2016 Event Agenda

Join us for Booth Women Connect Conference to hear from distinguished speakers and network with Booth faculty, colleagues, and alumnae.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 9 a.m.

Introductions will be made by Douglas J. Skinner, interim dean and Eric J. Gleacher Distinguished Service Professor of Accounting at Chicago Booth. Welcome remarks will be made by Linnea Roberts, ’90, advisory director to Goldman Sachs.

Plenary Session 1

9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

In this session, Marianne Bertrand, Chris P. Dialynas Distinguished Service Professor of Economics, will review research on the economic, social, and psychological factors that account for the remaining under-representation of women in the top corporate echelons and the role of public policy in addressing this gender gap.

Break

10:15 - 10:45 a.m.

Morning Concurrent Sessions

10:45 - 11:45 a.m.
Please select one session.

The most successful women leaders know how to align their confidence with their competency. Carol Vernon will explore the four keys for doing this including, being intentional about how you are perceived; keeping a laser focus on delivering results and value; creating meaningful relationships; and caring for yourself.

Have professional challenges or questions? Want input/advice from peers and those who have been there? Attend “If I Knew Then What I Know Now” for small group, facilitated networking to discuss career advancement, building advocacy, and balancing career/family questions. Hosted by Judy Maley, '84, Social Enterprise Advisor, and Pam Schilling, '00, Managing Director and Career Strategist, The MBA Exchange.

Mentors and sponsors are both incredibly valuable, but for different reasons. This panel explores the difference between a mentor and a sponsor, the relative strengths of each of these types of relationships, and how to facilitate and maintain productive connections in both contexts.

Moderator Marianne Bertrand, Chris P. Dialynas Distinguished Service Professor of Economics, Chicago Booth
Speakers Kate Glasser, ’09, Global Business Director, Dow Chemical Company
Gayatri Narayan, ’08, General Manager, Amazon
Jeanne Ryan, ’91, Principal, ZS Associates
Kae Wallace, ’10, Vice President Digital Finance, Goldman Sachs

Please note: this session is for students only.

Join Booth faculty and alumni “entrepreneurs in residence” in lively conversations on selected topics designed to help you fine tune your entrepreneurial goals. These roundtables, brought to you in partnership with the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the Social Enterprise Initiative, will help you launch or grow your company, prepare for the next step in your entrepreneurial career, and meet other entrepreneurs. Topics include Honing Your Elevator Pitch, Designing Your Market Strategy, and more!

Topic Facilitators
Designing Your Market Strategy Susan Silver, President, Argentum Strategy Group
Shegan Campbell, '05, Cofounder and CEO, Kids Science Labs
Honing Your Elevator Pitch Mike Moyer, '04, Adjunct Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship, Chicago Booth
Alana Muller, '98, Networking Coach and Consultant, Coffee Lunch Coffee
Creating Your Team David Rabie, '15, Cofounder and CEO, Tovala
Andi Hadisutjipto, '16, Founder and CEO, Riviter
Incorporating Social Impact Andrea Sreshta, '16, Cofounder, LuminAID
Christina Hachikian, '07, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Strategy, Executive Director, Social Enterprise Initiative, Chicago Booth
Elizabeth Coston, Senior Associate, Impact Engine
Finding Great Ideas  Adrissha Wimberly, '10, Digital Service Expert, US Digital Service, The White House
Will Gossin, Senior Associate Director for Social Entrepreneurship & Social Venture Funding Programs
David Friedman, '89, Founder and CEO, Autonomy Works
Choosing the Right Investors Gale Bowman, '12, Cofounder, Irish Angels
Jennifer Fried, '15, Cofounder and CEO, ExplORer Surgical
Launching a Consumer Product Julia Carmona, '13, and Lauren Katzberg, '13, Cofounders, Stylisted
Katlin Smith, Founder and CEO, Simple Mills

The question of our time, “Can we have it all?” is asked by corporate executives, entrepreneurs, academics, and room moms alike. The discussion around women finding balance between their careers and personal lives is ubiquitous and decades old. An increasingly important trend in this discussion is the desire to make a difference in the world while juggling the demands of our already busy lives. We care deeply about issues like poverty, climate change, education, the arts, criminal justice, and the list goes on and on. But where is the time to impact change when we are trying to carve successful careers, pay off our loans, support our partners, support a family, and take a rare time-out to breathe?

UChicago trustee Elizabeth Thompson and a veteran panel of social impactors will address this broader question and also dig deeper for more nuanced perspectives like how to get the other stakeholders in your life on board; how to find meaning and motivation in your day job; and how to determine if it’s time to make ‘social impact’ your full time career. Join us for this discussion and hear the stories of truly inspiring women.

Moderator Deepa Garg, ’16, Founder and CEO, EnerLet
Jasmine Kwong, AB ’06, Current Chicago Booth Student, Lab Manager, Chicago Booth
Speakers Jessica Malkin, CEO, Chicago Ideas
Dorri McWhorter, CEO, YWCA Chicago
Elizabeth Thompson, President, Cleveland Avenue Foundation for Education
Jessica Droste Yagan, CEO, Impact Engine

Lunch and Keynote

Noon - 1:30 p.m.

