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The Pandemic has upended the way we work. A year in, crying babies in the background of a video call is the norm, and being chained to a desk for 40 hours a week is broadly considered antiquated. With this immense tide of change comes huge opportunity to reset expectations, advocate for change, and unapologetically ask for what you deserve, regardless of your life or career stage.
- Employers have been forced to upend how they run their companies opening them up to new ideas and policies in ways they weren’t pre-pandemic. This is prime time to advocate for the changes and support you need.
- Young Employees are at risk of being left behind with remote work. Without the same in-person mentorship, learning through osmosis and facetime there is a need to self asses, ensure you have a vision for your growth and goals, and ask for the support you need to help you to get there
- Life stages should never keep you from demanding your worth. If you can meet the goals and expectations of a job/role — pregnancy, motherhood, etc shouldn’t keep you from advocating for yourself and asking for what you deserve. Prepare your proof points. Have a clear ask. And come prepared with a plan.
About the Speaker:
Lauren Nutt Bello is a mom of two, wife, and President and Managing Partner at Ready Set Rocket, a digital marketing agency based in New York. Working with clients such as the NBA, Sweetgreen, Estee Lauder, Bumble and dozens of others, Lauren has helped to spearhead the growth of the agency since she joined as the 4th employee in 2012. Beyond her day-to-day, Lauren helps nurture the agency’s culture by hosting a monthly women’s leadership and empowerment event that provides women the opportunity to openly discuss topics like delivering powerful presentations, overcoming career-related insecurities, and seeking equality in the workplace. Lauren’s writing and commentary has been featured in publications including Huffpost, PopSugar, Digiday, Adweek, Glossy, and notable others.
Research suggests that 20% of women never negotiate at all. Meaning, a woman who opts not to negotiate her starting salary upon graduation will forgo an average of $7,000 the first year and will lose between $650,000 and $1 million over the course of their 45-year career.
Tartita Preston – A Chicago native, Tarita is passionate about people and purpose. She works as a Life and Business Coach helping leaders and teams improve communication, creativity, accountability and emotional intelligence. She helps them do the inner work so they can do the outer work.
Tarita honed her skills in leadership and coaching by working in a number of challenging environments as an HRBP for General Electric. She provided guidance to senior managers during plant closings, national union negotiations and establishing a shared services organization.
Prior to joining GE, Tarita held an array of positions in and outside of the United States. She worked in London, as a Parliamentary Assistant at the UK Parliament. In that role, she provided research and analysis for several parliamentary legislations related to domestic and foreign affairs. She was an English Teacher in South Korea and a Program Monitor for the State of Illinois Department of Human Services. She holds two Masters Degrees from the University of Illinois at Champaign – Urbana.
Michelle Greene – As the Senior Vice President, CIO – Pharmaceutical Segment, Michelle is responsible for leading the IT function for the Pharmaceutical segment, including IT strategy, execution, and operations.
Michelle has been featured in Black Enterprise and she has participated as a panelist at the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit. She has also participated as a speaker on several panels focused on Women in Information Technology and Women in Leadership. Other recognition:
- Top 25 Most Influential Black Women in Business sponsored by The Network Journal (March 2018)
- Recipient of the DAPCEP Real McCoy Award for Technology (September 2019)
- Named as an ORBIE Awards Finalist for Michigan CIO of the Year (September 2020)
Rebecca Bray is Chief Sales Officer for Epitec. She is responsible leading the delivery of our sales and recruiting teams, business development, marketing, corporate recruiting and training. She is also a member of the Executive Leadership Team, Epitec’ s senior committee that sets the strategic direction, defined priorities and is accountable on delivering enterprise results and growth. In her role, Bray is responsible for the teams that deliver quality talent to customers nationally, and support of the consultants delivering the work product to the customers. She is also responsible for new business development. Part of her is accountable for ensuring that the digital strategy set and executed aligns with corporate objectives.
