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Best Companies for Multicultural Women National Conference in NYC July 21-22


Resilient Leaders: Facing Fear. Embracing Innovation

Agenda at a Glance*

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

7:45 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.       Registration

7:45 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.       Continental Breakfast - Sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers

8:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.       Signature Opening - Sponsored by American Electric Power, Cardinal Health, Cargill, Chubb Corporation, Goldman Sachs, KPMG LLP, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
Imagine the power of hundreds of women drumming to the same beat! Join us for this exciting opening featuring Drum Café, which uses non-verbal communication to entrain and align group energy, cutting through barriers of age, gender, language and culture.

9:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.       Welcome Remarks: Conference Co-Chairs
Carol Evans / President / Working Mother Media
Barbara Adachi / National Managing Principal for the Women's Initiative / Deloitte LLP

9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.     Opening Keynote: Moral Courage - A Resilient Leader's Guide to 

Irshad Manji / Director / Moral Courage Project - Professor of Leadership / New York University

10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.   Report to the Nation: Senior Leadership Preparedness Survey
Anna Duran / President / Duran Group

10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.   Networking Break

12:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.     Best Companies for Multicultural Women Awards Luncheon

          1:00     Welcome/Lunch
          1:30     Legacy Award & Keynote: Building a Legacy: Building a Life
Dr. Henrietta Mann / President / Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribal College
          1:45     Best Companies Awards

2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.       Skill-Building Sessions - Sponsored by Allstate Insurance Company, Citi, Johnson & Johnson, Walmart /Sam's Club

1) Diversity Leaders Track: Diversity Process Innovations

New developments in structuring and implementing domestically based diversity initiatives and programs are continually emerging. In this session, those who consult in the government/corporate sectors and chief diversity professionals will discuss the future of the diversity agenda. As a part of this segment panelists will share their latest work. The moderator will explore with the audience several questions:

     1. What is changing about diversity initiatives?
     2. How can the concept of sustainability be defined within the diversity initiative agenda? 
     3. How can sustainability efforts be effectively implemented?

Andrés Tapia / Chief Diversity Officer, Emerging Workforce Solutions Leader / Hewitt Associates

A. Renée Yuengling, Ph.D. / Senior Fellow / ICF International
Arisa Batista Cunningham / VP Global Diversity, Comprehensive and Surgical Care Groups / Johnson & Johnson
Ted Childs / Principal / Ted Childs, LLC

2) New Leaders Track: Identify and Overcome Invisible, Diversity-related Barriers to Career Success

In this competitive, high-paced and global market, we need every employee to go full force - to accelerate. But there are subtle invisible forces that can impede employee progress, particularly for those who differ from the norm or traditional leader profile. This lowers productivity and morale, creates glass ceilings and can lead to turnover. Vectors™ is a talent management and career strategy tool kit that reveals these hidden forces and creates a constructive method for problem solving for one's own career of that of a mentee, direct report, peer, etc. 

Participants will learn how to:
     1. Identify their barriers to engagement and advancement, especially sensitive diversity 
         dynamics discussed in a constructive and non-defensive manner
     2. Create actionable strategies to overcome the subtle forces that inhibit their engagement and 
     3. Enlist the support of others, especially their immediate managers, to break through these barriers to 
     4. Gain access and insight to the true drivers of success within their organizations

Peggy Hazard / Vice President, Global Solutions / Global Lead
Fayruz Kirtzman / Director, New Business Development / Global Lead
Barry Callender / Vice President, Client Services / Global Lead

3) Achieve Peak Resilience and Balance Through a Healthier Mindset and a Nourished Body  

Women from diverse backgrounds continue to take on more responsibilities in this sped up world, while inundated with increasing levels of data and deadlines requiring frequent decoding, oftentimes at the expense of their own health and peace of mind. Excessive stress, pressure, emotional eating and a wide range of personal struggles affect one's resilience to these environmental changes. Participants will be given multiple solutions using Polarity Mapping© mindset skills, and will learn about the wisdom of traditional cultures' diets, both of which will lead to participants creating their own unique action map. This holistic approach will allow one to achieve peak resilience and balance through a healthier mindset and a nourished body.

     - Identifying how to establish balance in the relationship between your personal needs and the needs of 
       others for a healthier mindset by understanding "above the line" polarity mapping.
     - Introduction by Dr. Weston A. Price's research, corroborated by other scientists, explaining the 
       characteristics of various Cultures' Traditional Diets verses Modern Diets.
     - Restorative and Stress Reducing Dietary Guidelines, Dietary Dangers, todays standardized nutritional 
       recommendations verses the "Nourished Body Food Pyramid."
     - Unpacking the Myth about Cholesterol, the many positive roles of Saturated Fat, the dangers of 
       vegetarian diets, and identifying allergy impacts.
     - How to begin caring for oneself by calibrating your healthier mindset to nourish your body resulting in 
       peak resilience and balance.

