Women’s Leadership Summit Schedule

7:30-8:30am: Networking and registration

8:30-9:15am: Keynote address by Jess Ekstrom (with gourmet breakfast)

9:30-10:15am: Break out session — choose one of three:

Zitty Nxumalo, Ph.D.: “Being Deft: Authentic Leadership for the 21st Century Woman”
Times are changing. As the world is learning to celebrate the diversity of womanhood, more and more women leaders are emerging en masse to make potent, lasting contributions all over the globe. In this breakout session, Dr. Zitty Nxumalo – Founder of Deftable®, LLC – will share what she has learned about leadership, authenticity, and resilience in the 21st century. Attendees will leave with practical, actionable tools for elevating their own deftness in life and leadership, regardless of age, ethnicity, or current socioeconomics. Join us!

Alisha Wielfaert: “Building Your Personal Board of Directors”
Where do you turn with your big career questions? If you’ve hit a bump in the road, if you’re given the choice of a new job opportunity, or you’re not sure how to prioritize your big life and career goals who do you ask for help? Big corporations, non-profits and businesses have a board of directors that help them navigate the waters of success and you should too. Learn why you need a personal board of directors, who should be on your board and how to utilize these mentors wisely.

Donna Warrick: “The Power of You”
1) Creating clarity: What is clarity of purpose? How to find your why. When you find your why, create the how (focus). 2) The confidence factor: What makes it a foundational part of being a leader? Are you playing not to lose or are you playing to win? Characteristics of the confident leader. How do you become more self-confident? 3) The power of networking and having a mentor: The lie of “going it alone”, ways to make it feel more natural, benefits of having a mentor, and maximizing your mentor relationship. 4) Defining your leadership brand: What it is, and why it’s important.

10:30-11:15am: Plenary panel “Women in the Boardroom: Find Your Seat”

Jennifer Shoffner, Vice President of Human Resources and Information Technology of Liberty Hardware, and Amy Keyser, Senior Vice President of Human Resources of Arch MI will discuss their leadership journeys as female executives in male-dominated industries.

11:30-12pm: Networking and headshots