2019 Event Agenda

Explore the schedule of the 2019 Booth Women Connect Conference.

Breakfast, Compliments of ExxonMobil

8–9 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Activities

9–9:30 a.m.

 

Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the Obama Foundation and ATTN:, a Senior Distinguished Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School, and Board Chair of When We All Vote, will give opening remarks.

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

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? Starr Marcello, AM ’04, MBA ’17, 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: Starr Marcello, AM ’04, MBA ’17, Deputy Head, Executive Director, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship, Polsky Center at Chicago Booth

This session is co-sponsored by Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

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

The transformations facing the future of work will feel like tidal waves disrupting all industries and, subsequently, all career paths. These transformations will span organizations and most of their roles, and all types of business models will be disintermediated. In this panel, we aim to raise awareness of what is happening, why, and how to empower us to be proactive with learning transformations.

So, let’s together redefine “work”! A one-size-fits-all workday is a thing of the past. Automation, artificial intelligence, and other emerging technologies are bringing a world of new products, methods, and experiences to our doorsteps that are far more efficient, but unpredictably disruptive in their impact.

How do individuals empower themselves in the face of all of this change at work? How can we turn this period of technological and human change into an occasion to create more rewarding jobs and build better learning systems and career pathways? How might companies embrace flexibility in a structured way?

Join us for a lively discussion around how technological disruptions have transformed global labor markets, impacted gender parity in the workplace, and created opportunities to redefine what work is. We will share cutting-edge research and discuss how organizations whose employees are empowered to be a part of this citizen-led automation will be the winners of tomorrow. We’ll aim to have you return to your organization better equipped to make your workplace work for you, your colleagues, and your clients.

Panel: Elatia Abate, Sruti Balakrishnan, Lindsay Dreyer, and Nimma Bakshi

Why do some careers take off while others stall? Common wisdom says that successful people completed the best education, landed high-powered jobs right out of school, and climbed the corporate ladder straight to the top. But the CEO Genome Project shattered these myths. The 10-year study of more than 17,000 C-suite professionals revealed some surprising choices that set successful CEOs apart. Join this session to learn the four key behaviors of successful CEOs—and three moves that can catapult your career.

Shoma Chatterjee, one of the principals of this study, and Head of Coaching & Leadership Development at ghSMART & Company, will share how to:

  • fast-track your career by deploying career catapults
  • overcome hidden handicaps to getting the job you want
  • avoid common hazards that can derail people promoted into a new role

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

We all lead busy lives with conflicting responsibilities. How can we succeed at work and at home?

Alyssa Rapp knows better than anyone that sometimes we need shortcuts, work-arounds, and work-throughs to navigate the different spheres of everyday life. In other words: hacks. This session will provide invaluable strategies for anyone hungry to be more efficient and effective at everything from leading a meeting with key stakeholders to managing a household. It’s The 4-Hour Workweek meets Emily Post.

Whether you’re a CEO, entrepreneur, businessperson, athlete, teacher, spouse, stay-at-home parent, community leader—even if you’re still figuring out who you want to be—you’ll walk away from this session confident and empowered, ready to hack your life.

Presenter: Alyssa Rapp, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at Chicago Booth

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

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. Attendees will have time during this session to practice their skills and network with one another.

Speaker: Jaymin Patel, CEO, Exploration Impact Publishing

 
 

What’s that feedback conversation that you’ve scripted over and over in your head but can’t seem to speak into existence? Maybe it’s a sensitive topic. Or maybe there’s never any time to talk. Whatever the reason, it’s been stuck in your head...perhaps for years! During this hands-on working session, you will explore your relationship to feedback, identify core beliefs that are getting in your way and learn and practice a four-point framework for structuring this delicate and important conversation. Come prepared to actually create and practice your elusive feedback conversation!

Presenter: Carolyn Ou, Sr. Associate Director, Leadership Development at University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Morning Coffee Break, Compliments of Baird

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

 

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? Starr Marcello, AM ’04, MBA ’17, 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: Starr Marcello, AM ’04, MBA ’17, Deputy Head, Executive Director, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship, Polsky Center at Chicago Booth

This session is co-sponsored by Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.


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

The transformations facing the future of work will feel like tidal waves disrupting all industries and, subsequently, all career paths. These transformations will span organizations and most of their roles, and all types of business models will be disintermediated. In this panel, we aim to raise awareness of what is happening, why, and how to empower us to be proactive with learning transformations.

