Women's Leadership Conference
Tell a Friend About This EventTell a Friend
Women's Leadership Conference

At the 2017 Women’s Leadership Conference, you’ll have a chance to hear from and engage with speakers covering research-based leadership development, the future of work, capitalizing on your strengths and talents, and much more! Learn tools and tactics for negotiating, harnessing best leadership practices, and optimizing your influence as a female leader.

When: Thursday, May 18, 2017
8:00 AM until 4:30 PM
Where: Space generously donated by Wells Fargo Learning Annex
333 Market Street, Annex Building, Connections
2nd Floor, Clementine Room
San Francisco, California  94105
United States
Contact: 415-291-1992

Online registration is closed.
« Go to Upcoming Event List  

At the 2017 Women’s Leadership Conference, you’ll have a chance to hear from and engage with speakers covering research-based leadership development, the future of work, capitalizing on your strengths and talents, and much more! Learn tools and tactics for negotiating, harnessing best leadership practices, and optimizing your influence as a female leader. Open to all professionals, regardless of industry. Come on out to get equipped, empowered, and connected both with your skill set and potential, as well as growing your network with other strong female leaders in the Bay Area. 



Recertification Credits: 5.75 SHRM Professional Development Credits (PDCs) / 5.75 HRCI General Recertification Credits, of which 1.0 qualifies for Business Credit.


8:30 – 9:00am Networking to Make Business Happen
Facilitated by Kristy Rogers, President, KristyRogersConnects
Networking is a crucial part of conducting business, yet most people find it awkward and uncomfortable. Kristy will lead us in a networking exercise that makes connecting so much easier and feels safe. Whether you’re new or a seasoned pro, and whether you’re an introvert or extrovert, this structured networking will make meeting people meaningful and productive. You will connect with at least five other attendees; who knows where these connections will lead!

9:00 – 10:00am Getting Ready for the Future of Work: How Leadership and Success Will Evolve
Presented by Edie L. Goldberg, Ph.D., President, E. L. Goldberg & Associates
It is hard to successfully lead your organization through change if you are not proactively anticipating the factors that are likely to impact your business, and taking action now that will prepare your organization for the future. In this session, we will discuss five significant forces of change that are shaping the future of work. Once we have laid this foundation we will discuss how this changing landscape paints a likely picture of change for leadership and personal success. By the end of this session, we will have covered:
Five forces of change shaping the future of work
Four scenarios for the future of work
How organizational structures are likely to change, leading to a change in leadership
How the definition of career success is evolving

10:00 – 10:15am Break

10:15 – 11:30am Are Women Better Leaders Than Men?
Presented by John H. (Jack) Zenger, D.B.A., CEO, Zenger Folkman
We've all heard speculation about the ways leadership styles vary between women and men. Our latest survey of 7,280 leaders in some of the most successful and progressive organizations in the world confirms some long-held assumptions about gender differences in leaders in the workplace, and holds some surprises. 

We’ll cover how research that shows at every level, women were rated as better overall leaders than their male counterparts, universal competencies that differentiate leaders, and the fallacy of stereotypes that would have us believe that female leaders only excel at certain competencies. We will discuss how to women leaders can use and apply their competency skills when managing and leading.

11:30 – 11:45am Luna Bar Break

11:45am – 1:15pm Superpowers: Capitalizing on Your Inner Leadership Strengths and Natural Talents
Presented by Tery Elliot, Founder, Self Leadership Institute
Often times, women leaders have a difficult time naming and claiming their super powers, or strengths and talents. In this interactive session, you’ll get a chance to share “at your best” stories and receive feedback from other participants. Exercises will enhance hearing and listening skills and offer ways to claim and get clear on how your leadership strengths are seen by others. Gain more clarity about you show up in the world as a female leader, starting with practicing during your experience at the conference. 

