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Conference Schedule

8:30  Registration Opens
9:00 - 9:30  Welcome
9:30 - 10:30  Opening Keynote
10:40 - 11:40  Morning Breakout Sessions
11:40 - 12:15  Buffet
12:15 - 1:30  Keynote Address
1:40 - 2:40  Afternoon Breakout Sessions
2:40 - 3:15  Dessert and Evaluations
Keynote Presentations

How to Use What You’ve Got to Get What You Want - Leadership and Personal Excellence: How You Can Achieve It
with Marilyn Tam

Whatever qualities you have, no matter how limited or broad that they may be in your own mind, global corporate executive, entrepreneur and humanitarian Marilyn Tam will show you how to use what you've got to achieve your dreams. What seemed to be disadvantages in Marilyn's life were, in fact, her keys to personal and professional success and freedom.

As someone who has broken the glass ceiling, Marilyn will share the leadership skills and character traits that really work. Starting from where you are now she leads you to assess your own inherent talents and skills and how to utilize them to your benefit. Hear motivational real life stories, determine your life mission, learn the Four Key Principles, and then apply the action steps to achieve your dreams. She will show you how to maintain Life Balance and personal peace and happiness while achieving professional success. You will learn from someone who has actual experience and can show you how to develop your assets and apply them effectively to your life mission. The talk/session(s) are engaging and timely, and the results are immediate and inspiring.

Unleashing Voices of Growth
with Julie Gilbert

Julie Gilbert will inspire you, move you, and ensure you believe you can accomplish literally anything you put your mind and heart to! Gilbert is a high-demand speaker who has an unmatched track record of driving significant business gains in growth, market share, and sustainable innovation for organizations of all sizes, industries, and geographies.

WOLF Means Business is a strategic consultancy whose core fundamental values are that the unheard voices, when engaged, hold the most innovating ideas, yet most often, in spite of their majority buying power, women's voices are not heard for their innovative power in today's business meetings. She has defied the odds in her leaderhship with WOLF to engage thousands of voices in 53 countries and create over $4.4 billion in female revenue, decrease female turnover by 5% annually, and increase the numbers of females by over 18% proving Wolf at Best Buy from 2004-2009. And, since has gone on to build Wolf into a successful global company innovating the Nintendo Wii with female voices across the US (still holding the world record for the fastest selling gaming device), Motorola, with the creation of MOTOACTV, recent winner of the Consumer Electronics Show's design of the year award, Lifetouch, Benco Dental, Major League Baseball, and many other great clients.

Breakout Sessions

Self Management - Behaviors that Drive Career Success
with Gay Holm, M.A.

Xcel Energy is using a new approach to assure that employees recognize and focus on key competencies and expectations that provides a platform of high-performance throughout the company. Gay will give an overview of current research and insights on one of the key areas of focus – self-management. In today’s business environment companies are looking for high-performing individuals, skilled, educated and productive workers, talent managers, operational managers, strategic managers and more, but at the foundation to all of these other roles is how you approach the bare essential of self-management. While self-management is often framed around self discipline, delivering on tasks, and keeping commitments, Gay will walk us through how your behavioral approach to attributes, such as agility, initiative and integrity can be holdbacks or keys to success in today’s business environment.

Three Cups of Coffee: Expanding Your Social Capitol
with Dia Satori

We are told networking is key to professional success and that we should “just do it.” Easier said than done. Three Cups of Coffee explores the practice of networking using the I.D.I. model for building social capital: Invite – Delight – Ignite. This interactive seminar explores why building social capital is imperative for your professional life and the difference between men and women’s networking practices. We will examine the different types of networks, identify what your current network looks like and gain a greater understanding of the barriers that keep you from making those necessary connections. Finally, we will clarify the crucial skills required, including listening, asking powerful questions and authentically telling your story to convey key messages about who you are and where you are going.

Loving Myself…Regardless: Nurturing the Treasures Within
with Sr. Kay O’Neil & Sr. Michelle Meyers

Self-esteem affects everything we think, say, and do! Caring for self is not self-indulgence. It is self-preservation which influences the quality of our relationships. Sisters Kay and Michelle present practical skills to nurture our own self-esteem and foster ways for others to grow in self-appreciation. They bring their wit and wisdom gleaned from working on their own self-esteem and interacting with thousands of people.

The Power of Your Personal Brand
with Kathleen Crandall

This program helps you understand the power of your personal brand and how to communicate it whether at a networking event, in a new business presentation, in job search or writing your LinkedIn® profile. It is important that you clearly, succinctly and consistently communicate who you are and what you do in every interaction. Whether you are preparing for a job interview or developing new business you must be able to articulate your strengths and expertise in a personal brand message that people will remember in a positive way. You have a brand message whether you choose to manage it or not. Learn how to harness your brand power and communicate it effectively.

Surfing the Internet Business Wave, in Heels and with a Skirt On: A session on Entrepreneurship
with Yvonne Cariveau, Ph.D.

Hear the story of the woman that created the first Internet Service Provider business in rural Minnesota and who is currently the President and CEO of VoyageurWeb. Then engage with her in a discussion about being an entrepreneurial woman. Yvonne will share stories and ideas that will be useful to someone starting or already running a business in any field.

Manage Stress & Build Confidence at Work with Yoga & Meditation
with Bridget McKee, M.A.

Note: Get ready to move so dress appropriately (no worries, no sweat involved)!

This hour-long session will give an overview of mental, physical, and emotional benefits gained by practicing yoga and meditation. After a brief talk, you will be guided through yoga and meditation techniques you can use at home or at work to manage stress, anxiety, and find relief from common workplace complaints such as neck pain, low back pain, and headaches. You will also learn about exercises that boost energy, increase confidence, and calm the mind.

You Have Broccoli in Your Teeth: Interactive Session Discovering Perspectives for Effective Feedback and Difficult Conversations
with Anja White, M.B.A.

Why is it so hard for us to have difficult conversations? Why is giving, receiving and soliciting effective feedback so crucial in our working and personal relationships? Discover tools, tricks and perspectives that will make your next difficult conversation less painful and more engaging. Gain insights on how productive and effective feedback conversations will enhance your leadership style and interactions. Collect ideas for opportunities on engaging in a feedback dialog with virtually anyone. Learn how understanding the difference between observation and interpretation may be used productively to get the outcome you want.

How to Conduct a Successful Job Search
with Risë Kasmirski, M.A.

Successful strategies for finding and securing employment today are significantly different than they were even a few years ago. Rapidly advancing technologies continue to baffle even the most savvy internet users when it comes to navigating the web to find a new job. This workshop provides a framework for conducting a successful job search campaign using the latest techniques and strategies to create a powerful resume and other online tools, identify and pursue job leads through the internet and other avenues, and navigate through the new approaches to interviewing and negotiating. Whether you are currently seeking a job, anticipating a job search after graduation, or just looking for a change in employment, this workshop is for you. In this interactive workshop you will learn: current technology and employment trends impacting the job market; how to get clear and focused on the type of work you want; best practices to create a powerful, contemporary resume; how to create a marketing campaign for your search; strategies for networking, identifying job opportunities, navigating the internet, and researching interviewing guidelines and negotiating strategies to land the job you want.

Personal and Professional Finance
with Abigail Grenfell, M.B.A.

Finances are a crucial part of a woman’s success both personally and professionally. This session will cover the must-haves you should know for a healthy financial aptitude. Abby will work her magic to explain key financial terms including budgeting and variance analysis, time value of money, financial statements, key performance ratios, and retirement investment. Abby is a Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Internal Auditor and Certified Public Accountant.