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Guides

What is a Champion? Learn the fundamental characteristics of this important professional relationship

The Biggest Myths of Championship - Busted. Drawing from our interviews, we detail the top six misconceptions about championship

I Already Have a Mentor. Do I Really Need a Champion? Discover the benefits of having a champion

I’m Really Busy and My Time is Limited. Why Should I Prioritize Being a Champion for Others?  Learn how you can benefit from investing in someone else's future

I'm in the Early Stages of My Career. How Do I Find a Champion? Discover helpful tips for connecting with a champion

I Have a Champion. How Do I Keep the Relationship Alive? Learn best practices to make the strongest impression and maintain this important professional relationship

40 Actions to Take High impact moves and long term commitments you can make right now to educate, illuminate, and support others

 


ASCEND LEADERSHIP SUMMIT 2018

Program

Videos

Relive the 2018 ASCEND Leadership Summit through a highlight reel of memorable moments.

Laura Camien provides insights to help us grow our understanding of inclusion, diversity, equity, and access. Laura examines challenges surrounding these topics and the resources we need to tackle these obstacles.

Jon Shafran discusses Artemis Connection’s research findings on the strategies that enable women and underrepresented minorities to successfully overcome barriers throughout their education and careers.

Rosalind Wiseman and Charlie Kuhn explore how to navigate bias and conflict within the workplace. They shed light on the ways that emotional learning and clear communication can help us succeed in challenging situations.

This dynamite set of panelists emphasize the need for intentional work, systemic thinking, and accountability in achieving progress for diversity, inclusion, and equity - statewide and beyond. Additionally, they identify the opportunity for public-private partnerships to drive this change.

Brooke, Anna, Lionel, and Lydia engage in a lively conversation about the privilege and power men have in workplaces and how they can actually use these advantages to create more equitable organizations. They describe how being intentional with language and engaging in championship can facilitate this effort.

The participants in this panel highlight how male dominated fields are slowly shifting and opening up for the advancement of women. They also draw on the methods they used to take control of their own careers in these fields and share advice for other women who will follow.

In this panel of D&I practitioners, you’ll hear recommendations from behavioral science that you can take back to your own organization and implement. These tangible, actionable strategies are investments in a future where all workplaces are equitable.

Sarah Davis of Expedia moderates this can’t-miss duo of speakers. Former Obama administration employees Jesse Moore and William Cyrus Garrett outline why it is essential to find commonality among diverse groups that may not necessarily see themselves as allies. Aligning people under a shared message enables groups to build power and drive progress. Jesse and William also share hilarious and truly touching stories from the time they spent working directly with the president.

Manuela Papadopol and Mike Dosenbach discuss how influential diversity has been in their workplaces and how it generates the best ideas.

As leaders in their own organizations, Steve Bucherati and Christy Johnson emphasize the importance of leveraging the talent of everyone in the firm towards unlocking the full potential of diversity. In addition, they share specific examples of how to successfully weave diversity into every part of business strategy.

This group of panelists discusses how gender and racial bias intersect, which further shapes the barriers people face in the workplace. Although it's not acknowledged as frequently as gender bias, the panelists explain the ways in which women of color face different challenges compared to white women.

De-Mystifying Sponsorship

The Next Generation of Leadership

How Flexibility Transforms Lives

The Future of Work

SPEAKERS

Brave I.D.E.A.s                                                                                                                                                                            Laura Camien, Broadway Producer & Director of Advancement At Blue School

The Intel Journey                                                                                                                                                                        Patty Murray,  Retired SVP Of Human Resources                                                                                                

Women & the Hidden Color Barrier                                                                                                                                            Deena Pierott, Equity Advisor to City Of Seattle & Founder, iUrban Teen                                                                          Panelists: Michelle Perez, Michelle Maggs, EVP, Weber Shandwick, Jessica Eggert, Head Of Innovation & Culture, The Riveter, and Reetu Gupta, Co-Founder & CEO, CirkledIn

De-Mystifying Sponsorship                                                                                                                                                               Cate Goethals, Director, Women In Leadership Programs, UW Foster School

Real Strategies for Real World Challenges                                                                                                                                Steve Bucherati, Retired VP Of Diversity & Inclusion, Coca Cola With Christy Johnson, CEO, Artemis Connection

Project Ascendance                                                                                                                                                                      Dr. Jon Shafran, Artemis Connection

Policy & Equity                                                                                                                                                                             Racquel Russell, VP Of Government Relations, Zillow Group                                                                                          Panelists: Beth Osborne and Stephen Uy

Owning Up in the Workplace                                                                                                                                                    Rosalind Wiseman, Educator & Author Of Queen Bees & Wannabees and Charlie Kuhn, Co-Founder & CEO, Cultures Of Dignity

Male Allyship for a New Era                                                                                                                                                        Brooke Shepard - EVP, Global Insights Community Leader, Weber Shandwick                                                        Panelists: Anna Auerbach, Co-Ceo and Founder, Werk, Lionel Lee, Head Of Diversity & Engagement, Zillow Group,  and Lydia Frank, VP, Content Strategy, Payscale

Women in Male Dominated Fields                                                                                                                                                Melissa Maher, SVP, Expedia Group                                                                                                                                    Panelists: Betty Jin, Investor, Spectrum 28, Anna Huerta, Lead Game Designer, Zynga, and Vanessa Pegueros, VP & Ciso, Docusign

The Next Generation of Leadership                                                                                                                                                Panelists: Haley Hoffman Smith, Author, Innovator, Entrepreneur, Rahki Voria, Patty Murray,  Retired SVP of Human Resources, Intel, and Jonathan Gagliardoni - Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Jeton Capita

How Flexibility Transforms Lives                                                                                                                                                    Anna Auerbach, Co-CEO and Founder, Werk

The Future of Work                                                                                                                                                                      Michael Megalli, Founder & CEO, Indie.Biz                                                                                                                         Panelists: Dr. Cheryl Ingram, CEO & Founder, Inclusology, Amy Nelson, Co-Founder & CEO, The Riveter, and Lauren Mcgoodwin, Founder & CEO, Career Contessa

How to Harness Your Movement's Momentum                                                                                                                             Sarah Davis, Senior Initiative Manager, Expedia Inc.                                                                                                           Panelists: Jesse Moore, Founder, Common Thread Strategies and William Cyrus Garrett, Partner, Common Thread Strategies

Get ready to be different. Diversity is what drives us.                                                                                                        Manuela Papadopol - Co-Founder, Sansea Consulting

Inclusion & Entertainment: How Hollywood Impacts All of US                                                                                                  Laura Camien, Broadway Producer & Director Of Advancement At Blue School                                                      Panelists: Jeanne Mau, Vice President, Diversity, CBS, and, Maria Arias        

Less Talk, More Action                                                                                                                                                               Nicole Buchanan - Executive Director, Ada Developers Academy                                                                              Panelists: Elizabeth Weingarten, Director, Global Gender Parity Initiative, New America Foundation, Kirk Mead, and Amanda Townsend, HR Professional & Founder, Unlimited Coaching

Breakout Sessions

Good Guys and Male Allies: Harnessing Your Power for Good in the Wake of #metoo
Presented by Mitch Shepard, Sponsored by The Riveter

Creating Cultures of Dignity: Deep Dive                                                                                                                                     Rosalind Wiseman and Charlie Kuhn

The Non-Negotiables: Reasons Why You’re Losing Talent                                                                                                    Presented by Jackie Hanselmann Sergi

Real Strategies for Real World Challenges                                                                                                                                  Deep Dive and Q&A With Steve Bucherati