2019 Schedule

Sunday, April 14, 2019

9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Optional Activity
Explore the famous San Antonio River Walk
Transportation will be provided. Buses depart from front of the hotel, running continuous service between the Hyatt, The Alamo, The Riverwalk and Pearl
*No pre-registration required
11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Registration Open
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Opening General Session
Be On Fire - Not Burned Out: Strategies for Engagement and Enjoyment in Challenging Times
Speaker: Courtney Clark

Sure, a stress-free office environment is a lovely fantasy. But where’s the excitement? The growth? The chance to prove that you’ve got the gumption to eat challenges for breakfast? It’s time to look at stress as an opportunity. Courtney will expose key strategies that lead to greater employee engagement, reduced turnover and less anxiety at the office—and even in life. Now that sounds lovely, since stress is here to stay.
5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Strolling Dinner Reception and Networking Activity
A big warm Texas welcome is waiting just for you!
Don't forget to pack your jeans and boots, let's get ready to have some fun.

Monday, April 15, 2019

6:00 a.m. – 6:45 a.m. Sunrise Fitness 
Choose one of the following fitness classes, no pre-registration required.
Vinyasa Yoga - a style of yoga characterized by stringing postures together using breath
Pound Rockout Workout - a full body cardio session that uses light resistance RipStix that simulate drumming with easy to follow moves and strength training.
"Rock out while you work out"
7:00 a.m. – 8:25 a.m. Networking Breakfast and Professional Photos
7:00 a.m. – 8:25 a.m. Registration Open
8:30 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.

General Session:

The Confidence Effect - Strategies to Increase Your Confidence and Attract More Success
Speaker: Grace Killelea

Based on Grace’s best-selling book, “The Confidence Effect”, Grace will focus on being the CEO of your own life and career, illustrating how to break through the limiting behaviors and beliefs that may keep us from getting to the next level. Using her expertise as a former SVP of Talent & HR, along with years of facilitating leadership programs for women, Grace authentically connects with the audience and leaves them feeling inspired and empowered.

9:50 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Refreshment Break
10:20 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Concurrent Workshops

The Confidence Effect - Unplugged
Speaker: Grace Killelea

Ready to see the Confidence Effect in action? Join Grace at her interactive breakout session. She’ll guide you through an initial self-assessment to identify one key area of focus in your own life or career. You’ll then discuss your goals with your table partners. The result is an action plan defining your personal “confidence commitment,” as well as strategies to affect real change.

"Will I Be Ok, Financially?"
Speaker: Manisha Thakor

“Will I Be Ok, Financially?” is the #1 concern for women of all demographics (age, income, etc.) It’s a smart question. Women face 3 financial head winds men do not. Additionally, the 3 key steps that will drive 80% of this answer are not widely taught… until now. In this surprisingly fun and upbeat session you will learn the tactical steps necessary to answer this question for your specific situation. Attendees will leave this session with actionable take-aways they can put to use immediately to increase their financial well-being.

Executive: Grit, Guardrails, and "Going There"
Speaker: Betsy Folan

No one really wants to initiate a difficult conversation at work. Or do they? Those who deliberately explore uncomfortable concepts are more likely to move their company forward at full power. Be one of those people. Be the one adept at changing mindsets to get the most important work done. Whether you’re refining your existing approach or are in need of an organizational overhaul, this session will equip you with new insights and actions to “Go There” with ease.

11:30 a.m. –1:00 p.m. Networking Lunch and Professional Photos
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Master Class Sessions:

Business Acumen 101
Speaker: Rob Brodo

How do astute businesswomen become astute? They start at the beginning. This group-based business simulation will get you up-to-speed on the basics, from how businesses make money to how to read important financial docs (think: profit and loss, balance sheets and cash flow reports). We’ll use interactive explorations to bring these important concepts to life. Explore the system of business and drivers of business performance, bring your new tools home and get ready to add “astute” to your resume.

Are Your Strengths Holding You Back?
Speaker: Sally Helgesen

Everything amazing about yourself got to where you are now. But the very skills and habits that bring you success early in your career can also hold you back from moving to a higher level. Leadership guru Sally Helgesen discusses habits you have to let go of in order to reach your full potential. And she will provide proven techniques for shedding behaviors that no longer serve you or may hold you back in the future.

