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Date
December 4, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Location
New York City, NY
Mon, Dec 4, 2017 - 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Regent (Level 2)

Dale Carnegie Training: Skills Enhancement: Coaching For Performance Improvement

PRE-EVENT WORKSHOP

Additional Investment Required To Attend

Please Click Here to register to attend and review pricing
Space is Limited
Early Bird Pricing expires October 27th

Skills Enhancement: Coaching For Performance Improvement

Coaching is about providing support and advice to help an individual recognize ways in which they can improve their effectiveness and performance. Coaching has traditionally been employed to address poor or struggling performer improve. Fast forward to today’s workplace and coaching is now recognized as a solid methodology for encouraging strong performers to grow and improve even faster. This session will show how effective leaders use coaching to provide direction, instruction, and training to help their team members grow skills and achieve objectives.
This skills enhancement session will help attendees master 3 key coaching strategies:

  1. Understand today’s cycle of growth and change and how it relates to training
  2. Apply the steps of the coaching process to improve performance in others
  3. Identify additional approaches to develop people
 Download to your calendar 
Mon, Dec 4, 2017 - 12:00 pm to 6:15 pm

West Promenade (Level 3)

Registration
 Download to your calendar 
Mon, Dec 4, 2017 - 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Regent (Level 2)

Dale Carnegie Training: Skills Enhancement: How To Win Business And Engage Audiences With Storytelling

PRE-EVENT WORKSHOP

Additional Investment Required To Attend

Please Click Here to register to attend and review pricing
Space is Limited
Early Bird Pricing expires October 27th

Skills Enhancement: How To Win Business and Engage Audiences With Storytelling

The amount of time presenters have to capture the attention of their audience is dwindling. As soon as a speaker utters their first word the countdown begins. Only individuals and teams that have something interesting to say are the ones that win new business, influence customers, and partners and engage colleagues.

This session will help attendees:

  1.  Identify how storytelling captures the attention of their audience
  2. Enhance communication with memorable anecdotes and parables
  3. Use stories that creatively deliver key messages and takeaways
  4. Demonstrate storytelling skills that make an impact and prompt action
 Download to your calendar 
Mon, Dec 4, 2017 - 4:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Grand Ballroom (Level 3)

Opening Remarks: The State Of Women In The Channel & Beyond

The Women of the Channel Conference is all about advancing women in IT and business. Lisa MacKenzie, Partner and SVP of The Channel Co. will discuss the findings recent research finding along with her perspective on how women can improve their skill set in a rapidly changing market and move forward. MacKenzie, an industry veteran and one of the most prominent women in the channel today, will also discuss how the Women of the Channel conference has expanded globally and beyond just the high-tech industry.

 

 Download to your calendar 
Mon, Dec 4, 2017 - 4:30 pm to 5:15 pm

Grand Ballroom (Level 3)

Opening Keynote: Accelerating Your Impact In 2018

As we round out 2017 and think about our professional goals for 2018, there is no better time to share the research that is catapulting professional women in their desired direction. After meeting with tens of thousands of women, there is no doubt that women are effective in their current role but, many struggle to expand their scope of expertise and impact. In this interactive keynote, JJ DiGeronimo will share specific professional strategies she wishes she had decades ago to create the alignment, brand, and momentum to accelerate professional impact. With more than 20 years of experience in the tech industry, DiGeronimo is no stranger to navigating the twists and turns of moving from entry level to leadership positions. She learned firsthand that securing that next position, a seat on a board, or even launching a new initiative often requires professionals to enhance their relevance, establish new career sponsors, and expand their professional networks.

Professionals who attend this session will walk away with:

  • Bold strategies to increase professional relevance 
  • Step-by-step actions to identify and tap into career catalysts
  • Insight for project and career alignment
 Download to your calendar 
Mon, Dec 4, 2017 - 5:15 pm to 5:45 pm

Grand Ballroom (Level 3)

Women Of The Channel In The Spotlight: Success Stories

Women of the Channel attendees will hear from today's leaders on a wide range of issues spanning industry challenges and opportunities professional advancement and their secrets to success. Spotlight speakers who represent some of today's most important brands will take their turn to share their insight and formula for success. Speakers will share their tips for success based on professional and personal experiences that have shaped theirs careers. Gain insight into how each of these individuals is coping with the rapid pace of change that defines the industry today. This collection of wisdom will help attendees navigate through the one of the most challenging periods in business today.

