We are excited to bring you a variety of new breakout sessions with a wide range topics and speakers, so you can choose the sessions that you find most inspiring or best fit your career goals. Breakout sessions are divided into two tracks: Building Self & Building Together.
In the last decade, much research has been done on what actually creates purpose and meaning at work. Simultaneously, we have seen a shift in priorities for today’s professionals, with more workers focusing on careers that give back to the community, have impact, and feel purposeful. Workers today want to design a life and workplace that is consistent with their priorities and values. This interactive session will share simple tips that can help you create a professional life that provides meaning and purpose and that is in alignment with your values.
Leadership in the 21st century requires you to cast a clear vision, enable the strategic objectives of your teams, and empower future leaders of your organization to demonstrate their true potential while driving bottom-line profitability. One of the biggest challenges most leaders face is communicating their vision consistently and having that vision permeate through your stakeholder communities to create commitment, urgency, action, sponsorship, and advocacy. In this session, participants will learn how to answer an “everyday question” in ways that communicate your vision and demonstrate your effective leadership.
American women, by themselves, are the largest national economy in the world. Women control 51 percent share of assets in the United States, yet still make 77 cents on the dollar or less compared to their male counterparts. We also know that the female identity is not monolithic. Multicultural backgrounds, sexual identity, and family dynamics also influence what it means for women to achieve financial well-being. In this session, we will explore the economic power of women and how gender complexities play into how women save, manage, and grow their financial assets.
Are you a goal setter and achiever when it comes to personal and professional growth? Most of us are great at job-task completion, but when it comes to personal and professional development, our grade is more along the lines of “E for Effort.” This session will clarify a process for making a plan for personal and professional development that is sure to reap positive, personal results, and an “A+” to boot.
How many times have you heard the phrase, “live the life of your dreams?” What does that really mean? Perhaps you’re like the thousands of people wandering the earth that can articulate what they don’t want, but unsure of what they really want from life. In this interactive session, you will be introduced to a roadmap and tools that can help you stop living on autopilot and empower you to seize your life every day by defining success on your own terms.
What are the primary leadership hurdles women face in the workplace, and what can be done to overcome them? Join us for an interactive discussion of these hurdles, as well as the leadership skills unique to women’s success. We will explore the six leadership competencies and seven hurdles that have been researched, measured, and scientifically correlated to career advancement for women. Participants will self-assess the seven hurdles and explore approaches, tools, resources, and best practices in leveraging strengths and developing areas for improvement. Attendees will leave the session with new knowledge, insights, awareness, and confidence in their ability to not only understand but develop leadership skills in themselves and other women.
How do we find the questions that lead us on challenging and fulfilling adventures? How do the answers change over time? Irene Fernando shares how her question of “Why not me?” created a movement of thousands of young people to participate in service work in their communities. She shows how exploring for multiple possible answers creates opportunities to direct and change your work. Come be inspired to embrace questions and dream of what is possible.
In a recently published report, McKinsey and Company shared that companies in the top quartile for racial, ethnic, and gender diversity are significantly more likely to have financial returns above their respective national and industry means. Despite these findings, we continue to see persistent gaps in access and equity for all women in the workplace and, in particular, for women of color.
In this session, participants will reflect on how women can work cross-culturally to amplify their social and professional capital. How can they leverage relationships across racial, ethnic, religious, and other cultural lines to achieve collective success in their careers and, more importantly, in their lives?
The session will provide participants the opportunity to explore:
- Who is in my network and what am I doing to support them?
- What new relationships can I work to cultivate?
- What actions can I take to move my existing relationships forward?
Conflict in human organizations is inevitable; between people, during change processes, and structurally between organizations and external partners and systems. Often, the interpersonal and organizational conflict creates a barrier to collaboration in problem-solving. Once you understand how to unravel the basic elements of interpersonal and organizational conflict, though, tackling a consensus-building, problem-solving process is a matter of six concise steps. Through building understanding, context, relationships, and communication patterns that support teams and organizations in designing constructive solutions to complex problems, this interactive workshop will guide you through learning and practicing a simple and effective constructive problem-solving process that resolves conflict and builds consensus. You’ll leave with the tools and confidence to walk your team through a constructive problem-solving process at your next meeting!
Expressly designed for use in a business context, Business Chemistry is a system developed by Deloitte that draws upon the latest analytics technologies to reveal four scientiﬁcally based patterns of behavior. The system is designed to provide insights about individuals and teams based on observable traits and preferences. Business Chemistry can help you understand your own styles, but is focused on how you can better interact with other styles in the business population. In this session, we will help you “hunch” your type and discuss how you can use Business Chemistry-driven insights to refine your approach with others and increase the effectiveness of your interactions and relationships.
Find and explore your Business Chemistry type here: http://www.bcfyws.com/
This session will discuss the development of gender studies and its transformative significance for higher education. As an example, Joseph will introduce the innovative knowledge on gender and finance created by feminist scholars, which recognizes the leadership roles women play in financial domains. And she will discuss the role of higher education in building women leaders.
This session will explore the perspectives and expectations that each age group brings to the world of work, examining the similarities and differences, as well as the positives—and potential downsides—of each point of view. The presentation and discussion will challenge participants to think beyond their experiences and imagine the possibilities that cross-generational collaboration can bring to their work environments.
Emotionally intelligent leaders are invaluable to business today: they challenge the status quo, enable innovation, grow bottom lines, and introduce new perspectives to established companies. But more than anything, they bring an energy that benefits workplaces. They think independently, take initiative, exhibit ownership, accept their role as leaders, and make values-based decisions. In this session, we’ll look at the core attributes of a new breed of leaders—the leaders who seamlessly integrate who they are as humans with who they are at work. And we’ll discuss how and why the most valuable professional currency might be the ability to foster real human connections every day at work.
