This year’s conference and agenda is sure to LIFT you. We will be Inspired by our morning keynote, Jen Grace Baron, and we will be On the Edge with our closing keynote, Alison Levine. In addition, we are excited to incorporate some shorter, “Ted-type” talks this year for more topics of discussion.  Please continue to check back for a more detailed schedule of speakers for the 2020 Women in Leadership Conference.  Also, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more speakers, announcements, and our schedule of events!

Continental Breakfast, Registration
Melissa Cory

Morning Keynote – Dare to Inspire
Jen Grace Baron

Leading through the power of Inspiration It is an incredible and revelatory time to be a woman leader. There are opportunities to step in, step up and lead critical change in the world around us every day. With so much to do, lists are long, days are short, how do we do we fuel this charge sustainably? In this session, Jen Grace Baron, co-author of the new book, Dare to Inspire, will unveil the original research to unlock the science of inspiration as a most valuable resource to be managed leading progress and growth. We tend to think about inspiration as a powerful experience that visits us infrequently and without warning, but it doesn’t have to be this way. What if we didn’t have to wait or passively hope for it? What if we could ignite it when we need it most? Well you can. In this session you will:
  • Understand inspiration in new ways, how it works and the ways you inspire others
  • Experience how progress, achievement and underdogs are core sources to fuel inspiration
  • Understand how to scale inspiration to enable change, growth and success


Leading in the every-changing HR landscape
Jennifer Kraszewski, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Join Paycom’s Vice President of Human Resources, Jennifer Kraszewski, as she discusses her leadership path across multiple industries in the ever-changing HR landscape, and how no matter where you are leading, understanding employee expectations is critical to success in 2020 and beyond.

Break the stereotypes of building workplace culture and say, “why not?!”
Kitt Letcher

Kitt will share how her life and work experiences taught her to balance all the aspects of life that we face on a daily basis. She will share how she achieved creating and fostering a company culture where people are invited to come as they are and have the opportunity to reach their potential. Through these shared experiences, Kitt will challenge you to reexamine your own corporate culture, starting with a few key questions or exercises.

Emotions, Finances and Impact Investing
Victoria Woods

We all have a money story. Let’s face it, it’s all about the money honey. How we interact, manage and talk about money stems from lessons we learned in our youth. Our financial decisions are oftentimes linked to our emotional mindset, our overall relationship with money and the impact our money will make in the larger community. Evaluate your personal relationship with money and discover how to gain clarity on financial goals by thoughtfully addressing financial and emotional challenges, while at the same time impacting the social causes important to you through direct financial investments and support.

Build Your Personal Brand
Maranda Kitchingham

Establishing your personal brand begins when you identify what you do best and use social platforms to build genuine rapport within your network. Learn how to define your persona and use it to influence and attract attention in your industry, lifting your career to the next level. Attendees will participate in a live network-building exercise using Linkedin.
More Than You Could Be, More Than You Should Be
Bansari Mehta, MHA
Most everyone will have at least one defining experience in their life. For Bansari Mehta that moment was when she decided to immigrate to the United States of America. The challenges of that decision have changed her life and illustrate the many qualities that make a person more than they could be and more than they should be. She will talk about the strong influences and lessons that taught her how to navigate life and career in an unfamiliar environment and still succeed. Her passion is manifested in various ways which make an impact in her profession and community—all the while thriving as a leader. Ms. Mehta will share how she re-defined success for herself and the importance of allowing others to support you and lift you in your endeavors so you can do the same for others.

Lunch and Networking

Mindset Matters: Developing a High Performance Mindset 
Ceci Craft

Understanding and employing mindset principles is important for anyone looking to improve performance. Many who excel in business, sport and in life live intentionally and know their mindset makes a difference in reaching goals and being at your personal best. When a performer thinks about improving they can choose to focus on improving their craft, improving physically or improving mentally. In this session you will learn from both science and applied learning on how to understand the power of our minds and become a high performing outlier. You will learn tools to:

  • Cultivate your ideal mindset
  • Set and maintain a personal standard of excellence
  • Create and maintain habits that build the foundation of performance
  • Perform when the stakes are high
  • Overcome struggles with common fears
  • Understand and embrace the human element of performance

Live YOUR Story
Jennifer Anderson

In today’s fast-paced, whirlwind of change, it’s easy to get in the habit of living by a checklist or worse, another person’s agenda. During this brief talk, learn three tips to “Live YOUR Story” to the fullest, bring more value to others, and increase the joy and satisfaction in your life.

LIFT Panel Discussion: Leading Multiple Generations in the Workplace
Lindy RitzAlicia Wade, Monica Finley, Ellen Roth and Elizabeth Anderson

For the first time in history, there are five generations working side by side in the workforce. As Gen Z enters the workplace, these multiple generations now spans roughly 69 years, and each generation brings its own valuable perspective shaped by values, environment, and culture which affect behavior, choices and opportunities. So how do we effectively lead in today’s multi-generational workplace? This panel will be a candid discussion about narrowing the generational divide and dispelling myths by understanding the strengths and values of each generation, how to attract and retain talent, and create the workplace of the future through innovation, mutual respect, and intergenerational cooperation.

Mariah Davis, Miss Oklahoma USA


Keynote – On the Edge: The Art of High-Impact Leadership
Alison Levine
Imagine yourself on the highest mountain in the world. You have to deal with the physiological effects of extreme altitude–along with bone-chilling temperatures, battering winds, and a climbing team that’s counting on all of its members to make smart decisions. There’s simply no room for poor judgment — one mistake or misstep can result in an “unrecoverable error.” In any situation where lives on are the line or the stakes are exceptionally high–there’s no better training ground for leaders than settings where people are pushed beyond their perceived limits. Drawing on her experience as team captain of the first American Women’s Everest Expedition, Alison Levine makes a compelling case that the leadership principles that apply in the world of extreme adventure also apply to today’s rigorously competitive business environments.
Melissa Cory
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Meet & Greet, photo opportunity and reception

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