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The purpose of the Women’s Leadership Conference is to inspire women to seek their highest level of personal and professional development by providing participants with information, perspectives and strategies concerning various dimensions of development. The programming content will feature subject matter in four basic areas: personal development (such as health maintenance, financial management, stress management, presentation, etc.), career development and advancement, leadership and community engagement. The conference format includes keynote speeches, panel discussions, individual coaching sessions, workshops and networking opportunities. The conference is inclusive and open to women, as well as the men who support them.
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Tuesday, August 5
VIP Reception at the MGM Grand Mansion
Wednesday, August 6
|7:00am-5:00pm||Registration & Information
|9:00am-9:10am||Opening Remarks||Phyllis James|
|9:10am-9:40am||General Session - Panel Discussion||Moderator: Natalie Allen
Panelists: Pat Mulroy, Jean Birch, Wendy Davidson
|10:15am-11:30am||Education Session I|
|- Emerging Leader||Shari Harley|
|- Emerging Executive||Fawn Germer|
|- Executive||Mike Hourigan|
|11:30am-12:30pm||Keynote / Q&A||Bertice Berry|
|2:00pm-3:30pm||Education Session II|
|- Emerging Leader||Vicki Hitzges|
|- Emerging Executive||Shari Harley|
|- Executive||Fawn Germer|
|4:00pm-5:30pm||Education Session III|
|- Emerging Leader||Vicki Hitzges|
|- Emerging Executive||Mike Hourigan|
|- Executive||David Rabiner|
Thursday, August 7
|8:00am- 2:00pm||Registration & Information
|8:00am- 9:00am||Breakfast Buffet|
|9:00am- 9:15am||Conference Open Remarks|
|9:15am-10:00am||General Session - Keynote Conference||Soledad O'Brien|
|10:15am-11:30am||Education Session IV|
|- Emerging Leader||Ty Bennett|
|- Emerging Executive||David Rabiner|
|- Executive||Bertice Berry|
|11:30am- 12:30pm||Women Inspiring Women|
|The Essentials of Leadership: Developing Your Emotional Intelligence||Ondra Berry|
|The Power of Social Media||Valarie Sparks|
|Women: The Next Emerging Economy||Kara Valikai|
|12:30pm-1:30pm||Network Lunch - Women Leading Dynamic Organizations & Closing||Moderator: Gail Becker-Edelman
Panelists: Catherine Cortez-Masto, Rosemary Vassiliadis, Susan Gambardella
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Growing up poor in Wilmington, Delaware, the sixth of seven children, Bertice Berry was told by a high school teacher that she was "not college material.” Fortunately, another teacher believed in her. Berry applied to colleges with no funds to pay tuition. The day her application arrived at Jacksonville University, a wealthy benefactor called the Admissions Department looking for a potential student "who could swim if they had the right backing.”
Bertice Berry certainly could “swim” – she graduated magna cum laude, and went on to earn a Ph.D. from Kent State University. She became a very popular teacher at Kent, realizing the power of humor in addressing difficult subjects like racism and sexism.
Dr. Berry then became an award-winning lecturer and comedienne, winning the coveted national Comedian of the Year Award several years straight.
Dr. Berry hosted a national talk show, The Bertice Berry Show, and hosted USA Live on the USA Network. She has appeared often on television, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and ABC's 20/20.
Dr. Bertice Berry is the author of many best-sellers, including: her memoir, I'm On My Way, But Your Foot Is On My Head; the hilarious Sckraight From the Ghetto, You Might Be Ghetto If and You STILL Ghetto; her novel Redemption Song; and The Haunting of Hip Hop. Her other books include the award-winning Jim & Louella Homemade Heart-fix Remedy; When Love Calls, You Better Answer; and her family history, The Ties That Bind. A Year to Wellness and Other Weight Loss Secrets shares her journey of losing 150 pounds.
Despite her many honors and achievements, Dr. Berry is most proud of becoming the "instant mother" to her sister's four young children. "When you walk with purpose," Berry says, "you collide with destiny!"
Emerging Leader Track: The Power of Influence: Increase Your Impact
No matter your company, or the role which you play in it, you are in the business of people. Because of that, leadership is a driving force behind growing your business. How do you become a solid leader? Through influence. How do you become a successful leader? By using influence to engage and inspire others with integrity. Ty shares his philosophies and tools for increasing your influence and impact as a leader. Ty’s humorous, insightful and interactive presentation will send attendees home as better leaders-making for better and more profitable businesses.
