Women|Future Conference Keynote Announced: How to Dream Big & Chase It

Posted by Amanda Del Signore on Mon, Oct 03, 2022 @ 10:47 AM

We are excited to announce that Rashmi Verma, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion at HUGO BOSS, will be the 2022 Opening Keynote Speaker for the Women|Future Conference. The Opening Keynote will take place Tuesday, November 8, day one of #WomenFuture22 at 12:00 pm ET, followed by a live Q&A session with attendees.

Keynote Rashmi VermaThe 5th annual Women|Future Conference brings together hundreds of ambitious, forward-thinking women across industries and career stages to connect and discuss key issues that impact their industries, careers, and lives.

HUGO BOSS is one of the leading companies in the premium segment of the global apparel market, employing 13,800 individuals representing 112 nationalities. As the Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Rashmi develops creative methods to increase team engagement while establishing an inclusive culture across the company globally.

Rashmi’s life and career have spanned continents. She grew up in India in a conventional family yet managed to excel in the tech industry. She started her career working for General Electric (GE) where she led and drove multiple high-profile strategy projects within various GE businesses. Rashmi paused her career around 2008 to focus on raising her son. The family moved to Germany soon after, and Rashmi navigated the difficult task of raising her child in a strange country with a drastically different culture and language.

Rashmi spent the next 10 years at SAP, a German multinational software company, serving in multiple positions of increasingly higher levels of responsibility. During this time, she expanded her personal and professional networks in Germany and pivoted to her current role at HUGO BOSS.

But being a mother and holding a high-level role at a global fashion giant were not enough; Rashmi also launched her own business recently. YogaDaan is a charitable organization that offers yoga classes to raise money for a school for the underprivileged and differently abled children in India.

In her Women|Future Conference Keynote, "Dream Big & Chase It," Rashmi will share how she navigated these work and life challenges, including managing cultural differences and experiences, and ways to carve out possibilities and dreams along the way. The session aims to inspire attendees to dream big and show them how to chase those dreams wholeheartedly.

Keeping with our tradition of past Stevie® Award winners keynoting the conference, HUGO BOSS is a multiple-time Stevie winner in the Stevie Awards® for Great Employers for COVID Response and HR Achievement in 2019 and 2020. The organization also won three Gold Stevies in the 2021 German Stevie® Awards.

What to Expect at the 2022 Women|Future Conference

Hundreds of ambitious women business leaders, entrepreneurs, and executives from around the world will be tuning in to the fifth annual Women|Future Conference November 8-10, 2022. The Women|Future Conference is a professional and personal development, learning, networking, and mentorship conference hosted by The Stevie® Awards.

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The agenda features over 20 panels, workshops, and breakout sessions hosted by 70+ women CEOs, founders, small business owners, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, coaches, and executives from organizations such as Accenture, Goldman Sachs, Hilton, IBM, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Nestle, T-Mobile, and others. 

Below is a partial list of the 2022 Women|Future Conference panels, sessions, and workshops.

  • Building Your Community of Mentors​​​​​​​​
  • Crafting and Delivering the Perfect Pitch
  • Cultivating an Inclusive Workplace: How Diversity Creates Opportunity​​​​​​​​
  • FearLESS: Facing Adversity ​​​​​​​​
  • Generational Work Styles: Understanding the Old and the New​​​​​​​​
  • “Shark Tank” style pitch competition for newly founded woman-owned businesses​​​​​​​​
  • Silencing Self Doubt: Overcoming Imposter Syndrome​​​​​​​​
  • Strategic Storytelling: Advertising and PR Tactics for Your Business​​​​​​​​
  • The Balancing Act: Self-Care and a Sustainable Work Life
  • The Next Generation of Tech​​​​​​​​
  • The Ever-changing World of Social Media
  • The Evolution of Connection: In-person vs Virtual Networking
  • The Snowball Effect: How Women-Led Businesses Create an Impact
  • Think Like an Investor: How to Get the Funding You Deserve​​​​​​​​
  • Turning Passion into Profit
  • ...and many more.

To learn more about the conference, keynote, other speakers, and registration, visit www.womenfuturconference.com.

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Registration for the Women|Future Conference is OPEN.

  •  Get $15 off registration by using promo code RASHMI15 at checkout
  • Groups of three (3) or more who register together get 10% savings with our group discount
  • Student tickets are $39, with proof of a valid student ID
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The Women|Future Conference Announces Call for Entries to Business Pitch Competition

Posted by Nina Moore on Wed, Aug 03, 2022 @ 02:16 PM

The Women|Future Conference is an annual learning and networking event for women professionals hosted by the Stevie® Awards. The 2022 conference will take place virtually from November 8-10, 2022.

Do you or someone you know run a women-owned business founded in November 2019 or later? All eligible individuals are invited to enter the third annual Women-Owned Business Pitch Competition. This is an opportunity for female founders to advertise their business, improve their communication and presentation skills, network with like-minded attendees, and compete for a cash prize. 

Interested applicants may enter by submitting an application by the October 3 entry deadline. There is no fee to enter. The competition will take place during the 2022 Women|Future Conference on Wednesday, November 9.

If you are a female founder navigating the startup phase of your business, looking for funding, or simply seeking exposure presenting in front of hundreds of women professionals around the world, consider entering the competition. 

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Learn More and Enter the Pitch Competition

Pitch competition finalists will have opportunities to:

  • Learn how to craft the perfect pitch to investors and concisely and eloquently present their business model
  • Receive one-on-one mentoring about how to present their best pitch prior to the competition
  • Network with judges and fellow pitch competition competitors
  • Receive written and real-time feedback from judges and attendees
  • Attend the 2022 Women|Future Conference 

Attendees who watch the competition will learn how to pitch their own business, gain insight into the organizational structure of other women-owned businesses, vote for their favorite pitch, and connect with competitors and judges.

Pitch Competition Format

The initial pitch applications will be reviewed by the Women|Future Conference leadership team. Five finalists will be selected in mid-October and invited to participate in the virtual competition during the conference on November 9. The competition will be judged by a live panel of successful and established women entrepreneurs, business owners, and investors. 

The format of the competition is similar to ABC's 'Shark Tank' reality TV show where finalists present a timed virtual pitch about their product/service, business model, and target market before the judges and conference attendees. There will be one winner who will receive a monetary prize. The amount of prize money will be announced in October.

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We love working with organizations that are aligned with our mission of supporting women in business. The Pitch Competition is funded entirely through the generosity of our sponsors. Sponsorship offers visibility among a demographic of women business owners, executives, and professionals. 

For more information on available sponsorship packages, please email Ruslana@stevieawards.com or visit the conference Sponsorship and Advertising Page to request information.

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What to Expect at the 2022 Women|Future Conference

Hundreds of driven women business leaders, entrepreneurs, and executives from around the world will virtually attend the fifth annual Women|Future Conference from November 8-10, 2022. The mission of the conference is to help women share insights about changes that will impact their businesses, their industries, their careers, and their lives. Attendees gain practical takeaways through panels and workshops in seven tracks that are useful for every industry:

  1. Entrepreneurship
  2. Future of Work
  3. Leadership
  4. Marketing
  5. Personal Development
  6. Technology
  7. Workplace Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The conference agenda features over 20 sessions hosted by diverse speakers from small businesses and global organizations such as Accenture, Cisco, Goldman Sachs, Hilton, IBM, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Nestle, SAP, T-Mobile, Wolters Kluwer, and others.

