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Join us for this incredible, weeklong, virtual event!
The largest professional women’s conference in New Jersey is now virtual! We’re thrilled because it means even more of you can take part. This forum brings the business community together to get inspired and empowered, to form an agenda that will increase gender diversity in corporate leadership, and to build successful businesses.
• 8 Breakout Sessions
• 2 High-Level Keynotes
• Executive TED-Style Talks
• Coaches Corner
• Résumé Building
• Interact with Experts
• Network with Fellow Attendees
• Post-Conference Materials
• Access to Recorded Sessions
• ... And More!
This page will be updated on a regular basis with specific information on the various programs and speakers. Please check back frequently.
2020 WBLF Schedule Overview
Get years of experience packed into 4 days!
From new to experienced, our 4 breakout sessions will help your career development.
Front Line / Entry Level: How Coaching and Mentoring Can Benefit You and Your Organization
On-Demand with moderator and 3 Speakers: Coaching and mentoring can provide an array of benefits for organizations of all sizes, especially small businesses. When conducted in an efficient and productive manner, it provides employees a way to connect, learn and grow within the company and along their own career paths. In these changing times, virtual working has added an additional layer of difficulty to both coaching and mentoring. Hear from experts who’ve been there about the differences between coaching and mentoring and learn how you can use each to take you and your organization to the next level.
Middle Management: How to Manage Culture in Virtual Teams
On-Demand with moderator and 3 Speakers: You're responsible for your virtual team's performance – and you have a critical job in the company. Leading a virtual team can be challenging. You're expected to maintain morale, keep communication open, overcome technological glitches, keep your workers on task, and meet project objectives. This session will identify ways in which you can manage culture in virtual teams.
Senior Management: Be a Leader who Strives for Excellence
LIVE 11:00 - 11:45 AM
Moderator and 3 Speakers: To strive is to thrive. An organization is either regressing, static in a changing world, or leading. In today’s world of constant change, creativity and innovation, one cannot truly lead without being excellent. That simply means being better than expected. Hear from the C-suite how you can be better than your competitors by seeing and tapping the potential in the team around you – even when they can’t see it themselves. Find out how you can be the first at being the best and how this theme can apply to any discipline in any organization. The rewards are innumerable.
Special Session: A Businesswoman’s Voice in Public Policy
On-Demand with moderator and 3 Speakers: The public policy arena offers many career opportunities, but women are often underrepresented in this space. During this session you will hear how to build your professional network from current elected officials, how they got their start and their recipe for success.
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Tackle challenges and adversity head on with these 4 breakout sessions to help your company succeed.
Money Matters: How to Find it, Spend it Wisely, and Manage it as an Entrepreneur
On-Demand with moderator and 3 Speakers: No matter what stage your company is in, during these difficult times, having sufficient capital is a top priority. The challenges in gaining access to and securing capital are multiplied for women entrepreneurs, and once you get the funds you need, the next step is determining how best to use them. Whether you’re bootstrapping or have a venture capitalist lined up, learn from our all-star panel of entrepreneurs and financial experts about savvy ways to maximize your money to accomplish your business goals.
Online Strategy: Creating an Online Presence that is Memorable and Drives Action
On-Demand with moderator and 3 Speakers: Creating a memorable online presence is more important than ever for long-term professional success. If you have been avoiding social media because you have questions, this is your opportunity to get answers. In this session get a step-by-step personal online strategy designed exclusively for established professionals, leaders and business owners who want to build a credible presence online. By the time you’re done, you’ll know exactly how to build a brand that opens doors. But more importantly, you’ll have the confidence to execute that plan.
Adversity: Strengthening Your Resilience
LIVE 11:00 - 11:45 AM
Moderator and 3 Speakers: People that keep their cool in the face of adversity have what psychologists call resilience. This is an ability to cope with setbacks and problems. Instead of hiding from their problems with unhealthy coping strategies or falling into despair, resilient people choose to face life’s difficulties head on. They handle these difficulties in ways that foster growth and strength, and can emerge stronger than they were before. Learn the tips and tools to strengthen your resilience and stay cool in the face of adversity.
