THRIVE 2021: Elevating & Empowering Women in Staffing

THRIVE 2021 will feature powerful and inspiring presenters from throughout the staffing industry, who will share lessons learned and effective growth strategies that have propelled their careers and positioned them for continued success.



Join Us for THRIVE 2021, a virtual event, 1:30–6 p.m. ET.

Brought to you by the ASA Women in Leadership Interest Group, this collaborative event delivers valuable content designed especially for women who seek to grow their leadership skills and expand their professional reach in the staffing industry. Learn from and connect with standout women leaders in the staffing industry and other impressive subject matter experts in a collaborative virtual environment.

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1:30–1:45 p.m.

Welcome and Introduction

1:45–2:30 p.m.

Keynote Presentation: Confidence Creation—Create Your Confidence and Realize Your Full Potential

Presenter: Heather Monahan, best-selling author and executive coach
Qualifies for 0.75 Active CE Hour

Confidence is the one thing that changes everything in any environment. When you are at your most confident, you share your ideas, embrace collaboration, and contribute to meetings. As setbacks and challenges occur, those who are confident withstand the blows while others crumble under the pressure. Lacking confidence typically results in an inability to get promoted, get noticed, or even be heard. The feelings of frustration, disappointment, and anger that go along with lack of confidence can be debilitating. Lack of confidence leads to a life of existing instead of thriving.

Even though it is clear that everyone wants to be confident, most people and companies do not have a plan to create confidence for individuals within the workplace. A lack of confidence can result in a lack of revenue, innovation, and collaboration. There are often culture issues throughout organizations of blame and lack of trust when confidence is absent. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to remain this way. There is a solution.

Heather Monahan has spent the last 24 years developing her strategy to create confidence, overcome challenges, and step into your power. Monahan will share with you her direct, systematic approach to create change for individuals and organizations. Her unique approach of sharing personal low moments allows the audience to engage and relate quickly. Learn how to create confidence in yourself and get ready to take yourself and your organization to the next level now.

2:30–3 p.m.

Networking Breakouts

Qualifies for 0.5 Active CE hour

Network with your peers in small groups as we discuss takeaways from Heather Monahan’s keynote presentation as well as topics on the agenda for the rest of the THRIVE program.

3–3:15 p.m.


3:25 p.m.

Executive Breakout Session: Inspiring Teams Now Through Supercharging Purpose

Presenter: Jen Grace Baron, co-chief executive officer and chief growth officer, InspireCorps
Qualifies for 1.0 Active CE hour

Inspired teams are the building blocks of organization performance and growth. In this session, we will share our research on inspiration, what it is and how it works, and a synthesized inspiration strategy of the best practices in inspiring teams now. Bring your team performance challenges and we’ll tackle them through the lens of inspiration.

During this engaging session, you will

  • understand what inspiration is and how it works for leaders and teams.
  • activate the three powerful levels of purpose for successfully leading teams in our Covid-19 environment.
  • stand proudly on the strengths of your team and create an action plan to inspire next level performance.

Emerging Leaders Breakout Session: Self-Satisfaction at Work—Systems, Stamina, and Superpowers

Presenter: Sarahn Sankofa, life coach, multimedia journalist, and chief executive officer of Sarahn Says LLC
Qualifies for 1.0 active CE hour

Find empowerment at work with self-satisfaction. This breakout session, designed for emerging leaders, not only will help you show up as your best self at work, but also will help you understand what your best self looks and feels like. Get excited to learn more about how to channel your energy, welcome efficiency, and celebrate what makes you exceptionally you.

4:20–5 p.m.

Staffing Industry Stories: Overcoming Challenges, Succeeding in the Future

Facilitated by: Kerry Sirkka, senior vice president and general manager of local and international solutions, AMN Healthcare
Panelists: Jessi Guenther, executive director, global operations, Allegis Group Inc.; Sara Luchsinger, CSP, vice president, organizational development, SEEK Careers/Staffing; Lydia Wilson, executive vice president, strategy and development, Signature Consultants; Kristy Willis, chief sales officer, PeopleReady

Qualifies for 0.75 Active CE Hour

Hear from a panel of inspiring women throughout the staffing and recruiting industry who will share their challenges, strategies, and results

5–5:15 p.m.


5:15–6 p.m.

Speed Talks and Happy Hour

Speed Talk: The Power of Your Story

Presenter: Michelle Prince, author, motivational speaker, self-publishing expert, life coach; CEO/founder of Performance Publishing Group

Speed Talk: Injection of Inspiration

Presenter: Marsha Haygood, motivational speaker, empowerment coach, author

The event’s final session features high-impact Speed Talks from powerful women outside of the staffing industry, followed by a toast to a successful day together during a virtual happy hour.

Terri Adams“The event was well organized. The speakers were phenomenal and very inspiring! It was a great event! I am happy that I participated.”

–Terri Lawson-Adams CEO, Ellsworth Healthcare

Alison Daley“Loved connecting with so many great women. Great content, loved the synergy across topics, loved the opportunity to chat and vibe together in the happy hour.”

–Alison Daley, CEO, Recruiting Innovation

Jennifer Hamilton“This was such an incredible event! So impressed with the smooth technology and loved the speakers and topics. I have lots of great take-aways and can't wait to share them with our team of wonderful women back at the office!”

–Jennifer Hamilton, CSP, director of recruiting, High Profile Inc.

Maggie Williams“An amazing way to network with other women leaders while at home. I felt more connected than ever to the women in the industry.”

–Maggie Williams, director of performance, Corporate Brokers

Mary Ann McLaughlin“It was a truly wonderful experience to see the many women in this industry who are dedicated to making a difference in their companies, their teams, and their talent coming together. It was like stepping into a forcefield—the energy, the willingness to support each other, the passion for becoming stronger leaders, and the gratitude for the opportunities and each other was palpable.”

–Mary Ann McLaughlin, managing partner, Butler Street Consulting

Are you ASA-certified? Participate in THRIVE 2021 and earn up to 3.0 continuing education hours toward maintaining your ASA credential.

Interested in sponsorship opportunities? Contact Kim Kelemen at 703-253-1169 or Sarah Senges at 703-253-2042.


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