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Opening Keynote Speaker:

REDEFINING LEADERSHIP FOR THE MODERN WORLD

If you want to make an impact - in your work, your life and the world at large - it’s time to scrap the traditional thinking about leadership. The game is changing. Power is shifting. And a brave new movement of leaders are redefining success, rewriting the rules and revolutionizing leadership for the modern world.

Danielle Harlan, PhD, founder and CEO, The Center for Advancing Leadership and Human Potential; author of The New Alpha: Join the Rising Movement of Influencers and Changemakers Who are Redefining Leadership.

Complimentary book for first 100 people who sign up!

Track 1: The Resilient Professional Track:

WHY INCLUSIVE WORK CULTURES MATTER - AND HOW YOU CAN CREATE THEM

People believe in the idea of meritocracy, yet bias can stand in the way of evaluating talent and hiring the most qualified candidates. How can we develop our workplaces to be more inclusive, particularly throughout the hiring process? This interactive workshop will help participants learn to identify bias and how it can creep into the writing of job descriptions, interviews and hiring; evaluate candidates using fair criteria in order to make more effective decisions; and block bias in conversations about talent during the hiring process.

Lori N. Mackenzie, executive director, Center for the Advancement of Women’s Leadership, Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Stanford University

BEYOND THE BOYS CLUB: LEVERAGING GENDER DIFFERENCES TO ACHIEVE CAREER SUCCESS

We hear a lot of talk these days about being “fair” in the workplace, treating men and women the “same” or “equal.” But what if women owned their unique differences and used them to their advantage? This session features leading experts who will discuss stereotypes, perceptions and leveraging gender-dominated strengths to our benefit.

Moderator: Diane Manuel, CRPC, CFP, financial advisor, Urban Wealth Management
Jaime Hansen, author on women and business
Lindy Huang Werges, founder, Integritas Resources, Inc.
Margie Moreno, manager, International Originals, YouTube
Valerie Mosley, chairwoman and CEO, Valmo Ventures

WIRED FOR AUTHENTICITY: LEAD ADAPTIVELY IN TIMES OF CHANGE AND AMBIGUITY

Change and ambiguity are the new normal. New competition, constant restructuring and ambiguity can leave us feeling insecure in our jobs and disengaged within our teams. This session will focus on three key practices to help leaders navigate themselves and others toward cultures that are trusting, engaged and adaptive. Participants will achieve greater self-awareness of how they sabotage themselves during times of change; learn the neuroscience behind what triggers self-sabotaging behaviors, and create an action plan to be powerful within current changes you may be experiencing.

Henna Inam, CEO, Transformational Leadership, Inc.

PIVOTING YOUR WAY TO A DREAM CAREER

In this session, speakers will provide insights on how to get out of your comfort zone and find experiences that will open your eyes to opportunities you never knew existed. They will challenge you to pursue your passion while addressing such obstacles as risk, letting go of ego and dealing with uncertainty. Whether or not you are “looking for something more,” you will be inspired to find your way to your own dream career.

Moderator: Joanna Bloor, founder, Amplify Lab
Abby Allen, founder, Neon Butterfly
Archelle Georgiou, MD, physician, advisor, author and founder, Georgiou Consulting, LLC
Katie Kelley, author and global leadership development director, Fuerst Group

Track II: The Resilient You Track:

WHY LIVING A HEALTHY AND HAPPY LIFE IS ESSENTIAL TO LEADING OTHERS

Many studies have found that personal health and happiness are essential to resilient and effective leadership. In this session, speakers will discuss happiness and why living a healthy, vibrant life is essential to being a successful leader within and around you.

Moderator: Jacqui Burge, founder, Desk Yogi
Uvinie Lubecki, MPH, managing director, Dalai Lama Fellows, Harvard School of Public Health
Mona Saint, MD, MPH, Chopra Center/UCSD School of Medicine board-certified gynecologist, integrative medicine physician and master educator

3-COURSE RECIPE: FEEDING THE MIND, BODY AND SOUL THROUGH HEALTHY NUTRTION

Science has clarified that our unhealthy lifestyles are causing our bodies to age prematurely, causing chronic diseases, robbing us of much-needed energy, and decreasing our state of wellbeing. In this session, we will review what evidence-based good nutrition really means for body and mind, and how it can be achieved in a non-complicated, "healthyish" way.

Moderator: Bryant Adibe, MD, chief wellness officer, Mount Saint Mary’s University
Paulette Lambert, RD, CDE, director of nutrition, California Health and Longevity Institute

THE ROAD TO RESILIENCE: HOW TO TRAIN YOUR BRAIN TO THRIVE AND SUCCEED

The road to resilience is an ongoing journey. It often involves risks, trial and error, and learning from past experiences. How do we find the inner strength to face challenges and setbacks while forging the road ahead toward our goals? This session is designed to empower and give you the tools you need to train your brain to build and maintain resilience — so that you thrive and succeed in any situation.