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The sessions cover everything from how to gain traction through public relations, overcome the imposter syndrome, and think like an investor. Below is a partial list of sessions:

  • Building Your Community of Mentors​​​​​​​​
  • Cultivating an Inclusive Workplace: How Diversity Creates Opportunity​​​​​​​​
  • FearLESS: Facing Adversity ​​​​​​​​
  • Find Your Voice: Insider Secrets from Seasoned Speakers
  • Legal Tips For Your Trade 
  • Generational Work Styles: Understanding the Old and the New​​​​​​​​
  • Silencing Self Doubt: Overcoming Imposter Syndrome​​​​​​​​
  • Strategic Storytelling: Advertising and PR Tactics for Your Business​​​​​​​​
  • The Next Generation of Tech​​​​​​​​
  • The Ever-changing World of Social Media
  • The Evolution of Connection: In-person vs Virtual Networking
  • The Snowball Effect: How Women-Led Businesses Create an Impact
  • Think Like an Investor: How to Get the Funding You Deserve​​​​​​​​
  • Turning Passion into Profit
  • …and more

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Registration for the 2022 Women|Future Conference is open. Take advantage of these savings and reserve your virtual seat:

  • Bring the whole team to #WomenFuture22! Groups of three (3) or more who register together get 10% savings with our group discount
  • Student tickets are $39 with proof of a valid student ID
Register for the Conference

More About the Women|Future Conference

The Women|Future Conference is a professional and personal development, learning, and networking conference hosted by The Stevie® Awards. The conference encourages connections, professional and personal development, and mental health and wellness through motivational keynotes, educational sessions, and networking. From business professionals to inspiring entrepreneurs to executives, there are sessions for women in all stages of life that open your mind and inspire action.

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Das Programm der 2022 Women|Future Conference ist da

Posted by Jana Novatscheck on Wed, Jul 20, 2022 @ 03:00 AM

Haben Sie die Neuigkeiten schon gehört? Das Programm der Women|Future Conference 2022 ist online! Wir haben ein inspirierendes Programm mit über 70 weiblichen CEOs, Gründerinnen, Kleinunternehmerinnen, Coaches und Führungskräften zusammengestellt. Die 5. jährliche Women|Future Conference wird vom 8. bis 10. November 2022 virtuell abgehalten.

Die Women|Future Conference feiert Frauen in der Wirtschaft, in der beruflichen und persönlichen Entwicklung und im Fortschritt. Das Programm diesen Jahres umfasst mehr als 20 Sitzungen, die in sieben Bereiche fallen: Diversität, Gleichstellung & Inklusion, Unternehmergeist, Zukunft der Arbeit, Führung, Marketing, persönliche Entwicklung und Technologie.

Die Sitzungen sind für ehrgeizige, karriereorientierte Fachfrauen gedacht, die lernen und sich darüber austauschen möchten, was in ihren Unternehmen funktioniert, die Herausforderungen, mit denen sie gemeinsam konfrontiert sind, bewältigen und sinnvolle Kontakte knüpfen möchten.

Die Referentinnen kommen sowohl aus kleinen Unternehmen als auch aus Fortune-500-Organisationen, darunter Accenture, Goldman Sachs, Hilton, IBM, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Nestle, T-Mobile. Wir laden Sie dazu ein, die Rednerliste und die Tagesordnung zu studieren, um sich einen Überblick über die stattfindenden Sitzungen zu verschaffen, einschließlich der Vor-Konferenz-Sitzungen am 7. November.

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Den Auftakt der Konferenz bildet am Montag, den 7. November um 11 Uhr Eastern Standard Time die erste von drei Vor-Konferenz-Sitzungen "Find Your Voice: Insider Secrets from Seasoned Speakers" (Finden Sie Ihre Stimme: Insider-Geheimnisse von erfahrenen Rednerinnen), gefolgt von einem Technologie-Panel um 12 Uhr "The Ever-changing World of Social Media" (Die sich ständig verändernde Welt der sozialen Medien).  Am 8. November hören die Teilnehmer die Eröffnungssitzung "Building Your Community of Mentors" (Aufbau einer Mentoren-Gemeinschaft), in der Ressourcen für den Aufbau eines Mentoring-Fahrplans vorgestellt werden - sowohl für Mentoren als auch für Mentees.  Die zweite Sitzung des ersten Tages ist die mit Spannung erwartete Eröffnungs-Keynote über die Zukunft der Arbeit für Frauen (Sprecherin wird in Kürze bekanntgegeben), gefolgt von einer Mischung aus Panels und Workshops in jedem unserer sieben Sitzungstracks. Zwischen den einzelnen Sitzungen sind jeweils 30- und 5-Minuten-Blöcke für Networking vorgesehen, und am 9. November gibt es eine 15-minütige geführte Yoga-Mediationspause. Studieren Sie das vollständige Programm.

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Was sie auf der Women|Future Conference 2022 erwartet

Die Teilnehmerinnen können erwarten, dass sie wertvolle Einblicke in Herausforderungen und Veränderungen erhalten, die sich auf ihre Branche, ihre Karriere und ihr persönliches Leben auswirken.

Die Sitzungen befassen sich mit Themen wie Öffentlichkeitsarbeit, Überwindung des Impostersyndroms und Denken wie ein Investor. Untenstehend finden Sie einen Teil der diesjährigen Sitzungen.

  • Building Your Community of Mentors​​​​​​​​ (Aufbau einer Gemeinschaft von Mentoren)
  • Cultivating an Inclusive Workplace: How Diversity Creates Opportunity​​​​​​​​ (Kultivierung eines integrativen Arbeitsplatzes: Wie Vielfalt Chancen schafft)
  • FearLESS: Facing Adversity ​​​​​​​​(Furchtlos: Widrigkeiten bewältigen)
  • Generational Work Styles: Understanding the Old and the New​​​​​​​​ (Arbeitsstile der Generationen: Das Alte und das Neue verstehen)
  • ‘Shark Tank’ style pitch competition for newly founded woman-owned businesses​​​​​​​​ (Pitch-Wettbewerb im Stil von "Shark Tank" für neu gegründete Unternehmen geführt von Frauen)
  • Silencing Self Doubt: Overcoming Imposter Syndrome​​​​​​​​ (Selbstzweifel zum Schweigen bringen: Das Impostersyndrom überwinden)
  • Strategic Storytelling: Advertising and PR Tactics for Your Business​​​​​​​​ (Strategisches Geschichtenerzählen: Werbung und PR-Taktiken für Ihr Unternehmen)
  • The Balancing Act: Self-Care and a Sustainable Work Life (Der Balanceakt: Selbstfürsorge und ein nachhaltiges Arbeitsleben)
  • The Next Generation of Tech​​​​​​​​ (Die nächste Generation der Technologie)
  • The Ever-changing World of Social Media (Die sich ständig verändernde Welt der sozialen Medien)
  • The Evolution of Connection: In-person vs Virtual Networking (Die Evolution der Beziehungen: Persönliches gegen virtuelles Networking)
  • The Snowball Effect: How Women-Led Businesses Create an Impact (Der Schneeballeffekt: Wie von Frauen geführte Unternehmen eine Wirkung erzielen)
  • Think Like an Investor: How to Get the Funding You Deserve​​​​​​​​ (Denken Sie wie ein Investor: Wie Sie die Förderung erhalten, die Sie verdienen)
  • Turning Passion into Profit (Leidenschaft in Profit verwandeln)
  • ...and many more

Vollständiges Programm ansehen

Anmeldung

Die Anmeldung für die Women|Future Conference 2022 ist derzeit offen. Nutzen sie dieses Angebot und reservieren Sie ihren virtuellen Platz!

  • Bringen Sie das ganze Team zur #WomenFuture22. Gruppen von drei (3) oder mehr Personen, die sich gemeinsam anmelden, erhalten 10 % Ermäßigung mit unserem Gruppenrabatt.  
  • Studententickets, mit Nachweis eines gültigen Studentenausweises, kosten $39.

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Mehr über die 2022 Women|Future Conference 2022

Die Women|Future Conference ist eine Konferenz zur beruflichen und persönlichen Entwicklung, zum Lernen und zum Knüpfen von Kontakten, die von den Stevie® Awards, den weltweit führenden Wirtschaftspreisen, veranstaltet wird. Jahr für Jahr nehmen engagierte Frauen aus aller Welt an der Konferenz teil, um sich inspirieren zu lassen, ihre Widerstandsfähigkeit zu stärken und sich über Veränderungen auszutauschen, die ihre Branche, ihre Karriere und ihr Leben beeinflussen.

Die 5. jährliche Women|Future Conference ist eine dreitägige virtuelle Veranstaltung vom 8. bis 10. November für Frauen in der Wirtschaft und Unternehmerinnen. Die Konferenz fördert Kontakte, die berufliche und persönliche Entwicklung sowie die geistige Gesundheit und das Wohlbefinden durch motivierende Keynotes, Bildungsveranstaltungen und Networking. Von aufstrebenden Geschäftsfrauen über inspirierende Unternehmerinnen bis hin zu Führungskräften gibt es Vorträge für Frauen in allen Lebensphasen, die den Blick öffnen und zum Handeln anregen.

