Annual Leadership Development Conference

DALLAS, TX | MARCH 4 - 7, 2018

Emerging Leader

WFF offers three educational tracks to activate your professional development goals. Dynamic speakers and topics have been carefully selected to maximize the impact of each educational track and provide strategies to implement in your workplace. Learn more about our tracks and how they are defined.

Monday | 10:30 AM

Jerry Magar: Leading Change: What Emerging Leaders Must Know

Grand A/B

Learn why organizational change typically fails and how you can play a part in turning the tide. Engage and interact with food industry peers in this session to get the tools you need to support and drive organizational change that will last.

James Fripp: Maximizing Mentoring Relationships

Monet

Get tips on selecting the right mentor, maximizing and acting on mentor feedback, and learning how to leverage the relationship to be your best. Led by industry veteran James Fripp of Yum! Brands, learn how mentee/mentor relationships are powerful tools for development and career growth.

Michelle Poler: Fear Less, Do More

Grand D/E

Challenge your comfort zone to tap into your full potential. Influential TED speaker Michelle Poler will inspire you with her humorous and authentic storytelling and engaging visuals, showing you how to challenge your comfort zone to optimize your impact.

In this fun and energizing session, youll learn about:

  • Dealing with the unknown
  • Seeking growth over safety
  • Embracing authenticity
  • Daring to fail
  • Leading with accountability
  • Redefining fear, from obstacle to opportunity

One of Michelle's key findings lies on Abraham Maslows Hierarchy of Needs where she uncovered how our needs not only motivate us, but they also limit us. By learning how to prioritize and negotiate with our needs, we open a world of opportunities.

James Pogue, Ph.D: Breaking Through Unconscious Bias to Achieve Organizational Alignment

Imperial Ballroom

Pull back the curtain on the various forms of unconscious bias or implicit bias that influence our judgement of people and groups in all facets of our life and careers. As a leader, learn how you can turn unconscious thinking into conscious judgement and neutralize bias for better decision making.

Monday | 2:00 PM

Jerry Magar: Leading Change: What Emerging Leaders Must Know

Grand A/B

Learn why organizational change typically fails and how you can play a part in turning the tide. Engage and interact with food industry peers in this session to get the tools you need to support and drive organizational change that will last.

James Pogue, Ph.D: Breaking Through Unconscious Bias to Achieve Organizational Alignment

Imperial Ballroom

Pull back the curtain on the various forms of unconscious bias or implicit bias that influence our judgement of people and groups in all facets of our life and careers. As a leader, learn how you can turn unconscious thinking into conscious judgement and neutralize bias for better decision making.

Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo, Ph.D: Beyond Confidence: Cultivating Continued Success

Grand D/E

As you climb the corporate ladder, your belief in yourself and your abilities play a bigger role in your personal and professional success. But do you ever feel like you are in over your head? Do you question your ability to be successful in your current or future role? Do you fear you are going to fail in front of your team or peers? If so, then this workshop is for you! Join Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo where you will learn research-supported strategies to crush your inner critic (that not-so-nice voice inside your head), alleviate stress and create a life you love. You will walk away with your new road map of actionable steps to boost your confidence and success both at work and at home.

Mary Kelly, PhD, CSP, CDR, US Navy (Ret): Master Your Foodservice World: Executive Strategies to Improve Productivity & Communication

Monet

Find out what most employees are not getting from leaders and managers that they need to be more effective. Walk away with the 3 core principles and 7 critical applications you need to create cohesive teamwork, elevate productivity and achieve optimal results across your organization.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn what most employees are not getting from their leaders and managers that they need to be more effective
  • Implement actionable items to create cohesive teamwork and better engage those around you
  • Improve personal and professional productivity, with less stress
  • Discover how to best use your networks and relationships to further your influence and your profitability
  • Strengthen team member relationships to build greater team commitment and increase efficiencies
  • Resolve conflict more quickly and more effectively deal with difficult people and difficult situations
  • Improve team members capacity to survive and thrive in a rapidly changing environment
  • Develop team members at all levels who have the skills, attitudes, and tools to effectively lead others, especially during times of change

Monday | 3:30 PM

James Fripp: Maximizing Mentoring Relationships

Monet

Get tips on selecting the right mentor, maximizing and acting on mentor feedback, and learning how to leverage the relationship to be your best. Led by industry veteran James Fripp of Yum! Brands, learn how mentee/mentor relationships are powerful tools for development and career growth.

