• Agenda

  • 8:00-8:30 - Breakfast & Headshots


    8:30-9:00 - Opening Remarks

    9:00-10:45 - Elevating Your Leadership Practice with Emotional Intelligence
    In this session, Alicia Del Real will guide participants through an interactive experience to elevate the participants’ emotional intelligence. There are numerous traits good leaders possess, but one of the most foundational to long-term success is emotional intelligence. Studies show that emotional intelligence predicts job performance 2 to 1 over any other job competency in the workplace. This session will help participants to see things from multiple perspectives in order to improve collaboration, resolve conflict more effectively, and accelerate trust building.

    15 minute break

    11-12:30 - Beyond the Dance: Intentional Inclusion in the Workplace
    This interactive workshop, led by Cindu Thomas-George, will explore the foundations of inclusion. CWLA participants will be equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to show up as intentionally inclusive leaders in their respective workplaces. Workshop participants will be exposed to organizational and interpersonal inclusive practices that can help cultivate an inclusive organizational culture. Participants will be encouraged to think critically about inclusion and the challenges of inclusion that exist within their own workplace and walk away with applicable strategies that can encourage an organizational culture in which everyone feels welcomed, a sense of belonging and empowered to show up as their true, authentic selves.

    12:30-1:30 Paving Pathways: Women Leaders of Chicago
    Lunch will be served
    This panel discussion will unpack the issues and challenges facing women business leaders today. Our trailblazing panelists will offer their unique stories, perspectives, and share lessons learned from their own journeys of surviving and thriving in their respective industries.

    15 minute break

    1:45 - 3:15 - Innovating through Stakeholder Centric Design
    In this workshop, Desiree Vargas Wrigley will lead CWLA participants in an interactive and practical application of stakeholder centric design theory, a technique used to improve efficiency and impact in all areas of problem solving. This strategy, often left out of traditional design thinking, allows leaders to prevent oversights, build more holistic solutions, and create outsized impact and returns for both business and nonprofit leaders. Stakeholder centric design allowed TechRise to experience a 20X return on investment in just 15 months. Desiree will lead us in an exercise to help you practice this in everyday problem solving.

    3:15 - 3:30 - Closing remarks

    3:30 - 5:00 - Happy Hour and Networking