wotc_napaheader_fin_soldout_website_final-01.png
jennifer_pharr_davis_wotc_website_header_2017_nat_geo-01.png
sue_enquist_wotc_website_header_2017-01.png
wotc_channelco_slider_events-01_0.jpg
Date
May 16, 2017 to May 17, 2017
Location
Napa Valley, CA
Mon, May 15, 2017 - 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Vineyard Terrace

The Perfect Bite Challenge

Open your mind and palate to playing with your food in this team-focused wine experience. Taste a series of wine flights against flavors such as salt, sweet, sour, bitter, and umami. Apply what is learned to build the perfect appetizer bite paired with wine by using an assortment of accoutrements. Put your bite up against other teams for a panel of judges to decide on a specific criteria of balance and pair ability with wine.

The Perfect Bite Challenge - Register Here

Image result for the wine militia

 Download to your calendar 
Tue, May 16, 2017 - 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Carneros A-C

Women of the Channel West Career Pursuits Workshop Brought To You By Sirius

(By Invitation Only)


The Future Is Yours: Career Paths For Young Women
Women of the Channel West has launched a special workshop for young women who are trying to visualize their career paths. This pre-event workshop is designed to help women in college and STEM-focused high-school students identify opportunities in the booming tech industry. The Women of the Channel Career Pursuits Workshop will cover a wide range of issues, including opportunities in the IT services and high-tech industries, the importance of internship, landing that first job, and how to build a network of supportive professional women. The content delivered by Women In The Channel and Sirius, is designed to help young women tailor their education to enter the world of IT and prepare them to climb the ladder of success. Established and emerging leaders in high-tech will come together to share their wisdom on the potential paths, hurdles and opportunities that await students. This workshop will feature a promising group of young women from the San Francisco Bay area with the goal of inspiring them to pursue not only technical jobs, but roles in sales, marketing, customer support, IT services and partner management.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW AGENDA

Brought to you by:

 Download to your calendar 
Tue, May 16, 2017 - 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Vineyard Pre-Function

Registration & Refreshment Break

 Download to your calendar 
Tue, May 16, 2017 - 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Carneros J-K

Building Rapport & Confidence For Women: A Special Session Delivered By Dale Carnegie

Building rapport is a critical skill to land a new job, create customer loyalty or grow your own business.  Rapport leads to trust which allows more information to be shared, doors to be opened and long-term relationships to be developed. Join a special Women of the Channel West workshop conducted by Dale Carnegie leadership trainers who teach professionals to sharpen skills and  improve performance. Key takeaways include:

  • The fundamentals for building rapport
  • Effective ways to establish credibility and initiate relationships
  • Human relations principles for personal and professional success

Dale Carnegie training emphasizes practical principles and processes by designing programs that offer people the knowledge, skills and practices they need to add value to the business. Connecting proven solutions with real-world challenges, Dale Carnegie training is recognized internationally as the leader in bringing out the best in people.

 Download to your calendar 
Tue, May 16, 2017 - 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Carneros J-K

Assertively Disagree Agreeably: A Special Session Delivered By Dale Carnegie

Disagreements, from time to time, are not only inevitable, but are a natural dynamic that develop between people. Many women actively try to avoid disagreements to maintain a peaceful and cooperative environment. Yet, women can gain so much from people who have different opinions, if they can learn to view these situations as learning opportunities and deal with them in an agreeable and professional way. . Join a special Women of the Channel West workshop conducted by Dale Carnegie leadership trainers who teach professionals to sharpen skills and improve performance. Key takeaways include:

  • Express Your Opinions in Ways that Allow for Acceptance
  • React Effectively when Dealing with Differences
  • Give Others the Benefit of the Doubt
  • Control Your Emotions

Dale Carnegie training emphasizes practical principles and processes by designing programs that offer people the knowledge, skills and practices they need to add value to the business. Connecting proven solutions with real-world challenges, Dale Carnegie training is recognized internationally as the leader in bringing out the best in people.

 Download to your calendar 
Tue, May 16, 2017 - 4:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Meritage Ballroom

Women Of The Channel West Opening Remarks & Special Napa Welcome


 

 Download to your calendar 
Tue, May 16, 2017 - 4:30 pm to 5:15 pm

Meritage Ballroom

Opening Keynote: Chasing Excellence: What Makes Winners

Sue Enquist chased excellence her entire career as head coach of the UCLA Bruins women’s softball team. She finished her 27-year career with a 887-175-1 (.835) record, making her the winningest softball coach among all active coaches. So what is her secret for developing a winning mindset? Enquist will share the daily micro behaviors which create a person's competitive intelligence. She will help women get smart and specific around what it really takes to be at their personal best and a consistent influencer in the work place. Enquist’ formula produced 65 All-Americans and 15 Olympians. Her philosophy of life, leadership, and competition can be explained in three words—prepare, love, honor. Anything worthy of your passion should embrace this approach--whether it’s achieving success in business, growing a service organization or leading an athletic team to victory.

