2018 Event Agenda

Explore the schedule below to see what attendees learned at the most recent Booth Women Connect Conference.

Registration and Continental Breakfast Compliments of Citadel and Citadel Securities

8:30–9 a.m.

Dean's Welcome

9–9:10 a.m.

Join us for welcome remarks as we kick off the 8th annual Booth Women Connect Conference.

Keynote Speaker - Jane Risen

9:10–10:10 a.m.

Fast friendships can often form when two people have a lot in common. But how can we foster relationships outside our usual circles, with people who are different than us—or even our enemies?

Chicago Booth professor of behavioral science Jane L. Risen is an expert in stereotyping and prejudice. She will present her findings on friendship formation, based on her research at a summer camp that aims to reduce intergroup conflict between Israeli and Palestinian teens. She will share her results highlighting the importance of meaningful, shared experiences, and discuss how repeated and intimate interactions can help us build relationships that overcome our divisions.

Speaker: Jane L. Risen

Coffee Break Compliments of Baird

10:10–10:40 a.m.

Morning Concurrent Sessions

10:45 a.m.–12 p.m.

A smash hit at last year’s conference, this session is back by popular demand. Are you as influential as you think you are? Learn how to see yourself as others see you, as well as how to avoid mistakes that can decrease your influence. This session will dispel the most common influence myths and instruct leaders on how to stop sabotaging themselves in order to leave a positive, lasting impression that influences action. This session is joined by an accompanying afternoon session where you can dive deeper to learn even more about communicating your influence.

Speaker: Stacey Hanke

Are you curious about why negotiations succeed or fail? Do you want to learn five key tools that can help to ensure your everyday negotiations are more effective? Every day we negotiate with coworkers, family, and friends. At their core, negotiations are interpersonal problem solving sessions. If we approach them using a fresh perspective with these new tools, we can potentially create joint gains, and all parties will benefit from the results.

This practical negotiation class will explore and explain five essential skills. These skills can provide the foundation of future success. They involve a variety of strategic decisions and personal choices. You will learn how to recognize your behavioral options and to act utilizing that input. Then, you will go forward with the skills to make better choices to improve your negotiated outcomes in the future.

Speaker: Linda Ginzel

Empower yourself with a whole new toolkit of personal and professional skills. This session will teach you how to connect with your audience through high-energy, interactive warm-ups, team exercises, video, real world scenarios, and repetition. No more glazed-over looks or team members checking their phones while you’re talking. We help you understand the basic brain science behind communication, and how you can leverage that science to keep your listeners hooked.

Speakers: Lidia Arshavsky and Lillian Foresyth

Having a trusted group of peers can serve as a vital resource as you navigate your professional career, and obtaining this support can be life changing. But it can be difficult to find a group who can support, challenge and advise you through the ups and downs of your personal and professional life. Representatives from three functioning/active peer circles will talk about how they formed, function, and flourish.

Speakers: Alexis Lavko, ’09; Anjali Nakhooda, ’07; Lotika Pai, ’08; Jessica Strausbaugh, ’08; and Aarti Vakharia, ’06.

Moderator: Julie Morton

Gender power dynamics are rapidly shifting. Is it still true that there is an inverse relationship between power and likeability for women? Balancing our changing expectations of power with society’s unconscious assumptions and perceptions of powerful women has become more complex. Determining how we step into our power in hierarchical organizations while maintaining (and being rewarded for) our skills of collaboration and relationship building is a crucial challenge. Join Women’s Leadership Lab to explore the framework of relational and goal-oriented power dynamics and learn how to effectively integrate both for maximum impact.

Speakers: Rima Imburgia, Shellie Willet-Kruchko, and Cynthia Zeltwanger

A common misperception holds that introverts aren’t leaders—that they aren’t comfortable taking charge, and don’t play well with others. In reality, introverts innately possess important qualities that contribute to highly effective leadership. Moreover, the talents they think come naturally to their more outgoing peers are actually skills they can cultivate.

Whether you’re an introvert or lead teams of diverse personalities, this session will reframe your thinking and reveal the introvert’s leadership superpowers. You’ll gain actionable strategies for aligning leadership style with one’s natural strengths.

