2019 Event Agenda

Explore the schedule below to see what you can expect at Booth Women Connect Conference. Check back soon for more details on session topics and speakers.

Registration and Breakfast

8–9 a.m.

Welcome and Opening activities

9–9:30 a.m.

Break

9:30–9:45 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

9:45–10:45 a.m.

Booth in Brief

Personal Growth

By the Book

Skill Development

The most basic unit of analysis for organizations is the one-on-one relationship between individuals. The relationships that a leader has with members of his or her team or department are especially crucial: When these relationships are strong, good things result, including deeper engagement, team member satisfaction, and more. But when these relationships are weak or underdeveloped, there is far more room for problems to emerge.

In this session with leadership development expert Chris Collins, you will learn how to assess work relationships and consider ways to improve the quality of leader–team member relationships.

Speaker: Chris Collins, Associate Dean for Leadership Development, Chicago Booth

For some, the power of meditation is evident after just a few minutes of stillness. The experiential session focuses on mindfulness and conscious breathing, along with practical applications for home and work. Mindfulness instructor Jaci McCarty teaches a simple practice that’s become a powerful tool for managing stress. No special clothes or prior training needed.

Speaker: Jacqueline McCarty, Owner of Om At Work and Living Yoga

Word-of-mouth marketing is more than just a buzzword—it has quickly become the main channel of information for consumers. Ted Wright, ’00, a pioneer in the space, reveals how to take advantage of this shift in communications. Wright shares the seven practical steps you need to take to develop your WOMM roadmap and build your brand. 

Speaker: Ted Wright, ’00, CEO, Fizz

Whether you’re reporting to a supervisor, middle manager, vice president, top executive, or board of directors, managing up is a skill that we all need. This lively, interactive session provides proven strategies and techniques to increase cooperation and collaboration between those at different power levels, perspectives, and personalities. Take away tools and frameworks that will help you to establish strong, productive working relationships with your boss, and accelerate success in your organization.

Speaker: Mary Abbajay, President, Careerstone Group, LLC

Are YOU the Rockstar candidate that companies and Influential Leaders are looking for? Most people find networking to be “fake” and “boring,” but Jaymin will show you how to stand out from the crowd by networking like a Rockstar! Jaymin has presented The Rockstar Approach to packed rooms across the US and internationally at schools like Harvard, The London School of Economics, and the University of Chicago as well as Fortune 500 companies like Citibank, Discover, and Morgan Stanley. Jaymin presents the must-do’s and what-not-to-do’s of networking to build meaningful and lasting personal relationships in professional settings in order to achieve your business and career goals.

Speaker: Jaymin Patel, CEO, Exploration Impact Publishing

 
 

Rebels have a bad reputation. We think of them as troublemakers, outcasts, contrarians: those colleagues, friends, and family members who complicate seemingly straightforward decisions, create chaos, and disagree when everyone else is in agreement. But in truth, rebels are also those among us who change the world for the better with their unconventional outlooks. Instead of clinging to what is safe and familiar, and falling back on routines and tradition, rebels defy the status quo. They are masters of innovation and reinvention, and they have a lot to teach us. Rebellion has an added benefit beyond the workplace: it leads to a more vital, engaged, and fulfilling life.

Speaker: Francesca Gino, Tandon Family Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Building disruptive, innovative companies requires a lot of funding, but the numbers are stacked against women entrepreneurs. For example, only a tiny fraction of venture capital dollars go toward companies led by women founders. Why does this happen, and what can you—a woman entrepreneur, investor, or champion of female entrepreneurs—do about it? Chicago Booth clinical professor Waverly Deutsch will talk about the numbers; give the story behind the numbers; and share what women, and men, can do to start leveling the playing field.

