Registration is now open for the Women's Leadership Summit.
Location: Westin South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa 
Hotel Address:  686 Anton Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626  
Hotel Telephone: (714) 540-2500

Join your peers by registering now. Gather the key knowledge, discuss the culture of leadership and growth, while also creating a network of professional colleagues that are passionate about their personal leadership development. Learn the best practices other women leaders have adopted, key challenges they are facing, and new solutions that are solving these challenges. The available seating is limited so be sure to sign up as soon as possible to ensure you will have a seat

Agenda Summary

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9:00 am: Registration, Signature Refreshments, Peer Networking
9:35 am: Power Plays for Women Leaders
10:05 am: Narrowing the Wage Gap
10:35 am: Your Leadership Potential
11:05 am: The Art of Networking
11:35 am: Reviving your Career
12:20 pm: Seated Lunch and Peer Networking
1:00 pm: Building Your Value Panel
1:45 pm: Women on the Web: Leveraging Social Media as a Means to Success.
2:15 pm: The "IT" Factor: Executive Presence for Women
2:45 pm: Handle Difficult Conversations with Confidence
3:15 pm: End of the Main Event and Peer Networking

Location: Westin South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa
Date: February 7, 2019
Fee: $199 (Limited Seating so Register Now).

Event Speakers (more to be announced)

Tamara Urban
Kings Seafood

Kristina Gundlach
Build Staffing

Adrienne Kessler
Heal Estate

Tatiana Shabelnik
Tatiana Shabelnik

Jenny Jimenez
Pacific Rail

Alia Lysiuk
Brunswick Holdings

Brooke Norton Lais

Ana Almada
VP Operations
DKN Hotels

Lesley Carey
Managing Partner
Cashmere Hotel Group

Paula Stamp
PCL Construction

Laura Gerson
CEO & Producer
Nix|Gerson Media

Joanne Rubino
Think Factory Media

Featured Past Event Speakers

Catherine Monson

Nora Zimmett
Sr. Vice President
Weather Channel

Gina Chapa
Vice President
American Airlines

Andrea Coulter
Regional Director
Dollar General

Sara Daugherty
Executive Director
Blue Cross & Blue Shield

Samantha Colletti
Senior Vice President
Silicon Valley Bank

Past Participants in Our Events

• Advantage Resourcing
• Alliant Health Solutions
• Ashley Furniture
• AT&T
• Colonial Pipeline
• Cumulus Media
• Curant Health
• Dustex
• Fidelity Bank
• Hodges-Mace
• Homestar Financial
• IFG Companies
• Influence Health
• InfoMart, Inc.
• Jackson & Coker
• Jackson Healthcare
• Korn Ferry
• LG Hausys America, Inc.
• National Vision
• Navex Global
• Paragon Performance
• WellStreet
• Pruitt Health
• PwC
• Regions Bank
• Ryno Media
• ServiceMaster
• Sheltering Arms
• SpaceWorks Enterprises
• SunTrust
• Trimont Real Estate
• Vista Metals GA
• Waffle House
• Weber-Stephen Products
(and thousands of other leading companies who have attended our many conferences)

Location: Westin South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa
Date: February 7, 2019
Fee: $199 (Limited Seating so Register Now).

Detailed Agenda

9:00 am - 9:35 am -- Welcome Registration, Refreshments, Peer Networking.

9:35 am - 10:05 am -- Power Plays for Women Leaders Leaders communicate with confidence, negotiate with precision, lead without fear. Join us to explore strong workplace practices and effective communication strategies. Critical conversations and how to go after what you deserve, want and need.
• Identify personal strengths and weaknesses
• Taking care of yourself
• Saying "No" with confidence

10:05 am - 10:35 am -- Narrowing the Wage Gap In an effort to close the pay gap between men and women, removing salary history from hiring and compensation decisions will level the playing field between applicants and put a stop to practices that force women to carry their lower pay status from old to new jobs. This presetation reviews current regulations and best practices to acheive compensation goals and work toward closing the wage gap.

10:35 am - 11:05 am -- Your Leadership Potential: Discuss how being in charge differs from contribution, what skills achieve results through team members and how interpersonal issues and disagreements can jeopardize projects, departments and teams. Look at ways to deal with conflict and and solve problems quickly.

11:05 am- 11:35 am -- The Art of Networking: Everyone is a networker, but in order to create opportunities for yourself, you need to be a connector. Making that genuine connection can be difficult for networkers, it's no longer about meeting at an event and collecting a business card. The real connection will help you develop personally and professionally.

11:35 am- 12:05 pm -- Reviving your Career: Actionable Steps to Achieve a Professional Renaissance. Whether you have stepped off your current path or returning after a professional hiatus, this session will look at what you can do to avoid or overcome a plateau, revive your career, and finding ways to follow your passion. What are some best practices for transitioning back into the workplace? How can you maintain a record of professional development, despite being on “break?” How can you “catch up” to be more competitive in your career of choice?

12:20 pm- 1:00 pm -- Seated Lunch and Peer Networking

1:00 pm- 1:45 pm -- Building Your Value: Thinking strategically can help you frame your past accomplishments into a showcase that will help you transition into a stronger leadership position. This topic will help you look closer at yourself and start building a foundation around your value and contributions that impact your organization.

1:45 pm- 2:15 pm -- Women on the Web: Leveraging Social Media as a Means to Success: How can we use social media with the right balance between work and home? Learn how to successfully leverage social media platforms for change in your professional development, across various industries and in your organization.

