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Program

The Women of Color conference offers innovative and professional workshops, top-knotch programming and award ceremonies designed to engage, stimulate and educate all participants.

Schedule at a Glance


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 Thursday, October 11
 
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM    SEMINAR 1733: S.L.A.Y. the Workplace: Strategically Leveraging the Authenticity in You (Presented by Lockheed Martin Corporation)

Join women executives from Lockheed Martin who will engage in courageous conversations exploring intersections of race, gender, and culture in the workplace. This session will explore topics that act as barriers to advancing and retaining women of color. We will explore authenticity as a leadership skill, and the varied ways in which women define what it means to be true to you. This workshop is a safe space for honest conversations and an assessment of your own authentic leadership style.

 

Lockheed Martin executives will share their journey to authentic leadership through examples of challenges and success. Learn how these leaders navigated setbacks while remaining true to their values and confident in their abilities in order to excel to a position of leadership. Participants will be placed into working groups to have deeper discussions with Lockheed Martin leaders. These exchange sessions are designed for participants to share what is on their minds, discuss challenges faced by women of color in the workplace and to receive feedback from leaders based on their experiences. Participants will get guidance on developing bold goals inspired by action steps that they will commit to take to get to the next level.

Room 321- Level 3 - COBO
 
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM    Registration Hall D Foyer - COBO
 
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM    Welcome Reception Cabot- 4th Floor - Detroit Marriott
 
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM    WOC Women Empowered to Engage
The Women Empowered to Engage event features women in innovation who will provide perspectives on breakthrough solutions. Participants will learn how to take advantage of skill sets, embrace a new approach to identifying career opportunities, and flourish with future-oriented, global thinking goals. The conversations with our panel will focus on methodologies used to reach goals and inspire STEM professionals as well as aspiring students. 
 
Mackinac- 5th Floor - Detroit Marriott
 
 Friday, October 12
 
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM    Registration Hall D Foyer - COBO
 
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM    SEMINAR 1214: Behavior and Business: Best Practices in Business Etiquette

While the use of good business etiquette will not make up for technical knowledge in the workplace, bad manners and poor etiquette can cost both employees and the organizations for which they work. From email etiquette and dining to training for new associates, our etiquette course will provide you with the tools needed to dress and act professionally in the workplace. This down to earth interactive seminar is packed with information and designed to meet a variety of business needs. They can be taught to address particular skills you want to improve.

 

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Define professional behavior and suggest standards for appearance, action, and attitude in a business environment.
  2. Explain different communication styles and how to adjust to each.
  3. Prepare participants to handle a variety of social and business situations, such as networking events, business meetings, business meals, and more.
  4. Thoroughly review dining etiquette for everything from casual buffets to formal dinners.
  5. Review the essentials of online and offline business networking.
  6. Explain how expectations of workplace behavior and social behavior differ.
  7. Review do and don’ts of interacting with coworkers and customers
  8. Rm 251 C - Level 2 - COBO
 
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM    SEMINAR 1116: Vertical Leadership: Developing the Next Level of Women Leaders
Learning Objective: Examine methods for helping female employees grow and develop into new leaders

Change and development strategies can be difficult for some people. Executives are not effective until they are able to think strategically or lead change in their organization. That’s why vertical leadership will support women and advance strategic thinking. As managers learn and progress, the way that they think about processes will expand their competencies. Organizations should be asking questions such as “Do our female leaders possess the skills they need to think strategically?” The good news is that there is a way to move forward and up, helping organizations to grow and focus on their leadership programs.

At the end of this seminar, participants will:

            a. Understand and define what “vertical development in leadership” is.
            b. Focus more on strategic development thinking in female employees.
            c. Make the development and the work inseparable.
            d. Create strong developmental networks at work.
            e. Make female leadership development a process, not an event.
Rm 250 A - Level 2 - COBO
 
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM    SEMINAR 1313: Business Cultural Competence and Etiquette: Understanding Culturally Sensitive Executive Manners

Learning Objective: To improve the capacity to understand and negotiate around business and cultural expectations to increase interpersonal effectiveness

 

Executive manners refer to professional and corporate expectations. Cultural competence includes the capacity to apply and adapt executive manners in a wide variety of settings and cultures. We all make occasional cultural and business missteps and will likely agree that a better understanding of appropriate practices helps protect and enhance our image. There are bad manners that can be avoided with awareness and education. This session is designed for both new and seasoned professionals to gain an understanding of new ways to attract diverse talent, influence customers, and maximize interpersonal effectiveness.

 

At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to: 

  1. Identify and explore common business etiquette mistakes.
  2. Explore global cultural practices and blunders made by professionals.
  3. Identify personal and professional expectations based on cultural experiences.
  4. Explore opportunities to learn more about executive manners and cultural competence.