Michelle Poler: Fear Less, Do More

Imperial Ballroom

Challenge your comfort zone to tap into your full potential. Influential TED speaker Michelle Poler will inspire you with her humorous and authentic storytelling and engaging visuals, showing you how to challenge your comfort zone to optimize your impact.

In this fun and energizing session, youll learn about:

  • Dealing with the unknown
  • Seeking growth over safety
  • Embracing authenticity
  • Daring to fail
  • Leading with accountability
  • Redefining fear, from obstacle to opportunity

One of Michelles key findings lies on Abraham Maslows Hierarchy of Needs where she uncovered how our needs not only motivate us, but they also limit us. By learning how to prioritize and negotiate with our needs, we open a world of opportunities.

Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo, Ph.D: Beyond Confidence: Cultivating Continued Success

Grand D/E

As you climb the corporate ladder, your belief in yourself and your abilities play a bigger role in your personal and professional success. But do you ever feel like you are in over your head? Do you question your ability to be successful in your current or future role? Do you fear you are going to fail in front of your team or peers? If so, then this workshop is for you! Join Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo where you will learn research-supported strategies to crush your inner critic (that not-so-nice voice inside your head), alleviate stress and create a life you love. You will walk away with your new road map of actionable steps to boost your confidence and success both at work and at home.

Mary Kelly, PhD, CSP, CDR, US Navy (Ret): Master Your Foodservice World: Executive Strategies to Improve Productivity & Communication

Grand A/B

Find out what most employees are not getting from leaders and managers that they need to be more effective. Walk away with the 3 core principles and 7 critical applications you need to create cohesive teamwork, elevate productivity and achieve optimal results across your organization.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn what most employees are not getting from their leaders and managers that they need to be more effective
  • Implement actionable items to create cohesive teamwork and better engage those around you
  • Improve personal and professional productivity, with less stress
  • Discover how to best use your networks and relationships to further your influence and your profitability
  • Strengthen team member relationships to build greater team commitment and increase efficiencies
  • Resolve conflict more quickly and more effectively deal with difficult people and difficult situations
  • Improve team members' capacity to survive and thrive in a rapidly changing environment
  • Develop team members at all levels who have the skills, attitudes, and tools to effectively lead others, especially during times of change

Monday | 4:50 PM

WFF Lean In Circle

Trinity Exhibit Hall

Join this highly interactive session to experience firsthand the newest WFF engagement experience—WFF Lean In Circles. Take away all you need to host WFF Circles in your workplace and local community.

Tuesday | 10:30 AM

Drew Dudley: Untaught Lessons: Barriers to Leadership and How We Can Overcome Them

Grand A/B

In speaking to over 250,000 people around the world, Drew Dudley has discovered that the vast majority of them are simply not comfortable calling themselves leaders.

This aversion to seeing ourselves as leaders is a result of ingrained cultural practices and perspectives that suppress our talents and ambitions, disengage us from the leadership process, and make us regress as leaders and agents of change. These roadblocks to leadership aren't consciously created, nor are they the fault of any individual or group. They emerge from the "untaught lessons" of our education system—lessons that too often leave people feeling that what others think of them is somehow more important than what they think of themselves.

In this session, Dudley highlights these barriers and how they develop, and with hope, humour, and optimism, focuses on ways in which they can be overcome.

Valorie Burton: Successful Women Think Differently

Monet

You are capable of far more than you know. Scientific studies prove successful people think differently than the average person. They make decisions differently, set goals differently, and bounce back from failure and adversity differently. In this intriguing and energetic presentation, Valorie Burton will help you:

  • Pinpoint your thinking style and make adjustments to improve performance
  • Understand why talent isn't enough and how to develop the self-control that will take you to the next level
  • Understand why how you explain your success and failure predicts more about your potential than you think
  • How to focus on solutions, not problems

This powerful presentation is based on Valorie's national bestselling book, Successful Women Think Differently.

Kristen Brown: High Performance

Grand D/E

Bestselling and award-winning author of The Happy Hour Effect Kristen Brown shares how to identify the key characteristics that will enable you to put your best self forward. Learn how to maximize teamwork, professional reputation, client and co-worker relationships, and boost your performance.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand how the dynamics of your life and career impact your leadership, sales, and success.
  2. Learn the five elements of the Happy Hour Effect to boost your performance, happiness, and workplace dynamics.
  3. Identify your individual key characteristics that will enable you to put your best self forward to maximize teamwork, professional reputation, and client and co-worker relationships.

Anne Grady: Leading Through Influence

Imperial Ballroom

Get ready to laugh and be inspired as you learn researched-based, bold strategies to improve relationships. Crack the code of successful influencers to energize and inspire the people around you. Tap into your potential to guide others to action so that you can be the leader you would want to follow.

