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WE20 Mega Session Speakers

Digital Body Language: The New Rules of Trust and Collaboration

Speaker: Erica Dhawan
Monday, November 2, 12pm–1pm
Erica Dhawan, WE20 Mega Sessions Speaker

Speaker Bio:
Erica Dhawan is the world’s leading authority on 21st century Collaboration and Digital Body Language. Through speaking, training and consulting, she teaches business leaders innovative strategies that increase value for clients, deliver results and ensure competitiveness. She is the co-author of the bestselling book Get Big Things Done: The Power of Connectional Intelligence. Erica was named by Thinkers50 as “The Oprah of Management Ideas” and featured as one of the emerging management thinkers most likely to shape the future of business. She hosts the award winning podcast Masters of Leadership. Erica speaks on global stages ranging from the World Economic Forum at Davos to companies such as Fedex, Pepsico, and McGraw Hill Financial. Erica writes for Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Fast Company and the Huffington Post. Erica also serves as a board member to Lufthansa Innovation Hub. Previously, she worked at Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital. She has a MPA from Harvard University, a MBA from MIT Sloan, and a BS in Economics from The Wharton School.

Description and Learning Outcomes:
When your new boss replies “fine!” are they actually fine… or are they angry? Do you wait hours to get clarification on a vague e-mail? Did that weekend text message from your project partner irritate you? We are collaborating faster and more often than ever before. We feel like we’re connected – but are we really?  We save time using email, right?  But then we end up using all of that ‘saved’ time to clarify what we meant in the first place. In person, we can clarify context immediately. We rely on body language and tone to grasp the real meaning. With our digital walls up, we lose subtext and nuance.

We all leave an impression on each other. If someone doesn’t text back for hours or even days, do you think they are being rude? Is using an emoji or LOL unprofessional, or creating a human connection with others? What impression does your boss, team, or fellow students think of your digital behavior?

In this mega session, you will learn how to master Digital Body Language, the new cues and signals that help advance your career and help anyone build trust and influence in a digital age.

After attending this session, you will be able to:

  • Identify your digital body language style and what signals you are broadcasting (even if you don’t intend to!)
  • Reduce the confusion and frustration that comes with communication across all our various mediums, like email, phone, IM, text, video apps and even live meetings
  • Build your digital body language presence skills to build trust and connection with others, no matter the distance.

Negotiate Like a Boss: How to Be a Fierce Self-Advocate

Speaker: Selena Rezvani, Author of Pushback
Wednesday, November 4, 12pm–1pm

Selena Rezvani, WE20 Mega Sessions Speaker

Speaker Bio:
Selena Rezvani’s mission is to help women carve out leadership paths on their own terms. She also consults to employers on how to make work truly “work” for women – by architecting culture change that improves working women’s experience. She’s the author of 2 acclaimed leadership books, Pushback: How Smart Women Ask—and Stand Up—for What They Want and The Next Generation of Women Leaders. Selena addresses thousands of professionals each year and has been featured in Inc., Oprah.com, Todayshow.com, HBR, The LA Times and NPR. Selena is based in Philadelphia where she lives with her husband Geoff and 7 year old boy-girl twins. www.selenarezvani.com

Description and Learning Outcomes:
Gone are the days when negotiating was only for a performance review, job interview or the big pitch. Professional women negotiate all day every day—for better project deadlines, to resolve a standstill within a team—even to take their PTO. How can you make the most of these conversations—regardless of whether it’s with a direct report, boss, peer or customer? Leveraging tips from her award-winning book, PUSHBACK: How Smart Women Ask–and Stand Up–for What They Want, Selena Rezvani teaches you how to prepare for these daily negotiations, flex your style based on the topic or person with whom you’re negotiating, manage trade offs, and get the “Yes” answer you need.

After attending this session, you will be able to:

  • Contrast the 3 stages of negotiation-type conversations including preparation, maneuvering through the conversation, and closing.
  • Identify 6 influencing techniques that move negotiations forward, evaluating when they are most/least appropriate in a conversation.
  • Apply body language and non-verbal principles that demonstrate power and authority, by practicing 2 key body poses.

Life Is Your Best Medicine

Speaker: Dr. Low Dog
Saturday, November 7, 10am–11am

Tieraona Low Dog, WE20 Mega Sessions Speaker

Speaker Bio:
Dr. Low Dog is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of integrative medicine, dietary supplements, herbal medicine and women’s health. Tieraona Low Dog, M.D.’s exploration of natural medicine and its role in modern health care began more than 35 years ago as she studied midwifery, herbal medicine, massage therapy, and martial arts before earning her medical degree from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.

