Friday, March 1, 2019
The Pfister Hotel, Milwaukee
8am-5pm
$395
Limited seats available!
Registration Information

8-9am - Registration

Coffee and networking

9-10:15am - Opening Keynote

From Politics to Business: First-Generation Success in America
Ferial Govashiri
Moderated by Dr. Joan M. Prince
Grand Ballroom

10:30-11:30am - Breakout Session 1

When We All Play on the Same Team, Everybody Wins

Cecelia Gore

Henry/Louis

In this session, Cecelia Gore will share highlights from a career in community, sports and philanthropy. She will share the value of engaging in community and the importance of focusing on self.

In this session, Cecelia Gore will share highlights from a career in community, sports and philanthropy. She will share the value of engaging in community and the importance of focusing on self.

Geezer. Punk. Whatever….Bridging the Generational Divide

Sarah Gibson

Hall of Presidents

Generational differences. We keep hearing about it, and we keep expecting the buzz to go away. But it’s not. With half of the full-time workforce being millennials, and up to 75% of the workforce being millennial by 2025, teams are trying to figure out what and if internal and external processes need to change, as well as how to hire, retain, communicate and motivate in a world of shifting demographics.

In this interactive session, we’ll move beyond, “Here’s who the generations are,” to what can we practically do as our demographics change. Together, we’ll discuss practical advice and examples of what has worked across organizations, as we work to grow our understanding of what businesses need to do to continue viable, healthy organizations for this generation and beyond.

Generational differences. We keep hearing about it, and we keep expecting the buzz to go away. But it’s not. With half of the full-time workforce being Millennials, and up to 75% of the workforce being Millennial by 2025, teams are

Thoughtfully Fit: Choosing Work-Life Balance

Darcy Luoma

Richard/Charles

Do you feel overwhelmed by your own life? Do you find you organize life around the things you must do rather than things you wish you could do? Being Thoughtfully Fit® is about making an intentional choice to focus on areas of your life that matter most to you. In this interactive and engaging session, you will take a “helicopter view” of your life and assess where you need to shift your time and energy to fill your days with more of what you want. You’ll learn how to set clear personal boundaries and understand when (and how!) to say no. You will leave this session with greater focus and an ability to immediately improve your life balance.

Do you feel overwhelmed by your own life? Do you find you organize life around the things you must do rather than things you wish you could do? Being Thoughtfully Fit® is about making an intentional choice to focus on

Women in Negotiations Panel

Erickajoy Daniels [Moderator]; Sally Piefer; Joanne Lipo Zovic; Ann Goggins Gregory; Laura Gmeinder

Rouge

Hear powerful leaders from a wide range of professional backgrounds discuss negotiation tactics and techniques. Research suggests that women are bold in asking for what their teams need but find negotiating for themselves difficult. Come away with tools that will empower you in any negotiation, whether you are negotiating for yourself, your business unit or others.

Hear powerful leaders from a wide range of professional backgrounds discuss negotiation tactics and techniques. Research suggests that women are bold in asking for what their teams need but find negotiating for themselves difficult. Come away with tools that will… Read More

Empowering for Innovation and Leadership Through Collaboration, Not Competition

Ann Garvin, PhD; Nicole Blades

Imperial Ballroom

Despite more women than ever in entrepreneurial, scientific or technical careers, more of them are also exiting these fields— unfulfilled and underappreciated. Leadership positions continue to be male-dominated, leaving most organizations gender-imbalanced in a way that discourages and drives away ambitious women and fosters underperformance. There’s a better way for women to break barriers and achieve personal and professional goals. This presentation will discuss the five themes and inherent strengths that women take for granted that can make all realms of life and career easier and more fulfilling.

Despite more women than ever in entrepreneurial, scientific or technical careers, more of them are also exiting these fields — unfulfilled and under-appreciated. Leadership positions continue to be male-dominated,

12-1pm - Lunch Keynote

How to Recognize and Resist Unconscious Bias in Our Lives
Robin Hauser
Grand Ballroom

1:15-2:15pm - Breakout Session 2

Leaders in Transition: How to Lead Through Times of Change and Disruption

Ann Manning; Karen Dorece

Imperial Ballroom

In today’s work environment of rapid change and market disruption, leaders need the right kind of support to help them perform to their highest potential.  It’s the perfect storm…organizations are transforming the culture to stay ahead of the competition while record numbers of seasoned executives are retiring and many new leaders are assuming bigger roles earlier in their career.

Whether a leader is new to a role or the organization is changing, the initial actions a leader takes set the foundation for success and the success of their teams.

This interactive session focuses on how to optimize the performance and engagement of leaders and their teams including how to coach and support new leaders coming into a role or transforming an organization, accelerate their team’s performance and sustain success.

In today’s work environment of rapid change and market disruption, leaders need the right kind of support to help them perform to their highest potential. It’s the perfect storm…organizations are transforming the culture to stay

A Journey to a Culture of Inclusion

Michele Matthai

Richard/Charles

While increasing the number of women in technology and leadership is partially about opening up opportunities to do so, it’s also about a serious cultural shift. In this session you will discover the secrets to creating culture transformation by example of 2017 Catalyst Award winner, Rockwell Automation, and the courageous conversations that made it happen. This interactive session will give participants an overview of inclusion strategies that work, including engaging white men, and practice with conversations on workplace challenges to inspire engagement and action. Come learn how you can enhance your inclusive leadership skills to create fundamental culture shifts at work.

