2016 CWE Women Business Leaders Conference

THE premier event for women in business, this event draws women interested in learning how to start or grow a business, as well as corporate supplier diversity and purchasing professionals interested in advancing and promoting their diversity programs.

EVENT DATE:   Thursday, September 29,2016

EVENT LOCATION:   Sheraton Hotel, Framingham, MA

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:    Barbara Lynch, Chef/Owner Barbara Lynch Gruppo

                                    
Rhonda Kallman, Boston Harbor Distillery

 

The event will feature:

    • Educational sessions for WBENC-certified businesses, other women business owners and women in business, & corporate supplier diversity & purchasing professionals
    • Special session connecting WBENC-certified businesses & WBENC corporate members 
    • Unique speed mentoring session
    • Ample opportunities to network & make new connections
    • CWE Awards Luncheon, honoring friends & colleagues of CWE for their commitment to supporting women in business

    Conference Schedule

    (Schedule, titles, and speakers subject to change)
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    TIME

    SESSION

    8:00am

    REGISTRATION & CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST 

    8:30am – 9:15am

    KEYNOTE
    Rhonda Kallman, Founder & CEO, Boston Harbor Distillery

    9:30am – 10:45am

    Creating a Culture Grounded in Effective Communication and Accountability
    Ms. Kip Hollister, Founder & CEO, Hollister Staffing                          

    Why are there so many gaps in our organizations? The missing ingredient in developing and retaining talent is in creating a culture that is grounded in effective communication and accountability. We all know it but it is painfully hard to create and sustain. In this session we will crack in to what makes this so difficult, why does it occur and how to build a desirable and sustainable culture.

    Key Take-Aways:

    • How to identify what may be the cultural gaps in your organization         
    • Creating effective communication in your organization              
    • How to hold each other accountable              
    • Understanding the importance of hiring EQ not just IQ               
    • How doing so will simplify the development and retention of talent

     

    The Woman Card: Building Women's Negotiating Skills and Confidence
    Dr. Elizabeth Volpe, Associate Professor of Management, Roger Williams University

    This workshop session will focus on women and negotiation.  Much negotiation research highlights how women shy away from negotiating, or asking for what they want, in professional contexts.  This can result in women being disadvantaged when compared to their male counterparts on issues such as salary, project assignments, and advancement opportunities.  Negotiation research also suggests that when women do decide to negotiate, they are perceived and often treated differently than men.  This workshop session will help attendees understand the challenges and biases women often face in negotiation situations.  We will discuss how to identify negotiation opportunities in professional contexts, present strategies and techniques for conducting negotiations effectively and overcoming negotiation roadblocks, and allow for interaction among participants to help build confidence and experience as negotiators.  

    Key Take-Aways:

    • Understand challenges and biases women often face in negotiation situations     
    • Learn how to identify negotiation opportunities 
    • Develop strategies for conducting negotiations effectively       
    • Build techniques for overcoming various negotiation roadblocks
    • Gain enhanced confidence as a negotiator

     

    Speed Mentoring – Session 1
    Speed Mentor Bios

    An Informal, fast, fun, and fulfilling speed mentoring session with mentors from a variety of different fields, backgrounds and experience.  Participants will have up to four (4) fifteen (15) minute one-on-one consults.  This session is on a first-come-first-serve basis and is limited to 20 participants (mentees).

     

     

    Success to Stardom - WBENC WBE Stars

    2015       Beth Tucker        KNF&T
    2013       Judith Maloy      Polaris Direct
    2012       Juli Sinnett          New Normal Life
    2011       Beth Williams     Roxbury Technology
    2010       Keri Heistad        Culture Coach International
    2009       Cheryl Snead      Banneker Industries
    2008       Sandy Lish           The Castle Group, Inc.
    2007       Phyllis Godwin  Granite City Electric Supply Company
    2003       Gretchen Fox     Fox Relocation Management Corporation
    2000       Stacy Ames         Falmer Thermal Spray

    Every year since 1999 when the Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) formed a partnership with Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), CWE has chosen one woman from New England as the “WBE Star of the Year.” These 17 WBE Stars have demonstrated success through WBENC-certification and continue to serve as role models for all women in business. We proudly present 10 of the 17 CWE-WBENC Stars over the years, who will share their experiences with Stardom and offer helpful tips about ways to make the most out of WBENC certification. All are welcome to attend.

    11:00am – 12:15pm

    Panel:  Financial, Business and Personnel Tips and Tools to Guide You on Your Path to Greatness
    Robin Dziuba, Senior Vice President, Wealth Management Advisor, Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management

    Helen Horn Figman P.C., Employment Law and Human Resource Management

    Susan Keller, Managing Director, LeveragedSolutions

    Having a plan for both your personal life and for your business in areas of finances, people and resources will allow you to create a game plan to achieve greatness.

    Key Take-Aways: 

    • Create a Personal Wealth Plan for you today and for the future
    • Create a Business Growth Plan to take your business to the next level
    • Know what action items to consider before embarking on a growth initiative
    • Create a team (existing team and new hires)- to support your business to achieve your personal and business goals.

