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 Thursday, October 13
 
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM    Registration Hall E Foyer - Level 1 - COBO
 
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Alumnae Welcome Reception Ambassador 2 & 3 - Level 3 - Detroit Marriott
 
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM    Opening Session: Women Empowered to Engage Ambassador 1- Level 3 - Detroit Marriott
 
 Friday, October 14
 
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM    Registration Hall E Foyer - Level 1 - COBO
 
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM    SEMINAR 1310: Think, Act, Achieve Extraordinary Results-Winning Executive Coaching Strategies for the Leader and the Coach
Learning Objective: This seminar provides a vault of pioneering concepts, tools, and resources that move leaders from innovative thought to strategic action.

Leadership is about moving toward important goals, and embracing the potential and growth power of people. Whether you are a top CEO, federal executive, director, team lead, or beginning your career, you should be asking yourself one critical question. How can I grow and achieve personal excellence? Executive coaching is a strategic partnership that maximizes performance and growth potential to drive enhanced business outcomes. Get ready to be challenged, take risks, and achieve extraordinary results.

At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:
a. Create a plan and vision that supports business, professional, and life mission b. Use leadership techniques and communication strategies that support vision c. List tools to overcome resistance, act, and make strategic decisions
d. Examine coaching competencies to assist success of future leaders and team members
e. Use strategies to get out of your comfort zone, generate ideas, and expand vision
Rm 140 B - Level 1 - COBO
 
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM    SEMINAR 1400: Top Ten Careers in STEM by 2020
A recent report published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the U.S. will add roughly 20 million new jobs by the year 2020. Estimates indicate that careers in the STEM fields can account for over 10 million of the new job created. Given the strong correlation between higher education and economic growth, some experts have been bold enough to claim that the growth of the U.S. economy through 2020 and beyond will be tied directly to the level of education achieved by its workforce. Join us for an eye opening discussion on market trends in the future of the STEM careers.
At the end of this seminar, participants will acquire insight into market trends and innovative factors that will influence STEM professional careers within the next five years. This seminar will explore and analyze how to:
  1. Identify the STEM professions that are in high demand and will command the highest earning opportunities.
  2. Leverage their current professional skills towards career advancement.
  3. Increase their market value by becoming a SWAT professional. 

 
Rm 140 C - Level 1 - COBO
 
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM    SEMINAR 1707: Savviness Versus Sell-Out (Presented by Consumers Energy)
Are you unsure of how to “play the game” to win when it comes to corporate politics? It doesn’t matter whether or not you believe in office politics, they still exist. Learn how to master office politics in this intensive deep dive with savvy leaders who take a realistic approach to managing workplace politics. Enhance your understanding on how to navigate competing interests, scarce resources, ambiguity in authority, unclear rules and lack of information in the corporate environment. The main thing to remember when dealing with office politics is that you CAN still be “you” while adjusting your style to fit the situation.
 
“Early in my career I despised the thought of having to dance through corporate politics.  I thought I’m just not good at it and I’m not selling out just to get ahead.  Little did I know back then how completely misguided I was until I began practicing true relationship building and removed “office politics” from my vocabulary.  Building professional relationships is an art, a fine art mind you, every leader should understand.  Like every rare and expensive art piece.. it takes skill, practice, and time.” – Charles Crews VP Consumers Energy   
 
Rm 140 A - Level 1 - COBO
 
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM    SEMINAR 1708: Executive Presence (Presented by Northrop Grumman Corporation)
We’ve all witnessed that moment when a leader walks into a room and instantly attracts attention. The air shifts. Heads turn. People gravitate towards them.  In short, they have a “WOW” factor.  The “WOW” factor is often called “Executive Presence.” Executive Presence is a blending of temperament, competencies, and skills that, when combined, send all the right signals.  Leaders know they must embody executive presence to get ahead, influence others, and drive results.
 
Do you want the WOW factor of Executive Presence?  Attend this workshop and gain a proven approach on how to obtain Executive Presence.  Get ready for your next promotion.
 