Executive: HBDI Assessment
Speaker: Crystal Fernando

Every one of us perceives and internalizes information, makes decisions and solves problems in profoundly different ways. Learn how you do it, how others do it and how to combine this info to maximize your influence back at home. Explore your personal problem-solving preferences, and, what it means to lead “whole-brained teams”. Did you know whole brain teams have been proven faster, more innovative and more successful than others? Learn why and how to tap into this powerhouse. Discover increased creativity, productivity and impact. And, impress your organization to boot.

3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Experience Exchange: Search, Share, Support, Solve

Mindfully curated conversations designed to engage, energize and inspire the leader in us all. A hand-selected facilitator will keep discussions focused, but the dialogue is entirely up to you. Come prepared to share your viewpoints on hot, timely topics. Learn from colleagues new and dear in a safe space designed to promote worthwhile conversation that satisfies.

Registered? Help us decide what topics will be discussed on-site! Join the conversation in our private community to submit topics, vote and comment on topics submitted by other attendees.

5:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Closing Remarks
5:30 p.m. – 6:40 p.m. Happy Hour
6:45 p.m. –7:45 p.m. Monologue Hour with Felice Belle and Jennifer Murphy

Metaphors for life. This dynamic workshop will bring together longtime best friends, performers, and writers—playwright Felice Belle and novelist Jennifer Murphy—who will explore leading questions around female growth, creativity, and work/life balance. You will have the opportunity to engage in a talk-back with the performers—an open floor to ask questions and learn together.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

6:30 a.m. – 7:15 a.m. Sunrise Fitness
Choose one of the following  classes, no pre-registration required.
Meditation 101: Techniques, Benefits and a Beginner's How-to
Learn the Art of Self Defense
7:00 a.m. 8:05 a.m.
Networking Breakfast
8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. General Session: Girl, Stop Apologizing!
Speaker: Rachel Hollis

How many women feel a tugging in their hearts for something more, but live afraid of embarrassment, of falling short of perfection, of not being enough? In Girl, Stop Apologizing, #1 New York Times bestselling author and founder of a multi million-dollar media company, Rachel sounds a wake-up call. Stop defining yourself in light of other people (wife, mother, employee) and start living as you are and want to be. Learn the excuses to let go of, the behaviors to adopt and the skills to acquire on the path to growth, confidence and believing in yourself. 
*Photo line opportunity to follow

9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Concurrent Workshops

Making 24/7 Work for You. Again. 
Speaker: Sally Helgesen

The global marketplace has always been complex and high-pressure. The fact that it’s 24/7 isn’t new, either. But the rules of success shift constantly, defining (and redefining) what organizations expect from their leaders. Sally paints a comprehensive, easy-to-understand picture of the forces reshaping the global environment and shows how these intersecting trends are transforming organizations. And she offers clear and actionable ways for you to use these insights to position yourself as a strategic leader.

Executive: Humble Teachers, Proud Learners...An Executive Exchange
Speaker: Betsy Folan

We spend a lot of our day talking at each other. Imagine the alignment achieved if we prioritized the time it takes to speak with each other. Dialogue that goes beyond powerpoint presentations and directives will enable you to move quickly and create real connection with your team--all while building professional and personal growth around you. This session is not for the fainthearted: it can be uncomfortable to admit that we are shortchanging ourselves, our colleagues and our organizations. This reminds executives that everyone has something worth hearing and something worth being said. When the most important thinking has the chance to get expressed, everyone wins.

Amplify Your Impact - Add Coaching Skills to Your Leadership Toolbox
Speaker: Wendy McManus

A trainer, a mentor and a coach walk into a…leadership session?? Knowing the difference between these three skill sets is no joke and can make an immediate, sustainable impact on your entire organization. Get a better understanding of when to best apply each approach to achieve the greatest change. Learn how to employ powerful questions to motivate and fuel creativity. Refine your ability to listen, deepening work connections and building trust. If you’re ready to be a powerful, authentic leader, this session will hit the spot.
11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Refreshment Break
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Carla's Pearl's: Tools for Maximizing Your Success
Speaker: Carla Harris

Perceptions in the workplace are powerful. Key relationships in the workplace are powerful. Authenticity, leadership—it all plays a part in developing a powerful you. Listen as Carla shares the proven strategies that helped her get ahead on Wall Street. Her hard-won “Pearls” can help you achieve success where you are now and where you aspire to be. Be your best you. Be your successful you. Be powerful.

12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Conversation with Carla: A Meet and Greet
This event includes a lunch of convenience.
1:20 p.m. Conference Adjourned