Conference ScheduleDay at a Glance: March 28, 2016

5:30pm - 7:30pm
Opening Evening Reception

(open to registered conference attendees only)

Conference ScheduleDay at a Glance: March 29, 2016

6:45 - 7:45
Registration and Continental Breakfast
7:45 - 8:30
Welcome Remarks

Joyce Kulhawik
Master of Ceremonies

Helen G. Drinan
President, Simmons College

8:35 - 9:25
Opening Keynote

Carla Harris, Vice Chairman, Wealth Management, Managing Director & Senior Client Advisor, Morgan Stanley

Wall Street powerhouse, accomplished singer, and inspiring author, Carla Harris is product of her own good advice. In her high-energy, empowering style, she kicks off today's program explaining the battle-tested strategies that she used to launch and sustain her own successful career in the old boys' club of international finance. Whether you're just starting out, striving for a promotion, or looking for an altogether new direction, Harris has pearls of wisdom to share about moving forward, recovering from setbacks, and thriving through change.

9:35 - 10:55
Concurrent Morning Sessions
1. Signature Dialogue
Bend Not Break: A Life in Two Worlds

Ping Fu with Callie Crossley

Ping Fu suffered years of untold deprivation and savage treatment during China's Cultural Revolution before being deported at the age of 25. But rather than breaking under these hardships, she developed amazing resilience and perseverance - qualities she put to good use in her career in the internet technology industry and ultimately as co-founder of the pioneering 3D software development company Geomagic. In this fascinating conversation with Callie Crossley, Fu reveals how her survival skills shaped her life story and her success as an entrepreneur.

2. Negotiations
Negotiating at Work

Deborah Kolb, Ph.D.

As Deborah Kolb makes clear, negotiations at work always take place within a context - of organizational culture, of prior negotiations, and of power relationships that dictate which issues are negotiable and by whom. As a result, negotiating for new opportunities, increased flexibility, or other needs means challenging the status quo, and even our small wins can grow into something bigger, for ourselves and for our organizations. This session is your chance to learn a set of strategic moves that guarantee better outcomes for all your workplace negotiations.

3. Leadership and Innovation
The Soul of the New Leadership: What Today's and Tomorrow's Leaders Do to Drive Productivity, Innovation and Trust

Margaret Heffernan

In a world where change, surprise, and ambiguity are constants, no individual - no matter how brilliant - can possibly keep up with all she needs to know at any given moment. To be effective, then, today's leaders must build social capital within their organizations - an underlying sense of connectedness that engenders mutual reliance and trust. Drawing on her extensive experience as both an entrepreneur and consultant to CEOs around the world, popular TED Talk presenter Margaret - discusses the compounding benefits of social capital investments.

4. Health and Wellness
The Upside of Stress: Why Stress is Good for You & How to Get Good at It

Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.

Psychologist Kelly McGonigal has news for you. Although stress has long been considered the enemy of health and well-being, she maintains that it can in fact be a positive force in our lives, making us stronger, smarter, and happier if we just learn how to embrace it. After explaining what the latest scientific research has revealed about the human brain's ability to learn from stress, McGonigal offers practical tips for cultivating a new mind-set that will not only bring greater energy and focus to your life, but also help you connect with others and strengthen your close relationships.

5. Workplace Culture - Talent Retention
Retain the Best, Confront the Rest: How to Shake Up Your Organization in the War for Talent

Michelle Ray

In today's highly mobile work environment, employees are much more willing to seize new opportunities where they find them. To retain their best and brightest workers, employers must therefore be willing to rethink traditional hiring, mentoring, and training practices. In fact, as leadership strategist Michelle Ray contends, it's time to shake up your organization in the war for talent and this means creating a culture that fosters high engagement, high morale, and a positive atmosphere. This high-content presentation explores the four factors critical to talent retention, the tangible and intangible motivators that affect employees' perceptions of an organization, and the myths and realities behind a high-performing workplace culture.

