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Agenda - June 21, 2016

7:30-8:30
Conference Check-In and Continental Breakfast - Inn & Conference Center Lobby
8:30-8:45
Welcome Remarks: Jacqueline Moloney, UML Chancellor
8:45-9:45
Morning Keynote - Taniya Nayak | taniyanayak.com

Taniya Nayak is one of the nation's foremost interior designers. She became a household name as a design expert on HGTV and the Food Network. Taniya owns a successful, Boston-based interior design firm, Taniya Nayak Design LLC., where she adds a fresh, clean look to both commercial and residential spaces.

9:45-10:00
Break
10:00 - 11:00
Concurrent Sessions 1
Track A - Sponsored by: Circle Health
Promote Holistic Health - 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 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 mindfulness program
Track B
Impact, Influence and Innovate - Speaker
Creating Impact Catherine Popper is a highly respected business leader with over 25 years of experience as a corporate executive and management consultant. Ms. Popper has served in key roles within Fidelity Investments and as a consultant. Her expertise spans supply chain and procurement, management consulting, human resource consulting, sales and client relations, line management and human resource management. In this session, Ms. Popper will discuss how she has created an impact over the course of her career by delivering excellent results and driving business transformations.
Speaker:
Catherine Popper, Senior Vice President, Procurement, Fidelity Investments.
Facilitator:
Prof. Elizabeth Altman, UMass Lowell
Track C
Cultivating a Rewarding Career - Panel Discussion
Navigating the Gender-Segregated Workplace As much as we may want to think the workplace is becoming more "gender-neutral," the reality is that certain professions remain dominated by men and others by women. This session features women who have built careers in a gender-dominated field. They share their stories and advice and invite attendees to participate in the conversation.
Speakers:
Lisa Brothers, CEO of Nitsch Engineering;
Saravon Khun-Leng, Lowell Police Department;
Deborah Chausse, Executive Director of Lowell's House of Hope;
Roz Feldberg, Associate Director, Massachusetts Nurses Association
Track D - Sponsored by: Enterprise Bank
Lead, Empower, Inspire - Speaker
Coaching and Mentoring: Supporting Growth Achieve organizational excellence through a continuous effort to incorporate the benefits of empowering others. Whether coaching employees or mentoring a professional, you can be their guide to performing at their best and advancing their organizations. Learn to retain key members on your team by focusing on specific talent development.
Speaker:
Deb Bercume, M.S.M., PCC, President of Bercume Associates
11:10-12:10
Concurrent Sessions 2
Track A - Sponsored by: Circle Health
Promote Holistic Health - Speaker
Organizational Approaches to Promote Work/Life Balance How does an organization develop a culture of wellness? It starts with healthy leadership, employee engagement and organizational commitment to policies that protect and promote employee health and wellness. The session will explore how to develop a holistic approach to workplace well-being that can enhance individual health, promote collegiality, and increase overall productivity of the workforce.
Speaker:
Debbie Phillips, President, WFD Consulting; Richard Spada, Senior Global Manager of Diversity and Inclusion, Novartis
Track B
Impact, Influence and Innovation - Moderated Panel Discussion
Building Influence The speakers for this session build influence from a wide range of roles across a myriad of organization types. Their extensive experience spans the worlds of corporations, investing, boards, entrepreneurship, non-profits, and family businesses. Drawing upon their expertise across this broad range of domains, the panel members will discuss how paths of all types can open up important opportunities for influence.
Moderator:
Prof. Beth Humberd, UMass Lowell
Speakers:
Hollie Schmidt, Vice President of Scientific Operations, Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis;
Emily Collins, Finance Director, Boston Scientific Corp.;
Katherine Trujillo, Configuration Analyst II, Raytheon Co.
Track C
Cultivate a Rewarding Career - Speaker/Workshop
How to Get Paid What You're Worth: A Mini-Workshop on Salary Negotiation What are the consequences of the gender wage gap? It could be as much as a $1.2 million loss over a woman's lifetime. Learn how to determine what employers are paying for the position you want and learn strategies for negotiating an equitable wage. This is a hands-on workshop that will teach women to apply the resources and strategies available in a real-world situation.
