Speaking Up Impactfully…Without Risking Your Reputation

Have you been in a meeting and disagreed with a colleague but stayed silent? Have you personally experienced or been a bystander to disparaging comments? The ability to speak up can be complicated, especially in the workplace. Yet your silence can have lasting negative impacts on your ability to drive positive change for yourself and others. In this session, inclusion strategist and bestselling author Amber Cabral will offer a mix of communications tactics that arm you with the skills and language to speak up impactfully and with confidence. Walk away with the tools to advocate effectively, gain respect in the workplace and accelerate your career.

Speaker: Amber Cabral, Founder, Cabral Co, Inclusion Strategist and Author, Say More About That

Host: Marian Heard, President & CEO, Oxen Hill Partners and Board Vice Chair, MA Conference for Women


Leading Flexible Teams to Do the Best Work of Their Lives

The way we work has changed and the expectation now from our team members is for more flexible work. As a result, successful leaders are redesigning every aspect of how work gets done to ensure a level playing field for all employees. In this session, Helen Kupp will offer a blueprint for using flexible work to unlock the potential of your people and outline the steps necessary to build the new principles and guardrails to empower flexible, high-performing teams. Attendees will learn how to utilize AI to create flexibility without overburdening teams and walk away with a better understanding of the outcomes for redesigning the way we work together for truly flexible and productive teamwork.

Speaker: Helen Kupp, Author, How The Future Works

Host: Michelle Janisch, VP, Diagnostics, Marketing & Strategic Alliances, Hologic

Executive Spotlight: Nasim Afsar, Chief Health Officer & SVP, Oracle


There’s plenty to do before the first keynote session begins at 11:00am ET.

  • Fine-tune your profile. (pro tip: add a photo!)
  • Search for other attendees by various profile categories & lay out your networking plan for the day.
  • Stop by the Cisco Networking Lounge to connect with us on LinkedIn, check out the Regional MeetUp, or contribute to a Group Chat.
  • Explore the Interactive Hall.
  • Plan which breakout sessions you’d like to attend by browsing the agenda.
  • Click on the playlist link in the lobby to get the groove started!

NOTE: The Help Desk will be open from 9:30am – 5:30pm ET on March 14th. Stop by to view helpful videos, or chat live with a CFW team member.

inside the Cisco Networking Lounge…

Regional Networking

This “walk & talk” experience is a brand new offering! Using an interactive map, you can place yourself in your preferred region to connect with others from your home conference. OR – find a new community wherever you are.

This offering utilizes your audio to speak and hear from others who you’re in close proximity with on the map.

Themed Text Chats

Jump in and engage with these popular chat forums throughout the on-demand period.  Attendees can respond to prompts, reply to others’ responses, give and get advice, and simply spark new connections.

  • Are you looking for a new adventure or challenge? Tell us about it here.
  • LinkedIn SHARE | Post your LinkedIn profile here and tell us about yourself in 10 words or less.
  • Community | Share how you have supported women in your community at work or in life.
  • Leadership | Who is a leader you admire and why?
  • Career | What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received?
  • Let’s Get Personal | Connect with others on personal struggles and triumphs.

throughout the platform…

Thank you to Cisco for being our premier Networking partner for this event. Check out all of the offerings available to you from anywhere in the virtual platform.

  • Session Chats

  • Profile Search

  • Peer Video & Text Chats

4:30 – 5:00 pm – End of Day “Reception”

This “walk & talk” experience is a brand new offering! Using an interactive map, you can place yourself around a virtual outdoor lounge area. Move around and join other conversations to share the best of what you learned from the day.

This session type utilizes your audio to speak and hear from others who you’re in close proximity with on the map.


Essential Labor: What Caregivers Really Need from Workplaces

Domestic care and labor make all other work possible, yet workplaces have yet to find a solution to fully support caregivers. If “mothering” is among the only essential work humans do, why don’t we have a social safety net to support them? This session, designed for everyone – including and especially people who aren’t parents – will expand our understanding of what ‘mothering’ can and should look like. Acclaimed author Angela Garbes will explore assumptions about care, work and deservedness and offer strategies to imagine and achieve a more equitable and caring path forward.

Speaker: Angela Garbes, National best-selling Author, Essential Labor

Host: Alba Kiihl, Managing Director, Head, Compliance Risk Testing, State Street Corporation

Executive Spotlight: Ann Fogarty, EVP & Head, Global Diversity, State Street Corporation


Reclaim Your Time: A Tool to Revive Your Life

According to researcher and author Jenny Odell, the clock we live by was built for profit and converted into productivity, not people. An all work and no play mentality doesn’t just lead to burnout; it can consume your mental capacity and actually stall your career. This session will offer a cerebral exploration of productivity and offer a brand-new practical approach outside the typical narratives of efficiency for experiencing time. Odell will help you slow down and reset so you can better navigate boundaries, bolster a more humane life and free up mental space to reinvigorate your sense of purpose at work and in life.

Speaker: Jenny Odell, Writer, Artist & best-selling Author, Saving Time: Discovering a Life Beyond the Clock

Host: Marissa Humphrey, CFO, PECO

Executive Spotlight: Marissa Humphrey, CFO, PECO


Tapping into Your Inner Genius to Progress Your Career

Many of us feel stuck in our career trajectory after three years of change and uncertainty. But, what if the key to progressing your career is already inside you: Your Inner Genius. In this session, you will learn how to tap into the part of you responsible for breakthrough ideas, innovative problem-solving, and your highest quality work. By identifying your competence areas, your motivators and where you slide into strength overload, you will learn how to produce your best work, where you want to grow and how best to get there. 

Speaker: Liz Tran, Founder, Reset & Author, The Karma of Success: Spiritual Strategies to Free Your Inner Genius

Host:  Donnetta Hagist, Google

Executive Spotlight: Aleta Howell, Director, Global DEI Talent Strategy, Cisco Systems


Power Leaks: Communicating Effectively to Create Impact & Influence

There is an art and science to influential communication and it starts with the voice. Yet, very few know how to use the power of voice effectively. Worse, we have many unconscious habits that undermine our authority and negatively impact the way we are perceived – ultimately getting in the way of our success. Join this session to explore the biggest communication power leaks that siphon away our impact and influence. You will learn the strategies to navigate common communication challenges so that you can establish trust, have your voice heard, and your ideas respected. Walk away with the skills to better advocate, influence and move people to action.

Speaker: Hillary Wicht, Executive Leadership Coach & Human Systems Expert

Host: Linda West, VP, Marketing Systems, Indeed 

Executive Spotlight: Doreen Burse, SVP, Worldwide Sales, United Airlines