 Download to your calendar 
Tue, May 16, 2017 - 5:15 pm to 5:45 pm

Meritage Ballroom

Executive Leadership Keynote: What’s In Your Leadership Bag? The 10 Essentials Every Woman Needs To Carry With Her

The beauty of longevity is that you learn a few essential lessons along the way.   Sometimes they are picked up from your network and sometimes from your own personal journey.   Your experiences,  adventures and even a few mistakes stay with you and become part of who you are and how you lead.  Join IBM’s Michele Stern, a cornerstone in the company’s channel business, as she shares her leadership style and how these best practices can apply to women leaders everywhere.  

IBM

 Download to your calendar 
Tue, May 16, 2017 - 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Meritage Ballroom

Women of the Channel Panel: Management Secrets For Disruptive Times

The channel is undergoing a period of rapid change that is reshaping the go-to-market strategies of partners and technology suppliers. Changes are manifesting in the development of innovative partner programs, IT services, digital marketing initiatives and sales engagement. During this period of disruption some companies will get left behind while other organizations thrive and grow. This panel will offer insight on how women leaders or those who aspire to lead can navigate this period of disruption and rapid change. Panelists will share their stories and best practices for coping with change and how their company cultures are shifting.

Talking points for panelists:

  • Discuss how this period of disruption is changing your company and the impact on partners
  • What specific changes have you made in your leadership style to help navigate during this period?
  • Be frank about how your organization is coping during this period in terms of what has gone right and what could be improved
  • Share your individual best practices and observations from your company’s senior most leadership
  • How has this period redefined your company’s offerings to the channel in terms of services, programs, marketing or strategic direction?

    

 Download to your calendar 
Tue, May 16, 2017 - 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Oakville & Rutherford Terrace

Welcome Reception

Brought to you by:

 Download to your calendar 
Wed, May 17, 2017 - 6:00 am to 7:00 am

Vineyard Deck

Vinyasa Yoga Morning Flow (All Levels)

Come join Allison for a Vinyasa Morning Yoga Flow class. Beautiful way to start your day!

Vinyasa comes from the Sanskrit word meaning, “flow”. A systematic approach, moving from one pose to the next with the breath. Linking body movement with the breath and moving with intention. Vinyasa yoga is a practice that builds heat, endurance, flexibility, strength and mental focus.

Yoga mats provided.

Bring water, a towel and a smile :)

 Download to your calendar 
Wed, May 17, 2017 - 7:30 am to 5:00 pm

Vineyard Pre-Function

Registration
 Download to your calendar 
Wed, May 17, 2017 - 8:00 am to 8:45 am

Oakville & Rutherford Terrace

Peer Networking Breakfast
 Download to your calendar 
Wed, May 17, 2017 - 9:00 am to 9:45 am

Meritage Ballroom

Keynote: The Future Of Happiness

Happiness is the greatest competitive advantage in the modern economy, yet so often it is seen as a luxury at work.  However, a decade of research shows that training your brain to be positive at work actually fuels greater success. In fact, 75 percent of job success is predicted not by intelligence, but by an individual’s optimism, social support network and the ability to manage energy and stress in a positive way.  It is time to get strategic about how we can raise happiness levels at our organizations to empower teams to reach their full potential. Blankson draws on her unique business experience as the co-founder of GoodThink to empower teams that happiness is a choice, a habit and spreads.  She explains what positive psychology is, how much we can change, and gives practical strategies for reaping the Happiness Advantage in the midst of change and challenge.

 Download to your calendar 
Wed, May 17, 2017 - 9:45 am to 10:15 am

Meritage Ballroom

Executive Leadership Keynote: Secret To Building A Multifaceted Technical Career: Never Stop Learning

Join this session as Microsoft Vice President Gavriella Schuster shares her journey through a career of reinvention, spanning technical and non-technical roles across six role disciplines. Along the way, she raised two children and worked part-time for three years. She will share her strategies for making it all work and what to do when it doesn’t.

