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Sessions and Descriptions

Below you will find information about the breakout sessions for this year's conference.

Keynote Session

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Stephanie Penner



Senior Partner & US East Zone Leader



Stephanie will share her career journey, an incredible tale of determination, growth, and success. She’ll share an inspiring story that promises to leave you motivated and enlightened.


Personal Safety: Why You Are Your Best First Defense

Your own personal awareness is critical to your everyday safety. Join a conversation 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 will 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 will walk 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 session participants will learn the neuroscience of curiosity, why it drives innovation and problem solving and gain new techniques to lead with curiosity to accelerate business outcomes. This session is engaging, educational and humorous.

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 will foster dialogue, share experiences, and inspire others to become allies.

Michelle Thompson

GE Appliances, Director, Sourcing Moderator


Brad Smith

Cherry Bekaert, 
Regional Market Leader – Central Region



Captain Ray Robinson

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

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Chris Garrett


LGE and KU Energy, 
Vice President – Finance and Accounting


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.

Terrian Barnes

YUM! Brands




Captain Monika Zajac

UPS Pilot

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Caroline Carle Hooe

Humana, Vice President, Enterprise Talent & Change Management  


Kaye Morgan

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


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