Attendees will be able to:

  • Crack the code to effective communication and influence
  • Catapult your emotional intelligence to build credibility and trust
  • Capitalize on your unique leadership strengths and the strengths of others

Tuesday | 2:00 PM

Drew Dudley: Untaught Lessons: Barriers to Leadership and How We Can Overcome Them

Grand A/B

In speaking to over 250,000 people around the world, Drew Dudley has discovered that the vast majority of them are simply not comfortable calling themselves leaders.

This aversion to seeing ourselves as leaders is a result of ingrained cultural practices and perspectives that suppress our talents and ambitions, disengage us from the leadership process, and make us regress as leaders and agents of change. These roadblocks to leadership aren't consciously created, nor are they the fault of any individual or group. They emerge from the "untaught lessons" of our education system—lessons that too often leave people feeling that what others think of them is somehow more important than what they think of themselves.

In this session, Dudley highlights these barriers and how they develop, and with hope, humour, and optimism, focuses on ways in which they can be overcome.

Anne Grady: Leading Through Influence

Monet

Get ready to laugh and be inspired as you learn researched-based, bold strategies to improve relationships. Crack the code of successful influencers to energize and inspire the people around you. Tap into your potential to guide others to action so that you can be the leader you would want to follow.

Attendees will be able to:

  • Crack the code to effective communication and influence
  • Catapult your emotional intelligence to build credibility and trust
  • Capitalize on your unique leadership strengths and the strengths of others

Simon T. Bailey: What You'll Need to Succeed in the Future Work Economy

Imperial Ballroom

"85% of your financial success is due to your personality and ability to communicate, negotiate, and lead. Shockingly, only 15% is due to technical knowledge." - Carnegie Institute of Technology

Everyone wants to know what they will need to do to prepare for the future work economy. What skills will you need? What should you study? Simon T. Bailey will share the top three skills you will need to stay relevant and why they are important for you as you create the future you desire.

Mark Jeffries: The Art of Business Influence

Grand D/E

A compelling session about the link between Communication Excellence and Business Success.

Author and Communication Expert, Mark Jeffries, presents an instantly useable toolbox of innovative communication, networking and influence tools designed to accelerate your business success.

From the 3 Cs of Communication Excellence, to the L-WAR...from selling without selling to the BRAINS of Influence - Mark Jeffries presents a practical and highly entertaining session filled with valuable takeaways, memorable stories and innovative tools and techniques.

Tuesday | 3:30 PM

Valorie Burton: Successful Women Think Differently

Grand A/B

You are capable of far more than you know. Scientific studies prove successful people think differently than the average person. They make decisions differently, set goals differently, and bounce back from failure and adversity differently. In this intriguing and energetic presentation, Valorie Burton will help you:

  • Pinpoint your thinking style and make adjustments to improve performance
  • Understand why talent isn't enough and how to develop the self-control that will take you to the next level
  • Understand why how you explain your success and failure predicts more about your potential than you think
  • How to focus on solutions, not problems

This powerful presentation is based on Valorie's national bestselling book, Successful Women Think Differently.

Kristen Brown: High Performance

Monet

Bestselling and award-winning author of The Happy Hour Effect Kristen Brown shares how to identify the key characteristics that will enable you to put your best self forward. Learn how to maximize teamwork, professional reputation, client and co-worker relationships, and boost your performance.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand how the dynamics of your life and career impact your leadership, sales, and success.
  2. Learn the five elements of the Happy Hour Effect to boost your performance, happiness, and workplace dynamics.
  3. Identify your individual key characteristics that will enable you to put your best self forward to maximize teamwork, professional reputation, and client and co-worker relationships.

Simon T. Bailey: What You'll Need to Succeed in the Future Work Economy

Imperial Ballroom

"85% of your financial success is due to your personality and ability to communicate, negotiate, and lead. Shockingly, only 15% is due to technical knowledge." - Carnegie Institute of Technology

Everyone wants to know what they will need to do to prepare for the future work economy. What skills will you need? What should you study? Simon T. Bailey will share the top three skills you will need to stay relevant and why they are important for you as you create the future you desire.

Mark Jeffries: The Art of Business Influence

Grand D/E

A compelling session about the link between Communication Excellence and Business Success.

Author and Communication Expert, Mark Jeffries, presents an instantly useable toolbox of innovative communication, networking and influence tools designed to accelerate your business success.