 
Rm 140 E - Level 1 - COBO
 
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM    Robotics & STEM Carnival Ontario Exhibit Hall - Level 3 - Detroit Marriott
 
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM    SEMINAR 1110: Inspirational Leadership: Leading with Style
Learning Objective: Examine characteristics that make a successful leader and how women leaders can inspire others In today’s workforce, standout leaders come in all shapes and sizes. She could be a blue jeans marketing student who is running a major company out of her apartment or a middle aged woman presenting the latest groundbreaking device at a major conference. What really matters is that leaders are able to create enthusiasm, empower their workers, instill confidence and be inspiring to those around them. Join us as we address what great women leaders do every day. At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to: a. Explore your own leadership style through conversations with your peers. b. Develop the necessary self-confidence to help make good decisions based on the opinions
Rm 140 A - Level 1 - COBO
 
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM    SEMINAR 1212: The Heart and Soul of Financial Planning
Learning Objective: Discuss financial goals and successful techniques for achieving those goals How much money do you have? How much money do you want? For most, the idea of answering the first question brings up mixed emotions. No matter what your financial position is, many often wonder if they really have enough. For some women, money is a topic that brings up anxiety and shame. Finance guru, Suze Orman, says “to truly be powerful in life, you must make money moves that work for you.” This seminar will help you build inner strength, reclaim financial power, and create a plan for the future. Your money doesn’t have to change, YOU DO! At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to: a. Use finance fundamentals. b. List ways to build financial portfolios. c. Explore beginner investment best practices (retirement). d. Examine how personal habits and values may impact a strong financial future. e. Create an action plan and financial goals.
Rm 140 B - Level 1 - COBO
 
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM    SEMINAR 1709: Daring to be Different; Breaking the Glass Ceiling and Riding the Glass Escalator (Presented by Lockheed Martin Corporation)
Dr. Maya Angelou stated, “Achievement brings its own anticlimax.” Nowhere is this truer than in the lives of women of color, as they seek accomplishment and prominence in the face of adversity. In addition to the glass ceiling, which already is stopping women from climbing higher in success in the workplace, a parallel phenomenon called the "glass escalator" is also occurring. This can be defined as how more men are joining fields that were previously occupied mainly by women and within these job fields, the men are riding right past women and going straight to the top, similarly to if they were on an escalator and a woman was taking stairs.
 
At the end of this seminar participants will be able to:
 
  1. Better understand these phenomena
  2. Identify techniques and strategies to successfully navigate these challenges
 
 
Panelists:
Melonie D. Parker, Vice President, Human Resources & Communications, Sandia National Laboratories
Dionne Mack, EEO/D&I Senior Manager, Space Systems
Cheri Larkins, Talent Acquisition Director, MST
 
 
 
Rm 140 E - Level 1 - COBO
 
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM    SEMINAR 1907: Top Chef-Beyond Meals
Learning Objective- Learn strategies to plan prepare and manage stress to create, restore, or protect the tradition of meal planning. Did you know that family meal times can impact achievement? Sitting down to break bread with your family or friends goes far beyond eating. In fact, community development researchers suggest that everything from literacy to academic achievement may be impacted by the simple family practice of sharing meals together on a regular basis. Mealtimes include cooking, preparing, eating, and cleaning up after a meal. This is a discipline that can restore much needed balance to the family and bring more structure to your schedule. Take time to go beyond the meal, learn ways to protect meal times by implementing strategies that work, even for the super busy. At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to: a. Examine the research and benefits of mealtime traditions b. Use time management tools to protect your tradition c. Examine the role of meal planning for families and singles d. Identify tools and tips for preparation and planning e. Create a fall back plan
Rm 140 C - Level 1 - COBO
 
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM    Technology Recognition Luncheon (Ticket Required) Hall C - Level 2 - COBO
 
