WXW Forum13: Now We’re Talking
Thursday, October 10, 2013
WXW’s dynamic, all-day forum for women business leaders is back! Join area businesswomen for an exciting day of workshops, panel discussions and exchange sessions.
8:00am Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:45am–11:55am Interactive Sessions
1:00pm–2:00pm Panel Discussion: Tapping into your personal power
2:15pm–4:00pm Interactive Sessions
4:00pm–5:00pm Networking Reception
A continental breakfast and delicious lunch is included. Please join us at the end of the day to catch up with the people you’ve met and share what you’ve learned during our networking reception!
Washtenaw Community College
Morris Lawrence Building
4800 East Huron River Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Panel Discussion: Tapping into Your Personal Power
Join our engaging panel of powerful women for a lively and thought-provoking discussion on how to tap into your personal power.
CEO/Owner Present Value
CEO & Founder, Kelli Gilpin International
Sex Therapist and Sexuality Educator
Director, University of Michigan Sexual Health Certificate Program
Choose from these dynamic workshops to customize your agenda:
How to toss out what you know and follow new MAPS to lasting fitness, happiness and health
Associate Director, Sport, Health, and Activity Research and Policy Center for Women and Girls
Ever wonder why you start a diet, a fitness plan, or try to lose weight but somehow never seem to stick with it? Are you tired of feeling tired all of the time? This workshop is only for women who are ready to toss out what leads to failure and take their own self-care and well-being seriously. Leading expert Dr. Michelle Segar is going to reveal the hidden reasons women don’t stay motivated to take care of themselves and their bodies and the surprising reason why it’s not their fault. She will also explain a new evidence-based solution that will help attendees learn an easy-to-use but radical new approach for lasting motivation and results!
The secrets of taking your business to the next level
Chief Entreprenuer, Beyond Startup
“The secrets of taking your business to the next level…aren’t really so secret. In this workshop, discover the secrets you need to grow your business – minus the scavenger hunt. Catherine knows first-hand the challenge of finding the keys to growth when you’re already consumed by running a business. The good news is, there is a shortcut! After years research and experimentation, Catherine has found successful entrepreneurs have a few secrets up their sleeve that are surprisingly simple. Learn a handful of practices that you can take back to the office and put to work today, including starting a one page plan as part of this workshop.”
Re-think the way you think: creativity at work
Personal and Professional Transformation Coach
“We are called to ask the question ‘What is Possible?’ As women leaders, we want to grow and evolve, to produce better products, services and relationships. This workshop is designed for anyone who wants to throw a few new tools into their toolbox on creative thinking. Through fun and thought provoking exercises, you will open the door to approaching problems in unconventional ways to improve your business and personal life. Each participant will leave with solid techniques and tools that challenge you to “re-think the way you think.”
Willpower is not enough
Strategist & Change Agent, Grace Street Group
Are you stuck in some area of your life? Does it seem you lack willpower to make a change or kick a bad habit? But suppose willpower isn’t the answer? What if there are Six Sources of Influence at work in your life—either keeping you stuck or supporting change? It’s time to escape the willpower trap and take control over the sources of influence that control you. Join me to learn ground-breaking research about willpower, understand why so many attempts to change end in frustration or utter failure, and put the actual science of change to work for you instead of against you—and start succeeding at personal and professional change.
Happy crap: is positivity at work a luxury or a necessity?
Positive Approach Coach, eko, LLC
Happiness – positivity – is nice when you have spare time and all is going well but not something you actively practice every day, no matter what. Or is it more than than that? You decide. Attend this workshop to evaluate positivity in the workplace, perform positivity practices and begin to design a positivity practice for yourself.