     Cisco            Riverbed

 Download to your calendar 
Mon, Dec 4, 2017 - 5:45 pm to 6:15 pm

Grand Ballroom (Level 3)

Executive Leadership Keynote: Perspectives On How Women In IT & Business Can Advance

Verizon

 Download to your calendar 
Mon, Dec 4, 2017 - 6:15 pm to 7:15 pm

Americas Hall 1

Welcome Reception

Sponsored by:

AT&T

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Tue, Dec 5, 2017 - 6:00 am to 6:45 am

South Center (Level 2)

Morning Yoga

 Download to your calendar 
Tue, Dec 5, 2017 - 7:30 am to 5:00 pm

West Promenade (Level 3)

Registration
 Download to your calendar 
Tue, Dec 5, 2017 - 7:30 am to 8:00 am

Americas Hall 1 (Level 3)

Peer To Peer Networking Breakfast
 Download to your calendar 
Tue, Dec 5, 2017 - 8:15 am to 9:00 am

Grand Ballroom (Level 3)

Keynote: Power-Up! Fuse Your Brand And Your Culture To Fuel Your Organization

Great places to work offer more than foosball tables and generous perks – and great brands are built through more than creative marketing. The world’s greatest companies integrate their cultures and their brands -- and leverage their combined power to fuel their growth and future-proof their businesses.  Brand-building expert Denise Lee Yohn reveals the secrets to achieving this powerful combination and shows you how to unlock the full potential of your organization. Yohn will be joined on stage for an interactive Q&A with Women of the Channel Board member Tiffani Bova and fielding questions from audience members.

 

 Download to your calendar 
Tue, Dec 5, 2017 - 9:00 am to 9:30 am

Grand Ballroom (Level 3)

Executive Leadership Keynote: Finding Your Line Of Sight

On the path to success, each of us are certain to be met with both obstacles and opportunities that will shape our journeys and challenge the direction we are headed. To stay the course and achieve our objectives requires passion, action, conviction and focus. In this session, HP Inc.'s Stephanie Dismore will share her formula for success along with inspiration on how women can find their line of sight, drawing upon insights and experiences from her nearly 20-year career in the IT industry.

HP Inc.

 Download to your calendar 
Tue, Dec 5, 2017 - 9:30 am to 10:00 am

Grand Ballroom Foyer (Level 3)

Networking Break & Raffle For A Cause

 Download to your calendar 
Tue, Dec 5, 2017 - 10:15 am to 10:45 am

Grand Ballroom (Level 3)

Women Of The Channel Power Panel: It’s A Brave New Channel World

There is no doubt that massive changes are sweeping through the channel reshaping the industry at an unprecedented pace. Witness the recent wave of mergers at the top of the Solution Provider 500, the turnover of channel chiefs and partner business models focusing on recurring revenue, services and software. This is all reshaping the future of the channel and, with it, the fundamental relationship between tech supplier and solution provider. So what are the brightest minds in the industry doing to cope with these changes? This panel discussion with CA, Dell EMC, Fortinet and Intel will explore the strategic plans of today’s leading tech suppliers and the steps they are taking to thrive in this brave new channel world.

 

       Fortinet

 Download to your calendar 
Tue, Dec 5, 2017 - 11:00 am to 11:30 am

Grand Ballroom (Level 3)

Keynote Panel: Value Yourself: Avoid The Trap Of Imposter Experiences

This session will focus on how women in business must come to grips with how to value themselves and avoid the trap of feeling like an imposter. A panel of presenters will provide tips and insight to help women build their confidence. There are many high-achieving individuals who can’t internalize their accomplishments and persistently fear being exposed as a fraud. There are some women who accidentally fall into a career in business never imagining themselves in an executive role. They worry about whether they truly belong. Panelists, some who fell into their careers and others who carefully planned—will discuss their shared experiences. All have been or seen other colleagues, both men and women, in the imposter trap and will offer their views on why this still occurs. 

Key takeaways include:

  • How to track and monitor accomplishments
  • Setting goals and how to achieve them
  • Evaluating strengths and weaknesses with a plan for building up and honing strengths 
  • How to identify and nurture supportive people for both personal and professional advancement
  • How to accept and build strength from compliments
 Download to your calendar 
Tue, Dec 5, 2017 - 11:45 am to 12:30 pm

Sutton North (Level 2)

Breakout Session: Disciplines Of Powerful Leadership

This session will examine the six disciplines of powerful leaders who foster a positive, productive, innovative and high-performing company.  These leaders love their teams and show genuine interest in their employees. They see them as human beings. They also give praise which shows that a leader is paying attention even if it is attention to the small things. Attendees will also gain insight into the other disciplines of powerful leadership including how to use power sparingly and how they surround themselves with high-performing individuals who can help grown the corporate culture. For the sixth and final discipline, attendees will have to show up to hear it and engage in a powerful discussion.