6. Business Panel
Leading Change Outside the Lines

Panelists:
Beth Phalen, Senior Vice President, EMC Corporation
Liz Kelley, Vice President, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Laura Gentile, Founder, espnW

Moderator: Susie Gharib, Award-winning Business Journalist

The boundaries of the formal organization are distinct, codified in the management structure, processes, programs, and performance metrics. But what about the less familiar informal organization that operates under the radar - the culture, social networks, and communities of common interest that spring up organically? Although it's typically in this informal realm that "the magic" happens, it's also where formal corporate initiatives can bog down. In this dynamic panel discussion, thought leaders from some of the nation's top companies explain how to leverage elements of both factions to achieve peak performance over time.

7. Entrepreneurship Panel
Breaking Ground and Giving Back

Panelists:
Linda Alvarado, President and CEO, Alvarado Construction, Inc.
Felecia Hatcher, Chief Popsicle, Feverish Ice Cream

Moderator: Teresa Nelson, Ph.D., Professor of Entrepreneurship, Chair and Director of Entrepreneurship Program, Simmons School of Management

Linda Alvarado and Felecia Hatcher are trailblazers in very different ways - Alvarado by building a multimillion-dollar construction business and buying a major league baseball team, and Hatcher by growing a successful gourmet popsicle business through strategic partnerships with the some of the nation's largest corporations. But what these innovators have in common is that both have made a strong commitment to opening the doors of opportunity to minority youth so that they can achieve their dreams as entrepreneurs. In this lively exchange, these two dynamic leaders talk about their business enterprises, their community involvement, and their formula for doing it all.

10:55 - 11:25
Meet the Speakers Book-Signing Break
11:25 - 12:15
Morning Keynote

Geena Davis, Founder & Chair, Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, Academy Award-winning Actor

As an award-winning actor and now as an activist, Geena Davis has made a career of pushing boundaries. The latest challenge she has taken on is nothing less than to eliminate rampant gender inequality in the media, particularly in entertainment for younger children. In her impassioned keynote presentation, Davis brings 20 years of research and firsthand experience to her call for a more balanced and accurate representation of the roles that females play in today's world.

12:15 - 1:30
Luncheon
1:30 - 2:20
Afternoon Plenary Session - Reimagining Equality

Anita Hill, Senior Advisor To the Provost, Brandeis University
Professor of Law, Public Policy and Women's Studies, Heller Graduate School of Policy and Management

Anita Hill was catapulted to fame - and infamy - in 1991 when she testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee against Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. Although many viewers initially did not believe her, the tide of public opinion eventually turned in her favor and essentially brought tolerance for sexual harassment to an end. On this 25th anniversary of the Thomas hearings, Hill takes the stage to reflect on the legacy of her momentous testimony and how men's and women's rights in the workplace have and have not changed since then.

2:30 - 3:50
Concurrent Afternoon Sessions
8. Signature Session
Meeting the Future

Edie Weiner

As trend-watcher Edie Weiner warns, the pace of change is accelerating exponentially and organizations must learn to adapt much more quickly to the transformation that's occurring in the global economy. But she also insists that the convergence of new technologies and other advances have opened up a number of opportunities for companies with the vision to recognize the possibilities that are emerging. This is your chance to discover what one of the nation's top futurists has to say about the growth areas she predicts will define the future of business.

9. Negotiations
Negotiating at Work

Deborah Kolb, Ph.D.

As Deborah Kolb makes clear, negotiations at work always take place within a context - of organizational culture, of prior negotiations, and of power relationships that dictate which issues are negotiable and by whom. As a result, negotiating for new opportunities, increased flexibility, or other needs means challenging the status quo, and even our small wins can grow into something bigger, for ourselves and for our organizations. This session is your chance to learn a set of strategic moves that guarantee better outcomes for all your workplace negotiations.