A TODAY/SurveyMonkey poll found that significantly more women diagnosed with chronic conditions said their healthcare provider asked them to “prove” their symptoms: 31 percent of women, compared with 19 percent of men. And 26 percent of women said their providers ignored or dismissed symptoms, compared with 18 percent of men.
With women being most affected by the pandemic (so much so, that it’s called A Women’s Recession). Juggling schedules and working from home is here to stay. How can we thrive in a gig economy if our healthcare is tied to a corporate job?
Listen in as we hear perspectives and advice from a number of health professionals, traditional and non-traditional, on ways women can be empowered to find solutions that help them overcome their healthcare hindrances.
Dr. Mechley is a practicing Direct Primary Care family physician, entrepreneur, clinical consultant, and teacher who has been practicing in Cincinnati since 1998. She earned her medical doctorate at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and completed her residency in family medicine at The University of Utah. She is board certified in both Family Medicine and Lifestyle Medicine. She was the first board certified Lifestyle Medicine doctor in the tristate area. It is her interest in aligning her focus of Lifestyle Medicine principals within the practice of primary care that has led her to open Integrated Family Care in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Jen Costa is a Community Herbalist, Environmental Biologist, Teacher and Critical Care Nurse who began ElderMoon School to answer the call to herbalism being a active part of our primary healthcare with apothecaries in each home housing simple, potent green medicines made directly from Nature. She teaches and trains herbalists, runs an herbal health clinic, and is a bee keeper and medicine gardener for the ElderMoon Apothecary where she offers herbal products and Seasonal Herbal CSA sharing.
Jen also works as a bridge between the schools of medicine in the critical care settings of the OR and ICU of her local hospital in the Hudson River Valley, NY.
Visit the ElderMoon Website: www.eldermoonschool.net
Sue Anello is a classically trained homeopath with a diverse and varied range of experience treating patients all over the world.
Sue studied homeopathy in the United Kingdom, first at Purton House School for Homeopathy in Farnham Royal, Bucks, and then at the Orion School for Post Graduate Homeopathy in London. She is certified by the Council for Homeopathic Certification in the United States.
Sue’s experience has spanned across two continents; she has maintained practices in Oxford and London in the United Kingdom and in New York and Florida in the United States, while also providing long distance appointments for patients in any location through telephone and Skype.
From 2006 to 2012 Sue was a lecturer at the Centre for Homeopathic Education at Regents College and The Royal Homeopathic Hospital in London, before taking on the role of Principal at the Centre for Homeopathic Education in New York City.
Megan Park is a serial entrepreneur, unabashed feminist, and passionate paradigm-shifter. She started Putting Women In Their Place in the wake of the 2016 presidential election in order to support and amplify the authentic voices of progressive women running for office. Her team has created content and videos for over 100 candidates nationwide running at all levels of government. Megan drives positive change with all of her work, creating content for mission-driven organizations in order to shift cultural narratives and destigmatize taboos. Megan’s career, activism, and lived experience have converged here–empowering women and building new systems that serve us–so that together, we can heal ourselves, our communities, and our planet.
- How to find your brand’s digital voice.
- How to identify your audience
- How to identify your channels
- How to create consistent and compelling content (in your brand’s voice)
A moving and personal journey from attorney to CEO to Agency Owner and the personal and professional challenges faced and overcome along the way. Laurel will share her crazy and personal stories along the way with lots of lessons attached.
- Listen to your gut
- The universe has your back
- Showing up authentically is a superpower
With a J.D/M.B.A from Rutgers University, Laurel’s background has uniquely prepared her to run a successful agency. Inspired by the innovative consulting work she executed early in her career with prestigious brands like Le Bec Fin, Public House Restaurant Group, Bassett Furniture and Julie Hewett Cosmetics, Laurel knew she wanted to play bigger. A decade later, Laurel has created an agency family serving both startups and blue chip global brands like Facebook, Verizon Digital Media Group, PAW Patrol and Zendesk. Laurel’s favorite saying is FIOGID. Figure it out, get it done. And that’s exactly what’s brought the agency top talent and accolades since 2009.