She has been an invited speaker to more than 550 scientific/medical conferences, published 40 peer-reviewed articles, written 20 chapters for medical textbooks, and has authored five books, including three National Geographic books, Fortify Your Life, Healthy at Home, and Life is Your Best Medicine.

Dr. Low Dog lives with her husband, horses, chickens, dogs, and cats on a small ranch in the mountains outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Description and Learning Outcomes:
Founded on the belief that everything in our lives is part of our medicine road. This course will teach you to optimize your health and wellbeing across the many facets of your life, from the food we eat, to the company we keep, our thoughts, and our relationship with ourselves. Life Is Your Best Medicine empowers you with the tools you need to live a naturally healthy life.

After attending this session, you will be able to:

  • Recognize the effects of chronic stress on work performance and risk for depression, anxiety, heart disease and other diseases.
  • Describe how meditation, physical activity, rest, music, and other lifestyle factors can positively impact physical and emotional health.
  • Identify strategies for reducing fatigue, improving sleep and increasing emotional well-being.
  • Describe three ways to improve their nutrition.

Subtle Acts of Exclusion:  Addressing Microaggressions

Speaker: Gloria Cotton
Tuesday, November 10, 12pm–1pm

Gloria Cotton, WE20 Mega Sessions Speaker

Speaker Bio:
An expert in human resources and organizational development, Gloria Cotton has 25 years of experience working with corporations, nonprofits and government units. As senior partner at inQuest, a consultancy that specializes in diversity and inclusion, Cotton manages client relationships, identifies new business opportunities, designs instructional programs and trains teams. As an instructional designer, facilitator and speaker, Cotton has covered unconscious bias, privilege, multiculturalism, harassment, discrimination and related topics. She also serves clients as a mediator. In the past 18 months, Cotton developed two instructional programs focused on inclusive behaviors in the workplace that are in use by large employers.

Description and Learning Outcomes:
In most cultures, explicit discrimination is frowned upon but underrepresented groups face bias on a daily basis in the form of what are commonly known as microaggressions. This interactive session will encourage participants to increase their cultural competence by reframing microaggressions as Subtle Acts of Exclusion (SAE).  Focus on creating a more inclusive, trusting and collaborative workplace and learn how to openly discuss SAEs when they happen. Attendees will learn to identify different types  of microaggressions and how to speak up about them in a new way. It is everyone’s responsibility arm themselves with knowledge and tactics to face exclusion head-on; join this session to learn how.

After attending this session, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the concept of Subtle Acts of Exclusion (SAEs), including what different marginalized identities experience and how those experiences can be bridges or barriers to workplace inclusion.
  • Recall the framework of 8 types of SAE’s and how they implicitly exclude people.
  • Practice four guidelines for peaking up in safe and productive ways.

Style Matters: How Cognitive Diversity Affects Your Work

Speaker: Anne E. Collier, MPP, JD, PCC
Wednesday, November 11, 10am–11am

Anne Collier, WE20 Mega Sessions Speaker

Speaker Bio:
Anne Collier is a catalyst for executives stepping into power. She guides clients in their quest to self-actualize, become more resilient, and upgrade their personal operating system. In turn they create a more successful and fulfilling professional and personal life, giving them a competitive edge that gets them to their goals quicker and with more ease.  Anne also teaches executives how to supercharge their teams and improve their team or organization’s performance and culture. Anne has her JD from the University of Michigan, cum laude; her Master of Public Policy from the Institute of Public Policy Studies at the University of Michigan, and is an ICF Professional Certified Coach.

Description and Learning Outcomes:
Have you ever wondered why a colleague, friend, or family member seems to approach life so differently?  They are either overly structured, or not at all.  These differences seem to get in the way of productivity, but they don’t have to. Join Anne Collier to learn about different problem-solving styles and how style affects collaboration, management, and leadership. Based on the work of Dr. Michael J. Kirton, who developed Adaption-Innovation Theory, learn where you likely fall on the Adaption-Innovation Continuum and what that means for brainstorming in meetings, solving problems with colleagues and managing both up and down.

After attending this session, you will be able to:

  • Identify and reflect on your problem-solving style through awareness and personal effectiveness techniques.
  • Identify techniques for navigating struggles that arise from working with colleagues with different styles.
  • Recognize how understanding one’s own and others’ problem-solving styles can lead to more effective leadership, management and collaboration.
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