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Keynote Session

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Stephanie Penner

Senior Partner & US East Zone Leader, Mercer




Personal Safety: Why You Are Your Best First Defense

Your own personal awareness is critical to your everyday safety. This session is about planning for (or managing through) the worst and hoping for the best in a crisis - while remaining cool, calm, and collected.

Lyndsey Taylor-Hess

Sr. Director (CSO), Global Security & Crisis Management

GE Appliances, a Haier company



Building The Brand Called YOU

Learn more about how your WHAT, your HOW, and your WHY influence your personal brand. We explore the different types of results we deliver during the course of our careers, the importance of emotional intelligence, and how to remain open to new opportunities during times of change.

Kirsten Hawley


EVP, Chief People, Places, & Communications Officer, 




Planning For What Matters

We hear so much about "a written financial plan.” Are we on track to retire when and how we want to? Lisa and Harp walk us through an interactive financial plan and show you how small changes now can make a big difference at retirement time.

Harpreet Bassi


Wealth Management Banker, U.S. Bank Wealth Management



Lisa Britt

Certified Financial Planner, Certified Wealth Strategist,  Wealth Management Advisor, U.S. Bancorp Investments


Curiosity – the Secret to Leadership

Curiosity is the secret elixir to great leadership and thriving cultures.  Our leaders are the reflection of the organization’s culture.  In this engaging, educational and humorous session, participants learn the neuroscience of curiosity, why it drives innovation and problem solving and gain new techniques to lead with curiosity to accelerate business outcomes.

Dr. Deb Clary

Founder and CEO, Elevascent

Retired, Humana



Male Allies Panel

Men can play an important role in promoting gender equality, creating an inclusive environment in the workplace, challenging bias and supporting work-life balance. By bringing together men who are actively engaged in advocating for women, this panel discussion fosters dialogue, share experiences, and inspire others to become allies.

Michelle Thompson

Moderator, Director, Sourcing, GE Appliances


Brad Smith

Regional Market Leader – Central Region, Cherry Bekaert


Captain Ray Robinson

Retired, MD-11 Captain/Operational Experience Instructor​, UPS

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Chris Garrett


Vice President – Finance and Accounting​, LGE and KU Energy

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Caroline Carle Hooe

Vice President, Enterprise Talent & Change Management, Humana  


Kaye Morgan

Director of Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging, YUM! Brands


Terrian Barnes


Moderator, Alumna, YUM! Brands


Captain Monika Zajac

UPS Pilot

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The Courage to Be Your Authentic Self

Fear is at the root of so many obstacles that women face, including global icon Sheryl Sandberg, founder of LeanIn.Org and former Facebook COO. "Fear of not being liked. Fear of making the wrong choice. Fear of drawing negative attention. Fear of overreaching. Fear of being judged. Fear of failure,“ Sandberg said. Who would you be if you weren’t afraid? Learn how this diverse panel of female leaders overcame imposter syndrome and more, by becoming their authentic selves.

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