Women's Leadership Conference 2023

2023 Event Details

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Honorary Chair

Beth Keiffer Leonard

Beth Kieffer Leonard '82 BSB
Partner-in-Charge, Minnesota Office, Eisner Advisory Group LLC 

Morning Keynote

Nicole Graves

Nicole Graves '97 MHRIR
Global People Leader, Office of the CFO, Apple 

Event Schedule

8:30 a.m.

Conference check-in opens

9:00 a.m.

Keynote Speaker: Nicole Graves, Global People Leader, Office of the CFO, Apple 

Thriving vs Surviving: What I have learned as a female leader of color in a global corporate world.
10:00 a.m.

Breakout Session 1

Saboteurs…Which one is controlling your leadership potential? 
    Darlene Roy-Johnson ‘85 BSB
From Writing to Revolution: How to Write for Personal Evolution and Social Change
    Dara Beevas 
The Impact of the Economy on our World of Work Today
    Kate Kelly ‘86 MBA, Terry Fitzgerald 
Effective mentoring for contemporary workers: how to navigate to survive and thrive in the new corporate workplace
    Renae Welder ‘93 BSB ‘96 Law
11:15 a.m.

Breakout Session 2 

Servant Leadership as a Lifestyle
    Alex Smith ‘05 MHRIR
4 Steps to Salary Negotiation Success
    Kelly McClellan
 Introducing Human Rights into Organizational Leadership
    Lori Crever
A Fireside Chat: Creating thriving communities through equal economic participation
    Dorothy Bridges with Dr. Angela Spranger
12:15 p.m.


1:15 p.m.

Breakout Session 3

Transcendent Leadership
    Faatemah Ampey
Networking for Board Service
    Marcia Ballinger ‘82 BSB
Thriving in a changing Matrix Environment - lessons from the movie - Maverick, Top Gun.
    Audrey Sommerfeld ‘82 BSB
Executive Panel on Courageous Leadership
    Mary Lynne Perushek. Akinyi Williams ‘09 MBA, Dawn Rasmussen ‘94 BA, ‘99 MBA, Randi Economou, Jill Hauwiller ‘97 BA (Moderator)
2:30 p.m.

Inside the Boardroom: Beth Leonard, Partner-in-Charge, Minnesota Office, Eisner Advisory Group LLC 

3:30 p.m.

Closing Reception