Agenda

The first portion of the day takes place at Embassy Suites Chicago, where you will hear from distinguished speakers and have an opportunity to network with Booth faculty, colleagues, and alumnae. In the afternoon, you will walk across the street to Gleacher Center, for the afternoon sessions. 

The Booth Women Connect Conference is organized to highlight three levels of professional expertise, which are indicated in the session descriptions: early career (sessions are most relevant for individuals with up to six years of professional experience), midcareer (sessions are most relevant for individuals with 6 - 15 years of professional experience), and late career (sessions are most relevant for individuals with more than 15 years of experience). You may attend any session you choose. 

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Friday, October 10

Morning Programming

8:30 - 9 a.m.
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Registration and Continental Breakfast

 

Embassy Suites Chicago, Chicago River Ballroom

9 - 9:15 a.m.
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Welcome Remarks

 

Michele Hooper, '75, President of MJH Consulting LLC and Founder and Managing Partner of the Directors’ Council

9:15 - 10:30 a.m.
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Leading the Way: Women at the Forefront of Conscious Business

 

We can find women in every role at every level in business today. Yes, there are still systemic and societal issues that negatively affect women that need to be resolved. Yet, we are in the middle of the evolution. It's happening. This calls for us to look toward the future, join the positive momentum, and claim our rightful place as influential leaders today, no matter our role, age, or experience. Thea Durfee Polancic from ClearSpace and Elizabeth Ruske from Tiara International share an inspiring vision for how women are on the cutting edge of the conscious business revolution, and how to begin the work to take our place.  

Presenters: 
Thea Durfee Polancic, Managing Partner, ClearSpace
Elizabeth Ruske, Managing Partner, Tiara International

10:45 - 11:45 a.m.
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From Iowa and Illinois, Not Mars and Venus: Debunking Dangerous Myths About Gender Differences

 

Everyone loves to joke about the differences between men and women, but some of these presumed differences are no laughing matter. Nicholas Epley, John Templeton Keller Professor of Behavioral Science at Chicago Booth, will present research comparing perceived gender differences against actual gender differences and explain why misunderstanding the magnitude of gender differences matters in both your personal and professional life. He will also reveal the largest gender difference documented by researchers and tell some funny jokes about the differences between men and women.

Presenter: 
Nicholas Epley, John Templeton Keller Professor of Behavioral Science, Chicago Booth

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
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Lunch

 

Embassy Suites Chicago, Atrium

12:45 - 1:30 p.m.
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A Woman's Perspective on a Wall Street Career: Leadership and Networking in a Male-Dominated Industry

 

Jana Hale Doty, AB '88, MBA ’90, shares her experience at Goldman Sachs as a strategic leader in the fast-evolving global equity markets over the past quarter of a century. She outlines how being a woman in this industry has its key advantages and disadvantages, but more importantly describes a realistic set of assumptions, goals, and decisions a woman can expect to have and make in this competitive environment.

Presenter:
Jana Hale Doty, AB '88, MBA '90, Retired Co-CEO, Goldman Sachs Execution and Clearing; Retired Global Head of Goldman Sachs Algorithmic Trading/Execution Service

Embassy Suites, Chicago River Ballroom


1:30 - 2 p.m.
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Walk to Gleacher Center

Concurrent Sessions, 2 - 3 p.m.

 
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Managing for the First Time

 

Managing a team for the first time can be rewarding, as well as challenging. This panel, moderated by Patty Keegan, associate dean, Chicago Booth Executive MBA Program North America, and featuring Sarah Egan, ’05, Mary Ignas, '12 (XP-81), Katie Casey, '10, and Megan Geelhoed, '09 will discuss these rewards and challenges. The conversation will draw from the perspectives of a human resources professional, a seasoned manager, and a new manager to offer valuable insights and lessons learned for anyone recently entering a management role or hoping to manage in the near future. 

Panelists:
Sarah Egan, '05, Senior Director, Human Resources Business Partners, CME
Mary Ignas, '12 (XP-81), Business Unit Leader, Boise Paper
Katie Casey, '10, Business Operations Manager, HERE

Megan Geelhoed, '09, Principal, A.T. Kearney

Moderator:
Patty Keegan, Associate Dean, Executive MBA and Global Integration, Chicago Booth

This session is intended for women who are early on in their careers.

 
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Critical Conversations

 

In this session led by George Andrews, associate dean for Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs, you will explore how to create a safe way to engage in high-stakes conversations (where opinions vary and emotions run high), whether it be with your boss, coworker, or spouse. This is an interactive session. You will be working in learning teams and, while volunteers are encouraged, you may be called upon to practice the tools in front of the class.

Presenter:
George Andrews, Associate Dean, Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs, Chicago Booth

This session is intended for all conference attendees.

 
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Integration of Life and Career

 

We often talk about the need for work-life balance, but that implies that you can evenly distribute your time and your energy. You can create more integration and harmony among all aspects of your life by being mindful of the choices you are making and prioritizing your efforts. This experiential session will help you focus on identifying your own priorities and give you the opportunity to synthesize the various pieces of your work and your life.

Presenter: 
Nancy Johnston, Senior Associate Director, Corporate Relations, Chicago Booth

This session is intended for women who are midcareer.

 
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Women and Entrepreneurship

 

This session will look at the motivations, choices, and realities of women who choose the entrepreneurial path and an in-depth discussion of the challenges and opportunities they face. 

Presenter:
Waverly Deutsch, Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship, Chicago Booth

This session is intended for all conference attendees.