 

Rm 250 C - Level 2 - COBO
 
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM    SEMINAR 1406: Women in Fintech: Evolving the Financial Landscape

Learning Objective: Discuss methods for increasing the number of students in the IT financial technology field

 

As global populations become more mobile and services become more independent, disruption in technology sectors will evolve at a much rapider rate. This is especially true in the financial industry, where financial technology, or fintech, continues to be one of the fastest growing and rapidly changing industries to date. This can be challenging for future graduates, but the ever-evolving financial industry landscape can also be a great career move for students in many IT- and STEM-focused programs.

 

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss how technology is transforming the financial landscape.
  2. Examine the practical steps that can be taken to keep moving women forward in the industry.
  3. Discover the potential risks to financial stability and integrity that fintech may cause.
  4. Discuss how sustaining a distinctive and diverse leadership culture is critical to the success of technology in the financial sector.
Rm 250 B - Level 2 - COBO
 
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM    SEMINAR 1732: Unconscious Bias (Presented by Consumers Energy)

Learning Objective: Examine how race and gender practices affect businesses and what changes are needed for today’s workforce

 

First impressions say a lot when you meet someone. Do these impressions impact the way you interact with them? Naturally, our brains place people into larger groups or categories. These assumptions are helpful to some yet harmful to others. In business, subtle biases can become major roadblocks to fair and inclusive diversity practices. We gravitate toward certain types of people or simply forget to acknowledge others. These biases can also create challenges that may include racial and gender stereotypes that cause our contributions to be ignored or diminished. How do we become examples of fair and inclusive practices? How do we challenge our culture to move toward greater levels of awareness? This seminar will challenge your personal biases and address ways to engage in conversations and increase cultural awareness.

 

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Define unconscious and subtle bias.
  2. Identify personal biases and behaviors that support faulty cultural norms.
  3. Discuss how one overcomes the practice of their unconscious bias.
  4. Explore specific ways that race and gender impact achievement.
  5. Discuss communication strategies to identify allies
Rm 251 A - Level 2 - COBO
 
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM    SEMINAR 1733: S.L.A.Y. the Workplace: Strategically Leveraging the Authenticity in You (Presented by Lockheed Martin Corporation)

Join women executives from Lockheed Martin who will engage in courageous conversations exploring intersections of race, gender, and culture in the workplace. This session will explore topics that act as barriers to advancing and retaining women of color. We will explore authenticity as a leadership skill, and the varied ways in which women define what it means to be true to you. This workshop is a safe space for honest conversations and an assessment of your own authentic leadership style.

 

Lockheed Martin executives will share their journey to authentic leadership through examples of challenges and success. Learn how these leaders navigated setbacks while remaining true to their values and confident in their abilities in order to excel to a position of leadership. Participants will be placed into working groups to have deeper discussions with Lockheed Martin leaders. These exchange sessions are designed for participants to share what is on their minds, discuss challenges faced by women of color in the workplace and to receive feedback from leaders based on their experiences. Participants will get guidance on developing bold goals inspired by action steps that they will commit to take to get to the next level.

Room 321- Level 3 - COBO
 
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM    SEMINAR 1800: Job Readiness 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. Rm 252 A - Level 2 - COBO
 
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM    SEMINAR 1314: “Me Too” and “Times Up!”---What does this mean for Women of Color in STEM?

Women’s voices are a force to be reckoned with. Politically, socially, culturally and economically they are speaking out about injustice, inequality, and sexual harassment. But speaking out about sexual harassment is a fairly recent occurrence. According to an EEOC study released in 2016, the numbers of women who have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace is staggering. Since few women actually report the harassment, the EEOC estimates between 25% and 85% of women have been sexually harassed. The study sheds light on why so few actually report it---those who did file complaint have been demoted, fired and further harassed. What does this mean for Women of Color working in STEM roles---roles that have historically been dominated by men? Women of Color have historically faced gender and racial barriers, often referred to as a ‘double whammy.’ Is sexual harassment yet another barrier to their survival / advancement in business?

 

The panel will explore the following:

  1. What exactly is sexual harassment?
  2. You’ve experienced sexual harassment. Now what? Finding your voice.
  3. You haven’t experienced sexual harassment but have observed others experiencing it. Finding your voice.
  4. Broadening the landscape of the workplace. Does it matter where the harassment comes from or where it occurs?
  5. What / who are the male allies that we need to address these issues? Does the existence of “Me Too” and “Times Up!” intimidate or threaten allies from being willing to engage in the career development of our WOC talent?