Join Julie Roehm, '95, SVP Strategic Relationships and Chief Storyteller, SAP, in this “edutainment” session on the history of storytelling and the applications for you as well as in business today. Cosponsored by the Chicago Booth Kilts Center for Marketing, Roehm will explore how to create lasting impressions and enduring connections through video, digital mediums, and even through your own voice.

Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

1:45 - 2:45 p.m.
Please select one session.

If there were a skill that allowed you to drive stronger results, generate a culture of innovation within your teams, and gain valuable insights, would you want to develop it? That skill is the ability to ask powerful questions. Ruth Reiner, Associate Dean for Leadership Development for the Part-Time MBA Programs, and Geri Richmond, Senior Associate Director for Leadership Development for the Part-Time MBA Programs, will provide you with a framework that can easily be implemented when asking powerful questions, as well as an opportunity to enhance your ability to construct and ask the questions that create greater possibilities to drive results, resolve conflict, and provide insights.

Join Elatia Abate, '08, Founder & CEO, Dream Job Designs, and learn how to plan your next career move and create the life you want. The ugly truth about careers is that most of us are dissatisfied, bored, unhappy or worse at work for most of our lives. The great news is that there is an easy way to solve that problem and create a career and life that are fulfilling.

The most successful women leaders know how to align their confidence with their competency. Carol Vernon will explore the four keys for doing this including, being intentional about how you are perceived; keeping a laser focus on delivering results and value; creating meaningful relationships; and caring for yourself.

Join Booth faculty and alumni “entrepreneurs in residence” in lively conversations on selected topics designed to help you fine tune your entrepreneurial goals. These roundtables, brought to you in partnership with the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the Social Enterprise Initiative, will help you launch or grow your company, prepare for the next step in your entrepreneurial career, and meet other entrepreneurs. Topics include Honing Your Elevator Pitch, Designing Your Market Strategy, Getting Your First Customer, and more!

Topic Facilitators
Designing Your Market Strategy Susan Silver, President, Argentum Strategy Group
Shegan Campbell, '05, Cofounder and CEO, Kids Science Labs
Honing Your Elevator Pitch Starr Marcello, Executive Director, Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Alana Muller, '98, Networking Coach and Consultant, Coffee Lunch Coffee
Creating Your Team David Rabie, '15, Cofounder and CEO, Tovala
Andi Hadisutjipto, '16, Founder and CEO, Riviter
Incorporating Social Impact Andrea Sreshta, '16, Cofounder, LuminAID
Christina Hachikian, '07, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Strategy, Executive Director, Social Enterprise Initiative, Chicago Booth
Finding Great Ideas  Adrissha Wimberly, '10, Digital Service Expert, US Digital Service, The White House
Will Gossin, Senior Associate Director for Social Entrepreneurship & Social Venture Funding Programs
David Friedman, '89, Founder and CEO, Autonomy Works
Choosing the Right Investors Gale Bowman, '12, Cofounder, Irish Angels
Jennifer Fried, '15, Cofounder and CEO, ExplORer Surgical
Launching a Consumer Product Julia Carmona, '13, and Lauren Katzberg, '13, Cofounders, Stylisted
Katlin Smith, Founder and CEO, Simple Mills

Jeanne Hultquist, '84, Anne Steer, '79, Alysia Tan, '00, and Donna Zarcone, '87 are all women who took a career risk, either by leaving the workforce and returning stronger or by making a 180-degree change in their career direction. Learn from these inspiring women how they have repurposed and recycled their skills in new ways and paid attention to what they do well and enjoy in order to achieve fulfilling and successful second acts. Attendees will leave inspired by alumnae stories and ready to start their own second act.

Moderator Julie Morton, Associate Dean, Career Services and Corporate Relations, Chicago Booth
Speakers Jeanne Hultquist, ’84, Senior Director, Strategy, Marketing, and Alliances, Anita Borg Institute
Anne Steer, ’79, Head of Distribution, Congress Asset Management
Alysia Tan, ’00, Managing Director, Lincoln International
Donna Zarcone, ’87, President and CEO, The Economic Club of Chicago

Our stories are our most powerful asset. But do we use them intentionally? Are we able to tell the right stories at the right time for the right reasons? The ability to tell stories is the most powerful tool of influence we wield, and in this session, Craig Wortmann, Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship, will describe how your stories impact and motivate people, and how to capture, distill, and tell your most powerful stories.

Break

2:45 - 3 p.m.

Plenary Session 2

3 - 3:45 p.m.

Life challenges and setbacks sometimes feel overwhelming, but how you respond to these events can determine success. Roxanne Martino, ’88, Managing Partner, OceanM19, moderates a discussion with Debra Cafaro, Chairman and CEO, Ventas, Inc., and Adela Cepeda, ’84, President, A.C. Advisory, Inc., as they share their stories about overcoming personal and professional obstacles and how their persistence paid off.

Closing remarks will be made by Stacey Kole, Deputy Dean for Alumni, Corporate Relations and the Full-Time MBA Program and Clinical Professor of Economics.

Join Booth Women Connect Conference speakers and attendees for a networking reception following the conference outside the Regency Ballroom.