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Nina Moore, Director of Marketing & Communications
Nina@stevieawards.com

 

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The 2022 Women|Future Conference Agenda Launched

Posted by Nina Moore on Mon, Jul 18, 2022 @ 11:21 AM

Did you hear the news? The 2022 Women|Future Conference agenda is live! We've got an inspiring lineup of 70+ women CEOs, founders, small business owners, entrepreneurs, coaches, and executives. The 5th annual Women|Future Conference will be held virtually from November 8-10, 2022.

The Women|Future Conference celebrates women in business, professional and personal development, and progress. This year's agenda contains 20+ sessions that fall within seven tracks: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Entrepreneurship, Future of Work, Leadership, Marketing, Personal Development, and Technology.

The sessions are designed for ambitious, career-driven professionals to learn and share what’s working in their organizations, troubleshoot the challenges they collectively face, and make meaningful connections.

Conference speakers are from small businesses as well as Fortune 500 organizations including Accenture, Goldman Sachs, Hilton, IBM, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Nestle, T-Mobile, and others. We invite you to explore the speaker lineup and browse the agenda to see the sessions occurring each day, including pre-conference sessions on November 7.

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Kicking off the conference on Monday, November 7 at 11:00 am EST is our first of three pre-conference sessions, "Find Your Voice: Insider Secrets from Seasoned Speakers," followed by a technology panel at 12:00 pm, "The Ever-changing World of Social Media."  On November 8, attendees will hear the opening leadership session, "Building Your Community of Mentors," which will provide resources on how to build your mentorship roadmap- whether as a mentor or mentee.  The second session of day one is the anticipated opening keynote about the future of work for women (speaker coming soon!) followed by a mix of panels and workshops in each of our seven session tracks. There are designated 30-minute and 5-minute blocks between sessions each day for networking, as well as a 15-minute guided yoga mediation break on November 9. Explore the full agenda.

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What to Expect at the 2022 Women|Future Conference

Attendees can expect to gain valuable insights about challenges and changes that impact their industry, their career, and their personal lives.

The sessions cover everything from how to gain traction through public relations, overcome the imposter syndrome, and think like an investor. Below is a partial list of some of this year's sessions. 

  • Building Your Community of Mentors​​​​​​​​
  • Cultivating an Inclusive Workplace: How Diversity Creates Opportunity​​​​​​​​
  • FearLESS: Facing Adversity ​​​​​​​​
  • Generational Work Styles: Understanding the Old and the New​​​​​​​​
  • ‘Shark Tank’ style pitch competition for newly founded woman-owned businesses​​​​​​​​
  • Silencing Self Doubt: Overcoming Imposter Syndrome​​​​​​​​
  • Strategic Storytelling: Advertising and PR Tactics for Your Business​​​​​​​​
  • The Balancing Act: Self-Care and a Sustainable Work Life
  • The Next Generation of Tech​​​​​​​​
  • The Ever-changing World of Social Media
  • The Evolution of Connection: In-person vs Virtual Networking
  • The Snowball Effect: How Women-Led Businesses Create an Impact
  • Think Like an Investor: How to Get the Funding You Deserve​​​​​​​​
  • Turning Passion into Profit
  • ...and many more

View Full Agenda

Registration

Registration for the 2022 Women|Future Conference is currently open. Take advantage of these savings and reserve your virtual seat!

  • Bring the whole team to #WomenFuture22. Groups of three (3) or more who register together get 10% savings with our group discount. 
  • Student tickets are $39, with proof of a valid student ID.

Register for the Conference

More About the 2022 Women|Future Conference

The Women|Future Conference is a professional and personal development, learning, and networking conference hosted by The Stevie® Awards, the world’s premier business awards. Driven women worldwide attend the conference year after year to be inspired, build resilience, and share insights into changes that impact their industries, their careers, and their lives.

The 5th annual Women|Future Conference is a three-day virtual event happening November 8-10 for women in business and entrepreneurs. The conference encourages connections, professional and personal development, and mental health and wellness through motivational keynotes, educational sessions, and networking. From aspiring business professionals to inspiring entrepreneurs to executives, there are sessions for women in all stages of life that open your mind and inspire action.

👍 Get Social With the Women|Future Conference 

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Questions?

Conference Registration and Sponsorship Opportunities
Ruslana Milikhiker, Senior Manager, Events
Ruslana@stevieawards.com

Conference Marketing and PR 
Nina Moore, Director of Marketing & Communications
Nina@stevieawards.com

 

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Early-Bird Tickets Available for the 2022 Women|Future Conference

Posted by Nina Moore on Tue, May 24, 2022 @ 11:00 AM
If your goals include being more proactive, expanding your personal and professional network, achieving better business outcomes, and being prepared for unexpected changes ahead, you don't want to miss the 2022 Women|Future Conference! 

The last day to get your Women|Future Conference ticket for $69 USD, the lowest early-bird rate, is Tuesday, May 31. Register here.


The fifth annual Women|Future Conference hosted by the Stevie® Awards encourages engaging connections, professional and personal development, and health and financial wellness through keynotes, educational sessions, and networking. This year's conference will be a two-day virtual event from November 8-10, 2022. 
 
Our conference is for ambitious professionals to learn and share what’s working in their organizations, troubleshoot the challenges they collectively face and make meaningful connections.
 
Divide and conquer the agenda! Bring the whole team to the 2022 Women|Future Conference and get 10% savings with our group discount when groups of three (3) or more register together by 11:59 pm EST on May 31.
 
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We've got an Inspiring Lineup Taking Shape

The 2022 Advisory Board and Leadership Team are reviewing over 1,500 speaker submissions we received to help us build the conference agenda, which will be released this summer. 

This year's speakers range from changemakers at Fortune 500 companies to small business owners and entrepreneurs. You can expect discussions about everything from how to utilize mentorship as a path to professional and personal development, gain traction through public relations, overcome the imposter syndrome, and think like an investor.

While the 2022 agenda is not yet released, you can explore the 2021 agenda and read the summary of the 2021 Women|Future Conference to see what attendees experienced last year. Previous speakers included female executives and leaders from Facebook, IBM, Infosys Limited, John Hancock, Pinterest, Quartz, SAP North America, Talkspace, and others. 

If you applied to speak, you will be notified by July 11 as to whether or not you were selected.

What to Expect

➡️ 20+ interactive Sessions — Each day of the conference will kick off with an opening keynote, followed by engaging panel sessions, breakouts, and workshops centered around seven session tracks.

➡️ Seven Session Tracks — World-class speakers will share practical, actionable takeaways centered around seven tracks:

  1. Cultivate Your Tomorrow
  2. Entrepreneurship
  3. Future of Work
  4. Marketing
  5. Personal Development
  6. Technology
  7. Workplace DEI

➡️ Meaningful Connections — Get ready to connect, be inspired, and network with a fantastic community of women worldwide. Speakers and attendees build lasting connections as business partners, mentors, and even friends. There will be dedicated breaks on the agenda for structured networking and matchmaking.

➡️ Diverse Perspectives — The diversity of people you will learn from and meet is invaluable. In any given session, you may find yourself in the company of an online business owner, the founder of a non-profit, a lawyer, a CEO, a retired nurse, and a college professor!  

 

Whether you're a female entrepreneur, small business owner, executive, or employee, the Women|Future Conference welcomes movers and shakers like you, looking to Cultivate Your Tomorrow. With panel discussions, a must-see keynote, invaluable networking opportunities, and a Women-Owned Business Pitch Competitionthere will be sessions for women in all stages of life that open your mind and inspire action!

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Keep your eyes on our social media pages for updates on this exciting experience.

