introductions
8:45-9:45
Morning Keynote - Danielle Niles

Danielle Niles is the Meteorologist for CBS Boston's WBZ-TV Morning (4:30AM-7AM) News with co-anchors Kate Merrill and Chris McKinnon. A native of Weymouth, MA, Niles joined WBZ-TV News from New England Cable News where she spent five years as weekday morning meteorologist. Before that, Niles was a forecaster at Weather Services International in Andover, MA where she provided forecasts for private companies.

Niles is a 2006 cum laude graduate of the University of Massachusetts/Lowell where she earned her bachelor's degree in atmospheric science, and was captain of the women's varsity soccer team. She then went on to earn a master's degree in meteorology at Florida State University.

9:45-10:00
Break
10:00 - 11:00
Concurrent Sessions 1
Track A
Succeed in Business and Entrepreneurship - Panel
Women as Mentors: Building the Capacity to Develop and Support Others

While women are often instructed to "find a mentor" to support their own careers, women are often called on as mentors to support others' development, too. In this panel session, we will hear from successful professional women who have a wide range of experience mentoring others - junior employees, peers, women and men - in various settings. They will reflect on the successes and challenges they've encountered in formally and informally mentoring others.

Panelists:
Caitlin Baggeroer: Mid-Atlantic Region Manager, Putnam Investments
Cindy Mundy: Pharmaceutical Market Analyst, private
Dune Thorne: Head of Boston Office & Head of Client Experience, Brown Advisory
Moderator:
Elana Feldman: Assistant Professor of Management, UMass Lowell, Manning School of Business
Track B
Cultivate Career Development Skills - Workshop
Managing your career for long-term success

As we grow through our careers, our objectives change, yet many of us are so focused on daily activities that we overlook our long-term goals. In this interactive workshop, you will take a few minutes to step back and reflect strategically and efficiently on where you are and where you'd like to be. Whether you're a new or recent college grad, a young professional, a new manager or an experienced executive, the better aligned your job and career are with your values and interests, the more satisfied you'll be.

Speakers:
Kim Bilawchuk, Career Coach
Kim Meninger, President, Executive Career Success
Track C
Invest in Your Personal Capital - Workshop
Make Your Personal Brand a Major Asset

You already have a brand, whether you know it or not. The impression you make, the way you present yourself, the work you produce, the feeling people have after interacting with you and the reputation that follows or precedes you all add up to your personal brand. Are you in control of it? Is your current personal brand an asset, a liability or just an opportunity waiting to happen? This session will explore how to define and consciously build your personal brand through long-term strategic thinking, personal insight and consistent implementation across an array of communication channels. Lorna will help you develop some tools that define and differentiate the "true you" and empower you to build a personal brand that becomes an asset to your career.

Speaker:
Lorna Boucher, Chief Marketing Officer, Instinet Holdings Inc.
Track D
Lead, Empower, Inspire! - Workshop
Making the Undiscussable Discussable

Much of our "miscommunication" is actually "under-communication," in which we withhold important parts of our perspective. By doing this, we unintentionally increase the gulf between us and other stakeholders, preventing authentic conversation from taking place. In this interactive session, we will examine what stops us from sharing our truth and how to become more constructively explicit.

By the end of this session, participants will have:

  • A better understanding of the psychology behind why people don't fully share their truth
  • Greater self-awareness about their own communication patterns
  • Practice with one or more tools for better communication
Presenters:
Francine Crystal, President, Crystal Clear Consulting
Kande McDonald, Vice President, Crystal Clear Consulting
11:10-12:10
Concurrent Sessions 2
Track A
Succeed in Business and Entrepreneurship - Panel
Women in the Boardroom: Insight from Serving on Corporate & Non-Profit Boards

This panel of accomplished women have served on boards of directors for a variety of corporate and nonprofit organizations. Through a facilitated panel discussion, speakers will share their experiences serving in these important oversight roles in which they balance competing interests and contribute at the highest levels of an organization, where often there are few other women.

Panelists:
Jessica Reed: General Partner, Alta Equity Partners
Kristen Rupert: Senior Vice President of External Affairs, Associated Industries of Massachusetts and Executive Director, AIM International Business Council
Moderator:
Beth Humberd: Assistant Professor of Management, UMass Lowell, Manning School of Business
Track B
Cultivate Career Development Skills - Panel
Mentoring & Sponsorship

What's the difference between mentoring and sponsorship? Do you need both? How do you identify a sponsor or mentor? How can you take control of your own career? These questions and more will be covered in this panel discussion.

Panelists:
Christine Yip Cruzvergara, Assoc. Provost & Executive Director Career Education, Wellesley College
Janel Ryan, director, Global Sales Enablement, Arbor Networks
Moderator:
Robin Toof, Director, Center for Community Research and Engagement, UMass Lowell
Track C
Invest in Your Personal Capital - Panel
How do I plan for Different Phases of Life?

Managing money in the midst of life's other priorities is no easy task. Women of all ages and backgrounds struggle with the pressure to earn enough, care for family and plan for retirement. Hear from women in the investment world on how to achieve your financial best in an increasingly complex environment.

