Conference Agenda

March 6, 2019


8:30 – 9:00 am

Conference Check-in


9:00 – 9:25 am

Welcome Message and Presentation of Awards

Kristy MeinzerKristy leads projects focused on results-driven writing and content optimization, with a specialty in ecommerce content. Kristy joined VMLY& in 2012 when it was Rockfish, and has worked with many clients including Unilever, Office Depot, Bayer Animal Health, Pfizer, Sam’s Club and Dr Pepper Snapple Group on projects ranging from ecommerce content development, to long-form article writing, to social media strategy and community management. Kristy is also the local advisory board member for the VMLY& Foundation, an employee-funded and employee-led 501(c)(3) organization which supports charitable causes important to VMLY& employees through financial contributions, volunteerism and pro bono work.


9:25 – 9:30 am

Break


9:30 – 10:45 am

Keynote Speaker


Sophisticated Leadership – Performing with Purpose & Passion

Merrissa PiresExperience at Reckitt Benckiser

January 2018 – Present
Area HR Director NA Health
Location: Parsippany, NJ

 

February 2017 – December 2017
HR Director, IFCN
Location: Chicago

  

August 2016 – February 2017
HR Director, Global R&D
Location: Slough, UK

 

January 2014 – July 2016
Sr. HRBP, Sales
Location: Parsippany

 

June 2012 – December 2013
HR Manager, R&D, Regulatory, & Supply
Location: Montvale, NJ & Fort Worth, TX

 

May 2010 – May 2012
HR Manager, Brandon Supply Team
Location: Brandon, MS

 

March 2009– May 2010
HR Generalist

Location: Parsippany, NJ

 

June 2006 – March 2009
Communications Specialist
Location: Parsippany, NJ

 

Too often women’s leadership is stereotyped into a forced definition, a gender construct that can be limiting in the definition itself. Terms like soft, aggressive, and overpowering, can be used to identify a female professional and distort a professional’s true performance.

This thought-provoking session on leadership style specifically is geared towards women, focused on 6 Key P’s: Performance, Persuasion, Purpose, Passion, Presence, and Perception.

Built as an interactive session, we will bust conventional bias, explore positive leadership perception, and celebrate Sophisticated Leadership through a female lens.


10:45 – 11:00 am

Break


11:00 am – 12:45 pm

Hands-on Workshops & Lunch (choose either Group A or Group B)


Workshop A and Working Lunch

Discover Your Purpose
Presenter: Emi Cardarelli, Director Club Sales and Sustainability at Unilever

After discussing the "What?" and "Why?" of purpose, you will breakout into small groups to do some purpose discovery, define your own individual purpose statement and learn how to move from purpose to impact. 


Workshop B and Working Lunch

Discover the Impact of Storytelling in the Workplace
Presenter: Shannon Petersen, Director of Human Resources at Hilti

Understand the power of storytelling and how to use it to connect with co-workers, customers, and supervisors.


12:45 – 1:00 pm

Break & Selfie Challenge

Take a break and participate in our #WomenintheWorkforce Selfie Challenge to enter a drawing


1:00 – 2:30 pm

Panel Discussion

Important Dimensions of Workplace Diversity

Moderator: Silvia Siqueria, MBA,  Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Hilti

Presenters: 

  • Kevin Frazier, Leader Global Culture Diversity and Inclusion Strategy at Walmart
  • Jennifer McCloskey Quezada, Board of Directors, Member at Large and D&I Chair, Junior League of Northwest Arkansas
  • Lauren Spear, VP Retail Sales, Anchor Hocking, The Oneida Group
  • Sarah VanDolah, D&I Leader for P&G Walmart Customer Team 

2:30 – 3:00 pm

Wrap-up Message & #WomenintheWorkforce Selfie Challenge Drawing

Kristy MeinzerKristy leads projects focused on results-driven writing and content optimization, with a specialty in ecommerce content. Kristy joined VMLY& in 2012 when it was Rockfish, and has worked with many clients including Unilever, Office Depot, Bayer Animal Health, Pfizer, Sam’s Club and Dr Pepper Snapple Group on projects ranging from ecommerce content development, to long-form article writing, to social media strategy and community management. Kristy is also the local advisory board member for the VMLY& Foundation, an employee-funded and employee-led 501(c)(3) organization which supports charitable causes important to VMLY& employees through financial contributions, volunteerism and pro bono work.