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Kelli Thompson Helps Female Leaders Build Confidence in the Workplace

Posted by Grace Payne on Mon, May 23, 2022 @ 09:15 AM

Kelli Thompson is a leadership coach, speaker, and writer with over 15 years of experience in corporate America and over 10 years in leadership for financial services and technology organizations. Based in Omaha, Nebraska, she founded the Clarity & Confidence Women's Leadership Program, a nationwide, online leadership development program for women leaders. Through this program, she has coached and trained hundreds of women to trust themselves, lead with more confidence, and create a career they love. Her work has since been featured in HuffPost, Next Avenue, Working Mother, Thrive Global, Introvert Dear, HR Daily Advisor, LinkedIn, and via her blog and social media channels. 

In November 2018, Kelli left corporate America to start her leadership coaching practice, but by July 2020, Kelli had lost over 80% of her income due to pandemic-related canceled contracts and events. Kelli used the gap in her schedule as an opportunity to pivot her business to focus exclusively on coaching women leaders. Through her years of corporate experience, Kelli recognized that there was a lack of training programs that focused specifically on women’s strengths and addressed the unique challenges they face in the workplace.

Even so, she was not aware at the time of how important this work would be in the upcoming months as women were disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. Kelli’s coaching work focused on issues that include how to speak up at work, manage the extra workload that women frequently carry, set boundaries, and navigate career changes to find better pay and work-life balance.

The reinvention of Kelli’s business strategy additionally included offering a unique 8-week leadership program that focuses exclusively on the needs of women. Topics include discovering your leadership strengths, learning to trust your intuition, reducing workloads through delegation, and imposter syndrome. Unlike many traditional leadership programs, Kelli doesn’t help women conform to who their organizations want them to be. Instead, she helps them cultivate their unique gifts and talents so that they can show up as who they are meant to be. 

Kelli asked two clients about what made her work different…

Client 1 said that Kelli’s program is the first she’s done that is based on intuition. “It's rooted in things that no one talks about in the business world,” she explained. This client went on to say that listening to her body helped her find the reason behind her lack of confidence and overcome imposter syndrome in the workplace. “This has allowed me to stand in my power and contribute my unique gifts at work. I am so much more confident,” she added.

Client 2 spoke about how Kelli’s program is the first to address important soft skills. “The [other] programs are just dry and nobody wants to talk about conflict and authenticity,” she explained. She added that Kelli’s leadership program relies on data to identify things that are proven to be problems for women. “That you [Kelli] build programs around and tackle,” she explained.

Kelli continues to teach women that trusting their intuition is the new competitive advantage in business. She has empowered her clients to speak up, make a career change, collectively negotiate over $30,000 worth of higher salaries, and do so without sacrificing their desired work-life balance.

Kelli Thompson won the Bronze Stevie for Mentor or Coach of the Year – Business in the 2021 Stevie Awards for Women in Business

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Die Highlights der Women|Future Conference 2021

Posted by Jule Kern on Tue, Nov 30, 2021 @ 08:54 AM

Vom 1. bis 5. November kehrte die 4. jährliche Women|Future-Conference auf die virtuelle Bühne zurück und zog mehr als 400 weibliche Fachleute aus der ganzen Welt zu einem unvergleichlichen Erlebnis an! Wir erlebten eine informationsreiche Woche voller starker Inhalte, Networking und ermutigender Geschichten von branchenführenden Frauen in der Wirtschaft.

Die Teilnehmenden gewannen wichtige Erkenntnisse für ihr berufliches und privates Leben in Vorträgen zu Themen wie Unternehmertum, persönliche Finanzen, Vielfalt am Arbeitsplatz, psychische Gesundheit, Überwindung des Impostersyndroms, Strategien zur Lead-Generierung, Social Media Marketing und mehr. In diesem Blog finden Sie eine Zusammenfassung der Konferenzaktivitäten und Highlights.

Was die Teilnehmerinnen sagen

Bei der Women|Future Conference 2021 interagierten über 140 Rednerinnen aus verschiedenen Branchen und Denkrichtungen. Zu den Rednerinnen gehörten Gründerinnen, CEOs, Kleinunternehmerinnen und Führungskräfte von Fortune-500-Unternehmen wie Amazon Web Services (AWS), Frito-Lay, IBM, Infosys, John Hancock, Meta, Pinterest, Ralph Lauren und SAP.

Hier sind die Erfahrungsberichte einiger unserer Teilnehmerinnen:

"Ich bin so dankbar und aufgeregt, dass ich diese Konferenz gefunden habe!...Ich habe im Laufe meiner Non-Profit-Karriere schon viele Konferenzen besucht. Diese ist eine der besten! Diese Damen kennen sich aus, und der virtuelle Aspekt macht die Konferenz auf unterhaltsame Art und Weise sehr persönlich. Sie gaben sehr konzentrierte, detaillierte Einblicke in ihr spezifisches Thema und beantworteten auch Fragen!"

- Ruby Gary, registrierte Krankenschwester, Bayless School District

Die Women|Future Conference hat meine Erwartungen völlig übertroffen. Es war die beste virtuelle Konferenz, an der ich je teilgenommen habe. Ich war begeistert von der Vielfalt der Themen und Rednerinnen - ich werde auf jeden Fall an der nächsten Konferenz teilnehmen! 

- Virginia Marcolin, CEO/Founder, Aroma Textiles Lab

Ich habe zum zweiten Mal an der Women|Future Conference teilgenommen. Die Rednerinnen, die an dieser Konferenz teilgenommen haben, legen wirklich Wert auf Vielfalt, Gleichberechtigung und Integration. Sie erkennen an, dass unterschiedliche Menschen unterschiedliche Bedürfnisse haben. Wenn wir uns dafür einsetzen, den Menschen das zu geben, was sie brauchen, um erfolgreich zu sein, dann gewinnen alle. Die Konferenz konzentrierte sich auf verschiedene Branchen wie Technologie, Marketing, E-Commerce, Finanzen und psychische Gesundheit. Es war eine große Chance, mit starken Frauen in Kontakt zu kommen, die ihre eigenen Geschichten erzählten und wie sie Hindernisse überwunden haben, um dorthin zu gelangen, wo sie jetzt sind. Es war eine großartige Erfahrung und immer noch die mit Abstand beste Konferenz, an der ich teilgenommen habe.

- Shirin M. Alhroob, University of North Carolina

Die WomenIFuture-Conference bot Zugang zu einer Fülle von Rednerinnen, Autorinnen und Führungskräften, die ihre Tipps und Techniken zum Aufbau von Selbstvertrauen und zur Förderung der Zusammenarbeit weitergaben, um das Leben und die Karriere zu gestalten, die Sie sich wünschen und die Sie verdienen. Fabelhaft.

- Nicole Smith, NJ Chapter Leader, Room to Read

Wenn Sie auf der Suche nach einer Konferenz sind, die sich auf die Unterstützung von Frauen in der Wirtschaft konzentriert, ist die Women|Future Conference genau das Richtige für Sie. Vollgepackt mit Sitzungen, die alles von der persönlichen bis hin zur beruflichen Entwicklung abdecken, werden Sie ein herausragendes Erlebnis haben.

- Debra Jason, Speaker/Copywriter, The Write Direction

Die Eröffnungsrede

Sandy Carter, Vice President of Public Sector Partners and Programs bei Amazon Web Services (AWS) und Gewinnerin des Stevie Awards, eröffnete die Women|Future Conference 2021 am 1. November mit ihrer Eröffnungs-Keynote "Embracing Diversity & Empowering the Next Generation". Sandy gab Einblicke in ihre weitreichende Karriere, indem sie ihre rauen und realen Geschichten als Pionierin in der Technologiebranche erzählte. Jede Geschichte, die sie erzählte, drehte sich um einen ihrer sieben Hacks für Vielfalt und Inklusion in der Belegschaft, damit die Teilnehmer aus ihren Erfahrungen lernen konnten. 

Einer von Sandys sieben Hacks, "wie ein offenes API zu handeln", wurde durch eine Anekdote veranschaulicht, in der sie bei der Landung in Indien mitten in der Nacht mit einem unerwarteten, aber transformativen Treffen mit 150 Personen in ihrem Hotel konfrontiert war. Nach einem 21-stündigen Flug betrat sie die Bühne und hielt eine improvisierte Präsentation. 

