General Sessions

Thursday, September 27

6:15 am — 7:15 am
East Tower Lobby

Fuel up with a light grab-and-go breakfast and join your peers for a brisk guided walk on the Chicago Riverwalk, a 1.25-mile pedestrian stretch along the south bank of the Chicago River. Meet in the lobby at 6:15 am for check in. Walk begins at sunrise, 6:43 am. Hosted by NEW Chicago.

Sign up online before September 26.

8:15 am — 8:30 am
Grand Ballroom

NEW Chair Lisa Walsh of Truco Enterprises opens Day 2 of the NEW Summit with a call to action.  

NEW Board Chair Lisa Walsh, CEO, Truco Enterprises
8:30 am — 9:15 am
Grand Ballroom
Opening keynote

Women are told we're poor investors, need more education and just can't deal with risk. The result? The “gender money gap” just keeps growing. Best-selling author Sallie Krawcheck – former CEO of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and expert on women’s empowerment — will tackle female financial myths and show you how to take control of your money and achieve your life goals.

Sallie Krawcheck, Co-Founder and CEO, Ellevest
1:15 pm — 2:15 pm
Grand Ballroom

Four dynamic women executives, whose respective research and education organizations touch tens of thousands of leaders, come together for the first time to discuss the current state of gender parity in business. What new information is available about existing barriers to progress? How can women take their destinies into their own hands? And how can learning organizations multiply their efforts by working together to amplify women’s contributions everywhere? Join us for a candid conversation about how transparency, courage and collaboration can change the gender dynamic in corporate America and beyond. 

Sarah Alter, President and CEO, Network of Executive Women
Moderator Tara Jaye Frank, President and CEO, TJF Career Modeling LLC
Hattie Hill, President and CEO, Women’s Foodservice Forum
Leslie Sarasin, President and CEO, Food Marketing Institute
Emily Troiano, Vice President, Information Center and Program Director, CatalystX
4:00 pm — 5:00 pm
Grand Ballroom

In this special session, self-made media mogul Nely Galán will share ways to cultivate a “self-made mindset” and open your eyes to the opportunities to become rich in every way  while staying true to your personal values, culture and core beliefs.

Nely Galán, Independent Media Producer, Women's Advocate

Friday, September 28

8:15 am — 8:30 am
Grand Ballroom

NEW President  and CEO Sarah Alter kicks off the final day of the NEW Summit.

Sarah Alter, President and CEO, Network of Executive Women
8:30 am — 9:15 am
Grand Ballroom
Special keynote

Carla Harris, vice chairman of Morgan Stanley, author of Expect to Win and gospel recording artist, and will present her signature “Carla’s Pearls” to show you how to maximize your success as a leader. She’ll explore the crucial difference between performance currency and relationship currency, discuss how to manage and create change, and show you how to be an impactful and influential leader while being true to yourself.

Carla Harris, Vice Chairman, Managing Director, Senior Client Advisor, Morgan Stanley
9:15 am — 9:30 am
Grand Ballroom
Amy Alt, Associate Sales Director, Beauty, Health and Grooming, Procter & Gamble
9:30 am — 9:45 am
Grand Ballroom

Being a CEO in today’s business climate takes vision, wisdom and grit. Mia Mends’ leadership journey started when she was a child and has been marked by great trials and even greater triumphs. Be inspired as Mends shares how the love of family sustains her and how her beliefs and values have shaped her leadership philosophy and amplified her success.

Mia Mends, CEO, Benefits and Rewards Services/Inspirus, Sodexo
9:45 am — 10:00 am
Grand Ballroom

Learn about the challenges and rewards of leading an impact-driven, values-based organization that wants to make a difference in the world from the CEO of The Honest Company.

 

Nick Vlahos, CEO, The Honest Company
10:15 am — 11:00 am
Grand Ballroom
Closing keynote

Author Simon T. Bailey is a former Fortune 500 executive and one of America’s top 10 speakers on change and leadership. In this powerful closing address, he’ll explain how you can stay relevant and amplify your impact through massive upheavals in the workplace, marketplace, technology and society. You’ll learn core principles for acquiring a visionary mindset and strategies to become a leader for the future. You will be challenged — and inspired — to use your voice, achieve your vision and leave a lasting impact.

Simon T. Bailey, CEO, Simon T. Bailey International
11:00 am — 11:15 am
Grand Ballroom

NEW President & CEO Sarah Alter brings NEW Leadership Summit 2018 to a close with a call to action.

Sarah Alter, President and CEO, Network of Executive Women