So, let’s together redefine “work”! A one-size-fits-all workday is a thing of the past. Automation, artificial intelligence, and other emerging technologies are bringing a world of new products, methods, and experiences to our doorsteps that are far more efficient, but unpredictably disruptive in their impact.

How do individuals empower themselves in the face of all of this change at work? How can we turn this period of technological and human change into an occasion to create more rewarding jobs and build better learning systems and career pathways? How might companies embrace flexibility in a structured way?

Join us for a lively discussion around how technological disruptions have transformed global labor markets, impacted gender parity in the workplace, and created opportunities to redefine what work is. We will share cutting-edge research and discuss how organizations whose employees are empowered to be a part of this citizen-led automation will be the winners of tomorrow. We’ll aim to have you return to your organization better equipped to make your workplace work for you, your colleagues, and your clients.

Panel: Elatia Abate, Sruti Balakrishnan, Lindsay Dreyer, and Nimma Bakshi

Why do some careers take off while others stall? Common wisdom says that successful people completed the best education, landed high-powered jobs right out of school, and climbed the corporate ladder straight to the top. But the CEO Genome Project shattered these myths. The 10-year study of more than 17,000 C-suite professionals revealed some surprising choices that set successful CEOs apart. Join this session to learn the four key behaviors of successful CEOs—and three moves that can catapult your career.

Shoma Chatterjee, one of the principals of this study, and Head of Coaching & Leadership Development at ghSMART & Company, will share how to:

  • fast-track your career by deploying career catapults
  • overcome hidden handicaps to getting the job you want
  • avoid common hazards that can derail people promoted into a new role

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

 

We all lead busy lives with conflicting responsibilities. How can we succeed at work and at home?

Alyssa Rapp knows better than anyone that sometimes we need shortcuts, work-arounds, and work-throughs to navigate the different spheres of everyday life. In other words: hacks. This session will provide invaluable strategies for anyone hungry to be more efficient and effective at everything from leading a meeting with key stakeholders to managing a household. It’s The 4-Hour Workweek meets Emily Post.

Whether you’re a CEO, entrepreneur, businessperson, athlete, teacher, spouse, stay-at-home parent, community leader—even if you’re still figuring out who you want to be—you’ll walk away from this session confident and empowered, ready to hack your life.

Presenter: Alyssa Rapp, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at Chicago Booth

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

 

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. Attendees will have time during this session to practice their skills and network with one another.

Speaker: Jaymin Patel, CEO, Exploration Impact Publishing

 

What’s that feedback conversation that you’ve scripted over and over in your head but can’t seem to speak into existence? Maybe it’s a sensitive topic. Or maybe there’s never any time to talk. Whatever the reason, it’s been stuck in your head...perhaps for years! During this hands-on working session, you will explore your relationship to feedback, identify core beliefs that are getting in your way and learn and practice a four-point framework for structuring this delicate and important conversation. Come prepared to actually create and practice your elusive feedback conversation!

Presenter: Carolyn Ou, Sr. Associate Director, Leadership Development at University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Lunch

12:15–12:45 p.m.

Keynote: A Conversation with 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

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

This session is co-sponsored by George J. Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State.

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

 

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

The need for intersectional leaders is greater than ever, yet the majority of business executives don’t know what the term means. Learn how everyone’s multiple identities—gender, race, class, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and more—impact their workplace experience and why embracing the concept of intersectionality is key to creating an inclusive workplace. Trish Foster, senior director for the Gloria Cordes Larson Center for Women and Business at Bentley University, author of Intersectionality in the Workplace: Broadening the Lens of Inclusion, will lead this interactive session, drawing from her research and work with numerous organizations. Attendees will leave with an understanding of the complexities of intersectionality and concrete actions they can take to ignite positive change.

Speaker: Trish Foster, Senior Director in the Gloria Cordes Larson Center for Women and Business at Bentley University

People are complicated. As a leader, how do you effectively manage a team filled with different—and sometimes competing—personalities? What can science teach us about how we should think and behave at work? In this discussion, you will learn how to work with different types of people, develop skills to better interpret body language, and work more effectively with colleagues who have difficult personalities.