Bei der Erläuterung eines weiteren Diversity-Hacks, der "Umarmung des Scheiterns", sprach Sandy über einen Fehler, den sie zu Beginn ihrer Karriere bei AWS machte. Sie wurde von ihrem Chef ermutigt, diesen Fehler in einer öffentlichen Sitzung mit anderen zu teilen, obwohl es ihr sehr widerstrebte, ihren Fehler in einem Raum voller Mitarbeiter anzusprechen.

"Eines der einschneidendsten Dinge in meiner Karriere war wohl, zuzugeben, dass ich einen großen Fehler gemacht habe, zu erklären, warum ich ihn gemacht habe, selbst die volle Verantwortung zu übernehmen und was ich getan habe, um ihn zu beheben", sagte sie. 

Sandy Carter (1)Sandy erklärte den Teilnehmerinnen, dass Amazonianer "schnell scheitern und sich vorwärts bewegen" und dass einige der "fantastischsten Misserfolge von Amazon zu bahnbrechenden neuen Möglichkeiten führten". Sie ermutigte die Teilnehmerinnen, die Lektion, die sie aus ihren Fehlern gelernt hat, anzunehmen und ihre eigenen Fehler zu akzeptieren:

"Trauen Sie sich, Ihre Misserfolge öffentlich mitzuteilen, denn das hat wirklich einen Einfluss darauf, was andere lernen und wie andere vorankommen. Wenn Sie Ihre Misserfolge nicht akzeptieren können, können Sie in der Regel nicht so schnell vorankommen oder das tun, was Sie auf dem Markt tun müssen."

Sandy Carter schreibt einen Großteil ihres Erfolges dem Umstand zu, dass sie sich mit den richtigen Leuten umgibt, die sie als ihr "eigenes Gremium von Unterstützern" bezeichnet, und dass sie sich um ihr Team kümmert. "Einer meiner Lieblingssprüche, den mir einer meiner Mentoren mit auf den Weg gegeben hat, lautet: "Greife immer nach hinten und ziehe jemanden nach vorne, denn wenn du das tust, kannst du dir vorstellen, was du in der Welt bewirken kannst", sagte sie während der Sitzung.

Die besten Sessions der Woche

Während der gesamten Woche hörten die Teilnehmenden der Women|Future Conference Vorträge zu den Themen Business Networking, Work-Life-Balance, Vermögensaufbau, Überwindung von Widrigkeiten, Mentoring und mehr. Das fünftägige Programm umfasste 43 Sitzungen, Workshops und zahlreiche Gelegenheiten zum Networking. Hier finden Sie das vollständige Programm von 2021.
 
Die wichtigsten Konferenzsitzungen, gemessen an der Zahl der angemeldeten Teilnehmenden, waren:

  • Hören Sie mich, lieben Sie mich, stellen Sie mich ein: Top-Geheimnisse von Weltklasse-Redner*innen, wie Sie Präsentationen nutzen, um Ihr Geschäft auszubauen
  • Marketingtaktiken für die Zukunft Ihres Unternehmens und Ihrer Karriere
  • Die Zukunft der Arbeit - Vorbereitung auf die sich verändernde Geschäftslandschaft
  • Der mächtigste Marketing-Mix: Mischen Sie Storytelling und Strategie, um Ihr Unternehmen zu vergrößern
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  • Training zur persönlichen Entwicklung: Abundance 360 - Schaffen Sie Ihr bestes Leben überhaupt
  • Warum unterschiedliche Teams bessere Ergebnisse erzielen

The Future of Work Panel

Das Bild oben zeigt einen Screenshot der Eröffnungssitzung am Mittwoch, 3. November, zum Thema "Die Zukunft der Arbeit - Vorbereitung auf die sich verändernde Unternehmenslandschaft". Die Diskussionsteilnehmerinnen erörterten alles, von Fragen der sozialen Gerechtigkeit, die die Diskussionen am Arbeitsplatz durchdringen, bis hin zur Definition eines Arbeitsplatzes, der sich zum Guten verändert. Kate Winkler, Geschäftsführerin von Ruby, moderierte die Diskussionsrunde, die sich aus vier weiblichen Führungskräften von Park Place Payments, Skillsoft, Lions +Tigers und Corporate Class Inc. zusammensetzte.

Selina Meere, Vizepräsidentin für Marketing und Geschäftsentwicklung bei Park Place Payments, wies darauf hin, wie wichtig es ist, Mitarbeitende aus verschiedenen Branchen, mit unterschiedlichem Bildungshintergrund und unterschiedlicher Erfahrung einzustellen, um die Diversifizierung und Innovation innerhalb eines Unternehmens zu fördern: "Ich bin der festen Überzeugung, dass man bei der Einstellung nicht nur auf die Branchenerfahrung achten sollte", sagte sie. "Wenn man immer nur Mitarbeiter*innen aus der eigenen Branche einstellt, kommt man nicht aus diesem Kreislauf heraus und kann keine neuen Ideen einbringen. Sie fuhr fort,

"Der größte Einfluss kann erzielt werden, wenn jemand von außerhalb Ihrer Branche kommt, der klug, einfühlsam und strategisch ist, einen Blick für das Wesentliche hat und durchdachte Fragen stellen kann, die jemand, der bereits in der Branche tätig war, nicht stellen würde... Lösen Sie sich von der Vorstellung, dass jemand bestimmte Erfahrungen haben muss, bevor Sie ihn einstellen. Überdenken Sie, wie Erfolg aussieht! Erfolg hängt nicht unbedingt davon ab, wo jemand zur Schule gegangen ist oder für welches Unternehmen er gearbeitet hat."

Einer der wichtigsten Vorträge auf der Women|Future Conference war das "Personal Development Training: Abundance 360- Creating Your Best Life Ever" von Lisa Nichols, einer der weltweit gefragtesten Motivationsrednerinnen, Medienpersönlichkeit und CEO eines Unternehmens. Am 4. November inspirierte Lisa die Teilnehmenden dazu, ihre Reise zur persönlichen Transformation zu beginnen.
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Sie sprach wortgewandt und leidenschaftlich darüber, wie Sie Ihre Worte, Ihre Stimme und Ihre Gedanken nutzen können, um die Hindernisse zu beseitigen, die Sie davon abgehalten haben, das Leben Ihrer Träume zu leben.
 
Einige der Mantras, um die Lisa die Teilnehmenden bat, während ihrer Sitzung in die Chatbox zu tippen, waren: "Du bist nicht allein", "Fordere deine Zeit zurück; gib die Zeit des Dollars nicht für Pfennigaufgaben aus" und "Wähle deine von der Seele getragenen Ziele". 

Pitch-Wettbewerb für von Frauen geführte Unternehmen

Der zweite jährliche Pitch-Wettbewerb für von Frauen geführte Unternehmen auf der Women|Future Conference bot acht von Frauen geführten Unternehmen eine Plattform für den Wettbewerb um die Chance auf eine Finanzierung.  Bei diesem Live-Wettbewerb im "Shark Tank" Stil  am 4. November verfolgten eine Jury und die Teilnehmenden, wie jede Finalistin live einen vierminütigen Pitch präsentierte. Die Finalistinnen des Pitch-Wettbewerbs beantworteten die Fragen der Jury zu ihrem Geschäftsmodell, ihrem Zielmarkt und ihrer Geschäftsstrategie. Sehen Sie sich hier die Finalistinnen an und lesen Sie mehr über den Wettbewerb.

Gewinnende des Pitch-Wettbewerbs war LAMIK Beauty, ein technologiegestütztes Unternehmen für saubere Farbkosmetik, das sich auf Frauen mit unterschiedlichem Hintergrund konzentriert. Die Gründerin Kim Roxie gewann einen Geldpreis in Höhe von 5.000 Dollar und eine Zertifizierung im Wert von 4.200 Dollar von Certify My Company.Pitch Comp Social

Der zweite Platz des Pitch-Wettbewerbs ging an Kul Mocks Craft Mocktails, eine Marke für alkoholfreie, handgemachte Cocktails. Die Gründerin von Kul Mocks, Danielle Goss, gewann 2.500 Dollar für ihr Unternehmen.

Den dritten Platz belegte Fetchadate, eine Dating-App für alleinstehende Tierfreunde. Die Gründerin Sheryl Mathys erhielt 1.000 Dollar zur Unterstützung ihres Unternehmens.