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM    SEMINAR 1800: Job Ready Certification-Innovative and Critical Thinking: Training Your Brain to Solve Problems and Create Solutions
Our ability to learn new ways to think is the power of human potential. We have to make choices about the types of thinking that we apply to a variety of different challenges. Critical Thinking is the act of examining a set of facts and analyzing and evaluating relevant information. We live in a knowledge based society, and the more critically you think the better your knowledge will be. Critical Thinking provides you with the skills to analyze and evaluate information so that you are able to obtain the greatest amount of knowledge from it. It provides the best chance of making the correct decision, and minimizes damages if a mistake does occur. Critical Thinking will lead to being a more rational and disciplined thinker. It will reduce your prejudice and bias, which will provide you a better understanding of your environment. This workshop will provide you the skills to evaluate, identify, and distinguish between relevant and irrelevant information. It will lead you to be more productive in your career, and provide a great skill in your everyday life. Lastly, critical thinking skills will support your capacity to be innovative. Once you fully understand what it is, you can begin exploring what could be. By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to answer the following questions: 1) What is critical thinking? 2) How can I use nonlinear thinking strategies? 3) What does it mean for me to apply logic to situations? 4) How do I know when, how, and why to think critically about a challenge? 5) What skills allow be to better evaluate facts and data? 6) How will thinking differently effect my decision outcomes? 7) How can I challenge my self to see alternate perspectives? 8) How can I increase my problem solving abilities?
Rm 140 F - Level 1 - COBO
 
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM    SEMINAR 1718- Financial Freedom Skills Presented by Jackson Insurance
Childhood experiences shape many of our adult attitudes and behaviors – even when it comes to money. This session will begin with the four main "Money Scripts" that motivate our financial behavior as adults. Money Scripts are the unconscious beliefs about what money is, what it is not, what it can or cannot do and the role it plays in our lives. This session will also cover two new life stages that modern Americans face in their 20s and 60s and how to align money behaviors with your principles, values, and beliefs at any stage of life. Participants will take away practical financial tools to begin using today. Join us for this session to learn how to spot money scripts, combat destructive money behaviors and build financial freedom skills no matter where you are along life’s journey.
Rm 140 D - Level 1 - COBO
 
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM    SEMINAR 1505: Women in Tech: More Than Just a Pipeline Issue
Learning Objective: Examine the factors for low numbers of women in the tech field and how to retain women tech professionals Research has shown that most women leave the tech workforce after an average of 7 years. This is a huge, unnecessary loss of talent in a field facing a short of talent. Since the tech field is a major driver of the U.S. economy, this shortage impacts everyone. Some tech companies are struggling to hire and retain employees. When men and women with the same qualifications apply for the same job, studies have shown that they are evaluated differently. These biases may occur unconsciously and without intention or malice. This seminar will address the issue of how to address the gap. At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to: a. Examine the causes behind the lack of women in the tech field. b. Discuss the natural bias that exists in our workforce culture. c. Explore ways to change the workforce bias.
Rm 140 A - Level 1 - COBO
 
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM    SEMINAR 1710: A Perspective From Executives and Trailblazers (Presented by NASA)
“A Perspective From Executives and Trailblazers” will showcase a diverse panel of past Women of Color awardees who will discuss their leadership experiences at NASA.  Each panelist will share her unique leadership journey, including the role of networking, mentoring, and the challenges and importance of pursuing career opportunities while still maintaining work-life balance.  Following the structured panel discussion, participants will engage in an interactive discussion with panelists to gain further insight and understanding of the realities women of color encounter in the technical work environment.  This discussion forum provides the opportunity to share experiences and celebrate career successes.

 
Rm 140 B - Level 1 - COBO
 
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM    SEMINAR 1711: Enterprise Capabilities: Redefining Ingenuity With Integrated Services and Solutions (Presented by SAIC)
Learning objective: The goal of this signature seminar is to highlight the countless opportunities to participate in the development of solutions that are changing the world in real and measureable ways in our technical, engineering, and enterprise IT core business areas including the required skills. The seminar will further explore all that SAIC has to offer to help individuals to enhance their visibility and excel in their career.  The presentation will highlight the opportunities, challenges, and learning that SAIC provide to move individuals forward in their STEM career and aspirations.    
 
 
Rm 140 E - Level 1 - COBO
 
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM    SEMINAR 1906: Performance Planning: How to Reduce Stress and Get the RIGHT Things Done?
Learning Objective: Examine techniques for reducing stress and increasing workplace productivity We have all heard the saying, “if we fail to plan, we plan to fail.” The fear of failure can add stress to our busy lifestyle and Planning is the key to increasing productivity and efficiency. This course will guide you through a series of powerful activities that will help you relax, gain clarity, and break unproductive habits that may be holding you back. At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to: a. Identify internal and external stressors that impact performance. b. Discuss techniques for dealing with stress and gaining focus. c. Create targeted professional and personal tasks lists that help attain organizational goals. d. Explore personal application plan to support increased performance and productivity.
Rm 140 C - Level 1 - COBO
 