1:15 – 2:00pm Lunch

2:00 – 3:00pm Leading in Negotiation – What Women Need to Know to Improve Their Outcomes
Presented by Dana Curtis, Esq., Dana Curtis Mediation
Strong leaders know how to negotiate, not only for their companies or clients, but also themselves. Sadly, the research shows when women negotiate for themselves, they do not fare so well. This session will introduce you to that research and help you improve your outcomes in both types of negotiation. We will learn about:

  • Why most women are disadvantaged in negotiation on their own behalf – and what to do about it
  • Five phases of negotiation and practice tips for performing strongly in each
  • Four principles of communication for strong (and authentic) negotiators
  • Three secrets to better negotiation outcomes

3:00 – 3:15pm Break 

3:15 – 4:15pm The Difference Between a Leader and a Manager  

Presented by Mary Meston, Human Capital Consultant, 2 Soar Solutions  
Gain a better understanding of the often subtle, yet significant, differences between leading and managing. We will explore the differences of a manager vs. a leader in a variety of contexts including leading virtual teams, situational leadership, change management and indirect leadership roles. In an increasingly competitive business world, the biggest shifts in your ability to succeed as a leader are often in the subtleties. Learning when one approach is more effective and appropriate than the other can save you effort, frustration and will add to your leadership skill set. Discover one or more shifts you can make for more success and fulfillment in your current role.


> Edie L. Goldberg, Ph.D., President, E. L. Goldberg & Associates
Dr. Goldberg has specialized in talent management and organization development for over 25 years. Her practice is focused on designing HR processes and programs to attract, engage, develop and retain employees. Dr. Goldberg has published and presented at numerous conferences on performance management, building management capability, career management, and succession planning. She is also a frequent speaker on the topic of the Future of Work. She earned her Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Albany, SUNY; and her B.A and M.S. in Psychology from San Diego State University. She is the immediate Past Chairperson for HR People + Strategy (HRPS), is on the Board of the California HR Strategy Forum, and is a member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP).

> Kristy Rogers, President, KristyRogersConnects
Through her “sisterhood of business friends,” Business Women of Silicon Valley, Kristy Rogers is building a community of women supporting women. With more than 20 years providing monthly networking events for business women, Kristy Rogers is connecting personified. Who would guess that she once felt shy, insecure, and a bit socially ungraceful? Now an influential, award-winning community leader, Kristy was recognized as one of the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s Women of Influence, named Managing Director of the Year for her work with the San Jose eWomenNetwork chapter, and voted Royal Schmoozer by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Chamber of Commerce. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration, International Business from San Jose State University where she was also an Alpha Phi. If you knew Kristy you would ask her about her precious basset hound “Lollipop.”  

> John H. “Jack” Zenger, D.B.A., CEO & Co-Founder, Zenger Folkman
Jack serves as CEO at Zenger Folkman, a professional services firm providing consulting and leadership development programs for organizational effectiveness initiatives. He is a bestselling author, speaker, and a national columnist for Forbes and Harvard Business Review. With more than five decades of experience, Jack is considered a world expert in the field of leadership development and organizational behavior. He is a highly esteemed and influential speaker, consultant, and executive coach with the ability to connect with audiences though compelling research and inspiring stories.

Jack’s career has combined entrepreneurial, corporate and academic activities. In 1977, he co-founded Zenger-Miller and served as its President and CEO until 1991. The Wall St. Journal named it one of the 10 best suppliers of executive development. He later became the President of Provant, a publicly traded combination of 21 companies in the training industry. From 1992 to 1996, Jack was a Group Vice President of the Times Mirror Corporation, and from 1966 to 1977, Jack was Vice President of human resources for Syntex Corporation.
Jack’s academic experience includes serving on the faculty at the University of Southern California (USC) and later teaching at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

In 2014, HR.com named Jack “Top Leader of the Year”. He also received the “2014 Thought Leader” award from ISA. In 2011, Jack was honored with the American Society of Training and Development’s “Lifetime Achievement in Workplace Learning and Performance” award. Because of his contributions to the field of leadership development and training, Jack was inducted into the Human Resources Development Hall of Fame. His colleagues in the training industry awarded him the “Thought Leadership Award” in 2007. He and his wife Holly both received honorary doctoral degrees from Utah Valley University. He received a doctorate in business administration from the University of Southern California, an MBA from UCLA and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Brigham Young University.