 Download to your calendar 
Wed, May 17, 2017 - 10:15 am to 11:00 am

Vineyard Terrace & Fountain Courtyard

Networking Break/Tabletops & Raffle For A Cause

 Download to your calendar 
Wed, May 17, 2017 - 11:15 am to 12:00 pm

Carneros A-C

Breakout Session: Women & Wealth: Create and Manage Wealth for the Long-Term

When it comes to growing and maintaining wealth, women investors face unique opportunities and challenges, primarily because they are living longer. Women hold significant wealth today and that wealth is expected to grow considerably—approximately one-half of U.S. wealth today, increasing to two-thirds in the next 10 years. In addition, 90 percent of women investors will eventually control their family wealth and are likely to inherit twice—once from their parents and then from their spouse—to the tune of up to $12 trillion.  Clearly women need to increase their money-management skills and get educated. This session will be led by Lisa Chapman, managing director, wealth management, wealth advisor of UBS Financial Services and Natalie Barron, vice president, wealth management, senior portfolio manager of UBS Financial Services. Chapman and Barron possess decades of experience helping women manage money and develop investment strategies for their wealth.  They help women--often the primary decision makers over household assets--develop financial confidence. The two will also share a case study of an executive client and the process used to help find solutions for her current situation and create a long-term plan.

 Download to your calendar 
Wed, May 17, 2017 - 11:15 am to 12:00 pm

Carneros D-F

Breakout Session: Design Thinking Live: A Workshop On Chasing Excellence--What Makes Winners

(Pre-registration Required)

How women can make their teams and environments extraordinary spaces to accelerate women in technology. This workshop is a hands-on exploration to better understand the challenges women leaders face. Based on WotC keynote speaker Sue Enquist’s philosophy of life, leadership and competition,  this session will use design thinking to explore each individual’s challenges with the group working together to develop solutions. Teams will walk away with a better perspective and the space to distill, discuss and share keynote highlights. Participants will work through a fast two-step design thinking process. The first examines “What Is” in a group collaboration and in the second half, teams will begin innovating solutions through “What If” brainstorming.

 Download to your calendar 
Wed, May 17, 2017 - 11:15 am to 12:00 pm

Carneros H-K

Breakout Session: Women Need To Do More Than Just Lean In

Beth Crocker is on a mission to help working women realize their true potential as leaders. She has been lighting up the internet with viral blog posts like “An Open Letter to Working Women: We Need to Do More Than Lean IN. We Need to Lead.” Crocker brings over two decades of experience, extensive research and a shoot-from-the-hip communication style to audiences around the country. She shares her story as a female executive working in the male-dominated world of high technology. In this session, Crocker takes Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In” message to a new level.  She offers actionable advice to help women advance beyond mid-level management.  Crocker will present the 5 actions women can take to advance their careers, along with the five behaviors every woman needs to stop doing.  She tops off the interactive session by teaching women how to understand their business strategy and their role in driving success.

 Download to your calendar 
Wed, May 17, 2017 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Oakville & Rutherford Terrace

Networking Luncheon

 Download to your calendar 
Wed, May 17, 2017 - 1:30 pm to 2:15 pm

Carneros H-K

Breakout Session: Extreme Innovation: A Guide For Today’s Leaders

We live in a Shark Tank world where the competition is fierce, the talent is better than ever and threats emerge from all over the globe. Leaders everywhere are seeking to innovate, but doing so is elusive and complex. In fact, 81 percent of CEOs say their teams are not equipped to meet the challenges to compete in today’s marketplace. The new mantra is: innovate or die. Executives are searching for the right answers to remain nimble, innovate quickly, employ lean startup techniques and understand the role diversity plays in driving innovation.

In this session, participants will gain insight into best practices for hiring and innovating. Most importantly, they will see the value of wild ducks. In this session, executives will develop and hone their super powers: agility, speed, telepathy, X-ray vision, and the spidey sense needed to capture their future clients. These insights are based on Sandy Carter’s research of founders and more than 20 years of experience in a Fortune 25 company. Put simply: When companies learn how to innovate, their products become more desirable, their customers turn into advocates and their best employees never want to leave. Key takeaways include:

  • How to identify your levers in your industry
  • Learn and assess your super powers
  • Explore value of innovation outposts, garages and more
  • Increase value among teams
 Download to your calendar 
Wed, May 17, 2017 - 1:30 pm to 2:15 pm

Carneros D-F

Breakout Session: Design Thinking Live: A Workshop On The Future of Happiness

(Pre-registration Required)

How women can make their teams and environments extraordinary spaces to accelerate women in technology. This workshop is a hands-on exploration to better understand the challenges women leaders face. Based WotC keynote speaker Amy Blankson’s inspiring keynote on the future of happiness, this session will use design thinking to explore each individual’s challenges then empower attendees to greater potential. Teams will walk away with a better perspective and the space to distill, discuss and share keynote highlights. Participants will work through a fast two-step design thinking process. The first examines “What Is” in a group collaboration and in the second half, teams will begin innovating solutions through “What If” brainstorming.

