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2014 Women's Leadership Conference

Event Details 



September 17-19, 2014

The Hotel Hershey
100 Hotel Road
Hershey, PA 17033

 Hotel rate $229/pp/pn

*Rate valid for reservations made on or before August 25, 2014.


Conference fee $695






Wednesday, September 17, 2014

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.                         

12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.                           
   Conference Welcome
   Opening Session: Emotional Intelligence Assessment & Workshop - Facilitator:  Laurie Maddalena

6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.                              

Thursday, September 18, 2014

6:30 a.m. to 7:15 a.m.                              
   Zumba dancing class or equivalent

8:00 8:45 a.m.                              
   Continental breakfast

9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.                            
   Keynote:  How Successful Organizations Are Encouraging Women Leaders - Liza Mundy

10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.                          
   Build Your Emerging LeadersDeLania Truly 
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.                           

1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.                              
   Own Your Journey: Past, Present and Future - Mollie Bell

3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.                              

3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.                              
   Mentoring vs Coaching - TBD

7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.                              
   Evening event

Friday, September 19, 2014

6:30 to 7:15 a.m.                                      
   Yoga or Pilates

8:00 to 8:45 a.m.                                      
   Continental breakfast

9:00 to 10:00 a.m.                                    
   Dynamic Women Panel Discussion:  Tales from the C-Suite: The Unique Challenges of Being A Woman Leader in Business
Angela Owens, Diana Dykstra, Mollie Bell (moderator) 
10:00 to 10:30 a.m.                                  

10:30 to 12:00 noon                                  
   Final Keynote:  Happy Women Live Better: 13 Ways to Trigger Your Happiness Every Day - Valorie Burton

12:00 noon to 12:15 p.m.
   Closing Comments 


Session Descriptions



Emotional Intelligence Assessment & Workshop

Emotional intelligence is the ability to perceive, control, and evaluate emotions. The most successful leaders have the ability to monitor their own feelings as well as the emotions of others and use this information to guide their thinking and actions.  Emotional intelligence has been proven to be a key indicator in human performance and development potential.

Participants in this interactive and engaging workshop will complete the EQ-i 2.0 assessment--the first scientifically validated emotional intelligence tool in the world. Each leader will receive a confidential personalized report that includes results of their emotional intelligence on 16 elements, a customized and detailed summary of each element with tailored suggestions for improvement, and an action plan and development guide. We will spend the session debriefing the assessment to give leaders a clear understanding of their current emotional intelligence as well as how they can leverage their strengths and identify areas for development to improve their emotional intelligence over time.

Organizations that have used the EQ-1 2.0 with their leadership team have reported increased performance, higher profits, improved customer satisfaction, decreased attrition rates, and a decrease in training costs.

Join us to kick off the conference with this interactive session that provide you with personal feedback and strategies for high-impact leadership.    

How Successful Organizations are Encouraging Women Leaders

How can we tap women’s full leadership potential, at a moment when doing so is more urgent than ever? Given this unprecedented degree of education and professional investment, it’s crucially important that we find ways to retain women in the workplace; promote them to leadership positions, identify their potential and ensure it is nurtured and realized. Doing so is not just fair; it’s key to innovation and economic growth.

What’s heartening to see is how the conversation has gained momentum in just the past year: Do women need to change themselves to get to the highest level, or does the workplace need to change to accommodate women? What remains to be done to get more women at the top, and what will the world look like when we get there? How different are women, really, in terms of work and leadership styles? In a lively talk that merges data, recent studies, and real-world scenarios, Liza Mundy will explore the latest news on women’s leadership and the many ways that successful organization empower women leaders.

Build Your Emerging Leaders

It’s critical for Credit Union leaders to help build the future of the movement, and that begins with our emerging leaders.  This session, facilitated by DeLania Truly, will provide a simplified roadmap to building an emerging leaders program.  Elements will include competencies, curriculum, coaches and community. 

Own Your Journey: Past, Present and Future

Your life, both personal and professional, is made of up various paths that when woven together form your personal journey. Through stories of disappointment and triumph, this candid and reflective discussion will introduce you to the theory of deeply understanding your leadership story; owning your authentic self; and, applying your knowledge to create a path for your future success.

