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Breakout Sessions

Corporate focus

On Tuesday, Sept. 14 we will hear from industry leaders on topics such as Men as Allies, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and hear from Mercy Hospital on what to expect from leaders in a post-Covid workforce.

9:45-10:25 AM
Mentorship, Power of Connection-Better Together!
Robin Hampton, Catherine Gates, Sydney Emrich, Tami Allensworth, Quinn Covey, and Marie Twaddle

Come and hear our distinguished panelist's words of wisdom, successes, and failures and how they were motivated by someone special who encouraged and advised them along their journey and fueled their desire to give back. Mentors can come in a formal environment, where you are paired with a specific Mentor/Mentee relationship, you can reach out and ask someone you respect, or they can organically grow. Mentors share life experiences, listen intently, care greatly for others, and have a drive to make a positive impact in their community. Mentees are often striving to cultivate new relationships, develop new skills, and seek support during a time of growth and change.

9:45-10:25 AM
How to Make a Successful Shift in Your Career
Angie Cooper, Heartland Forward & Prathiba Rajashekhar, Sam's Club

Have you ever wondered what it takes to make a successful change in your career? Whether it's for personal or professional reasons, women often struggle to make a change even when they know it could lead to a better future. Learn from Angie and Prathibha as they walk through their career paths and how they overcame challenges to make a successful shift in their career paths.

10:35-11:15 AM
Revolutionizing Work Culture w/ Male Allies
Dr. Todd Kitchen, Dr. Adam Arroyos, Mitch Bettis and Khalid Ahmadzai moderated by Candice Kozark

Learn how men can actively support gender equity at work and in life. This dynamic panel led by Candice Kozark will shed light on ways that men and women can come together to create a more balanced and equitable workplace. The session will shed light on how equitable pay and culture leads to improved workplace performance and how men can support women when asking for a raise or other fair requests in the workplace. 

10:35-11:15 AM
Leveling the Field: Equity, Opportunity, and Career Mobility
Kirstie Sims and Kabir Kumar

Kirstie Sims and Kabir Kumar will lead us through initiatives they’re working toward to drive sustainable changes and solutions around equity, opportunity, and career mobility. You will leave with a better understanding of how inequity shows up in business, what accessibility truly means, and what actionable steps you can take today to affect change and help level the field within your company or leadership team.

11:25 AM-12:05 PM
Innovating and succeeding in challenging times
Judith McKenna moderated by Blake Woolsey

Despite the challenges of the last year, Walmart International made sure customers could safely access products in its stores and online marketplaces, while at the same time rearchitecting its business for future growth. Judith McKenna is the president and CEO of Walmart International where she leads a team of 550,000 associates across 23 countries. In this Fireside  Chat, you will glean insight from Judith’s leadership journey In this Fireside  Chat, you will glean insight from Judith’s leadership journey as she talks about motivating teams, how to keep innovation fresh, and what she has learned this year about leading through the health crisis.

1:00-2:00 PM
Mercy Leadership Panel Discussion

David Fortner, Dr. Lisa Low, Dr. Sonal Bhakta, Charlotte Rankin, Dr. Lance Faddis, Eric Pianalto and Martine Pollard


1:00-2:00 PM
Women Empowering Change
Carol Vella and Kimberly McGee

Join this dynamic dialogue, “Women Empowering Change”, to become a change agent by using your voice, empowering other women to succeed and inspiring action to create an inclusive workplace.

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