 Download to your calendar 
Wed, May 17, 2017 - 1:30 pm to 2:15 pm

Carneros A-C

Breakout Session: Health Is Wealth: A Q&A On Managing Your Way To A Healthier Lifestyle

Women in leadership positions deal with stress every day and that stress can take its toll on their health. Registered dietitian Tawnya Dorn who practices at the Queen of the Valley Medical Center will address how women in tech can take charge of their health. She will offer insight into what she calls better behavior management when it comes to nutrition and lifestyle changes that can result in better health and aging. Everyone wants to be healthier to remain productive at work and vibrant personally.  In this discussion lead by Women of the Channel West Advisory Board member Margaret Dawson of Red Hat, Dorn will help attendees understand how to modify behaviors so they eat healthier, exercise more and better manage their health. Often times, women (and men too) know what they need to do to lose weight or reduce stress but don’t make the right decisions. Dorn will take audience questions on nutrition, diet, exercise and other women’s health issues. Dorn is not only a registered dietitian but a certified diabetes educator as well.

 Download to your calendar 
Wed, May 17, 2017 - 2:15 pm to 3:00 pm

Vineyard Terrace & Fountain Courtyard

Networking Break/Tabletops & Raffle For A Cause

 Download to your calendar 
Wed, May 17, 2017 - 3:15 pm to 3:45 pm

Meritage Ballroom

Channel Leaders In The Spotlight

Meet today’s top IT leaders who will share stories of how to flourish and succeed in the channel. Each executive will take their turn in the “Women of the Channel Spotlight” to discuss how their organization’s solutions, programs and marketing efforts benefit partners. Attendees will gain insight into the strategies these executives are deploying to grow their channel and meet the needs of today’s customers. Executives will offer their views on what women can do to succeed in the channel and IT industry today.

Guidelines: Each presenter will have eight minutes to share their message on the main stage. Presenters should discuss one or more of the following:

  • What their organizations are doing to help partners grow their profit and revenue with new opportunities
  • Details on the company’s newest solutions, programs, marketing or sales initiatives or products
  • Views on new growth opportunities in the channel and industry and how their companies are playing a pivotal role
  • Share some background on your individual efforts and how your organization responded to your ideas and initiatives
  • Case studies of partners or customer success with your organization’s product/services/offerings

 Download to your calendar 
Wed, May 17, 2017 - 3:45 pm to 4:30 pm

Meritage Ballroom

Executive Leadership Keynote: Adapt To Advance

The pace of change is greater than ever and can sometimes feel overwhelming. What can leaders do to experience these challenges as opportunities? Research shows that a growth mindset may be the best tool to adapt and succeed, no matter what the environment. In this session, Lisa Rock of the NeuroLeadership Institute will explore two easy-to-apply habits that will help attendees  better navigate their day-to-day lives and embrace change head on. 

Key takeaways include:

  • Understanding a growth mindset and how to use it to adapt through change 
  • Learning two habits to try, allowing attendees to experiment with a growth mindset 
  • Developing a short action plan to apply growth-mindset techniques after the conference

 

 Download to your calendar 
Wed, May 17, 2017 - 4:30 pm to 5:15 pm

Meritage Ballroom

Closing Keynote: The Pursuit Of Endurance: Realizing Your Talent And Exploring Your Limits

Every journey begins with a single step. When Jennifer Pharr Davis first set foot on the 2,189-mile Appalachian Trail she was a naïve and inexperienced 21-year old. It took five months of mistakes, bad weather and awkward social encounters to reach Maine, but when she arrived she was a different, more confident person. And, she was a much better hiker. Seven years later she returned to the northern terminus to attempt an endurance record on the same trail. This time she covered it in 46 days. In doing so, she became the first woman to set the overall mark. There was no trophy awaiting her final summit, but she carried the lessons of resiliency, adaptability and teamwork off of that last mountain.