 

 Download to your calendar 
Tue, Dec 5, 2017 - 11:45 am to 12:30 pm

Regent (Level 2)

Breakout Session: Moving In The Moment: Improve Well Being And De-Stress With Joan Pagano

No time for the gym or for routine workouts?  In this session, women will discover how Joan Pagano's method for "Moving in the Moment” can improve well-being by helping them de-stress, limber up, stay strong and feel more confident. Pagano will demonstrate how short exercise intervals that women can use to stretch in the morning, noon and evening. Learn the four bodyweight exercises that provide a mini full-body conditioning workout that can be done anytime, anywhere. Find out how anyone can work their core body while just sitting at a desk.  All exercises can be done without equipment and in a matter of minutes to provide a road map for moving more throughout the day. Join this session for interactive exercises and Q&A. For those attending this session, prepare to work up a virtual sweat or feel free to wear your sneakers and get some exercise. 

 

 Download to your calendar 
Tue, Dec 5, 2017 - 11:45 am to 12:30 pm

Sutton South (Level 2)

Breakout Session: Strategies For Managing Bullying & Harassment In The Workplace

The recent tidal wave of news started by the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment disclosures is having a profound impact on the workplace. There is little doubt that the workplace is going to change for the better---permanently—but the road there is going to be bumpy for a while. Everyone is or should be examining their own behavior toward co-workers, colleagues, customers and partners. Managers, more than ever, bear a greater responsibility to lead by example and ensure that bad actors and bad actions are not tolerated and identified early. So, what’s the strategy of today’s managers (men and women) for working through this crisis. This session will explore the changes that are taking place in the workplace and the changes yet to come. A panel will discuss the tools and strategies every manager needs to deal with bullying in the workplace and for protecting their team members and workers from harassment. The panel discussion will dive deeper into what every manager needs to know.

 Download to your calendar 
Tue, Dec 5, 2017 - 12:30 pm to 1:45 pm

Grand Ballroom (Level 3)

Luncheon Keynote: The Author's Interview By Adriana Trigiani Featuring Special Guest Elizabeth Vargas

One of America's most prolific and beloved authors will interview and conduct a WotC discussion with one of the country's most accomplished broadcast journalists. Get ready for a conversation between Adriana Trigiani and Elizabeth Vargas that will be entertaining, enlightening, illuminating and all together unpredictable. The two will share their accomplishments, the challenges they faced in their careers and, of course, their advice for women looking to advance their careers and enhance their personal lives. The highlight will no doubt be Trigiani discussing her smash hit "Kiss Carlo," and Vargas' insight from her best-selling memoir "Between Breaths." Attendees will also have an opportunity to ask both questions in this interactive discussion—a first for WotC.

 Download to your calendar 
Tue, Dec 5, 2017 - 1:45 pm to 2:30 pm

Grand Ballroom Foyer (Level 3)

Networking Break & Raffle For A Cause

 Download to your calendar 
Tue, Dec 5, 2017 - 2:45 pm to 3:30 pm

Sutton North (Level 2)

Breakout Session:Speak Up: How To Become An Effective Conference Speaker

Speaking at a conference is a great way to raise the profile of your company’s brand while positioning yourself as a thought leader. Whether you have already spoken at several events or never stepped on stage, this session will outline the steps you must take to become an effective conference speaker. Practical exercises and tips will demonstrate how to step up; speak up; Don’t mess up; Put your hand up; and Keep your head up during your journey toward speaking success.