2:15 pm- 2:45 pm -- The "It Factor": Executive Presence for Women "Executive presence does not come from a position or title, but from example and action. Second on the list of top 20 leadership traits survey of CIOs conducted by Gartner, Executive Presence. Understanding and Developing your executive presence is paramount for communcation power, consistency, influence, and strong leadership. This presentation will give you the insight needed to make that impact, communicate with clarity, plus recognize emotion in others.

2:45 pm- 3:15 pm -- Handle Difficult Conversations with Confidence: Is there a difficult conversation that keeps you awake at night? Learn a scripting technique to clearly communicate an issue and its impact, propose a solution, and inspire positive outcomes for a joint resolution. Explore techniques to diffuse anger in others and create safety in these conversations. You’ll improve teamwork and productivity by dealing appropriately with important issues and conflicts.

3:15 pm -- End of the Main Event and Peer Networking: This concludes our speaker sessions, but we encourage to you network and discuss the days topic and reach out to any of our vendors and/or speakers for any additional information. Thank you for your time and participation in our event

Location: Westin South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa
Date: February 7, 2019
Fee: $199 (Limited Seating so Register Now).

"It was excellent and thought provoking."  Carla McDonald, Regional Director of Revenue Mgt, Hospitality Ventures Management Group

"I truly enjoyed the key note speakers who got the audience engaged, made us laugh, who were light-hearted, entertaining, but said great things."  - Charity Alber, Operations Executive, S-Phase

"I really enjoyed the conference. I felt that this conference really held my attention. I was interested in listening to all of the speakers."  - Amanda Gunnells, Project Manager, Schneider Electric

"The speakers were good and the topics were interesting...All in all, I did enjoy the day and learned a lot."  - Susan Roman, Executive Director, S-Phase

"I think the diverse range of speakers was a big positive."  - Dori Mendel, Director of Communications, Call2Recycle

"The panels at the end were valuable and had good content...Owing your worth – also very valuable."  - Karen Baker, Sr.V.P., nThrive

"I really enjoyed the speakers from diverse industries."  - Giulia Bundesmann, General Manager, Primal Screen

"Thank you I really enjoyed yesterday’s program. I felt it covered a broad spectrum of women and the speakers were very insightful."  - Sandi Horgan, Sales Manager, Legendary Events

"Enjoyed the level of speakers as well as varied experiences and backgrounds...Overall content shared was unique and engaging."  - Lauren Unell, Industry Relations Manager, Cox Automotive

"Liked having relatable speakers that share their personal story highlighting their struggle and leading up to their current state of success."  - Kathija Mohammed, Director, AAHOA

"The Mix of presenters was very valuable/interesting. Enjoyed the Panel discussion and open audience Q&A."  - Tia Bryant, Executive Director, S Phase

"Speakers were great and covered great topics. Loved the diversity."  - Bonita Richardson, Accounting Manager, Assurant

"I enjoyed the conference. I thought the topics and speakers were great."  - Katelyn Stewart, Marketing Manager, Warren Averett

"From a Speaker perspective I think they were pretty good."  - Jen Forbes, Director of Leadership Development and Culture, GPS Hospitality

"The conference was very enjoyable. Really felt moved and am making some positive changes in my life as we speak."  - Jennifer Efferson, Chief Administrative Officer, The Powers Company

"I think the concept of the Summit is AMAZING and please continue to do it."  - Victoria Myers, Director of Compliance, Conisus

"I liked the diversity of speakers. The topics were relevant and enjoyed the questions and answer after each speech."  - Jeannine Blanco, Manager, East Lake Foundation

"I thought that the topics were relevant from both a professional development and also a personal standpoint."  - Jill Houchin, Excise Tax Director, RaceTrac Petroleum

"Enjoyed the diversity of topics and backgrounds, and a nice mix of roundtable discussions and more hands-on workshop topics."  - Jill Mourigal, Investment Operations Manager, FiduciaryVest

"Nice location! "  - Vicki Hall, Sr. Manager, Assurant

"All of the speakers were leaders in their careers and extremely inspiration."  - Denise Pagliarulo, VP Finance, AXIS Capital

"I liked the variety of speakers that attended and the how each of them brought something new and exciting to the table to learn from."  - Lauren Ewers, HR Coordinator, Veristor Systems

"I enjoyed the booking of high caliber women as guest speakers."  - Lynn Mcgee, Marketing Manager, FiduciaryVest

"I enjoyed the entire day. The speakers were the best!"  - Susan Waits, V.P. Business Development, HSI Financial Services

"I thought all of the quest speakers did great!"  - Sandra Wingard, Asst. Director of Program, Girl Scouts

"I really enjoyed the speakers. I thought everyone was very accomplished & inspiring."  - Rachel Kohl, Digital Asset Manager, Turner Broadcasting

"I liked that there were multiple speakers for shorter time frames which kept the audience engaged and not at risk of losing interest."  - Paula Wood, Talent Delivery Team Lead, McKesson

"The speakers selected for the event were captivating and engaging which kept the audience focused."  - Alicia Clem, Marketing Manager, Pattillo Construction

"I liked the variety of presentation topics and how personable each one was."  - Alicia Clem, Marketing Manager, Pattillo Construction

"I really enjoyed the variety of presentations and panel members. Made for a well-rounded takeaway of information."  - Marissa Swanson, Architect, Rosser International

"Great speakers!"  - Donna Kain, Director Private Wealth Management, Synovus