About Ty Bennett
When Ty Bennett was 21 years old, he and his brother Scott started a business in direct sales, which they built to over $20 million in annual revenue while still in their twenties. Since that time, he has developed over 500 sales managers in 37 countries. As an entrepreneur, Ty uses the power of influence and storytelling to engage his teams and develop the vision of growing their organization.
As a speaker Ty is a young, fresh voice with a fun, engaging style. He speaks on leadership, influence, entrepreneurship and storytelling. More than 500,000 people from 50 countries have learned from Ty Bennett’s insights.
With a natural ability to engage and empower others, Ty draws on his experience to share tangible techniques and principles of leadership and influence. Ty’s interactive presentations are engaging, dynamic and inspiring.
Ty Bennett’s best-selling books The Power of Influence and The Power of Storytelling: The Art of Influential Communication is used in graduate courses at multiple universities including MIT, as today’s version of the classic How to Win Friends and Influence People.
Executive Track: You've Leaned In, Now Lean OUT
You've been leaning in, leaning in, leaning in. Maybe it is time to lean out a little. As one of the nation's premier speakers on work-life balance issues, Fawn brings together the tips and strategies from America's most successful women leaders at all levels in the business world. This session will end the madness, change your life and completely reduce your stress level. You will learn to:
Emerging Executive Track: Hard Won Wisdom
Be prepared to be inspired. This presentation will give you the performance jolt needed in order to excel without limits. If you are searching for greatness on your own terms, you will learn to:
About Fawn Germer
A very nasty boss told Fawn Germer that she’d never be more than she was then – a newspaper reporter. We hope her boss was one of the millions watching when Oprah Winfrey featured Fawn’s first book, Hard Won Wisdom, on her show and said it was “very inspiring.” Fawn has written seven best-selling books, and is a successful, beloved speaker. She’s real, honest, and shares leadership and success strategies learned from interviewing many of America’s most successful leaders.
Fawn’s distinguished reporting career earned her numerous awards including four Pulitzer Prize nominations and the prestigious Green Eyeshade Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. An acclaimed investigative reporter, she’s worked as a correspondent for The Washington Post and U.S. News and World Report. Fawn is a regular columnist for The Huffington Post.
Fawn looks back on that bully boss who tried to hold her back and says, “Some people have mentors. I had a tormentor.” If not for him, she’d never have looked for anything different from her career. One thing she’s learned: It’s all about the obstacles. Fawn Germer shares stories of creating triumph out of defeat, inspiring us to believe in ourselves, take risks, and live a bold life.
Emerging Leader Track: Managing Your Reputation: What They Say When You're Not There.
No one wants to hear that she isn't doing a good job. Thus no one wants to tell her. Telling your boss you're frustrated or aren't hitting your targets is even more difficult, and thus many of us don't. Worse is that most feedback, positive or negative, is useless because it's vague. Get a simple formula to make even the most difficult conversation easier. Conversations will be short, specific and on point. They won't be personal. They will be actionable. You'll be able to say what you want to say, when you want to say it, in a way that the other person can hear you and take action.
Emerging Executive Track: How to Say Anything to Anyone: Setting Expectations for Powerful Working Relationships.
You have a request for one of your co-workers but don't know how to say it, so you don't say anything. A project you worked on for six months has become a black hole. There is no information about the status. You're frustrated, but you don't say anything. Two employees aren't working well together. It's impacting the atmosphere in the office. You don't know what to say, so you don't say anything. Speaking up when we are frustrated is hard and, as a result, most of us don't. Instead, either we tell other people (aka gossip) or we say nothing, and relationships become strained. You can say anything to anyone and have it be easy. You just need to lay the groundwork to do so, and most of us don't.
About Shari Harley
Shari Harley brings candor back to the workplace, making it easier to tell the truth at work. Managers tell employees the truth about their performance. Employees ask for what they need. Prospects tell you why they did or didn't hire you. Customers tell you how things are really going, giving you the chance to retain their business.
An engaging, funny, content-rich business speaker, Shari’s practical approach has led her to speak and train throughout the U.S. and in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, India, Dubai, and Australia.
She is the author of the book How to Say Anything to Anyone A Guide to Building Business Relationships that Really Work.