From the 3 Cs of Communication Excellence, to the L-WAR...from selling without selling to the BRAINS of Influence - Mark Jeffries presents a practical and highly entertaining session filled with valuable takeaways, memorable stories and innovative tools and techniques.

Emerging Executive

Monday | 10:30 AM

Amanda Hite: Social Revolution: Changing the Marketplace, Workplace and World

Wedgewood

Lead the charge in your organization to take on the current and future challenges of the ever-evolving social media space. Learn how to move people to positive action through connections, emotions and experiences, while combatting the dark side of social media. You'll learn:

  • How to move people to action through human: mediums, connections, emotions and experiences
  • Create a digital advocacy movement to impact business and the world by following BTC's IGNITE Movement Marketing Model
  • Layer the power of social media on top of your existing business strategy to amplify results
  • How to find and be "white hat" brands and organizations, combatting the dark side of social media

Erin Moran: Building a Culture of Enlightened Hospitality

Chantilly West

As Chief Culture Officer of Danny Meyer's renowned Union Square Hospitality Group, Erin Moran is centrally involved in the activation and evolution of the group's distinctive culture of Enlightened Hospitality. Drawing on over a decade of experience helping companies from diverse industries build successful workplace cultures, Erin will discuss the difference between hospitality and service, how to hire "51%'ers" who lead with emotional intelligence, and the qualities of cultures rooted in hospitality.

Tamara Kleinberg: At the Speed of Innovation

Chantilly East

In this fast-paced session you'll learn how to create a culture of innovation from the inside out, where everyone in your organization participates and impacts the bottom line. Use the tools you gather from this session to overcome hidden barriers to creative thinking that are holding back your growth.

Key Takeaways:

  • Create a culture of innovation from the inside out, where everyone participates and impacts the bottom line
  • Unlock your greatest resource, the untapped innovative minds of your team
  • Transform your organization into a gym of innovation where growth and measurable results are the norm
  • Overcome the hidden barriers to innovation that are hindering results
  • Benefit from the compounding value of daily innovation for exponential growth

Monday | 2:00 PM

Amanda Hite: Social Revolution: Changing the Marketplace, Workplace and World

Wedgewood

Lead the charge in your organization to take on the current and future challenges of the ever-evolving social media space. Learn how to move people to positive action through connections, emotions and experiences, while combatting the dark side of social media. You'll learn:

  • How to move people to action through human: mediums, connections, emotions and experiences
  • Create a digital advocacy movement to impact business and the world by following BTC's IGNITE Movement Marketing Model
  • Layer the power of social media on top of your existing business strategy to amplify results
  • How to find and be "white hat" brands and organizations, combatting the dark side of social media

Erin Moran: Building a Culture of Enlightened Hospitality

Chantilly West

As Chief Culture Officer of Danny Meyer's renowned Union Square Hospitality Group, Erin Moran is centrally involved in the activation and evolution of the group's distinctive culture of Enlightened Hospitality. Drawing on over a decade of experience helping companies from diverse industries build successful workplace cultures, Erin will discuss the difference between hospitality and service, how to hire "51%'ers" who lead with emotional intelligence, and the qualities of cultures rooted in hospitality.

Gerry O'Brion: Creating Leaders at Every Level

Chantilly East

Nationally recognized strategy and branding expert Gerry O'Brion delivers a fun, thought-provoking presentation that will generate real ideas you can use to influence anyone from the C-Suite to your front-line staff. Learn the 4 critical questions you should be asking about every decision. The presentation is packed with strategies and case studies from several different industries that you can leverage right now in your business.

The presentation is packed with strategies and case studies from several different industries that you can leverage right now in your business.

What You'll Get:

  • Four steps to influencing any decision
  • Strategies for navigating disruptive change
  • Creating passionate, vocal fans
  • How to be different when you seem the same
  • Driving more word of mouth referrals

Monday | 3:30 PM

Gerry O'Brion: Creating Leaders at Every Level

Chantilly East

Nationally recognized strategy and branding expert Gerry O'Brion delivers a fun, thought-provoking presentation that will generate real ideas you can use to influence anyone from the C-Suite to your front-line staff. Learn the 4 critical questions you should be asking about every decision. The presentation is packed with strategies and case studies from several different industries that you can leverage right now in your business.

The presentation is packed with strategies and case studies from several different industries that you can leverage right now in your business.