Presenter: Waverly Deutsch, Clinical Professor and Academic Director for University-Wide Entrepreneurship Content, Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago

Morning Coffee Break

10:45–11:15 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

 

Booth in Brief

 

Personal Growth

 

By the Book

 

Skill Development

 

The most basic unit of analysis for organizations is the one-on-one relationship between individuals. The relationships that a leader has with members of his or her team or department are especially crucial: When these relationships are strong, good things result, including deeper engagement, team member satisfaction, and more. But when these relationships are weak or underdeveloped, there is far more room for problems to emerge.

In this session with leadership development expert Chris Collins, you will learn how to assess work relationships and consider ways to improve the quality of leader–team member relationships.

Speaker: Chris Collins, Associate Dean for Leadership Development, Chicago Booth

 

For some, the power of meditation is evident after just a few minutes of stillness. The experiential session focuses on mindfulness and conscious breathing, along with practical applications for home and work. Mindfulness instructor Jaci McCarty teaches a simple practice that’s become a powerful tool for managing stress. No special clothes or prior training needed.

Speaker: Jacqueline McCarty, Owner of Om At Work and Living Yoga

Word-of-mouth marketing is more than just a buzzword—it has quickly become the main channel of information for consumers. Ted Wright, ’00, a pioneer in the space, reveals how to take advantage of this shift in communications. Wright shares the seven practical steps you need to take to develop your WOMM roadmap and build your brand. 

Speaker: Ted Wright, ’00, CEO, Fizz

 

Whether you’re reporting to a supervisor, middle manager, vice president, top executive, or board of directors, managing up is a skill that we all need. This lively, interactive session provides proven strategies and techniques to increase cooperation and collaboration between those at different power levels, perspectives, and personalities. Take away tools and frameworks that will help you to establish strong, productive working relationships with your boss, and accelerate success in your organization.

Speaker: Mary Abbajay, President, Careerstone Group, LLC

 

Are YOU the Rockstar candidate that companies and Influential Leaders are looking for? Most people find networking to be “fake” and “boring,” but Jaymin will show you how to stand out from the crowd by networking like a Rockstar! Jaymin has presented The Rockstar Approach to packed rooms across the US and internationally at schools like Harvard, The London School of Economics, and the University of Chicago as well as Fortune 500 companies like Citibank, Discover, and Morgan Stanley. Jaymin presents the must-do’s and what-not-to-do’s of networking to build meaningful and lasting personal relationships in professional settings in order to achieve your business and career goals.

Speaker: Jaymin Patel, CEO, Exploration Impact Publishing

 

Rebels have a bad reputation. We think of them as troublemakers, outcasts, contrarians: those colleagues, friends, and family members who complicate seemingly straightforward decisions, create chaos, and disagree when everyone else is in agreement. But in truth, rebels are also those among us who change the world for the better with their unconventional outlooks. Instead of clinging to what is safe and familiar, and falling back on routines and tradition, rebels defy the status quo. They are masters of innovation and reinvention, and they have a lot to teach us. Rebellion has an added benefit beyond the workplace: it leads to a more vital, engaged, and fulfilling life.

Speaker: Francesca Gino, Tandon Family Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

 

Building disruptive, innovative companies requires a lot of funding, but the numbers are stacked against women entrepreneurs. For example, only a tiny fraction of venture capital dollars go toward companies led by women founders. Why does this happen, and what can you—a woman entrepreneur, investor, or champion of female entrepreneurs—do about it? Chicago Booth clinical professor Waverly Deutsch will talk about the numbers; give the story behind the numbers; and share what women, and men, can do to start leveling the playing field.

Presenter: Waverly Deutsch, Clinical Professor and Academic Director for University-Wide Entrepreneurship Content, Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago

 

Lunch

12:15–12:45 p.m.

Keynote: Ann Curry

12:45–1:30 p.m.

Break

1:30–1:45 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

1:45–2:45 p.m.

Booth in Brief

Personal Growth

By the Book

Skill Development

How, how much, and why we work is shifting faster than ever. As the nature of work evolves, so too will the workforce. From the tech industry to manufacturing jobs to service work, products are now capable of reaching billions of people from all different kinds of backgrounds. But for new technology and products to reach innovative potential, teams must be formed with a diverse set of perspectives. For this to happen, change needs to come from the top, with CEOs driving for diversity not only as a focus but as a priority.

