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


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


Fixed Flexibility: How to Negotiate What You Need to Stay

The workplace has evolved over the last several years, and employee priorities have shifted dramatically as well. Beyond compensation, professionals are placing tremendous value on flexibility, quality of life and career growth – and they are willing to walk away if their needs are not met. This session will offer negotiation strategies that leverage your skills and strengths to secure what you need to stay. Learn actionable steps that allow you to emerge in the strongest position possible.

Speaker: Meg Myers Morgan, PhD, Author & Executive Coach

Host: Madeyline Brown, VP, North America Channel Inside Sales, Dell Technologies & TX Conference for Women Board Member 


The right mentor or mentors can be key to helping us navigate our careers. But finding that person–and time to connect in the daily hustle-bustle of life–can be a challenge. In this 45-minute session, tap into the expertise of accomplished business leaders during a live Q&A. Ask leaders from Dell Technologies, Indeed, and Juniper Networks about advancing your career, communicating as a leader, and exploring career choices or transitions.


Mary Bui-Pham, VP, Strategy & Operations, Indeed, and CA Conference for Women Board member

Helen Miller-Montana, Consultant, HR Generalist, Dell Technologies

Hillary Weingast, VP, Deputy General Counsel and Head Corporate Social Responsibility, Juniper Networks, and CA Conference for Women Board President


Rachael Myrow, senior editor, Silicon Valley News Desk, KQED

CAREER ADVANCEMENT | Listening Is a Skill

At work, we are taught to speak up, lead the meeting, and control the conversation. As organizations place greater importance on employee experience, team performance, and client satisfaction, listening is becoming a core leadership skill and one critical for career advancement. Journalist Kate Murphy shares why it is time to stop talking and start listening. She provides a roadmap on how to listen and why it is so important to how we connect, work, live, and lead.

Speaker:  Kate Murphy, Journalist & Author, You’re Not Listening: What You’re Missing and Why It Matters

Moderator:  Lauren McGoodwin, Founder & CEO, Career Contessa

Host:  Yael Evron Sabag, Director, Engineering, Google

Executive Spotlight:  Amy Sehnert, Vice President, CV Clinical Development, Bristol Myers Squibb

CAREER ADVANCEMENT | Better Together: Shared Sisterhood for Collective Action

As the saying goes, if you want to go far, go together. But how can we forge professional relationships to go the distance? In this session, Dr. Tina Opie shares a framework that embraces connection and coalition-building to counter the traditional transactional, every-person-for-themselves approach to career advancement. Learn how to form deep and lasting connections with colleagues that are more authentically reciprocal to help advance both our individual and shared interests as women.

Speaker:  Dr. Tina Opie, Co-Author, Shared Sisterhood

Host:  Perika Sampson, Global Head, Inclusion & Diversity, Gilead Sciences

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

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

CAREER ADVANCEMENT | Say It Skillfully: How to Speak Your Mind at Work

The new hybrid workspace provides unique opportunities for team collaboration—and many potential communication pitfalls. Whether you are struggling to be heard while working remotely or preparing for a difficult conversation in-person, learning Molly Tschang’s 3-step framework will help you effectively use your voice.

Speaker:  Molly Tschang, Founder & CEO, Abella Consulting, and Host, Say It Skillfully podcast

Host:  Deniqua Crichlow, Senior Director, Human Resources, Cisco

Executive Spotlight:  Le Louis, Chief Engineer & Program Manager, Raytheon Intelligence & Space

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.

CAREER ADVANCEMENT | Othering & Belonging

No matter how confident we might feel about our identities, microaggressions can make us feel like perpetual outsiders. Former editorial assistant Zakiya Dalila Harris became a best-selling author with the publication of The Other Black Girl, her debut novel about an African-American woman navigating a nearly all-white company rife with subtle and often unintentional discrimination. In this conversation, she talks about code-switching, workplace isolation, and what we can all do to create a greater sense of belonging on our teams.

Speaker:  Zakiya Dalila Harris, best-selling Author, The Other Black Girl

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

Board Spotlight:  Katharine Pullis, Director, San Francisco Base Chief Pilot, Alaska Airlines