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Upstate Women in Leadership Conference: Practical Considerations for the Advancement of Women in the Public and Private Sectors

Converse College, Lever Auditorium, Spartanburg, South Carolina

Thursday and Friday, June 21-22, 2018

We appreciate the generous support of the following sponsors:

CEO Sponsors:

Susu Johnson

 

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Leadership Sponsors:

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Spartanburg Chamber HORIZ

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Thursday, June 21st

8:00am – 9:00am         Registration (Lever Auditorium Lobby)

Coffee and Continental Breakfast

9:00am – 9:30am         Opening Remarks

Krista Newkirk, JD, President, Converse College

9:30am – 10:30am       What I Have Learned So Far, Making a Career Work for You

Jennie M. Johnson, President of JMJ Partners, Founding Executive Director of Liberty Fellowship, Former President of Pierce National Life and Liberty Insurance Services

Success comes with having a good game plan. Careers are not often planned carefully; yet there are some key strategies that can make a difference in how well you are prepared to be a successful player in the career world. Jennie Johnson will take you through what she has experienced as critical steps during her forty-five year career that spanned industry, not-for-profit and government that you will find useful as you build your career. Careers are rarely a straight path.  Her concepts apply to all fields and carry through the multiple career paths you will encounter.                                    

10:30am – 10:45am     Break

10:45am – 11:45am     The Lay of the Land, Trends in the Advancement of Women

Kathleen Brady, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor for External Relations and Partnerships, Executive Director, Institute for Metropolitan Studies, University of South Carolina Upstate

Have we really come a long way, Baby?  Maybe so and maybe not.  We will explore the gains women have made in society and in the workforce, but we will also take a look at some disturbing trends that are interrupting our progress.

11:45am – 12:00pm     I Hate Networking

       Crystal Pace, Director of Sales, Marriott Hotels

I hate Networking…but I do it anyway, just a little differently than most. Come along with me as I share a quick overview of tactics I have found to be most effective at making connections and building relationships rather than traditional NOTworking.

12:00pm – 1:15pm       Networking Luncheon (Barnett Room, Montgomery Student Center)

1:15pm – 2:30pm         Ascend and Elevate: Women Supporting Women – Panel

Facilitated by Betsy Neely Sikma, Vice President of Talent and Economic Inclusion, Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce

Panelists:

Keisha Gray, Early Childhood Specialist, Mary Black Foundation

Sandra Moreno, Field Marketing Coordinator, Denny’s

Kathryn Harvey, Principal, NeueSouth Collective

Meredith N. Brunen, Ed.D, Vice Chancellor, University Advancement, Executive Director, USC Upstate Foundation, University of South Carolina Upstate

2:30pm – 3:00pm         Yoga and Mindfulness

Adrienne Z. Ables, PharmD, MS, E-RYT 500, Co-Owner YOGAlicious Yoga Studio and Assistant Dean for Faculty Development and Professor of Pharmacology, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine

In this session we will discuss the physiologic response to stress and explore tools to improve the ability to handle our very human, every day worries.

3:00pm – 3:15pm         Break

3:15pm – 4:30pm         Breakouts

  • Key Tools for Communicating with Impact – Julie Staggs, B Mus, MBA, EdD (ABD) Associate Client Partner, Korn Ferry Hay Group

Communicating effectively is essential to getting results. Our ability to influence through aligning our message and how we deliver it to different audiences and stakeholders determines the actions others take. This session provides key tools to enhance communication and outcomes by helping you understand your audience, align your message so it is well received and delivered with effective and memorable presence.

  •  Transitions, Second (and Third) Acts, and Encore Careers – Melissa Walker, Ph.D., President, Heyday Coaching, LLC; Emerita Professor, Converse College

Major career changes may confront us at any age, but they are most common at mid-life. Change can be something we seek out or something that is forced on us, but any career change—the external and public act—provokes a transition–an internal psychological process of coming to terms with our new career situation. This workshop will provide practical strategies for navigating that transition and embracing a second or third act in your career.