Journalist and Bloomberg TV host Emily Chang reports on global technology, media companies, and startups. She regularly speaks to top tech executives, investors, and entrepreneurs, and offers a wide range of observations about how work is changing and how businesses can keep up with the pace.

In every sector, leaders and CEOs are looking for a competitive edge, but only some have realized that there is an abundance of talent and valuable ideas in populations that have been largely untapped. Chang will show that the future of work isn’t just about the influence of tech and artificial intelligence, but innovation and an inclusive workforce. Striving for diversity in the workplace is not just the right thing to do but the smart thing to do in a competitive and rapidly changing global economy. 

Speaker: Emily Chang, Anchor, Bloomberg Technology; Author, Brotopia

Do you have difficulty focusing at work or shutting off your racing thoughts before bedtime, or are too many browser windows open in your brain? How many productivity, leadership, and time management courses and books have you consumed, only to fall back into old habits? Learn Dr. Romie’s scientifically proven BrainShift techniques based in neuroscience, integrative medicine, and mindfulness. In this interactive workshop, you will learn a program to optimize and sustain your mental performance for personal health and leadership.

Speaker: Dr. Romie Mushtaq, Chief Wellness Officer, Evolution Hospitality

Are YOU the Rockstar candidate that companies and Influential Leaders are looking for? Most people find networking to be “fake” and “boring,” but Jaymin will show you how to stand out from the crowd by networking like a Rockstar! Jaymin has presented The Rockstar Approach to packed rooms across the US and internationally at schools like Harvard, The London School of Economics, and the University of Chicago as well as Fortune 500 companies like Citibank, Discover, and Morgan Stanley. Jaymin presents the must-do’s and what-not-to-do’s of networking to build meaningful and lasting personal relationships in professional settings in order to achieve your business and career goals.

Speaker: Jaymin Patel, CEO, Exploration Impact Publishing

 
 

Walk in, stand out, sound great! Whether you’re presenting to one or 100, running a meeting, pitching a client, or just schmoozing over cocktails, how do you make your presence known in a powerful and compelling—yet effortless—way? Please join Jodi Glickman, CEO of leadership development firm Great on the Job, for an action-packed workshop. You’ll learn what executive presence is (and isn’t) and why it has nothing to do with your title or role. Specifically, you’ll walk away with concrete strategies on how to:

  • Let your body language help, not hinder, you
  • Create meaningful and authentic connections with your audience
  • Slow down and give your words the weight they deserve
  • Strengthen your delivery by eliminating crutch words—say goodbye to the ums, likes, ers and you knows

Whether you are a seasoned pro or struggle to project confidence when the spotlight is on you, this workshop will empower you to Own the Room—any room!

Executives can be hesitant to tap into a critical leadership skill: asking effective questions instead of providing the answers. But a great question at the right time spurs innovation, encourages learning, and builds trust within the organization. Ruth Reiner shows how you can tap into your own ability to use powerful questions as a way to strengthen relationships and drive results.

Speaker: Ruth L. Reiner, Associate Dean, Leadership Development, Part-Time MBA Programs 

Most successful leaders, entrepreneurs, and managers share a common trait: their ability to craft narratives and tell stories. Chicago Booth clinical professor Guy Rolnik spent most of his career at the intersection of business, politics, and the media, and in this workshop, he shares with the participants lenses and perspectives on the critical role of narratives in today’s business world. You’ll gain practical tools to develop storytelling skills.

Speaker: Guy Rolnik, Clinical Associate Professor of Strategic Management

What does it really take to achieve your goals? To answer the question, behavioral scientist and Chicago Booth professor Ayelet Fishbach has studied the science behind goals and motivation, publishing more than 100 research articles over the past 20 years. She reveals her findings on human motivation, what might go wrong, and how to implement strategies for success.

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

 

Afternoon Coffee Break

2:45–3:15 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

3:15–4:15 p.m.