4:15 PM - 5:45 PM    SEMINAR 1801: Job Ready Certification-Interview Skills that Get You Hired!
Learning Objective: Discuss techniques for promoting yourself during an interview Do you know the benefits of establishing a positive and professional self-representation during an interview? Promotions depend on preparation and practice, but knowing what to prepare and how to practice is essential. Mastering the Interview Training Materials holds the knowledge of the qualities that employer’s desire. Expanding your expectations of the questions that will be asked during an interview can give you an incredible advantage over other applicants for the position. Even more, being able to demonstrate your unique skills through a well-articulated answer to interview questions will put you in the lead. Taking the initiative to prepare for an interview can create new opportunities for career development in your industry. At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to: a. What are the common interview questions and how to prepare your answers? b. What information do I need to know for every interview? c. How do I answer difficult questions? d. What are good questions to ask your interviewer? e. How to answer the question: “So tell me about yourself’? f. What do I do after the interview? g. What are common interview mistakes?
Rm 140 F-Level 1 - COBO
 
5:15 PM - 5:45 PM    DIEL Orientation Room 140 ABC - Level 1 - COBO
 
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM    Women of Color Recognition Dinner Industry (Ticket Required) Hall C - Level 2 - COBO
 
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM    Energize Your Night with Consumers Energy Room 140 EFG - Level 1 - COBO
 
8:30 PM - 10:00 PM    SEMINAR 1312: Woman to Woman-Up Close and Personal
Learning Objective: Create an open and candid discussion about career and relevant topics During this interactive roundtable session, the audience will experience an open and candid discussion with executives, which results in creating better awareness and understanding of the workplace realities women of color encounters. Participants will learn practical tips and modes for overcoming unique challenges. This roundtable discussion will provide a unique forum to share and celebrate successes, network opportunities and a woman-to-woman support system. At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to: a. Understand the workplace realities women encounter. b. Provide practical tips and modes for overcoming workplace challenges. c. Share and celebrating career success. d. Develop networking opportunities and a support system. e. Provide practical tips on improving your value to the Organization.
Rm 140 A - Level 1 - COBO
 
8:30 PM - 10:00 PM    SEMINAR 1615: Want an Upgrade? Winning Resumes and Lasting Impressions
First Impressions open doors!! Do you look and act like a winner? Are you prepared to compete and get noticed? The first step to success is making sure your resume, words, and image reflect your true value. You will have an edge if you understand what employers are looking for in potential candidates. In this seminar, human resource professionals will help you build a resume, polish your image, and say the right things. Get ready to take action and win! At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to: a. Build or upgrade a winning resume b. List dos and don’ts of interviewing c. Use Critical Networking techniques d. Identify specific questions to ask potential employers
Rm 140 C - Level 1 - COBO
 
 Saturday, October 15
 
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM    Registration Hall E Foyer - Level 1 - COBO
 
7:15 AM - 9:00 AM    Breakfast with Leaders & Legends (Ticket Required) Renaissance Ballroom Level 4 - Detroit Marriott
 
7:30 AM - 8:00 AM    Breakfast Service: Leaders & Legends Renaissance Ballroom Level 4 - Detroit Marriott
 
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM    SEMINAR 1802: Job Ready Certification-Behavior Business: Best Practices in Business Etiquette (Lunch Incl)
Professionals understand that etiquette in business is a critical factor in making decisions. Success in any industry relies on relationships, whether with co-workers, clients, suppliers or investors. When you are well mannered and considerate in dealing with others, you create engaging, productive, long lasting relationships. In this course, we will discuss accepted business behavior and their importance on in business correspondence. By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to answer the following questions: 1) What is the definition of etiquette? 2) What are the guidelines to making effective introductions? 3) What are the 3C's associated with making a good impression? 4) What are the three steps in giving a handshake? 5) What is one technique you can use to remember names? 6) What are two ways to minimize nervousness while in social situations? 7) What are two differences between a formal and an informal letter? 8) What color connotes dominance and power? Vitality and harmony? 9) Etiquette can help business improve in what 4 areas? 10) What is(are) the difference(s) between a formal and an informal letter? 11) What are the differences between these dress codes: dressy casual, semi-formal, formal and black tie? 12) What are the basic guidelines in international etiquette?
Rm 140 F-Level 1 - COBO
 