Shari Harley is the President of Candid Culture, a training and consulting firm. Before launching Candid Culture, Shari led leadership development training for OppenheimerFunds, conducted customer service training for American Century Investments, and facilitated and sold programs for Dale Carnegie Training. She holds a Masters in Communication and taught leadership at the University of Denver.
From making meetings work and delegating better, to managing your career and saying anything to anyone, Shari’s techniques delight and inform. Audiences laugh while they learn, and gain tools and techniques to transform any relationship.
Executive Track: Creating a Culture of Personal Leadership and Growth
What difference would it make if personal leadership -- initiative, accountability, character, and sound decision-making -- was the most obvious quality in your workforce? This program explores what it takes to imbed personal leadership into the fabric of your organization and why doing so is critical to engaging your workforce, retaining your top performers, and achieving strategic objectives.
Emerging Executive Track: Practical Leadership: Bridging the Gap Between Knowing and Doing
As students of leadership, we all face the same challenging question: How do we close the gap between what we know about leadership and who we are as leaders? How do we become the leaders we want to be? This program explores the obstacles that keep us from excelling at leadership at the behavioral level and provides the necessary tools for overcoming those obstacles. Participants will leave with a plan that will allow them not just to understand what great leadership is, but how to live it. This presentation on the discipline of leadership growth and development is a must-attend event for those who want to take their leadership skills to the next level.
About David Rabiner
David Rabiner, CSP is a rare combination of subject-matter expert and humorist. Participants in his content-rich programs discover small, high-impact changes they can make to have greater influence with others and achieve better outcomes in business and in life. They leave motivated, inspired, and with real-world tools they will use each day at work and at home.
David Rabiner enjoyed a successful career in radio news broadcasting, in executive-level public service, and as an entrepreneur. In 1993, David founded Rabiner Resources, delivering programs that improve leadership, business results, and individual effectiveness at work.
In 2003, David passed rigorous standards to earn the Certified Speaking Professional designation, the international benchmark for speaking excellence. This designation is held by the top 10% of speakers worldwide.
A graduate of the Edward R. Murrow School of Communications at Washington State University, David has presented over 2,000 programs in 46 states and twelve countries. He combines the captivating style of a great speaker with a deep understanding of what it takes to learn. David’s funny and down-to-earth presentation style helps people visualize and grasp the topic and motivates them to make the changes necessary to keep pace, stay balanced, and succeed.
Executive Track: Riding the Waves without Getting Wet: How to Lead though Change
Reorganizations. Changing laws. The global economy. How can you keep your lifejacket buckled while the stormy seas of absurdity churn around you? This program shares strategies for managing change in organizations swirling in the turbulent waters. One thing is certain, people are looking to their leaders for direction and leaders are trying to find it before it changes again. Whether you are at the crest or in the trough he will show you how to become change resilient and stay dry. This lively program makes leading change as fun as a day at the beach. When you leave the program you will be able to recognize, predict, and plan for change. You will also be able to teach your mangers how to motivate through change rather than dread it.
Emerging Executive Track: How to Get what YOU Want through Negotiation Skills
When it comes to negotiation, all people are created equal, but it is the people who understand the negotiation process and practice it who win! In his negotiation program, Mike Hourigan will demystify this process and guarantees everyone will leave with the skills necessary to enter their next negotiation from a position of strength and get what you want. Don’t miss this fun, funny and factual program designed to improve your negotiation results. Here are just a few takeaways:
About Mike Hourigan
Mike Hourigan, CSP brings humor and real-world wisdom to audiences, helping them navigate constant change. Mike entertains and energizes, illustrating his points with insightful stories from his varied work experiences… from picking strawberries for 10 cents a pint at age 12 to heading sales and marketing at large international companies.
A veteran leadership consultant and productivity expert, Mike provides easy-to-use solutions that help audiences thrive in today’s workplace and global marketplace. Audiences leave his program ready to face challenging situations head on.
Mike’s corporate career spanned 17 years with international companies including Olympus Corporation and Cargill, Inc. This real-world executive experience informs Mike’s completely fresh approach to leadership, team building, sales management, customer service, and balance.
Mike addresses the key issues that companies grapple with most, from interpersonal communications to the subtle nuances of conducting business in a global economy. Mike’s dynamic presentations help audiences achieve higher levels of performance.
Mike Hourigan is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), the highest earned accreditation awarded by the National Speakers Association, and achieved by only 10% of speakers worldwide.Â His books include Riding the Waves without Getting Wet: A Journey to Leadership, The Leadership Secrets of Santa Claus, and Motivational Selling.
