Speakers & Panels: Panels

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My Personal Board of Directors

Learning How to Cultivate Relationships with Personal Advocates to Promote Your Career

10:45 AM–11:30 AM - Library Lounge

Even though women are filling an increasing number of junior-level corporate positions, the upper echelons of corporate leadership are still dominated by men. As such, the benefits of developing strong relationships with several mentors—a “personal board of directors”—are of paramount importance. These sponsors can help you to devise a path to promotion, build a customer base, and decide on opportune moments to pivot in a career. In this conversation, we will hear from women who have cultivated effective personal advocates on best practices that you can employ to establish this essential network.

Panelists:

Janelle M. B. Edem (WG’05)
Janelle M. B. Edem (WG’05)

Vice President, National Insurance
Liberty Mutual Insurance

Erin Lantz
Erin Lantz

Vice President, Mortgages
Zillow Group

Maya Tsukernik (WG‘13)
Maya Tsukernik (WG‘13)

Principal, New York
BCG

Sunshine Singer
Sunshine Singer

Director of Advising, MBA Career Management
The Wharton School
(Moderator)


How I Empower My Teams

10:45 AM–11:30 AM - Grant Center

Many of today's most valuable companies have come to realize that the practice of focusing on the individual employee is no longer enough. Instead, as the workplace has modernized and communication methods have improved, the path to success lies in the strength of an organization's teams—not just how individuals work, but how these individuals work together. Effective teamwork can lead to increased profitability, higher job satisfaction, and more effective and innovative problem-solving.

Regardless of industry or function, many of us will spend our professional careers working in and leading teams. So how do we practice effective teamwork and how can we improve our own collaboration skills? Today, we hear from women at the top of their professions about how they have created inclusive & positive work environments, encouraged open communication, and empowered themselves and those around them to work together in order to be successful.

Panelists:

Rhonda Clark
Rhonda Clark

Vice President, Corporate Plant Engineering
UPS

Rachel Goldklang
Rachel Goldklang

Senior Director, Development & Strategic Projects
KIPP Foundation

Radhika Duggal
Radhika Duggal

Vice President, Marketing
CommonBond

Maryellen Reilly
Maryellen Reilly

Deputy Vice Dean, MBA Program
The Wharton School
(Moderator)


Planning for a Family

Facts vs. Myths, and the Choices I Make

10:45 AM–11:30 AM - Grant West

While our parents’ generation broke the glass ceiling at record levels, our generation is focused on navigating the ramifications of balancing a robust career with the pulls of a satisfying family and marital life. In this discussion, we hear from businesswomen who have “made it work” as well as from businessmen who outline the role of husbands and fathers in “leaning in” alongside us. In addition, we will hear about innovative ways to fill flexible C-suite roles.

Panelists:

Leslie C. Cohen
Leslie C. Cohen

Executive Director
XRC Labs

Nell Diamond
Nell Diamond

Founder and CEO
Hill House Home

Shannon Hennessy
Shannon Hennessy

Partner, Dallas
McKinsey & Company

Sugirtha Stathis
Sugirtha Stathis

Director, MBA Career Management
The Wharton School
(Moderator)


Fireside Chat with Shaz Kahng

11:45 AM–12:30 PM - Library Lounge

Sometimes the best man for the job is a strong woman. In this fireside chat, former Global Business Leader of Nike Cycling and CEO/President of Lucy Activewear, Shaz Kahng, will discuss highs and lows of being a female chief executive and working in male dominated industries, and the “superpowers” of ceiling smashers.

Shaz Kahng (WG’89)
Shaz Kahng (WG’89)

CEO/President
Lucy Activewear

Lizann Boyle Rode
Lizann Boyle Rode

Executive Director
The Wharton School
(Moderator)


Raising Capital and Starting a Business as a Woman

Be Your Own Boss: How to Launch Your Own Venture

11:45 AM–12:30 PM - Grant Center

Despite founding more than half of businesses in the US, women entrepreneurs account for only 15% of venture capital funding and represent a mere 6% of venture capitalists. To better understand the drivers of gender disparity in funding and fundraising, we will hear from both women entrepreneurs and investors.

