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Unleash your Professional Savvy: Secrets to Power, Style, and Grace

Day/Time: Friday, October 12th, 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Room: Coronado A

Description: Are you on top of your game? In today’s competitive market, the professional woman must understand what it means to project a powerful image. Your ability to build professional savvy is the key to breaking through barriers and achieving success. Technical skills, education, specialized career training, and performance are only the beginning. Did you know that 90% of your ability to move up the corporate and federal executive ladder is influenced by your personal brand and image, credibility, and communication skills? If image if everything, then everything matters. Whether you are seeking recognition, promotion, or just entering the workforce, this workshop will help you capitalize on your hard work as you unleash the best you.

Learning Objective: Access your competitive edge by designing a winning image, building self-confidence, and communicating value with style and grace.

Outcomes- At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

a. Explore ways to build and express self-confidence

b. Create a winning image and leverage your circles of influence

c. Examine professional savvy and politics

d. Design a plan to increase recognition and value in the workplace

e. Explore 10 critical style tips for today’s professional woman

Quick to Listen and Slow to Speak: Transformational Communication Techniques

Day/Time: Friday, October 12th, 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Room: Coronado A

Description:This workshop takes emerging and seasoned corporate and federal executive leaders through a series of interactive communication techniques that enables them to effectively articulate and inspire change in others. In a collaborative environment, we will explore and practice reading and assessing the needs and motivations of others. Further, participants will explore ways that this knowledge can result in tangible business impact. Inspiring change in others requires the capacity to engage and motivate.

Learning Objective: This workshop will provide transformational tools and techniques that will enhance your leadership effectiveness.

Outcomes-At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

a. Explore and use the rules of engagement and motivational interviewing techniques

b. Practice Intentional and Active Listening

c. Identify unique personal attributes that make an impact

d. Make a clear connection to business consequences and individual approaches.

e. Identify current strategies, challenges, and results

Liquidate the Power of Relationships: Building Successful Strategic Partnerships

Day/Time: Friday, October 12th, 2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Room: Coronado A

Description: If this workshop could leave you with only two words, they would be, RELATIONSHIPS MATTER!! The ability to maintain and cultivate key relationships is the single most important investment of time and resources you can make for your career. Building effective relationships and partnerships require trust, commitment, and consistent follow through. Often, we may not see the immediate results, but corporate leaders and federal executives will agree that their relationship vault is what truly makes them rich. Success does not happen alone; we need support, guidance, resources, and ideas to achieve true greatness.

Learning Objective: This workshop will show you how to find, embrace, build, maintain, and liquidate powerful relationships. You can put these skills to use right here at the 2012 Women of Color Conference.

Outcomes-At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

a. Explore strategies to lead and communicate across generations and cultures

b. List tools to have difficult conversations, manage conflict, and build trust

c. Examine ways to engage colleagues and leaders by articulating values and business impact

d. Explore benefits and strategies for Mentorship/Sponsorship/Coaching

e. Create a plan to increase likeability, credibility, and influence

f. Build a power network plan

Breakthrough Thinking to Achieve Greatness in an Era of Change

Day/Time: Friday, October 12th, 3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Room: Coronado A

Description: The next generation of leaders is faced with unique challenges and changes as business threats and solutions change rapidly. In order to stay ahead of the competition, people and teams must be creative and innovative. The key to success is engaging in ways of thinking that inspire breakthroughs. We must develop effective strategies to manage changes, turn obstacles in opportunities, and thrive in the face of great uncertainty.

Learning Objective: This seminar will not only arm you with change management strategies, but also examine creative ways to solve problems and use them to create growth opportunities and uncover hidden talent on your team.

Outcomes- At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

a. Explore leadership skills that encourage creativity

b. Explore ways to stay inspired and committed

c. Identify specific strategies and examples of how obstacles and change can be stepping stones for great opportunities

d. Learn techniques and tools that support an inventive mind

e. Play games that inspire creativity and innovation

Think, Act, Achieve Extraordinary Results: Winning Executive Coaching Strategies for the leader and the coach

Day/Time: Saturday, October 13th, 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Room: Coronado A

Description: Leadership is about moving toward important goals, and embracing the potential and growth power of people. Whether you are a top CEO, federal executive, director, team lead, or beginning your career, you should be asking yourself one critical question. How can I grow and achieve personal excellence? Executive coaching is a strategic partnership that maximizes performance and growth potential to drive enhanced business outcomes. . Get ready to be challenged, take risks, and achieve extraordinary results.

Learning Objective: This workshop provides a vault of pioneering concepts, tools, and resources that move leaders from innovative thought to strategic action

Outcomes-At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Create a plan and vision that supports business, professional, and life mission
  2. Use leadership techniques and communication strategies that support vision
  3. List tools to overcome resistance, act, and make strategic decisions
  4. Examine coaching competencies to assist success of future leaders and team members
  5. Use strategies to get out of your comfort zone, generate ideas, and expand vision

The Change Matrix: Unique and Useful Guidelines for Managing Change

Day/Time: Saturday, October 13th, 2:25 p.m. - 3:40 p.m.

Room: Coronado A

Description:The next generation of corporate and federal executive leaders is faced with unique challenges and changes as business threats and solutions change rapidly. It is critical to continue to assess position and purpose to stay ahead of the competition. The key to success is not always trying to figure out what will happen next, but about developing the strategy to manage changes, turn obstacles into opportunities, and thrive in the face of great uncertainty. A Matrix of Change is one strategy that can help leaders anticipate the complexity of how people, processes, and systems impact each other.

Learning Objective: This seminar will not only arm you with change management strategies, but also examine creative ways to solve problems and create growth opportunities.

Outcomes-At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

a. Examine the change matrix and associated management skills

b. Explore how management and leadership skills impact the change process

c. Explore ways to stay inspired and committed

d. Identify specific strategies and examples of how obstacles and change can be stepping stones for great opportunities

e. Examine how to support teams through change.

Chair Woman of the Board, Please Rise! Recognize, Connect, and Increase Woman Leadership on Boards

Day/Time: Saturday, October 13th, 3:50 p.m. - 5:05 p.m.

Room: Coronado A

Description: Corporations need the valuable wisdom, leadership, and guidance of woman leadership. Diverse experiences and fresh perspectives drive business success. The recent study of 353 "Fortune 500” companies by Catalyst showed that profitability soars as the number of women in high leadership position increases. The value proposition is clear. The participation of women, and specifically women of color, are critical to good governance and strong outcomes. Corporations must seek ways to recognize, connect, and promote accomplished women. And, our women leaders must seek and take advantage of opportunities to increase influence and impact business culture.

Learning Objective: This seminar will support leaders and corporations in embracing the power of women leadership.

Outcomes-At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

a. Examine opportunities to lead on many levels in your business community

b. Explore differences of a non-profit, private, and public boards

c. Gain insights into the Board selection process

d. Use strategies to position yourself for board roles

e. List tools to increase recognition and cultivate key relationships




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