Agenda

The fifth annual Booth Women Connect Conference takes place at the Palmer House Hilton, where you will hear from distinguished speakers and have an opportunity to network with Booth faculty, colleagues, and alumnae.

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Friday, October 23

Registration and Welcome Remarks, 8:30 - 9:15 a.m.

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

 

Location: Registration, 4th Floor
Breakfast, State Ballroom

9 - 9:15 a.m.
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Welcome Remarks

 

Presenter: 

Roxanne Martino, '88, CEO, Partner, and Investment Committee Chairperson, Aurora Investment Management

Location: Grand Ballroom 

Plenary Session 1, 9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

9:15 - 10:15 a.m.
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Leadership Capital:  The wisdom to decide when to manage and when to lead

 

As executives, we are both leaders and managers.  At certain junctures, we choose one approach over the other. As leaders, we strive to create a radically different future. At other points, as managers, we optimize the status quo. Leadership Capital is the wisdom to make this choice between driving growth or transformational change. The session will provide you with a new and effective framework to use as a tool in understanding this important decision.

Presenter: 

Linda Ginzel, Clinical Professor of Managerial Psychology, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Location:  Grand Ballroom 

Concurrent Sessions, 10:45 - Noon

10:45 - Noon
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Building Your Professional Brand

 

How can professional women most effectively demonstrate their thought leadership inside their firm and more broadly to attract customers and/or investors?  Hear from our panelists about their efforts creating visibility and credibility.  We will discuss whether women need to work harder at this than men and how to effectively leverage mentors and sponsors in this process.

Presenters: 

Amy Ellis, '80, Co-Founder and President, MedAvante

Kristi Rubenstien, '12 (XP-81), Client Service Manager, Gallup

Trista Choski, '13, Consultant, Bain & Company

Megan Ledyard, '13, Investment Banking Associate, Morgan Stanley

Moderated by Rebecca Sive, Academic Director, Women in Public Leadership Executive Education Program Harris School of Public Policy, The University of Chicago

Location: 3rd Floor Salons

10:45 - Noon
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From Terry Gross to Hillary Clinton: Gender and Communication

 

How do men and women communicate differently in the workplace? Should women adjust their communication style to be perceived as more effective?  Or should institutions change their structures and assumptions so more “feminine” ways of speaking and writing are equally valued? In this workshop, Emily Lambert and Hal Weitzman, editors of Capital Ideas, bring research and analysis to bear on the issue of gender and business communication.

Presenters: 

Hal Weitzman, Executive Director of Intellectual Capital, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Emily Lambert, Associate Director, Intellectual Capital, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Location: 3rd Floor Salons


10:45 - Noon
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Encouraging Women to Take Career Risks

 

Much has been written in the media suggesting women are more risk averse than men when it comes to their careers and life in general. We will explore this hypothesis through conversation with alumnae. The panelists will share their personal experiences of risks they have taken throughout their career. How did they calculate the risk? How did they feel? What was the pay off? You will have an opportunity to think about the role risk plays in your own career.

Presenters: 

Julie A. McLaughlin, '13 (XP-82), Partner and Co-Founder, Vertex Energía 

Angela Blatteis, '86, Co-Founder and Interim CEO, Soupure & Gores Group Ambassador

Rosa Ebling, '94 (XP-63), Senior Vice President, Robert W. Baird & Company

Alyssa Pei, '02, Partner, A.T. Kearney, Inc.

Location: 3rd Floor Salons

10:45 - Noon
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Inside the Chicago Booth Shark Tank sponsored by 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.

Presenters: 

Ellen A. Rudnick, '73, Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Executive Director, Michael P. Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, University of Chicago Booth School of Business  

Waverly Deutsch, Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Location: 3rd Floor Salons

10:45 - Noon
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Learning from Experience sponsored by the Harry L. Davis Center for Leadership

 

In 1992, Chicago Booth faculty Harry Davis and Robin Hogarth wrote “Rethinking Management Education: A View from Chicago” that referred to high performing individuals are smart, savvy, and insightful.  This paper laid out a powerful framework that underlies much of the Chicago Booth curriculum today and focuses on helping students acquire action and insight skills. Insight skills refer to the ability and habit of reflecting on the outcome of our actions and drawing the right lessons from experience.   Chicago Booth continues to lead the way in helping students learn more effectively from their experience. You will hear from panelists who have embraced and benefited from this approach and you will learn a strategy for developing this important lifelong skill yourself. This session compliments the Taking Charge of Your Professional Development session in the afternoon, and you may want to consider attending both.

Presenters: 

Suzelle Tempero, Director of Communication, Campus & Student Life, University of Chicago

Robert White, Vice President of Operations, The Cara Program

Carrie Spitler, Executive Director, Snow City Arts Foundation

Moderated by Susan Popa, Director, Harry L. Davis Center for Leadership

Location: 3rd Floor Salons

2:15 - 3:30 p.m.
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Marketing Insights sponsored by the James M. Kilts Center for Marketing

 

There is a lot of discussion these days about the use of analytics in the context of big data. In this session, Professor Chintagunta will discuss some of the insights that Booth marketing faculty has been able to draw by carefully looking at patterns in the data as a prelude to engaging in more complex analytics. Specifically, he will try to show that patterns in the data can be used to identify (i) important questions (ii) effects of various marketing instruments (iii) model structure. If time permits, Professor Chintagunta will also briefly discuss his research that is trying to measure the impact of volunteer consulting on microenterprises in Uganda.