Zugang zu den On-Demand-Sitzungen der Konferenz 2021

Haben Sie die diesjährige Konferenz verpasst? Sie können sich registrieren, um die Wiederholungen von über 40 Sitzungen einschließlich unserer Eröffnungs-Keynote für nur 39 $ anzusehen.

On-demand-Teilnehmende haben bis November 2022 Zugriff auf die virtuelle Women|Future Conference-Plattform von 2021. Die Plattform umfasst fünf Sitzungstage und die Listen der Redner, Teilnehmer, Mentoren und Sponsoren, die an der Women|Future Conference 2021 teilgenommen haben.
 
Registrieren Sie sich, um die Wiederholungen zu sehen

 

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Die Women|Future Conference 2022

Wir freuen uns auf eine noch größere und spannendere Veranstaltung im nächsten Jahr, die fünfte jährliche Women|Future Conference! Es handelt sich um eine virtuelle Veranstaltung, die vom 8. bis 10. November 2022 in Verbindung mit den Stevie Awards for Women in Business 2022 stattfindet.

Tragen Sie sich in unsere Mailingliste ein, um benachrichtigt zu werden, wenn der Vorverkauf für die Women|Future-Conference 2022 beginnt, die Ausschreibung für Rednerinnen und Redner geöffnet wird und weitere spannende Ankündigungen erfolgen. 

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Besonderen Dank an unsere Sponsoren und Partner aus dem Jahr 2021

Wir sind stolz darauf, mit den folgenden Publikationen, Medien und Organisationen zusammenzuarbeiten, die unser Ziel der Unterstützung von Frauen in der Wirtschaft teilen. Wenn Sie an Sponsoring-Möglichkeiten für die Women|Future Conference 2022 interessiert sind, melden Sie sich hier an, um benachrichtigt zu werden, wenn der Prospekt für 2022 veröffentlicht wird.

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The 2021 Women|Future Conference Highlights

Posted by Nina Moore on Thu, Nov 18, 2021 @ 10:30 AM

From November 1-5, the 4th annual Women|Future Conference returned to the virtual stage and attracted more than 400 women professionals from around the world for an experience like no other! We had an information-packed week full of powerful content, networking, and empowering stories from industry-leading women in business.

Attendees gained powerful insights to help them in their professional and personal lives through sessions ranging from entrepreneurship to personal finance, workplace diversity, mental health, overcoming the imposter syndrome, lead generation strategies, social media marketing, and more. Read this blog for a recap of conference activities and highlights.

What Attendees are Saying

The 2021 Women|Future Conference was made up of over 140 transformative speakers from multiple industries and fields of thought. Speakers ranged from female founders, CEOs, small business owners, and executives of Fortune 500 companies such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Frito-Lay, IBM, Infosys, John Hancock, Meta, Pinterest, Ralph Lauren, and SAP.

Here's what some of our attendees are saying about their experience:

I am so grateful and excited to have found this conference!...I've been to a lot of conferences over the years in my non-profit career. This is one of the best! These ladies know their stuff and the virtual aspect really makes it very personal in a fun way. They gave very focused, detailed insight on their specific topic and answered questions too!

- Ruby Gary, Registered Nurse, Bayless School District

The Women|Future Conference completely exceeded my expectations. It was the best virtual conference I have ever participated in. I loved the diversity of topics and speakers - I will definitely attend the next one! 

-Virginia Marcolin, CEO/Founder, Aroma Textiles Lab

This is my second time attending the Women|Future Conference. The speakers who attended this conference truly care about diversity, equity, and inclusion. Recognizing that different people have different needs. If we are committed to giving people what they need to succeed, everyone then wins. The conference concentrate on different industries from technology, marketing, e-commerce, financing, and mental health. it was a big chance to connect with powerful women, tell their own stories, and how they have overcome obstacles to get to where they are now. It was a great experience and still by far the best conference I have attended.

- Shirin M. Alhroob, University of North Carolina

The WomenIFuture Conference offered access to a wealth of speakers, authors, and executives who shared their tips and techniques to build confidence and foster collaboration to create the life & career you desire and deserve. Fabulous.

- Nicole Smith, NJ Chapter Leader, Room to Read

If you're looking for a conference that focuses on supporting women in business, the Women|Future Conference is for you. Jam-packed with sessions that cover everything from personal to professional development, you'll have an outstanding experience.

- Debra Jason, Speaker/Copywriter, The Write Direction

The Opening Keynote

Sandy Carter, the Vice President of Public Sector Partners and Programs at Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Stevie Award winner, kicked off the 2021 Women|Future Conference on November 1 with her opening keynote address, " Embracing Diversity & Empowering the Next Generation." Sandy provided insight into her expansive career through sharing her raw and real-life stories as a pioneering woman in tech. Each story she told was centered around one of her seven hacks for diversity and inclusion in the workforce for attendees to draw upon the lessons she learned from her experiences. 

One of Sandy's seven hacks, "acting like an open API," was illustrated through a story she shared about a time she was faced with an unexpected, yet transformative 150-person meet and greet at her hotel upon landing in India in the middle of the night! She took the stage and gave an impromptu presentation after a 21-hour flight. 

While explaining another diversity hack, "embracing failure," Sandy talked about a mistake she made early on in her career with AWS. She was encouraged by her boss to share this mistake with others in a public meeting, despite being very reluctant to focus on her mistake in a room full of employees.

"Probably one of the most impactful things in my career was admitting that I had made a big mistake, explaining why I had made it, taking full responsibility myself, and what I have done to fix it," she said. 

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Sandy told attendees that Amazonians "fail fast and move forward" and that some of Amazon's "most fantastic failures gave birth to groundbreaking new opportunities." She encouraged attendees to take the lesson she learned from her mistake and embrace their own failures;

"Take that bold move to share your failures publicly because it really does have an impact on what others learn and how others move forward. If you can’t embrace your failures, typically you can’t move forward as fast or drive what you need to in the marketplace."

Sandy Carter credits much of her success to surrounding herself with the right people who she refers to as her "own board of supporters" and taking care of her team. "One of my favorite things that one of my mentors told me is to always reach back and pull someone forward, because if you do that, imagine the impact you'll see in the world," she recited during the session.

Best Sessions from the Week

Throughout the week, Women|Future Conference attendees heard sessions about business networking, work-life balance, wealth attraction, overcoming adversity, mentorship, and more. The five-day agenda featured 43 sessions, workshops, and plenty of networking opportunities. View the full 2021 agenda.
 
The top conference sessions by the number of registered attendees for each session were:

  • Hear Me, Love Me, Hire Me: Top Secrets from World-Class Speakers on How to Use Presentations to Grow Your Business
  • Marketing Tactics to Future Proof Your Business & Your Career
  • The Future of Work - Preparing For the Changing Business Landscape
  • The Most Powerful Marketing Mix: Blend Storytelling + Strategy to Grow Your Business
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  • Personal Development Training: Abundance 360 - Creating Your Best Life Ever
  • Why Diverse Teams Drive Better Outcomes

The Future of Work Panel

Pictured above is a screen capture from the Wednesday, November 3 opening general session, "The Future of Work - Preparing For the Changing Business Landscape." The panelists discussed everything from social justice issues permeating workplace discussions, and the very definition of a workspace changing for good. Kate Winkler, the CEO of Ruby, moderated the panel which was made up of four women leaders from Park Place Payments, Skillsoft, Lions +Tigers, and Corporate Class Inc.

Selina Meere, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at Park Place Payments, mentioned the importance of hiring people from different industries, educational backgrounds, and experience levels in order to further diversify and innovate within an organization; "I feel very strongly that you shouldn't only look at industry experience when hiring," she said. "If you keep hiring from within your industry, you are not going to get out of that cycle or let new thoughts in." She continued,

"The biggest impact can be made if someone comes from outside of your industry who is smart, empathetic, strategic, can see high-level, and can ask thoughtful questions that someobody who has been in the industry wouldn't ask...Get out of that box-checking idea that someone has to have certain experiences before hiring them. Rethink what success looks like! Success isn't necessarily where someone went to school, or what pedigree of companies they worked for."

