Preliminary Program (as of July 15, 2020)


9:30 a.m.: Registration Opens
10 a.m.: General Sessions
11 a.m.: Networking Break
11:15 a.m.: General Sessions Resume
12:15 p.m.: Networking Break
12:30 p.m.: Breakout Sessions
1:30 p.m.: Networking Reception
KEYNOTE: A Technology-Informed Diversity Journey
Our Opening Keynote sits at the cross-section of civic innovation, open data, and education. Jeanne Holm, The Chief Data Officer and Mayor’s Senior Tech Advisor at the City of Los Angeles will kick off this exciting day by framing the day’s themes around tech leadership and diversity. Jeanne will share how data and analytics have informed Los Angeles’s programs and will provide practical advice on starting your own organization’s diversity and equity journey.
Jeanne Holm, Senior Tech Advisor and Chief Data Officer, City of Los Angeles
Evolving Leadership from Good to Great
This ever-changing world is challenging management assumptions and best practices at an astonishing rate. During this session, we’ll look at the skill sets needed today to manage remote teams, implement new technologies, inspire communication, and maintain a strong and supportive culture. Leaders in the entertainment industry will share how their work and approaches have evolved.
Research and Insights: Managing the Human and Business Impact of COVID-19
Consumers’ attitudes, behaviors and purchasing habits are changing during the pandemic and experts are saying that many of these changes will become the new normal. In just the past three months we’ve seen how consumers are using more digital channels than ever before to help with issues around isolation, spending more through e-commerce AND shopping more locally, and, of course, working remotely. Join this panel of research and insight specialists from studios and networks as they share new behaviors and insights from the last year.
Leveraging Neuroscience for Unbiased Leadership
How is neuroscience being used to understand and tackle bias? While many of us are used to managing stress and change in our workplace and daily lives, the layers of uncertainty and volatility the pandemic has created, have intensified the amount of stress we are all facing. Our brains are designed to handle short bursts of stress; what happens to our brains when we are in a chronic state of threat, uncertainty and fear? This session helps us understand what is happening internally, enables us to create new strategies to proactively manage the impact of chronic stress.
Driving Inclusion: Effective Strategies to Tackle Bias
Effective leaders create high-trust cultures for their organizations and teams. However, unconscious bias – automatically treating people differently depending on how much they’re like or unlike us in terms of age, experience, gender, ethnic and cultural background, and the like – is inherent in being human. In this session, we’ll discuss why unconscious bias happens, how it impacts individuals, teams, and organizations, plus what leaders can do to overcome these biases and create a work environment that values diversity and inclusion and makes the world a better place to live and work.
Leading Through COVID-19: Remote Work Now and Beyond
The COVID-19 pandemic forced companies to reassess their approach to remote work, be it expanding their established capabilities or just starting a program out of necessity. What are the needs and ramifications of this new reality, from technology to legal to culture? What will this mean for the future of remote work, even as the coronavirus pandemic abates? This session addresses remote work challenges most impacting your organization and the best practices to get people safely back to work.
The Impact of Working with Virtual Tools
Once upon a time, we’d spend a couple of hours a day bouncing between conference rooms or on video calls. Now? It’s not uncommon to switch between four different video meetings, chat, or collaboration tools over 12 hours without leaving our chair. During this session, we’ll talk about “Zoom Fatigue,” a new emotional phenomenon leaving people with exhaustion, depression, and a lack of focus, and hear from the experts on how to create a stronger, healthier, and more connected workforce.
Women Leaders and Economic Recovery
This session will explore how women are uniquely equipped to save their organizations and provide a walk-through timeline of how women are positioned to rescue their organization. Full of exciting (and empowering) case studies of women shaping their organizations, you’ll discover how to plot your own course and position yourself to be a leader in your organization’s recovery plan.
Reverse Mentoring and Equitable Workplaces
One great way to create an equitable workplace is to introduce a reverse mentoring program — where a person at the front of their career offers their perspective to more established professionals. This can open conversations around gender, age, social trends, and professional backgrounds to inspire community and a strong culture. In this session, we’ll explore ‘paying it forward’ with a unique spin and discuss how this process can create value that reaches into the organization, into its people, and into the future.
Tackling Bias (AI and human) in the Recruitment Process
AI holds the greatest promise for eliminating bias in hiring for two primary reasons. It can eliminate unconscious human bias, and it can assess the entire pipeline of candidates rather than forcing time-constrained humans to implement biased processes to shrink the pipeline from the start. We’ll hear from a panel of People Officers and Human Resource leaders in how they’re evolving their tool sets to tackle the new normal.
How to Be Your Authentic Self in the Workplace
Many of us engage in self-preservation, especially around gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation, and we manage our emotions and behaviors in the workplace. Now in the era where ‘being different’ is champanioned and mutlculutralism is supported, there’s a new mandate to let your ‘freak flag fly’. In this session, we’ll discuss how to surface and stay true to the things that make us valuable in our organizations to build optimal environments.
It’s Time to Change the Money Game
Fortune magazine recently pointed out that businesses founded by women only received 2.7% of venture capital poured into start-ups in 2019. To say that women have more of a challenge than men is a ridiculous understatement and it’s got to change. So, join this session and hear from fundraisers and venture capitalists about what can be done to raise money for organizations, start-ups, and associations.

More details coming soon!