6:00-9:00 PM Michigan History Museum
Opening Reception and Strolling Dinner
Unleash the Power
What principles have guided Congresswoman Dingell in her more than 30-year career as president of the General Motors Foundation, as a long time advocate for women and children and, now, as a member of Congress? Learn to unleash the power of relationship building and coming together as women to ignite global – and local – change.U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell
7:00-11:30 AM Lansing Center
7:30-8:00 AM Exhibit Hall A
8:00-8:20 AM Exhibit Hall A
Baby boomers started it. Gen Xers built it. Millennials are embracing it. Women today are making history by changing the practice of leadership. Learn how women are reaching out across the globe for a long-sought, hard-fought balance in the voices of leadership.Martha Mayhood Mertz, Founder
8:20-8:45 AM Exhibit Hall A
8:50-9:15 AM Exhibit Hall A
The most important discovery during ATHENA’S past 35 years is learning how women lead. Now our task is to recognize, practice and honor the leadership strengths drawn from women – and create the leaders of tomorrow.Sen. Debbie Stabenow
9:40-10:30 AM Ballrooms 1-8
Breakout Session A
ATHENA Powerlink Program
Jan Davies McDermott
Financial Empowerment for Women
LEARN the latest intelligence on women and money. CELEBRATE women’s natural abilities and unique challenges regarding financial planning. ACT on steps you can implement immediately to strengthen your personal finances and not outlive your money.
Grow Your Leadership Team
To create the best team, you first need to find the courage to know yourself and foster an environment where your teammates can thrive. How can we be leaders who care, believe in ourselves and are committed to building up our organization and those around us?Jacqueline Taylor, Ph.D.
Advocate Fiercely for Others
When life gets overwhelming and it feels like there’s no way out, there’s always hope. Learn how faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible. Raja Marhaba shares the trials, tribulations and sacrifices her family endured while fighting for special education services for her son. Dr. Lewis Jones, a breast health expert, will share the importance of advocating for others through education.Raja Marhaba
10:50-11:40 AM Ballrooms 1-8
Breakout Session B
Shaping the Next Generation of Leaders
We know millennial women value inspirational messages, trusting relationships and brands that allow them to connect with each other. But what’s the best way to empower them to become the leaders of tomorrow? Join us to learn how ATHENA Connections focuses on collegiate women and ATHENA NextGen is helping young career women develop their unique leadership potential.
Defeating Self-Doubt: Finding the Courage to Get Out of Your Own Way
Self-doubt is an insidious and, many times, invisible barrier to achieving our full potential. Learn how we can overcome those haunting doubts and find the courage to take action in the face of fear. With strength, grit and optimism, you can move from where you are to where you want to be. Courage truly is taking a jump – and there’s no time like the present!
Col. Liesl R. Carter
Shape the World by Changing Work Culture
We all know that dynamic and effective work cultures attract and retain the best of the best. But how do we shape that culture and nurture women leaders? Learn how to create an environment that fosters work-life fulfillment, opportunity and growth for all of us.
|Tracy Brower, Ph.D.
Building Relationships to Become Better Leaders
Collaboration is the key to growing a successful organization. Jennifer Maxson consults with leadership teams across the country, helping them build relationships to achieve effective governance. But how do we work our way up the ladder in a nontraditional environment? Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, the first female director of the Michigan State Police, discusses how she built relationships in the face of skepticism – and how those challenges continue driving her today.
|Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue
Noon-1:30 PM Exhibit Hall A
1:45-2:35 PM Exhibit Hall A
The horrific epidemic of human trafficking is all too real, yet invisible to most of us. How can we as individuals and businesses detect sex and labor slavery and avoid being a victim – or accomplice – to this abominable crime? Learn how corporations can preserve their reputations, prepare for increasing anti-slavery regulations, and adopt best practices to combat human trafficking.Laurel Bellows
4:00-6:00 PM Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum
Tour and Refreshments (Optional)
6:00-10:00 PM Home of Stella* and Jerry Cash
7:00-8:00 AM Exhibit Hall A
How can the power of collective thinking translate into the creation of inclusive, thriving communities? Partnerships with organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce can be a key to successful economic development.
Discussion between Lansing, MI (USA), Shanghai, China and Monterrey, Mexico on the ATHENA Leadership Model with a short description by facilitators then breakout into groups for discussion and perspectives on each principle.
Join us for this high-energy, engaging session offering a range of perspectives on women and entrepreneurship. How do we overcome the inherent challenges women face in the workplace and capitalize on our successes?
| Nguyen Cam Nhung, Ph.D.
Yoky Yu Ida Odinga, Ph.D.
9:40-10:30 AM Ballrooms 1-8
Breakout Session C
Communicate with Style
Learn innovative branding techniques to communicate your character and commitment to others. By developing an authentic and unique brand voice – and implementing this brand position across multiple media platforms including print, web, social media and app design – we create a powerful, recognizable connection to the world.
|Wayne Baker, Ph.D.
Impact Your Community
Leaving a legacy is not something you necessarily plan and mark off a list. Leaving a legacy is thinking about your personal mission statement, what you’re passionate about and how it will change your community. Whether it’s entrepreneurism, women’s safety or empowerment of young women, a legacy is being built with all of the efforts that are put forth. The legacy will be felt for generations to come.
|Nguyen Bich Ha|
Living Your Best Life
Do you dream of waking up feeling completely rested, lean and toned, mentally sharp, prescription-free and excited about your day – even before your first cup of coffee? Achieving that dream is easier than you think. Learn how to maximize your energy and start living your best life.
|Susan Maples, D.D.S.|
Serve the Greater Good
If we want a new generation of capable leaders, then it’s up to each of us to help mold them. Learn some of the best techniques for equipping young women with the skills they’ll need to succeed in business – and change the world.
11:30 AM-1:00 PM Exhibit Hall A
Igniting Your Passion to be a Leader