Jack has authored or co-authored 50 articles on leadership, productivity, e-learning, training, and measurement.
He is the co-author of seven books on leadership, SPEED: How Leaders Accelerate Successful Execution
(McGraw-Hill 2017), How to Be Exceptional (McGraw-Hill 2012), The Extraordinary Coach: How the Best Leaders Help Others Grow (McGraw-Hill 2010),The Inspiring Leader: Unlocking the Secrets of How  Extraordinary Leaders Motivate (McGraw-Hill 2009), The Handbook for Leaders (McGraw-Hill 2004), the best-seller The Extraordinary Leader: Turning Good Managers into Great Leaders (McGraw-Hill, 2002), Results- Based Leadership, (Harvard Business School Press, 1999) voted Best Business Book in 2000.
He and his wife, Holly, reside in Midway, Utah.

> Tery Elliot, Founder, Self Leadership Institute
Tery serves as a senior consultant at the Authentic Leadership Institute, a platform for empowering men and women to embrace their inner leader.  She has facilitated and coached individuals and teams around the country.

As a senior consultant with Authentic Leadership Institute, Tery delivered and facilitated leadership programs to such institutions as Wharton, MIT, USMA at West Point, and Linkage, as well as organizations in the energy industry and health care field. She derives great pleasure from impacting a diverse global population of high-level executives.

Before Tery embarked upon her coaching and leadership development business, she spent 20 years as a part owner in an international agribusiness that grew, packed, sold and delivered fresh market produce all over the world. The company grew from a start-up brokerage into a large corporation, with annual gross sales of $200 million, which was eventually sold to a Fortune 50 company. 

After the sale of the company, Tery turned her focus on developing leaders, concentrating on working with executives to help them find their purpose, passion, and sweet spot. She is also committed to working with women executives to help them find and voice their inner leader. Tery has led power circles for Emerging Women, facilitates women in management at the graduate school of business at Stanford and has also consulted for the Institute of Coaching at McLean Harvard Medical School.

Whether it is one-on-one, with groups, or with teams, Tery’s uncanny ability to identify what clients need in order to grow as leaders (even when it is not readily apparent to the clients themselves) makes her a challenging yet rewarding coach. Her passion and clear vision has helped program participants gain clarity and motivation in implementing strategies to become happier, more effective people and leaders. 

Dana Curtis, Esq., Dana Curtis Mediation
As an attorney mediator based in Sausalito, Dana has practiced and taught conflict resolution throughout the U.S. and internationally for over 25 years, including teaching mediation and negotiation for ten years at Stanford Law School. In addition to mediating, she currently co-teaches Mediating Disputes for Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation twice a year and serves as the recently-appointed Director of Conflict Resolution Programming at Santa Clara Law School, where, among other things, she is developing and will lead programs on negotiation. Visit danacurtismediation.com for more info.

> Mary Meston, CHPC, MA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Human Capital Consultant, Thought Leader and a #1 Best Selling Author
Known as a high-performance expert, Mary works with business leaders, entrepreneurs, and professionals to develop and implement effective strategies for generating significant growth, improvement and success in both their professional and personal lives.

Mary has a Masters in Organizational and Leadership Development from JFK University and her Bachelor’s in Psychology/Business from Marquette University. Before founding Soar to Solutions, a full range consulting practice, Mary held a number of HR leadership positions in technology, pharmaceutical and consumer product companies (Cisco, Novartis, Eli Lilly, Nike, Procter and Gamble). In her own 3 businesses, Mary focuses on helping clients, organizations and groups achieve better results without necessarily doing more.

Her practical, informative and interactive presentations gain the attention of audiences nationwide. Mary engages her audience with her authentic and sincere demeanor, presenting strategies and ideas to elevate your level of productivity, performance and potential. Attendees leave with ideas, tips and strategies designed to garner immediate and long-lasting results. Her desire is to help others succeed by leveraging proven paths and processes of the most successful business leaders, entrepreneurs, and world class athletes.



 Title Sponsor