Mindset: choose how you see
Strategist & Change Agent, Grace Street Group
Ever wonder about the powerful role mindset plays in your life? We’re all familiar with the mindset of the glass being half full or half empty. It’s the exact same glass, but two people can see it very differently. The fact is: Some of our suffering and struggle is self-imposed. It comes not so much from the circumstances in our lives, but from our mindset. Each and every day, you can consciously choose how you want to show up in your life and in the world—regardless of external circumstances. Are you ready for a change in mindset? Join me to identify your default mindsets—and explore whether they serve you or hold you back. You’ll learn how to recalibrate and consciously choose your mindset with intention.
Tame your DRAGONS
Gordon Organization, LLC
In this session, participants will identify the Dragons and other fear-based “monsters” that are interfering with their ability to reach their goals (personal or professional). They will determine whether to tame or slay each Dragon and discover techniques to help them become their own Dragon Whisperer. Participants will leave the session with a plan to manage the Dragons they encounter in life.
Ditch the ick: selling with authenticity
CEO & Founder, Kelli Gilpin International
“Forget everything you know about selling. There’s a new and more powerful way to sell in this fast-paced world that you can actually feel good about. It’s called: Authenticity. Being authentic means dropping all the sales “formulas” you have been taught. It’s about being HUMAN and selling without selling. By learning how to ask the right questions, listen intently, and putting your clients in the drivers seat, it’s amazing what happens. Oh yeah, it’s called authentic SALES and you can master it Like a Boss!”
Things are looking good (or bad)… but why? Tracking your business metrics
Principal, Provident Accounting and CPA
As a small business owner you may understand that you need to track income and expenses to determine the health of your business. For many business owners, the number tracking stops there. Most small business owners don’t realize that, to truly get things moving in the right direction, they need to track a lot more than revenues and expenses. Business metrics are what helps any business owner make the most informed and best management decisions for their company. Everyone knows that small businesses need to keep expenses down, but sometimes in order to grow, you have to spend. If you don’t know where to spend, you could be wasting your hard earned dollars. Knowing which products are the best sellers or have the highest profit margin, which advertising sources are providing the best returns and who makes up your best customer base are just the start to developing a sustainable business.
Making difficult conversations easier
Senior Learning Specialist, University of Michigan
There are times when we should have conversations but don’t because we are uncomfortable with the topic, are afraid of how the person will react or are unsure of how to create an environment where everyone will feel able to talk freely. This workshop will give you insight into these types of conversations as well as offer several concrete ideas and skills for how to better handle them.
Referral marketing: powerful and inexpensive
Financial Service Representative
Referral Marketing can be one of the most powerful tools you have to expand your business. This workshop will take you through a step by step process to know when to ask for a referral, who to ask for a referral, and how to ask for a referral. You will tweak this process to make it fit your unique situation and with practice, build up your confidence to ask your customers for a referral the very next day.
On fire again! Navigating uncertainty to rediscover purpose and passion
Founder and Creative Director
Has a career or business that used to be satisfying lost its spark? Do you feel an insistent nudge that there’s something more you were born to do? Perhaps you feel as if you’ve lost YOURSELF somewhere along the way? When old dreams die, important things fall apart, and you lose passion in key areas of life, it can be confusing to realize that you don’t know what you want next. You find yourself in-limbo and in ‘waiting’ mode – knowing what you DON’T want, but without a compelling new dream to move toward. In this session, participants will experience a powerful model for navigating this uncertainty that gives you a sense of peace and clarity for moving forward – no matter where you are in the process. You’ll leave with renewed hope and confidence, seeing a clear path forward to discovering a new dream that’s more passionate and more fully YOU than ever.
Implement a natural process to re-discover or gain powerful clarity of lifework purpose and direction.
Renew hope, strengthen your confidence and discover the missing support and acknowledgement that’s essential for moving forward. Identify concrete next steps you can begin taking immediately. Reframe your current situation, no matter how ‘bad,’ as a launching pad for finding and creating the work and life you love. Discover how to avoid the 3 biggest pitfalls that can keep you stagnant and stuck, including the #1 mistake most people make that can stall your discovery of clear direction. Apply the single most important, and simple, principle to keep moving forward during this time of uncertainty – and it’s something you can start doing today.