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM    SEMINAR 1108: Act Like a CEO, Think Like a Leader: Top Leaders Get Real About Gender, Leadership and Perceptions
Learning Objective: Examine the challenges and strategies of gender barriers Be strong in the work place? Wait, not too strong? Be assertive? Wait, that’s aggressive? For every piece of advice a woman leader receives, there is an equal and opposite reaction. This seminar brings leaders together to share perceptions, management challenges, and leadership strategies. Leaders speak up and share candid thoughts for getting results and overcoming stereotypes and barriers. If information is power, this seminar is your source. At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to: a. Engage in a candid dialogue regarding the perceived challenges of managing/leading women and being managed/led by women. b. Discuss techniques that help build professional relationships. c. Explore the impact of race, gender, and perceptions on pay and promotion.
Rm 140 A - Level 1 - COBO
 
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM    SEMINAR 1211: Life in the Zone: Women, Work, Life and Flow
Learning Objective: Learn strategies to increase balance, clarity, and efficiency for better life and work outcomes Many women feel torn between competing priorities, obligations, and personal goals. Some experience a daily struggle to find the balance that reflects harmony and fulfillment. There are two zones of professional and personal fulfillment. One is lived in the comfort zone and the other is in the life zone. You can only be in one zone at a time. In the Comfort Zone, you are driven by fear and perceive life as a series of risks you rather not take. But, in the Life Zone you are tuned into actions, decisions, and ways of thinking that are in line with your success vision. This seminar will provide inspiration, motivation, strategies, and mental shifts that may change your life. Join our diverse panel as they share tips to feel good, balance your life and work, and make each day count. At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to: a. Explore personal definitions of success b. Examine stress management tools to relax your mind and increase clarity c. Use organizational and motivational tools to control the calendar/schedule d. List solutions and tips to stay motivated and inspired e. Create a personalized strategy for weighing the costs and benefits of important decisions
Rm 140 B - Level 1 - COBO
 
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM    SEMINAR 1603: Fresh, Clean and Fly in Corporate America: Grooming and Image Secrets to Power, Style and Grace
Learning Objective: Enhance professionalism and image As soon as you step into an office, you have spoken about 1,000 words with your appearance alone. Wouldn’t it be nice if the first 3 words were fresh, clean, and fly? All Professionals should invest time in grooming and developing an effective personal image appropriate for their work environment. This seminar will feature executives that have mastered the art of looking and feeling good on their journey to the top. At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to: a. List ways to improve image and personal hygiene. b. Explore ways to build and express self-confidence. c. Engage in candid conversations with professionals about perceptions and stereotypes. d. Examine specific corporate dress tips. e. Explore ways to express professionalism and personal style.
Rm 140 D - Level 1 - COBO
 
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM    SEMINAR 1712: The 2016 Women of Color in Technology Executive Roundtable Session
Our business community must confront the challenges of the shortage of women in STEM leadership positions in today’s workplace, and the entrance of vast numbers of millennial talent who will reshape the workforce, and the rules of the workplace.  The next generation of female leaders will contribute to be heard, and influence the dialog driving these changes. They will have particular impact on conversations addressing gender related workplace challenges and solutions.
 
We must address the gender gap, and the overall lack of diversity in senior leadership.  How we do so must be an important component of our national and global talent strategies, and work in conjunction with systemic change efforts effecting our workforce.  But to get this right, first, organizations must better understand how to attract, develop, and retain female and other diverse talent from the millennial generation.  
 
We hope that our 2015 Women of Color in Technology Executive Roundtable is a live-wire symposium.  Our interchange will examine the 21st Century challenges of women in today’s technology driven workplace and why it is seen as a man’s world. Moderated by Ted Childs, Workforce Diversity Catalyst for Change, and Raina Washington, Vice President, Culture, Diversity and EO Programs, Lockheed Martin, attendees will hear from women executives who have competed in high intensity, competitive, technology driven workplaces. We do not want a discussion about what women have not done, or cannot do. We have assembled a panel of accomplished executive women to discuss their career journeys and do the following:
 
  1. Engage in a candid dialogue about the challenges women face in today’s workplace, including at the executive level.
  2. Explore factors that limit women from breaking the glass ceiling.  
  3. Identify best practices in diversity workforce change.
  4. Discuss ways to overcome challenges and stereotypes.
Learning Outcomes:
  • Increase awareness of the challenges that women may encounter on their career journey, and strategies to address those obstacles;  
  • Discover techniques that encourage women to succeed on reaching the management level. 
Rm 140 C - Level 1 - COBO
 
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM    SEMINAR 1713: Powerful Women in Leadership: Lessons in Leading from the Front, the Back and the Middle (Presented by The Boeing Company)
Realizing the value and contributions of women professionals influencing STEM from various levels of leadership.
 
