April 22, 2017 

 

This year we are introducing a new feature to our agenda – the World Café – which is an opportunity for invited senior leaders from our sponsors to come together to have a meaningful dialogue about advancing the leadership of young women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-related careers.

Lead by a panel of accomplished female executives and academics, participants will further the conversation as they engage in interactive dialogue and collectively share thought leadership for inspiring a better world.

World Cafe

Toni Townes-Whitley, Corporate Vice President World Wide Public Sector, Microsoft

Laura Quintana, Vice President, Corporate Affairs Global Field Operations, Cisco 

Teresa Carlson, Vice President, World Wide Public Sector, Amazon Web Services

Facilitator-Jill Klein, Assistant Dean for Digital Initiatives and New Programs, American University 

Thank you for your interest in The Women’s Center 31st Annual Leadership Conference. Register Now.

The Leadership Conference will take place on April 22 at the McLean Hilton.

Since 1986, the Conference has been our region’s premier leadership conference. With high profile speakers and standing room only breakout sessions, The Center brings together 700-800 attendees for leadership development and networking that has earned it an exceptionally high attendee return rate. I am excited to announce that the 2017 Conference on April 22, 2017 entitled “Connect-Inspire-Act” will celebrate our 31 years of excellence in presenting leadership venues.

This year we are introducing a new feature to our agenda – the World Café – which is an opportunity for invited senior leaders from our sponsors to come together to have a meaningful dialogue about advancing the leadership of young women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-related careers.

Lead by a panel of accomplished female executives and academics, participants will further the conversation as they engage in interactive dialogue and collectively share thought leadership for inspiring a better world. Learn more about Sponsorship Opportunities. 

 

Registration, Continental Breakfast and Networking-7:30 AM

Morning Session 8:30 AM

Introductory Remarks 

  • Janet Hill, Principal, Hill Family Advisors
  • Deborah Rutter, President, John F. Kennedy Center for The Performing Arts

Business Roundtable: 

  • Brittany Perkins, Executive, AshBritt Environmental
  • Ann Ratner, Co-Founder, Stylist and President of Upscale Brands, Ratner Companies
  • Krista Woods, Inventor, GloveStix

Facilitated by Karen Cleveland, Leadership Fairfax

Break-out sessions and World Café: 11:30 AM

  • Teresa Carlson, Vice President, World Wide Public Sector, Amazon Web Services
  • Laura Quintana, Vice President, Corporate Affairs Global Field Operations, Cisco
  • Toni Townes-Whitley, Corporate Vice President World Wide Public Sector, Microsoft

Facilitated by Jill Klein, Assistant Dean for Digital Initiatives and New Program, American University

Lunch: 1:00 PM

Afternoon Session: 1:30 PM

The Women’s Center Remarks 

Panel Discussion: 

  • Kimberly Crider, Major General, United States Air Force, Reserves, and Partner, velocityHUB
  • Dr. Arati Prabhakar, Former Head of DARPA, The United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

Facilitated by Susan Chodakewitz, CEO, Nathan Associates

  • Doreen Gentzler, NBC4 News Anchor
  • Networking Happy Hour: 3:30 PM

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    Concurrent Sessions offer participants unique insight into diverse topics, ranging from how to manage your professional brand, to relationships, to career transition and more. 

    Personal & Professional Development Session Speakers

     

     Cyndy Porter
    Bio

    Success Through Style: The Art and Science Behind Your Personal Image

    This presentation will teach you how to make a powerful first impression, how to create a personal brand, communicate who you are and look your best every day. You will learn to boost self confidence by knowing you are always presenting your best self both personally and professionally.

    Dr. Elizabeth Mahler  and Mr. Mark Deaton
    Bios

    A Perfect Storm: The 21st Century Longevity Dividend meets The Encore Career 

    The longer and healthier lives of 21st-century adults have expanded the generative period of midlife. Individuals at mid-career and beyond are increasingly experiencing a need for meaningful engagement beyond the traditional age of retirement.  The “encore career” movement’s aim is to harness the energy of older and experienced adults by redefining work, including “second acts for the greater good”. 

    Leslie Mulligan
    Bio  

     

    Building Confidence for Women at the Negotiation Table

    Lack of confidence in negotiating can hurt our short-term effectiveness and long-term success – yet women often shy away from bargaining. Join Leslie Mulligan of Watershed Associates to identify and embrace your personal negotiation strengths and tackle innate challenges – achieve success for ourselves and for our teams, and get what you want in 2017!

    Henry Lescault 
    Bio

     

    Present with Power, Punch, and Pizzazz!

    Using some simple techniques and methods, speakers can harness and reduce their anxiety levels when delivering presentations of any type to any audience. Everyone deals with some level of anxiety when presenting to audiences, however breaking free from those chilling feelings of fear and dread are well within everyone’s grasp.

    Donna Pearring
    Bio

     

    Be at Your Best – Utilize the LifeGPS® to enable you to show up at your best at work, at home and in your community

    Most stressed out professionals know they need to change but don’t know where to start. Everyone talks about work-life balance but hardly anyone has it. That’s because it’s the wrong goal. In this session, participants will experience a simple, practical, and actionable way to shift the conversation to a personal leadership strategy that helps professionals show up at their best and live happier, healthier and more productive lives. Utilizing the Life GPS®, a proven self-management tool from the best-selling book Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative, Donna will teach you how to follow through on a better goal — living life at your best.

     

    Michelle Coletti
    Bio 

     

    Marcie Cheney
    Bio 

     

    How Did We Get Here?: An Interactive panel Discussion on Leadership Values, Mentoring and Choice
    Navigating a career path can be a challenging and often daunting task as you consider how the options and opportunities will affect your professional and personal life.
    Join Marcie and Michelle as they share how they achieved success, and how you can leverage your own strengths, as well as the advice of mentors to achieve your professional objectives.

     

     Click here to learn more about sponsorship levels. 

    Click here to download sponsorship registration form. 

    Thank you to our 2017 Sponsors 

     

    Lead Sponsor

     

    Founding Patron

    CGI

     

    Patron 

     

    Attain

    Criterion

     Annual Gold Sponsor 

    AT&T Logo

    Silver Sponsor 

     

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    Copper Sponsor 

    Accenture 

    Altamira Technologies Corporation 

    American Institute for Research 

    The Carlyle Group

    Dewberry 

    EagleBank 

    Evans Incorporated 

    IntegrityOne

    Jasmin El Kordi and Michael Yun

    Morrison and Foerster LLP

    Navigant

    Reed Smith LLP

    North Highland Company

    Unanet  

    Executive 

    CenturyLink

    Colin Family Mediation Group LLC

    Cordia Partners

    John and Karen Fagelson

    Law Office of Jennifer S. Joffe PLC

    Snap Inc. 

    Sprowls, Dicken & Key Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors 

    Surovell, Isaacs, Petersen & Levy PLC

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Thank you for you interest in The Women’s Center 31st Annual Leadership Conference. Register Now.