What You'll Get:

  • Four steps to influencing any decision
  • Strategies for navigating disruptive change
  • Creating passionate, vocal fans
  • How to be different when you seem the same
  • Driving more word of mouth referrals

Tamara Kleinberg: At the Speed of Innovation

Wedgewood

In this fast-paced session you'll learn how to create a culture of innovation from the inside out, where everyone in your organization participates and impacts the bottom line. Use the tools you gather from this session to overcome hidden barriers to creative thinking that are holding back your growth. Key Takeaways:

  • Create a culture of innovation from the inside out, where everyone participates and impacts the bottom line
  • Unlock your greatest resource, the untapped innovative minds of your team
  • Transform your organization into a gym of innovation where growth and measurable results are the norm
  • Overcome the hidden barriers to innovation that are hindering results
  • Benefit from the compounding value of daily innovation for exponential growth

James Pogue, Ph.D: Breaking Through Unconscious Bias to Achieve Organizational Alignment

Chantilly West

Pull back the curtain on the various forms of unconscious bias or implicit bias that influence our judgement of people and groups in all facets of our life and careers. As a leader, learn how you can turn unconscious thinking into conscious judgement and neutralize bias for trust building.

Monday | 4:50 PM

WFF Lean In Circle

Trinity Exhibit Hall

Join this highly interactive session to experience firsthand the newest WFF engagement experience--WFF Lean In Circles. Take away all you need to host WFF Circles in your workplace and local community.

Tuesday | 10:30 AM

James Pogue, Ph.D: Breaking Through Unconscious Bias to Achieve Organizational Alignment

Wedgewood

Pull back the curtain on the various forms of unconscious bias or implicit bias that influence our judgement of people and groups in all facets of our life and careers. As a leader, learn how you can turn unconscious thinking into conscious judgement and neutralize bias for better decision making.

Adrian Gostick: The 5 Disciplines of High-Performance Teams

Chantilly West

Based on an 850,000-person study of today's most profitable, innovative work teams, Adrian Gostick introduces you to the new science of teamwork. The New York Times bestselling author of The Carrot Principle and All In is back with a dynamic new keynote—based on The Best Team Wins, a major business book coming out spring 2018.

Organizations are moving to team-based work in droves, but 96 percent of executives cite poor collaboration as the main sources of workplace failures.

It might be the most pressing question businesses must address: How can managers better lead teams to improved performance given the volatility and challenges teams face today, including:

  • Increasing speed of change
  • Emergence of a global, gig economy
  • The rise of the Millennials
  • Need to work more cross-functionally

Gostick's research shows a set of leadership disciplines makes the biggest difference. In this presentation, Adrian Gostick helps audiences apply the new science of teamwork to manage generational differences, speed productivity, inspire innovation and robust debate, and create true alignment around customers.

Star Bobatoon: Are You Listening? Communicating with Confidence and Clarity

Chantilly East

Join this session to meet national sales expert, attorney, trainer, and coach Star Bobatoon. In her fun and interactive program, she shares the secrets to enhancing communication including how learn and speak the language of your listener so you can successfully share your ideas with anyone, anywhere.

In this presentation, you'll learn:

  • Guidelines to better communication
  • The easiest way to engage your listener
  • How your body language affects your message
  • Learning and speaking the language of the listener

Tuesday | 2:00 PM

Adrian Gostick: The 5 Disciplines of High-Performance Teams

Chantilly West

Based on an 850,000-person study of today's most profitable, innovative work teams, Adrian Gostick introduces you to the new science of teamwork. The New York Times bestselling author of The Carrot Principle and All In is back with a dynamic new keynote—based on The Best Team Wins, a major business book coming out spring 2018.

Organizations are moving to team-based work in droves, but 96 percent of executives cite poor collaboration as the main sources of workplace failures.

It might be the most pressing question businesses must address: How can managers better lead teams to improved performance given the volatility and challenges teams face today, including:

  • Increasing speed of change
  • Emergence of a global, gig economy
  • The rise of the Millennials
  • Need to work more cross-functionally

Gostick's research shows a set of leadership disciplines makes the biggest difference. In this presentation, Adrian Gostick helps audiences apply the new science of teamwork to manage generational differences, speed productivity, inspire innovation and robust debate, and create true alignment around customers.

Kindra Hall: Communicating Through Storytelling

Chantilly East

Discover the skill that sets high-level leaders apart from others - strategic storytelling. Speaker and storytelling advisor Kindra Hall reveals the anatomy of a compelling story and the simple steps to telling it right every time while avoiding the biggest storytelling mistake.

