Professional Women's Forum

Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Location Information:
Eden Resort & Suites
222 Eden Road
Lancaster, PA 17601
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Contact Information:
Michelle Landis
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Phone: (717) 397-3531 x172
Fax: (717) 293-3159

Online registration for this event closed on 10/2/2012

Professional Women's Forum

Whether you're making a straight stitch or stuck in a zig zag pattern while “Weaving Your Vision in an Ever Changing World,” it’s always important to get some guidance along the way. For women at all professional levels seeking insight and ideas on how to achieve new levels of success while building relationships with other growth-minded women, The Chamber’s Professional Women’s Forum is this year’s must-attend professional and leadership development event.

The Professional Women’s Forum has been approved for 4.00 (General) recertification credit hours toward  PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.

The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the program. It means that this program has met the HR Certification Institute’s criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.

The cost to attend is $125 each; $100 each for 2+ individuals from the same company and $250 for non-members.

"Franchise Your Unique Female Attributes"
featuring Representative Mauree Gingrich, 101st Legislative District

Did you know that only 22% of all statewide elective executive office positions are currently held by women? Did you know that the state legislatures are only 24% women and that only 17% of seats in Congress are held by women?(1) Don't miss your chance to hear from one woman who's helping to break the barriers and pave the way for women in any leadership position - Representative Mauree Gingrich.

Young women today are fortunate that they can work toward their aspirations earlier than the previous generations. An early dose of self-confidence is basic to success. If you are a conscious woman you bring to the table what has very seldom been there, and that is the different experiences that come from being and growing up female. Women are better prepared than ever for a role in leadership. We are educated, skilled, run successful businesses and it's time to be taken seriously as we shatter the stereotypes that live on. If there is an open seat on a leadership board in business or government, women should consider it. If you question your capabilities, just look around at the guys who will seek it without hesitation and ask yourself if he has more to offer, and then make your decision! Here's your chance to learn how to come out from behind the scenes and take center stage.

2012 Professional Women's Forum Workshops
To download a copy of the presenters' power points prior to the event, please click on the title of the workshops.

"Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders"
facilitated by Beverly Wise, vice president of corporate development, Warfel Construction   

In 2009, women held 49% of the jobs in the United States and 50% of all managerial positions(2); however, in 2010 only 2.4% of the U.S. Fortune 500 chief executives were female. A recent survey(3) of 7,280 business leaders conducted by Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman, found that women outscored men for taking initiative and driving results - which have long been thought of as male traits. It also found that companies with higher representation of women in management roles are more profitable and have higher employee productivity.

If studies indicate that women are valuable assets to organizations then why is the percentage of women leaders in the workplace minimal? Utilizing the Chief Operating Officer for Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg's, popular "Ted Talk" titled, "Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders?" we will explore, through facilitated discussion, the ways which women sabotage their careers and methods to avoid these pitfalls for yourself and other women in your organization. 

"The 5 Levels of Leadership: Proven Steps to Maximze Your Leadership Potential"
featuring Michele McHenry, president and CEO, Laser Lab, Inc. 

True leadership isn’t a matter of having a certain job or title. In fact, being chosen for a position is only the first of the five levels every effective leader achieves. To become more than “the boss” people follow only because they are required to, you have to master the ability to invest in people and inspire them. To grow further in your role, you must achieve results and build
a team that produces. You need to help people to develop their skills to become leaders in their own right. And if you have the skill and dedication, you can reach the pinnacle of leadership — where experience will allow you to extend your influence beyond your immediate reach and time for the benefit of others.

Through humor, insight and examples, McHenry describes each of these stages of leadership based on John C. Maxwell’s new book, “The 5 Levels of Leadership." She demonstrates how to master each level and rise up to the next to become a more influential, respected and successful leader. 
"The Tapestry of Authentic Leadership"
featuring Katie True, commissioner of the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs, Brenda Becker, superintendent, Hempfield School District and Aimee Urban, president/COO, Synapse Marketing Solutions

Statistics show that women earn less than men in 99% of all occupations. In virtually every field that women choose to enter, they can expect to earn less over their lifetime than their male counterparts.This means that over 47 years of full-time work, this gap amounts to an estimated loss in wages for women of $700,000 for high school graduates, $1.2 million for college grads and $2 million for professional school grads.(4) From a local perspective, in Lancaster, the average woman working full-time earns 27% less than the average man.(5) Studies have also linked greater gender diversity in senior posts with financial success. Measured as a percent of revenues, profits at Fortune 500 firms that most aggressively promoted women were 34% higher than industry medians.(6) Despite the overwhelming evidence that supports the need for women in leadership positions, women are not earning or rising to the level of leadership potential that they possess. 

