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5th Women and Leadership Conference - Leading Differently: Capacity Building, Knowledge Sharing, Intergenerational Networking
Featured Workshops

Featured workshops will take place during the breakout session blocks. Choose to develop practical skills with these in-depth sessions or choose to attend a traditional workshop, panel, or roundtable during the session block. It's your choice! 

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Fine Tuning Your Message, Perfecting the Pitch, and Finding the Agent Who’ll Fall in Love with Your Book

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This featured workshop sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute meets across two concurrent sessions during the conference.

Did you know that penicillin was discovered around the time of World War I, but not put to use until World War II? Do you know why? Because Louis Pasteur was brilliant at science, but terrible at getting across the importance of what he had discovered. Learn how to get your message across to your intended audience in this deep-dive workshop.

The process of producing a book, having an agent fall in love with your work and offering representation is like the course of love itself. There are many unknowns, rejections, insecurities, elations, and the need to develop incredible patience and a thick skin.

  • Learn how to genre-place your book, do your research, produce a book proposal or treatment, confect the perfect query, identify appropriate agents, track submissions, and deal with the emotional roller-coaster and headwinds of matching up with a representative.
  • Immerse in the requisites for readying a work of non-fiction, memoir, creative non-fiction and fiction to send agents and editors.
  • Learn how to tailor communications and hear about opportunities to disseminate your work to a broader audience.
  • Put into practice what you’ve learned by delivering and getting feedback on the elevator pitch version of your work.
Anette Breindl

Anette Breindl, PhD is the senior science editor at BioWorld, where she oversees the coverage of preclinical research. She has been with BioWorld since 2004, after starting her career in science communications at Atkins + Associates, a precursor firm to Canale Communications. She has also worked as a freelance writer for U.S. and German publications and co-authored several peer-reviewed papers. Breindl earned her PhD from the Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology in Magdeburg, Germany. Breindl also teaches science communications at the University at Albany, where she is a visiting scholar.

Mary Valentis is an associate professor of English and director of the humanities center at the University at Albany-SUNY. She is the author or co-author of The American Sublime, Essays in American Poetry; Techknowledgies: New Imaginaries in the Humanities; Female Rage: Unlocking Its Secrets, Claiming Its Power; Brave New You; and Romantic Intelligence: How To Be As Smart In Love As You Are In Life. Her writing has also appeared in Self, New Woman, and Cosmopolitan, as well as in scholarly journals and collections. She has just completed a novel on Edith Wharton’s mid-life sexual awakening. 

Mary Valentis
Thoughtful Woman

Writing the Case for Women in Leadership

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Share your knowledge through case writing. Learn how to enhance your writing skills and develop engaging cases at this 60-minute writing workshop. The featured workshop hosted by Ivey Publishing will provide an overview of case writing themes such as planning the writing process, field work, teaching notes, abstracts, and editing. After the workshop, case writers may move into a breakout room to receive additional mentoring to further learn how to author their own engaging cases featuring female leaders.  

Alison M. Konrad arrived at Ivey in 2003 as a Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Ivey Business School and holder of the Corus Entertainment Chair in Women in Management. She earned her Ph.D. in Applied Social Psychology at the Claremont Graduate University. She is a Fellow of the Eastern Academy of Management and has been a member of the Women's Executive Network (WXN) Advisory Board for Canada's Most Powerful Women Top 100. Alison was Chair of the Academy of Management's Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division in 1996-97 and President of the Eastern Academy of Management in 1997-98. She was President of the International Society for the Study of Work and Organizational Values in 2002-04. Prior to joining the school, she was Professor of Human Resource Management at the Fox School of Business and Management, Temple University.

Alison Konrad

Becoming Board-Ready

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Please join Deloitte’s Center for Board Effectiveness to explore the current landscape for boards, topics on the board’s agenda, and some of the activities you can be doing today to prepare for future board service. Deloitte’s Board-Ready programs allow future board candidates gain insight into how they can effectively position oneself for board opportunities and network with senior executives and experienced board members. The session will also help prepare you for creating an effective board bio as an important step towards board placement. A strategically crafted board bio can be key to translating your career and life experiences into a story that best positions you for public company board opportunities. During this online experience, we will discuss how to develop your value proposition, bring your personal brand to life, and provide helpful tips to begin crafting your personal board bio.

Debra McCormack

Debra McCormack is a managing director of the Center for Board Effectiveness (the "Center") which is committed to supporting executives, boards of directors, and others active in governance by providing them with resources pertaining to current boardroom issues and governance trends. She engages with the firm's large, complex clients to expand and enhance relationships with board members and associations by developing the Board Opportunities program, identify synergies across the role-based programs within Client Experience, and managing the day-to-day operations of the Center.

Dannetta English Bland

Dannetta English Bland is the Greenhouse Experience Leader for the Energy & Industrials industry at Deloitte LLP. Dannetta is responsible for helping clients diagnose and solve complex challenges through an immersive and interactive lab experience. Prior to this role, Dannetta served as a Senior Manager in Deloitte’s Center for Board Effectiveness. She specialized in providing board education on current trends and hot topics, insights on preparing for crises or disruptions in the industry, facilitation of board labs for new and experienced board members, and working with pre-IPO and M&A clients through their governance activities. In addition, Dannetta is actively involved in Deloitte’s university recruiting programs, diversity and inclusion initiatives and board ready programs focused on increasing the number of women and minorities on corporate boards.

Tonie Leatherberry

Tonie Leatherberry is a principal and the board relations leader for Deloitte’s Risk and Financial Advisory practice. As board relations leader, she is responsible for marketplace positioning and opportunities through innovation, thought leadership and engagements that address the needs of corporate board directors and senior executives. Tonie serves Fortune 100 manufacturing, retail and consumer business clients and also serves as the president of Deloitte Foundation, Deloitte’s non-profit arm. She previously served on the board of directors and as chief inclusion officer for Deloitte Consulting. She is the board chair of The Executive Leadership Council, the preeminent membership organization committed to increasing the number of global black executives in c-suites, on corporate boards and in global enterprises, serves on the board of Base11, Widener University board of trustees, and Boston University, College of Engineering advisory committee, Boston University board of overseers, and Stem Connector’s innovation task force. Tonie has received numerous accolades, most recently she was named to the 2019 NACD Directorship 100 and was inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society.

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