 Download to your calendar 
Wed, May 17, 2017 - 5:15 pm to 5:45 pm

Meritage Ballroom

Raffle For A Cause Drawing

 Download to your calendar 
Wed, May 17, 2017 - 5:45 pm to 6:00 pm

Meritage Ballroom

Closing Remarks
 Download to your calendar 
Wed, May 17, 2017 - 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

The Estate Cave & Vineyard Terrace

Closing Cocktail Reception

Sponsored by:

 Download to your calendar 
Thu, Apr 27, 2017 - 5:20 pm
 Download to your calendar 
Mon, May 15, 2017 - 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Vineyard Terrace

The Perfect Bite Challenge

Open your mind and palate to playing with your food in this team-focused wine experience. Taste a series of wine flights against flavors such as salt, sweet, sour, bitter, and umami. Apply what is learned to build the perfect appetizer bite paired with wine by using an assortment of accoutrements. Put your bite up against other teams for a panel of judges to decide on a specific criteria of balance and pair ability with wine.

The Perfect Bite Challenge - Register Here

Image result for the wine militia

 Download to your calendar 
Tue, May 16, 2017 - 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Carneros A-C

Women of the Channel West Career Pursuits Workshop Brought To You By Sirius

(By Invitation Only)


The Future Is Yours: Career Paths For Young Women
Women of the Channel West has launched a special workshop for young women who are trying to visualize their career paths. This pre-event workshop is designed to help women in college and STEM-focused high-school students identify opportunities in the booming tech industry. The Women of the Channel Career Pursuits Workshop will cover a wide range of issues, including opportunities in the IT services and high-tech industries, the importance of internship, landing that first job, and how to build a network of supportive professional women. The content delivered by Women In The Channel and Sirius, is designed to help young women tailor their education to enter the world of IT and prepare them to climb the ladder of success. Established and emerging leaders in high-tech will come together to share their wisdom on the potential paths, hurdles and opportunities that await students. This workshop will feature a promising group of young women from the San Francisco Bay area with the goal of inspiring them to pursue not only technical jobs, but roles in sales, marketing, customer support, IT services and partner management.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW AGENDA

Brought to you by:

 Download to your calendar 
Tue, May 16, 2017 - 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Vineyard Pre-Function

Registration & Refreshment Break

 Download to your calendar 
Tue, May 16, 2017 - 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Carneros J-K

Building Rapport & Confidence For Women: A Special Session Delivered By Dale Carnegie

Building rapport is a critical skill to land a new job, create customer loyalty or grow your own business.  Rapport leads to trust which allows more information to be shared, doors to be opened and long-term relationships to be developed. Join a special Women of the Channel West workshop conducted by Dale Carnegie leadership trainers who teach professionals to sharpen skills and  improve performance. Key takeaways include:

  • The fundamentals for building rapport
  • Effective ways to establish credibility and initiate relationships
  • Human relations principles for personal and professional success

Dale Carnegie training emphasizes practical principles and processes by designing programs that offer people the knowledge, skills and practices they need to add value to the business. Connecting proven solutions with real-world challenges, Dale Carnegie training is recognized internationally as the leader in bringing out the best in people.

 Download to your calendar 
Tue, May 16, 2017 - 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Carneros J-K

Assertively Disagree Agreeably: A Special Session Delivered By Dale Carnegie

Disagreements, from time to time, are not only inevitable, but are a natural dynamic that develop between people. Many women actively try to avoid disagreements to maintain a peaceful and cooperative environment. Yet, women can gain so much from people who have different opinions, if they can learn to view these situations as learning opportunities and deal with them in an agreeable and professional way. . Join a special Women of the Channel West workshop conducted by Dale Carnegie leadership trainers who teach professionals to sharpen skills and improve performance. Key takeaways include:

  • Express Your Opinions in Ways that Allow for Acceptance
  • React Effectively when Dealing with Differences
  • Give Others the Benefit of the Doubt
  • Control Your Emotions

Dale Carnegie training emphasizes practical principles and processes by designing programs that offer people the knowledge, skills and practices they need to add value to the business. Connecting proven solutions with real-world challenges, Dale Carnegie training is recognized internationally as the leader in bringing out the best in people.

 Download to your calendar 
Tue, May 16, 2017 - 4:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Meritage Ballroom

Women Of The Channel West Opening Remarks & Special Napa Welcome


 

 Download to your calendar 
Tue, May 16, 2017 - 4:30 pm to 5:15 pm

Meritage Ballroom

Opening Keynote: Chasing Excellence: What Makes Winners

Sue Enquist chased excellence her entire career as head coach of the UCLA Bruins women’s softball team. She finished her 27-year career with a 887-175-1 (.835) record, making her the winningest softball coach among all active coaches. So what is her secret for developing a winning mindset? Enquist will share the daily micro behaviors which create a person's competitive intelligence. She will help women get smart and specific around what it really takes to be at their personal best and a consistent influencer in the work place. Enquist’ formula produced 65 All-Americans and 15 Olympians. Her philosophy of life, leadership, and competition can be explained in three words—prepare, love, honor. Anything worthy of your passion should embrace this approach--whether it’s achieving success in business, growing a service organization or leading an athletic team to victory.

