The Big Stage


The Big Stage features leaders and trailblazers

in high-level strategic talks.

Location: Westside Ballroom, 5th Floor


10:00 am – 11:15 am

 Zap the Generational Gap!

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Meagan Johnson
Generational Humorist & Trainer
Johnson Training Group

Think you’ve already heard everything about the multiple generations? Think again!


Our generations and the gaps that separate them are in constant flux, what worked last year probably won’t work today. Anybody still using their VCR?  What seemed like a perfect solution yesterday is the source of tomorrow’s problem. You really need to get all those home movies put on disc! … Wait! I mean Digital Storage. Oh No! I mean The Cloud!


The potential for collision, conflict and confusion between the generations has never been greater and the chasm is growing wider every day we ignore the problem.  Meagan Johnson demonstrates, through her own experience and in depth research that all generations have differences and strengths that go beyond mere age and appearance. Join us for this webinar to learn what you can do right now to make the most of all the generations.


Le arn Something New;  Hear Something Different; Laugh Out Loud



1:30 pm – 2:30 pm 

Deconstructing a Dated Culture


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Stevie Toepke


Lead Facilitator & Consultant

The Frontier Project

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Deborah Brecher

Managing Director, Management Consulting


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Danette Johnson

Director, Executive Development Programs

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

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Wendy Robison

Head of Learning &



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Leigh Woisard

SVP, Corporate Communications

& Public Affairs

Cox Communications


The market landscape is more competitive than ever. Global trends, evolving technology, industry disruption, and increasingly sophisticated customer demands require companies to be more innovative than ever and provide better service—constantly.  Yet the cultures of many companies historically support efficiency over experimentation, compliance over customer experience. Leaders across all sectors of business are beginning to recognize that shaping organizational cultures that generate innovation and high performance are set to be the best companies. Driving this kind of change in an organization’s culture is one of the biggest challenges a leader will face. In this session, we bring together seasoned experts and leaders to explore how the values, goals, assumptions, and attitudes of employees shape an organization’s culture and ultimately the collective behavior that defines how the work is done.  We will explore how an established organization reinvented its culture, a high growth entrepreneurial company designed its culture to power its strategy, and how these lessons could be applied to your workplace.


2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

Thriving in Today’s Workplace

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm

Creating a Win/Win with

Women Leaders 

Joelle K. Jay, PhD


Leadership Research Institute 

How can women reach higher levels of personal and professional success? Joelle K. Jay, PhD, knows how, and she will share her expertise in this session. Elevating women to positions of influence and power within an organization creates a win/win scenario, in which the leader and her company reap numerous benefits of having high-ranking females. Joelle will explain how women excel in leadership by forming powerful networks, aligning their varying goals, knowing and voicing their own value, and much more. Having worked with companies such as Google, Apple, Microsoft, and Adobe to accelerate more women to the top 5% of their company’s administration, Joelle knows first-hand how to maneuver the business world as a woman and the importance of tying it to an equal level of success in one’s personal life.


3:15 pm – 3:45 pm

I Know How She Does It:

Building Lives that Work


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Author, Speaker, Writer


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 Carol Watson

Founder / Chief Thriver; Tangerine Watson, Inc.


Many believe this to be gospel truth: Any woman who wants to advance in a challenging career has to make huge sacrifices. Her family dynamic, social life, hobbies, and even health may suffer. But what if that’s not the only path to success? Join author Laura Vanderkam in a thought-provoking fireside chat, as she shares stories from the data she gathered for her book, I Know How She Does It. Laura will challenge the myth and offer a framework for anyone who wants to thrive at work and in life.