Key takeaways include:

  • How to increase your chances of being selected as a featured conference speaker.
  • How to target the right events and be sure that each speaking opportunity meets both your business and personal objectives.
  • How to develop memorable presentation topics that will resonate with your target audiences.
  • What you should never do once you step on stage. The speaker will offer tips and tricks for building a speaking platform based on more than a decade of experience.
  • Gain the knowledge you need to ensure you never miss a conference opportunity again.
 Download to your calendar 
Tue, Dec 5, 2017 - 2:45 pm to 3:30 pm

Regent (Level 2)

Breakout Session: Lean In? Women In Tech Need To Stand Their Ground

In 2010, Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, gave an electrifying TED Talk in which she described how women unknowingly hold themselves back in their careers. Her talk, which was later captured in her book, “Lean In,” advised women to push ahead in their career by raising their hand for more opportunities. Adrienne Weissman believes that women in tech shouldn’t just ‘lean in’ to advance their careers. Rather, women need to stand their ground in order to become a disruptive force in the tech space. Women shouldn’t have to continuously ask for more opportunities and responsibilities just to prove they’re equal to their male coworkers. Instead, women should have the same quality of life as their male counterparts, i.e. equal pay, opportunities and respect.

Weissman will discuss the following:

  • Why companies with women in visible roles do better at hiring women because they’re actively seeking them out.
  • The importance of remaining visible and how to do it via speaking engagements, blogging and media interviews 
  • Why public-facing roles make women more visible when leadership roles become available.
  • To secure more change, women need to stand their ground professionally.
  • How to develop a marketing voice and remain on message.
  • How women can develop and practice their short speech and tie that message to their goals.
  • The importance of setting professional boundaries, addressing problems head on and the art of saying no.
 Download to your calendar 
Tue, Dec 5, 2017 - 2:45 pm to 3:30 pm

Sutton South (Level 3)

Breakout Session: Q&A With Singer Mary Sarah Of The Voice: Inside The World Of Entertainment & Tech

America embraced Mary Sarah after her blind audition on the hit television show The Voice. Her undeniable talent and infectious spirit have since kept her in the spotlight after finishing fifth on season 10 of the show. In this special WotC session, Mary Sarah will be interviewed by Cisco's Michelle Ragusa-McBain to discuss her experience as a young woman competing on such a global stage along with her efforts to launch a career in entertainment. Mary Sarah, and entertainers like her, are no doubt at the intersection of entertainment, technology and business. Mary Sarah will address how young entertainers are using social media along with how music artists must adjust to a world of dominated by streaming services such as Apple Music which do not necessarily reward artists as much as people believe. Attendees will have a chance to ask Mary Sarah questions about how her she is succeeding in a highly competitive world and what role technology plays.

 

 Download to your calendar 
Tue, Dec 5, 2017 - 3:45 pm to 4:15 pm

Grand Ballroom (Level 3)

Women Of The Channel In The Spotlight: Success Stories

Women of the Channel attendees will hear from today's leaders on a wide range of issues spanning industry challenges and opportunities professional advancement and their secrets to success. Spotlight speakers who represent some of today's most important brands will take their turn to share their insight and formula for success. Speakers will share their tips for success based on professional and personal experiences that have shaped theirs careers. Gain insight into how each of these individuals is coping with the rapid pace of change that defines the industry today. This collection of wisdom will help attendees navigate through the one of the most challenging periods in business today.

                                  

 Download to your calendar 
Tue, Dec 5, 2017 - 4:15 pm to 4:45 pm

Grand Ballroom (Level 3)

Executive Leadership Keynote: Character-Driven Leadership: Lessons Learned And Key Success Factors

Tech Data

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Tue, Dec 5, 2017 - 4:45 pm to 5:30 pm

Grand Ballroom (Level 3)

Closing Keynote: Greta Van Susteren's Views On America

Hear the views from one of America’s most accomplished and travelled television news commentators. Greta Van Susteren’s career has spanned CNN, Fox News and MSNBC. She is perhaps best known for her 14-year run on FNC and her prime-time interviews with hundreds of leaders, celebrities and prominent politicians. She has had sit downs with Presidents—Bush, Clinton and Obama--along with prominent members of Congress, international leaders, and professional athletes. Few can forget her coverage of the O.J. Simpson trial and saga—a highlight of her broadcast journalism career which earned Van Susteren a place on Forbes’ list of the 100 most powerful women in the world. She is now playing a prominent role on social media and will discuss her new book “Everything You Need to Know About Social Media Without Having to Ask a Kid.”