Speaker:
Evelyn Murphy, President, WAGE Project
Track D - Sponsored by: Enterprise Bank
Lead, Empower, Inspire - Moderated Panel Discussion
Influencing With or Without Authority Attendees will learn from the experience of our panelists the best way to establish themselves and influence others. Influence is not about authority or who's in charge: It's about persuading others to share a mutually beneficial vision. Building those positive relationships is the foundation of a power base. Learning how to inspire cooperation and overcome resistance will help you create relationships with mutual objectives, which will foster a respectful work environment.
Moderator:
Rita B. Allen,, President of Rita B. Allen Associates
Speakers:
Susan G. Reed, Chief Probation Officer at Ayer District Court;
Edith Onderick-Harvey, President, Factor In Talent;
Deborah Pendergast, Director, New Hampshire Division of Fire Standards, Training and Emergency Medical Services
Jennifer Springer, General Counsel and Director of Field Operations at SEIU Local 888;
12:15-1:15
Buffet Luncheon - 50 Warren Restaurant, Dining Hall and Lower Locks
1:15 - 2:15
Concurrent Sessions 3
Track A - Sponsored by: Circle Health
Promote Holistic Health
Financial Health Check Up Your financial health is part of your overall life and work health. Regardless of where you are in life -- early career, midcareer, or preparing for retirement -- there are steps you can take that will increase your financial stability and overall confidence in managing your financial needs as they evolve. This session will provide helpful tips for your own financial health review.
Facilitator:
Kim Segal, Director of Relationship Development;
Track B
Impact, Influence and Innovate - Workshop Roundtables
Innovating & Leading Molly Tschang brings 25 years of business experience in helping executives be more effective at companies including Cisco, U.S. Filter, Deloitte and IBM. In integrating 80 acquisitions globally, from 10-person start-ups to 2,000-person divisions acquired for $20M to $7B, she coached executives to sustain excellence during significant transitions, operating as both a manager and a consultant in diverse contexts. In this session, Ms. Tschang will provide a short presentation discussing organizational dynamics that make innovation challenging within organizations. She will then facilitate an interactive workshop in finding your voice to innovate and powerfully lead change.
Speaker and Facilitator:
Molly Tschang, Principal, Abella Consulting
Track C
Cultivate a Rewarding Career - Speaker/Discussion
Creating and Maintaining a Harassment-Free Workplace The EEOC has created a task force to examine the problems of harassment in the workplace in all its forms and to identify new and creative ways by which it can be prevented and eliminated. EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum discusses the findings of their report, to be issued June 19, and talks about ways women can take the lead in stopping harassment.
Speaker:
Chai Feldblum, Commissioner, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Track D - Sponsored by: Enterprise Bank
Lead, Empower, Inspire - Roundtable/Speed Networking
Essentials of Building a Strong Team Creating a team is easier said than done. People from all types of businesses talk about working as a team, but few truly understand what this means or how to develop an effective team. Learn from our round table discussions with experts the collaborative and innovative ways to build a successful team in today's multi-generational workplace. Learn ways to inspire your team to greatness from our experts who have led great teams.
Speakers:
Jenn Kantmann, Vice President of Human Resources for the Precision Devices Group of Knowles Corp.;
Kristina Lengyel, Vice President of Global Professional Services, Kronos;
Janet Edmunson, President of JME Insight
2:15-2:30
Break
2:30 - 3:30
Afternoon Keynote - Gina Barreca | ginabarreca.com

Dr. Gina Barreca, author of "It's Not That I'm Bitter: How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Visible Panty Lines and Conquered the World" (St. Martin's Press), has appeared on 20/20, The Today Show, CNN, the BBC, Dr. Phil, NPR and Oprah to discuss gender, power and politics with humor. Her earlier books include the bestselling "They Used to Call Me Snow White But I Drifted: Women's Strategic Use of Humor," and "Babes in Boyland: A Personal History of Coeducation in the Ivy League." Gina's latest book is a collection of essays titled, If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse?

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