Speaker: Beth Beulow 

The advice to “go with your gut” can guide you to poor and costly choices. Instead, using data to inform your decisions leads to powerful outcomes. In this session, marketing professor Jean-Pierre Dubé will discuss several examples in which organizations misallocated money by relying on a “gut instinct” approach to decision-making. Outlining several research studies, Dubé will illustrate how the Chicago Booth approach to marketing leads to sound decisions by (1) using theory to set objectives, (2) collecting objective data, and (3) using the data to inform decisions.

Speaker: Jean-Pierre Dubé

Lunch and Networking

12–12:45 p.m.

Insights from the C-Suite

12:45–2 p.m.

Many of us are looking to shatter that glass ceiling and find our way to the big corner office on the top floor. Learn from women who are there, what they have learned along the way, their wins and losses, and how they are helping others do the same.

Moderator: Joycelyn Winnecke, ’05 (XP-74). Speakers: Carole L. Brown; Jennifer Cabalquinto; Debra Crew, ’00; Morgan Flatley; and Jennifer Scanlon, ’92.

Dessert and Coffee Break Compliments of Zayo

2–2:30 p.m.

Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

2:30–3:45 p.m.

Building on the morning session, this session will teach you how to project confidence and credibility to increase your impact and influence Monday to Monday®. We all want to enhance our influence, but what if we are sabotaging our influence without even knowing it? Learn the how-tos for communicating with brevity and building trust in order to be heard.

Speaker: Stacey Hanke

Empower yourself with a whole new toolkit of personal and professional skills. This session will teach you how to connect with your audience through high-energy, interactive warm-ups, team exercises, video, real world scenarios, and repetition. No more glazed-over looks or team members checking their phones while you’re talking. We help you understand the basic brain science behind communication, and how you can leverage that science to keep your listeners hooked.

Speakers: Lidia Arshavsky and Lillian Foresyth

When it comes to the Next Big Thing, disruption fuels the game. Think Uber, iPad, Twitter…But where are the women? Is disruptive game changing a confined to a gender? Not under our watch! In this session, we will uncover the cultural expectations, rhetoric, gendered beliefs, and social contracts that may be holding us back. Join us to unleash disruptive women everywhere because as someone once said, “Well behaved women never made history!”

Speaker: Sangita Kasturi

More than ever, getting things done extends beyond what you know and requires proficiency in managing who you know. Beyond technical competence, today’s successful leaders must demonstrate social competence. This session will raise your awareness not only of the networks around you in your organization but also how you should position yourself to achieve optimal strategic objectives, ultimately elevating your value as a leader.

Speaker: Jennifer Merluzzi, PhD ’10

Gender power dynamics are rapidly shifting. Is it still true that there is an inverse relationship between power and likeability for women? Balancing our changing expectations of power with society’s unconscious assumptions and perceptions of powerful women has become more complex. Determining how we step into our power in hierarchical organizations while maintaining (and being rewarded for) our skills of collaboration and relationship building is a crucial challenge. Join Women’s Leadership Lab to explore the framework of relational and goal-oriented power dynamics and learn how to effectively integrate both for maximum impact.

Speakers: Rima Imburgia, Shellie Willet-Kruchko, and Cynthia Zeltwanger

What makes someone credible as a leader? The question is important. Credibility leads to the support and buy-in of your organization. As such, being seen as authentic and credible in your role as a leader is a central part of the job.

This interactive session considers the question of leader credibility including differences in how men and women are perceived as credible. It concludes with ideas that can help men and women alike be seen as more a more leader.

Speakers: Chris Collins

We’re all familiar with the images our culture typically associates with success: the corner office, the paycheck, the title. But is that really the full picture? What if we broadened the traditional definitions of success to take into account whether we feel happy and fulfilled in both our personal and professional lives?

Join our panelists as they reflect on their careers and share what they learned about pursuing their passions, finding their true selves, and redefining what success has meant for them along the way.

Moderator: Carolyn Ou. Speakers: Allison Robinson, Christina Van Houten, ’96, and Valerie Van Meter, ’04 (XP-73).

Networking

3:45–5 p.m.

Join us for refreshments and stimulating conversation with members of the welcoming and supportive Booth Women Connect community at the conclusion of the conference. Network, share your takeaways from the day, and further the important discussions about issues affecting women in business today.  

Commonality Corners

We’re pleased to offer Commonality Corners, an opportunity for structured networking during the general post-event networking session. Those interested in the following topics can meet with peers, and a representative will be on hand to connect and provide insight: relaunch, entrepreneurship, social impact, marketing, finance, Booth Admissions, non-degree programs, and consulting.