 

Rm 250 C - Level 2 - COBO
 
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM    SEMINAR 1407: The IT Industry Needs Women to Survive

Learning Objective: Discuss methods for increasing the number of women in the financial technology field

 

As the information technology industry continues to grow, the need for female employees in the industry is expanding. As more companies migrate to cloud-based systems, the need for well-versed cloud technologists is in high demand. Companies are more in need of employees who can manage network systems, cybersecurity, and programming while effectively managing the interpersonal relationships of the workforce. This includes a basis in strong people skills, problem-solving abilities, and good communication skills. Industry experts suggest that women offer a new perspective on design problems and find different ways to approach problems.

 

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss how IT has become an industry of growth.
  2. Identify the technical and soft skills that women contribute to IT.
  3. Examine methods for increasing the number of women in the IT fields.
Rm 250 B - Level 2 - COBO
 
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM    SEMINAR 1508: I Am Not A Robot – How STEM Professionals Can Benefit from Robotic Process Automation (RPA) Rm 250 A - Level 2 - COBO
 
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM    SEMINAR 1734: The next generation of natural resources decision-makers… more diverse than ever! Are you ready? (Presented by U. S. Forest Service)

Learning Objective: Examine methods for helping female natural resource professionals grow and develop into the next level of leadership.

 

All organizations know that they must provide opportunities for employees at all levels to build capacity and provide leadership development. Natural resource professionals also know they must recruit and develop leaders that mirror the changing demographics of the country. What are the strategies needed to recruit and retain new leaders in federal agencies? Are requirements different for younger and more mature professionals?

 

At the end of this seminar, participants will:
 

  1. Learn from experiences from panels on career planning in a federal agency
  2. Focus more on strategic development thinking in female employees.
  3. Learn how to create strong developmental networks at work.?
  4. Make diverse and female leadership development a process, not an event.
Rm 251 A - Level 2 - COBO
 
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM    SEMINAR 1735: Gender Pay Equity (Presented by Consumers Energy)

Learning Objective: Examine how training and best practices can close the gender pay gap in the workforce


Because the average woman makes about 20 - 40% less than the average male, the arrival of Equal Pay Day is warranted. Even though the earnings gap is beginning to narrow between men and women, there is a lot more to be done. Pay Equity is achievable and many companies are moving in that direction by offering trainings, solutions and best practices for advancing women both financially and in the workplace. Join us for this session as we discuss best practices and policies that are helping to close the pay gap and move more women into the C-suite.

 

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

 

  1. Review the stats across the US.
  2. Discuss how we arrived at this point in our society.
  3. Share suggested actions that should be taken if an issue is discovered.
  4. Share Best Practices.
Rm 251 B - Level 2 - COBO
 
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM    Technology Recognition Luncheon (Ticket Required) Ballroom A&B - Level 2 - COBO
 
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM    SEMINAR 1117: Breakthrough Thinking to Achieve Greatness in an Era of Change

Learning Objective: Examine methods for successful change management and increasing problem solving

 

The next generation of leaders is faced with unique challenges and changes as business threats and solutions change rapidly. In order to stay ahead of the competition, people and teams must be creative and innovative. The key to success is engaging in ways of thinking that inspire breakthroughs. We must develop effective strategies to manage changes, turn obstacles into opportunities, and thrive in the face of great uncertainty. This seminar will not only arm you with change management strategies but will also examine creative ways to solve problems and use them to create growth opportunities and uncover hidden talent on your team.

 

At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  1. Explore leadership skills that encourage creativity.
  2. Explore ways to stay inspired and committed.
  3. Identify specific strategies and examples of how obstacles and change can be stepping stones for great opportunities.
  4. Learn techniques and tools that support an inventive min

 

Rm 250 A - Level 2 - COBO
 
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM    SEMINAR 1215: Applying Emotional Intelligence for Emerging Leaders

Researchers and business experts agree that people with high emotional intelligence (E.I.) are consistently the top performers in their organizations. They’re more resilient and flexible when things get tough, and are held in the highest regard by their bosses, peers, co-workers, and others. In this seminar, you’ll learn why emotional intelligence is far more than just a handy set of “people skills,” and why many executives feel it’s the one skill you must have to be successful in today’s workplace! Using the emotional intelligence skills you’ll learn during this seminar, you’ll gain the ability to more appropriately respond to the world around you and eliminate the stress and frustration that often comes from working with others.

