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THRIVE Live at Staffing World 2022

Brought to you by the ASA Women in Leadership interest group, this collaborative two-day event delivers valuable content designed especially for women who seek to grow their leadership skills and expand their professional reach in the staffing industry.


THRIVE Live at Staffing World

Learn from and connect with standout women leaders in the industry and other impressive subject matter experts in a collaborative environment.

Every THRIVE event features 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.

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Attendee Pricing

  • Members: $360
  • Nonmembers: $560

Virtual Attendee Pricing

  • Members: $149
  • Nonmembers: $349

Note: This is a two-part preconvention program that takes place Oct. 24–25 during the Staffing World convention and expo. Preconvention programs require separate registration at an additional cost and are not included with any Staffing World registration package. A boxed lunch will be served on Tuesday, Oct. 25, only.

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THRIVE Live at Staffing World Agenda—Oct. 24–25, 2022

This agenda, session descriptions, and speaker information will be updated as more details become available.

Subject to change

Monday, Oct. 24


1:30–6:00 p.m.

THRIVE Live at Staffing World, Part I

1:30–1:45 p.m.

Welcome and Kick Off

Presented by Michelle Sims, CEO, YUPRO; chair, ASA women in leadership interest group council

Natasha Hemmingway1:45–2:30 p.m.

The Fear to Faith Cycle

Presented by Natasha Hemmingway, sales and success coach

Get ready to take your power back by showing up for yourself and stepping into the fear that propels you toward your goal. Success coach Natasha Hemmingway brings her coaching gifts and amazing energy in sharing her Fear to Faith Cycle—a journey she lived and now coaches other women through in order to overcome any fearful struggle of feeling stuck and go from “career” to “calling.”

Attend this session and explore the different types of fear we carry around and get hung up in without even realizing. Hemmingway will guide attendees with tactics and support to create habits of learning how to move through this unknown fear.

2:30–2:45 p.m.


2:45-4:45 p.m.

Together We Rise: The Lady Leaders Book Club and Featuring Michelle Prince—Roundtable Discussions

Together We Rise is a collection of stories told by incredible leading women in our industry recounting pivotal life and career moments, including the struggles to rise up and stand out in an industry with too few women at its highest ranks. In telling their stories, these women joined together to create The Lady Leaders Book Club—and now, these leaders are joining us at THRIVE Live. Move around the room to discuss the important pains and pleasures in your career, with guidance and support from these lady leaders. Plus, through this time, you’ll learn how to write your own story to discover your brand.

4:45–5 p.m.


5–6 p.m.

Speed Talks From Entrepreneurs

Jess Ekstrom, founder, Headbands of Hope; Bridget Verdun, founder, just b. and Occasionally Speaking; Jahlisa Williams, founder and CEO, MixxieMixologist

Three amazing women entrepreneurs share with attendees their successes and failures, how they achieved their goals, and what’s next.

6-7:30 p.m.

Happy Hour

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Tuesday, Oct. 25

8:30 A.M.–1:30 p.m.

THRIVE Live at Staffing World, Part II

8:30–9 A.m.


Jess Ekstrom9–10 A.m.

That’s What She Said: Powering Our Inner Dialogue So We Can Lead the Way

Jess Ekstrom, founder, Headbands for Hope

Whether or not we recognize it or hear it, we have this voice in our head: the voice in our head that tells us we’re not ready. The voice in our head that makes our failures louder than our wins. The voice in our head that compares us to the woman beside us. The voice in our head that tells us someday, but not today. So what happens when we change the story? Opportunity. It opens up a whole other world in which everything we want is within reach if we’re willing to throw perfection out the door and embrace the messiness of the journey. But first, we have to learn to recognize the voice in our head and train it to be our biggest cheerleader. In this keynote, Ekstrom will use her entrepreneurial story to show how she actively trained the voice in her head through times of inspiration, chaos, failure, and purpose.

Ashley Andersen10–11 A.m.

Don’t Tell Me I’m a Rockstar: The Ways We Get Empathy Wrong and Learning to Get It Right

Ashley Andersen, owner, Truth to Purpose Leadership Coaching

Most of us think that, when it comes to empathy, we’ve got it down pat. But the data says otherwise. Done right, empathy has the power to drive connection, increase engagement, and ignite productivity. When done wrong, it will do the opposite. A crucial part of being a conscious leader is intentionally skilling ourselves up to be better once we know better. In this session you’ll re-learn empathy the right way, apply it to your real-life situations, and use it in your journey to become a more conscious leader—one who is more aware, present, and responsible for the power and influence you hold.

11:15 A.M.–12:15 P.m.


Janice Bryant Howroyd12:15–1:15 P.m.

Fireside Chat With Janice Bryant Howroyd

Janice Bryant Howroyd, founder and CEO, ActOne; Richard Wahlquist, president and CEO, American Staffing Association

1:15–1:30 P.m.

