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2018 West Region Women’s Leadership Symposium

May 22 at 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM

University of Washington, Foster School of Business 4273 E Stevens Way
Seattle, WA 98195 United States
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Join us for the 2018 West Region Women’s Leadership Symposium, hosted by NAWMBA and the University of Washington, Foster School of Business.

This symposium is NAWMBA’s premier event for empowering and educating female business executives who are looking for their next step or want to learn about how to improve as a leader. This event includes multiple sessions on leadership development for mid-to-upper level managers.

An MBA is not required to attend this event as our mission is to diversify the workforce and help move women into leadership positions. Take a look at the agenda, learn about our speakers, and we hope to see you at the West Region Women’s Leadership Symposium on May 22nd!

The lovely Sara Dawson of Ama La Vida Coaching will be speaking on how to manage & coach millennials!


8:30 am Symposium Registration
9:00-9:30 am Opening Remarks
9:30-10:30am Morning Keynote – Coaching and Leading the Next Generation
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-11:45 Neuroscience Of Difficult Conversations
11:45-12:45 Lunch/Break
12:45-1:45 Lunch Keynote – Career Confidence: 4 Keys to Career Advancement
1:45-2:00 Break
2:00-3:00 Women in Leadership Panel
3:10-4:10 Women On Boards – Why Now – and Why not YOU? 
4:30-6:00 Closing reception at Ba Bar
Learn About The Speakers
9:30am -10:30am Morning Keynote – Coaching and Leading the Next Generation
Panelists: Dr. Xiao-Ping Chen, Dr. Crystal Farh, Kira Shabram, Elizabeth Umphress, Sara Dawson

Moderated by: Nadia Alhashimi

According to an analysis from Pew Research Center, more than 30 percent of American workers today are Millennials. Generation Z is currently in college and will be hitting the workforce in the next few years. Preparing the next generation of leaders is becoming increasingly critical for the health of any organization. This session will take a first-hand look at empowering the next generation. How do we prepare the next generation?  How do we empower them to develop themselves and others?

Participants in this session will:

  • Understand the current dilemma facing leaders as they develop Millennials and Gen Z.
  • Discover new ways of thinking about developing the new generation.
  • Learn practical strategies to empower Millennials and Gen Z in your own organization.
10:45-11:45 Neuroscience of Difficult Conversations
Presented by: Venus Rekaw

Are you dreading talking to your boss or direct reports? Leadership effectiveness is highly dependent on your ability to have difficult conversations. In this session, we will review the brain science behind feedback and provide practical tools to help you drive collaboration and increase your leadership effectiveness.

 12:45-1:45 Lunch Keynote – Career Confidence: 4 Keys to Career Advancement

Attendees will experience an energized, empowering talk from career advancement expert Suzanne O’Brien on the 4 fundamentals of strategic career management, to help them develop a focused approach to continued professional growth and promotion.

By the end of this session, participants will:

  • Be motivated to take their next steps in career advancement
  • Feel confident with the knowledge that they won’t be wasting their time as they implement the keys to career advancement
  • Know how to leverage their new brand throughout professional communications 
2:00-3:00 pm – Women in Leadership Panel
Panelists: Joanne Harrell, Colleen Brown

Moderated by: Julie McReynolds

3:10-4:10 pm – Women On Boards – Why Now – and Why not YOU?
Presented by: Cate Goethals

Now is a particularly good time for women to seek seats on boards of directors.  All-male boards of retired CEOs are disappearing as shareholders demand diversity, disruptive changes in the marketplace require multiple perspectives, and the natural strengths that many women bring are more valued – and more in demand – than ever before.

Drawing upon her Better Boards Project: The Impact of Women on Boards research, Cate will lead an interactive discussion on what women directors bring to boards, why they are being recruited more than ever before, and what the best roadmap would be for you to strategize your way to a seat at the right table.  What steps can you take now to increase your chances of sitting in the boardroom a few years from now?

4:30-6:00 pm – Ba Bar
Join us for networking at Ba Bar at 2685 NE 46th St. Seattle, WA 98105! Meet Chef-Owner Sophie Banh and Owner Crystal Southcote!



May 22
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM


University of Washington, Foster School of Business
4273 E Stevens Way
Seattle, WA 98195 United States
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