Speaker: Helen Fisher, Cofounder and Chief Scientific Officer, NeuroColor

FAIR PLAY: A Game-Changing Solution for When You Have Too Much to Do (and More Life to Live) is a revolutionary system for rebalancing the domestic workload between partners, putting an end to the imbalance of “invisible work” that women do regardless of whether they work outside the home. With three young children, a not-so-flexible corporate career, and a husband whose definition of taking out the trash meant an overflowing bin, Eve Rodsky was ready to crack. Her marriage, health, and career felt under stress; her sense of self had disappeared; and she noticed the same issues present in the lives of her friends. Why? Why were so many women crushed by the work of taking care of their families, and why weren’t their partners stepping up?

It started for Rodsky as an exhausted (and exhausting) catalog of tasks. Her “Sh*t I Do” list became a sensation when shared and crowdsourced amongst women across the country. Suddenly it was clear just how much “invisible” work women were doing in their families. Yet without a structure to hand off these tasks to husbands and partners, the list seemed to provoke more rage than change. The idea of FAIR PLAY was born.

FAIR PLAY is the “gamification” of running a home. Each partner’s role is not to do the job, but to completely “own” the task, from conception to planning to execution—freeing women from the mental and emotional labor required for those specific tasks. FAIR PLAY is part self-help guide, part instruction manual; this session is an opportunity to hear Rodsky offer a clear path forward, away from nagging and resentment, and toward a relationship in which both partners feel energized, confident, and appreciated.

Speaker: Eve Rodsky, Author of Fair Play

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. Attendees will have time during this session to practice their skills and network with one another.

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: Geri C. Richmond, Director, Leadership Development, Part-Time MBA Programs

Afternoon Coffee and Snack Break, Compliments of Discover

2:45–3:15 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

3:15–4:15 p.m.

 

Booth in Brief

 

Personal Growth

 

By the Book

 

Skill Development

 

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

This session is co-sponsored by George J. Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State.


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

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

The need for intersectional leaders is greater than ever, yet the majority of business executives don’t know what the term means. Learn how everyone’s multiple identities—gender, race, class, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and more—impact their workplace experience and why embracing the concept of intersectionality is key to creating an inclusive workplace. Trish Foster, senior director for the Gloria Cordes Larson Center for Women and Business at Bentley University, author of Intersectionality in the Workplace: Broadening the Lens of Inclusion, will lead this interactive session, drawing from her research and work with numerous organizations. Attendees will leave with an understanding of the complexities of intersectionality and concrete actions they can take to ignite positive change.

Speaker: Trish Foster, Senior Director in the Gloria Cordes Larson Center for Women and Business at Bentley University

People are complicated. As a leader, how do you effectively manage a team filled with different—and sometimes competing—personalities? What can science teach us about how we should think and behave at work? In this discussion, you will learn how to work with different types of people, develop skills to better interpret body language, and work more effectively with colleagues who have difficult personalities.

Speaker: Helen Fisher, Cofounder and Chief Scientific Officer, NeuroColor

FAIR PLAY: A Game-Changing Solution for When You Have Too Much to Do (and More Life to Live) is a revolutionary system for rebalancing the domestic workload between partners, putting an end to the imbalance of “invisible work” that women do regardless of whether they work outside the home. With three young children, a not-so-flexible corporate career, and a husband whose definition of taking out the trash meant an overflowing bin, Eve Rodsky was ready to crack. Her marriage, health, and career felt under stress; her sense of self had disappeared; and she noticed the same issues present in the lives of her friends. Why? Why were so many women crushed by the work of taking care of their families, and why weren’t their partners stepping up?

It started for Rodsky as an exhausted (and exhausting) catalog of tasks. Her “Sh*t I Do” list became a sensation when shared and crowdsourced amongst women across the country. Suddenly it was clear just how much “invisible” work women were doing in their families. Yet without a structure to hand off these tasks to husbands and partners, the list seemed to provoke more rage than change. The idea of FAIR PLAY was born.

FAIR PLAY is the “gamification” of running a home. Each partner’s role is not to do the job, but to completely “own” the task, from conception to planning to execution—freeing women from the mental and emotional labor required for those specific tasks. FAIR PLAY is part self-help guide, part instruction manual; this session is an opportunity to hear Rodsky offer a clear path forward, away from nagging and resentment, and toward a relationship in which both partners feel energized, confident, and appreciated.

Speaker: Eve Rodsky, Author of Fair Play

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. Attendees will have time during this session to practice their skills and network with one another.

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: Geri C. Richmond, Director, Leadership Development, Part-Time MBA Programs

 

Reception

4:15–5:15 p.m.

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