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Wednesday, February 16
Opening Keynote Session (2:00 - 3:00 pm)
Character, Competency, and Credibility: Creating, Promoting & Sustaining Your Brand

 Dr. Adena Williams Loston, President, St. Philip's College
This opening session will focus on the significance of establishing a solid character, acquiring essential competencies, and defining a credible voice within the context of relevant, recent, and shared personal experiences. Participants will have an opportunity to acquire value-added strategies for career enhancement and personal growth. This session will address both career advancement and mentoring through the lens of my personal journey of a career that spans more than a combined total of 40 years of experience in higher education and public service in the public utility and government arenas.    

Panel Discussion (3:30 - 4:30 pm)
Growing Women Leaders

Dr. Adena Williams Loston, President, St. Philip's College 
Mollie Pillman, MS, MBA, CAE, SVP, Member Engagement, American College of Emergency Physicians
LaShon Ross, Facilitator
Tracy Tomson, CAE, Former Past Chair, TSAE

As experienced leaders, how do you create a pipeline to develop women professionals as extraordinary leaders of organizations and industries? As a rising leader, how do you set yourself apart while developing the hard and soft skills necessary to move into the C-Suite or your preferred position? Join our panel as they share their unique experiences as mentors and mentees, both formally and informally, and discover ways you can nourish your peers and direct reports as they flourish into knowledgeable, confident professionals. 

Let's Chat Over Cocktails Reception (4:30 - 5:30 pm)

Join Hilton Dallas/Plano Granite Park and Let’s Chat Over Cocktails beginning at 4:30 pm in the Prairie Ballroom Foyer prior to departing for dinner at Legacy West Food Hall. During this time, we also will be highlighting one of Plano’s own local shops, Sweet Home Bath & Body!

Since 2014, Tina Ames has created her skincare line, Sweet Home Bath and Body, right here in Plano, TX. Tina’s passion is handcrafting all-natural products without the use of harmful, harsh chemicals. She will have a pop-up shop at the reception for attendees to shop all of her exclusive items!. 

Excursion Dinner (5:30 - 8:30 pm)

In addition to the amazing education lineup, Visit Plano will be treating guests to fun dinigh hall experience. Attendees will also enjoy an outing at the Legacy Food Hall where you can EAT, DRINK & PLAY. Legacy Food Hall celebrates local chefs and restaurateurs who source the highest quality ingredients for more than 20 eateries and multiple craft bars. With carefully curated menus inspired by cultures from around the globe, it’s a culinary experience that’s out of this world. 

Thursday, February 17

Keynote Session (8:00 - 9:00 am)
The Confident Woman Program: Build Your Own Confidence

 Susan Leahy, MA, CPS, Confidence Coach
Who is the most confident woman that you know? What would be possible in your life if the most confident woman that you know is…YOU? Get ready to build your confidence in this high-energy and interactive general session presented by the creator of The Confident Woman Program. This session will encourage you to dive into your own confidence conversation so that you can open your mind, body, and spirit to let tap into a more significant stream of confidence. It’s time to learn a practical and unique new take on what confidence is, where confidence comes from and how to let more of it flow through your life both personally and professionally. 

Remember, “Confidence isn’t something you have to find. Confidence is something you have to allow.” 

Concurrent Breakout Sessions (9:30 - 10:30 am)
Crowdsourced Women's Roundtable

These peer-led, small group discussions provide a place for you to ask questions, connect with others who are have similar challenges, goals, or interests. Join the open dialogue and share your insights, obstacles, and solution. You may gain new knowledge, perspective and maybe even some new confidants.

Closing Brunch Session (11:00 am - 12:00 pm)
Empathy & Open-Mindedness in Turbulent Times

LaShon Ross, Facilitator 
Successfully navigating complexities found in today's communities and workplaces demands heightened ability and willingness to listen well, manage emotions and interact respectfully. Empathy and open-mindedness are familiar concepts that deliver significant benefits, when practiced. Each of us can learn to be more considerate of one another's truths and perspectives when we prioritize discovery over argument. This session explores the approaches that create the biggest differences: how we hear, respond and care.

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