Jill Turner-Mitchael, Senior Vice President, Walmart / Sam's Club
Claire Tse / Principal / Tse Solutions, LLC
Karen W. Spirer / Chef (Principle)

4) Experienced Leaders Track: Liberating Your Everyday Genius and Creative Energies

The focus of this presentation is how to tap into the creativity that you need as leaders to take yourselves and your organizations to the next level. You will learn tools to foster your own creativity. Then we will look at you as environment generators for your teams. You will learn to consistently create an environment that will foster creative energy and optimum performance in your organization.

Outcomes of session, you will walk away with include:
     - Know what keeps you and your team from the opportunity to be creative over and over again
     - An approach that unleashed your creative energy
     - An approach that helps you to tap into what is possible vs. what is predictable
     - A tool to generate creative positive energy and build momentum in your organization when 
       improvements need to be made.

Mary Lynne Heldmann / President / Future 1st Consulting Group Inc
Phyllis Anderson / Vice President-Corporate Marketing / Humana
Pamela Jennings / Director of Development / Mark Cunningham Group

4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.       Networking Break - Sponsored by Procter & Gamble

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.       Trailblazers Panel - Getting to Here from There: Lessons from Resilient Leaders

Successful executives from top companies give insights and advice about what it takes for multicultural women to make it in the competitive world of corporate America. The panel will focus on getting attention for and acceptance of new ideas in a harsh environment. What lessons have they learned about how to support new ideas? How did their gender and race/cultural background enable or prevent selling their ideas?

Dr. Rohini Anand / Senior Vice President and Global Chief Diversity Officer / Sodexo

Patt Romero Cronin / General Manager, IT Delivery, Global Delivery Excellence / IBM
Chitra Narasimham / VP Mergers & Acquisitions / American Express
Ellen Moore / President and CEO / Chubb Insurance Company of Canada
Beverly A. Grant / Vice President, Customer Business Development, North America / Procter & Gamble

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.        Women's Leadership Organizational Meetings

Managing Your Career in Turbulent Times: What Multicultural Women Need to Know

An interactive group session and open forum with Jane Hyun, Executive Coach and Leadership Strategist, Author of Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling and AWLN Board member.

Join us for an interactive experience where we will discuss 3 important competencies that you'll need in order to weather any organizational changes that are headed your way, including: 

1. Career resilience
2. Adding value and knowing your worth
  - In P&L roles or support functions
  - Keeping yourself on the radar
  - Gauging your value in the organization and keeping yourself marketable
3. Relationships management up, down and across

We'll break up into small groups to discuss these topics "on the ground," and debrief by sharing solutions.

Welcome - Arisa Cunningham, President of Madrinas

Introduction to Madrinas - Roseanne Lopez, Past President and Josy Laza Gallagher, Vice President and Program Chair of Madrinas

A conversation with Patt Cronin, General Manager, IT Delivery, Global Delivery Excellence, IBM, on How to be a Successful Leader. This will be a Q&A with the group as Patt will have presented earlier in the program. Bring your questions to discuss and network with Latina professionals!


Career Advancement Through Effective Networking and Alliance-Building

- Welcome and Introduction to South Asian Women's Leadership Forum (SAWLF)
    Simi Ahuja / Founder / SAWLF

- Presentation: Career Advancement Through Effective Networking and Alliance-Building

- An interactive, confidential group discussion will follow the presentation. Each participant will have the opportunity to share her examples of her own career - challenges or opportunities - for feedback from speaker and co-mentoring from other participants.

SAWLF is committed to the advancement of South Asian women and girls in the marketplace -

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.        Cocktail Reception - Sponsored by American Express Company

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

7:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.      Registration

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.        Continental Breakfast Sponsored by Campbell's Soup

9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.        Co-Chair Welcome
Carol Evans / President / Working Mother Media
Barbara Adachi / National Managing Principal for the Women's Initiative / Deloitte LLP

9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.        Keynote

9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.      Networking Break - Sponsored by Kraft Foods, Inc.

10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.    Skill-Building Sessions - Sponsored by Abbott Laboratories

1) Diversity Leaders Track: Linking Global Best Practices and Social Responsibility

Linking the global diversity agenda to social responsibility initiatives has become the latest component of globalization strategies that move beyond solely corporate based human resource issues, and takes into account the future of global economies. The economic well-being of communities and countries in which organizations function has been the focus of social responsibility efforts. Further, women from non U.S. backgrounds with different world views are developing leadership and entrepreneurial skills with the assistance of corporations, NGO's, and the State Department. Panelists will share their experience and learning about working in different cultures and what it means to the women that they work with to think of themselves as business women. Experiences with Middle Eastern women, Latin AmericanIndia and other countries will be shared. How your organization can be on the leading edge of this strategy will be discussed and some key tools will be distributed.