Rm 140 E - Level 1 - COBO
 
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM    Career Fair Expo Exhibit Hall E - Level 1 - COBO
 
11:30 AM - 12:45 PM    SEMINAR 1111: The Change Matrix-Unique and Useful Guidelines for Managing Change
Learning Objective: Examine strategies for effectively dealing with change in the workplace The next generation of corporate and federal executive leaders is faced with unique challenges and changes as business threats and solutions change rapidly. It is critical to continue to assess position and purpose to stay ahead of the competition. The key to success is not always trying to figure out what will happen next, but about developing the strategy to manage changes, turn obstacles into opportunities, and thrive in the face of great uncertainty. A Matrix of Change is one strategy that can help leaders anticipate the complexity of how people, processes, and systems impact each other. At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to: a. Examine the change matrix and associated management skills b. Explore how management and leadership skills impact the change process c. Explore ways to stay inspired and committed d. Identify specific strategies and examples of how obstacles and change can be stepping stones for great opportunities e. Examine how to support teams through change.
Rm 140 A - Level 1 - COBO
 
11:30 AM - 12:45 PM    SEMINAR 1213: Unleash your Professional Savvy - Secrets to Power, Style and Grace
Learning Objective: Access your competitive edge by designing a winning image, building self-confidence, and communicating value with style and grace. Are you on top of your game? In today’s competitive market, the professional woman must understand what it means to project a powerful image. Your ability to build professional savvy is the key to breaking through barriers and achieving success. Technical skills, education, specialized career training, and performance are only the beginning. Did you know that 90% of your ability to move up the corporate and federal executive ladder is influenced by your personal brand and image, credibility, and communication skills? If image if everything, then everything matters. Whether you are seeking recognition, promotion, or just entering the workforce, this seminar will help you capitalize on your hard work as you unleash the best you. At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to: a. Explore ways to build and express self-confidence b. Create a winning image and leverage your circles of influence c. Examine professional savvy and politics d. Design a plan to increase recognition and value in the workplace e. Explore 10 critical style tips for today’s professional woman Recommended Reading: The Confidence Code by Katty Kay & Claire Shipman
Rm 140 B - Level 1 - COBO
 
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM    SEMINAR 1109: High Performance Collaboration: Leadership, Teamwork and Negotiation
Learning Objective: Discuss traits that help develop and expand your leadership repertoire Are leaders born or made? How do aspiring managers succeed in an ever-changing business environment? How do they lead different groups to action? Throughout this seminar, we will explore how great leaders assess themselves, manage collaborative teams, and effectively manage negotiations and conflict. At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to: a. Discover how leaders communicate through storytelling and employ other communication strategies to influence. b. Explore and analyze leadership styles. c. Identify how organizations can develop team charters to optimize their groups, and develop a game plan for effective negotiation.
Rm 140 A - Level 1 - COBO
 
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM    SEMINAR 1308: Want a Security Clearance? This is What You Need to Know
Learning Objective: Examine the process of achieving a U.S. Security Clearance As you create your master plan for success, consider the variety of tools needed to gain a competitive edge in your industry. By familiarizing oneself with the extensive US Security Clearance Process, you can begin to prepare and access opportunities that help you excel. This seminar will guide you through the processing of getting and keeping a U.S. security clearance. Further, we will explore the future and emerging career opportunities that require various clearance levels. At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to: a) Identify a series of career paths and associated tools to improve job marketability. b) List a series of certification and association options. c) Review the security clearance process and associated misconceptions and mistakes.
Rm 140 B - Level 1 - COBO
 
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM    SEMINAR 1401: IoT- The Career Disrupter
The Internet of Things refers to the networking of physical objects through the use of embedded sensors, actuators, and other devices that can collect or transmit information about the objects. The data amassed from these devices can then be analyzed to optimize products, services, and operations. During this session, participants will understand how the industrial adoption of the Internet of Things will drastically change every market vertical and disrupt current roles within enterprises and creating new roles and career opportunities.
 
