The Boundless Women Confab

Nov 03, 2021 8:00AM—6:00PM

Cost 25.00

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Session 1 from 10:00 – 11:00
How to Overcome Imposter Syndrome: (Lisa Garcia, WMU). Imposter syndrome is defined as a collection of feelings of inadequacy that persist despite evident success. High achieving people often suffer from this syndrome, and researchers have linked it with perfectionism, especially in women. This session will explore women and imposter syndrome in depth and discuss ways to manage and move beyond it.

Speaking Socialese: How to Understand the Language & Fundamentals of Social Media: (Lonna Hardin, LYS Group). This workshop focuses on the dynamics of social media and why it’s a must have in every marketing arsenal. This session will cover strategies, tools, and hacks for managing social media whether your organization is large or small. It will also cover the 4 basic social media marketing skills you must master online.

Break from 11:00 – 11:15

Session 2 from 11:15 – 12:15
Building A Culture Of Innovation: (Dann & Tara Sytsma, Improv Effects) This session explores ways that talent developers can draw creativity and innovation from their teams. We will share ways to create a supportive environment and lead with, “Yes, and. . .” to provoke enthusiasm and prevent conflict. The workshop is interactive, fun and provides great take-aways that can be implemented immediately for positive results.

Conflict Management – Strategies to Bring the Workplace Together: (Chelsie Fall, Chelsea Fall & Associates). While having diverse perspectives on your team can be an asset, it also, inevitably, leads to occasional conflict. As leaders, when we are equipped with the proper tools, we learn to harness these natural disagreements as opportunities to identify the underlying meaning behind the dispute and confidently navigate a solution. Encouraging healthy conflict in the workplace establishes an environment that is cohesive and sparks innovation leading to achieving desired results.

Lunch from 12:15 – 1:30  Jules Pieri, Founder, CEO, Investor, Author, and Board Member of XFactor Ventures will speak on “Building Powerful Products: Lessons Learned.” ( As the founder of The Grommet, a marketplace for “maker” products, Jules Pieri helped guide over 3,000 products along their journey. It’s no wonder she’s such a rich resource for entrepreneurs just starting out. This daughter of Detroit will share her insights over lunch.

Financial Feminism — How a Financial Education is a Woman’s Best Form of Protest:
You don’t need to be “empowered.” You need a plan. In this keynote, nationally-recognized money expert Tori Dunlap gives you actionable strategies to save money, pay off debt, and invest — and how building financial stability is the best way to fight the patriarchy.

Session 3 from 1:45 – 2:45
Gender Bias: Navigating the Gender Labyrinth of Bias: (Cheryl Dickson, WMed, and Demarra West, Change Agent Consulting) This session will include an interactive discussion of bias, what it is, and how it surfaces in ourselves as well as others -specific to gender, while also including any intersections such as ethnic background, religious , sexual orientation and other areas. Participants will be able to examine bias, understand the barriers women have had to face in the work place environment as well as the challenges posed for advancement, and have the opportunity to discuss recommendations for meeting those challenges for strategies for success

What is Business Causal, Anyway? Navigating the Dress Code—Official and Implied: (Kelly Duggan, Kelly Duggan Image Consulting). In this workshop not only will you learn a strategy to position yourself for success, you will have a plan to carry it out with. Join Kelly to grow an influential impression, create opportunity to attract more prospects, gain rapport and achieve more professionally and personally.

Break from 2:45 – 3:00

Session 4 from 3:00 – 4:00
Networking for Introverts (Jules Pieri, Founder, CEO, Investor, Author, Board Member XFactor Ventures). Building a strong professional network is the most important skill to learn in building your career. If you play to your own strengths, anyone can do this. Knowing a few best practices and insider tips can make all the difference to overcoming dread or insecurity about networking—this talk will put you firmly on the path to mastery and confidence.

The Hire Effect: How to Make a Great Hire Every Time: (Miche Rayment, The Hire Effect) Do you struggle with hiring? Have you suffered through a “mis-hire” or two? If so, this workshop is for you. Let Miche Rayment show you the importance of hiring for culture as well as skill. You will learn some simple techniques to take the suffering out of the hiring process so you can hire the people who truly fit your company culture.

Gala Celebration of 20 Notable Business Women (4:00 – 6:00 PM)

20 Notable Business Women: The Boundless Women Confab is pleased to honor 20 notable business women from the Kalamazoo area. Each individual women recognized today was selected by the organizing committee for unique reasons. Join us in celebrating this diverse group of amazing business women. As an added bonus, Jules Pieri will be available to sign your copy of How We Make Stuff Now, which will be provided free to all on-site participants.

Keynote speaker from 4:45 – 5:30 PM. There Is No Silver Bullet. The inspirational keynote speaker is Carolyn Yarina, CEO & Co-Founder of Sisu Global Health ( Carolyn (Forbes 30 under 30) co-founded Sisu Global in 2014 to change the way medical devices are designed and commercialized for emerging markets. After founding two companies (one while in college at U of M), raising over $3M of investment financing, and scaling a global company, Carolyn will share what it takes to create success. What she has learned, and would like to share with each of you, is that there is no silver bullet when you are building a new company. What it takes is a willingness to adapt but a stubborn unwillingness to give up.

Cost: $25 per person (full-day) or $10 (gala celebration only). Both tickets include on-site parking.