The evidence about balanced board rooms is clear: Companies that have boards with gender and cultural diversity perform better. Not surprisingly, these companies also tend to have more women in executive leadership roles. Lisa Hannum will dig into why and how women are using their power to build better businesses. She’ll get to the heart of:
- The unique leadership qualities women bring to every organization
- Barriers for women leaders and how to identify them in your organization
- Using your power to build better businesses at every stage in your professional life
Session participants will leave with the positive energy and tools needed to create a personal action plan to advance themselves and other women in their work environments.
Come hear from four Twin Cities women who have taken the leap to start and grow businesses. Learn about overcoming failures, enjoying successes, and navigating the challenges of a growing business. Panel moderated by Elaine Wyatt, executive director of WomenVenture, an organization that empowers entrepreneurial women with tools, capital, and support to start and lead businesses.
Maelei Catt, Owner, CREATIONS Cabinetry
At her core, Catt is an entrepreneur with a true passion for building great things from nothing. In 2012, she realized that if you are not working on building your own dreams, you're working on building someone else's. Using the knowledge gained through a decade of experience in the kitchen design and remodeling industry, she started designing and selling independently, then opened her own cabinet dealer location in 2015. As a mother of three, one of her most important goals is to help underserved families earn livable wages and help employees realize and develop their own passions in life. She strives to create a positive workplace that encourages personal growth as well as profits.
Mary Maus Kosir, Co-Founder and CEO, WholeMe
In 2012, after spending 21 years leading international programs and the Undergraduate Program at the Carlson School, Maus Kosir founded WholeMe, a better-for-you snack food company located in Minneapolis. WholeMe is a purveyor of clean snacks that are both gluten- and grain-free and available in over 2,000 retail outlets around the country. She considers herself a bit of an accidental entrepreneur, experimenting in the kitchen after her husband was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes over a decade ago. As she was cleaning up the kitchen for her family, she began eliminating glutens and grains, finding both delicious and nutritious ways to make food without all of the preservatives she was used to finding in her food.
Evva Kraikul, Executive Director, GLITCH
Kraikul is an interaction designer, social entrepreneur, and game maker. She is the co-founder of GLITCH, a community-driven arts and education center for emerging game makers.With more than seven years of experience, Kraikul has worked alongside over 50 major technology and gaming industry partners such as Microsoft, Blizzard Entertainment, Riot Games, PBS Kids, Valve, and 3M to develop games, design programming, and launch international initiatives. She studied neuroscience and psychology at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
Elaine Wyatt, Executive Director, WomenVenture
Wyatt is personally dedicated to the advancement of women and girls. In her role, she leads WomenVenture in helping women start and grow sustainable and profitable businesses. Under her leadership, WomenVenture has doubled its annual lending and this year helped women start or grow 185 businesses, producing 1,050 jobs paying an average wage of $27 per hour and generating $45 million in gross sales. For every dollar invested in WomenVenture last year, client businesses returned $20 to the economy.
In 2017, accusations of sexual harassment and assault that had been whispered about for decades were finally heard. Since the rise of #MeToo, there has been a long list of prominent men who have resigned or been fired. This is a symptom of broad issues of misconduct that plague organizations and expose them to risk. In a panel discussion, hear what this means going forward, and how leaders can help build a workplace that is safer and more ethical for all.
Kendra Okposo, Associate, University of Minnesota Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
Kendra Okposo investigates employment discrimination and sexual misconduct concerns involving University community members. She also teaches workshops at the University on race, racism, and privilege. In 2017, she founded Kendra Okposo LLC, where she provides consulting, coaching, and training services for organizations and local high schools on sexual misconduct awareness and prevention, and on emotional intelligence and conflict resolution. Prior to working at the University, she practiced employment law in New York City. She graduated from New York Law School and received her bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University.
Larry Morgan, Owner, Orion HR Group
Larry Morgan is the owner of Orion HR Group, LLC, an independent consulting organization specializing in the alignment of compensation and benefit programs with business strategies. Additionally, he has conducted more than 350 harassment workshops and more than 150 harassment investigations. He has served on the board of the Twin Cities Compensation Network, the Twin Cities Human Resources Association, and the Board of the Human Resources Executive Forum. He currently serves on the Board of the Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies. He has a BA from Augsburg College in communications and political science with a minor in psychology and an MA in industrial relations from the University of Minnesota.
Sheila Krejci, President and Senior Consultant, Sheila K Consulting, Inc.
Sheila Krejci is a learning and development consultant influencing organization managers, leaders, trainers, and consultants in multiple industries, including healthcare, medical device, retail, financial and other professional services, public education, and city and state government since 1981. She designs and delivers training events, learning processes, and peer coaching opportunities for organizations nationally. She is an adjunct staff member at the University of Minnesota, the University of St. Thomas, and the Dakota County Business and Professional Center; a consultant to the League of Minnesota Cities; and a customized trainer for MNSCU Colleges.
Sheila's Respectful Workplace Training--focuses on the critical role of leaders--formal and informal-in cultivating work environments of curiosity and engagement of differences among colleagues. Participants practice positive, socially sensitive language and behaviors they can use immediately in their own diverse workplaces.
Elizabeth Campbell, Assistant Professor of Work and Organizations, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota
Elizabeth Campbell teaches leadership development in the Carlson MBA program and Masters in HRIR program. Her research examines leadership, interpersonal interactions in teams, and gender issues in the workplace. Her current research focus aims to understand the consequences high performers create for themselves and how high performers affect their peers and their teams. Previously, she worked in the human capital practice of Deloitte Consulting, where she advised and supported public sector and Fortune 100 leaders with their organizational design, leadership development, and change management efforts.