 Download to your calendar 
Tue, May 16, 2017 - 5:15 pm to 5:45 pm

Meritage Ballroom

Executive Leadership Keynote: What’s In Your Leadership Bag? The 10 Essentials Every Woman Needs To Carry With Her

The beauty of longevity is that you learn a few essential lessons along the way.   Sometimes they are picked up from your network and sometimes from your own personal journey.   Your experiences,  adventures and even a few mistakes stay with you and become part of who you are and how you lead.  Join IBM’s Michele Stern, a cornerstone in the company’s channel business, as she shares her leadership style and how these best practices can apply to women leaders everywhere.  

IBM

 Download to your calendar 
Tue, May 16, 2017 - 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Meritage Ballroom

Women of the Channel Panel: Management Secrets For Disruptive Times

The channel is undergoing a period of rapid change that is reshaping the go-to-market strategies of partners and technology suppliers. Changes are manifesting in the development of innovative partner programs, IT services, digital marketing initiatives and sales engagement. During this period of disruption some companies will get left behind while other organizations thrive and grow. This panel will offer insight on how women leaders or those who aspire to lead can navigate this period of disruption and rapid change. Panelists will share their stories and best practices for coping with change and how their company cultures are shifting.

Talking points for panelists:

  • Discuss how this period of disruption is changing your company and the impact on partners
  • What specific changes have you made in your leadership style to help navigate during this period?
  • Be frank about how your organization is coping during this period in terms of what has gone right and what could be improved
  • Share your individual best practices and observations from your company’s senior most leadership
  • How has this period redefined your company’s offerings to the channel in terms of services, programs, marketing or strategic direction?

    

 Download to your calendar 
Tue, May 16, 2017 - 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Oakville & Rutherford Terrace

Welcome Reception

Brought to you by:

 Download to your calendar 
Wed, May 17, 2017 - 6:00 am to 7:00 am

Vineyard Deck

Vinyasa Yoga Morning Flow (All Levels)

Come join Allison for a Vinyasa Morning Yoga Flow class. Beautiful way to start your day!

Vinyasa comes from the Sanskrit word meaning, “flow”. A systematic approach, moving from one pose to the next with the breath. Linking body movement with the breath and moving with intention. Vinyasa yoga is a practice that builds heat, endurance, flexibility, strength and mental focus.

Yoga mats provided.

Bring water, a towel and a smile :)

 Download to your calendar 
Wed, May 17, 2017 - 7:30 am to 5:00 pm

Vineyard Pre-Function

Registration
 Download to your calendar 
Wed, May 17, 2017 - 8:00 am to 8:45 am

Oakville & Rutherford Terrace

Peer Networking Breakfast
 Download to your calendar 
Wed, May 17, 2017 - 9:00 am to 9:45 am

Meritage Ballroom

Keynote: The Future Of Happiness

Happiness is the greatest competitive advantage in the modern economy, yet so often it is seen as a luxury at work.  However, a decade of research shows that training your brain to be positive at work actually fuels greater success. In fact, 75 percent of job success is predicted not by intelligence, but by an individual’s optimism, social support network and the ability to manage energy and stress in a positive way.  It is time to get strategic about how we can raise happiness levels at our organizations to empower teams to reach their full potential. Blankson draws on her unique business experience as the co-founder of GoodThink to empower teams that happiness is a choice, a habit and spreads.  She explains what positive psychology is, how much we can change, and gives practical strategies for reaping the Happiness Advantage in the midst of change and challenge.

 Download to your calendar 
Wed, May 17, 2017 - 9:45 am to 10:15 am

Meritage Ballroom

Executive Leadership Keynote: Secret To Building A Multifaceted Technical Career: Never Stop Learning

Join this session as Microsoft Vice President Gavriella Schuster shares her journey through a career of reinvention, spanning technical and non-technical roles across six role disciplines. Along the way, she raised two children and worked part-time for three years. She will share her strategies for making it all work and what to do when it doesn’t.