Booth in Brief

Personal Growth

By the Book

Skill Development

How, how much, and why we work is shifting faster than ever. As the nature of work evolves, so too will the workforce. From the tech industry to manufacturing jobs to service work, products are now capable of reaching billions of people from all different kinds of backgrounds. But for new technology and products to reach innovative potential, teams must be formed with a diverse set of perspectives. For this to happen, change needs to come from the top, with CEOs driving for diversity not only as a focus but as a priority.

Journalist and Bloomberg TV host Emily Chang reports on global technology, media companies, and startups. She regularly speaks to top tech executives, investors, and entrepreneurs, and offers a wide range of observations about how work is changing and how businesses can keep up with the pace.

In every sector, leaders and CEOs are looking for a competitive edge, but only some have realized that there is an abundance of talent and valuable ideas in populations that have been largely untapped. Chang will show that the future of work isn’t just about the influence of tech and artificial intelligence, but innovation and an inclusive workforce. Striving for diversity in the workplace is not just the right thing to do but the smart thing to do in a competitive and rapidly changing global economy. 

Speaker: Emily Chang, Anchor, Bloomberg Technology; Author, Brotopia

Do you have difficulty focusing at work or shutting off your racing thoughts before bedtime, or are too many browser windows open in your brain? How many productivity, leadership, and time management courses and books have you consumed, only to fall back into old habits? Learn Dr. Romie’s scientifically proven BrainShift techniques based in neuroscience, integrative medicine, and mindfulness. In this interactive workshop, you will learn a program to optimize and sustain your mental performance for personal health and leadership.

Speaker: Dr. Romie Mushtaq, Chief Wellness Officer, Evolution Hospitality

Are YOU the Rockstar candidate that companies and Influential Leaders are looking for? Most people find networking to be “fake” and “boring,” but Jaymin will show you how to stand out from the crowd by networking like a Rockstar! Jaymin has presented The Rockstar Approach to packed rooms across the US and internationally at schools like Harvard, The London School of Economics, and the University of Chicago as well as Fortune 500 companies like Citibank, Discover, and Morgan Stanley. Jaymin presents the must-do’s and what-not-to-do’s of networking to build meaningful and lasting personal relationships in professional settings in order to achieve your business and career goals.

Speaker: Jaymin Patel, CEO, Exploration Impact Publishing

 
 

Walk in, stand out, sound great! Whether you’re presenting to one or 100, running a meeting, pitching a client, or just schmoozing over cocktails, how do you make your presence known in a powerful and compelling—yet effortless—way? Please join Jodi Glickman, CEO of leadership development firm Great on the Job, for an action-packed workshop. You’ll learn what executive presence is (and isn’t) and why it has nothing to do with your title or role. Specifically, you’ll walk away with concrete strategies on how to:

  • Let your body language help, not hinder, you
  • Create meaningful and authentic connections with your audience
  • Slow down and give your words the weight they deserve
  • Strengthen your delivery by eliminating crutch words—say goodbye to the ums, likes, ers and you knows

Whether you are a seasoned pro or struggle to project confidence when the spotlight is on you, this workshop will empower you to Own the Room—any room!

Executives can be hesitant to tap into a critical leadership skill: asking effective questions instead of providing the answers. But a great question at the right time spurs innovation, encourages learning, and builds trust within the organization. Ruth Reiner shows how you can tap into your own ability to use powerful questions as a way to strengthen relationships and drive results.

Speaker: Ruth L. Reiner, Associate Dean, Leadership Development, Part-Time MBA Programs 

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Speaker: Guy Rolnik, Clinical Associate Professor of Strategic Management, Chicago Booth

What does it really take to achieve your goals? To answer the question, behavioral scientist and Chicago Booth professor Ayelet Fishbach has studied the science behind goals and motivation and published more than 100 research articles over the past 20 years. She reveals her findings on human motivation, what might go wrong, and how to implement strategies for success.

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

Reception

4:15–5:15 p.m.

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