 
At the end of this seminar, participants will exit this seminar with the following knowledge:
  1. A clear understanding of the Industrial Internet of Things and why it is an important market trend to follow.
  2. The changes and disruptions that IoT will bring to every industry and market vertical.
  3. The career and revenue opportunities that will be introduced through IoT global adoption.
Rm 140 C - Level 1 - COBO
 
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM    SEMINAR 1611: College Study Hall-Access Mentors, Build Resumes, Get Academic Support Guidance
Learning Objective: Discuss techniques for developing your career plan There seems to be an endless stream of things to do and not enough time to do it. The pressures to succeed and compete for opportunities are greater than ever. No worthy accomplishment is realized without sacrifice. Take this time to work on your plan. Students can talk to mentors about their specific needs. Or you may need to build or revise your resume. In this session, you can get advice about graduate school or talk to someone about academic challenges. Take advantage of the opportunity to leave the conference with a solid plan for achieving your goals and a few key things checked off of your list. At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to: a. Talk to potential mentors or coaches b. Work on resume building strategies c. Access support for navigating academic pressures, schedules, and choices d. Explore plans and “to do” items for the graduate school application process e. Share personal school and career game plan
Rm 140 D - Level 1 - COBO
 
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM    SEMINAR 1716: Leading on the Edge: Developing Leadership Skills for High-Risk, High-Payoff Roles (Presented by Northrop Grumman Corporation)
Learning Objective: Strengthen your techniques for leading highly technical teams on high-risk programs
 
We live in a rapidly changing world, and it’s an exciting time to lead advanced technology programs that make an impact.  How do you lead a team working on a complex problem, trying to come up with a solution that’s never been done before while dealing with constant unknowns?  How do you manage a project when traditional tools or program management skills just don’t apply? What do you do when you’re facing high-risk, high-stress situations daily?  You’re not alone.  Learn from experienced leaders who are currently leading teams through unchartered territory on high-risk, high-technology programs.
 
At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:
 
  1. Gain perspectives from the panelists on how they’ve overcome similar challenges
  2. Develop skills while gaining insight to new tools and leadership characteristics to come out on top
  3. Identify ways to elevate your leadership brand
Rm 140 E- Level 1 - COBO
 
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM    SEMINAR 1803: Job Ready Certification-Interpersonal Skills: Creating and Building Powerful Connections
The overused cliche "it's not what you know, but who you know" may be one of the most powerful success strategies ever spoken. We've all met that dynamic, charismatic person that just has a way with others, and has a way of being remembered. We are In awe of his/her ability to access and create opportunities with ease. This workshop will help participants work towards being that unforgettable person by providing communication skills, tips on making an impact, and advice on networking and starting conversations. By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to answer the following questions: 1) How can I improve my ability to listen? 2) What are differences between a weak and powerful communicator? 3) What role does "non-verbal" communication play in my effectiveness? 4) How can I break the ice and start conversations that lead to meaning connections? 5) What interpersonal skills are critical for leading and working with teams? 6) What are behaviors and common mistakes that impact interpersonal effectiveness and team success? 7) How can I influence and engage others? 8) How can I express my opinion and remain respectful? 9) How can I make a good impression and build my emotional intelligence?
Rm 140 F - Level 1 - COBO
 
3:15 PM - 4:30 PM    SEMINAR 1306: Woman to Woman: Up Close and Personal
Learning Objective: Create an open and candid discussion about career and relevant topics During this interactive roundtable session, the audience will experience an open and candid discussion with executives, which results in creating better awareness and understanding of the workplace realities women of color encounters. Participants will learn practical tips and modes for overcoming unique challenges. This roundtable discussion will provide a unique forum to share and celebrate successes, network opportunities and a woman-to-woman support system. At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to: a. Understand the workplace realities women encounter. b. Provide practical tips and modes for overcoming workplace challenges. c. Share and celebrating career success. d. Develop networking opportunities and a support system. e. Provide practical tips on improving your value to the Organization.
Rm 140 B - Level 1 - COBO
 