In this fun and fast-paced session, you'll learn:

  • Why story is an effective communication tool, from conveying information to influencing action or behavior
  • Scenarios where leaders can apply storytelling to see instant results
  • How to find your own motivating, influential stories—yes, you have them!
  • The biggest storytelling mistake and how to avoid it
  • The anatomy of a compelling story—simple steps to telling it right every time

You'll learn strategies and techniques to start you on the path to putting the power of story to work. When it comes to being an exceptional leader, you are just one story from greatness!

Jerry Magar: Leading Change: What Emerging Executives Must Know

Wedgewood

Collect the critical tools and best practices you need to drive organizational change and build high-performing teams. Learn why change often fails and how understanding the psychological responses to change provides the strategic thinking you need to for successful transformation.

Tuesday | 3:30 PM

Star Bobatoon: Are You Listening? Communicating with Confidence and Clarity

Chantilly West

Join this session to meet national sales expert, attorney, trainer, and coach Star Bobatoon. In her fun and interactive program, she shares the secrets to enhancing communication including how learn and speak the language of your listener so you can successfully share your ideas with anyone, anywhere.

In this presentation, you'll learn:

  • Guidelines to better communication
  • The easiest way to engage your listener
  • How your body language affects your message
  • Learning and speaking the language of the listener

Kindra Hall: Communicating Through Storytelling

Chantilly East

Discover the skill that sets high-level leaders apart from others - strategic storytelling. Speaker and storytelling advisor Kindra Hall reveals the anatomy of a compelling story and the simple steps to telling it right every time while avoiding the biggest storytelling mistake.

In this fun and fast-paced session, you'll learn:

  • Why story is an effective communication tool, from conveying information to influencing action or behavior
  • Scenarios where leaders can apply storytelling to see instant results
  • How to find your own motivating, influential stories—yes, you have them!
  • The biggest storytelling mistake and how to avoid it
  • The anatomy of a compelling story—simple steps to telling it right every time

You'll learn strategies and techniques to start you on the path to putting the power of story to work. When it comes to being an exceptional leader, you are just one story from greatness!

Jerry Magar: Leading Change: What Emerging Leaders Must Know

Wedgewood

Learn why organizational change typically fails and how you can play a part in turning the tide. Engage and interact with food industry peers in this session to get the tools you need to support and drive organizational change that will last.

Executive

Monday | 10:30 AM

Susan Colantuono: The Career Advice You Need to Hear: 7 Crucial Lessons from F500 Women CEOs and Beyond

Coronado

Articles, books, panel discussions and interviews that deliver career advice to women tend to provide advice that is essential for women as they start their careers and manage middle management roles. Unfortunately, they rarely advise on what's needed to move from senior positions into the C-Suite and to be successful once you get there. Based on Leading Women's research into the career trajectories of F500 women CEOs and other studies, this session will provide advice that is specific to women who are at and nearing the C-Suite.

Trudy Bourgeois: We Can Do This! The Positive Role that Women Can Play in Advancing Diversity and Inclusion

Cortez

It is time to touch the truth - that being women's lack of willingness to stand up as public champions for equality has inadvertently sent the signal that we are okay with the lack of progress that is being made to ensure that everyone is afforded equal opportunities to be authentically welcomed, valued for our feminine strengths, and empowered to contribute at our very best. Said differently, we have become a barrier to advancing the diversity and inclusion effort. Women represent more than 50% of the workforce and winning organizations know the power of diversity and inclusion to growth and profitability. So where do we go from here? How can women begin to play a more positive role? First, we get educated about the journeys of all women (across generation and ethnicity). We must admit to, and take ownership for, the biases that limit our capabilities to support other women. This is not to say that we don't need to build alliances with our male counterparts. Indeed, we need to be bolder about partnering with our male colleagues who believe in equality. And, we all need to learn how to call out bias in the workplace as a starting point. Working together we can create the 17% tipping point to drive transformation in our organizations.

In this highly interactive session, you will walk away with new insights on why now is the right time for women to engage, practical ways to lead from where you are now, and how to lead the courageous conversations that will open the door to sustainable change and transformation.

Monday | 2:00 PM

Susan Colantuono: The Career Advice You Need to Hear: 7 Crucial Lessons from F500 Women CEOs and Beyond

Coronado

Articles, books, panel discussions and interviews that deliver career advice to women tend to provide advice that is essential for women as they start their careers and manage middle management roles. Unfortunately, they rarely advise on what's needed to move from senior positions into the C-Suite and to be successful once you get there. Based on Leading Women's research into the career trajectories of F500 women CEOs and other studies, this session will provide advice that is specific to women who are at and nearing the C-Suite.

