2016 Women > A Force In Business

November 16, 2016

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As North Carolina’s population continues to grow at a rapid rate, workplace and cultural standards are changing. Women are increasingly filling roles in board rooms, wielding buying power and launching businesses of their own. There are many pathways to leadership for females in North Carolina. Join us as we explore how to get there, what it’s like at the top and how men and women can work together to bring along the next generation of female leaders.

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What: Women > A Force in Business
When: Wednesday, November 16 | 11:15 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Where: The Umstead Hotel and Spa | 100 Woodland Pond Drive | Cary, NC 27513

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Draft Agenda

10:15 a.m.
Registration and Networking

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Welcome and Opening Remarks by Presenting Sponsor
Roynan Jones, Senior Vice President, Storage & Solutions Manufacturing Operations and Planning, Dell

11:30 a.m.
Remarks from NC Chamber Board Member and Thought Leader
Venessa Harrison, President, AT&T North Carolina

11:45 a.m.

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Opening Keynote: Transforming the World
Fran O’Sullivan, NC Senior State Executive and General Manager of Global Operations, IBM

The world is rapidly changing and companies, individuals and industries must reinvent themselves. This creates tremendous opportunity for women, as they are uniquely poised to lead this transformation. Fran O’Sullivan, IBM’s NC Senior State Executive and General Manager, Global Operations for IBM’s consulting division will share how women can prepare to be at the forefront of the transformation that is at our fingertips.

1:00 p.m.
Shaking Up the Definition of Success
Billie Redmond, Founder & Chair, TradeMark Properties
Hope Rush, Director, Talent Strategy, Volvo Group North America
Becky Jacobs, Chief Engagement Officer, Simple Change
Lisa Schiller, Vice President of Marketing & Public Relations, Community Relations and Government Affairs, UNC REX
Erin Bergamo Tacy, Director, Global Corporate Communications, Cisco
Melanie Sanders, Producer & Media Trainer, Greenroom Communications

Women are no longer shackled by the gender binaries of previous eras, where female “success” was limited to the domestic sphere. This panel will discuss the numerous facets of success for the contemporary female, with the overarching premise that there is no single definition that applies to all women.

1:45 p.m.

2:00 p.m.
mccloud_sharon160_200A Seat at the Table is Different than Having a Voice
Sharon Delaney McCloud, Greenroom Communications

“In group settings, men are 75% more likely to speak up than women. And when a woman does speak up, it’s statistically probable that her male counterparts will either interrupt her or speak over her. It’s not because they’re rude. It’s science. The female voice is scientifically proven to be more difficult for a male brain to register. What does this mean? It means, in this world, where men are bigger, stronger, faster, if you’re not ready to fight, the silence will kill you.”** The Greenroom Communications team will help you hone your message to make sure your voice is heard.

2:45 p.m.
Gender: Neutralized
CJ Davis, Chief of Police, Durham Police Department
Sepi Saidi, President & CEO, SEPI Engineering & Construction
Anne Lloyd, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Martin Marietta
Tammy Albrecht, Director of Operations, Wilsonart International Inc.
Carol Flack, Vice-President, North Carolina Operations, Dell
Jake Fehling, Executive Search Consultant & Vice President, Raleigh Office, KFA Search (Moderator)

Hear from a panel of females working in industries dominated by males. Discussion will revolve around their stories and experiences, as well as best practices for overcoming gender stereotypes, particularly in the workplace.

3:30 p.m.
Closing Keynote: Can Nice Girls Win (Races)?
Julia Landauer, Championship-Winning NASCAR Driver

In navigating the male-dominated field of racing, Julia Landauer began recognizing and grappling with stereotypes and negative assumptions about women at the early age of 10. These social and cultural norms have held women back for centuries, yet they must be tackled and overcome. Through colorful stories from her racing career, Julia addresses some of these stereotypes, how she overcame them and the greater significance this process has for women, and men who support women, everywhere. Referencing studies she read about at Stanford, Julia delivers emotional and fact-based observations and proposes various habits and mindsets that can help women succeed.

4:15 p.m.
Closing Comments 
Margaret Rosenfeld, Smith Anderson

4:30 p.m.
Power Hour

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

**Attribution: McKee, S. (Writer), & Washington, D. (Director). (Feb. 11 2016). The Sound of Silence [Television series episode]. Shonda Rhimes (Producer), Greys Anatomy. CA: ShondaLand, The Mark Gordon Company, ABC Studios.

Continuing Education Credit:

The North Carolina Chamber is committed to providing high-quality, experience-based education programs to our attendees. The number of continuing education credits attendees earn are determined by the number and length of the sessions they attend, based on a 50-minute hour. Attendees who complete a sign-in form onsite will be provided with a certificate indicating the number of credit hours to be awarded.

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