3:15 PM - 4:30 PM    SEMINAR 1504: Leadership and Excellence in Diversity: Sustaining the Diversity Momentum in Changing Times
Learning Objective: Diversity leaders create a brand and image that supports and reflects competence and business value. What does it mean to be a diversity leader? Over the past several years, diversity has been a hot topic. However, as times change, and business challenges increase, the term has become a stale reference to check off a list of politically correct requirements. As leaders in diversity, we are challenged to educate, energize, and excite our organization around diversity initiatives. These initiatives build the foundation of creativity, innovation, and transformative results. Diversity and Inclusion leaders are key players on the executive leadership team with the specific responsibility for ensuring that human resources are honored, embraced, and ready to contribute great value. Diversity and Inclusion leaders are trusted advisors that fundamentally create strategies that result in corporate cultural transformations to effectively support the mission and vision of the organization. To continue to be successful and safeguard the great work and efforts of those before you, you must create a brand and image that reflects high integrity and strong leadership capacity. This workshop will arm you with the skills you need to change your leadership image and effectively function as a vital part of the leadership vision. At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to: a. Explore key diversity and inclusion leadership and management skills b. Understand strategies for building the right brand and image c. Examine what it means to transform organizational culture d. Create a plan for excellence in diversity and inclusion leadership e. Explore business challenges that impact diversity and inclusion leaders
Rm 140 A - Level 1 - COBO
 
3:15 PM - 4:30 PM    SEMINAR 1601: "Can You Hear Me Out There?" The Power of Public Speaking
Learning Objective: Explore speaking styles to build speaking skills The confident speaker, despite title or position, will have a competitive edge over just about everyone. Cultivating the ability to communicate, choose your words carefully, and engage people is the best investment you could ever make. This seminar will help attendees to understand the principles of active listening and how to apply them to ensure that we collect necessary information needed in order to attain success. Learn how to take the lead and motivate the masses by expressing your message with passion and inspiration. At the end of this course, participants will be able to: a. Examine the principles of active listening. b. Explore active listening skills for better communication. c. Learn techniques to convey your message accurately and directly. d. Explore mental coaching techniques to address fear.
Rm 140 D - Level 1 - COBO
 
3:15 PM - 4:30 PM    SEMINAR 1717: Navigating Career Challenges for Women and People of Color Presented by Jackson Insurance
Is hard work enough to achieve success in Corporate America?  Should I wait until I'm job ready before seeking a promotion?  How do I build a support system when all my peers are men?  Learning how to  navigate in Corporate America is especially critical for women.  Learning how to maneuver and excel regardless of the environment is important.  Building a strong network, making the right career choices, and being confident, even in the unknown, is key.  Whether you are a twenty year professional or just beginning your career, this session will provide powerful insight into successfully navigating within the corporate structure.  Attendees will have the opportunity to engage in a candid dialogue with women who have worked in financial services, technology, and manufacturing.  While the industries may differ, many of the challenges and lessons learned are the same.
Rm 140 E - Level 1 - COBO
 
3:15 PM - 4:30 PM    SEMINAR 1900: Caregiver in Chief
Learning Objective: Examine the process of caring for family members The pressures of being the family caregiver can take their toll quickly on today’s businesswomen. As the U.S. population continues to age and the number of employee caregivers grows, eldercare issues will continue to affect worker productivity. Emotional burnout, stress, and grief will reduce the productivity, creativity, and overall performance of the caregiver. In this seminar, we’ll talk about how it feels to be burned out physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Then we’ll move to a discussion of proactive steps a family caregiver can take now to help battle those inevitable days of caregiver burnout. At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to: a. Discuss the physical and emotional feelings that caregivers frequently experience. b. Identify positive coping strategies to deal with feelings and burnout. c. Employ strategies that help the caregiver cope and maintain quality of life.
Rm 140 C - Level 1 - COBO
 
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM    Women of Color Awards Reception Renaissance Foyer - Level 4 - Detroit Marriott
 
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM    Women of Color Awards Gala (Ticket Required) Renaissance Ballroom Level 4 - Detroit Marriott
 
10:00 PM - 12:00 AM    Women of Color Closing Reception Ambassador 1 & 2 - Level 3 - Detroit Marriott





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