Moderator: Susan K. Salem, PhD, director, counseling and psychological services, Mount Saint Mary’s University
Jacqui Burge, founder, Desk Yogi
Lucia Cottone, founder, Knack Talent
Angel Faith, PsyD, Psychologist

IMAGE IN THE AGE OF INSTAGRAM: NAVIGATING HOW WE SEE OURSELVES AND EACH OTHER

In today’s world, we are all “brands.” The birth of the selfie and our obsession with seeing them, taking them and judging them has had an impact on the conversations we have with ourselves and others. As professionals, how can we play with this medium of “radical” self-expression as a platform for advocacy, engagement and connection, while not getting caught in a cycle of posting for the sake of “keeping up with the Joneses?” Leading industry experts from tech, fashion and media will share insights on the cultural impact our “Insta Culture” has on women, and how they are personally and professionally navigating questions around image, age, career and personal branding in an “always-on” world. 

Moderator: Beverly Jackson, vice president, social portfolio strategy, MGM Resorts International
Maggie Chieffo, general manager, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls
Joy Donnell, CEO, Parajin Media Corp and editor-in-chief, Vanichi Magazine
Ana L. Flores, founder and CEO, #WeAllGrow Latina Network and SpanglishBaby.com
Ann Le, producer, Dear White People, winner of the Sundance Festival Jury Prize in 2014

Track III: The Resilient Community Track:

THE POWER OF WE: FUELING CONSCIOUS COMMUNITIES

From our team(s) at work, the boards we sit on, the places we volunteer, the social networks we nurture and the neighborhoods we call home, there are countless ways people come together. In this session, you will hear from leading community builders about the power of the communities they have built, lessons learned, and how thinking in terms of “we” is an essential tool for building, growing and maintaining healthy communities. 

Moderator: Asha Dahya, content creator, GirlTalkHQ.com, journalist and writer
Betty LaMarr, author and founder/CEO, EmpowHer Institute
Kiesha Nix, executive director, Los Angeles Lakers Youth Foundation
Luz Rivas, commissioner, Board of Public Works, City of Los Angeles
Megan Sette, managing director, M Collaborative; co-founder, The Heart Series Conference

TALK THE TALK: CONVEYING POWER, CONFIDENCE AND AUTHORITY TO DRIVE CHANGE IN YOUR COMMUNITY

Effecting positive change in your communities requires vision, commitment and, just as important, the ability to convey credibility to all stakeholders. “Talk the Talk” is a highly interactive session that will introduce you to the latest research regarding women and credibility, and the best techniques to help you communicate your story. This session is ideally suited for women who interact with community members, public officials or the media.

LeeAundra Keany, co-founder, Keany Communications

THE LEGACY WE LEAVE: SHAPING OUR WORLD FOR THOSE WHO COME NEXT

What do you want to be known for and how would understanding this question shape the way you make decisions at work or in your personal life? This session will feature leading influencers who have collectively dedicated their lives to giving back their time, influence and philanthropic dollars to help women and girls- and men- on local, national and global levels. These leaders will share how they are building a legacy as individuals, through their companies and communities, and offer insights into ways each of us can carve our own paths to leave a legacy for those who come next.

Moderator Cora Neumann,PhD, founder, First Ladies Alliance and RESET
Karen Chong, director of audience & influencer engagement, AARP
Suzanne Lerner, co-founder and president, Michael Stars
Cristina Mancini Jones, executive vice president, technology & creative strategy, 20th Century FOX
Diane Reichenberger, founder, Women’s Accelerator; vice president, consumer products global strategy, Mattel

THE F WORD: FEMINIST ACTIVISM IN THE 21st CENTURY

What does feminism mean to you? How has feminism changed over the years?  The feminist movement in the United States has a long, nuanced, and multifaceted history. Join us for an intimate conversation with leading scholars and activists about the state of feminism today, millennial activism on college campuses, and women’s intergenerational and intersectional experience with feminism. The panelists will share their deep knowledge of feminism and the similarities and differences of feminism across communities and cultures, and offer insights on how we can positively impact one of the most resilient social movements in modern history.

Moderator: Emerald Archer,PhDdirector, Center for the Advancement of Women, Mount Saint Mary’s University
Alison Crossley,PhD, associate director, Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Stanford University
Aída Hurtado, professor, Chicana and Chicano Studies and Luis Leal Endowed Chair, University of California Santa Barbara

Closing Session:

LEADING WITH INTENTION

In her most recent book, Living With Intent: My Somewhat Messy Journey to Purpose, Peace and Joy, Chopra asks the questions: “Who am I?” “What do I want?” and “How can I serve?” To be a leader, we need to cultivate our unique message by knowing ourselves. What are our deepest desires and intentions to live a healthier, happier and more purposeful life? How do we transform intention into action? Chopra will share her “messy” journey to find her voice, as she constantly questioned and re-evaluated her intentions to ultimately serve herself, her family and community, and the world around her.

Mallika Chopra, founder of Intent.com, media entrepreneur, public speaker and published author