Tales from the C-Suite: The Unique Challenges of Being a Women Leader in Business

Moderator: Mollie Bell
Panelists: Angela Owens, CEO, American Airlines FCU & Diana Dykstra, CEO, California Nevada Credit Union League

Happy Women Live Better: 13 Ways to Trigger Your Happiness Every Day

Happier people are more productive, perform better and are more engaged in their work and with customers. When organizations invest in helping employees be happier, it impacts morale and the bottom line. Women have more education, more money, and more choices than ever before. Yet, research shows we are less happy than women 40 years ago. Today, we can “have it all.” So why is happiness declining? Valorie Burton will help your audience unlock the secrets to their personal happiness allowing them to boost their joy right now, even in the midst of deadlines, children, marriage, dating and squeezing in a workout or girls’ night out. Through 13 happiness triggers, your audience will learn to:

  • Bounce back from workplace stress and adversity faster
  • Enjoy deeper satisfaction within their current role in the company
  • Balance personal and work life more effectively
  • Fight off depression, colds and other illnesses
  • Live longer!





Mollie Bell, Chief Engagement Officer, Filene Research Institute

As chief engagement officer, Mollie develops and fosters relationships while growing awareness of Filene’s research and innovation in the marketplace.  Mollie brings a wide spectrum of experience to Filene with past roles involving people leadership, strategic thinking, and get-it-done implementation. She comes to Filene from CUNA Mutual Group, where she served as vice president of the Program Management Office, a business-focused implementation function. Prior to that, she served as a consultant, secondary public school teacher, sales associate, and business owner. She earned her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and BBA from Lamar University.


Valorie Burton, Bestselling Author, Speaker, Life Coach

Dedicated to helping people get unstuck and be unstoppable in every area of life. She is the founder of The Coaching and Positive Psychology (CaPP) Institute and has served as a Certified Personal and Executive Coach to hundreds of clients in over 40 states and ten countries. For more than a decade, Valorie’s books, speaking engagements, and coaching resources have helped people: Make major life changes that are exciting and scary at the same time. Be happier and have more fun, even when life seems routine. Become strong leaders, navigate office politics, and achieve professional dreams. Navigate setbacks and disappointments in a way that makes life better, not bitter. Speak up with confidence rather than settling for less. Go to sleep at night feeling at peace about decisions. Conquer emotions that cause procrastination, emotional spending, and self-sabotage.



 Liza Mundy, Award-Winning Reporter, Bestselling Author

Liza Mundy is the New York Times bestselling author of three books, including Michelle, a biography of First Lady Michelle Obama, which was translated into 16 languages. Her new book, The Richer Sex, explores the forces behind women’s rising economic power and the way this impacts marriage, dating, sex and family life. Her book was adapted for the cover of Time magazine and inspired a flurry of media coverage. She has appeared on The Colbert Report, The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, MSNBC, CNN, C-Span, Fox News, Democracy Now, Bloggingheads TV, the Leonard Lopate Show, and National Public Radio shows including Weekend Edition, All Things Considered, the Diane Rehm Show, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Tell Me More, Talk of the Nation, On Point, and numerous other television and radio shows. A former longtime reporter for the Washington Post, she is currently director of the work and family program at the New America Foundation, she has written for Slate, Time, the Guardian, the Washington Monthly, Huffington Post, and Lingua Franca, among others, and has received fellowships from the Japan Society, the Marine Biological Laboratory, and the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.


 Laurie Maddalena, Executive Coach and Leadership Consultant with Envision Excellence

Laurie facilitates leadership development programs for managers and executives, and works with credit unions in the areas of executive and leadership coaching, management training, Myers-Briggs facilitation, and leadership assessments. Prior to establishing her business, Laurie served as Vice President of Human Resources/Organizational Development at Montgomery County Teachers FCU. Under Laurie’s leadership, MCT was awarded the “Excellent Place to Work” designation by the Maryland Work~Life Alliance for seven years in a row.




 DeLania Truly, Regional Sales Vice President, CUNA Mutual Group

DeLania Truly is currently a regional sales vice president for CUNA Mutual Group, and has helped to develop several emerging leaders programs in her career.  She is also an experienced mentor and coach for current and future leaders.   



Conference fee:  $695

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