TSAE Women’s Summit

Presented by Visit Austin

Updated June 23, 2020

Women's Summit Webinar: Building Resilience in Times of Uncertainty

Presented by Anne Grady

Thursday, July 9, 2020
1:00 - 2:00 PM CST
CAE Hour: 1
Member: $45* / Non-member: $75*

*2020 Women's Summit registrants should have received an email with a code to attend for FREE on June 25. If you need the code or assistance registering, please contact Catherine Lapoint.

Webinar link will be emailed at 9:00 AM on July 9. Please check your spam folders. If you do not receive it, or register after link is sent, please contact Catherine Lapoint.

We are living in an unprecedented time. Anxiety and stress are at an all-time high, and leaders and teams are at an increased risk of burnout. Associations that have the ability to embrace uncertainty, navigate ambiguity, and use adversity as a tool for growth have teams with higher engagement, improved performance, and better outcomes. Join us for an hour packed full of science-backed research and practical, actionable strategies that can be implemented immediately to reduce stress and anxiety, boost resilience, develop a growth mindset, and improve engagement during times of change and disruption. This session can help you and your team not only survive this difficult time but rise stronger and smarter as a result.

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Updated March 13, 2020

After much discussion and careful consideration, TSAE has made the difficult decision to postpone the Women’s Summit, originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 25.

This has quickly become a member-favorite event and our volunteers, speakers and staff have been busy at work on this year’s program for the past few months, so the decision was not made lightly.

The health and safety of our members and attendees is our highest priority. Due to the recent, and constantly evolving, developments relating to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and out of respect for social distancing and safety, TSAE leadership feels that the best course of action is to reschedule TSAE’s Women’s Summit to a date to be determined later in 2020.

We know many of you have been faced with similar difficult decisions, and we appreciate your understanding. We would also like to thank our event sponsors and partners for their support.

We plan to announce a new date next week. At that time, registrants will have the option of applying their current registration to the new date or requesting a refund.

Status of other TSAE events will be sent to registrants, as well as updated on our COVID-19 Resources and Updates page, on a case-by-case basis.

The TSAE Women’s Summit convenes women working in the association industry to network, inspire one another and have the opportunity to learn how to strengthen and support the leadership of women in association management. The summit will provide an experience that inspires women and men in the association community to participate and support the development of women as leaders. Sessions range from mentoring, coaching, to health and wellness and career advancement.

Schedule At-A-Glance*

8:30 AM Registration Opens
9:00 - 10:00 AM Opening Session: Mindful Leadership - Tools You Were Never Taught
10:15 - 11:15 AM   Panel: Overcoming the Negative Perception of Women Leaders
11:30 - 12:30 PM Panel: A Multi-Generation Discussion of the Workplace
12:30 - 1:45 PM Lunch and Panel: Career Development - Ascending to the Top
2:00 - 3:00 PM Education Session: The Power of Resilience in Cultivating Healthy Leaders
3:00 - 4:00 PM Networking Reception at The Highball

*Subject to change

CAE Hours: 5

Education Programming

Opening Session: Mindful Leadership - Tools You Were Never Taught (9:00 -10:00 AM)

Chantelle Fitzgerald, Founder, Mindset Strategies, LLC
As leaders, we must become even more skilled at understanding the human condition, but not only to tap into the emotional side of marketing but to tap into our own human potential as marketers. In order to become more effective, we must learn tools to help us be more grounded, focused, present and centered to pull out our untapped creative capacity.

You will learn to build more self-awareness to be a more effective as a leaders and marketers, "how" to listen more efficiently to create better marketing materials, "how" to manage emotions when under stress and "how" to stay calm under pressure to make better decisions. Participants will walk away with tangible tools that they can implement right away.

Panel: Overcoming the Negative Perception of Women Leaders (10:15 - 11:15 AM)  

Julie Hart, President, CFO by design
Tracy Tomson, CAE, Executive Director & CEO, Restaurant Facilities Management Association
Keyshala Petitt, Founder, About Action Now
Amy Eskew, Director, Program Development and Project Management, Texas Hospital Association Foundation (moderator)

Becoming a leader involves more than a title change, it involves a fundamental identity shift from the woman who is stepping into that position and the perception from those being led by her. Some organizations don’t necessarily anticipate negative perceptions or the incongruity between how women are seen and the traditional qualities that tend to be associated with leaders. This may cause tension and conflict between women leaders and other employees, board members or other stakeholders and could affect organizational morale and even productivity.

This panel will explore how women leaders process these negative perceptions and how they pivot to empower themselves to challenge perceptions in order to develop the courage and confidence to be effective leaders.

Panel: A Multi-Generation Discussion of the Workplace (11:30 AM - 12:30 PM)

Janet Davidson, EnSYNC Corporation, Vice President of Business Development
Emily Gipson, Founder, ATX Television Festival
Noelle Parsons, Manager, Corporate Relations Sponsorships and Exhibits 
Mandy Moody, Communications Manager, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (moderator)

We’ve all been told Boomers need help with technology and Millennials need help getting motivated and probably a handful of other stereotypical characteristics about your generation. But what actual conflicts do we see in workplaces that are based on generational issues? How do you work through them?  

This panel will focus on the concrete conflicts and tension that have been experienced and provide hints, tips and insight on how to resolve workplace issues around the different priorities of your multigenerational staff.

Lunch and Panel: Career Development - Ascending to the Top (12:30 - 1:45 PM)

Renita Fonseca, CAE, CMP, CEO, Wilderness Medical Society
Lucinda Hart, CAE, MBA, Executive Director, Hospitality Financial & Technology Professionals Foundation
Leslie Midgley, CAE, Executive Vice President and CEO, Texas Land Title Association
Amy Brown, CMP, Vice President of Sales, Visit Austin (moderator)

Ever wonder how our industry leaders got to where they are? This panel discussion will focus on the career path to the CEO role at an association. Listen as three Executive Directors /CEOs share the story of their journey and provide you with some hints and tips to ascend to the C-Suite.

Education Session: The Power of Resilience in Cultivating Healthy Leaders (2:00 - 3:00 PM)

Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith, Board, Certified Physician, Work-Life Integration Strategist, Award-Winning Author 
In this talk for busy over-stressed individuals, Dr. Dalton-Smith shares keys to thriving as a high-achiever. Discover how better self-awareness can lead to greater resilience. Through the use of engaging storytelling and real-life examples, Dr. Dalton-Smith shares the role of resilience, energy management, and self-care in optimizing personal productivity, improving time management, increasing your efficiency and cultivating wellness both professionally and personally. You will leave this session with actionable next steps you can begin implementing immediately.      

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