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Agenda & Sessions


Subject to change. All sessions take place at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, TN. Please note that times listed here reflect the local Central time zone.

Monday, Oct. 21

Day one of THRIVE Live takes place 1:30–6 p.m.

1:30–1:55 p.m.

Welcome and Kick Off

1:55–3 p.m.

Opening Keynote Presentation

Where Soul Meets Success
Shelley Paxton, Author, Speaker and Chief Soul Officer

3–4:15 p.m.

Roundtable Discussions

Network with your THRIVE peers in small groups to discuss themes from keynoter Shelley Paxton’s keynote, as well as topics on the agenda for the rest of the THRIVE program. Move around the room to make valuable connections and discuss the important challenges and successes in your career with other THRIVE attendees.

4:15–4:30 p.m.


4:30–4:45 p.m.

Changemaker Speed Talk
Details coming soon.

4:50–5:50 p.m.

THRIVEx Presentations

Back by popular demand for its second year—the ASA Women in Leadership interest group launched THRIVEx, a speaker incubator program. Women who aspire to become public speakers and share ideas, strategies, or perspectives with the THRIVE Live audience were invited to submit an application in May 2024. Of the more than 30 applications, three standouts were selected by the ASA Women in Leadership interest group council. Stay tuned to learn more about our winners and their speeches.

5:50–6 p.m.

Closing Remarks

6–7:30 p.m.

Networking Reception

Join your fellow THRIVE Live attendees for a lively and connection-laden reception.

Tuesday, Oct. 22

Day two of THRIVE Live takes place 8 a.m.–2 p.m.

8–8:30 a.m.

Day 2 Welcome, Kick Off, and Breakfast


8:30–9:15 a.m.

Keynote Presentation
Details coming soon.

9:16–9:35 a.m.

Changemaker Speed Talk With Christine Sandman Stone
Details coming soon.

9:35–9:55 a.m.

Changemaker Speed Talk With Karla Dougherty
Details coming soon.

9:55–10:10 a.m.


10:10–10:50 a.m.

Fireside Chat

Details coming soon.

11 a.m.–12 noon

Breakout Sessions: Choose one of two concurrent sessions.

Breakout Session: Executive/Senior Leaders

Getting SH*T Done
Christine Sandman Stone
Coming soon!

Breakout Session for Emerging Leaders

Lost in Translation: Leadership Communication
Karla Dougherty, principal, Butler Street

In a world where every word counts, yet often gets lost in translation, understanding the nuances of communication becomes a pivotal skill for leaders. Join Karla Dougherty, a seasoned staffing executive who is also certified in John C. Maxwell leadership, as we dive into the art of communication, emphasizing the humorous mishaps and misunderstandings that arise from cultural and linguistic differences in the business world. Drawing from her rich experience in adapting to the English language and American culture, she reveals how these challenges served as a unique classroom for mastering the art of effective communication. Her speech is packed with laughter-inducing anecdotes and eye-opening insights, providing a fresh perspective on how leaders can enhance their communication skills in a diverse workplace.

Three Key Learnings:

  • Embracing the Missteps: Learn how to navigate and embrace communication blunders with grace. These missteps can serve as powerful teaching moments, highlighting the importance of clarity, patience, and the willingness to learn from errors in our interactions.
  • Humor as a Bridge: Discover how humor can be a strategic tool in bridging cultural and linguistic divides, fostering a more cohesive and motivated team environment. Humor not only alleviates tension but also humanizes leadership, facilitating stronger, more genuine connections.
  • Cultural Sensitivity in Communication: Gain insights into the critical role of cultural awareness in effective leadership communication. Understanding and acknowledging the diverse backgrounds of your team can lead to more inclusive, empathetic, and effective leadership practices.

This breakout session promises not just to entertain but also to equip you with practical strategies for improving communication skills. Through her humorous tales and the lessons learned from them, she aims to inspire leaders to foster an environment where every voice is heard and understood, regardless of the language they speak.

12 noon–1 p.m.

Networking Lunch

1–1:45 p.m.

Closing Keynote Presentation
Details coming soon.

1:45–2 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Interested in sponsorship opportunities? Contact Sarah Senges at 703-253-2042.

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