One of the top breakout sessions at the Women|Future Conference was, "Personal Development Training: Abundance 360- Creating Your Best Life Ever" by one of the world's most requested motivational speakers, media personality, and corporate CEO; Lisa Nichols. On November 4, Lisa moved attendees to kickstart their personal transformation journies.
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She eloquently and passionately talked about how to use your words, voice, and thoughts to remove the barriers that have held you back from living the life of your dreams.
 
Some of the mantras Lisa asked attendees to type in the chatbox during her session were: "You are not alone," "REclaim your time; don’t give dollar time to penny tasks" and "REchoose your soul-fueled goals." 

Women-Owned Business Pitch Competition

The second annual Women-Owned Business Pitch Competition at the Women|Future Conference provided a platform for eight women-owned businesses to compete for a chance to win funding.  During this live, 'Shark Tank'-style competition on November 4, a panel of judges and attendees watched each finalist present a live four-minute pitch. The Pitch Competition finalists answered questions from the judges about their business model, target market, and operations strategy. View the finalists and read more about the competition here.  

The winner of the Pitch Competition was LAMIK Beauty, a tech-enabled clean color cosmetics company focusing on women of all diverse backgrounds. Founder Kim Roxie won a $5,000 cash prize and a $4,200 value certification from Certify My Company.Pitch Comp Social

The second place winner of the Pitch Competition was Kul Mocks Craft Mocktails, a non-alcoholic hand-crafted cocktail brand. The Founder of Kul Mocks, Danielle Goss, won $2,500 for her business.

In third place was Fetchadate, a dating app for single pet lovers. Founder Sheryl Mathys received $1,000 to support her business.

Access the 2021 Conference Sessions On-Demand

Did you miss this year's conference? You can register to watch the replays of over 40 sessions including our opening keynote for just $39.

On-demand attendees will have access to the 2021 virtual Women|Future Conference platform through November 2022. The platform includes five days of sessions and the lists of speakers, attendees, mentors, and sponsors that participated in the 2021 Women|Future Conference.

Register to Watch the Replays

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The 2022 Women|Future Conference

We look forward to an even bigger and more exciting event next year at the fifth annual Women|Future Conference! This will be a virtual event held from November 8-10, 2022 presented in conjunction with the 2022 Stevie Awards for Women in Business

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We are proud to partner with the following publications, media outlets, and organizations that share our mission in supporting women in business. If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities for the 2022 Women|Future Conference, sign up here to get notified when the 2022 prospectus is released.

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Last Chance to Register for the 2021 Virtual Women|Future Conference

Posted by Nina Moore on Fri, Oct 29, 2021 @ 03:17 PM
We're just days away until the official kick-off of the 2021 Women|Future Conference (November 1-5, virtual). Take full advantage of all that the conference has to offer – including 40+ sessions, interactive live workshops, speed networking, and mentorship matching. Not registered yet? There’s still time! Online registration is available through November 1. 

The 4th annual Women|Future Conference begins on November 1 at 11:00 am ET with the opening keynote, "Embracing Diversity & Empowering the Next Generation"​ by Sandy Carter, Vice President of Public Sector Partners & Programs at Amazon Web Services (AWS). The Women|Future Conference is designed for career-driven women looking to be inspired, build resilience, and prepare for changes ahead. The five-day agenda is packed with 40+ sessions hosted by women CEOs, Founders, Executives, Entrepreneurs, and Small Business Owners from global organizations such as Facebook, IBM, Infosys, Pinterest, Ralph Lauren, SAP, Talkspace, and others.

Attendees will gain practical, actionable takeaways to implement in their professional and personal lives. Session topics include financial wellness, lead generation, entrepreneurship success, how to blend storytelling and strategy to grow your business, imposter syndrome, work-life balance, mentorship, workplace diversity, speaking engagements as a business growth strategy, and more.

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One of the best things about the virtual conference platform is the networking; attendees make lasting connections as business partners, mentors, and friends long after the conference is over. See for yourself what past attendees had to say about their experience! View Testimonials from Past Attendees.

Following Sandy Carter's keynote on November 1 are two breakout sessions, "The Truth Bombs on Work-Life Balance to Avoid Burnout for Busy Women" and "Networking Tips & Tricks: Learn How to Become Memorable and Build Authentic Relationships" at 11:45 am ET. Other sessions on day one are "Leading Authentically in Male-Dominated Industries” and "The Smart Woman's Guide to Financial Success." Throughout the week, there will be one hour and 15-minute blocks in between sessions designated for networking, mentorship, yoga, meditation, or style consultations to break up the days.

New Session Alert! Fireside Chat with the Vice President of Frito-Lay 

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The Vice President of Marketing at Frito-Lay North America, Ciara Dilley, will be closing out the first day of the Women|Future Conference in a fireside chat with Neera Chaudhary, President, North America at Ketchum. Their chat is titled, "How One Female-Founded Pita Chip Brand Had Helped Thousands of Other Female Entrepreneurs Success," and will take place live on November 1 at 4:15 pm ET.

As a female-founded brand, Stacy’s Pita Chips has always upheld a commitment to help other female entrepreneurs succeed. In this session, Ciara Dilley, VP of marketing at Frito- Lay North America, will discuss the Stacy’s Rise Project, an annual initiative that accomplishes just that – and then some. Neera Chaudhary, President of North America, Ketchum, will moderate the session. 

The fireside chat will explore the evolution of this initiative – from the early days of ideation to the thousands of female founders it has helped via mentorship, grants, networking opportunities, and much more. Ciara will also discuss how she’s engrained purpose into the core of the brands she leads and why she believes the economic empowerment of women is the single most powerful contribution we can make to advance female equality.

What Else to Expect at the 2021 Women|Future Conference

The Women|Future Conference is a professional and personal development, learning, networking, and mentorship conference hosted by The Stevie® Awards. The Women|Future Conference & Event Manager, Ruslana Milikhiker, remarked on the transformation since the first annual Women|Future Conference in 2018;

“The first conference took place four years ago to complement The Stevie® Awards for Women in Business program. Now it has evolved to serve women on a larger scale. Our conference tagline Cultivate Your Tomorrow was added in 2020. We chose this phrase because the Women|Future Conference encourages women to not only embrace their tomorrow, but to tackle career, personal, and life goals. The conference goes beyond the changing business landscape and focuses on current issues we all face as working women juggling a busy schedule and doing it all.”

Nina Moore, the Marketing Manager of the Women|Future Conference, commented on the decision to make this year’s conference virtual;

“We successfully pivoted from in-person to virtual for the first time in 2020. Encouraged by glowing testimonials from past attendees and the flexibility of virtual, we are doing the same in 2021. Virtual events are accessible, affordable, and deliver just as much value and networking opportunities to people around the world, especially those unable to travel. This forward-thinking conference does just that and more!”

Below is a partial list of 2021 Women|Future Conference panels, sessions, and workshops:

  • Creating a Rockstar LinkedIn® Profile
  • Giving Voice To Women's Voices: How Podcasting Can Benefit Female Entrepreneurs
  • Entrepreneurship – Success Stories Fireside Chat
  • How to Embrace Women Super Powers in the World of Tech
  • Leadership Tips from 2021 Stevie Awards for Women in Business Winners​
  • Networking Tips & Tricks: Learn How to Become Memorable and Build Authentic Relationships
  • Personal Development Training: Abundance 360 - Creating Your Best Life Ever
  • Protecting Your Business and Intellectual Assets
  • The Future of Work - Preparing for the Changing Business Landscape
  • The Power of Purpose: Organizations that Give Back
  • Top Five Lead Generation Strategies for 2022
  • Why Diverse Teams Drive Better Outcomes
  • Women-Owned Business Pitch Competition Finalists Presentations
View the Women|Future Conference Agenda

A Message from our Sponsor RFG Advisory

On November 4, eight women-owned businesses founded in November 2018 or later will pitch their product/service before a panel of judges for a chance to win funding during the 2021 Women-Owned Business Pitch Competition.

The Pitch Competition is sponsored by RFG Advisory, an innovator in the wealth management industry. The President of RFG Advisory, Shannon Spotswood, is one of four judges who will evaluate each pitch. Shannon is an Entrepreneur, Business Owner, and 25-year industry veteran in financial services with an outstanding reputation built on leadership roles in investment banking, hedge fund management, and business development.