Panelists:
Ellen Duffy, Owner, Parkway Wealth Management
Kristine Porcaro, Co-Founder & President, Lexington Wealth Management
Patricia Stevens, Financial Advisor/Assistant Vice President, Enterprise Wealth Services
Moderator:
Lauren Mersereau, Vice President, Enterprise Wealth Management
Track D
Lead, Empower, Inspire! - Workshop
Misunderstandings in The Workplace - Perceptions or Reality?

Participants will leave this interactive workshop understanding how their own perceptions, assumptions and biases lead to misinterpretations and conflicts in the workplace. They will learn specific strategies to minimize these misunderstandings and resolve conflicts that arise from them.

Speaker:
Emmy Monticelli, MBA, PCC, CPLP
12:15-1:15
Lunch - 50 Warren Restaurant, Dining Hall and Lower Locks
1:15 - 2:15
Concurrent Sessions 3
Track A
Succeed in Business and Entrepreneurship - Panel
Succeeding in Entrepreneurial & Start-up Environments

This panel includes women who are building their success in entrepreneurial and start-up environments. Our speakers are involved in organizations at a variety of developmental stages from earlier start-ups to long-standing companies. They will share the stories motivating their ventures, reflect on their learnings and inspire us with their ongoing passion for their work.

Speakers:
Shayne Gilbert: Founder, Camp Seekers; and President, Future Forward Events LLC
Isabelle Lousada: President and Chief Executive Officer, Amyloidosis Research Consortium (ARC)
Susu Wong, Founder and Principal, Tomo 360
Moderator:
Erica Steckler: Assistant Professor of Management, UMass Lowell, Manning School of Business
Track B
Cultivate Career Development Skills - Panel
What are you worth?

A panel discussion on how to be your best advocate. Asking for a raise or a promotion can be scary. Learn from the panelists how to set the groundwork by establishing your own worth to an organization - and when to make the ask.

Panelists:
Maureen Crawford Hentz, Vice President of HR, CW Chesterton
Kristen Brown, VP Global Talent Acquisition, Kronos, Inc.
Samantha Washburn, Deputy Director, Office of Economic Empowerment at Massachusetts State Treasury
Moderator:
Monica Galizzi, professor, Department of Economics, UMass Lowell
Track C
Invest in Your Personal Capital - Workshop
Navigating Workplace Culture: Combating Micro-aggressions

Microaggressions - verbal or nonverbal, intentional or unintentional actions and comments that convey a negative or even derogatory message - can be common in the workplace. These messages leave people feeling uneasy and marginalized. In isolation, these acts may get brushed aside or dismissed as inconsequential, but each interaction communicates that a person is "other" or an outsider. When microaggressions take place daily, weekly or monthly, they can add up to an unfavorable work environment. Take part in an interactive workshop about how to become an active bystander to address such biases.

Panelists:
Michelle C. Haynes-Baratz, Ph.D.
Track D
Lead, Empower, Inspire! - Workshop
Influencing for Impact

Participants will learn about five predominant influence styles. They will practice how to evaluate a situation in order to choose the influence style with the highest probability of success. Most importantly, participants will gain an understanding of their preferred style in order to understand when not to use it. The goal of this session is to increase each participant's influence skills by helping them to gain flexibility in how they approach an influence situation.

Benefits and outcomes:

  • Determine your predominant influence style, strengths and development opportunities
  • Determine an appropriate influence strategy for a particular situation
  • Practice an "influence conversation" using a specific influence strategy
Speaker:
Dana Henry, Director of Organizational Development and Learning Solutions
2:15-2:30
Break
2:30 - 3:30
Afternoon Keynote - Linda M. Gadsby

Linda M. Gadsby is vice president and deputy general counsel at Scholastic Inc., the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books. She has been with the company since 1997. In her current role, Linda advises the company's Management Executive Team members regularly, is responsible for handling all labor and employment law matters, serves as the primary attorney for the company's Education, Book Fairs, and National Service Organization divisions, handles the company's immigration and employee benefits law areas, and serves on the company's Administrative Committee. Linda values giving back to her community, especially in support of youth, education, and women. She is a member of numerous community service organizations, including Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, The Links, Inc., and Jack and Jill of America, Inc.. Linda is also an active alumni leader at her alma maters: Cornell University, where she serves on the Board of Trustees, NYU School of Law, where she is on the Board of the NYU Law Alumni Association and Co-Chair of the Awards Committee, and Stuyvesant High School, where she is one of the founding members of the Stuyvesant High School Black Alumni Diversity Initiative. Linda has been widely honored for her professional achievements and community service by the Consulate General of Barbados in New York, Chambers USA, NYU School of Law, Girl Scouts of Greater New York, Young Barbadian Professionals Society, Savoy Magazine, The Network Journal, and Diversity MBA Magazine.

3:30-5:00
Closing Networking Reception - 50 Warren Restaurant (Cocktails & hors d'oeuvres will be served)