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


Next Move, Best Move: A Strategic Approach to Lasting Career Decisions 

Over the last several years, professionals have reprioritized what’s important to them and taken a different approach to their careers. Whether you are content at your current level, seeking advancement or looking to try something completely new, the process to figure out what’s right for you can be daunting. In this session, career expert Kimberly Brown will offer a framework to help you create a career strategy and determine what’s right for you short-and-long term. Learn how to regain control so you can take a strategic approach for making your next best move – even if that means you stay put.

Speaker: Kimberly Brown, Career and Leadership Expert and Author, Next, Move, Best Move: Transitioning into a Career You’ll Love

Host: Iva Morse, Head, Global Strategic Accounts & Services, US Country Speaker, the US Businesses of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

Executive Spotlight: Melissa Nicholas, Global Diversity Recruiting, Oracle


Fair Play at Home: Creating Time for Your Personal & Professional Growth

In today’s fast-paced world, creating time for yourself is essential to living a fulfilling life and Eve Rodsky’s Fair Play Method offers a game-changing approach to creating that time. Join us as Rodsky applies a system to redistribute household responsibilities in a way that promotes equity, efficiency, and teamwork that will free up your mental space and time. Learn to set boundaries and discover strategies for effective communication and collaboration that will reduce stress and enable you to achieve your personal growth goals while maintaining a rich inner life.

Speaker: Eve Rodsky, New York Times best-selling Author & Creative Leadership Expert

Host: Iman Abbasi, CHRO, PLUME

Executive Spotlight:  Jean English, SVP, CMO, Juniper


Strengthening Social Connection, Community, And Collaboration… And Why It Matters

The need for connection is fundamentally human and underlies everything—our health, our motivation, our work, and our sense of who we are. And yet, we are in the middle of a loneliness epidemic and our communities are disconnected. In this session, Dr. Marisa Franco will share insights into the science of connection and why belonging makes individuals and communities more resilient. She will share skills and hands-on tips for initiating and maintaining collaboration, community, and friendship.

Speaker: Dr. Marisa Franco, Psychologist, Professor & New York Times best-selling Author, Platonic

Host: Stacey Furtado, Sr. Director, Internal Communications, Klaviyo

Executive Spotlight: Katie Mazuk, VP, Patient Experience & Customer Solutions, Johnson & Johnson Innovative Medicine

LEADERSHIP | Perseverance: Leading a Team to Mars

In 2021, aerospace engineer Dr. Swati Mohan made history when she successfully steered the rover to Mars’s surface, calmly narrating a challenging landing while the whole world watched. In this session, she shares what it takes to build a team to achieve marvels and to lead under pressure so that you can land your own bold missions.

Speaker:  Dr. Swati Mohan, Psyche Guidance, Navigation, & Control Lead, NASA/JPL

Moderator:  Celeste Headlee, Host, Women Amplified podcast, award-winning Journalist & Author, Speaking of Race

Host:  Doreen Burse, SVP, Worldwide Sales, United Airlines

Executive Spotlight:  Kristy Harris Bias, Vice President, Finance, Telecom Systems Business, Dell Technologies

CAREER ADVANCEMENT | Own Your Power at Work

​​Being “the other” at work can fuel an unyielding need to prove one’s worth. So, like many other women of color, immigrants, and children of immigrants, MSNBC reporter Daniela Pierre-Bravo became an expert shapeshifter to chameleon her way around professional environments. She shares what she has learned about recognizing your power and how to effectively advocate for yourself, become your biggest believer, claim the spaces in your career that are rightfully yours, and create your vision of success.

Speaker:  Daniela Pierre-Bravo, MSNBC Reporter & Author, Earn It! and The Other

Host:  Beth Basham, Sr Director, IT for R&D, Bristol Myers Squibb

Executive Spotlight:  Laura Guio, GM, Strategic Partnership Kyndryl & California Sr. Executive, IBM Consulting

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT | Living Joyfully After Loss

There is a stigma around grief, as if this very common human emotion requires us to suppress it, hide from it, or move past it. In this session, author Marisa Renee Lee will discuss what it looks like to live a joyful life after experiencing a significant loss. She will help us navigate the complicated and challenging emotions we face when experiencing grief or supporting others through it, offering unique insights for women.

Speaker:  Marisa Renee Lee, Grief Advocate & Author, Grief Is Love

Host:  Laysha Ward, EVP, Chief External Engagement Officer, Target

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT | Breaking the Spell of High Conflict

Conflict, whether political or personal, can escalate and become toxic, as we keep seeing in the news, on social media, and in our own lives. Our brains start sorting the world into good and evil, exaggerating the differences between ourselves and others. In this session, Amanda Ripley reveals how people get bewitched by this kind of “high conflict” and offers tips for resisting it. You’ll leave with fresh ideas for how to communicate across differences and navigate conflict in ways that are useful instead of draining and divisive.

Speaker:  Amanda Ripley, Investigative Journalist & best-selling Author, High Conflict

Host:  Rachel Scott, Vice President, Order to Cash, Cohesity

Executive Spotlight:  Betsy Davis, SVP Seller, Marketing, & Data Experiences, Dell

CAREER ADVANCEMENT | Playing the Long Game in Your Career

Even before the pandemic, many of us felt stuck on a hamster wheel, reacting to what is in front of us with no time or energy for anything else. Years of disruption and uncertainty have made short-term thinking the norm and stymied many long-term plans. In this session, Dorie Clark invites you to break out of the frantic day-to-day routine and transform your career by playing the long game. Learn new strategies for gaining momentum to create a more meaningful life.

Speaker:  Dorie Clark, reinvention expert & best-selling Author, The Long Game

Host:  Laurie Evans, Director, Recruiting, Core, Google

Executive Spotlight:  Gayathri Menon, Senior Director, SW Validation & Verification Engineering, Hologic, Inc.

LEADERSHIP | Psychological Safety at Work

Psychological safety — the belief that one can speak up without the risk of punishment or humiliation — is critical for the functioning of great teams. Unfortunately, WFH and hybrid working makes psychological safety anything but straightforward. In this session, Amy Edmondson shares her groundbreaking work on psychological safety—revealing how leaders can reimagine the workplace now and allow everyone to contribute and excel.

Speaker:  Amy Edmondson, pioneer of psychological safety & Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management, Harvard Business School

Host:  Abby Evans, Senior Director, Talent Management, Niantic Labs

Executive Spotlight:  Mary Bui-Pham, Vice President, Strategy & Operations, Indeed