Presenter:

Pradeep K. Chintagunta, Joseph T. and Bernice S. Lewis Distinguished Service Professor of Marketing, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Location: 3rd Floor Salons

Keynote and Lunch, Noon - 2:15 p.m.

Noon - 1:00 p.m.
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Lunch

 


Location: Grand Ballroom

1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
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Keynote

 

Presenter:

Joyce Frost, '89, Partner, Riverside Risk Advisors

Location: Grand Ballroom


Concurrent Sessions, 2:15 - 3:30 p.m.

2:15 - 3:30 p.m.
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Re-Launching a Career

 

This panel will feature experienced alumnae who have either taken a career break to care for children and parents or pursued volunteer opportunities or other personal interests, and have since returned to the workforce. Panelists will share their stories for achieving the impact they desire in their careers. They will share advice about positioning your skills and utilizing your network to find the right opportunity.

Presenters:

Julie Danis, '84, Global Marketing Capabilities, Mondelez International 

Cynthia Shelley, '96, Intertek

Julie Voelker, '87, Second Vice President, Northern Trust Corporation

Moderated by Linnea Conrad Roberts, '90, Advisory Director, Investment Banking, Goldman Sachs

Location: 3rd Floor Salons

2:15 - 3:30 p.m.
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Success in the Global Workplace

 

Businesses are increasingly operating in international markets and engaging suppliers, partners, and customers around the globe.  This means leaders must effectively manage across cultures and understand a diverse array of customers. Many leaders now spend a significant part of their career engaged in international travel or international assignments. Leaders must understand be able to engage colleagues, employees, partners, and customers with very different communication and management styles. Join a discussion with alumnae who have had diverse experiences working in different markets, leading global teams, and interacting across multiple cultures.

Presenters:

Silvana Machado, '97, Managing Partner and Director, A.T. Kearney 

Sarah Quinlan, '84, Senior Vice President and Group Head of Market Insights, MasterCard Advisors

Moderated by Glenn Sykes, Associate Dean Evening and Weekend MBA Programs and Program Innovation, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Location: 3rd Floor Salons

2:15-3:30 p.m.
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Taking Charge of your Professional Development

 

This interactive session will provide you with a framework for thinking about and taking accountability for your professional development. Through a series of exercises, you will have an opportunity to think about the professional and leadership skills you most want to improve and receive actionable feedback and suggestions via peer coaching with other participants. You will leave with ideas for making continued progress. This session compliments the Learning from Experience session in the morning and you may want to consider attending both.

Presenter:

Ruth Reiner, Associate Dean for Leadership Development for the Part-Time MBA Programs, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Location: 3rd Floor Salons

2:15 - 3:30 p.m.
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Building Resiliency

 

Resiliency is the ability to recover from adversity. We all face adversity throughout our lives and careers. What causes some people to “bounce back” more easily than others? Are there differences in the ways men and women respond to adversity? Join a panel of alumnae sharing their personal stories. We will discuss how to build mental toughness and the capacity to own your success and recover from adversity and failure, real or perceived.

Presenters: 

Roopa Gandhi Makhija, '96, President and Founder, GEP 

Lynne Smith, '86, Deputy Director, Investment Management Workflow, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 

Jill Wyant, '02, Executive Vice President and President, Global Food and Beverage, Ecolab

Moderated by Rosa Santos, Senior Associate Director, Leadership Development, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Location: 3rd Floor Salons

2:15 - 3:30 p.m.
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The Utility of the Creative Process

 

What does it mean to practice a creative process within our jobs and how to exercise this process for professional growth, both for the individual and the organization? Join us for a unique and thought-provoking session with John Michael Schert, Booth's inaugural Visiting Artist and Social Entrepreneur. John Michael will explore how his life as a professional ballet dancer, concurrent with being a non-profit executive director, led to his current work in stating the utility of not just creative product, but creative process in business and civic government.

Presenter:

John Michael Schert, Visiting Artist and Social Entrepreneur, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Location: 3rd Floor Salons

2:15 - 3:30 p.m.
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Making an Impact sponsored by the Social Enterprise Initiative

 

Hear from alumnae and students working and volunteering in the social sector about how they are making an impact on the immediate community around them and the global community. You will have an opportunity to consider the type of impact you are interested in making and explore the various paths to most effectively reach your goal.

Presenters:

Priya Parrish, '09, CIO Liquid Investments TCS Group

Maria Kim, '12, President and CEO The Cara Program

Micki O'Neil, '07, Founder and Executive Director Foundations College Prep

Moderated by Christina Hachikian '07, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Strategy; Director, Social Enterprise Initiative

Location: 3rd Floor Salons

Plenary Session 2, 3:45 - 4:30 p.m.

3:45 - 4:30 p.m.
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Women in Entrepreneurship: The Story Behind the Data

 

It is common knowledge that while women own about one third of the privately held businesses in the US, companies with women CEOs receive something in the vicinity of 3% of venture capital investments. From 2005 to 2014, less than 10% of VC backed companies even had one female on the founding team. Research suggests women are superior managers and companies with more women involved at the top out perform their competitors. What drives these trends and what can we, as Booth educated women, do to change the opportunity landscape for women entrepreneurs and women business leaders in general?

Panelists:

Waverly Deutsch, Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Location: Grand Ballroom

Closing Remarks and Reception, 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

4:30 - 4:45 p.m.
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Remarks

 

Location: Grand Ballroom

4:45 - 6:00 p.m.
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Reception

 

Location: State Ballroom