Flourish Conference Agenda 2017
Friday: 8:30am – 4:30pm
8:30a – 9:00a Registration and Breakfast
9:00a – 09:15 Opening Ceremony
Morning Keynote: Women in Leadership: The Aspiration vs. The Reality.
The Science of Flourishing: Exploring the Six Dimensions of Flourishing and the trends and insights regarding the impact of women in leadership.
9:45a – 11:45 Executive Fireside Chat: Intimate discussions in assigned small groups with the top executives and entrepreneurs in their industries. This is a unique element of the Flourish Conference Day.
11:45a – 12:00p Break
12:00p – 1:30p Luncheon Keynote and Flourish Awards Ceremony: Flourish Keynote Conversation: How Women Lead in Dynamic Environments. We also recognize the Flourish Executive of the Year and Flourish Entrepreneur of the Year.
1:30p – 3:00p The Art of Flourishing: Women will either join the Flourish Forward group for those who have participated in Flourish to design their 3-year plans, or first-time participants join together to understand the domains of flourishing.
Collaborative exercises. Career and Work-Life Assessments. Continuing through Flourish 100-Day Action Plans™ while working with Executive Coaches and Flourish Accountability Partners.
3:00 – 3:15 Break
3:15 – 4:30 The Mastery of Flourishing: Leveraging insights learned throughout the day for positive impact in the future. Participants strategize their top three (3) professional and personal priorities – and the impact these will have on their lives over next 100 days.
Participants will be scheduled to record a customized Flourish Letter-to-Self stating what they commit to accomplish in the next 100 days.
4:15 Closing Ceremony
4:30 – 6:00p VIP Champagne Toast: Featuring special guests, champagne and appetizers and a Flourish Spa Experience (makeovers, massages and mingling).
Welcome to Flourish Chicago!
We know that when women flourish, we change the world….Well, this will be the resounding mantra of the powerful women executives who gather at the Radisson Blu Aqua on September 22 for the Flourish Conference for Women in Leadership. Women leaders from public, private and nonprofit sectors will join forces to learn the art and science of flourishing, helping them attain the highest levels of excellence in their careers, businesses and lives.
Each conference is focused on the region it serves. Flourish Chicago is focused on issues related to the advancement of women in the Windy City, and the surrounding area.
We are so excited to bring Flourish Conference for Women in Leadership to the great city of Chicago! According Forbes (2012), Chicago ranks 3rd in Top Cities for Women in Business.
In fact, Chicago has a fabulous ecosystem for women leaders. According to the Global Startup Ecosystem Ranking 2015, the number of female entrepreneurs is now significantly higher than in previous years. It is still lower than the number of men starting new businesses. In 2012, approximately 12 percent of global startups had a female founder and this increased to 18 percent in 2015.
When it comes to the top global cities for female entrepreneurs, four of the top ten are in the United States. Chicago grabs top spot with women accounting for 30 percent of new startups.
The Facts about Flourishing Women Leaders:
You are a leader who values the advancement of women – for your organization’s culture, its brand, and importantly, its bottom line. You’re in great company, recent research suggests that when examining the financial returns of companies with three or more women on the board, those companies outperform companies with homogenous boards by 60 percent in return on invested capital, 84 percent in return on sales, and 60 percent in return on equity.
Chicago has the third largest gross metropolitan product in the United States—about $630.3 billion according to 2014-2016 estimates. The city has also been rated as having the most balanced economy in the United States, due to its high level of diversification. Chicago was named the fourth most important business center in the world in the MasterCard Worldwide Centers of Commerce Index.Additionally, the Chicago metropolitan area recorded the greatest number of new or expanded corporate facilities in the United States for calendar year 2014. The Chicago metropolitan area has the third largest science and engineering work force of any metropolitan area in the nation. In 2009 Chicago placed 9th on the UBS list of the world’s richest cities. Chicago was the base of commercial operations for industrialists John Crerar, John Whitfield Bunn, Richard Teller Crane, Marshall Field, John Farwell, Julius Rosenwald and many other commercial visionaries who laid the foundation for Midwestern and global industry.
Chicago is a major world financial center, with the second largest central business district in the United States. The city is the headquarters of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago (the Seventh District of the Federal Reserve). The city has major financial and futures exchanges, including the Chicago Stock Exchange, the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (the “Merc”), which is owned, along with the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) by Chicago’s CME Group. The CME Group, in addition, owns the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX), the Commodities Exchange Inc. (COMEX) and the Dow Jones Indexes. Perhaps due to the influence of the Chicago school of economics, the city also has markets trading unusual contracts such as emissions (on the Chicago Climate Exchange) andequity style indices (on the U.S. Futures Exchange). Chase Bank has its commercial and retail banking headquarters in Chicago’s Chase Tower.
The city and its surrounding metropolitan area contain the third largest labor pool in the United States with about 4.48 million workers, as of 2014. In addition, the state of Illinois is home to 66 Fortune 1000 companies, including those in Chicago. The city of Chicago also hosts 12 Fortune Global 500 companies and 17 Financial Times 500 companies. The city claims one Dow 30 company: aerospace giant Boeing, which moved its headquarters from Seattle to the Chicago Loop in 2001. Two more Dow 30 companies, Kraft Foods and McDonald’s are in the Chicago suburbs, as are Sears Holdings Corporation and the technology spin-offs of Motorola. The headquarters of United Continental Holdings, are in the United Building and its operations center and its United Airlines subsidiary are in the Willis Tower in Chicago. In June 2016, McDonald’sconfirmed plans to move its global headquarters to Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood by early 2018.
2017 Conference Speakers
Director of Inclusiveness Recruiting
Ernst & Young
Fox 32 News Chicago
The Honorable Bridget Gainer
Cook County 10th District Commissioner, and VP Global Public Affairs
Goldman Sachs & Co., Chicago
Dr. Nivine Megahed
National Louis University
Michele C. Meyer-Shipp
Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President
Prudential Financial, Inc.
Kathleen M. Buck Holst
Carina E. Sánchez
Public Building Commission of Chicago
Major, Lindsey & Africa
2017 FlourishForward Facilitators & Co-Chairs
Vice President, Transportation Management & Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Steering Committee co-chair
FedEx Supply Chain
Wise Old Tree
Fox 32 Chicago
President & Chief Transformation Officer
Olga Camargo, AIF®
TOROSO Investments LLC
Nichole Barnes Marshall
Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer
Chief Operating Officer
Chico & Nunes, P.C.
Vice-Chancellor for Legislative and Community Affairs
City Colleges of Chicago
Frenchye M. Bush Harris
Public Relations Manager
April Miller Boise
SVP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
Executive Advertising and Marketing Leader
Dawnyell Bowen, LLC
Alicia T. Vega