Our 2018 Groundbreakers program includes nationally recognized leaders and thought leaders. We’ve curated a unique line-up designed to inspire and inform senior leaders as you navigate ahead. As in prior years, we encourage Groundbreakers attendees to share key takeaways and materials with their teams.
On the Agenda: Friday October 19, 2018
8:00 – 9:00 am
Bank of America Café: Registration & Networking Breakfast
Start your day with handcrafted coffee drinks, breakfast treats, networking and some engaging conversation starters.
Sponsored by Bank of America
8:55 – 9:00 am
Patti Solis Doyle
Political Commentator, CNN
Groundbreakers 2018 Master of Ceremonies
Nationally recognized political organizer, campaign strategist and CNN political commentator, Patti Solis Doyle will open our day and lay the foundation for a focus on leadership, owning your story (and power!) and navigating today’s terrain.
9:00 – 10:20 am
In the Lead | “It’s Your Story—Own It”
Sponsored by Bank of America
With diverse experiences and mindsets, each of our 2018 In the Lead speakers will share how they have personally navigated the highest of highs—and the dark days of challenges. Their lens will inform and inspire with a candid look at how they stepped into and decisively own their story. Following their remarks, our Groundbreakers MC, Patti Solis Doyle, will lead an interactive discussion.
Executive Vice President, Forbes Media
President and Publisher, ForbesWoman
With a last name like Forbes, you’d expect your story to be written for you. Not so for Moira Forbes. She has parlayed her family’s publishing empire into a vibrant exchange on leadership, providing her with rare and valued insights into the opportunities, missteps and joys of leading with purpose.
Dr. Lucy Kalanithi, MD, FACP
Internal Medicine Physician & Faculty Member, Stanford School of Medicine
Contributing Author, When Breath Becomes Air
Lucy Kalanithi’s life took a dramatic turn—her neurosurgeon husband Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with lung cancer. Together, the couple balanced hope and honesty. They decided to have child; he wrote a book chronicling their lives and grief. Published posthumously, When Breath Becomes Air became a New York Times best seller. “Days are long, years are short,” Paul Kalanithi always said. Learn from Lucy Kalanithi how she navigated forward, shaping her own story while honoring a life together and independently.
Maria Cristina “MC” González Noguera
Senior Vice President, Global Public Affairs, The Estée Lauder Companies
MC has had an interesting career including time in the finance world, the beauty world, and the world of politics. Most recently MC served as Mrs. Obama’s Communications Director and she is now the Senior Vice President of Global Public Affairs at The Estée Lauder Companies. Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, she has learned to be at home—and excel—in many different settings.
10:20 – 10:50 am
Networking Break | “In the Lead” Meet & Greet
A chance to connect with other Groundbreakers, including our In the Lead speakers.
Sponsored by GCM Grosvenor
10:50 am – 12:10 pm
It’s All Our Business: Reimagining What Success Means Beyond the Bottom Line
Professor, African American Studies, Princeton University
Author, People’s Science: Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier
Together we’ll explore how women leaders can rethink their approach to innovation, diversity, and success and recommit to positive changes. Since corporations aren’t a world unto themselves, what is happening in society is also happening in corporations—whether or not they choose to tackle it head on.
”Reimagining Success” entails dealing forthrightly with the locus of failure, which is often a result of the bubble mentality of institutions that they are somehow divorced from what’s happening in the world at large. We’ll tackle assumptions about what type of people we believe we are—versus who we really are.
Sponsored by KKR, PGIM, and Voya Investment Management
12:10 – 1:30 pm
Political Commentator, ABC News and NPR
With the power of wit and wisdom, and an uncanny ability to leave no detail unturned, Cokie Roberts will offer an unvarnished look at women and our role in today’s world. Born Mary Martha Corinne Morrison Claiborne Boggs, the daughter of two prominent politicians (her mother also served as an ambassador), Roberts has DC in her blood. As a young woman, she prodded her father to take a vocal and public stand on the Voting Rights Act of 1965. She has not stopped pushing the political and cultural establishment since. Her clear, direct news reporting and commentary provides a steady, intellectual voice to the landscape. As an author, she helps us understand today’s news twists with invaluable, historic context. As a leader in journalism in a time when reporting is under fire, she is a needed, leading light.
Power Lunch | Fireside Chat
Sponsored by Vanguard
Fireside Chat led by Anne Robinson, Managing Director, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Vanguard
Power Lunch Co-Sponsors: Lord Abbett and Nuveen
1:30 – 2:00 pm
Sponsored by Guggenheim Partners and Wellington Management
2:00 – 2:40 pm
Presence | Own Your Space—and Place in the World through “Empathetic Communications”
Sponsored by Morgan Stanley
Founder and CEO, Kaplow Communications
Chief Strategy Officer, Kaplow Communications
To own the room (or stage), you need confidence and conviction. In essence, you need to own your story while understanding what makes your audience tick. Working with these two proven communications pros who have helped hundreds of executives become more effective communicators, we’ll dive into practical techniques for “empathetic communications,” through emotional intelligence. They will use real cases to illustrate how to communicate through the lens of the audience—whether you’re in front of a large group, a small C-suite gathering, or in one-on-one conversations. We’ll go beyond in-person and explore strategies for building your presence as a thought leader via social media channels (and more). Plus, we’ll cover key pitfalls and potential blind spots that can emerge as you raise your profile—along with foolproof strategies for how to avoid them.
2:40 – 3:20 pm
Stay tuned—we’ll be announcing a special VIP guest as our “Spotlight” feature.
3:20 – 4:50 pm
Unlearning ‘Less-ness’ and Activating the Power in Ourselves
A Groundbreakers Interactive Workshop
Principal, The Personal Brand Company
Back (by popular demand) for her third Groundbreakers gathering, Sue Hodgkinson will uncover and challenge our mindset about power—primarily our own.
Why do many of us (women!) recoil when we need to self-promote ourselves internally, but accept that same behavior without hesitation from men? Why do we allow the toxic gender term “the queen bee” and other slights in corporate life? Why do we too often back away from power instead of seizing it or hesitate to jump on a new opportunity, or even boldly reshape one we have?
Let’s step outside our institutionalized identities—and reach instead toward our own visions of who we are. It will require us to cultivate our own relationship with the notion of power and self-determinism. You’ll leave Groundbreakers with better insights into how you may be internalizing oppressive mindsets and most importantly, with tips, tools and actionable strategies to build your own base of internalized power—and use that power to lead and live with conviction and courage.
4:50 – 5:00 pm
Details to follow