Closing Remarks

Subject to change

Ashley Andersen

Ashley Andersen, owner, Truth to Purpose Leadership Coaching

Andersen’s path to coaching has been paved with an innate fascination for the nuances of human behavior, an insatiable curiosity around growth and transformation, and generous beliefs and assumptions about others. For nearly a decade she has used all of these to help leaders discover, believe in, and operate from their truest selves.

Andersen has degrees in psychology and social work and is certified by a number of entities in the field of coaching, including the International Coaching Federation, Co-Active Training Institute, Brené Brown Education and Research Group (Certified Dare to Lead Facilitator), and CRR Global (Certified Organization and Relationship Systems Coach). She uses a combination of deep inquiry, bold reflections, and compassionate accountability to help leaders work through daily challenges, show up courageously, grow with each experience, and create meaningful connections with their work and those around them.

Jess Ekstrom

Jess Ekstrom, founder and CEO, Headbands of Hope; bestselling author and speaker

Ekstrom is the founder and CEO of Headbands of Hope, a company that donates headbands to kids with illnesses with every headband sold. Headbands of Hope has been featured on the TODAY show, Good Morning America, QVC, and The View, and have been worn by celebrities like Kelsea Ballerini and Khloe Kardashian. More importantly, Headbands of Hope has donated over 1 million headbands, reaching every single children's hospital in America and 22 countries.

After starting her company, Ekstrom wanted to use her ups and her downs to help other women become valued as experts in their industry. In 2020, she started, a self-improvement platform delivering Prompt Pathways by world-renowned thought leaders. Ekstrom is also the bestselling author of Chasing the Bright Side and creator of Mic Drop Workshop, an e-learning company that helps women tell and sell their stories as thought leaders.

Natasha Hemmingway

Natasha Hemmingway, sales coach, consultant, speaker, and creator of Heart Not Hustle

Hemmingway is an entrepreneurial-based sales coach and speaker and the creator of the Heart Not Hustle sales system, Convert Your Leads, and Hello Client, Hello Cash—a coaching firm founded with an aim to helping entrepreneurs find, and focus on, the deeper meaning behind their business motivation and sales message. She established her firm after leaving a 16-year sales career in corporate. Hemmingway helps entrepreneurs and sales professionals to master their authentic sales process, achieve success, and maximize their sales wins by bringing the heart instead of the hustle.

Janice Bryant Howroyd

Janice Bryant Howroyd, founder and CEO, The ActOne Group

Businesswoman, entrepreneur, educator, ambassador, author, mentor, and presidential special appointee, Bryant Howroyd is the founder and CEO of The ActOne Group, a global leader providing customized, cutting-edge solutions in the human resources industry. The ActOne Group is a multibillion dollar, award-¬winning, international talent and talent technology enterprise with multiple divisions that each service unique areas of employment and provide talent management solutions.

Howroyd is currently #39 on the Forbes list of America’s Richest Self-Made Women. In 2014, she was recognized by Black Enterprise as the first black woman to own and operate a billion‐dollar company. She was BET’s first ever BET Honors Entrepreneur of the Year and has received Black Enterprise’s Business of the Year award. In 2013, Howroyd was appointed as USA ambassador of energy at the White House.

In May of 2016, Howroyd received a key presidential appointment by President Barack Obama as a member of the President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. In 2017, she was appointed to the Federal Communications Commission’s Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment.

As a DE&I expert who believes transparency encourages accountability, she continues to be an internationally sought-after advisor, speaker, and consultant. Learn more about her, and follow her on TwitterFacebookLinkedInInstagram, and TikTok.

Bridget Verdun

Bridget Verdun, founder, just b. and Occasionally Speaking; search consultant, Noetic

Prior to joining Noetic in 2021, Verdun spent the majority of her career in staffing, matching talent with success and connecting the right resources to bring workforce solutions to the world’s most respected organizations. She is a results-driven professional with a gift for building relationships that lead to successful partnerships. In tandem with her professional work, Verdun’s entrepreneurial endeavors include Studio b. (a brick and mortar art gallery that she owned and operated seasonally for 15 years in Three Oaks, MI) and Occasionally Speaking (a line of fine greeting cards that she designs and distributes nationally in over 200 retailers including Paper Source and Whole Foods Market stores).

Jahlisa Williams

Jahlisa Williams, founder and CEO, MixxieMixologist

Williams, born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, with roots now planted in Las Vegas, is the founder and CEO of MixxieMixologist. MixxieMixologist is an exclusive bartending service catering to the needs of residents of Las Vegas and visitors from all over the world. Williams’s goal is to create generational wealth for her family, but also the melanated community as well. She has more than six years of experience in the hospitality industry and experience with bartending a variety of events including weddings, bachelor/bachelorette parties, holiday events at sports and entertainment stadiums, and nightlife events across several states.

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, associate vice president, Arevo Group

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 Virtual 2022 and earn up to 3.25 continuing education hours toward maintaining your ASA credential.

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