Conference Agenda

March 6, 2019


8:30 – 9:00 am

Conference Check-in


9:00 – 9:25 am

Welcome Message and Presentation of Awards

Lisa BridgersLisa assumed the role of Regional Director of Human Resources for VML when VML and Rockfish merged in 2017. Prior to VML, Lisa was Chief People Officer at Rockfish. She has also served in talent acquisition and HR roles for Saatchi & Saatchi X, Robert Half International, and ran a successful consulting business in Portland, Oregon and San Francisco, California. Lisa is a member of the executive advisory committee for the Women’s Empowerment Initiative and a frequent speaker at human resources and talent acquisition conferences. She holds a BA in Communications from Arkansas Tech University and is an active volunteer in her community.


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 Sinthia

Presenters: 

  • Kevin Frazier, Leader Global Culture Diversity and Inclusion Strategy at Walmart
  • Lauren Spear, VP Retail Sales, Anchor Hocking, The Oneida Group
  • More panelists to be announced

2:30 – 3:00 pm

Wrap-up Message & #WomenintheWorkforce Selfie Challenge Drawing

Lisa BridgersLisa assumed the role of Regional Director of Human Resources for VML when VML and Rockfish merged in 2017. Prior to VML, Lisa was Chief People Officer at Rockfish. She has also served in talent acquisition and HR roles for Saatchi & Saatchi X, Robert Half International, and ran a successful consulting business in Portland, Oregon and San Francisco, California. Lisa is a member of the executive advisory committee for the Women’s Empowerment Initiative and a frequent speaker at human resources and talent acquisition conferences. She holds a BA in Communications from Arkansas Tech University and is an active volunteer in her community.