Learning Sessions

Thursday, September 29

Ambition and the Passion to Grow

Identify your career ambitions and life goals — and learn to make them a reality — in this engaging session led by women’s career expert Kathryn Heath. Discover how to tap into your passion and break the rules to grow professionally, while remaining true to your values.
10:30 am - 11:45 am | 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm | National Ballroom B
Audience
Emerging leaders
SPEAKERS
Kathryn Heath, Ph.D., Founding Partner, Flynn Heath Holt Leadership

Competition Is Not a Dirty Word

Successful people are typically powerful, driven, ambitious, direct and competitive. But when women embody these characteristics, they are often judged as unfeminine, calculating and strident. In this highly interactive session, communication expert Peggy Klaus will demonstrate how to flex your competitive muscles and express your ideas and accomplishments with warmth and strength. Learn to stand out from the pack and move into the leadership role you deserve.
10:30 am - 11:45 am | 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm | ChampionsGate
Audience
Senior leaders
SPEAKERS
Peggy Klaus, Author, Brag! and The Hard Truth about Soft Skills

Nurturing Male Champions of Women Leaders

Join keynote speaker Michael Kimmel for a deeper dive on the role of men who champion women's career growth. Kimmel offers advice for men and women who want to nurture a workplace culture that rewards men who support women’s leadership.
10:30 am - 11:45 am | 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm | International Ballroom 1
Audience
Mid-level leaders, Senior leaders
SPEAKERS
Michael Kimmel, SUNY Distinguished Professor, Sociology and Gender Studies, Stony Brook University

The Confidence Effect

We are all CEOs — of our own lives. In this powerful session, human resources and talent leader Grace Killelea will offer strategies for taking risks and assuming leadership roles with self-assurance. Connect your competencies to your confidence — and transform yourself from the inside, out.
10:30 am - 11:45 am | 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm | National Ballroom C
Audience
Mid-level leaders
SPEAKERS
Grace Killelea, CEO and Founder, The GKC Group

The Secret to Growing Your Leadership

It’s time to take charge of your own career. Talent developer Mary Walter will show you how to significantly improve your leadership skills and confidently drive your own career development. Learn a proven approach for accelerating your leadership development and growth.
10:30 am - 11:45 am | 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm | National Ballroom A
Audience
Emerging leaders, Mid-level leaders
SPEAKERS
Mary Walter, Founder and Principal, Mary Walter Leadership

Sponsorship: It’s Mutual

Leadership expert Tara Jaye Frank will demystify sponsorship in this special session designed for both emerging leaders who want to break down hierarchical walls and advance their careers and established leaders who want to effectively cultivate high-potential talent.
10:30 am - 11:45 am | 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm | Augusta
Audience
All levels
SPEAKERS
Tara Jaye Frank, Corporate Culture Advisor, Hallmark Cards Inc.

4 Types of Courage

Transforming yourself from a high-performing employee into an emerging leader can be a challenge. It takes strength, moxie, resilience and courage. In this session, emerging leaders will learn how to carve out a unique and valuable leadership niche, transition from doing to leading, influence upward and prepare to take career risks.
10:30 am - 11:45 am | 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm | Congressional
Audience
Emerging leaders
SPEAKERS
Jo Miller, CEO, Women's Leadership Coaching

Powerful Presence, Powerful Speaking

Want to be heard? It’s not just what you say, it’s how you say it. Communications expert Stanley Zareff shares proven techniques for delivering a message with impact and credibility. Learn to make an outstanding first impression by entering a conversation effectively and presenting yourself in a compelling way.
10:30 am - 11:45 am | 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm | National Ballroom D
Audience
Mid-level leaders
SPEAKERS
Stanley Zareff, Managing Partner, Zareff Consulting