ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Today, Linkage, a SHRM company, introduces its key speakers for the upcoming 2023 Women in Leadership Institute (WIL). Main stage speakers include Carla Harris, Senior Counsel at Morgan Stanley; Reshma Saujani, Founder and CEO of Moms First and Founder of Girls Who Code; Anne Chow, former AT&T Chief Commercial Officer; and Molly Fletcher, founder of the Molly Fletcher Company and former sports agent. They are set to speak at the premier women’s development conference, taking place in person and virtually at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate in Orlando, Florida, November 13-16. This conference is the first joint event held by SHRM and Linkage since SHRM’s acquisition of Linkage in September 2022, and the first women’s leadership conference in SHRM’s history.
Presented by SHRM, WIL’s four-day learning conference equips women leaders with practical strategies for overcoming obstacles in the workplace. In its 24th year, the WIL conference offers accelerated career advancement for women at all levels, industries, and roles through engaging seminars and networking opportunities that work for the development and advancement of women in the workforce. . Seminar topics include tips for promoting ideas, articulation, and impact as a leader.
“We are pleased to announce the speaker lineup for the WIL 2023 conference and to partner with SHRM on this new joint conference venture,” said Jennifer McCollum, CEO of Linkage. “Each of these speakers will use their own experiences to prepare and advise attendees on how to advance their career.”
The stimulating list of speakers includes leading women from a variety of industries:
carla harris is a senior client advisor at Morgan Stanley. She was Vice President of Wealth Management from 2013 to 2021 and President of the Morgan Stanley Foundation from 2005 to 2014; she also serves on the boards of several community organizations. In August 2013, President Barack Obama appointed Harris to chair the National Council of Women in Business. She is a gospel recording artist and a popular public speaker who provides powerful career guidance to corporate audiences with information from her book, Expect to Win: 10 Proven Strategies to Thrive in the Workplace (Avery, 2010).
reshma saujani is a prominent activist and the founder and CEO of Moms First. She is also the founder and former CEO of Girls Who Code. She has spent more than a decade building movements to fight for the economic empowerment of women and girls, working to close the gender gap in the tech sector, and most recently advocating for policies to support mothers affected by the pandemic. Saujani’s newest book, Pay Up: The Future of Women and Work (and Why It’s Different Than You Think)(Atria/One Signal Publishers, 2022), presents a bold plan to address the burnout and inequity plaguing America’s working women today. Saujani is also the author of the international bestseller Brave Not Perfect: Fear Less, Fail More, Live Bolder (Currency, 2019), and her influential TED talk, “Teach Girls Bravery, Not Perfection,” has more than 5 million views worldwide.
ann chow is a transformational business leader whose pioneering corporate career spans more than three decades in the technology and business sectors. As the first female CEO of color in AT&T’s more than 140-year history, she led AT&T Business, a $35 billion global operating unit of 35,000 people. Currently the Senior Director on the Board of Directors of FranklinCovey and the Board of Directors of 3M, Chow has been widely recognized for her inclusive leadership, driving success at the intersection of people, culture and technology.
Molly Fletcher He is a trailblazer in every sense of the word: a rare talent for business savvy, relationship brilliance, and unwavering optimism. As CEO, she shares her unique and unconventional techniques that she used as a sports agent in the world of high-ego, high-stakes professional sports, and now as a successful businesswoman. As the former president of client representation for sports and entertainment agency CSE, Molly spent two decades as one of the world’s few female sports agents.
The Institute for Women in Leadership 2023
Every leader faces obstacles to advancement in the workplace, and every woman leader can develop the leadership competencies necessary to overcome these obstacles and rise through the leadership ranks.
WIL attendees will gain access to insights from inspiring leaders, authors and speakers through keynote sessions designed to empower people to overcome these barriers to advancement. Each main session is delivered by an expert leader who will guide attendees through an engaging exploration of a common obstacle to advancement and the leadership competency needed to overcome that obstacle.
For more information on the WIL conference, visit: wil.shrm.org.
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