Advancing Women Leaders in the Staffing Industry – Staffing World 2019

Advancing Women Leaders in the Staffing Industry

October 15th, 2019 9:30am – 2:00pm

Staffing World 2019

Are you a Woman Leader in Staffing? Join us on Oct 15 for a Staffing World pre-conference workshop on Advancing Women Leaders in the Staffing Industry from 9:30am – 2pm at the MGM hotel in Las Vegas. Mee Derby is co-sponsoring this event with Bullhorn.

This is the only Staffing World session that’s exclusively by women and for women, and it’s a rare opportunity to meet and re-connect with women leaders to expand your business network, while also strengthening the voice and influence of women in staffing. Get expert advice and insights on topics requested by the community—including career pathways, skills and confidence building, managing rising leaders, diversity and inclusion research, and more. Hear female entrepreneurs tell their stories about learning from their challenges and successes. If you’re a senior executive, director, manager, or emerging leader, this intense, half-day session will inspire and arm you to take your career to the next level and advance the position of women in the industry.



9:30–10:15 A.M.

Build Confidence and Your Personal Brand

Carol Sankar, founder, The Confidence Factor for Women in Leadership

It’s time to stop over-thinking your next move as a woman for fear of external perceptions. You are too valuable to be invisible! Confidence is a brand (the most impressive accessory a woman can wear), and essential when you’re a leader. ASA is proud to have Carol Sankar as part of its Advancing Women Leaders presenters. Carol is the founder of the Confidence Factor for Women in Leadership, a global executive leadership firm that focuses on gender inclusion initiatives. She will focus on navigating through limiting beliefs so you can add value to your own voice and accelerate your personal brand.

10:15–10:45 A.M.

Speed Networking and Mentoring

Robin Mee, Founder and President, Mee Derby

Kimberley Whitley, Executive Recruiter & Director, Mee Derby

Get ready to meet and mingle! This structured forum kicks off the day so expanding your professional network is early on your agenda—as it should be.

10:45–11 A.M.


11 A.M.–12 NOON

Concurrent Sessions Led by Catalyst Consultants:

Catalyst is a global nonprofit working with some of the world’s most powerful CEOs and leading companies to build workplaces that work for women.

The Sponsorship Effect

Heather Foust-Cummings, Ph.D., senior vice president, research and consulting, Catalyst

Finding and cultivating sponsors—whether informal or formal—can be a huge game changer for your career. But where do you start? In this session, you’ll learn the difference between a coach, mentor, and sponsor, and learn strategies for positioning yourself to be both mentored and sponsored within your organization. You’ll leave with a plan for building or expanding your own strategic network.

Inclusive Communication and Courageous Conversations

Audrey Gallien, senior director, business development, Catalyst

Why do people struggle to communicate authentically across their differences? To be sure, it’s not easy to talk about our differences. Men who want to support more gender equality, for example, can be afraid of being sexist, according to Catalyst research. And nondominant groups fear being stereotyped or discriminated against. Roadblocks such as beliefs, attitudes, and experiences can stifle meaningful dialogue. This breakout session offers solutions to these problems based on Catalyst research, so that participants can build effective work relationships through inclusive communication.

12 NOON–1 P.M.

Networking Lunch

1–2 P.M.

Executive Reflections: Looking Back to Propel Forward

Facilitated by: Leslie Vickrey, CEO and founder, ClearEdge Marketing
Panelists: Kelly Boykin, senior vice president–global alliances, Aquent
Beth Delano, CEO, Malone Workforce Solutions
Rhona Driggs, CEO, Empresaria Group PLC
Michele McCauley, senior vice president of human resources and principal, Apex Systems

Sometimes in life you have to slow down to speed up—to reflect on and learn from what got you to where you are today, while continuing to make your mark on the future. Join this powerhouse of female staffing leaders as they reflect on what they’ve learned along their journey to the c-suite—including personal stories of overcoming fear, recovering from failure, and turning around any signs of self-doubt. Expect real talk from these pioneers, risk takers, and personal brand evangelists who will leave you feeling inspired to be your own No. 1 career champion, prioritize life goals, and find ways to rise up in the next generation of staffing industry leaders.