2017 Women > A Force in Business

September 21, 2017

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Glass ceiling, meet floor. In North Carolina, and across the country, more women are aspiring to and filling roles in the political, corporate and nonprofit realms. They are wielding more buying power than ever before and launching businesses of their own. They are conquering and overturning gendered stereotypes of yesterday. And they’re just getting started.

Join us in September as we explore pathways to leadership, what it’s like at the top and how men and women can work together to inspire the next generation of female leaders.

New for 2017, attendees will have the opportunity to browse the exhibits of approximately 30 companies specializing in physical health and emotional well-being, fiscal and investment literacy, resume and interview training, personal branding and more.

Come ready to learn, connect and engage at one of the NC Chamber’s most popular and highly-attended events.

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What: 2017 Women > A Force in Business Conference
When: Thursday, September 21, 2017 | 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Where: Raleigh Convention Center | 500 S. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, N.C. 27601

Register, Exhibit or Sponsor

Ticket Pricing:

Member:  Early-Bird $150 | Regular $175 | $200 Late
Non-Member:  Early-Bird $225 | Regular $250 | $275 Late

Special early-bird pricing ends on Friday, Aug. 25. Regular pricing ends on Wednesday, Sept. 13. Late and final registration ends on Friday, Sept. 15.


Click the link above or contact Beth Shore to learn about sponsorship or exhibiting* opportunities!

*The North Carolina Chamber reviews each exhibitor application for approval based on the best interests of the event and its attendees. Please fill out this exhibitor agreement and send it to Beth Shore for approval if you wish to showcase at this year’s conference. 


8:30 a.m. Registration Opens

9:00 a.m. Exhibit Hall Opens

9:15 a.m. Pop-Up Sessions in Exhibit Hall

10:30 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks by Presenting Sponsor, Dell

10:45 a.m. Opening Session

The Business of Story
Hillary Rea, Founder, Tell Me A Story
Eight years ago, Hillary Rea stood on a comedy stage to perform stand-up, without realizing she was sharing one story through to its end. Listen to her journey from getting laughs on stage to running her business and helping others tell their story.

Unconscious Bias + Women in STEM: Impact and Solutions
Dr. Jenna Carpenter, Dean, School of Engineering, Campbell University
Research shows that unconscious or implicit biases are largely responsible for the chilly climate experienced by women (from age 5 to age 85) in STEM. The impact, unfortunately, extends beyond the work environment to influence many key aspects of one’s job and overall career advancement. The good news is that being educated about these biases, together with research-based strategies for successfully navigating around them, helps women in STEM succeed. Come learn how to put these solutions to work for you.

Leadership Lessons
Tara Jaye Frank, Leadership Development Expert, President and CEO, P3T Group, Inc.
Tara Jay Frank will use her own points of transformation to share universal lessons in leadership. From generosity as a career strategy to leading from where you are, we can all be stronger leaders and have a deeper impact on our workplaces and communities.

11:30 a.m. Lunch

12:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions

1:30 p.m. Networking Break (Exhibit Hall Open; Pop-Up Sessions)

2:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions

3:00 p.m. Networking Break (Exhibit Hall Open: Pop-Up Sessions)

3:30 p.m. Closing Keynote

Zero to Breakthrough, Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour, Americaʼs First African American Female Combat Pilot
A Breakthrough Mentality Creates A Breakthrough Life! Acknowledge the obstacle, DON”T give them power. This presentation helps you put passion back in your life and design the path to your dreams with a ‘Breakthrough Mentality.’ Be inspired by FlyGirl’s personal story of setbacks, challenges, adventure, success and triumph. FlyGirl takes you on an amazing journey through her life experiences and, most importantly, the lessons learned. Unleash the personal leadership power needed to take your life to the next level! Attendees will discover:

• How to acknowledge the inevitable challenges and obstacles and continue to drive toward the solution
• The Tangibility of Possibility
• Delay is not Denial and to Retreat does not mean Defeat
• How to engage a Breakthrough Mentality!

4:15 p.m. Closing Comments

4:30 p.m. Power Hour (Exhibit Hall)

Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with your peers and the event speakers during this networking reception.

5:30 p.m. Registration and Exhibit Hall Close

Breakout Sessions

Breakout Sessions will take place at 12:30 and 2:00 p.m. More details on topic descriptions and speakers coming soon! Topics will include:

  • Millennials in the Workplace: A Cross-Generational Discussion
  • How to Lead At Any Level
  • When and How to Say “No” and “Yes”
  • Emotional Intelligence: The Art of Female Leadership
  • Gender Partnership: Engaging Men As Advocates to Gender Equity
  • Speak Up!
  • Origin Stories: Crafting your Personal Narrative

Exhibit Hall

The 2017 Women’s Event will include a robust exhibit hall offering a wide range of activities, pop-up sessions and exhibitors showcasing products and services meaningful to women.

2017 Exhibitors

Carroll’s Kitchen
Diversity & HR Solutions
Meredith College Graduate Programs
North Carolina Community Foundation
North Carolina Girl Scouts – Coastal Pines
Potential Essential
SEPI Engineering & Construction
UNC Rex Healthcare
University of Mount Olive

Exhibit Hall Schedule of Activities

9:00 a.m. Exhibit Hall Opens

9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Pop-Up Sessions

Crafting Your Digital Brand, Ann Marie Taepke, Director of Digital Media, Walk West
More to Come!

1:30 p.m. Networking Break (Exhibit Hall Open; Pop-Up Sessions)

3:00 p.m. Networking Break (Exhibit Hall Open: Pop-Up Sessions)

4:30 p.m. Power Hour

Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with your peers and the event speakers during this networking reception.

5:30 p.m. Exhibit Hall Closes

2016 Testimonials & Video Highlights

Today, I’m walking out of here as a superwoman who is not afraid to say no.
Janelle Bailey, Town of Cary

Truly an empowering event. I didn’t realize how much I needed this event until I came. I thought I was confident and empowered before but hearing the speakers helped me to realize how much more I can do.
Heather Retzalaff, BB&T

This conference was a transformative experience for me. If we want to see more women get ahead, more events like this need to happen to give us the chance to encourage each other.
Pat Andrews, EY

This was a very empowering event and I look forward to returning next year. I have several pages of notes to share with other women in my organization.
Cheron Gilchrist, Town of Cary

Continuing Education Credit

Not applicable for this event

Host Sponsor

Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsor

Duke Energy co sponsor logo

Reception Sponsor

Bronze Sponsors

AT&T North Carolina
Red Hat
Williams Mullen
WSP Parson Brinckerhoff

Supporting Organization:

LeadingAge North Carolina

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