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Breakout Sessions

Check out the 9 dynamic breakout sessions organized by theme throughout the conference. For a closer look at the Schedule At-a-Glance, click here.

Future of Brands is Female
Jaci Russo
Tuesday, March 2 
2:15-3:15pm

Women have all the natural characteristics to build the biggest and best brands -- they are authentic, compassionate, emotional, and supportive. Yet, women do not always take advantage of their assets. The presenter will guide participants through the steps they need to follow to build their brand better than ever before. Through this interactive session, participants will learn about branding principles, obtain tips for mastery in their career, see examples of successful implementation, and ask questions that help them build their own personal brand.

Leading and Managing Change
Dr. Jennifer Stephens
Wednesday, March 3
2:15-3:15pm

This session is designed to teach women how to manage and lead change for ourselves and for our organizations. It includes conceptual models in change menagement, concrete steps for implementing change, tools to help with change, and how to use emotional intelligence to embrace change. Participants will be invited to share big changes that they are currently managing and leading, strategies that they are using, and ways they think they most resist, but can improve.

Inspiration Fueling Transformative Change
Angela Cring
Thursday, March 4
2:15-3:15pm

In our increasingly VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous) world, old linear ways of personal development, business practices, and overall human connection are no longer working. Instead of running scared from this rapidly changing environment, women must build a futures literacy capability empowering us to make decisions today that are fueled by the preferable futures we map. In this highly interactive and informative session, participants will collaboratively gauge their images of the future and their agency in impacting it over the next 10-20 years.

Curious about Campaigning? Here's What Candidates and Causes Need to Know
Marie Centanni
Tuesday, March 2
2:15-3:15pm

In an effort to remove the mystery and perceived hurdles of running for office and equip more women for the task, this presentation will review the basics of a campaign. The session will cover the relevant steps of building a campaign -- assembling the team, setting the budget and timeline of events, using data to build a strategy for engagement, and using best practices for reaching voters. To engage participants in this virtual session, the presenter will use video examples to demonstrate the use of media in storytelling, building coalitions, and more.

More Than Enough: Perspectives and Experiences in Leadership from Women Student-Athletes
Kara Barnes, Julianne DeBlieux, Una Einarsdottir (Moderated by Carleigh Collins and Ruben Henderson)
Wednesday, March 3
2:15-3:15pm

This interactive panel discussion will feature several female student-athletes from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The panelists have been heavily involved within their sport, on campus, and in the community. During this session, panelists will share their stories and experiences including the struggles and challenges they have faced as female student-athletes. They will also share how their involvement and engagement have shaped them into the women they are today. The panelists will seek to encourage and motivate participants as they discuss leadership and what it means to young women student-athletes pursuing a college education.

More Than Wine: How Book Clubs Can Foster Leadership Skills
Dr. Lisa Broussard, Marie Collins, Dr. Holly Howat
Thursday, March 4
2:15-3:15pm

Women leaders are often encouraged to read "this book," watch "this webinar," or listen to "this podcast" to improve their skills. While useful, these learning activities are often a solitary endeavor. Research and lived experiences show learning is a meaning-making process that best occurs in collaboration with others. As such, a book club is an interactive and positive method for personal growth and professional development. In this interactive and dynamic session, participants will learn about nonfiction book clubs, observe a mock book club discussion, and participate in their own abbreviated book club discussion.

Lessons in Leadership: Team Building and Breaking Barriers
Teresa Weatherspoon
Tuesday, March 2
2:15-3:15pm

This session will highlight the challenges and opportunities for building relationships and motivating a team in a virtual environment. As one of only a few full-time female assistant coaches in the NBA, Teresa Weatherspoon will discuss her experiences as a woman in a male-dominated field, providing a motivational perspective on how to succeed in the face of adversity and challenge.

Sound Like a Leader: Vocal Techniques for Authenticity and Authority
Dr. Kelly Ann Bixby
Wednesday, March 3
2:15-3:15pm

As more diverse leaders rise to the highest schelons of business, politics, and popular culture, there has been a broadening of what leadership itself looks and sounds like. Focusing on the four foundational aspects of "voice-finding," this workshop offers attendees an opportunity to analyze and observe elements of successful and captivating speakers and harness the techniques that make them great. This session will provide rich resources, demystify individual vocal habits, and inspire participants to embrace an authentic, authoritative, and accessible sense of self through their sound.

Developing Emotional Intelligence and Wellness
Melissa Bowen
Thursday, March 4
2:15-3:15pm

Our emotions affect and inform so much of what we do, but feelings are messy, confusing, and inconvenient. So, we frequently avoid, numb, or neglect this part of ourselves, resulting in feeling disconnected from ourselves, having poor relationships with others, and finding ourselves in situations that "feel" out of our control. When we have a better understanding of our own emotions, we can learn how to use them wisely so that they help and not hinder our success and well-being. In this session, participants will learn the importance of emotional intelligence and discuss five steps for developing their own emotional intelligence.