2023 CONFERENCE: AdvanceHER: Building A Network of Leaders
2023 OPENING KEYNOTE SPEAKER
WOMEN LEADING THE WAY FORWARD
Executive coach, leadership expert, and award-winning author Libby Gill delivers an inspiring message about women leading the way forward, despite change and challenge. She helps women, at all levels of leadership, chart a course for personal and professional advancement, taking others with them on the journey to success. Libby is the former head of communications for Sony, Universal, and Turner Broadcasting and was the “branding brain” behind the launch of the Dr. Phil Show.
Libby will share relevant information and timely takeaways, including how to:
- Create your Vision & Action Roadmap with key metrics and milestones.
- Develop a Lift as You Climb network of connection and community.
- Take the Accountability Challenge and leave the event with a powerful call-to-action to help you move boldly toward your goals.
2023 CLOSING KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Carolyn Stern is a certified Emotional Intelligence and Leadership Development Expert, professional speaker, and university professor. Carolyn’s emotional intelligence courses and modules have been adopted by top universities in North America. She has also provided comprehensive training programs to business leaders across the continent in highly regarded corporations encompassing industries such as technology, finance, manufacturing, advertising, education, healthcare, government, and foodservice.
Carolyn’s passion is teaching emotional intelligence, leadership, and team building in the workplace. She drives individuals and corporations to learn how to connect authentically, communicate effectively, and thrive collectively by interweaving emotional intelligence along the way.
BREAKOUT SESSION #1 – Building Communities That Last
Let’s build and strengthen our communities through ritual, relationship, and collaboration! Rukshana offers us different techniques for creating greater relationships and expanding our community while fully embodying the deep transformations and humble revolutions necessary to thrive.
For 10 years Rukshana has lived in refugee camps, traveling from Malawi, Zambia, and Mozambique. At 15 years old, she finally got to travel to the United States but still had to fight sexual abuse and all the trauma she had encountered. Growing up, her family was constantly fighting. For 20 years, voices were loud, egos were bruised, and abuse occurred.
She’s happy to say though that her life did not continue the way it was going. After reading countless books, attending seminars on female lifestyle, and developing herself – she has found peace. She now shares what she has learned about female lifestyle improvement and women empowerment with other women to help them achieve the life they always wanted. https://www.womenslifestylecoaching.com/
BREAKOUT SESSION #1 – Storytelling Secrets to Network with Confidence
Laura Reid is a professional speaker and a public speaking coach and has won on several speaking and storytelling competitions.
Author of “The Public Speaking Horror Show” Laura has a published article on networking: https://introvertdear.com/news/author/laura-reid
Imagine this: You walk into a networking event, a person approaches you and asks, “What do you do?”
How would you answer? Although this is an extremely common networking question, many never take
the time to compose a clear, concise and compelling answer. In a room full of people asking the same
question, how do you stand out? In this workshop you will learn: Techniques to overcome public
speaking fears A simple framework for storytelling How to network with confidence. This will be an
interactive workshop designed as a safe place to share and grow.
The audience will take away; techniques to overcome public speaking fears, a simple framework for
storytelling and how to network with confidence. www.thespeechslayer.com
Lucinda “Lucy” Houghton
BREAKOUT SESSION #2 – The Courage to Thrive
As professionals, leaders, and humans, we are in the business of helping other humans. It can sometimes lead us to feel disconnected, exhausted, and burnt out. This session explores why burnout happens through evidence-based science and how we can find our way out.
Lucy is an accomplished leadership, health, and human performance scientist with extensive experience as a registered nurse and certified athletic trainer. Throughout her career, Lucy has worked with a diverse range of professionals & organizations, including top athletes, elite law enforcement, premier emergency response teams, global nursing agencies and indigenous tribes in the Amazon Forest.
As an emergency nurse, She has been witness to the most challenging and traumatic situations imaginable, and has gained a deep appreciation for the importance of maintaining one’s own well-being while caring for others. Lucy has combined this insight with her expertise in traditional sports medicine and alternative well-being techniques to develop a holistic approach to health and wellness. https://wyldrootz.com/
BREAKOUT SESSION #2 – Women Lead with S.P.I.C.E.
As the recipient of the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award presented by President Joseph R. Biden, Shayla N. Atkins is a force to be reckoned with, a powerhouse speaker and author who has taken the stage by storm. Capturing the attention of millions through her appearances on the CW, FOX, NBC, CBS, and countless publications, her powerful message and undeniable charisma has made her a household name and a beacon of hope for women of color everywhere.
Birthed from her personal experience and career success, Shayla created the Women Lead with S.P.I.C.E program because she believes in sharing her leadership and personal brand expertise to empower women to enhance their leadership skills, land next level leadership roles, network with other successful women, and create opportunities for themselves and others by being their true authentic selves.
As a coach, Shayla is a true trailblazer, empowering women to break free from the chains of conformity and codeswitching to tap into their authenticity and harness it as their competitive advantage in business and career. Her signature professional and leadership development program, Lead with S.P.I.C.E, is changing the game and equipping black women to succeed on their own terms.
With an impressive 20 years of corporate, operational, and strategic HR leadership experience, a wealth of certifications, including a Lean Six Sigma black belt, Organizational Effectiveness, and a certified business and life coach, Shayla is a master at the intersectionality of business, strategy, and people. Her results, expertise and leadership are unmatched, making her a true game-changer in the world of leadership and personal development.