     

    Everyone Communicates Few Connect™
    Julie Levin, Owner, Julie Levin Coaching

    Have you noticed how “Connection” is becoming a new buzz word?  But what is connection -- Is it just a technique to be employed, as a means to gaining ground or winning a sale?  In truth, connection is a practice - an effortlessly brilliant way of interacting that can infuse our relationships with purpose, results and… delight!  Ushering us into our own greatness, connection enlivens both our personal and professional lives.  In this brief seminar we will start with the work of John C. Maxwell as a foundation for our exploration of:

    • Mastering tools of communication
    • Principles and strategies to turn communication into meaningful connection
    • The practice of Effortlessly Brilliant Connecting

     

    Speed Mentoring – Session 2
    Speed Mentor Bios

    An Informal, fast, fun, and fulfilling speed mentoring session with mentors from a variety of different fields, backgrounds and experience.  Participants will have up to four (4) fifteen (15) minute one-on-one consults.  This session is on a first-come-first-serve basis and is limited to 20 participants (mentees).

     

     

    12:30pm – 1:30pm

    Luncheon & Awards Ceremony

    1:30pm – 2:30pm

    KEYNOTE
    Barbara Lynch, Chef/Owner, Barbara Lynch Gruppo 

    2:45pm – 3:30pm

    Communicate to Influence: Present Ideas with Confidence & Clarity
    Stacey Shipman, Speaker & Author, StaceyShipman.comCommunication skills are critical for influencing, selling, and connecting with others.  How you come across in public speaking and face-to-face interactions really matters. Yet some women get nervous speaking in public, have a hard time communicating ideas in a concise way, and some avoid speaking up all together. As a result they lose access to clients and miss out on opportunities. Through personal stories, practical strategies and speaking practice, audiences learn how to enhance presence and storytelling skills so they can speak clearly and confidently. Whether a nervous newbie or seasoned pro, attendees will learn how to get more from their business communication and presentations.

    Key Take-Aways:

    • 3 strategies to enhance confidence and presence when speaking or presenting
    • A simple structure for formulating ideas and stories  
    • 3 strategies to engage audiences, build trust, and increase influence    
    • Create a plan for continued practice

     

    Personal Branding for Professional Success  
    Denise Kaigler, Founder and Principal, MDK Brand Management, LLC

    Before your clients, customers, boss, or employees can have confidence in your work or leadership, they must have confidence in you. This interactive workshop will entail hands-on activities to help participants learn how to define, market, and maintain their desired, authentic, and sustainable brand and leverage that brand to achieve their personal goals and business objectives. Activities include defining desired personal brands, writing personal brand elevator pitches, and developing messaging that aligns participants’ personal brands with their company’s objectives. This session ends with networking role-plays that provide opportunities for participants to practice their pitch and aligned messaging. Through simulated networking role-plays, participants will feel more confident about speaking at networking events or business meetings and leveraging their visible and confident personal brand to help achieve their business goals. Defining, owning and marketing your personal brand is an empowering experience, both personally and professionally. Use that brand to pave your path and control your destiny.

    Key Take-Aways:

    • Define, enhance and market your desired personal brand       
    • Align your new company’s mission and messaging with your personal brand messaging to create a holistic narrative (elevator pitch)    
    • Practice your aligned personal and workplace brand elevator pitch, learning to project confidence and authenticity during critical interactions that can impact your professional goals and objectives. 

     

    WBENC – Matchmaking One-on-Ones  (By Appointment Only)

    Matchmaking is only open to businesses that are WBE-certified by Women’s Business National Council (WBENC). Matchmaking meetings are time-limited, one-on-one appointments between WBENC-certified businesses, and Procurement Officers of WBENC Corporate Partners with the purpose of determining possible business opportunities. For more information on how to become WBE-certified through WBENC, please visit www.wbenc.org. 

    3:45pm – 4:30pm

    Growth Plans - Key to Business Success
    Michele Courton Brown, Chief Executive Officer, Quality Interactions

    Unleash the full potential of your company by exploring how to plan and execute a well-developed plan for growth.  By taking the time to create a growth plan, business owners can reap significant financial rewards.  An executed growth plan can lead to accelerated revenue generation, resources optimization, and higher employee engagement.  Learn about the key elements of a growth plan and its implementation is this session led by a small business CEO who has put a growth plan into practice.  This workshop is designed to help business owners to learn how to work on their business, not just in their business!

    Key Take-Aways:

    • What is a growth plan?      
    • Key risk management considerations associated with growth   
    • Resource allocation requirements  
    • Communication/employee engagement

     

    Meaning, Work, and the Soul
    Dr.  Annabel Beerel, President & CEO, New England Women's Leadership Institute

    The session will focus on the importance of “meaning making” as a vital ingredient for a life of vitality; how work provides meaning and identity, and the importance of including the soul in “meaning making” and work.

    Key Take-Aways:

    • The importance of meaning and how to nourish it      
    • Work as a pilgrimage of creating meaning and identity             
    • How to remain wholehearted at work and reduce stress and burnout       
    • Sharing the meaning and passion with others          

    Including the soul in all that you do as therein lies your greatness!

     

     

    WBENC – Matchmaking One-on-Ones  (By Appointment Only) continued

    Matchmaking is only open to businesses that are WBE-certified by Women’s Business National Council (WBENC). Matchmaking meetings are time-limited, one-on-one appointments between WBENC-certified businesses, and Procurement Officers of WBENC Corporate Partners with the purpose of determining possible business opportunities. For more information on how to become WBE-certified through WBENC, please visit www.wbenc.org.