Panelists:

Stephanie Bagley
Stephanie Bagley

COO
Charity Miles

Deepa Gandhi (WG‘13)
Deepa Gandhi (WG‘13)

Co-founder and COO
Dagne Dover

Alicia Syrett
Alicia Syrett (WG‘99)

Founder and CEO
Pantegrion Capital

Liz Wessel (WG’12)
Liz Wessel (WG’12)

Co-Founder and CEO
WayUp

Michelle Hopping
Michelle Hopping

Director of MBA Career Management
The Wharton School
(Moderator)


Using the “F” Word: Feminism and the Workplace

11:45 AM–12:30 PM - Grant West

Recently, we have seen the term “feminism” become increasingly controversial. What feminism means defies precision and is interpreted differently by both those who embrace it and those who reject it. In this discussion, we will examine what feminism means to our panelists, how they have seen it manifested in the workplace, and the choices they've made in their own careers.

Panelists:

Jean Clemons
Jean Clemons

Lecturer
The Wharton School

Christie Irizarry (WG ’13)
Christie Irizarry (WG’13)

Senior Manager
Accenture Strategy

Ruchika Lal (WG’04)
Ruchika Lal (WG’04)

Vice President, Global Merchant Services
American Express

Shannon Connelly
Shannon Connelly

Director of External Engagement
The Wharton School
(Moderator)


On Taking Risk

2:00 PM–2:45 PM - Library Lounge

We have often heard that women are more risk-averse than men, which hinders us in our career. Today, we will hear from women who have put themselves out there professionally—sometimes successfully, sometimes not—and grown as a result. We will also hear about the merits of a careful, planned approach to risk taking and each participant’s personal experience in doing so.

Panelists:

Umber Ahmad (WG‘02)
Umber Ahmad (WG‘02)

Founder
Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery

Nisa Amoils
Nisa Amoils

Early Stage Investor
Scout Ventures

Jill Ebstein (WG‘83)
Jill Ebstein (WG‘83)

Founder
SizedRight Marketing

Carolanne Fried
Carolanne Fried

Manager
A.T. Kearney

Sarah E. Light
Sarah E. Light

Assistant Professor
The Wharton School
(Moderator)


Diversity is Good for Business

Tales of Building Diverse Teams to Improve Performance

2:00 PM–2:45 PM - Grant West

It’s no longer a secret that businesses benefit from diverse teams. Research has shown that companies demonstrating significant gender or racial and ethnic diversity are more likely to achieve strong financial performance. Despite this, women and minorities remain underrepresented in senior leadership positions globally. So, what roles can we play in promoting workplace diversity? In this panel, we’ll hear stories from speakers about the ways they’ve increased diversity in their teams and how diversity has contributed to the growth and success of their businesses.

Panelists:

Sarah Hammer (WG‘08)
Sarah Hammer (WG‘08)

Senior Brand Manager
Unilever

Sapna Shah (WG‘93)
Sapna Shah (WG‘93)

Principal
Red Giraffe Advisors

Ellen Stafford-Sigg (WG’88)
Ellen Stafford-Sigg (WG’88)

Principal
Deloitte

Samir Nurmohamed
Samir Nurmohamed

Assistant Professor of Management
The Wharton School
(Moderator)


Perceptions of Powerful Women

How Psychology Works For and Against Us

2:00 PM–2:45 PM - Lincoln Memorial

As women continue to climb the ladder, filling ranks traditionally reserved for men, such as heads of nations, corporate suite executives, and media personalities, their gender predisposes stereotypes and judgments that undermine their influence and leadership. In this panel, we’ll hear from women who have successfully risen to take on leadership roles, women who have navigated traditionally male-dominated workplaces, and academics who have researched the field.

Panelists:

Dhaarna Mehta (WG‘10)
Dhaarna Mehta (WG‘10)

Director
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Cheryl Rice
Cheryl Rice

President
Your Voice Your Vision

Lauren Taylor Wolf (WG’06)
Lauren Taylor Wolf (WG’06)

Managing Director and Investing Partner
Blue Harbour Group

Howard Kaufold
Howard Kaufold

Vice Dean of the MBA Program
The Wharton School
(Moderator)