 Download to your calendar 
Tue, Dec 5, 2017 - 5:30 pm to 5:45 pm

Grand Ballroom (Level 3)

Raffle For A Cause

 Download to your calendar 
Tue, Dec 5, 2017 - 5:45 pm to 6:45 pm

Americas Hall 1 (Level 3)

Closing Reception

MicroFocus

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Mon, Dec 4, 2017 - 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Regent (Level 2)

Dale Carnegie Training: Skills Enhancement: Coaching For Performance Improvement

PRE-EVENT WORKSHOP

Additional Investment Required To Attend

Please Click Here to register to attend and review pricing
Space is Limited
Early Bird Pricing expires October 27th

Skills Enhancement: Coaching For Performance Improvement

Coaching is about providing support and advice to help an individual recognize ways in which they can improve their effectiveness and performance. Coaching has traditionally been employed to address poor or struggling performer improve. Fast forward to today’s workplace and coaching is now recognized as a solid methodology for encouraging strong performers to grow and improve even faster. This session will show how effective leaders use coaching to provide direction, instruction, and training to help their team members grow skills and achieve objectives.
This skills enhancement session will help attendees master 3 key coaching strategies:

  1. Understand today’s cycle of growth and change and how it relates to training
  2. Apply the steps of the coaching process to improve performance in others
  3. Identify additional approaches to develop people
 Download to your calendar 
Mon, Dec 4, 2017 - 12:00 pm to 6:15 pm

West Promenade (Level 3)

Registration
 Download to your calendar 
Mon, Dec 4, 2017 - 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Regent (Level 2)

Dale Carnegie Training: Skills Enhancement: How To Win Business And Engage Audiences With Storytelling

PRE-EVENT WORKSHOP

Additional Investment Required To Attend

Please Click Here to register to attend and review pricing
Space is Limited
Early Bird Pricing expires October 27th

Skills Enhancement: How To Win Business and Engage Audiences With Storytelling

The amount of time presenters have to capture the attention of their audience is dwindling. As soon as a speaker utters their first word the countdown begins. Only individuals and teams that have something interesting to say are the ones that win new business, influence customers, and partners and engage colleagues.

This session will help attendees:

  1.  Identify how storytelling captures the attention of their audience
  2. Enhance communication with memorable anecdotes and parables
  3. Use stories that creatively deliver key messages and takeaways
  4. Demonstrate storytelling skills that make an impact and prompt action
 Download to your calendar 
Mon, Dec 4, 2017 - 4:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Grand Ballroom (Level 3)

Opening Remarks: The State Of Women In The Channel & Beyond

The Women of the Channel Conference is all about advancing women in IT and business. Lisa MacKenzie, Partner and SVP of The Channel Co. will discuss the findings recent research finding along with her perspective on how women can improve their skill set in a rapidly changing market and move forward. MacKenzie, an industry veteran and one of the most prominent women in the channel today, will also discuss how the Women of the Channel conference has expanded globally and beyond just the high-tech industry.

 

 Download to your calendar 
Mon, Dec 4, 2017 - 4:30 pm to 5:15 pm

Grand Ballroom (Level 3)

Opening Keynote: Accelerating Your Impact In 2018

As we round out 2017 and think about our professional goals for 2018, there is no better time to share the research that is catapulting professional women in their desired direction. After meeting with tens of thousands of women, there is no doubt that women are effective in their current role but, many struggle to expand their scope of expertise and impact. In this interactive keynote, JJ DiGeronimo will share specific professional strategies she wishes she had decades ago to create the alignment, brand, and momentum to accelerate professional impact. With more than 20 years of experience in the tech industry, DiGeronimo is no stranger to navigating the twists and turns of moving from entry level to leadership positions. She learned firsthand that securing that next position, a seat on a board, or even launching a new initiative often requires professionals to enhance their relevance, establish new career sponsors, and expand their professional networks.

Professionals who attend this session will walk away with:

  • Bold strategies to increase professional relevance 
  • Step-by-step actions to identify and tap into career catalysts
  • Insight for project and career alignment
 Download to your calendar 
Mon, Dec 4, 2017 - 5:15 pm to 5:45 pm

Grand Ballroom (Level 3)

Women Of The Channel In The Spotlight: Success Stories

Women of the Channel attendees will hear from today's leaders on a wide range of issues spanning industry challenges and opportunities professional advancement and their secrets to success. Spotlight speakers who represent some of today's most important brands will take their turn to share their insight and formula for success. Speakers will share their tips for success based on professional and personal experiences that have shaped theirs careers. Gain insight into how each of these individuals is coping with the rapid pace of change that defines the industry today. This collection of wisdom will help attendees navigate through the one of the most challenging periods in business today.