  • Act Like a Boss, Cultivating Your Executive and Leadership Presence– Cynthia Sisk, MA, MA OD/LD, BCC, President, Nara Coaching and Consulting

According to the Center for Talent Innovation at Harvard, leadership and executive presence counts for 28% of what it takes to get promoted in organizations today. How are leadership presence and executive presence different? What leadership skills do you need to cultivate? Does executive presence look different in women versus men? In this workshop, learn how to leverage your leadership capabilities, enhance your executive presence, and create a strategy for professional success.

  •  Habits Highly Effective Leaders Practice for Productivity and Peace of Mind – Janet Hudson, Ph.D., ACC, XCEL Quest Coaching & Consulting

What if you could manage all those urgent email requests, that nagging sense of forgetting something important, and the constant stream of notifications that promise you something fabulous if you just click HERE? This session offers you structure for coping with endless email, managing daily distractions, fighting procrastination, and developing habits that will reduce your need for willpower, increase your productivity, and offer you some peace of mind. Highly effective leadership requires many high-level skills. BUT these high-level leadership skills rest on a foundation of managing the nitty-gritty of daily life.

4:30pm – 6:00pm         Reception (Wilson Hall)

 Friday, June 22, 2018          

8:00am – 9:00am         Coffee and Continental Breakfast

9:00am – 10:00am       The Death Of Over-Identification & The Birth of Self-Standards

Stinson Woodward Ferguson, J.D., Director, SC Bar Pro Bono Program and Director, Organizational Development, J.W. Woodward Funeral Home, Inc.

Who and what set your standards and beliefs? As important as affiliations, endorsements, and allegiances may seem for a solid personal and professional sense of identity, there is a thin line between associating in healthy ways and over-identifying to the point of stagnation and destruction. Too often we give unreasonable weight to the views and proclamations of public figures, friends and family, as well as partisan warfare and cultural or geographic norms. We seek to define ourselves at the expense of our sanity and the success of our civic and corporate endeavors. To be a positive leader, the most important person to manage is oneself. To manage oneself, one must be willing to self-confront and ask “from where do my validation measures truly come?”

10:00am – 10:15am     Break

10:15am – 11:15am     Advocating and Organizing for Women’s Rights

Panel moderator: Eme Crawford, Director of Communications and Learning, Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network (SC WREN)

Panelists:

Sarai Bautista, Organizer: Upstate DREAMers

Jean Fontaine, Organizer: Moms Demand Action 

Sharron Phillips, Founder: Homeless Period Project

11:15am – 12:30pm     Breakouts

  • Key Tools for Communicating with Impact – Julie Staggs, B Mus, MBA, EdD (ABD) Associate Client Partner, Korn Ferry Hay Group
  • Transitions, Second (and Third) Acts, and Encore Careers – Melissa Walker, Ph.D., President, Heyday Coaching, LLC
  • Cultivating Your Executive and Leadership Presence – Cynthia Sisk, MA, MA OD/LD, BCC, President, Nara Coaching and Consulting
  • Habits Highly Effective Leaders Practice for Productivity and Peace of Mind – Janet Hudson, Ph.D., ACC, XCEL Quest Coaching & Consulting

12:15pm – 1:30pm       Networking Luncheon (Barnett Room, Montgomery Student Center)

1:30pm – 2:45pm         Breakouts

  • Key Tools for Communicating with Impact -Julie Staggs, B Mus, MBA, EdD (ABD) Associate Client Partner, Korn Ferry Hay Group
  • Transitions, Second (and Third) Acts, and Encore Careers – Melissa Walker, Ph.D., President, Heyday Coaching, LLC
  • Cultivating Your Executive and Leadership Presence – Cynthia Sisk, MA, MA OD/LD, BCC, President, Nara Coaching and Consulting
  • Habits Highly Effective Leaders Practice for Productivity and Peace of Mind – Janet Hudson, Ph.D., ACC, XCEL Quest Coaching & Consulting

2:45pm – 3:00pm         Wrap up and Conclusion

 

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For additional information or to be a sponsor, contact one of the conference co-chairs:

Tori McLean, Director of Leadership Development and Orientation, Converse College–tori.mclean@converse.edu

Cynthia Sisk, President, Nara Coaching and Consulting–naracoachingandconsulting.com

Melissa Walker, President, Heyday Coaching–heydaycoaching@gmail.com

 

 

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