Trudy Bourgeois: We Can Do This! The Positive Role that Women Can Play in Advancing Diversity and Inclusion

Cortez

It is time to touch the truth - that being women's lack of willingness to stand up as public champions for equality has inadvertently sent the signal that we are okay with the lack of progress that is being made to ensure that everyone is afforded equal opportunities to be authentically welcomed, valued for our feminine strengths, and empowered to contribute at our very best. Said differently, we have become a barrier to advancing the diversity and inclusion effort. Women represent more than 50% of the workforce and winning organizations know the power of diversity and inclusion to growth and profitability. So where do we go from here? How can women begin to play a more positive role? First, we get educated about the journeys of all women (across generation and ethnicity). We must admit to, and take ownership for, the biases that limit our capabilities to support other women. This is not to say that we don't need to build alliances with our male counterparts. Indeed, we need to be bolder about partnering with our male colleagues who believe in equality. And, we all need to learn how to call out bias in the workplace as a starting point. Working together we can create the 17% tipping point to drive transformation in our organizations.

In this highly interactive session, you will walk away with new insights on why now is the right time for women to engage, practical ways to lead from where you are now, and how to lead the courageous conversations that will open the door to sustainable change and transformation.

Monday | 3:30 PM

Jerry Magar: Leading Change: What Executives Must Know

Cortez

Collect the critical tools and best practices you need to drive organizational change and overcome resistance across your organization. Learn why change often fails and how understanding the psychological responses to change provides the insights you need to for successful transformation.

Tony Bridwell: Creating Accountability for the Future

Coronado

This session will focus on how to create accountability for future desired results in a positive, principled way. We will discuss the sequence for establishing accountable expectations for teams and leaders of teams.

Monday | 4:50 PM

WFF Lean In Circle

Trinity Exhibit Hall

Join this highly interactive session to experience firsthand the newest WFF engagement experience--WFF Lean In Circles. Take away all you need to host WFF Circles in your workplace and local community.

Tuesday | 10:30 AM

Jerry Magar: Leading Change: What Executives Must Know

Cortez

Collect the critical tools and best practices you need to drive organizational change and overcome resistance across your organization. Learn why change often fails and how understanding the psychological responses to change provides the insights you need to for successful transformation.

Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo, Ph.D: Beyond Confidence: Cultivating Continued Success

Coronado

As you climb the corporate ladder, your belief in yourself and your abilities play a bigger role in your personal and professional success. But do you ever feel like you are in over your head? Do you question your ability to be successful in your current or future role? Do you fear you are going to fail in front of your team or peers? If so, then this workshop is for you! Join Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo where you will learn research-supported strategies to crush your inner critic (that not-so-nice voice inside your head), alleviate stress and create a life you love. You will walk away with your new road map of actionable steps to boost your confidence and success both at work and at home.

Tuesday | 2:00 PM

James Pogue, Ph.D: Breaking Through Unconscious Bias to Achieve Organizational Alignment

Cortez

Pull back the curtain on the various forms of unconscious bias or implicit bias that influence our judgement of people and groups in all facets of our life and careers. As a leader, learn how you can turn unconscious thinking into conscious judgement and neutralize bias for better decision making.

Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo, Ph.D: Beyond Confidence: Cultivating Continued Success

Coronado

As you climb the corporate ladder, your belief in yourself and your abilities play a bigger role in your personal and professional success. But do you ever feel like you are in over your head? Do you question your ability to be successful in your current or future role? Do you fear you are going to fail in front of your team or peers? If so, then this workshop is for you! Join Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo where you will learn research-supported strategies to crush your inner critic (that not-so-nice voice inside your head), alleviate stress and create a life you love. You will walk away with your new road map of actionable steps to boost your confidence and success both at work and at home.

Tuesday | 3:30 PM

Tony Bridwell: Creating Accountability for the Future

Coronado

This session will focus on how to create accountability for future desired results in a positive, principled way. We will discuss the sequence for establishing accountable expectations for teams and leaders of teams.

James Pogue, Ph.D: Breaking Through Unconscious Bias to Achieve Organizational Alignment

Cortez

Pull back the curtain on the various forms of unconscious bias or implicit bias that influence our judgement of people and groups in all facets of our life and careers. As a leader, learn how you can turn unconscious thinking into conscious judgement and neutralize bias for better decision making.

Communities of Interest

Wednesday | 7:15 AM

Amy Jones: Advancing Through the Talent Pipeline in Product Innovation and Food Science

Cortez

Focus on Breaking Through and taking charge of your own success in the product innovation sector powered by the STEM fields.