     Cisco            Riverbed

 Download to your calendar 
Mon, Dec 4, 2017 - 5:45 pm to 6:15 pm

Grand Ballroom (Level 3)

Executive Leadership Keynote: Perspectives On How Women In IT & Business Can Advance

Verizon

 Download to your calendar 
Mon, Dec 4, 2017 - 6:15 pm to 7:15 pm

Americas Hall 1

Welcome Reception

Sponsored by:

AT&T

 Download to your calendar 
Tue, Dec 5, 2017 - 6:00 am to 6:45 am

South Center (Level 2)

Morning Yoga

 Download to your calendar 
Tue, Dec 5, 2017 - 7:30 am to 5:00 pm

West Promenade (Level 3)

Registration
 Download to your calendar 
Tue, Dec 5, 2017 - 7:30 am to 8:00 am

Americas Hall 1 (Level 3)

Peer To Peer Networking Breakfast
 Download to your calendar 
Tue, Dec 5, 2017 - 8:15 am to 9:00 am

Grand Ballroom (Level 3)

Keynote: Power-Up! Fuse Your Brand And Your Culture To Fuel Your Organization

Great places to work offer more than foosball tables and generous perks – and great brands are built through more than creative marketing. The world’s greatest companies integrate their cultures and their brands -- and leverage their combined power to fuel their growth and future-proof their businesses.  Brand-building expert Denise Lee Yohn reveals the secrets to achieving this powerful combination and shows you how to unlock the full potential of your organization. Yohn will be joined on stage for an interactive Q&A with Women of the Channel Board member Tiffani Bova and fielding questions from audience members.

 

 Download to your calendar 
Tue, Dec 5, 2017 - 9:00 am to 9:30 am

Grand Ballroom (Level 3)

Executive Leadership Keynote: Finding Your Line Of Sight

On the path to success, each of us are certain to be met with both obstacles and opportunities that will shape our journeys and challenge the direction we are headed. To stay the course and achieve our objectives requires passion, action, conviction and focus. In this session, HP Inc.'s Stephanie Dismore will share her formula for success along with inspiration on how women can find their line of sight, drawing upon insights and experiences from her nearly 20-year career in the IT industry.

HP Inc.

 Download to your calendar 
Tue, Dec 5, 2017 - 9:30 am to 10:00 am

Grand Ballroom Foyer (Level 3)

Networking Break & Raffle For A Cause

 Download to your calendar 
Tue, Dec 5, 2017 - 10:15 am to 10:45 am

Grand Ballroom (Level 3)

Women Of The Channel Power Panel: It’s A Brave New Channel World

There is no doubt that massive changes are sweeping through the channel reshaping the industry at an unprecedented pace. Witness the recent wave of mergers at the top of the Solution Provider 500, the turnover of channel chiefs and partner business models focusing on recurring revenue, services and software. This is all reshaping the future of the channel and, with it, the fundamental relationship between tech supplier and solution provider. So what are the brightest minds in the industry doing to cope with these changes? This panel discussion with CA, Dell EMC, Fortinet and Intel will explore the strategic plans of today’s leading tech suppliers and the steps they are taking to thrive in this brave new channel world.

 

       Fortinet

 Download to your calendar 
Tue, Dec 5, 2017 - 11:00 am to 11:30 am

Grand Ballroom (Level 3)

Keynote Panel: Value Yourself: Avoid The Trap Of Imposter Experiences

This session will focus on how women in business must come to grips with how to value themselves and avoid the trap of feeling like an imposter. A panel of presenters will provide tips and insight to help women build their confidence. There are many high-achieving individuals who can’t internalize their accomplishments and persistently fear being exposed as a fraud. There are some women who accidentally fall into a career in business never imagining themselves in an executive role. They worry about whether they truly belong. Panelists, some who fell into their careers and others who carefully planned—will discuss their shared experiences. All have been or seen other colleagues, both men and women, in the imposter trap and will offer their views on why this still occurs. 

Key takeaways include:

  • How to track and monitor accomplishments
  • Setting goals and how to achieve them
  • Evaluating strengths and weaknesses with a plan for building up and honing strengths 
  • How to identify and nurture supportive people for both personal and professional advancement
  • How to accept and build strength from compliments
 Download to your calendar 
Tue, Dec 5, 2017 - 11:45 am to 12:30 pm

Sutton North (Level 2)

Breakout Session: Disciplines Of Powerful Leadership

This session will examine the six disciplines of powerful leaders who foster a positive, productive, innovative and high-performing company.  These leaders love their teams and show genuine interest in their employees. They see them as human beings. They also give praise which shows that a leader is paying attention even if it is attention to the small things. Attendees will also gain insight into the other disciplines of powerful leadership including how to use power sparingly and how they surround themselves with high-performing individuals who can help grown the corporate culture. For the sixth and final discipline, attendees will have to show up to hear it and engage in a powerful discussion.

