Women's Fresh Perspectives Schedule of Events

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Time  Event 
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Optional Activities - on property
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Optional: I AM REMARKABLE Workshop

#IAmRemarkable, Google's in-house program for helping women overcome traditional gender and cultural biases, was so successful they decided to share it with the world. The program, experienced by more than 100,000 women around the world, seeks to help women — and members of other marginalized groups — improve their ability to self-promote, to challenge limiting or negative perceptions, and to understand and operate from the knowledge that "it's not 'bragging' if it's a fact." The program, which also includes the value and practice of allyship — helping ourselves and others — couldn't be more valuable. Studies show that men are promoted on the job based on their perceived abilities, while women are promoted based on what they've done. Combined with the fact that women are culturally discouraged from talking about their accomplishments and talents, and it can be difficult for women to move up in their careers and be taken seriously in positions of power. In this #IAmRemarkable workshop and safe space, Laurie Ulrich, a certified #IAmRemarkable facilitator, will share confidence-building techniques and take you through a series of exercises designed to help you flex your self-promotional muscles — become more at ease telling anyone "I Am Remarkable!"

5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Strolling Dinner Reception

Reconnect and rejuvenate with peers in the beautiful atmosphere of the Hummingbird Gardens. Take advantage of the opportunity to experience an aerial view of the surrounding area and the Pueblo culture while enjoying cuisine born in the Southwest.

Monday, September 13, 2021

Time  Event 
7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Center up for your day – Breakfast and Fitness Walk
8:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Opening Remarks and The SEAT of Success; How Top Performers Never Settle for the Balcony

Marilyn Sherman
Speaker:
Marilyn Sherman, Hall of Fame Motivational Speaker

Successful people know what it takes to perform at the highest level. Marilyn Sherman shares those strategies in this keynote that will help you get out of the balcony, move right through general admission and get to the front row. Whether you define front-row as hitting sales goals, achieving peak performance, or managing a team through a tough acquisition, Marilyn can help you achieve it. Marilyn will introduce us to the SEAT we should take — based on the ingredients needed for peak performance.

  • How to re-define what Success looks like
  • How to have focused Energy toward long-term vision
  • How to adopt a winning Attitude to increase opportunities
  • Have Tenacity to tackle adversity and obstacles

Think of Marilyn as a high-energy usher illuminating the path for others to get their own front-row SEAT to success.

9:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Transition Time
9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Group A
Professional Development: Managing Change: Vacationer, Victim or Volunteer

Marilyn Sherman
Speaker: 
Marilyn Sherman, Hall of Fame Motivational Speaker

Change is a constant in our industry; if you aren't currently dealing with change in your organization, you're probably about to! When change comes, will you be a Victim, a Vacationer or a Volunteer? Marilyn Sherman will outline these typical responses to change and what they mean for you and your team. You'll learn how to adopt the mindset of the Volunteer, becoming resourceful, opportunistic, positive, helpful, open minded and vision-oriented in the face of change. Prior to this session, think about your current situation — so the program can be about your change.

Personal Development: Creative Conversations: Leveraging Your Strengths as a Woman in Business

Jill Overdorf
Moderator: Jill Overdorf, Director Business Development, Foodservice, Naturipe

The conversation won't be the only creative aspect of this enlightening, empowering session. Beginning with an inspiring short film that brilliantly depicts the challenges faced by women in work environments defined by and for men, the film culminates in a solution to not just surviving,  but thriving in your role as a confident, effective woman. After the film there will be a group discussion on finding your voice, being yourself, and gaining influence in a male-dominated workplace.


Executive: Stand in Your Strength: A Woman's Unique Approach to Leadership

Jenean Perelstein
Speaker: Jenean Merkel Perelstein, Business Anthropolgist, Alchemie Academy

As a business anthropologist, Jenean takes a cultural view of behavior change and what it takes to make it stick and make it matter for leaders in the workplace. As seen through an anthropological lens, you'll learn:

  • How culture teaches women to block or downplay their success and what to do about it
  • How to change the limiting beliefs that may be holding you and/or other women in your workplace back
  • The steps to standing in your strength as a recognized leader and unleashing your full power and potential

Jenean will show you how to use a proven process to create lasting change. This talk engages women so that they feel connected to their unique change strategies and motivated to continue striving and growing as executives and as leaders — leaders who feel strong enough to offer a hand up to other women on their path to success in the workplace.