     - The business case: How are these practices linked to the corporate agenda, specifically revenues, 
       production, and shareholder value?
     - Does it make sense to link diversity to the social responsibility agenda?
     - What are the links between social responsibility standards and sustainability efforts?

Anna Duran / President / Duran Group

Thought Leaders:
Kristin Hibler, Ph.D. / Senior Manager / ICF International
Marcela Manubens / Senior Vice President Global Human Rights & Social Responsibility Program / Phillips- 
  Van Heusen Corp

2) New Leaders Track: Managing Politics in an Organization: Relationship Economics 101

Relationship capital is often overlooked as a social agenda, yet it plays a vital role in the success of women in Corporate America and in Entrepreneurship. Political environments exist in all walks of life, understanding your relationship capital, building it, and using it effectively is one of the elements to success in the corporate structure and entrepreneur world.

Ruth Alicia Sandoval / CEO / BusinessconX, Relationship Capital Partners LLC

Thought Leaders:
Diana Lee / Formerly Senior Vice President / MTV Networks
Patricia A. David / Managing Director and Global Head of Diversity, Institutional Clients Group / Citi

3) Experienced Leaders Track: What it Takes for Managers of Managers (MOMS) to Become Visionary Leaders - A Strategic Thinking Workshop

The most frequent feedback received for high-performing female managers is either "she is not visionary enough" or "her performance is great but she doesn't think strategically about the bigger picture." this workshop helps to de-mystify what "being visionary" means and will equip participants with tools for thinking strategically, especially in tough economic environments that require creative thinking and agility. Participants will learn how to:

     - Sense opportunities and threats in the environment and shape strategic forces in their favor
     - Set strategic direction (not just meaningless vision statements)
     - Inspire constituents
     - Develop greater self-confidence in assuming responsibility for the future of their companies

Simi Sanni Nwogugu / CEO / HOD Consulting
Roy Weathers / Chief Diversity Officer / PricewaterhouseCoopers
Luis Taveras, Ph.D. / Partner / Accenture

4) Resilience & Your Health Track: Beyond Cookie Cutter Healthcare: Building New Models to Support a Multicultural Workforce 

You want to stay healthy and your employer wants to keep you healthy. To achieve this more companies today are focusing on wellness and disease prevention initiatives. But with the growing diversity in the U.S. workforce, a one-size fits all approach to these health benefit programs may not be effective.

Helping employers recognize that employees have diverse health needs and may experience different treatments when they seek health care, are important to eliminating health disparities. Our lens is one of inclusion and innovation as we look at critical health touchpoints for women of color, including pregnancy and chronic disease care. The panel will also focus on making the business case for ensuring equal health care for all employees. Then put your skills to the test as you work to create actionable strategies for helping your employer identify the problem, benchmark where they want to go and get employees and health plans involved in adapting and tailoring health programs to a multicultural workforce.

Ladun Odugbesan, Ph.D. / Director, Global Product Assurance-Adult Nutrition / Abbott Nutrition

Marianne C. Stook / Managing Director / LifeCare, Inc.
Lorena Drago, MS RD CDN CDE / Registered Dietition, Certified Diabetes Educator / Hispanic Foodways
Lynette Bradley-Baker, Ph.D./ Staff Pharmacist, Area 3 Diversity Leadership Team Member / CVS Caremark

11:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.    Men's Panel Luncheon: What about the White Guys?

It's time to include more and more men in the discussion about what it takes to put more and more multicultural women in the corner office. Join us as we once more give our audience a "fly on the wall" view of a conversation between men in leadership and what they hear from other men in their organizations.

Fenimore Fisher / V.P. Diversity Initiatives & Analysis / Walmart / Sam's Club

Frank McCloskey / Vice President Diversity / Georgia Power
Dan Hebel / Vice President - Claims Eastern Terr. / Allstate Insurance
Thomas J. Sullivan / President, Supply Chain & Business Processes / Johnson & Johnson Health Care 
Jack Morgenstern / Senior Vice President / Fidelity Investments

1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.        Dessert Break

2:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.        Cross Race Solutions + Open Mike/Conference: Connecting the Dots to Create Your Winning Resiliency Plan

This intensive session equips you to win, back in your workplace. Practical tools help integrate all you've learned during the conference. Alignment Strategies' "Resiliency Self-Assessment Tool" helps you identify where to start. It empowers you to create a career plan that matters, embedded with supportive peer, supervisor and sponsor relationships.

The Conference is a "gift that keeps on giving." A special gift during this closing session is the treasure trove of invaluable tips and insights you receive from your multicultural Conference colleagues. This can be factored in your "Resiliency Action Plan." The gift keeps on giving because it doesn't just stop at the end of the Conference. Through the use of technology, this support network of Multicultural women continues after the Conference. You will continue to have access to this amazing support network.

Vanessa Weaver-Coleman, Ph.D., / Founder & CEO / Alignment Strategies, Inc.

*Agenda Subject to Change


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