• June 2013

Did You Miss the Professional BusinessWomen of CA Conference?

Special Report: Professional BusinessWomen of CA Conference

The Inkandescent Radio Network was proud to cover PBWC’s 2013 conference on The Next Generation: unlocking the full potential of women in the workplace.

The May 23 event, featuring Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, helped the 4,000 attendees push past boundaries to achieve 50/50 representation at all levels, across all industries.

We had the opportunity to interview more than a dozens of the speakers and presenters, and invite you to take a listen to their insights and ideas on how you can master the art of leaning in.


Learn what inspired US Congresswoman Jackie Speier to found Professional BusinessWomen of California (PBWC) in 1989, how she survived a near fatal gunshot wound and losing her husband in a car accident, why she got into politics, how she endured losing several political races, what her words of wisdom are for other women, and what this inspiring politician has planned for the future. Click here to listen.

At 81 years young, Truly Amazing Woman Rita Moreno remains one of the busiest stars in show business. She just penned her first book, “Rita Moreno: A Memoir,” starred in the premier of “Life Without Make-Up,” and appears as Fran Drescher’s mother in TVLand’s “Happily Divorced.” Needless to say, it was an incredible pleasure to interview this Hollywood celeb who talked about how her new book helped her vanquish some childhood demons, her relationship with Natalie Wood and the crew of West Side Story, and how she broke down cultural barriers against Hispanics in show biz. Don’t miss it.

PBWC Program Director Dale Pfeifer is an innovator and entrepreneur in her own right who designs, launches and run programs and networks. She have worked extensively with foundations and non-profits in Washington DC, New York and San Francisco to help them find their purpose and deliver cutting-edge programmes and communications strategies. In our podcast interview, Dale shares her favorite moments from the conference, her thoughts on the power and importance of Leaning In, and talks about her views on the future of women in the workforce, and the critical need for gender equity. And, this Aussie gives us insight into her powerful, burgeoning career.

Futurist Nick Jankel is the founder of the cutting-edge futures firm, WeCreate Worldwide. A company that’s focused on designing, building, and supporting ethical, social, and sustainable projects at the vital intersection between creativity, compassion, and the collective good. In our interview, Jankel tells us what WeCreate has done to inspire employees at companies ranging from Disney to Diageo and from Microsoft to Wal-Mart, the secrets of how to create ethical and creative leadership development programs, and why it’s critical to a company’s survival.

Thunderbird Professor and GLOBE author Mansour Javidan is a Garvin Distinguished Professor and founding director of the Najafi Global Mindset Institute at Thunderbird University. The former dean of Research at Thunderbird School of Global Management is a multiple award-winning executive educator and author has an interest in teaching and research that span the globe. Any business leader will want to hear his description of his GLOBE project, how he uses his work to help the worlds leaders gain a greater cultural insight through his position at the United Nations, the future of collaboration—and how his research is making an impact, and why the rise of women will play out in a global manner.

Financial Advisor Aubry Holt has spent the last 17 years in the financial services industry working with banking, investment, and insurance institutions. Every day Holt consults individuals, couples, and businesses, making sure there is a plan in place for their financial future. Her determination and passion around helping women achieve their financial goals, and protecting them against the unexpected, stems from personal experience when her sister suffered from a traumatic brain injury at the age of 36. In our podcast interview, she explains the importance of being properly insured, why women don’t tend to prepare for the future—and how they can reverse that behavior—and, she gives listeners insight into the masculine financial services industry, and how that power structure is shifting.

Co-authors of Getting to 50-50, Sharon Meers and Joanna Strober explain how men and women can find common ground and success together—so women can enjoy full careers and men can enjoy full parenthood. Their breakthrough book launched on the “Today” show in 2009 and has been featured in many publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Fortune. In our podcast interview, you’ll learn about their research, findings, and how they are great examples of how to live 50-50 lives.

Debby Carreau is the founder and CEO of Inspired HR, and a Lean In Circle Champion. For more than two decades, she has been helping teams deliver superior business results by making strategic decisions about human capital. In our podcast interview, Debby talks about how what Lean In Circles are, and how they have helped her, how more women are joining the movement, and why that’s so important, how she built her multi-million-dollar business, and much more!

Last but not least, Hope Katz Gibbs leads a session in How To Supersize Your Small Business, when she interviewed Kristine Carlson, co-founder of the Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff series, and Bonnie Harvey, co-founder of Barefoot Wine. What does it mean to super-size? The “Don’t Sweat” series has sold millions of copies, and Barefoot sold to E. & J. Gallo for millions of dollars. These entrepreneurial phenoms will tell you how it’s not just possible—but likely—to follow in their footsteps. Click here to read all about it.

And click here to listen to our entire Special Report on the Professional BusinessWomen of California Conference.

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