Mount Saint Mary’s is hosting three tracks for you to learn, grow, network and get inspired:
Empowering Your Personal Growth
Empowering Your Professional Development
Empowering You to Lead Change in Your Personal and Professional Communities
Come early to jumpstart your day and make connections!
Registration, breakfast bites, speaker meet & greet and book signing, book store, Headshot Truck and expo
#BestBoldYou Opening Remarks and Keynote
Every decision regarding people’s opportunities – personal and professional – is made in a room that they are not in. This begs the question – is your name even on the list? And if you are, what is being said about you in that room that you’re not in? Can you impact what you are known for? Joanna Bloor says, “Not only can you have an impact on that conversation, but in today’s modern workplace, you absolutely must do so!” How can you do that? It starts with each of us understanding our unique value proposition. When this happens, everyone wins.
"Coffee is Served" Micro Break
"Coffee is Served" Micro Break
|11:25 a.m.-12:25 p.m.||
Let’s Eat and Meet!
#BestBoldYou Closing Remarks and Keynote
Happiness not only feels good; it is good. Happy people have more stable marriages, superior health, and higher incomes. Fortunately, experiments have shown that people can intentionally increase their happiness. In this presentation, Sonja Lyubomirsky will share new research revealing when and why such practices as gratitude or kindness work best and how small and simple activities can transform women leaders—and their colleagues, families, and friends—into happier and more flourishing individuals.
Happy Hour Hustle
No matter how many hands are shaken at conferences, there will always be more people to meet and too little time. Join us for this year’s Happy Hour Hustle speed networking event to connect with bold leaders in a fun, easy way. This is a great opportunity to network, explore partnerships, and make new friends. You must register for the speed networking portion of Happy Hour Hustle, which takes place from 3:30 to 4:00 pm.
|*The Headshot Truck will be on campus from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.|
Power Breakfast with Jacqui Burge: Tips and Tricks to Bringing Zen to Your Home or Office
(Exclusive MSMU Alums Pre-Conference Workshop)
Creating Zen within can feel difficult and it is, especially if we don't have tools to work with stress and simple techniques to create peaceful moments in our lives. It is a tall order! We can learn a few simple and easy to incorporate practices that can weave into our daily lives to help ease the stress of daily living with breath work and meditation. Join Jacqui Burge, CEO of Desk Yogi and creator of Punk Wellness to learn the simple art of creating a mindful practice so that you bring a sense of Zen into your home or office.
To register, please contact Susan Lee at email@example.com
The Science Behind Effective Conversation: Creating A Culture of Trust
Effective leaders must be skilled at creating an environment in which collaboration and cutting-edge thinking thrive—to achieve this, leaders must create a culture of trust. In this session, attendees will learn the underlying neurochemistry of conversations that either create connections or erode trust. You’ll leave with tools to transform any relationship of distrust or uncertainty to one of care, courage, and candor.
Speaker: Amy Eliza Wong, founder, Always on Purpose
The Women’s Code: The ROI of Leadership Balance
The Women’s Code shows how to rebalance office culture. Innovation, creativity, and increased productivity and engagement happen when the focus shifts to recognizing individuals and their unique talents, developing strength-based leadership, and mapping out gender-neutral career paths. In this session, you will learn what’s needed for diverse and equal team building and how to immediately transform employee engagement in order to improve your company’s overall financial performance.
Speaker: Beate Chelette, founder, The Women’s Code
A Road Map for Activism and Advocacy for All
As marches, protests, and boycotts return to the cultural conversation in the United States and people look to take action and make their voices heard, Elisa Camahort Page will provide practical tactics for navigating and protecting one's personal democracy, and for making an impact from right where they are. This session is aimed at people who feel fired up, have been activated, but who may be starting to feel burnt out or aren’t always sure they are being effective.
Speaker: Elisa Camahort Page, author, consultant, and co-founder and former COO, BlogHer, Inc.
Mastering Your Money: An Exercise in Financial Fitness panel
Becoming financially fit requires two things: knowing what to do and taking the necessary action to do it. Regardless of your current financial situation, this panel of experts will share how you can learn to thrive, save, and prepare yourself for financial security.
