2020 Keynotes 

Opening Session
September 8, 2020
8:00 am - 9:00 am 
Joannie Fu
Chief of Staff, Intel Custom Logic Engineering

Beat the Queen Bee Syndrome: Turn Competition into Alliance
Queen Bee Syndrome is defined as a situation where women in positions of authority who treat female subordinates more critically than the male subordinates. This phenomenon is very much alive today - especially prevalent in male-dominated industries where higher rank women look to maintain their power to fit in a patriarchal culture by viewing other women as threats. It contributes negatively to environment affecting corporate culture and ultimately productivity/creativity/growth of the organization. In this session, Joannie will provide insights on how to identity the different types of queen bees and their true intentions/damages - validating and assessing opportunities for building alliance. She will share her observations and experiences of using practical and actionable steps to turn competition into alliance. Furthermore, to successfully build a stronger relationship, it is critically important to be confident and be worthy of sponsorship to gain the ex-queen bee’s investment in oneself. There is nothing stronger than the alliance between women and the workplace should be no exception - let’s turn the tide together to be proud in helping each other to succeed

September 10, 2020 
8:00 am - 9:00 am

Kristen Ziman
Chief, Aurora Police Department

Leading Through Crisis - Foresight During Rapidly Changing Times
Leaders need to be able to forecast the future and adapt to a rapidly changing and dynamic crisis' -- all while providing inspiration and a sunny disposition. Chief Ziman didn't check all of those boxes and her presentation chronicles the ups and downs of leading her department through a mass shooting, COVID-19, and civil unrest. She will offer a realistic overview of what to expect when the crisis' continue to unfold and how she attempted to figure it out as she went along.

Closing Session & Luncheon

September 11, 2020 
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Sarah Thomas
NFL Official

Breaking Through: My Journey to Becoming the First Female NFL Official

Sarah Thomas is a woman of many firsts – she was the first female official to ever work a major college football game, the first woman to officiate a bowl game, and the first to officiate in a Big Ten stadium. She is also the first permanent female NFL official and made post-season history during the Patriots/Chargers 2019 AFC Divisional championship by being the first woman to officiate a playoff game. Now she’s sharig essential leadership lessons from her journey to the top of a male-dominated industry and vital insights on shattering the glass ceiling in the world of professional sports that can be applied to any field or industry. As an exemplar of what’s possible if you believe, Sarah brings audiences takeaways on breaking through in your own career, from staying focused under pressure and creating change to managing work-life balance and being the best you can be.