 

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

 

  1. Gain respect from everyone you come into contact with.
  2. Achieve consensus among your teammates and co-workers, faster and without misunderstandings.
  3. Understand your emotions and influence the emotions of others in a positive way.
  4. Overcome the causes of difficult behaviors in others.
  5. Get the results that you want from others.
  6. Use Emotional Intelligence to create a positive work environment for continued career success.
Rm 251 C - Level 2 - COBO
 
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM    SEMINAR 1315: Helping the Overwhelmed Employee: How to Navigate the Flood of Challenges

Learning Objective: To discover how businesses can reinvent employee work experiences to increase productivity and increase employee brand

 

Today’s employees are overwhelmed with a high influx of daily tasks that include phone calls, emails, meetings, and projects that affect work productivity. With modern technological advances, we have trouble disconnecting. This is not a new problem in the workforce since 35% of managers are dealing with the issue themselves. Retention and engagement are interrupting motivation, attention spans are decreasing, and deepening the leadership pipeline has becoming a global issue.

This is a wake-up call for individuals and businesses to address the way we live and change the way our organizations function. Completing simple tasks is becoming an imposition, and employees are feeling frustrated. What can be done to manage the distractions that are overwhelming our company assets? This seminar will discuss what companies are doing to address this issue and how they are developing solutions for filling the leadership pipeline.

 

At this seminar, participants will:

  1. Discover what’s causing today’s employees to be overwhelmed at work.
  2. Learn how organizations have created the workplace of the future by redefining the employee experience.
  3. Discuss what organizations are doing to increase productivity, increase retention, and fill the leadership pipeline.
 
Rm 250 C - Level 2 - COBO
 
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM    SEMINAR 1736: NEEDED – “All In” Influential Men Champions for D&I (Presented by Consumers Energy)

Learning Objective: Examine how adding influential decision makers to D&I initiatives can lead to success

 

Diversity and inclusion initiatives need to have “all hands-on deck” to be successful, and this includes the company’s upper level influential allies. Many organizational enterprises have unintentionally excluded some upper level males, which has distanced their support for these programs. This is unfortunate considering these men hold influential, power positions as decision-makers. The best way to create a successful program and capitalize on their influence is to provide them with a meaningful role and purpose in the diversity initiative. Their input and influence can help create opportunities for adjusting of D&I policies and successful acceptance of these programs.

 

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

 

  1. Understand the root cause for non-engagement of influential men? Is it a lack of knowledge or a lack of desire to make meaningful change?
  2. Discuss the importance of having influential decision-making men engaged in D&I programs.
  3. Identify action steps for inspiring higher-level men to become D&I Champions.
Rm 251 A - Level 2 - COBO
 
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM    SEMINAR 1737: Aiming High For the Benefit of All: Exploring Career Opportunities at the NASA (Presented by NASA)

Rated as the top ranking large employer in the federal sector for the past 6 consecutive years, NASA continues to be a leader in the field of space exploration and development of advanced aeronautics technologies. Join us at the seminar and find out why NASA is ranked as an employer of choice by its employees and for a discussion about the future of NASA. During this

session, participants will also be able to learn more about a broad range of career opportunities available NASA-wide.

Rm 251 B - Level 2 - COBO
 
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM    SEMINAR 1802.2: Job Readiness Fast Track – Behavior and Business: Best Practices in Business Etiquette
Learning Objective: Examine methods for successfully understanding corporate etiquette

Professionals understand that etiquette in business is a critical factor in making decisions. Success in any industry relies on relationships, whether with coworkers, 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 its importance in business correspondence.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to answer the following questions:
a. What is the definition of etiquette?
b. What are the guidelines to making effective introductions?
c. What are the three Cs associated with making a good impression?
d. What are the three steps in giving a handshake?
e. What is one technique you can use to remember names?
f. What are two ways to minimize nervousness while in social situations?
g. What are two differences between a formal and an informal letter?
h. What color connotes dominance and power? Vitality and harmony?
i. Etiquette can help business improve in what four areas?
j. What is (are) the difference(s) between a formal and an informal letter?
k. What are the differences between these dress codes: dressy casual, semi-formal, formal, and black tie?
l. What are the basic guidelines in international etiquette?
Rm 252 A - Level 2 - COBO
 
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM    SEMINAR 1806.1: Job Readiness Certification- Interview Success! – Practical Approaches to Persuading the Recruiter
Learning Objective: Examine and practice the skillset of delivering a great interview

Job interviews are stressful enough without having to establish a positive and professional self-representation during the interview process. Recruiters are looking for the ideal candidate, and you are trying to come across as friendly and trustworthy while explaining how you’re the perfect candidate, so practice makes perfect. The competition is tough, so it’s no wonder your confidence should be your focus. That’s why you need to be in this seminar. We will deliver practical, step-by-step, proven strategies and interview tips to help you build confidence, become persuasive, and walk into a room locked and loaded, ready to formulate impressive answers to common interview questions. Along with the answers and swagger to pull it off, we will give you the opportunity to perfect your skills before your interview. This session will begin with the knowledge of how to impress recruiters, while the second half will pull it all together in the practice mock interview sessions. Remember, practice makes perfect. You will have the opportunity to sit face to face with professional interviewers in order to prepare effectively for your real interviews.