While increasing the number of women in technology and leadership is partially about opening up opportunities to do so, it’s also about a serious cultural shift. In this session you will discover the secrets to creating culture transformation

Mental Health in the Workplace Panel

Terry McGuire [Moderator]; Terri deRoon Cassini, PhD; Melissa Nelson, PhD; Marissa Kalkman

Henry/Louis

Mental illness and depression affect everyone in their path, and our workplaces are no exception. Hear from professionals in the mental health field on how to address these issues, and get concrete ideas on how to support employees and coworkers coping with mental health concerns.

Mental illness and depression affect everyone in their path, and our workplaces are no exception. Hear from professionals in the mental health field on how to address these issues, and get concrete ideas on how to support employees and coworkers… Read More

Assessing Your Leadership Profile

Rebekah Kowalski

Rouge

Business models are going through their most significant transformation in decades as digital reshapes products, solutions, services and process. At the same time, Wisconsin is set to be at the center of this transformation with investments in digital era health care, fintech, and digital manufacturing. What kind of leadership capabilities will be most effective as we go through this time of considerable evolution?  Rebekah Kowalski, vice president, ManpowerGroup, will share where the top opportunities will be for women in Wisconsin and discuss how you can build your Digital Era Leader Profile.

Business models are going through their most significant transformation in decades as digital reshapes products, solutions, services, and process. At the same time, Wisconsin is set to be at the center of this transformation with

Disruptive Times Require a New Way to Future-Proof Your Organization

Sandra Bradley

Hall of Presidents

Technology is changing the landscape at an exponential pace, and we are all challenged with keeping pace and ensuring that we continue to be relevant. Come to this session to learn about predictions for how AI and other disruptive technologies will fundamentally change the way companies do business and what we can do to “future-proof” ourselves and our organizations. Our focus will be on how to create more rapid learning opportunities in uncertain and fast-changing spaces. This session will cover:

  1. Top disruptive technologies that are changing our world
  2. How to cut through the hype and identify ways to harness disruptive strategies to create a method for staying on top of technology
  3. Examples of organizations that have successful models for re-skilling and growing talent in rapidly changing spaces
  4. Tactics for future-proofing yourself and your organization

Technology is changing the landscape at an exponential pace, and we are all challenged with keeping pace and ensuring that we continue to be relevant. Come to this session to learn about predictions for how AI and other disruptive technologies… Read More

2:30-3:30pm - Breakout Session 3

Historical Lessons in Leadership

Michael Antonelli

Hall of Presidents

Michael Antonelli uses humor and history to look at past women leaders and apply their lessons to the modern world. Learn about why leadership traits endure, how tough times can bring out the best in people, and why studying past leaders matters in a digital world.

Michael Antonelli uses humor and history to look at past women leaders and apply their lessons to the modern world. Learn about why leadership traits endure, how tough times can bring out the best in people, and why studying

Affinity Groups and Allies: Changing Organizational Culture Panel

Kristin Derwinski; Tim Bojko; Ritika Singh; Chelsey Vissat; Dessa Johnson [Moderator]

Henry/Louis

Join this important conversation about how ERGs (Employee Resource Groups) and affinity groups help to contribute to the culture of an organization. This panel discussion will include professionals from diverse settings to explore topics in diversity and inclusion and how we can affect positive organizational change.

Join this important conversation about how ERGs (Employee Resource Groups) and affinity groups help to contribute to the culture of an organization. This panel discussion will include professionals from diverse settings to explore topics in diversity and inclusion and how… Read More

How to Achieve Professional Goals by Protecting Your Personal N.E.S.T.

Tony Hampton, MD

Richard/Charles

Dr. Tony Hampton will talk about four core elements – Nutrition, Exercise, Sleep and Team/Teaching Others (“N.E.S.T.”). Dr. Hampton will give examples of how and why protecting these elements can lead to the achievement of professional goals.

Dr. Tony Hampton will talk about four core elements – Nutrition, Exercise, Sleep and Team/Teaching Others (“N.E.S.T.”). Dr. Hampton will give examples of how and why protecting these elements can lead to the achievement of professional goals.

The Surprising Secrets to Sustainable Career Success

Chris Kann

Imperial Ballroom

Most people would love to have a long, successful career, and yet so few people have that story to tell. More often, they find careers filled with experiences of frustration, exhaustion, burnout and disappointment. For those hoping to have a long and rewarding career, the keys to sustainable career success can be surprising. It’s not always about just “doing what you love” and working harder. If you aspire to a career of sustained success, find out what you can do to improve your chances of achieving it.

Chris Kann has had a business career spanning over 30 years. She will share her insights, and those of other women with long, successful careers, on making decisions and moves early in your career that will enhance your joy, satisfaction and success for all the years you choose to work. The intellectual and financial empowerment of a long career can be your story, with intentional moves that will allow you to make it happen.

Most people would love to have a long, successful career, and yet so few people have that story to tell.  More often, they find careers filled with experiences of frustration, exhaustion, burnout and disappointment.

Sensemaking in a Data-Driven World

Amy Warnock

Rouge

In a world powered by data-based decision-making, how does a non-data scientist make sense of it all? Through strategy and storytelling! Hear how the sensemaking and communication of data plays a big role in influencing change in an organization. During this session, you’ll hear how:

  • Designing a strong data strategy enables strong results
  • Data alone isn’t enough; sensemaking completes the story
  • Meeting people “where they’re at” helps influence the decision-making process

In a world powered by data-based decision making, how does a non-data scientist make sense of it all? Through strategy and storytelling! Hear how the sense-making and communication of data plays a big role in influencing change in an

3:45-4:30pm - Round-Robin Networking

Continue the conversation – and enjoy some light refreshments! Join us for lively discussion groups on topics presented throughout the day at this valuable networking opportunity.

4:30-5pm - Reception

Gather in celebration of another successful conference! Converse, engage and share – and participate in fantastic giveaways!