Have you ever wondered why some executives are “known” for their expertise? Looked to for the tough assignments or discussed for promotions? Why were they able to build that brand for themselves and how can you do the same? In this provocative, funny and challenging program, Cindy Solomon, CEO and president of the Courageous Leadership Institute, will share why some of us get ahead… and some of us are held up by barriers we may even create ourselves. While executive presence is discussed frequently, Solomon’s research shows that it is Courageous Presence that allows many of us to more effectively and quickly build our internal brands to rise up through our organizations.
What you’ll learn:
• The types of Courageous Presence and how to cultivate them
• An action plan to build your Courageous Presence & effectiveness
• Targeted communication strategies to help you circumvent hierarchy
• MicroMentoring strategies to impact your career both today and tomorrow
A diverse workforce brings diverse viewpoints and perspectives to companies, which in turn can generate higher revenue, more innovation, better decision making, and better performance. However, diversity in the workplace doesn’t necessarily mean inclusivity in the workplace. Making diversity a priority is important, but so is creating a culture where people from all backgrounds feel included. Inclusivity is the key to maintaining (not just creating) diversity in the workplace. This panel will examine the top ways to support inclusion and diversity in your workplace.
As a recovering corporate executive, Cindy Solomon understands the challenges of demanding customers, politically challenging corporate environments and the constant disruption senior leaders must navigate. In this provocative, hilarious and inspiring presentation, Cindy shares her learnings from over 8,700 interviews and the best practices from her global client list to help you build your courage. Nothing is off limits in this “real talk” program sharing the unwritten rules of success that will enable you to build the skills you need to navigate any corporate environment. To learn more about Cindy, visit the Courageous Leadership Institute and watch her TEDx talk here!
Put on your party dresses and let’s boogie! First the first time in WIRLS history, we heading to a secret off-site location for dinner, cocktails, entertainment and infinite surprises. Transportation will be provided to and from the venue. More details to follow closer to the Summit!
Join us on the Ballroom Patio for the most important meal of the day! Enjoy a delicious breakfast on us while you get more quality time with other attendees and our VIP sponsors. Want to learn how they can help your business succeed? Grab a coffee and look for the sponsor logos that most interest you. Exchange ideas … exchange business cards … you get the idea!
Corie Barry, CEO of Best Buy, makes no apologies for who she is: A working mom, a first-generation college graduate, one of seven women among Fortune 100 CEOs, and one of the youngest chief executives among top public companies. Listen in as Corie discusses her career journey and how she was able to move up for two decades at Best Buy. She will discuss her leadership style, the importance of taking in the perspectives of all her colleagues with different journeys, and why she has been called a “very human, authentic, purposeful leader.”
WIRLC Strategy Session Breakouts are 60-minute breakout sessions comprised of a presentation on a given topic followed by a guided peer group discussion and/or a workshop exercise. Choose from one of the following four sessions:
· Leadership Strategy Workshop: The Skills Required to Be a 21st Century Retail Leader, and How to Master Them
· Innovation Workshop: How to Keep Up With Digital Innovation Without Losing Focus on Business KPIs
· Professional Development Workshop: How to Refine Your Vision So You Can Achieve Your Professional Goals
· Public/Private Board Workshop: The Secrets to Landing a Board Seat, and How to Be a Great Director
A Women in Retail Leadership Summit first! Listen in as an industry futurist and a panel of retail leaders discuss retail trends for 2020 and beyond. Topics to be discussed could include M&A activity; retailers buying technology companies; China/global trade; tariffs; sustainability; and other relevant issues.
Join us over lunch for Peer Circles! We’re matching you up by job function, so, for example, vice presidents of merchandising will be seated with other senior-level merchandising professionals, and together they can talk all things merchandising! Same goes for attendees involved in e-commerce, digital, finance, marketing, human resources, etc., etc. Enjoy lunch with some targeted networking!
In this panel discussion you’ll hear from career coaches and leadership experts who will share their knowledge on topics ranging from negotiation best practices to creating your
personal brand to enhancing your leadership effectiveness via your own personal style. You’ll learn how to build your career and deliver better business results at the same time. Be sure to take copious notes! And questions from the audience are encouraged!
A Women in Retail Leadership Summit favorite! This session offers the opportunity for you to really get to know extraordinary women leaders in retail. We’re talking a no-holds-barred conversation with women who are changing the retail space. You’ll hear about the leadership strategies that have made them so successful, tips for managing during difficult and trying times, and, as always, funny stories from along the way. The leadership panel is an inspirational, enlightening and energizing session, and one not to be missed. Plus, it’s a great way to kick off cocktail hour!
Join us at the Courtyard Fountain for a great cocktail reception with some fun surprises!
Join us on the Ballroom Patio for the most important meal of the day! Enjoy a delicious breakfast on us while you get to spend more quality time with other attendees and our VIP sponsors!
In this morning keynote, Kim Gravel, entrepreneur, TV personality, public speaker and industry leader, will discuss her formula for living a better life. In her authentic, common-sense style, Kim will discuss her career and life journey, including how, at the age of 19, she became the youngest Miss Georgia in the state pageant’s history. She will also discuss her partnership with retail giant QVC, where she launched her highly successful apparel line, Belle by Kim Gravel®, and a year later the Belle Beauty® cosmetic line. In only three years, Kim has grown her brands from zero to record growth, and she contributes that to the amazing team of women she works with every day. Kim has a passion for people and seeing them rise — particularly women — is her life’s work. Kim’s energy is infectious, so get ready for a fun-filled, energetic start to the day.
Hear from some of the world’s best-known retail entrepreneurs about the stories behind the companies they built. Our panelists will highlight their career journeys, including wins, triumphs, and yes, even their failures. They will share stories about their hustle, perseverance, and the sheer joy of creating something from nothing. This session is designed to inspire the entrepreneur in all of us.
This session will feature some of our favorite Summit speakers from throughout the years who will share their leadership stories as well as update us on what’s been going on in their careers since they last spoke on our stage.
Join us for a toast as we celebrate our guests and women helping women!
Let’s keep the connections going! After the bubbly, grab a group of fellow attendees and explore the Ritz-Carlton property. Take advantage of the endless hotel offerings. Whether you’re looking for rest and relaxation or a little bit of adventure, the Ritz has it all. Start at one of two oceanfront pools, or head straight to the beach for a dip in the Atlantic. While you’re there, feel free to paddle board, sail or kayak. Book a treatment online at the massive 25,000-square-foot luxury salon and spa and drift even further away into relaxation. Looking to serve up a sweat? The hotel houses the largest tennis center of any Ritz-Carlton (11 courts!), and offers multiple fitness classes per day at the world-class Fitness Center. The property is also just five minutes away from the beautiful par-72 Crandon Park Golf Course.