We’re busy curating our 2018 Groundbreakers speaker line-up. It will include our same trademark “IN THE LEAD” talks for inspiration and more. Plus workshops and small group sessions for added interaction with speakers and other Groundbreakers in the room. Look for the full agenda later.
Check out the 2017 agenda for a feel for the event format and flow—and caliber to the speakers.
On the Agenda: Friday, October 27, 2017
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
8:50 – 8:55 am
Welcome: Get Ready to Break New Ground
Director, Global Portfolio Trading Strategy, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
University of Virginia Darden | Toigo Alumna, Class of 2006
8:55 – 9:00 am
In the Lead: Circle of Strength
Groundbreaker MC: Ali Wentworth
Actress, Author, Comedian & Producer
Proof that humor and a fresh perspective helps us view our work—and ourselves—differently, Toigo welcomes Ali Wentworth back to the stage as our Groundbreakers 2017 master of ceremonies. As our guide for the day, Ali weaves her own keen observations, warmth and a lot of levity into our leadership topics. Careers, community, family, failure and outrageous success, nothing is out of bounds for this actress, comedian, author, and producer.
9:00 – 9:45 am
In the Lead: Find Your Circle of Strength
The elegance, simplicity and strength of a circle is unparalleled—making it the perfect metaphor for our “In the Lead” TED-style discussions. Discover how others have forged their own circles of strength and how, when challenged, they’ve rebuilt and become even stronger. In the Lead is an opportunity to stretch our thinking, challenge our beliefs and dispel long-held myths about ourselves and others.
Republican Strategist & Political Commentator
CNN, CNN en Español, ABC News, Telemundo, The View
When Nicaraguan-American Republican strategist and political commentator Ana Navarro denounced her political party and leader (then presidential nominee Donald Trump) for his actions and comments about women, she had a national audience. She then topped her brave breach of loyalty by voting for the leader of the opposing party (Clinton). Finding your courage and voice in face of mounting issues is a challenge each of us faces—albeit usually not before a national audience of millions. And the aftermath can be equally challenging. Listen in as Navarro shares her story and lessons learned.
Activist & Author, I’m Judging You: The Do Better Manual
Founder, AwesomelyLuvvie.com; Founder, The Red Pump Project
Known as the Olivia Pope of social media for fixing eLives and inspiring students at her popular, frequently sold-out classes, Luvvie is an activist, blogger, brander, digital marketing and nonprofit communications pro. With her privilege exercise, she’ll help us understand the power we walk into rooms with, and how it can affect dynamics and relationships in a work environment. We’ll then learn how to use that power to speak the truth—regardless of the obstacles.
Chief of Staff to Michelle Obama | Office of Barack and Michelle Obama
After an unexpected internship landed Melissa Winter in Washington D.C. the summer after her freshman year in college, the politically disengaged art history major was hooked. Two Presidential campaigns and eight years in the White House later, Winter—who is now Chief of Staff to former First Lady Michelle Obama—is proof that your circle of strength is core to the way you work and live. What many in and out of politics know firsthand is that Winter is second to none at getting things done. Come inside the warm, rarified world she lives every day and learn how she juggles priorities, navigates complex decision-making, and provides trusted counsel to one of the most admired, groundbreaking women today.
Sponsored by Bank of America
9:45 – 10:35 am
In the Lead Exchange: Audience Q&A
Moderated by Ali Wentworth
Past Groundbreakers attendees have described the “In the Lead” speaker exchange as the most inspiring gab session—ever. Listen in as Ali Wentworth chats with and challenges our morning guests to share more insights and inspiration.
10:35 – 11:05 am
Networking Break: “In the Lead” Meet & Greet
11:00 am – 12:15 pm
The Monetary and the Interest Mindset in Negotiation
Professor Jeanne Brett
DeWitt W. Buchanan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Dispute Resolution and Organizations, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
Your state of mind matters when negotiating for what you want. Professor Jeanne Brett will lead us in a productive, interactive workshop on negotiations. Tapping a 25+ year track record teaching negotiations, Jeanne will show us how we can shift from being monetary-mindset negotiators to interest-driven negotiators. It’s a shift that will transform the way you think and interact at work, at home, and beyond. She’ll explore important areas of negotiations, including where women often stumble, how cultural influences factor into the mix and more. She’ll then arm us with the tools to teach those we work with how to put the interests mindset first and foremost.
Sponsored by Barclays, PGIM and T. Rowe Price
12:15 – 1:30 pm
Power Lunch: Keynote and Q&A
Sarah Robb O’Hagan
Author, Extreme You: Step Up. Stand Out. Kick Ass. Repeat; and CEO, Flywheel Sports
Executive, activist and entrepreneur, Sarah Robb O’Hagan has been called everything from “Superwoman undercover” to the “Pied Piper of Potential.” A high-energy combination of disruptive business leader, fitness fanatic, and cheerleading mom, Sarah started a movement she calls Extreme Living. Provoked by the cultural shift that gave us kids with shelves of participation trophies, unfounded expectations in the workplace and tragically suppressed potential, she has created a manifesto for change. Her book, Extreme You provides the tools and support to discover their most exploitable traits, take big risks, deal with big failures and kick ass all the way to success. It is an inspiring and fiercely practical roadmap for Groundbreakers in the room and the teams and organizations they lead to get the most out of their own unique capabilities.
1:30 – 1:40 pm
Sponsored by SUPERCHARGED by Kwanza Jones and Clearlake Capital
1:40 – 2:30 pm
Career Crossroads: Why Leaders Stay—and Go
Member & Head of Client and Partner Group, KKR
Recruiting Director of Global Business Functions and Recruiting Learning and Development, Facebook
Global COO-Tradebook/SSEOMS Business, Bloomberg, LP
With Toigo’s 2017 Career Crossroads study findings as a spring board, we’ll explore the issues prompting professionals to explore new career opportunities beyond finance. What’s real and what’s headline hype? Is talent simply adopting a “grass is greener” mindset or are there fundamental disconnects between what rising leaders are seeking and what finance firms deliver. Issues ranging from a feeling of inclusion—and having work and personal values be more closely aligned—will be debated from different viewpoints. Learn why some firms do not recognize misalignment between talent recruitment and retention efforts, and what we can do to build on positive elements to create a strong, engaging culture of inclusion.
Sponsored by KKR
2:30 – 4:00 pm
Claiming Your Power: 10 Coins
Principal, The Personal Brand Company
Author, The Leader’s Edge: Using Personal Branding to Drive Performance and Profit
Where does it come from—the origins of power and gender around the world: men and women? Susan Hodgkinson is back—by popular demand. She’ll take us through an engaging exploration and exercises of power as a dynamic in roles and responsibilities at work. We’ll dive into power and ambition as a dynamic on your team: Who’s right? Who’s wrong? And we’ll look at when power is used to destabilize women. Through interactive exercises, the dynamic will become clear—and you’ll leave armed with 10 coins and a rich trove of techniques and skills for leading like a true Groundbreaker.
Sponsored by Nuveen
4:00 – 4:10 pm
Managing Partner, Hilltop Private Capital
Toigo Foundation Board of Directors