Aspire to Lead 2017 Agenda

This agenda reflect our 2017 Aspire to Lead conference. This page will be updated as the 2018 conference takes shape.

7:45 - 8:30 | Breakfast and Registration


8:30 - 8:45 | Welcome

Conference Host: Christi Krautbauer, Thomson Reuters


8:45 - 9:30 | Keynote Speaker: There Is No Box, Anything is Possible

Dr. Doris Taylor, Texas Heart Institute


9:40 - 11:10 | The Current, The Bank and Your First5

Dr. John Ficken, The Quotidian Group

Our lives are becoming insane. We are over-scheduled, reactive, distracted, and never really "off duty," either at work or at home. What's going on here, and what can we do about it? Join John Ficken, PhD, CEO of Quotidian Group, as he brings you through a thought provoking, highly interactive session on how to notice the insanity in your life. Learn ways to establish simple daily practices to help you run your life (instead of life running you).


11:10 - 11:35 | Bursts of Inspirational Stories

Sometimes the stories that inspire us do not come from the people with the loftiest titles or most dramatic career journeys. Sometimes they come from the people who are right where we are, doing amazing things. We'll hear from three individuals about how they own their power.


11:35 - 12:35 | Lunch & Networking


12:35 - 1:20 | Women Who Own Their Seats at the Table

Sharon Sayles Belton & Pahoua Yang Hoffman


1:30 - 2:30 | Workshop Sessions

(All attendees will select one of these options)

1. You Get What You Negotiate - Martiey Miller

Whether you're trying get a raise, convince your kids to do their homework before the last minute, or set expectations for timelines and deliverables on a work project, what you're really doing is negotiating. Join Martiey Miller for this action packed experiential workshop and walk away with two key negotiation techniques that will help you get what you want in any situation.

2. Pursuing Your Passions - Dinyar Mehta

Mojo down at work? Energy sapped? Passion diminished? These are common concerns for professionals today.
Surprisingly, a lot of the answers you seek don’t really lie outside of you, but deep within. Join Dinyar for this motivating workshop to learn how to bring the best of you to work each day. Be prepared to be both reflective and energized in this engaging and interactive session and tap into the Joyfidence™ within you!

3. Would you work for no pay? - Michele Engdahl & Nicole Hansen

If you’ve ever volunteered for anything, then you’ve worked for no pay. But what did you get in return? Join Michele Engdahl and Nicole Hansen to learn how the value of your service outside of your workplace matters inside your workplace. They will offer suggestions on how to include this service work in your annual performance review, goal setting, and résumé.

4. Discover Your Speaking Super Power and Lead with More Impact - Sally Koering Zimney

Leaders use their voice. We know this, and we want to use ours! But it can be difficult. Risk, vulnerability, and fear creep in and make stepping into and owning a leader-voice moment difficult. But each one of us has a speaking superpower that can buffer those fears and help us speak with more impact and authenticity, leveraging your leadership, power, and purpose. Join Sally Koering Zimney - the "Brené Brown of public speaking" and a presentation coach with 20 years of experience supporting leaders as they speak in high-impact moments - to discover your speaking superpower and three ways you can use that power to impact your work and life.


2:45 - 3:30 | Closing Keynote Speaker

Becky Roloff


3:30 - 4:30 | Network Reception