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Program Schedule

Updated program schedule for the VIRTUAL event on the day of April 16.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

9:00 AM

Welcoming Remarks

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Joyce Kulhawik, Emmy Award-Winning Journalist
Susan MacKenty Brady, CEO, Simmons University Institute for Inclusive Leadership

9:10 AM

What’s It Going to Take to Be Successful?

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Dambisa Moyo, PhD, International Economist & Author

The defining challenge of our time is to generate solid, sustained growth in the industrialized nations while also making a meaningful dent in world poverty. But the Eurozone, United States, and other developed countries are creaking under mounting debt, challenging demographics, and stagnating productivity. Meanwhile, the unprecedented economic expansion in the developing world—home to 90 percent of the world’s population—has slowed. Internationally renowned economist Dambisa Moyo explains the structural implications of these global trends and why this time in history is different, and identifies the investment opportunities that lie ahead.


9:45 AM

Shining a Light on the World’s Darkest Place: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom

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Yeonmi Park, Human Rights Advocate

Born in North Korea, Yeonmi Park grew up in a repressive society devoted to the worship of Kim Jong-Ill. At age 13, she and her family made a daring escape to China in search of a new life. Despite the horrors she experienced, she did not shrink. Instead, she chose to speak out against the inhumane conditions in her native country and elsewhere in the world. In her insightful and moving talk, Park shares her journey to freedom, the lessons she learned along the way, and why we must all fight against tyranny.


10:10 AM

Business Panel: Defining Power

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Jen St. Pierre, Senior Vice President of Business Transformation, Infrastructure Solutions Group, Dell Technologies
Debra Delise, General Manager, Security Center of Excellence, Analog Devices
Jennifer Caruso, Vice President of Transformation, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon Technologies
MODERATOR: Stacy Blake-Beard, PhD, Professor of Management and Center for Gender in Organizations, Senior Affiliate, Simmons University

Defining and stepping into our power is a critical success factor for people of all genders. However, for some, the idea of wielding power may evoke discomfort or unappealing images of unilateral action. Join our panel of executives who are experts in positive uses of power for a frank and open conversation about how they define power, where their power comes from, and how they use that power for themselves and for others. We’ll discuss the role power plays in their success, how they are helping others step into their own power, and how they are making their organizations stronger and more inclusive in the process.


10:40 AM

Break


10:50 AM

Becoming a Dangerous Woman

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Pat Mitchell, CEO & Producer

Pat Mitchell has always insisted on defining power on her terms, and on leveraging that power to manifest a better world. And she has done that on an impressive scale by literally changing the face of television, both as a journalist and as former CEO of PBS, CNN Productions, and the Paley Center for Media. In this session, Mitchell tells her fascinating life story, growing up from a small-town girl in the segregated South with no money or influence to become an advocate for women and girls on the world stage. As a self-proclaimed “dangerous woman,” Mitchell urges us all to be braver and bolder in dismantling the barriers to equality that we see in our own lives.


11:20 AM

Helen G. Drinan Visionary Leader Award


11:30 AM

Becoming Maria: Imagine the Possibilities

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Sonia Manzano, Emmy Award-Winning Actor

Growing up in an impoverished Puerto Rican family, Emmy-award winning actress and writer Sonia Manzano turned to television to see the possibilities that could exist beyond the painful realities of her turbulent household. In her role as Maria on Sesame Street, she helped millions of other children do the same and, along the way, used her expansive repertoire to break stereotypes about Latin culture. With her signature warmth and wit, Manzano describes how she escaped the trauma of her early years through the performing arts to become one of the most influential Latinas in television.


11:50 AM

Business Panel: Defining Power

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Lynne Doherty, Vice President of US Commercial Sales, Cisco
Lorrin Ortiz Mena, Senior Vice President of University Partnerships, 2U, Inc.
Tracy Ryan, President of Global Risk Solutions North America, Liberty Mutual Insurance
MODERATOR: Mary Shapiro, Professor of Practice, School of Business, Simmons University

Defining and stepping into our power is a critical success factor for people of all genders. However, for some, the idea of wielding power may evoke discomfort or unappealing images of unilateral action. Join our panel of executives who are experts in positive uses of power for a frank and open conversation about how they define power, where their power comes from, and how they use that power for themselves and for others. We’ll discuss the role power plays in their success, how they are helping others step into their own power, and how they are making their organizations stronger and more inclusive in the process.


12:20 PM

Break


12:30 PM

Gender Equity Through the Lens of Sports: Leveling the Playing Field

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Muffet McGraw, Head Coach, Notre Dame

In sports—as in almost every other field—women are held back by antiquated stereotypes about how they should act and what they can be. Muffet McGraw, head coach for Notre Dame’s women’s basketball team, made waves recently with an impassioned plea for gender equality in a television interview that went viral. She is now leading a charge to empower women everywhere to find their voices and speak out against these limitations, both on and off the court. And as she says, “It starts with you.”


12:50PM

Using Your Power: A Conversation with Serena Williams

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Serena Williams, Tennis Champion, Activist, & Entrepreneur
MODERATOR: Muffet McGraw, Head Coach, Notre Dame

One of the world’s most talented and successful athletes, Serena Williams knows what it takes to win. She has powered her way back from serious injuries to win international titles and persevered through other challenges to become one of the top tennis players in history. In this conversation with basketball coaching legend Muffet McGraw, Williams offers a rare personal glimpse into her pursuit of excellence both on and off the court, her dedication to craft, and how her approach to sports has influenced her entrepreneurship and activism.


1:30 PM

Closing Remarks



Monday, April 20, 2020

Recording of April 16 event will be available to conference attendees


April 20 – July 20, 2020

Three additional episodes are available now! Two more will be added to our video-on-demand channel in the coming weeks.

Successful Negotiation Through Powerful Communication

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Carol Frohlinger, JD, President, Negotiating Women, Inc.
Lois Frankel, PhD, President, Corporate Coaching International

Strategically honing your communication skills is the secret to securing the roles you deserve, the compensation you’ve earned, and the flexibility you need. In this session, Carol Frohlinger and Lois Frankel—coauthors of Nice Girls Just Don’t Get It—outline three negotiation success factors, and the communication tools every woman needs to have powerful and productive outcomes. In addition to sharing their wisdom and tips, you’ll watch Carol and Lois role-play negotiations so that you can see their tactics in action!


Beyond Buzzwords: Innovation, Inequality, And Imagination In The 21st CENTURY

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Ruha Benjamin, PhD, Associate Professor of African American Studies, Princeton University

From precision medicine to predictive algorithms, science and technology seek to address a variety of human problems by producing data and tools to help us better understand our world and ourselves. But without carefully considering the social values embedded in these systems, we risk reinforcing longstanding forms of inequality and injustice, and may even produce new ones. In this timely conversation with Dr. Stacy Blake-Beard, noted sociologist Ruha Benjamin dissects a range of contemporary issues at the nexus of Big Data and democracy that are shaping the world today.


Power Is Meant To Be Shared: A New Paradigm For Leadership

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Brittany Packnett Cunningham, Nonprofit Executive & Educator

In this dynamic conversation, Brittany Packnett Cunningham, Not for Profit Executive and Educator, and Gary Bailey, Assistant Dean for Community Engagement and Social Justice at Simmons University, talk about navigating “the new normal.” They will inspire you to expand your thinking about what is possible, and consider what the current situation can teach us all about conceptualizing and using our power differently.