Emerging Leader Track: A River of Blessing
People reach out to people who reach out. A Carnegie Study explored why people get, keep and move ahead in jobs. The results of that scientific study are presented in this laugh-provoking presentation. Time will fly in this highly interactive session where audience members participate in small-group activities that teach them how to shake hands (a huge number don't know how), actively listen, encourage others and connect. And you'll take away vital skills to use both at work and at home that will benefit you.
About Vicki Hitzges
Vicki Hitzges, CSP started her career communicating with the public in the front office for the Dallas Cowboys. As her career progressed, Vicki worked as a television news anchor and talk show host in Dallas, where she interviewed U.S. presidents, business moguls, movie stars, authors and athletes. She hosted the Cowboys weekly TV show, Special Edition.
Vicki became a publicist, and one of her clients, motivational guru Zig Ziglar, urged Vicki to speak and personally mentored her. Within three months, she’d spoken around the world!
Vicki works with companies to build cultures of encouragement. Vicki combines stories, humor, useful content, and audience interaction in her presentations to powerful effect. Her core message is how to build stronger relationships, because relationships are the key to our success and satisfaction in life. Vicki provides tips and ideas that people can implement immediately.
In 2004, Vicki Hitzges earned the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation, the highest earned designation awarded by the National Speakers Association. Fewer than 10% of speakers worldwide have earned this title. Vicki has spoken as far away as Qatar, New Zealand, Panama and Thailand. She is the author of Attitude is Everything and Stuck on Stop – How to Quit Procrastinating.
The Power of Social Media:
In this high-energy session, Valarie Sparks will leave you with mastering the “How To's” of LinkedIn for Personal and Professional Branding:
After a successful 13-year career in corporate operations and sales management, Valarie Sparks has created a Social Sales Training company in which she trains a wide variety of professionals from entrepreneurs, job seekers, and sales professionals how to utilize LinkedIn as a marketing, job seeking, and business development tool. Valarie’s time is spent staying current on new LinkedIn trends and updated features.
Women: The Next Emerging Economy
As a result of this workshop, participants will gain a deeper understanding of how companies are empowering women through three distinct areas: employees and corporate value chains, corporate philanthropy and community investment, and public policy and advocacy.
About Kara Valikai
Kara Valikai is the Director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center's Health and Wellness and Women’s Economic Empowerment Issue Networks. In this role, she supports global companies to modify, grow, and improve in their wellness and women’s economic opportunity through their corporate citizenship initiatives. She brings together a diverse set of leaders to discuss the most pressing health and wellness and women’s economic empowerment challenges through research, reporting, and forums. These resources empower companies to identify the best solutions, strategies, and partners and make real change.
Kara recently earned an MBA and MPA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and the Harvard Kennedy School, respectively. In these programs, she specialized in sustainability, corporate social responsibility (CSR), and international affairs. In addition to her studies, she worked for the Harvard Kennedy School CSR Initiative. She co-authored a report which illuminated ExxonMobil’s complex network of partners necessary to establish a $19B liquid natural gas project in Papua New Guinea. In addition she co-authored a report, which assessed the business case for The Coca-Cola Company’s 5by20 women’s economic empowerment initiative.
She previously worked for TechnoServe in Romania, Colombia, Chile, and Nicaragua. Kara also spent two years working for a microfinance rating agency, Planet Rating, in Peru where she led and executed financial risk and social ratings for microfinance institutions across Latin America. Prior to Planet Rating, she was a senior financial analyst for an asset management company, American Capital. She has also worked in public accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant. Kara speaks Spanish fluently and holds a B.A. in Business-Economics from U.C. Santa Barbara.
“Every human being is under construction and has unlimited potential.” This principle has inspired Ondra Berry to commit his life to inspire those within his sphere of influence to realize and actualize their hidden potential. Ondra has been a champion of leadership, diversity, organizational change, and individual personal growth for over 25 years. He is committed to challenging the status quo in human potential and utilized his two decades of experience and studies in the topic of personal leadership and greatness to ignite a movement of unleashing the potential within, one person at a time, worldwide. His goal is to get each person to understand their “Ayoba” the awesomeness and potential that we all have within. He was the co-founder and partner of Guardian Quest, a company committed to unleashing the untapped potential of individuals and organizations through world-class training solutions. Known as a change agent in personal and organizational transformation, Ondra’s vast leadership and training experience spans public and private sectors.
