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8:00-8:30am Check-In


8:30-9:30am Plenary/Welcome

Dawn Rosemond  | Barnes & Thornburg

Boss Presence

News Flash! Men and Women are different! There are the obvious physical differences, but we are also different in ways that are not easy to see, but often experienced. We think differently, we communicate differently and we respond differently. There are good reasons for that. We view the world from different perspectives.

Difference in perspectives brings more money to the bottom line. The problem is we’re missing perspective. We’re leaving money on the table! It’s because in most organizations, we’re lacking female leadership at senior levels. We don’t have the gender balance we need to best solve our biggest and most expensive problems. The question is how do we change this paradigm?


9:30-9:50am Break


9:50-11:00am Plenary

Joanna Taft

The Cultural Entrepreneur

Learn how entrepreneurship can strengthen culture, community and place.   Stories and lessons learned from starting the Harrison Center for the Arts, Herron High School and creative placemaking in Indianapolis neighborhoods, will equip you with principles that can make a difference in both your career and your community.


11:05-12:00am Women in Business Market Place/Resume Reviews


12:00-1:30pm Keynote Luncheon

Dana Cook and Sarah Moshman

Empowerment Project

The Empowerment Project is a movement — with a powerful documentary film at its core — to honor the women in our lives. Powered by local communities, this global campaign celebrates our true role models and challenges the next generation of leaders to ask themselves: What would you do if you knew you would succeed?


1:30-2:00pm Break


2:00-3:15pm Breakout Session A:

Phillip Terry, Brian Payne, and Gerry Bailey

How to Get Men on Board

By engaging men in advocating for more equal workplaces, we’re creating better leaders, stronger businesses, more fulfilling lives for both women and men as well as establishing a business imperative required at all levels from all managers. The stats are staggering, in terms of where women stand in the workplace even after all this time, and will need an all hands-on deck approach to make the changes necessary for equality. Yet, while progress is slow, it is critical to understand that advancements are being made and this forward movement is not being solely spearheaded by women. This session will bring together top male executives to share their firsthand experiences and contributions for achieving gender equity within their organizations.


2:00-3:15pm Breakout Session B:

Lee Wood and Brooke Crosley

Take This Job, and Shove It!


3:15-3:35pm Coffee Break


3:35-4:50pm Breakout Session A:

Denise Herd and Mali Jeffers

Lunch with a Stranger

What if you could build community and change your city by adding new relationships to your network? Connections, big and seemingly small, almost always lead to accidentally great ideas. Entrepreneurs Mali Jeffers and Linda Kirby discuss how lunch with strangers -strategic cross-pollinations – is energizing new initiatives, creating stronger bonds and generating loyalty to place.


3:35-4:50pm Breakout Session B:

Jackie Troy and JoDee Curtis

Joy Powered Workspace


4:50-6:30pm Cocktail Reception


6:30-7:00pm Dine-Arounds & Platt 99

7:00-7:45am Morning Activity


8:30-9:45am Breakout Session A:

Rona Howenstine, Kelley Gay, Debby Routt

Performing at Your Peak


8:30-9:45am Breakout Session B:

Stacie Porter and Angela Nuttle

Disrupting Your Life to Get Ahead

In every challenging situation, personal or professional, individuals face the pressure to play it safe and conform to the accepted norms. But doing so comes with heavy costs: passions stifled, talents ignored, and opportunities squelched.


9:45-10:05am Break


10:05-11:20am Breakout Session A:

Julie Grice and Patty Prosser

Working with Difficult People-Navigating Different Personalities


10:05-11:20am Breakout Session B:

Cassie Stockcamp, Deb Roccaforte, and Angela Freeman

Building the Relationships You Need to Succeed


11:20-12:00pm Break


12:00-1:30pm Keynote Lunch

Linda Clemons

Power, Presence, and Persuasion

Approximately 80% of communication is expressed nonverbally. When you know how to unlock and tap the secrets of people’s nonverbal cues,you’ll always have the advantage in any situation. Imagine armed with this powerful information you’ll be able to sit in a business meeting and know what your colleagues and boss are really thinking and feeling.
Imagine knowing the perfect time to close the deal or negotiation. You’ll even learn how your body language is influencing your boss and how it may affect your impact your promotion and career.


1:30-1:50pm Break


1:50-3:00pm Closing Plenary

Denise Herd

Strategies to Stand Out, Step Up, and Get Noticed

Gender exclusion is still prominent in today’s work environments putting women in a challenging position – for obvious reasons around the lack of equity– but also for those trying to exist in a corporate landscape as they climb the ladder and try to make a name for themselves. The competition is fierce wherever you are, and whether you like it or not, you are part of it. How do you stand out without alienating others? How do you get taken seriously in a male-dominated room?