 Download to your calendar 
Wed, May 17, 2017 - 10:15 am to 11:00 am

Vineyard Terrace & Fountain Courtyard

Networking Break/Tabletops & Raffle For A Cause

 Download to your calendar 
Wed, May 17, 2017 - 11:15 am to 12:00 pm

Carneros D-F

Breakout Session: Design Thinking Live: A Workshop On Chasing Excellence--What Makes Winners

(Pre-registration Required)

How women can make their teams and environments extraordinary spaces to accelerate women in technology. This workshop is a hands-on exploration to better understand the challenges women leaders face. Based on WotC keynote speaker Sue Enquist’s philosophy of life, leadership and competition,  this session will use design thinking to explore each individual’s challenges with the group working together to develop solutions. Teams will walk away with a better perspective and the space to distill, discuss and share keynote highlights. Participants will work through a fast two-step design thinking process. The first examines “What Is” in a group collaboration and in the second half, teams will begin innovating solutions through “What If” brainstorming.

 Download to your calendar 
Wed, May 17, 2017 - 11:15 am to 12:00 pm

Carneros H-K

Breakout Session: Women Need To Do More Than Just Lean In

Beth Crocker is on a mission to help working women realize their true potential as leaders. She has been lighting up the internet with viral blog posts like “An Open Letter to Working Women: We Need to Do More Than Lean IN. We Need to Lead.” Crocker brings over two decades of experience, extensive research and a shoot-from-the-hip communication style to audiences around the country. She shares her story as a female executive working in the male-dominated world of high technology. In this session, Crocker takes Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In” message to a new level.  She offers actionable advice to help women advance beyond mid-level management.  Crocker will present the 5 actions women can take to advance their careers, along with the five behaviors every woman needs to stop doing.  She tops off the interactive session by teaching women how to understand their business strategy and their role in driving success.

 Download to your calendar 
Wed, May 17, 2017 - 11:15 am to 12:00 pm

Carneros A-C

Breakout Session: Women & Wealth: Create and Manage Wealth for the Long-Term

When it comes to growing and maintaining wealth, women investors face unique opportunities and challenges, primarily because they are living longer. Women hold significant wealth today and that wealth is expected to grow considerably—approximately one-half of U.S. wealth today, increasing to two-thirds in the next 10 years. In addition, 90 percent of women investors will eventually control their family wealth and are likely to inherit twice—once from their parents and then from their spouse—to the tune of up to $12 trillion.  Clearly women need to increase their money-management skills and get educated. This session will be led by Lisa Chapman, managing director, wealth management, wealth advisor of UBS Financial Services and Natalie Barron, vice president, wealth management, senior portfolio manager of UBS Financial Services. Chapman and Barron possess decades of experience helping women manage money and develop investment strategies for their wealth.  They help women--often the primary decision makers over household assets--develop financial confidence. The two will also share a case study of an executive client and the process used to help find solutions for her current situation and create a long-term plan.

 Download to your calendar 
Wed, May 17, 2017 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Oakville & Rutherford Terrace

Networking Luncheon

 Download to your calendar 
Wed, May 17, 2017 - 1:30 pm to 2:15 pm

Carneros D-F

Breakout Session: Design Thinking Live: A Workshop On The Future of Happiness

(Pre-registration Required)

How women can make their teams and environments extraordinary spaces to accelerate women in technology. This workshop is a hands-on exploration to better understand the challenges women leaders face. Based WotC keynote speaker Amy Blankson’s inspiring keynote on the future of happiness, this session will use design thinking to explore each individual’s challenges then empower attendees to greater potential. Teams will walk away with a better perspective and the space to distill, discuss and share keynote highlights. Participants will work through a fast two-step design thinking process. The first examines “What Is” in a group collaboration and in the second half, teams will begin innovating solutions through “What If” brainstorming.

 Download to your calendar 
Wed, May 17, 2017 - 1:30 pm to 2:15 pm

Carneros A-C

Breakout Session: Health Is Wealth: A Q&A On Managing Your Way To A Healthier Lifestyle

Women in leadership positions deal with stress every day and that stress can take its toll on their health. Registered dietitian Tawnya Dorn who practices at the Queen of the Valley Medical Center will address how women in tech can take charge of their health. She will offer insight into what she calls better behavior management when it comes to nutrition and lifestyle changes that can result in better health and aging. Everyone wants to be healthier to remain productive at work and vibrant personally.  In this discussion lead by Women of the Channel West Advisory Board member Margaret Dawson of Red Hat, Dorn will help attendees understand how to modify behaviors so they eat healthier, exercise more and better manage their health. Often times, women (and men too) know what they need to do to lose weight or reduce stress but don’t make the right decisions. Dorn will take audience questions on nutrition, diet, exercise and other women’s health issues. Dorn is not only a registered dietitian but a certified diabetes educator as well.

