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Agenda & Sessions


Subject to change. Note: This agenda reflects the Eastern Time zone. Please make sure you schedule your afternoon according to your local time zone.

1:30–1:45 p.m.

Welcome and Introduction

1:45–2:45 p.m.

Keynote Presentation

Unstuck Yourself: Transforming Overwhelm Into Action
Corrie LoGiudice

For women and other underrepresented communities in the workforce, it’s common to become so overwhelmed balancing the challenges between your life and career that you feel “stuck,” which can limit advancement opportunities. But it’s actually a positive sign. It’s a cue that something in your current strategy needs to be adapted to your current reality.

In this session, LoGiudice will share the five overwhelm culprits that could be holding back your progress and what to do about them. You’ll leave with a framework you can implement the next time you feel overwhelmed so you can take continued action, no matter your circumstances, and step into the leadership role you are meant to be in.

Attendees will learn

  • The five overwhelm culprits and how they affect one’s life and career
  • The two different scenarios that motivate people into action—either willingly or unwillingly
  • A proven, easy-to-use framework to manage overwhelm and activate extraordinary action fast
  • How to manage any situation that arises, increasing confidence and better positioning them for leadership

Qualifies for 1.0 CE hour

2:45–3 p.m.

Speed Talk: Sparkle and Grit

Wendy Meadows, certified life coach

Discover your roadmap to reclaiming your sparkle, beating burnout, and designing a life that’s authentically yours! In this short but effective speed talk, you will learn a simple yet profound morning ritual that aligns daily actions with overarching goals, enhancing both professional and personal life. Master the art of crafting personalized affirmations to strategically pause and recalibrate throughout the day, ensuring you are always operating at peak performance. This practical technique is a game-changer for anyone looking to reduce stress and thrive under pressure—ideal for bringing teams into their best selves!

3–3:15 p.m.


3:15–4 p.m. Choose Your Breakout Session

Executive Breakout Session: Your Seat at the Table—A Discussion Around Joining a Board of Directors

Nichelle Maynard-Elliott, The Board Curators and Melinda Kirk, chief legal officer, GDH

This engaging session is targeted for senior leaders who are curious about board service. You will discover tips on how you can prepare your career to serve on a board in the future. Learn more about what is holding women back from advancing into board and leadership roles and how to overcome those hurdles. Maynard-Elliott will demystify the process for those who may have never thought they could serve on a board. Come to this breakout prepared with any and all questions you have.

Qualifies for .75 CE hours

Emerging Leaders Breakout Session: Quit the Shoulds: Using the Five-Step Focus Method to Live a Happier, More Inspired Life

Amanda Jefferson

It’s easy to listen to a motivational speaker say things like “Trust yourself!” “Be yourself!” and “Shut out those inner voices!” You feel that warm, inspired conference glow, ready to conquer the world! And then…real life sets in, and the glow starts to fade. This session is all about keeping that glow going.

Together, we’re going to explore specifically what “shoulds” you’re holding onto, how you can begin to let them go, and how you can give that teeny tiny voice (yours!) more airtime.

Attendees will learn

  • Which responsibilities, tasks, etc., are swirling in their heads
  • How to identify which of those things genuinely light you up and which feel like things you “should” like or do
  • Tactics for making a plan for systematically deciding what gets their precious time and attention and what doesn’t, using the five-step focus method
  • Ways to say “no” easily and comfortably to those things that don’t light them up

You’ll have worksheets and templates to take away so that you keep that glow going long after!

Qualifies for .75 CE hours

Breakout Session: Power/Speed Networking

Network with your peers in small groups to discuss takeaways from the opening keynote presentation as well as topics on the agenda for the rest of the THRIVE program.

Qualifies for .75 CE hours

4–4:10 p.m.


4:10–4:25 p.m.

Speed Talk: Work Became My Identity—Then It Broke Me

Erika Diaz, creator, “Honestly Mental” podcast

Diaz is a mother, a wife, and a woman in leadership. She also has struggled with mental health while navigating her professional career and growth. Her story comes with a warning: over the course of several years, as for many others, her work became her identity—which worked for many years, until it didn’t, landing her in an outpatient partial hospitalization program to get a handle on suicidal ideation.

Her journey is about courage and resilience! Join this Speed Talk to listen, connect, see, and learn from Diaz as she shares tips on how she managed through these challenges.

Qualifies for .25 CE hours

4:25–5:25 p.m.

Staffing Industry Panel Discussion: Finding Your Personal Success in Staffing

Facilitated by Amanda Riffee, executive and leadership coach, Randstad US

Panelists: Celeste Randall, national director of service and implementation, workforce solutions, Staffmark Group; Catherine Lang-Cline, founder and chief executive officer, Portfolio Creative; Kelly Boykin, founder, Growth Curve Advisors

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

Qualifies for .75 CE hours

5:25–6 p.m.

Closing Session: Be Your Own Cheerleader: Embracing Self-Advocacy in the Workplace

Neelu Kaur

The success of any organization rests squarely on the strength of its people. Unfortunately, many professionals struggle to speak up and advocate for themselves in the workplace. When employees feel unheard and overlooked, it leads to resentment and disengagement, stifling innovation and productivity. In the “Be Your Own Cheerleader” session, Kaur leverages a multidimensional approach to leadership and wellness that inspires audiences to own their value while equipping them with practical self-advocacy strategies.

Attendees will learn

  • Actionable techniques for speaking up and being heard
  • Strategies to have difficult conversations that unlock potential instead of locking in negativity

Qualifies for .5 CE hours

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