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Juliana Ospina Cano

Beyond Diversity and Inclusion: The contextualization of authenticity, age, class, gender, immigration status, and race.
Juliana Ospina Cano

SESSION OVERVIEW:
An interactive session with Conexión Américas' leadership to expand a conversation that transcends the typically-covered themes of diversity. Join us to explore how to cultivate young and diverse talent, how to elevate and empower a diverse workforce, and more importantly, how to ensure your organization is well-positioned to lead a forward-looking mission by investing in young talent. In this session, we will cover the relationship between equity and upper mobility in the context of age, class, gender, immigration status, and race. You don't want to miss it!

Maneet Chauhan

Finding Common Ground
Maneet Chauhan

SESSION OVERVIEW:
Using the language of food to bridge cultures, genders and socioeconomic backgrounds

Janessa Cox-Irvin

Demystifying Diversity & Inclusion
Janessa Cox-Irvin

SESSION OVERVIEW:
“Diversity and Inclusion” is more than a buzz term. It is the source of sustainable growth and future success no matter your industry or job function. In today’s dynamic, interconnected world it is important to not only understand the ever changing D&I landscape but to have an awareness of where you are on your own change journey. You are encouraged to attend this session to engage in courageous conversations on the effects our biases have on us and others, the importance of being exposed to different perspectives and how acknowledging individual privilege can lead to collective change.

Ginger Duncan

Building Influence in Today’s Environment
Ginger Duncan

SESSION OVERVIEW:
As organizations shift from a structured top-down hierarchy to a more collaborative environment, there is a growing demand for leaders and those aspiring to lead to learn how to influence using referent, expert and legitimate power. The days of overreliance on positional and coercion power aren’t enough to build lasting partnerships that provide organizational results and sustained value.

Robin Everhart

“Please don’t interrupt. I was talking.” A look at gender bias in the workforce. 
Robin Everhart

SESSION OVERVIEW:
Your skill set is stellar. Your experience is spot on. You are the most qualified for the job. Is gender bias overshadowing this potential? Let’s take a trip down the gender bias rabbit hole. We will discuss possible ways that gender bias shows up in the workplace, and things you can do to change it.

Mendy Mazzo & Joey Hatch

It Takes Two to Climb the Corporate Ladder
Mendy Mazzo & Joey Hatch

SESSION OVERVIEW:
Mendy Mazzo and Joey Hatch will share their 17 year journey of sponsorship, mentorship and friendship at Skanska. Joey is former COO for Skanska where he sat on the senior leadership team for 20 years. Mendy was promoted to Senior Vice President of National Business Development in 2018 and sits on the senior leadership team currently. She is the first woman to hold the role in the US for Skanska.

Kevie Mikus

Better Together – The Interconnected Nature of Organizational Wellbeing, Career Wellbeing and Personal Resilience  
Kevie Mikus

SESSION OVERVIEW:
Wellbeing today spans beyond the traditional physical wellness focus. Wellbeing is multi-faceted and all the things that affect how people think about and experience their lives. This session will equip you with strategies for improving your organization’s wellbeing and overall performance by focusing on the employee experience in the 5 dimensions of Employee Wellbeing as well as provide you with new insights to heighten your own career and personal wellbeing.

Linda Rebrovick

Want to Join a Board? Perspectives from a Director  
Linda Rebrovick

SESSION OVERVIEW:
Linda Rebrovick has been serving on corporate and private company Boards for 20 years. She will share the hows and whys of joining and being on a board!

Blake Simpson

The Power Of Storytelling
Blake Simpson

SESSION OVERVIEW:
Over Over the past decade, communications has experienced a paradigm shift—from the dawn of social media to the blending of Gen-Xers, Baby Boomers, and Millennials into a single workspace. What's more, employees have begun to take more pride in their work and consumers, in putting strong considerations into the brands and products they choose to support now more than ever before. All this considered, how can you communicate across all stakeholders—employees, consumers, and everyone in between—with consistency and conviction? In this session, Blake Simpson, VP of Communications and Public Affairs at CKE Restaurants, will share insight on building a brand narrative from the outside-in to tell a brand story that gives employees a force to rally behind and consumers to stand by.

Be True To You: Building Your Brand 

SESSION OVERVIEW:
In today's world, having a brand is all the rage which makes it more important than ever to truly know who you are— What are you passionate about? What do you stand for? What do you want people to know about you? All three go a long way into building your brand and staying true to what feels authentic to you. In this session, Blake Simpson, VP of Communications and Public Affairs at CKE Restaurants, will share insight on what to consider when working to build your brand and how she advises people to get the right attention and stay true to who they are.

Karen Thompson

Invisible Barriers in Navigating Your Career 
Karen Thompson

SESSION OVERVIEW:
Cultivating a purpose-driven professional journey to navigate the unexpected experiences that will unlock new doors to achieve a rewarding career, on your own terms.

Lee Warren

It’s Just So Hard To Talk About… 
Lee Warren

SESSION OVERVIEW:
When we feel threatened or when our dignity is compromised, when the ideas are important and the outcome is questionable, when we feel strongly about the topic being discussed, or about the people in the conversation, we may experience the conversation as difficult, prompting anxiety or frustration. We will consider a method of developing creative solutions while treating people with decency and integrity, in an approach guaranteed to help your piece of mind, whether or not others go along.

Deborah Watts

To Optimize Talent – Uncover Motivation [Predictive Index]
Deborah Watts

SESSION OVERVIEW:
Talent optimization requires understanding of how each of us are hard-wired. The Predictive Index (PI) offers us key insight into our motivating drives and behaviors as well as how we are having to adapt in our current role. To attend this session, take the Predictive Index in advance so that you can get your results during the session. This will be a moving experience for all that attend!

Susan West


The Courage to Lead with Soul: Authentic, Transformational Leadership (The Nimble Leader)
Susan West

SESSION OVERVIEW:
Itis easy to play the game and yield to what others expect us to be in the workplace. To lead with soul we must look within ourselves to find the leadership style that resonates with us.

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