 

Group B
Professional Development: Speak Up and Inspire: Addressing a Group With Confidence and Composure

Wendy McManus
Speaker: Wendy McManus, Leadership Coach and Mental Fitness Trainer

In this session, led by Wendy McManus, learn the techniques that make speaking in public — whether it's an in-person gathering or a virtual meeting — easier, and something you might find yourself looking forward to instead of dreading! Participants will have a safe space to talk about their personal challenges with public speaking, from butterflies to real anxiety. And those who'd like the opportunity to try it, can speak up and speak out during this session, shedding some of their fears in this welcoming, supportive environment.

Wendy will pack this session with tips, techniques and confidence-building tools based on her own experience becoming a confident, compelling speaker and her years helping women to find their own strength to speak up and inspire.

10:45 a.m. to 11:05 a.m.
Transition Time
11:05 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Tackling Tough Topics (Industry Leaders Panel)

Cathy Burns

Moderator: Cathy Burns, CEO, Produce Marketing Association

As you've come to expect from sessions at the WFPC, select industry leaders will be there to share their experiences, insights and ideas — and in this session, they'll gather to moderator a discussion on the issues that are challenging, taboo, or rarely addressed in a business setting. Do you have a burning question, a difficult workplace situation, or a professional or personal struggle? Bring it to this safe, conversational space, and with empathy and experience, your peers will help you find a solution.

12:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Lunch and Photos
1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Group B
Professional Development: Managing Change: Vacationer, Victim or Volunteer

Marilyn Sherman

Speaker: Marilyn Sherman, Hall of Fame Motivational Speaker

Change is a constant in our industry; if you aren't currently dealing with change in your organization, you're probably about to! When change comes, will you be a Victim, a Vacationer or a Volunteer? Marilyn Sherman will outline these typical responses to change and what they mean for you and your team. You'll learn how to adopt the mindset of the Volunteer, becoming resourceful, opportunistic, positive, helpful, open minded and vision-oriented in the face of change. Prior to this session, think about your current situation — so the program can be about your change.

Personal Development: Creative Conversations: Leveraging Your Strengths as a Woman in Business

Jill Overdorf
Moderator: Jill Overdorf, Director Business Development, Foodservice, Naturipe

The conversation won't be the only creative aspect of this enlightening, empowering session. Beginning with an inspiring short film that brilliantly depicts the challenges faced by women in work environments defined by and for men, the film culminates in a solution to not just surviving,  but thriving in your role as a confident, effective woman. After the film there will be a group discussion on finding your voice, being yourself, and gaining influence in a male-dominated workplace.

Executive: Diversity & Inclusion Film Festival

Moderator: Jenean Merkel Perelstein, Business Anthropolgist, Alchemie Academy

Through a series of short films and relevant, guided discussion, Executive Track attendees will discover the often-unrecognized impact that exclusion and prejudice have on women, minorities, and other marginalized groups in the workplace. With the help of moderator Jenean Merkel Perelstein, a business anthropologist and author, learn to spot your own often unconscious biases, assumptions, and limiting thoughts and behaviors and banish them from your own behaviors and from the workplace — delivering change as an effective, engaged executive, truly leading your organization to be welcoming, diverse and inclusive — by example.

 

Group A
Professional Development: Speak Up and Inspire: Addressing a Group With Confidence and Composure

Wendy McManus
Speaker: Wendy McManus, Leadership Coach and Mental Fitness Trainer

In this session, led by Wendy McManus, learn the techniques that make speaking in public — whether it's an in-person gathering or a virtual meeting — easier, and something you might find yourself looking forward to instead of dreading! Participants will have a safe space to talk about their personal challenges with public speaking, from butterflies to real anxiety. And those who'd like the opportunity to try it, can speak up and speak out during this session, shedding some of their fears in this welcoming, supportive environment.

Wendy will pack this session with tips, techniques and confidence-building tools based on her own experience becoming a confident, compelling speaker and her years helping women to find their own strength to speak up and inspire.


2:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Transition
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Are Your Strengths Holding You Back? (How Women Rise)

Sally Helgesen

Speaker: Sally Helgesen, Author, Speaker, and Leadership Coach

Everything amazing about you got you to where you are now. But the very skills and habits that bring you success early in your career can also hold you back from moving to a higher level. Leadership guru Sally Helgesen will share habits to let go of in order to reach your full potential and will provide proven techniques for identifying and shedding behaviors that no longer serve you or may hold you back in the future.