Who should attend: Food scientists, research & development professionals, culinary professionals, engineers and menu management representatives. Presented by Griffith Foods. Breakfast Included.

Sarah Quinlan: The Experiential Economy: How to Successfully Engage the New Consumer With your Experience

Coronado

We have heard about the Experiential Economy, but what does it mean for the food industry, for your business, and your brand? Sarah Quinlan, the head of Market Insights for Mastercard will share the latest consumer spending trends as they relate to retail sales and the food industry. These trends are drawn from the billions of transactions that Mastercard sees each year. She will discuss how to make these insights actionable and, how specifically your business can get ahead of these trends to greater profitability and growth. Breakfast Included.

Wednesday | 9:00 AM

Amanda Hite: Beyond Acceptance: Creating Workplace Communities Where Everyone Feels Welcome

Grand A/B

Americans have made tremendous strides toward the acceptance and full inclusion of LGBT people over the last decade. From visible leaders in pop culture to legal rights for same-sex couples, LGBT people are beginning to feel a sense of belonging. Every June during Pride month, businesses hang rainbow flags in their windows and sponsor floats to show their support for LGBT equality--we've come a long way in this country.

While we celebrate this progress, we also know our work is far from finished. LGBT people can still be fired because of their sexual orientation or gender identity in 28 states, and while employees often see themselves in celebrities, they don't often have LGBT mentors and supervisors who understand their experiences in their immediate communities.

In this talk, Amanda Hite will share practical changes you can make to create workplace communities where everyone feels wanted. She will share personal stories and case studies that show people perform best when they can bring their whole selves to the workplace and find their voices are valued all the more.

Star Bobatoon: Standing in Your Power: Creating a Respectful Workplace

Wedgewood

Incivility, disrespect, bullying, hostility, conflict and violence have become epidemic in our society and in the workplace.

It didn't just get that way overnight. Usually it is slow progression that starts with simple miscommunications and accidental offenses. Addressed early, these incidents become learning points we can use to gain better understanding and camaraderie. If, however, we wait for the issues to escalate before we step in we are merely adding fuel to the fire.

Let's be proactive rather than reactive. Let's recommit to creating a respectful and professional workplace Standing in your power isn't arrogant or selfish, it is living with integrity.

Star Bobatoon's background as an employment attorney gives her valuable insight into corporate issues. Star shares insights and tips in a high-energy and engaging style that makes a lasting impact!

Valorie Burton: Managing Work and Family: Strategies for Working Parents

Grand D/E

Excelling in your career while excelling as a parent can be a challenge. Working parents juggle more than others and often feel stress, guilt, and pressure that is undeniable.

In this transparent, practical session, national bestselling author and life coach Valorie Burton shares research-based, transformative tools and strategies to boost your happiness and decrease your stress while managing the demands of both work and family.

Kelly Greene: Wise (Wo)Men Say

Chantilly East

Between texts, Facetime, Facebook, email, and myriad other digital tools for connection, it would seem we as a species have conquered the art of communication. We all know that isn't true, and the challenge of communicating and being heard is harder than ever. We can share example after example of how miscommunication has held us back or hurt a relationship we value. It's time to break the bad habits and learn the tools for effective, clear, and lasting communication that can take your career and relationships to the next level.

Regina Borda: Tales of Global (Mis)adventures: How Living Overseas Makes You More Empathetic, Creative and Courageous - and Why it Matters

Chantilly West

Having lived and/or worked on all 5 continents, Regina Borda shares an honest perspective of the good, the bad and the ugly of moving to different countries to pursue career opportunities and personal growth. From the impact on family relationships to cultural misunderstandings to practical tips on things like global house hunting watch outs, this session will touch on everything you always wanted to know when considering taking the plunge and going overseas – and if there still is more you would like to know, you will have plenty of opportunities to ask questions during the session.

Debra Adams: Managing It All

Monet

For most of us, working outside the home is a full-time or more position. Add to that, the hours required to care for someone and you have the potential recipe for disaster. Managing time, priorities and people can help to maintain quality life for all.

Continuing the Conversation

Bonus Sessions: Want a more interactive, personal conference experience? Leverage the expertise of speakers and industry leaders during engaging discussions in a small group setting. Sessions are offered in addition to your six educational sessions. Select the speaker of your choice. No registration required.

Tuesday | 4:45 PM

Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo, Ph.D: Continuing the Conversation

Gossip Bar

Star Bobatoon: Continuing the Conversation

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Jerry Magar: Continuing the Conversation

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James Pogue, Ph.D: Continuing the Conversation

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Valorie Burton: Continuing the Conversation

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