 
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Being Different Isn't So Daring: How Others' Decisions Affect Our Consumption Patterns, Presented by the Kilts Center for Marketing

 

Ayelet Fishbach, Jeffrey Breakenridge Keller Professor of Behavioral Science and Marketing at Chicago Booth, discusses how consumers respond to others’ evaluations and consumption: When do they mimic others? When do they make complementing consumption decisions? Consumers see themselves as part of a group, and they mentally, and sometimes, literally, share their consumption with others. Fishbach’s research explores how consumers make consumption decisions for the self and others with information on others, how they coordinate their consumption with others, and what are their patterns of coordination. These findings have implications for marketing-related questions such as what types of new products to take to market and how to promote brands.

Presenter:
Ayelet Fishbach, Jeffrey Breakenridge Keller Professor of Behavioral Science and Marketing, Chicago Booth

This session is intended for all conference attendees.

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Concurrent Sessions, 3:15 - 4:15 p.m.

 
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Reinventing Your Career

 

Are you thinking about a change in your professional life? If you are thinking about a small pivot or a full-blown career reboot, know that you are not alone. Did you know that individuals today have multiple careers with a handful of jobs within each career? Join a lively discussion on how Booth alumnae with backgrounds in banking, consumer goods marketing, consulting, and investments reinvented their careers and lives.

Panelists:
Pamela Schilling, '00, Managing Director, Career Strategist and Adviser, Shilling & Associates; Assistant Professor, School of Business and Nonprofit Management, North Park University
Caroline Grossman, '03, Senior Coach, Management Laboratories, Chicago Booth
Nancy Rothstein, '79, The Sleep Ambassador®
Anita Brick, AB '77, MBA '81, Director of Career Advancement Programs, Chicago Booth
Daphne Mazarakis, '99, Founder, Speaker, Author, Educator: Thinking Within LLC; Founder, CEO: Tula Foods Inc.

This session is intended for women who are mid to late career.

 
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What's Your Return on Self-Awareness? How to Capture Some of Its Value

 

A Forbes article recently pushed the idea of self-awareness: “When we are not self-aware, people around us have a better sense of our strengths and weaknesses than we do, and we lose credibility; When we are self-aware, we are more in touch with reality; people trust and respect us more.” Self-awareness sounds like something everyone wants. This session will discuss a few different ways to think about self-awareness and explore some tools to increase your own self-awareness and, therefore, your effectiveness as a leader.  

Presenter:
Ruth Reiner, Associate Dean for Leadership Development for the Part-Time MBA Programs, Chicago Booth

This session is intended for women who are early on in their careers.

 
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Inside the Chicago Booth Shark Tank, Presented by the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

 

The Edward L. Kaplan, '71, New Venture Challenge (NVC) is the premier start-up program at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, helping students turn entrepreneurial ideas into viable businesses. Well-known Chicago-based companies such as GrubHub, Braintree, BenchPrep, and MedSpeed got their start in this program. Today you'll get an insider's view of the NVC by watching an NVC team pitch their business and then answer questions from NVC coaches and entrepreneurs. 

Panelists:

Katlin Smith, Founder and CEO, Simple Mills

Aparna Misra, Cofounder and CEO, Highstride

Judges:
Ellen Rudnick, '73, Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship; Executive Director, Michael P. Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship, Chicago Booth

Waverly Deutsch, Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship, Chicago Booth

Bob Rosenberg, Adjunct Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship, Chicago Booth

Session will be introduced by Starr Marcello, Director and COO, Michael P. Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship, Chicago Booth

This session is intended for all conference attendees.

 
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Enhancing Your Capacity for Effective Influence

 

Through a discussion of both research and the real-world experiences of women leaders, this panel will explore how some fundamentals of effective influence can look and be used by women in all domains of life.

Faculty:
Heather Caruso, Adjunct Associate Professor of Behavioral Science, Chicago Booth

This session is intended for all conference attendees.

 
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Getting On Board - Impact and Career Development Through Nonprofit Boards, Presented by the Social Enterprise Initiative

 

Looking to further your career while making an impact in an area you are passionate about? Serving on a nonprofit board can increase your network, hone your leadership skills, and give you opportunities in management, marketing, financial oversight, and human resources. Join the Chicago Booth Social Enterprise Initiative for this interactive workshop in which you will explore different types of organizations and boards, how to narrow down your passions, how to find opportunities in Chicago, how to approach and introduce yourself to an organization, and what diligence questions to ask before joining a board. Led by Judy Maley, '84, an independent philanthropy professional, Gayle Haller, '87, regional director for Westchester County, National Executive Service Corps, and Christina Hachikian, AB '02, MBA '07, director of the Social Enterprise Initiative at Chicago Booth, this session will leave you with a potential list and strategic plan to start your search for a fulfilling and worthwhile nonprofit board experience.

Panelists:
Judy Maley, '84, Independent Philanthropy Professional
Gayle Haller, '87, Regional Director, Westchester County for the National Executive Service Corps.
Christina Hachikian, AB '02, MBA '07, Director of the Social Enterprise Initiative, Chicago Booth (moderator)

This session is intended for all conference attendees.

 
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Mentors: Why You Need Them and How to Look for One

 

Mentors are needed for both personal and professional growth. This session will discuss how to create high net worth relationships with mentors and leverage those to improve your success and your life. The alumni will teach you how to use mentors as a springboard for success. The first portion will be a panel of mentors followed by a workshop on how to find mentors that match your needs. 

Panelists:
Greg Besio, '89
Cheryl Francis, '78

Moderator:
Victoria Sassine, '99 

This session is intended for women who are early on in their careers.

Reception, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.