 

 Download to your calendar 
Tue, Dec 5, 2017 - 11:45 am to 12:30 pm

Regent (Level 2)

Breakout Session: Moving In The Moment: Improve Well Being And De-Stress With Joan Pagano

No time for the gym or for routine workouts?  In this session, women will discover how Joan Pagano's method for "Moving in the Moment” can improve well-being by helping them de-stress, limber up, stay strong and feel more confident. Pagano will demonstrate how short exercise intervals that women can use to stretch in the morning, noon and evening. Learn the four bodyweight exercises that provide a mini full-body conditioning workout that can be done anytime, anywhere. Find out how anyone can work their core body while just sitting at a desk.  All exercises can be done without equipment and in a matter of minutes to provide a road map for moving more throughout the day. Join this session for interactive exercises and Q&A. For those attending this session, prepare to work up a virtual sweat or feel free to wear your sneakers and get some exercise. 

 

 Download to your calendar 
Tue, Dec 5, 2017 - 11:45 am to 12:30 pm

Sutton South (Level 2)

Breakout Session: Strategies For Managing Bullying & Harassment In The Workplace

The recent tidal wave of news started by the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment disclosures is having a profound impact on the workplace. There is little doubt that the workplace is going to change for the better---permanently—but the road there is going to be bumpy for a while. Everyone is or should be examining their own behavior toward co-workers, colleagues, customers and partners. Managers, more than ever, bear a greater responsibility to lead by example and ensure that bad actors and bad actions are not tolerated and identified early. So, what’s the strategy of today’s managers (men and women) for working through this crisis. This session will explore the changes that are taking place in the workplace and the changes yet to come. A panel will discuss the tools and strategies every manager needs to deal with bullying in the workplace and for protecting their team members and workers from harassment. The panel discussion will dive deeper into what every manager needs to know.

 Download to your calendar 
Tue, Dec 5, 2017 - 12:30 pm to 1:45 pm

Grand Ballroom (Level 3)

Luncheon Keynote: The Author's Interview By Adriana Trigiani Featuring Special Guest Elizabeth Vargas

One of America's most prolific and beloved authors will interview and conduct a WotC discussion with one of the country's most accomplished broadcast journalists. Get ready for a conversation between Adriana Trigiani and Elizabeth Vargas that will be entertaining, enlightening, illuminating and all together unpredictable. The two will share their accomplishments, the challenges they faced in their careers and, of course, their advice for women looking to advance their careers and enhance their personal lives. The highlight will no doubt be Trigiani discussing her smash hit "Kiss Carlo," and Vargas' insight from her best-selling memoir "Between Breaths." Attendees will also have an opportunity to ask both questions in this interactive discussion—a first for WotC.

 Download to your calendar 
Tue, Dec 5, 2017 - 1:45 pm to 2:30 pm

Grand Ballroom Foyer (Level 3)

Networking Break & Raffle For A Cause

 Download to your calendar 
Tue, Dec 5, 2017 - 2:45 pm to 3:30 pm

Sutton South (Level 3)

Breakout Session: Q&A With Singer Mary Sarah Of The Voice: Inside The World Of Entertainment & Tech

America embraced Mary Sarah after her blind audition on the hit television show The Voice. Her undeniable talent and infectious spirit have since kept her in the spotlight after finishing fifth on season 10 of the show. In this special WotC session, Mary Sarah will be interviewed by Cisco's Michelle Ragusa-McBain to discuss her experience as a young woman competing on such a global stage along with her efforts to launch a career in entertainment. Mary Sarah, and entertainers like her, are no doubt at the intersection of entertainment, technology and business. Mary Sarah will address how young entertainers are using social media along with how music artists must adjust to a world of dominated by streaming services such as Apple Music which do not necessarily reward artists as much as people believe. Attendees will have a chance to ask Mary Sarah questions about how her she is succeeding in a highly competitive world and what role technology plays.