At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to answer these questions:

a. What are the common interview questions, and how do I prepare my 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 my interviewer?
e. How do I answer “So tell me about yourself”?
f. What do I do after the interview?
g. What are common interview mistakes?
h. What does my body language say about me?
i. What information do I need to know before I have my interview?
j. How can I ace my interview from beginning to end?
k. What can I do after the interview to gain an edge on the competition?
Rm 250 B - Level 2 - COBO
 
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM    Light It Up Blue II - DTE Energy Networking Reception Room 140ABC - COBO
 
5:15 PM - 5:45 PM    DIEL Orientation Rm 142 - Level 1 - COBO
 
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM    SEMINAR 1312: Woman to Woman: Up Close and Personal
Learning Objective: To 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 that will result in creating a better awareness and understanding of the workplace realities women of color encounter. 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 celebrate career success.
d. Build networking opportunities and a support system.
e. Provide practical tips on improving their value to the organization.
Rm 140 EFG- Level 1 - COBO
 
8:30 PM - 10:00 PM    SEMINAR 1806.2: Job Ready Fast Track - Interview Success! – Practical Approaches to Persuading the Recruiter

Learning Objective: Examine and practice the skillset of delivering a great interview

 

Job interviews are stressful enough without having to establish a positive and professional self-representation during the interview process. Recruiters are looking for the ideal candidate while you are trying to come across as friendly and trustworthy while explaining how you’re the perfect candidate, so practice makes perfect. The competition is tough, so it’s no wonder your confidence should be your focus. That’s why you need to be in this seminar. We will deliver practical, step-by-step, proven strategies and interview tips to help you build confidence, become persuasive, and walk into a room locked and loaded, ready to formulate impressive answers to common interview questions. Along with the answers and swagger to pull it off, we will give you the opportunity to perfect your skills before your interview. This session will begin with the knowledge of how to impress recruiters, while the second half will pull it all together in the practice mock interview sessions. Remember, practice makes perfect. You will have the opportunity to sit face to face with professional interviewers in order to prepare effectively for your real interviews.

 

At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to answer these questions:

 

  1. What are the common interview questions and how do I prepare my answers?
  2. What information do I need to know for every interview?
  3. How do I answer difficult questions?
  4. What are good questions to ask my interviewer?
  5. Rm 252 A - Level 2 - COBO
 
 Saturday, October 13
 
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM    Registration Hall D Foyer - COBO
 
7:15 AM - 9:00 AM    Breakfast with Leaders & Legends (Ticket Required)
Food service will take place from 7:15 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. 
 
Ballroom A&B - Level 2 - COBO
 
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM    Resume Room Riverfront Salon West- Level 1 Atrium - COBO
 
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM    Seminar 1216 - On Time! On Budget! Learn Project Management Skills from the Pros

Top businesses—and the leaders who run them—realize that project management is a key element in nearly everything they accomplish. Better quality, lower costs, shorter turnarounds, higher ROI, and the list goes on. Every day, we’re judged by our ability to manage projects, priorities and deadlines. You may be a project manager, or someone who knows the value of handling your projects and deadlines during the course of your workday efficiently. From solid project management practices such as creating, implementing, monitoring, controlling and delivering as promised to learning ways to get organized and break down the barriers to personal productivity, these tried and tested methods are guaranteed to teach you how to get the right things done on time and with the desired results.

 

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Plan for a successful project.
  2. Outline a project scope.
  3. Identify project life cycle components.
  4. Implement planning steps.

 

Rm 251 C - Level 2 - COBO
 
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM    SEMINAR 1802.1: Job Readiness Certification – Behavior and Business: Best Practices in Business Etiquette (w/ lunch)

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?
Rm 252 A - Level 2 - COBO
 
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM    SEMINAR 1118: Transformational Leadership: Become a Leader Who Makes a Difference
Learning Objective: Examine methods for developing a successful team

Are you the type of leader who takes control of a situation by conveying a clear vision of the group’s goals, who exhibits a passion for your work, and who has the ability to put others at ease? If not, do you want to be this person? A transformational leader is one that can inspire positive changes in those around them, is energetic, and is enthusiastic. These leaders are focused on helping their team members rise to their best. This seminar will address how transformational leadership can convey trust and develop employees.