Moderator: René Nourse, founder and managing director, Urban Wealth Management
Alma Banuelos, senior vice president and national head of Trust & Estate Services, City National Bank and RBC Delaware
Christen Berman, insurance and retirement income planning strategist, Fraser Financial Group
Angela Kil, partner, Carico, Macdonald, Kil & Benz, LLP
Ashley Russo, licensed financial representative, Northwestern Mutual
Implicit Bias: Tackling Taboo Topics for Women at Work panel
Studies show that women face many obstacles in the workforce. Women may be seen as “too young” to take on a big project, not as “committed” to the company because they have children, or not as “ambitious” as their male colleagues. How women are understood in the workplace stems from long-held stereotypes and representations about them, which in turn create bias and prejudice. Unfortunately when it comes to distribution of work, advancement, and treatment as a team member, things are not equal from the top down or across the table. In this session, you’ll learn how implicit bias impacts the dynamics between team members and the balance across companies.
Moderator: Emerald Archer, director, Center for the Advancement of Women, Mount Saint Mary’s
Bettina Bush, editor, Working Mother Magazine
Kimberly Freeman, associate dean and chief diversity, USC Dornsife
Diane Reichenberger, vice president of consumer products global strategy, Mattel
The Power of Storytelling for Social Change panel
Storytelling is a powerful tool for inspiring action and change and influencing thought leaders, funders, and decision makers. Stories engage people at every level - not just in their minds but in their emotions, values and imaginations, which are the drivers of real change. In this session, you will learn how narrative plays a role in promoting civic engagement and social justice, as you learn how to tell - and listen to - stories that engage your audience to take action and make a difference.
Moderator: Asha Dahya, creator and editor-in-chief, GirlTalkHQ
Xan Aranda, award-winning director, producer, writer, and consultant
Jeanette Schneider, founder, Lore Advocacy, author, and senior vice president, U.S. Trust
Identifying Your Expertise: Building a Legacy of Leadership
If you want to be invited into the room, given a seat at the table and actually heard by others, it is important that you identify your skills, attributes and personal qualities. Only when you do this can you make informed choices and market yourself successfully to others. In this session, you will learn how to discover your expertise and confidently position yourself as a thought leader so that you’re effectively building a legacy of leadership.
Speaker: Sabrina Garba, founder and CEO, Glass Ladder Group
Negotiating Effectively: What Works for Women
We know we need to negotiate, but the question is – how? What do you say? How do you get what you need without burning bridges? It’s not just “win or lose” – every interaction is an opportunity to build support for your proposals, while developing stronger long-term relationships. In this workshop, you’ll learn practical techniques you can immediately apply to get better results. We’ll discuss strengths, challenges, fears, and the exact words you can say to help you negotiate with confidence.
Speaker: Ching Valdezco, director, Exec|Comm
Get on Board: Building Strong Leaders and Champions for Change
Many of us want to serve the public or make a difference in our community. Whether you’re looking for ways to make an impact, build your networks or develop your leadership skills, boards, appointed positions and even local community groups offer the opportunity to do both. Our panel of experts will provide resources to help you find your calling as well as shed light on navigating the process and what service on a board, commission and in our communities truly means.
Moderator: Jackie Filla, associate professor, History & Political Science, Mount Saint Mary’s; president, City of Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women
Betsy Berkhemer Credaire, CEO, 2020 Women on Boards; CEO, Berkhemer Clayton, Inc.
Yvette Chappell-Ingram, president & CEO, African Board Leadership Institute
Felicia Williams, Planning Commissioner, City of Pasadena
Keynote: Ultimate Wellness for High Performing Women
Today, high performing women of all ages and stages in life are falling victim to superwoman syndrome, and often end up paying the price with their health. In this session, you’ll learn Dr. Bennett’s top three needle-movers for creating real change from within and living a more balanced and vibrant life.
Speaker: Dr. Susanne Bennett, holistic chiropractic physician and best-selling author
As we reach the end of the day, you will probably feel like you need an afternoon pick me up! Well, you’re in luck because Jacqui Burge will take you through some simple movements that will help you shift from feeling cluttered to feeling more clear—from feeling frazzled to feeling more focused.
Speaker: Jacqui Burge, CEO, Desk Yogi and creator, Punk Wellness
Keynote: The Connection Between Self-Care and Effective Leadership
You don't need to look far for wellness and self-care advice, but what are the most important self-care practices and tools for effective leadership? Because female leaders who practice self-care bring more health to their businesses, communities, and societies, this session will focus on the healing power of science and how taking care of ourselves will enable us to thrive personally, professionally, and in our communities
Moderator: Joy Donnell, CEO, PARAJIN MEDIA Corp.; editor-in-chief, VANICHI Magazine
Amy Denoon, CEO, Beach House PR
Maggie Q, actress, model and activist
Jess Weiner, CEO, Talk to Jess