The Society for Information Management has a subgroup called SIM Women, who have put on for the second year in a row an Executive Leadership Forum 2016 event, this one being held in Chicago, IL at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place. Senior executive women from over 100 companies came to the event, and I attended to show solidarity with the event representing the Project Management Institute’s Chicagoland chapter.
There were keynote speeches including the following:
- Frank Diana: “Re-Imagining the Future: A Journey Through the Looking Glass”–discussion about the changes in information technology that the next 20 years promises to bring
- Suzanne Bates: “One Size Does Not Fit All”–what are the dimensions and elements that comprise “Executive Presence”
- Kristen Lamoreaux (leading Panel Discussion): “Authenticity = Success: Finding Your Moral Courage and Your Voice”.
- Maureen Healy: “How to Increase Your Influence Through Authentic Leadership”
Interspersed throughout the above program were breakout panel discussions including the following topics:
- From Bootstraps to Bootcamp–How to Go from “Starting Up” to Funding, Running and Leading
- Beyond the C-Suite Career Options & Board Pursuit
- Networking Through Philanthropy
- Be the Change: “Change” Suite Leaders
- The Power of Community
- Everyone’s in Sales: Make It a Profit Center by Selling Yourself and Your Ideas to the Organization
- The Who’s Who of STEM
- Luminaries: Thoughts on Aspects of Luminaries
The event was organized by Nina di Francisco, VP of Business Development of Premier Event Management, and was hosted by Kristen Lamoreaux, the Founder of SIM Women.
My greatest takeaway quote from the event was “women are not broken, and do not need to be fixed to fit into corporate culture; rather it is the corporate culture itself that needs to be fixed.”