By the end of the session, participants will:

a. Discuss what transformational leadership is.
b. Discover the traits that support and mentor employees to greatness.
c. Examine processes for boosting morale, creating positive expectations, and leading empowered groups.
Rm 250 A - Level 2 - COBO
 
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM    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 yourself with the extensive U.S. security clearance process, you can begin to prepare to access opportunities that help you excel. This seminar will guide you through the process of getting and keeping a U.S. security clearance. We will also 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. Understand the security clearance process and associated misconceptions and mistakes.
Rm 250 C - Level 2 - COBO
 
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM    SEMINAR 1620: X-treme Resumes – Constructing a Stellar Resume
Learning Objective: Examine the elements to constructing superior resumes

Having an efficient and strong resume will greatly improve your chances of landing that dream job and starting your career on the right foot. Creating the perfect resume takes practice and skill. You want to make sure that your resume stands out above the rest without overdoing it. How does one make sure that his or her resume is top notch and bullet proof? This seminar will give you the scoop on creating the standout resume that will get you your next interview. We will discuss tips such as determining what your resume’s purpose is, supporting your strengths, using appropriate keywords, the benefits of proofreading and bullet points, and proper font usage.

At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

a. Identify the purpose of a solidly effective resume.
b. Discern between good and bad resumes.
c. Analyze the resume factors that recruiters identify to disregard some resumes.
d. Identify the attributes of resumes that get on the interview schedule.
Rm 251 A - Level 2 - COBO
 
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM    SEMINAR 1803.2: Job Ready Fast Track – Interpersonal Skills: Creating and Building Productive Connection
Learning Objective: Explore methods for developing communication and creating successful relationships through networking

The overused cliché, “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 her ability to access and create opportunities with ease. This workshop will help participants work toward 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:

a. How can I improve my ability to listen?
b. What are the differences between a weak and powerful communicator?
c. What role does “non-verbal” communication play in my effectiveness?
d. How can I break the ice and start conversations that lead to meaning connections?
e. What interpersonal skills are critical for leading and working with teams?
f. What are behaviors and common mistakes that impact interpersonal effectiveness and team success?
g. How can I influence and engage others?
h. How can I express my opinion and remain respectful?
i. How can I make a good impression and build my emotional intelligence?
Rm 250 B - Level 2 - COBO
 
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM    SEMINAR 1738: Women of Color in STEM are you ready for the age of disruption? (Presented by The Boeing Company)

Industries have been recently taking initiatives to transform or revolutionize their business. In addition, as they modernize they need to maintain and keep their brand to stay on top of the market place. Women of Color in STEM have to ensure that they keep up the pace and find ways to navigate through transformative changes and disruptions. In today’s seminar we will explore some key skills and areas where are WOC of STEM need to capitalize on as they progress and utilize the opportunities when disruption occurs.

Rm 140 A - Level 1 - COBO
 
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM    Career Fair Expo
 
11:30 AM - 12:45 PM    SEMINAR 1509: Welcome to the Workplace: The New Gender in the Workplace

Learning Objective: Explore how race and gender practices affect businesses and how to accomplish a more diverse workforce can be achieved

 

Organizations are working towards creating a conscious and pro-active, diverse work environment for the new workforce. In the corporate environment, differences and subtle biases can lead to productivity in the workforce prevent fair and inclusive diversity practices from succeeding. With more cultures, transgender and various age groups working side-by-side, management will need to find new ways of working together to accomplish projects on time. How can companies become leading samples of fair and inclusive practices? What can be done to move forward with greater levels of business, cultural and social awareness? This seminar will test your personal preconceptions and address ways to help engage in discussions and around cultural mindfulness and inclusion.

 

At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  1. Define cultural diversity
  2. Identify biases and behaviors that prevent inclusive diversity.
  3. Examine methods to include various cultures and lifestyles in the workforce.
  4. Explore behaviors that build support for cultural and gender groups in the workforce.
Rm 250 A - Level 2 - COBO
 
11:30 AM - 12:45 PM    SEMINAR 1617: Making More Minutes – Time Management for Pre-Professionals
Learning Objective: Develop time-management skills for better organization and productivity

Students who’ve learned how to effectively manage time during high school are better prepared for the rigors of college study. Regardless of preparation, it takes time to adjust to college. Improve time management skills by setting and not deviating from goals. Even students who managed time well during high school often struggle when they begin college. Students are overwhelmed with large course loads, extracurricular activities, and other social activities. Although being in college can be overwhelming, it’s possible to complete everything that must be done in a timely and efficient manner. Developing time management and organizational skills is the key to working efficiently. The best way to better manage time is to develop daily schedules. Most organized people plan daily, weekly, and monthly tasks. This seminar will show you how to be self-motivated, leading to better organizational skills, productivity, and efficiency.