5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Monday Night Networking Event: Team Cook-off

Join us in Cottonwoods Pavilion, located on the banks of the Rio Grande surrounded by nature, for a friendly cook-off competition. Teams will barter, beg and negotiate for ingredients needed to make edible elements.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Time  Event 
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Center up for your day – Breakfast and meditation
8:15 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Using Your Story as a Competitive Advantage: Owning and Perfecting Your Personal Narrative

Kindra Hall
Speaker: 
Kindra Hall, President and Chief Storytelling Officer, Steller Collective

Our industry is built on relationships, and success for both individuals and businesses relies on making strong connections. What's the secret to creating powerful connections? Strategic storytelling. Storytelling is a marketing buzzword today, but speaker Kindra Hall breaks the concept into steps you can take to leverage the irresistible power of your personal narrative. She'll give you a blueprint to help you identify your unique story, craft it in a memorable way, learn how to share it and feel good about doing so, and understand how you can use your story to advance your career.

9:15 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. 

It's All About You: Learning to Tell Your Story

In this session, learn the value of storytelling — from the freedom and empowerment it affords the storyteller to the enriching experience for the audience — finding out that we all have a story that's brought to us where we are now and how many challenges, setbacks and victories we all share. You'll learn how to tell your story, from blogging to recording video to simple journaling, and how each method meets a different need for the storyteller and shares a different perspective with the audience.

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

Creating Your Unique Story

Participants will now experiment with the techniques discussed in the 9:15 a.m. session and are encouraged to create a short video or blog entry to share later.

11:00 a.m. - noon

Personal Development: Retrain Your Brain for Stronger Relationships, Performance and Peace-of-Mind

Wendy McManus
Speaker:
Wendy McManus, Leadership Coach and Mental Fitness Trainer

Did you know we all have ways in which we self-sabotage? Over the course of our lifetimes, most of us have built habits of thought and well-worn neural pathways that favor a negative response to challenging situations. That habitual response holds us back by dialing down our access to our superpower strengths. But it doesn't have to be this way. During this cutting-edge session you'll learn about the three mental muscles you can build to retrain your brain, resulting in stronger relationships, improved performance, and greater peace-of-mind.

Prior to this session, you'll complete an assessment to receive access to a customized report that identifies some of the specific ways in which you hold yourself back so you can start doing something differently.

Personal Development: Making 24/7 Work for You. Again.

Sally Helgesen
Speaker: Sally Helgesen, Author, Speaker, and Leadership Coach

The global marketplace has always been complex and high-pressure. The fact that it's 24/7 isn't new, either. With the rules of success shifting constantly, defining (and redefining) what organizations expect from their leaders becomes a challenge. Sally paints a comprehensive, easy-to-understand picture of the forces reshaping the global environment and shows how these intersecting trends are transforming organizations. Finally, she offers clear and actionable ways for you to use these insights to position yourself as a strategic leader.

Executive: Master the Art of Enriching Your Workplace Culture for Women
Speaker: Jenean Merkel Perelstein

In this engaging talk, business anthropologist Jenean Merkel Perelstein shares how workplace culture is the No. 1 driver of staff efficiency, productivity and happiness. Looking at your organization from your executive position and adding the lens of an anthropologist, you'll learn:

  • How your unique workplace culture defines how stable and productive your workforce is for both men and women
  • How to create structures that empower and engage women instead of holding them back
  • How to recognize the drivers of a workplace culture where women thrive

It's important to remember that your workplace culture will form even if you, as an executive, aren't purposefully growing and shaping it. Learn how attention to your workplace culture can ensure your organization improves its positivity, productivity and profitability.

noon - 12:30 pm. 

Re-group and Share Your Unique Story

Participants will reflect and share about their experience in crafting their story. We will welcome some participants to share what they have created with the group.

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. 

Purpose Discovery: I AM More Than Enough

Jade Simmons
Speaker: Jade Simmons, Rockstar Concert Pianist, Activational Speaker, & CEO of Jade Media Global

In times where we are bombarded with facts that remind us of what we don't have, it's easy to think that not only are we not enough, but that we'll never have enough. This session with inspirational dynamo Jade Simmons is full of mind-blowing mindset shifts that help us see how we are more than enough. She'll also deliver actionable strategies that help us get to our most important personal and professional breakthroughs ahead.

1:35 p.m.
To-go Lunch