 

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Tue, Dec 5, 2017 - 2:45 pm to 3:30 pm

Sutton North (Level 2)

Breakout Session:Speak Up: How To Become An Effective Conference Speaker

Speaking at a conference is a great way to raise the profile of your company’s brand while positioning yourself as a thought leader. Whether you have already spoken at several events or never stepped on stage, this session will outline the steps you must take to become an effective conference speaker. Practical exercises and tips will demonstrate how to step up; speak up; Don’t mess up; Put your hand up; and Keep your head up during your journey toward speaking success.

Key takeaways include:

  • How to increase your chances of being selected as a featured conference speaker.
  • How to target the right events and be sure that each speaking opportunity meets both your business and personal objectives.
  • How to develop memorable presentation topics that will resonate with your target audiences.
  • What you should never do once you step on stage. The speaker will offer tips and tricks for building a speaking platform based on more than a decade of experience.
  • Gain the knowledge you need to ensure you never miss a conference opportunity again.
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Tue, Dec 5, 2017 - 2:45 pm to 3:30 pm

Regent (Level 2)

Breakout Session: Lean In? Women In Tech Need To Stand Their Ground

In 2010, Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, gave an electrifying TED Talk in which she described how women unknowingly hold themselves back in their careers. Her talk, which was later captured in her book, “Lean In,” advised women to push ahead in their career by raising their hand for more opportunities. Adrienne Weissman believes that women in tech shouldn’t just ‘lean in’ to advance their careers. Rather, women need to stand their ground in order to become a disruptive force in the tech space. Women shouldn’t have to continuously ask for more opportunities and responsibilities just to prove they’re equal to their male coworkers. Instead, women should have the same quality of life as their male counterparts, i.e. equal pay, opportunities and respect.

Weissman will discuss the following:

  • Why companies with women in visible roles do better at hiring women because they’re actively seeking them out.
  • The importance of remaining visible and how to do it via speaking engagements, blogging and media interviews 
  • Why public-facing roles make women more visible when leadership roles become available.
  • To secure more change, women need to stand their ground professionally.
  • How to develop a marketing voice and remain on message.
  • How women can develop and practice their short speech and tie that message to their goals.
  • The importance of setting professional boundaries, addressing problems head on and the art of saying no.
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Tue, Dec 5, 2017 - 3:45 pm to 4:15 pm

Grand Ballroom (Level 3)

Women Of The Channel In The Spotlight: Success Stories

Women of the Channel attendees will hear from today's leaders on a wide range of issues spanning industry challenges and opportunities professional advancement and their secrets to success. Spotlight speakers who represent some of today's most important brands will take their turn to share their insight and formula for success. Speakers will share their tips for success based on professional and personal experiences that have shaped theirs careers. Gain insight into how each of these individuals is coping with the rapid pace of change that defines the industry today. This collection of wisdom will help attendees navigate through the one of the most challenging periods in business today.

                                  

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Tue, Dec 5, 2017 - 4:15 pm to 4:45 pm

Grand Ballroom (Level 3)

Executive Leadership Keynote: Character-Driven Leadership: Lessons Learned And Key Success Factors

Tech Data

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Tue, Dec 5, 2017 - 4:45 pm to 5:30 pm

Grand Ballroom (Level 3)

Closing Keynote: Greta Van Susteren's Views On America

Hear the views from one of America’s most accomplished and travelled television news commentators. Greta Van Susteren’s career has spanned CNN, Fox News and MSNBC. She is perhaps best known for her 14-year run on FNC and her prime-time interviews with hundreds of leaders, celebrities and prominent politicians. She has had sit downs with Presidents—Bush, Clinton and Obama--along with prominent members of Congress, international leaders, and professional athletes. Few can forget her coverage of the O.J. Simpson trial and saga—a highlight of her broadcast journalism career which earned Van Susteren a place on Forbes’ list of the 100 most powerful women in the world. She is now playing a prominent role on social media and will discuss her new book “Everything You Need to Know About Social Media Without Having to Ask a Kid.”

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Tue, Dec 5, 2017 - 5:30 pm to 5:45 pm

Grand Ballroom (Level 3)

Raffle For A Cause

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Tue, Dec 5, 2017 - 5:45 pm to 6:45 pm

Americas Hall 1 (Level 3)

Closing Reception

MicroFocus

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Call for Speakers

At XChange Events, we strive to deliver rich content to our audiences. We see industry experts, inspirational leaders and individuals with unique perspectives. We are always interested in learning about prospective speakers for our events. If you would like to be considered, please complete and submit a form to tell us a little about yourself and what you would like to present