At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

a. Outline long-term goals and a plan to obtain them.
b. Obtain detailed plans for each day and know how to deal with delays.
c. Break large projects down into several simpler projects.
d. Cultivate a flexible schedule.
Rm 251 A - Level 2 - COBO
 
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM    SEMINAR 1739: 2 Hour Lunch & Learn (Presented by The IBM Corporation)

Do Your Best Work Ever

 

At IBM, we believe every individual brings unique skills, perspective and experience to the workplace.  We believe that innovation comes from seeking out and embracing diversity in all its dimensions.

Consciously building inclusive teams and encouraging diversity of ideas helps us make the greatest impact  for our clients, our colleagues and the world. Diversity of thought. Diversity of colleagues.

 

We believe young women of color bring a diverse perspective and unique experience to the workplace. Join us for an interactive, engaging discussion with technical and business leaders from across the IBM Enterprise. Discussion topics include: Who is the new IBM and who are we looking for? How do you leverage your skills, background and experience to promote innovation and creativity? What should you do to ensure your voice is heard? Why is continual learning critical to your career success? What does it mean to have a growth mindset?

 



 
Rm 250 B - Level 2 - COBO
 
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM    SEMINAR 1740: 2 Hour Lunch & Learn (Presented by Intel Corporation) Rm 250 C - Level 2 - COBO
 
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM    SEMINAR 1316: Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace: Mentoring Others to Success
Learning Objective: Examine techniques for increasing emotional intelligence to access career opportunities

Research has shown that emotional intelligence can be an accurate predictor of performance as well as an indicator of leadership and personal excellence. Emotional intelligence can be defined as being aware of your own and other’s emotions and adjusting those emotions to enable effective thinking and to handle situations. Employees and managers that possess a high emotional intelligence can typically read a room quickly, assess situations faster, and easily show respect and empathy for others. These soft skills may not sound as impressive as some of the skills learned in the hard sciences, but they can be essential for a woman in a developing leadership role. To develop into a top performer, emotional intelligence is beneficial to any woman that wants to progress in her career. Join us for this session as we discuss how women leaders can develop their own emotional intelligence and learn how to use it to their advantage to progress in their careers while managing their team to greater success.

At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

a. Examine the “double bind” effect that women face in their careers.
b. Develop emotional intelligence skills to assess and lead others with greater empathy and social management.
c. Discuss proper feedback in corporate environments that leads to greater team success.
d. Assess the tools needed for women leaders to provide balance for themselves and in the workplace that allow for professional and personal success.
Rm 250 C - Level 2 - COBO
 
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM    SEMINAR 1408: Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) – Exploring Career and Business Opportunities in the Digital Economy Rm 251 C - Level 2 - COBO
 
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM    Seminar 1619 - Study Smart, Study Less: Improving Your Study Skills
Learning Objective: Assess methods for improving study skills

Learning to study effectively is a skill that benefits everyone, even the smartest in the class. When polled, most college students would agree that when they started college, they did not know how to properly study. In this seminar, we will address preparatory study principles, such as setting goals, knowing your learning style, being an active reader, participating in study groups, organizing your notes and study materials, and writing drafts of papers, that can help all students improve their study skills and perform better.

At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

a. Identify the traits of successful studying candidates.
b. Generate methods for achieving successful studying habits.
c. Outline methods for implementing successful studying techniques.
Rm 251 A - Level 2 - COBO
 
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM    SEMINAR 1741- Accelerating the Transformation: Diversity and Inclusion (Presented by Intel Corporation)

Learning outcome: Each attendee will walk away with a greater awareness of the boarder definition of “Inclusion”. The exercises will provide a deeper learning for the attendees and their role in building an inclusive environment.

 

Accelerating the Transformation: Diversity and Inclusion. This one-hour workshop combines interactive participation, video clips, case studies and facilitation that encourages a deeper understanding of the concept of Inclusion. It is a fast-pace learning environment that is designed to enable a meaningful and relevant overview of “inclusion” and the role each attendee contributes.

 

At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  1. To understand what Diversity and Inclusion means
  2. Walkaway with one action item, that each of the attendees will commit to do to accelerate the transformation of inclusion in the workplace.
  3. By understanding Diversity & Inclusion, and acting on it – each attendee will contribute to the realization of our vision
Rm 251 B - Level 2 - COBO
 
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM    SEMINAR 1742:Revolutionary Technologies; Evolutionary Careers (Presented by General Motors Corporation)

Learning Objective: Explore how STEM is revolutionizing the way companies remain relevant and competitive in the market; and, what women of color in STEM can do to evolve their leadership potential.