Authentic leadership is a tapestry, woven together by our life experiences, values and how we express the traits inherent in being a woman. It is from this foundation that our leadership traits can be developed and utilized. Through a facilitated panel discussion, you will discover how great women lead, identify the barriers to obtaining leadership positions and steps to take to overcome them.
"Effective Communication in the Workplace: Lessons Learned from Your Favorite TV Bosses"
featuring  Theresa Mongiovi, Esquire; Angela Sanders, Esquire and Jill Laskowitz, Esquire, Blakinger, Byler & Thomas, P.C.

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) statistics reveal that the highest number of employment discrimination charges in its 45 year history were filed in the fiscal year ending on September 30, 2011.(7)  Of the 99,947 total charges filed in 2011, 4,302 were received from Pennsylvania, making this the seventh highest state in number of charges filed.(8)

HR professionals must communicate effectively to achieve the objectives of their business and to maintain peace among employees. They must also understand the legal ramifications their business could face if issues are not handled appropriately.  During this workshop, the presenters will use popular TV series and movie clips to illustrate common workplace problems and help attendees recognize issues arising from ineffective communication in the workplace. They will also discuss the legal ramifications of common communication issues in the workplace and how to communicate effectively to accomplish professional goals and avoid liability outside organizations.

"Embracing Multi-Generational Communication in the Workplace"
facilitated by Nora Weder, director of business development, Leslie Vocational Consulting

In 2010, 56.9% of the workforce was comprised of Generation X and Generation Y/Millennial as compared to 39% being baby boomers. With these numbers continuing to increase, generational differences within the workplace are becoming more apparent - with more than 60% of employers reportedly experiencing intergenerational conflict.(9)

Through an interactive process with representatives of each generation, we will look at characteristics of each generation and how to have meaningful communication with them. This workshop will present the importance of recognizing and appreciating generational differences and will provide take-away lessons in how to communicate effectively with representatives in each generation.   

"The Workplace is Changing: Handle it 'Naturally'"
featuring Kathleen King, owner/operator, The Power of Possibilities, LLC   

Change is such an everyday experience in the workplace, you think we'd be used to it. But all too often we go kicking and screaming or having to drag our highly-resistant staff into the next change. In this interactive, hands-on workshop, learn the different ways that people react to and cope with change; understand the change cycle and the phases of transition; and apply practical strategies to make change work for you, your employees and your organization.

You will also participate in an assessment where you will determine your "natural" style for dealing with change and learn coping strategies to assist others. Coping with and adapting to change is an essential survival tool in the 21st century. The more one becomes skilled with this tool, the more effective one becomes at changing the threads of one's vision to adapt to change.

"Know Yourself, Be Yourself: Using Self-Awareness to Succeed"
featuring Janet Treer, president, The Treer Group, LLC

To be an effective leader, it's been said that changing one's self on the inside will cause them to influence change in the external world of work. Self-aware leaders are conscious of their strengths, weaknesses, motivations and priorities. During this workshop, Treer will present the importance of knowing yourself and being yourself and how these two traits (self-awareness and authenticity) are consistently present in the most successful people.  Attendees will also discover how we think and make decisions, what motivates us and how we use our behaviors, as well as gain insight into Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and the value and impact of increased self-awareness and EQ on employees in the workplace and on improved results for businesses.

"Effective Branding for People Who Are Ready to Be Noticed!"
featuring Dr. Lucia C. R. Murphy, The Leadership Architect  

In today's leadership environments, competence, credibility, communication and compassion are not enough! To consistently get noticed, and to see team performance improved, you need to become very deliberate about communicating your brand. Dr. Murphy will share with attendees how consumer products get "branded," what difference that makes in the minds of your potential fans and subordinates, and how individuals can successfully use those techniques to stand out from the crowd.

"What Would You Tell Your 22-Year-Old Self?:  Accepting Failure, Growth and Change to Succeed"
featuring Jasmine Grimm, editor-in-chief Connections magazine, Nxtbook Media, LLC and Roxanne Edwards, partner, Nxtbook Media, LLC

While women have come a long way in the business community, there are still challenges that need to be overcome. Studies found that in 1950 about one in three women participated in the labor force. By 1998, nearly three of every five women of working age were in the labor force. Among women age 16 and over, the labor force participation rate was 33.9 percent in 1950, compared with 59.8 percent in 1998.(10)

The world is changing - as are women - and just because an answer, situation or leadership method seemed right in the past doesn't mean it will be tomorrow. Through various video clips, women will share their tales of how they have grown, accepted failure and developed into professional women since they were 22 years old. 

Please note The Lancaster Chamber’s Cancellation and No Show Policy:

A member must cancel an event registration no less than 48 hours before the event if attendance is not possible. If the registration was not cancelled, cancelled after the deadline or no one attended the event, it is considered to be a “no show” and payment is still required.


Meet our sponsors:

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsor

Bronze Sponsors

Blakinger Byler & Thomas, P.C.
High Companies
ITT Corporation/Industrial Process
Lancaster Toyota Mazda Scion

Supporting Sponsors

Landis Homes
Sovereign Bank


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