Only 2.3% of venture funding went to female-led businesses in 2020 according to Harvard Business Review. RFG Advisory is on a mission to change that, supporting one female-led business at a time!

Asia-Pacific Segment of the Women|Future Conference

Women Future Conference APACThis is the first year the Women|Future Conference is hosting sessions exclusively by female leaders in the Asia-Pacific region, bringing together the APAC women’s community with the Stevie Awards international audience.

These sessions focus on the advancements of female executives from the Asia-Pacific region who are championing the power of leadership and management in traditionally male-dominated industries such as financial technology, banking, insurance, and e-commerce. The Asia-Pacific conference agenda aims to further broaden and develop the fintech industry in Asia with the help of these female leaders.

Asia-Pacific Digital Infrastructure Sessions Include:

    • Building the New Digital Infrastructure
    • The Future is Female: Building the New Generation of Financially Literate Women
    • Leadership Tips from Stevie Awards for Women in Business Winners
    • Women in E-commerce and Mobility: Creating the Asian E-commerce and Mobility Highway
    • Women Leading Legacy Industries: Edutech, Proptech, and Insurtech
    • Women in Fintech: Reshaping the Industry and Bridging the Gap

Registration for the Women|Future Conference is open. Attendees save 10% when groups of three or more individuals register together. Students may register for the Women|Future Conference at a discounted rate of $49 (with proof of a valid current student ID). Sessions are recorded and available for replay through 2022 for your convenience.

Register for the Conference

 

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Questions about the Conference?

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Eight Women-Owned Businesses to Compete for Funding in Pitch Competition

Posted by Nina Moore on Fri, Oct 15, 2021 @ 11:32 AM
Eight women-owned businesses founded in November 2018 or later have been selected to compete in the 2021 Women|Future Conference Business Pitch Competition for a chance to win funding! 💸 For the second year in a row, the Women|Future Conference is hosting this 'Shark Tank' style pitch competition for female business owners and entrepreneurs.

The 2021 Women|Future Conference Business Pitch Competition will be hosted live on Thursday, November 4 at 4:30 pm EST during the virtual conference. A total of 94 women-owned businesses entered the competition, and eight finalists were selected by the Women|Future Conference leadership team to present their pitches, face questioning, and get their businesses evaluated by a panel of judges.

The pitch competition finalists are:

    1. a|dash
    2. Aroma Textiles Lab
    3. FetchaDate
    4. INSP!RED Product Development Group
    5. KUL MOCKS
    6. LAMIK Beauty
    7. Project Passport
    8. Tranquility by Design

Pitch Competition Format and Judging Criteria

The format of the pitch competition will be similar to ABC's critically-acclaimed entrepreneurial-themed TV show, Shark Tank. Each finalist will present a live, four-minute virtual pitch about their product/service, business model, and target market. A panel of four judges will evaluate each pitch using a five-point scoring rubric provided by the Women|Future Conference. The judging rubric takes into account criteria such as leadership capabilities, innovativeness, competitive advantage, maturity of the technology or product, business model, prospects, growth, response to the live questions, and preparedness for the competition. 

The judges of the 2021 Women|Future Conference Pitch Competition are:

    1. Apoorva Chintala, CEO, Co-Founder, Clocr* 
    2. Heather Cox, President, Certify My Company
    3. Helen Greiner, CEO, Tertill
    4. Shannon Spotswood, President, RFG Advisory

      *2020 Women|Future Conference Business Pitch Competition winner

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View Pitch Competition Finalists and Judges

The 2nd annual Women|Future Conference Pitch Competition will be hosted by Quinn Conyers, a Speaking Strategist for Entrepreneurs, Emcee, and Pitch Competition Host. Quinn has over 16 years of virtual and in-person speaking, event hosting, and training experience. Quinn is the author of two books, and made it to the second round of Shark Tank auditions four times! She's been featured on the Entrepreneurs Elevator Pitch TV show as well Essence, Black Enterprise, Vision and Purpose, and Empowering Women to Speak Out Magazines.

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Funding for the Pitch Competition Winners

At the close of the competition, there will be three winners, each of which will receive funding (amounts listed below) to grow their business. The first-place winner will also receive a bonus prize of a free certification ($4200 value) from Certify My Company. The Pitch Competition is funded through the generosity of our sponsor, RFG Advisory.

  • First place Prize: $5,000
  • Second place Prize: $2,500
  • Third place Prize: $1,000

If you are interested in joining us as a sponsor, judge, or participant in the 2022 Pitch Competition, sign up for event updates to get notified when entries open for next year.

What Else to Expect at the 2021 Women|Future Conference

Hundreds of ambitious women in business will gather virtually at the fourth annual Women|Future Conference November 1-5, 2021. The Women|Future Conference is a professional and personal development, learning, networking, and mentorship conference hosted by The Stevie® Awards for women around the globe.

With over 40 sessions, interactive workshops, and a motivational keynote by Sandy Carter, Vice President of Public Sector Partners and Programs at Amazon Web Services (AWS), this is an event for career-driven women looking to be inspired, build resilience, and prepare for changes ahead. The five-day agenda features female CEOs, Founders, Executives, Entrepreneurs, and Small Business Owners around the world.

The Conference Agenda

Session topics range from mental health to financial wellness, landing speaking engagements as a business growth strategy, lead generation, imposter syndrome, entrepreneurship, technology, and workplace diversity. The 140+ Speakers at this year's conference are a diverse mix of women from global organizations such as Facebook, HCL, IBM, Infosys Limited, John Hancock, Pinterest, Quartz, Ralph Lauren, Salesforce, SAP North America, Talkspace, and others. Below is a partial list of 2021 Women|Future Conference panels, sessions, and workshops:

  • Entrepreneurship – Success Stories Fireside Chat
  • Financial Planning -The Smart Women's Guide to Financial Success
  • How to Embrace Women Super Powers in the World of Tech
  • Leadership Tips from 2021 Stevie Awards for Women in Business Winners
  • Networking Tips & Tricks: Learn How to Become Memorable and Build Authentic Relationships
  • Personal Development Training: Abundance 360 - Creating Your Best Life Ever
  • Protecting Your Business and Intellectual Assets
  • The Future of Work - Preparing for the Changing Business Landscape
  • The Truth Bombs on Work-Life Balance to Avoid Burnout for Busy Women
  • Top Five Lead Generation Strategies for 2022
  • Why Diverse Teams Drive Better Outcomes
  • Women-Owned Business Pitch Competition Finalists Presentations

View the Women|Future Conference Agenda

Asia-Pacific Segment of the Women|Future Conference

This is the first year the conference is hosting sessions exclusively by female leaders in the Asia-Pacific region, bringing together the APAC women’s community with the Stevie Awards international audience. These sessions focus on the advancements of female executives from the Asia-Pacific region who are championing the power of leadership and management in traditionally male-dominated industries such as financial technology, banking, insurance, and e-commerce. The Asia-Pacific conference agenda aims to further broaden and develop the fintech industry in Asia with the help of these female leaders.

APAC Digital Infrastructure Sessions Include:

    • Building the New Digital Infrastructure
    • The Future is Female: Building the New Generation of Financially Literate Women
    • Leadership Tips from Stevie Awards for Women in Business Winners
    • Women in E-commerce and Mobility: Creating the Asian E-commerce and Mobility Highway
    • Women Leading Legacy Industries: Edutech, Proptech, and Insurtech
    • Women in Fintech: Reshaping the Industry and Bridging the Gap

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Registration for the Women|Future Conference is open. Attendees save 10% when groups of three or more individuals register together. Students may register for the Women|Future Conference at a discounted rate of $49 (with proof of a valid current student ID).

Sessions are recorded and available for replay through 2022 for your convenience.

Register for the Conference

 

👍 Get Social With the Women|Future Conference 

Instagram 

LinkedIn

Twitter

Facebook

Questions about the Conference?

Conference Registration and Sponsorship Opportunities

Ruslana Milikhiker, Conference & Event Manager

Ruslana@stevieawards.com

 

Conference Marketing and PR 

Nina Moore, Marketing Manager

Nina@stevieawards.com

 

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