Laurel sits on the Board of Directors for NFTE (Network for Teaching Leadership), the Women Founders Network, and the UCLA Restaurant Conference. She is a mentor for The Women’s Global Leaders Initiative and advises LAVA (Los Angeles Venture Association). Laurel wrote a weekly Inc. Magazine column for three years appropriately entitled “On Brand”. Her published work can be found in Entrepreneur, USA Today, The American Marketing Association and C-Suite Quarterly Magazine. Laurel and the agency have recently won the W3 Silver Award for the PAW Patrol Road Patrol Campaign, the 2017 Patrick Soon-Shiong Innovation Award, the LABJ Women in Business Award, Comerica and LA Lakers’ Women’s Business Award, amongst others.
When she’s not wowing clients with amazing creative, you can find Laurel with her husband cuddling their fur babies Miso and Twizzler (food obsessed much?), or testing out a new recipe in the kitchen with a good glass of wine, of course.
We are all too familiar with the nagging voice of imposter syndrome. That constant fear of being found out, while putting yourself out there, the fear of potential rejection, and during a pandemic!? If that little voice is all too loud and clear, then clearly this is the panel discussion for you. We’ll talk about real ways to combat imposter syndrome while job hunting and provide resources as a follow up to help keep you motivated.
Meg Dunlap – Originally hailing from Cleveland, Meg began her career in video and visual storytelling. After a recession, a series of odd jobs, and a few cross-country moves, she fell into the fast-paced world of start-ups and digital agencies, and never looked back. Meg moved to Colorado in 2017 and launched her own company but soon after had to take a leave of absence to become a full-time caregiver for her grandmother. Spending her free time networking and volunteering for womxn’s organizations, Meg found a passion for creating authentic connections and building a strong community which lead her to Together Digital, where she has served as a City Champion for the past 3 years. Meg now works at Choozle in programmatic advertising providing her clients with strategic media plans for revenue growth, and occasionally some humor. Meg lives in Denver with her husband and two large, unintelligent dogs.
At every intersection of the talent revolution, Tracey Parsons seized opportunities to push innovation and be the change agent. From the first banner ad aimed at recruiting talent to the very first social recruiting campaign on MySpace (true story), she has had a front-row seat in how companies engage and recruit talent. She is co-founder at WORQDRIVE. She is also the president at Parsons Strategic Consulting as well as the co-creator of CredHive, WORQDRIVE’s predecessor. She has extensive experience in talent strategy, social recruiting and marketing, thought leadership, brand development, and consulting. Tracey takes pride in being the “bringer of sunshine” and leading a rebellion in the employer brand, recruitment marketing, and candidate experience space.
Alicia Speed is a ten year veteran of recruiting, having enormous passion for matching incredible talent with outstanding opportunity. She seeks to understand the motivations of candidates in her network as well as the culture of organizations she serves with boundless curiosity. Alicia believes in finding creative solutions to all of life’s challenges, including talent matching. Her north star in this process is being vulnerable, just as her clients and candidates must be.
With a dual degree in Women’s Studies and Political Science, Alicia also uses her profession to uplift, encourage, support, and educate women in the fields of technology and business. Women are often underpaid and underrepresented in these fields. It is a great privilege and honor to be part of this change to ensure women achieve equal pay and opportunity.
Jen Wells is the Owner and President of TalentID Group, a nationwide staffing, placement and consulting firm with a focus on the digital and emerging technology industries. She also founded TalentID Academy, a data analytics training program created to lower the barrier to entry into the industry. It incorporates in-class training, mentorship and a paid apprenticeship to gain hands-on portfolio worth experience.
Jen has been in the digital marketing and emerging technology space for the last 15 years. For nearly 10 of those years, her focus has been on consulting with and helping companies attract, qualify, hire and retain top talent. She has worked with companies hiring their first employee to Fortune 10 companies. She has helped companies attain the ranks of the Inc. 5000 and the Columbus Fast 50.
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