10. Leadership and Innovation
The Soul of the New Leadership: What Today's and Tomorrow's Leaders Do to Drive Productivity, Innovation and Trust

Margaret Heffernan

In a world where change, surprise, and ambiguity are constants, no individual - no matter how brilliant - can possibly keep up with all she needs to know at any given moment. To be effective, then, today's leaders must build social capital within their organizations - an underlying sense of connectedness that engenders mutual reliance and trust. Drawing on her extensive experience as both an entrepreneur and consultant to CEOs around the world, popular TED Talk presenter Margaret - discusses the compounding benefits of social capital investments.

11. Health and Wellness
The Upside of Stress: Why Stress is Good for You & How to Get Good at It

Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.

Psychologist Kelly McGonigal has news for you. Although stress has long been considered the enemy of health and well-being, she maintains that it can in fact be a positive force in our lives, making us stronger, smarter, and happier if we just learn how to embrace it. After explaining what the latest scientific research has revealed about the human brain's ability to learn from stress, McGonigal offers practical tips for cultivating a new mind-set that will not only bring greater energy and focus to your life, but also help you connect with others and strengthen your close relationships.

12. Workplace Culture - Talent Retention
Retain the Best, Confront the Rest: How to Shake Up Your Organization in the War for Talent

Michelle Ray

In today's highly mobile work environment, employees are much more willing to seize new opportunities where they find them. To retain their best and brightest workers, employers must therefore be willing to rethink traditional hiring, mentoring, and training practices. In fact, as leadership strategist Michelle Ray contends, it's time to shake up your organization in the war for talent and this means creating a culture that fosters high engagement, high morale, and a positive atmosphere. This high-content presentation explores the four factors critical to talent retention, the tangible and intangible motivators that affect employees' perceptions of an organization, and the myths and realities behind a high-performing workplace culture.

13. Business Panel
Leading Change Outside the Lines

Panelists:
Maggie Ruvoldt, Executive Vice President & General Manager, 2U, Inc.
Precillia Redmond, Vice President, Manager of Organizational Effectiveness and Strategic Project Management Services, Liberty Mutual Insurance Group
Gail Baker, Senior Vice President, UTC Aerospace Systems

Moderator: Susie Gharib, Award-winning Business Journalist

The boundaries of the formal organization are distinct, codified in the management structure, processes, programs, and performance metrics. But what about the less familiar informal organization that operates under the radar - the culture, social networks, and communities of common interest that spring up organically? Although it's typically in this informal realm that "the magic" happens, it's also where formal corporate initiatives can bog down. In this dynamic panel discussion, thought leaders from some of the nation's top companies explain how to leverage elements of both factions to achieve peak performance over time.

14. Gender Dynamics
Engaging Men in the Battle for Advancement

Jeffery Halter, President of YWomen

As long as men make up the large majority of senior management, women's advancement in most organizations will remain a low priority. Indeed, most men are not ready or willing to have a real dialogue about cultivating women leaders, and the men who do want to help don't know how to support this effort. In this presentation, gender strategist Jeffrey Halter explains why finding and engaging male champions in the conversation is so essential to getting women's leadership programs on the fast track.

3:50 - 4:20
Meet the Speakers Book - Signing Break
4:20 - 5:20
Closing Keynote:

America Ferrera, Actor, Producer, Activist

Moderator: Joyce Kulhawik, Emmy Award-Winning Journalist

Actor, producer, and activist America Ferrera has managed to pack a lot into her 31 years. In addition to an impressive list of stage, film, and TV credits, the award-winning star of Ugly Betty and Superstore has emerged as an outspoken leader against stereotype casting in Hollywood and as a tireless advocate for the political involvement of Latino youth. In this lively conversation with Joyce Kulhawik, Ferrera talks about turning her talents to stories that depict people as they really are and to causes that inspire her deepest convictions.

5:20 - 6:00
Connection Reception