Communication & Negotiation Getting to Yes
On-Demand with moderator and 3 Speakers: Negotiation is essentially an exercise in communication. The underlying objective is to use communication techniques to convince, persuade, or alter the perceptions of another. Learn from our panel of experts some tried and true tips for building rapport and breaking down the barriers.
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MEET OUR 2 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Anchor, Bloomberg Technology – Author, Brotopia
Anchor and Executive Producer at Bloomberg TV Emily Chang is an Emmy Award-winning journalist reporting on global technology and media companies, startups, and the future of business. Her first book, Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley, was an instant national bestseller. Business Insider called her “the star Bloomberg anchor that everyone in tech needs to know.” She ranks among the top journalists followed by major CEOs on Twitter.
With her ability to synthesize complex information and communicate it in an accessible way, Chang sheds a bright, objective, and journalistic light on issues such as the gender gap in Silicon Valley, the future of work, diversity, and tech trends you need to know.
As executive producer and host of daily show Bloomberg Technology and the interview series Studio 1.0, Chang speaks to top tech executives, investors, and entrepreneurs, including Apple CEO Tim Cook, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and CEO Sheryl Sandberg.
Cynthia “Cynt” Marshall
CEO of the Dallas Mavericks
Cynthia Marshall has been a dynamic force for inclusion and diversity within the Mavericks organization and over a 36-year career at AT&T. When Cynt was hired as new the CEO of the Mavs in March 2018, she set her sights on a culture transformation. Her vision was for the Mavericks organization to become the NBA standard for inclusion and diversity, and brought transparency, trust and her values-based leadership style that evolved the company culture in her first 100 days.
Recognized for her visionary leadership and ability to get things done Cynt is the recipient of several honors and awards. Cynt was touted as one of Adweek’s 30 Most Powerful Women in Sports and was selected as one of the 2019 Women of Power Legacy Award honorees by Black Enterprise. In 2017, she was honored by The Network Journal as one of the 25 Most Influential Women in Business. In 2017, Cynt was awarded the ATHENA® Leadership Program Award by the Dallas Regional Chamber. In 2019 and three times prior, she was selected as one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Corporate America” by Black Enterprise magazine and named to Ebony magazine’s 2016 “Power 100” list.
MEET OUR SPEAKERS
Michele Siekerka, Esq.
President of NJBIA
Michele Siekerka, Esq. has served as the President of the New Jersey Business & Industry Association since October 2014. Since that time Michele has led the organization in expanding NJBIA’s voice on critical policy issues impacting New Jersey businesses, while also expanding member services and resources.
Michele came to NJBIA from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection where she served in the critical position of Deputy Commissioner, following her service as Assistant Commissioner for Water Resources Management.
An attorney by trade, Michele’s background includes serving as the president and CEO of the Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce, senior legal counsel and vice president of human resources with the Automobile Association of America and as a partner in a Mercer County law firm.
A Robbinsville resident, Siekerka earned a BA in Political Science and German from Rutgers University and a JD from Temple University School of Law.
Dana N. Moore
Spiritual Leadership Development Coach
Spiritual Leadership Development Coach, Dana N. Moore, serves her clients with passion and joy. She has supported a broad range of clients, from “solo-preneurs” to C-Suite executives, for more than 20 years, growing single entrepreneur start-ups to powerful mission-focused teams – teams that thrive and prosper.
Before Covid-19, Dana could be found Zooming daily. She has owned and operated a virtual business for 10+ years, which has positioned her to incorporate coaching, training, and technology support into her core offerings. A scholar in her studies, Dana learned how to work in corporate environments as a student at Gibbs College, and continued studies of Municipal Government at Rutgers, New Brunswick, as well as Business Administration at Lincoln University Online. Finally, Dana has landed on the next step in her journey as she pursues admission to a Master’s of Divinity program at Meadville Lombard Theological Seminary.
More Speakers to Come!
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