2018 Conference Agenda Overview

Schedule of events for the 2018 Powerful Women Paving the Way Conference.

Discover. Empower. Create.

Thursday, April 19,2018
Time Event
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Networking Dinner & Keynote - Sponsored by                                                              

Lynne Doughtie, Chairman and CEO KPMG

Ballroom, Toftrees Golf Resort

Friday, April 20,2018
Time Event
8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast - Sponsored by Kohl's

Ballroom, Toftrees Golf Resort

8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Welcome & Introduction


9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Morning Keynote

Dr. Natalie Stavas, Harvard Doctor, Boston Marathon Hero, Mentor, Runner and International Humanitarian


10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Morning Breakout Sessions

  • How To Manage Your Inner Critic (Students): We all have one. That inner voice that is your worst critic. The one that tells you to give up on that promotion or you could have done better. What steps can you take to manage your inner critic and shut it down when it is pushing you away from taking the next step.

  • Should I Stay or Should I Go  (Professionals): Taking the next step in one's career can be daunting - what attracts someone to stay? This can range from the people and culture to the various opportunities for growth. But then what are signs that it is time to move on to something new? 
  • Women Support Women (Mixed): How mentoring, sponsors, and coaches impact women in the workplace and can help lead you to success in your career.
11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

PWPW Talks -

  • Communicate with Confidence: How you act and how you communicate, can matter more than the words you say. Be in control of the signals you're sending. Hear from our panel their insights and strategies on how to build your confidence.


12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Networking Lunch and Keynote - Sponsored by PwC

Vicki Huff, PwC, Global New Business & Innovation Leader for the PwC network


1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

  • Define Your Success and Own It (Students): Learn how to define what success means to you and how to achieve it by your own rules.
  • Failure, The New Opportunity (Professionals): Ways people use failure to their advantage. Some people are immobilized by fear or emotion, while others are resilient and view each failure as an opportunity.
  • Beware Of The Chair  (Mixed): How harmful is too much sitting? What are the health risks attached to high levels of sedentary behavior? What are the adverse effects of "the seated generation?

2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Closing & Raffle Basket Drawings


Dress Code

Recommended dress for Thursday's dinner is business casual and for Friday's conference is business professional.