 

"We're going to see more change in the next five to 10 years than we've seen in the last 50.“ – Mary Barra – CEO, General Motors

Many CEOs would likely agree that this quote reflects the realities of all industries—not just automotive. In this session, we will explore how STEM is reinventing the way companies do business, what that means as you consider future career opportunities; and what key actions you can (and should) take, starting TODAY, to be at the forefront of leading change-no matter where you are in your career!

 

By the end of the session, participants will:

  1. Understand why it’s important to watch (and anticipate) how technology is changing business
  2. Learn techniques on how to manage/influence our career evolutions
  3. Leave with affirmation tools that can be used to support the journey
Rm 250 A - Level 2 - COBO
 
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM    SEMINAR 1803.1: Job Readiness Certification - Interpersonal Skills: Creating and Building Productive Connections
Learning Objective: Explore methods for developing communication and creating successful relationships through networking

The overused cliché, “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 her ability to access and create opportunities with ease. This workshop will help participants work toward 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:

a. How can I improve my ability to listen?
b. What are the differences between a weak and powerful communicator?
c. What role does “non-verbal” communication play in my effectiveness?
d. How can I break the ice and start conversations that lead to meaning connections?
e. What interpersonal skills are critical for leading and working with teams?
f. What are behaviors and common mistakes that impact interpersonal effectiveness and team success?
g. How can I influence and engage others?
h. How can I express my opinion and remain respectful?
i. How can I make a good impression and build my emotional intelligence?
Rm 252 A - Level 2 - COBO
 
3:15 PM - 4:30 PM    SEMINAR 1119: How to Grow Leaders from Within
Learning Objective: Examine techniques for reducing turnover and attracting workforce

There are numerous reasons why companies spend large amounts of their budgets and time on developing leaders. Organizations with high-quality leaders are almost 15 more times likely to outperform the competition. Since the talent pool is undergoing a dynamic change with experienced baby boomers leaving the workforce through retirement, managers are finding it more difficult to fill various skills gaps in their departments. This seminar will address how top managers are addressing their talent gap and what they are doing to develop their up-and-coming internal talent.

By the end of the session, participants will:

a. Examine what the younger generation expects from leaders to maximize their chances of success
b. Discuss the investments top employers should be making to their internal programs.
c. Examine how organizations are keeping their top talent engaged during this transition.
Rm 250 A - Level 2 - COBO
 
3:15 PM - 4:30 PM    SEMINAR 1317: Represent the Best You! How to Build an Authentic Winning Image
Learning Objective: Discover practices for developing your personal brand and increasing your workplace image

You have worked hard and crafted a strong vision for success. You’ve got the technical skills and the drive, and you are ready to start proceeding on your journey. But there is still a struggle to be recognized for your achievements. Women can be measured differently from men in the workplace. What image can help your vision of success become a reality? In this seminar, leaders will come together to not only share strategies to represent the best you but also bring professional development to life with a candid discussion of how to personalize your image for success. Join us as we explore the latest business fashion trends and strategies that will give your brand a boost.

At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

a. Explore what building a brand really means.
b. Share mid-level and professional executive wisdom for business casual and business chic fashion tips.
c. Explore ways to dress for success without losing their personal style and identity.
d. Examine how ideas of a winning brand have evolved. What is the role of inclusion of race, ethnicity, religion, etc., in the workplace?
e. Engage in a conversation about perception and authenticity.
Rm 250 C - Level 2 - COBO
 
3:15 PM - 4:30 PM    Seminar 1618 - Mastering the Test: Winning Test-Taking Strategies
Learning Objective: Investigate test-taking skills to achieve higher assessment scores

Being prepared for tests is not an easy process. Even if you are prepared, tests can still make you feel anxious. Why is being a good test taker so important in college? In colleges and universities, much of a student’s grades are based on quiz and test performance. Doing well on these tests is typically a major indicator on your subject matter knowledge and a good indicator of how you would perform in the workplace. Having good test scores will jumpstart your career. In this seminar, we will address test-taking and test preparation tips and strategies for college-level tests. Applying helpful test-taking and test preparation skills addressed in this seminar, such as writing down everything you remember, reading the directions, browsing the test questions, putting together a plan, and making an educated guess, will teach you how to prepare for and perform well on any test so that you feel confident that you’re bringing your testing A-game.

At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

a. Review the factors that limit achieving higher college assessment scores.
b. Identify practices for dealing with test anxiety.
c. Measure current test-taking methods’ validity.
d. Generate more efficient techniques for improving assessment scores.
Rm 251 A - Level 2 - COBO
 
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM    Women of Color Awards Gala & Dinner (Ticket Required) Ballroom A&B - Level 2 - COBO
 
10:00 PM - 11:59 PM    Women of Color After-Party Grand Ballrom Foyer - Level 2 - COBO



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