 Download to your calendar 
Wed, May 17, 2017 - 1:30 pm to 2:15 pm

Carneros H-K

Breakout Session: Extreme Innovation: A Guide For Today’s Leaders

We live in a Shark Tank world where the competition is fierce, the talent is better than ever and threats emerge from all over the globe. Leaders everywhere are seeking to innovate, but doing so is elusive and complex. In fact, 81 percent of CEOs say their teams are not equipped to meet the challenges to compete in today’s marketplace. The new mantra is: innovate or die. Executives are searching for the right answers to remain nimble, innovate quickly, employ lean startup techniques and understand the role diversity plays in driving innovation.

In this session, participants will gain insight into best practices for hiring and innovating. Most importantly, they will see the value of wild ducks. In this session, executives will develop and hone their super powers: agility, speed, telepathy, X-ray vision, and the spidey sense needed to capture their future clients. These insights are based on Sandy Carter’s research of founders and more than 20 years of experience in a Fortune 25 company. Put simply: When companies learn how to innovate, their products become more desirable, their customers turn into advocates and their best employees never want to leave. Key takeaways include:

  • How to identify your levers in your industry
  • Learn and assess your super powers
  • Explore value of innovation outposts, garages and more
  • Increase value among teams
 Download to your calendar 
Wed, May 17, 2017 - 2:15 pm to 3:00 pm

Vineyard Terrace & Fountain Courtyard

Networking Break/Tabletops & Raffle For A Cause

 Download to your calendar 
Wed, May 17, 2017 - 3:15 pm to 3:45 pm

Meritage Ballroom

Channel Leaders In The Spotlight

Meet today’s top IT leaders who will share stories of how to flourish and succeed in the channel. Each executive will take their turn in the “Women of the Channel Spotlight” to discuss how their organization’s solutions, programs and marketing efforts benefit partners. Attendees will gain insight into the strategies these executives are deploying to grow their channel and meet the needs of today’s customers. Executives will offer their views on what women can do to succeed in the channel and IT industry today.

Guidelines: Each presenter will have eight minutes to share their message on the main stage. Presenters should discuss one or more of the following:

  • What their organizations are doing to help partners grow their profit and revenue with new opportunities
  • Details on the company’s newest solutions, programs, marketing or sales initiatives or products
  • Views on new growth opportunities in the channel and industry and how their companies are playing a pivotal role
  • Share some background on your individual efforts and how your organization responded to your ideas and initiatives
  • Case studies of partners or customer success with your organization’s product/services/offerings

 Download to your calendar 
Wed, May 17, 2017 - 3:45 pm to 4:30 pm

Meritage Ballroom

Executive Leadership Keynote: Adapt To Advance

The pace of change is greater than ever and can sometimes feel overwhelming. What can leaders do to experience these challenges as opportunities? Research shows that a growth mindset may be the best tool to adapt and succeed, no matter what the environment. In this session, Lisa Rock of the NeuroLeadership Institute will explore two easy-to-apply habits that will help attendees  better navigate their day-to-day lives and embrace change head on. 

Key takeaways include:

  • Understanding a growth mindset and how to use it to adapt through change 
  • Learning two habits to try, allowing attendees to experiment with a growth mindset 
  • Developing a short action plan to apply growth-mindset techniques after the conference

 

 Download to your calendar 
Wed, May 17, 2017 - 4:30 pm to 5:15 pm

Meritage Ballroom

Closing Keynote: The Pursuit Of Endurance: Realizing Your Talent And Exploring Your Limits

Every journey begins with a single step. When Jennifer Pharr Davis first set foot on the 2,189-mile Appalachian Trail she was a naïve and inexperienced 21-year old. It took five months of mistakes, bad weather and awkward social encounters to reach Maine, but when she arrived she was a different, more confident person. And, she was a much better hiker. Seven years later she returned to the northern terminus to attempt an endurance record on the same trail. This time she covered it in 46 days. In doing so, she became the first woman to set the overall mark. There was no trophy awaiting her final summit, but she carried the lessons of resiliency, adaptability and teamwork off of that last mountain.

 Download to your calendar 
Wed, May 17, 2017 - 5:15 pm to 5:45 pm

Meritage Ballroom

Raffle For A Cause Drawing

 Download to your calendar 
Wed, May 17, 2017 - 5:45 pm to 6:00 pm

Meritage Ballroom

Closing Remarks
 Download to your calendar 
Wed, May 17, 2017 - 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

The Estate Cave & Vineyard Terrace

Closing Cocktail Reception

Sponsored by:

 Download to your calendar 

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