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The annual Women Spanning the Globe conference hosted by WTCI is a chance to learn from and network with hundreds of emerging and existing women leaders from the Mid-Atlantic region.
The voices at the conference are diverse and expansive. Since the event's inception in 2005, speaker lineups have included marketing and banking executives, engineers, technology and human resources experts, journalists, and humanitarians. And while these women are spread across industries, they often experience the same professional challenges.
The 2022 Women Spanning the Globe conference was themed "Here. We. Grow." It served as a powerful backdrop for women leaders to gather and discuss the collective and individual progress and challenges in their professional journey. The event was held on June 14th at the American Visionary Art Museum.
Each conference participant was able to explore new pathways so they can continue to grow. And they did not have to go it alone — they were joined by hundreds of other like-minded women.
Couldn't attend the 2022 conference, or want a refresher on what was covered? Check out the session recordings below.
While intellectual power has given rise to remarkable achievement, our near-worshipful reliance on it has created damage we can never repair – not just to our physical and mental health but to our planet too. Anxiety, stress and anger rank among the greatest dangers of our time. Internationally renowned humanitarian and journalist Zainab Salbi is creating strategies to shape new norms so people and the planet have healthier lives. In this session, Zainab will draw from her personal narrative and profiles of women whose work is changing the world and what you can do to help.
You have been offered the job. Congratulations! But now comes the hard part – negotiating your salary. Only 34 percent of women negotiate their salaries, compared to 46 percent of men, which means many women are leaving money on the table. In this session, participants will learn how to determine and be confident about asking for the salary they deserve when they start their job or are already in the job. Practice your pitch, accept your fears about asking for more money and consider such factors as how your work helps the business achieve its goals and improve its bottom line. Learn more tips and find out about the tools you can use to determine your worth. Sherry Nachman Founder & CEO Nachman Executive Consulting Kimberly Davis Chief Financial Officer Versant Health Donna Palumbo Manager of Client Services Corbyn Investment Management -
For the past 25 years, Sheela Murthy has made it her purpose to strive for a better world, primarily by helping immigrants maneuver through the legal paperwork and proceedings they need to become United States citizens and create a home for themselves in the country. She taps into the knowledge she gained as a law school student at Harvard University, her first-hand experience as a woman of color immigrating from India to the U.S. and the wisdom she has learned by leading one of the most successful immigration law firms in the world. Come to this session to hear her insights on such issues as how to think of problems as opportunities, accept that you are perfect just the way you are and take charge of your team. Sheela Murthy President & CEO Murthy Law Firm Nancy Grasmick National Education Reform Leader Towson University
Your destiny is not predetermined by anyone or anything outside of your control. You have the power to design and build the life you want. Knowing what to do with that power is what keeps most people from bringing their dreams to life. During this session, learn how to move from a place of working in your vision to working on your vision. We will discuss how to identify the challenges that block our growth, break them down and move past them toward alignment, joy and abundance. Mariko Bennett will share the story and strategy behind her blueprinting process and how it is helping hundreds of thousands of people to visualize, design and enjoy the life they were meant to live.
Bring your whole self to work. That is one of the fundamentals to being a successful leader. But it often is hard for women to do so. Mothers, for example, are more than three times as likely than fathers to be responsible for childcare, remote learning and household chores. The upshot? Burnout and resignations. Businesses can help prevent this by recognizing and rewarding women who are driving progress. In this session, three leaders will share how they are using innovative workforce design strategies to help women drive progress. We can avoid a shecession – an economic downturn where job and income losses disproportionately affect women – by making women feel valued at work and supporting the many hats they wear. Kristin Lewis Senior Manager, Programs & Events World Trade Center Institute Haimi Bekele Director, Research & Development Mars Wrigley Tabata Gomez President of Hand Tools, Accessories and Storage Stanley Black & Decker Lynn Sedwick Tax Partner RSM US, LLP
Were you promoted to a leadership role? Hired into one? Elected to it? These are three of the six ways in which people become leaders. Each path comes with its own challenges and opportunities. Yet people rarely recognize the different paths to leadership when considering the leadership styles and approaches they will use in their new role. Meredith Persily Lamel, who has been coaching executive leaders and teams for 20 years, will talk about what she learned by interviewing more than 60 successful leaders who came to their roles differently. The findings are relevant to existing and emerging leaders, as well as those who support them. Featuring: Meredith Persily, Founder & CEO Aspire@Work
Digital illiteracy, as well as limited access to broadband internet and digital devices, has created a digital divide in the United States that isolates large swaths of people – particularly women in rural and low-income communities. To bridge the divide, we need to do more than just lay fiber. We also need to ensure that people in underserved communities have equal access to digital hardware and software and high-speed internet, as well as the training and skills needed to navigate digital resources. Learn how you can help bridge the divide and why it is important to do so.
Marc Pritchard will discuss how to creatively use brands to drive a more equal world. He will address such issues as how to understand who you are serving, being mindful of multi-cultural and culturally sensitive marketing and driving a diverse and equitable workforce.
When work becomes overwhelming, stressful, or unsatisfying, it is tempting to quit so you can start a new job or become an entrepreneur. But what about staying and becoming a changemaker? It is called being intrapreneurial and involves being a person who can assess and solve problems creatively, sell their vision, know and leverage their strengths, tolerate risk, be courageous, accept real-time feedback and more. In this session, the panelists will talk about how they have driven change from within by being intrapreneurial.