His skills were refined in a celebrated 25-year career in the Reno Police Department, where he retired as the Assistant Chief of Police over-seeing the administrative division. He continues his public service to his state and country as a General in the Nevada Air National Guard and is assigned as the Assistant Adjutant General Air, for the State of Nevada. In June of 2013, Ondra joined of the best companies in the world, the MGM Resorts International. He serves as the Vice-President of Diversity and Inclusion for corporate diversity and community engagement. Ondra invests his life energies and passions in the development and delivery of cutting edge training solutions in the topics of diversity, leadership and organizational change, and employee engagement.
He holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Nevada Reno and is a member of numerous non-profit and service organizations Through his innovative training and keynote addresses, Ondra Berry has spoken in all fifty states, territories, the District of Columbia, and several countries, and is on a quest to leave this world better than he found it!
Suzan Kereere is Senior VP and General Manager, American Express. In this role, she is responsible for managing relationships and strategy with merchants that have a national footprint in the U.S. These merchants operate in such sectors as travel, retail, restaurant, lodging, entertainment, every day spend, and B2B. Suzan and her team are tasked with finding innovative solutions to improve the merchant experience and drive growth. The team is focused on expanding into new verticals, accessing new consumers through enhanced value propositions and leading digital innovation with key merchants.
Suzan Kereere is an innovative business leader with over 20 years of experience in managing profit and loss, leading global customer-facing teams, and leading her teams to success. Previously, Suzan led the Global Network Business as Senior Vice President and was critical in leading the way for American Express to become the payment network for commerce for Issuers and Acquirers. With a team of over 500 employees in 21 markets, she was responsible for monetizing network assets and developing emerging technologies. In this capacity, she was responsible for profit and loss ownership, achieving competitive parity, driving digital payments innovation and leveraging partnerships to create new business models. She also led the American Express decision to launch EMV in the U.S., keeping pace with the competition and creating a foundation for future innovation. She was also the driving force behind several digital pilot launches including ISIS and contactless in transit.
Suzan holds board seats on multiple organizations in both a professional and personal capacity. She is a board member of the National Retail Federation Foundation as well as the United States Travel Association. She also serves on the board of the NY chapter of the Red Cross, Zawadi Africa Education Fund, and Dataposit - a new technology start up in Africa. She co-led the American Express European Diversity Council and Women’s Interest Networks and devotes much of her personal time to causes which further the education and advancement of women from developing countries.
She holds a BA in Economics from Tufts University, Massachusetts and currently lives in New Jersey with her husband and two daughters.
Wendy Davidson joined Kellogg Company as president, U.S. Specialty Channels in October 2013. She is also a member of the company’s Global Leadership Team, the Kellogg North America Leadership Team, and the Global Snacks and Global Breakfast Operating Councils.
Most recently, Ms. Davidson was vice president, Custom Flavor Solutions, U.S. and Latin America, at McCormick & Company. Prior to that, she spent 16 years at Tyson Foods Inc., working in general management, sales and marketing roles. Among them, she served as senior vice president and general manager, National Accounts; group vice president, Food Service Group and senior vice president and general manager, McDonald’s Business Unit. Ms. Davidson holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and sociology from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, where she is a member of the Board of Regents. She also serves on the Luther College Executive Committee and chairs the Outreach and Gifts Committee.
Currently, Ms. Davidson serves as the Vice Chair of the Women’s Foodservice Forum (WFF) Board of Directors and is an Executive Committee member. Previously, Ms. Davidson served on the North West Arkansas chapter of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Board of Directors, the Mother’s and Companies Cooperating (MACC) Initiative Board of Directors, and the New School Board of Directors. Ms. Davidson is an active volunteer, advocate and sponsor for the United Way. Ms. Davidson and her husband plan to relocate to the greater Chicago area. They have two children.
|Gail Becker||Debi Benedetti||Bertice Berry||Ellen Brown|
|Christine Cashen||Kathleen Ciaramello||Dan Coughlin||Lillian Coury|
|Carol Evans||Ruth Hedges||Phyllis James||Cindy Kiser Murphey|
|Marilyn Sherman||Maria Silva||Angela Taylor||Lu Torres|
|Char Wenc||Pamela S. Williamson||Kathleen Wood|