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    Aiming High Symposium

    In-person, Washington DC
    May 7 | 9.30am – 4.30pm ET

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    Aiming High Symposium

    In-person, Washington DC | May 7 | 9.30am – 4.30pm ET

    Immerse yourself in a full-day experience at the WILD Network’s Aiming High Leadership Symposium, designed for current leaders and future trailblazers in the greater Washington DC and mid-Atlantic region.

    Through an interactive and immersive experience, uncover valuable leadership insights on navigating potential obstacles on your path towards impactful leadership.

    This event is designed for people looking to unlock their leadership potential and foster a culture of inclusive leadership within their organizations.

    Leave with actionable leadership skills and insights and an expanded network of friends and colleagues to navigate today’s complex landscape.

    Join executive, mid- and early – career professionals as well as social entrepreneurs and other change-makers from 60+ leading global development, humanitarian organizations, domestic organizations, executive search firms and others! 

    This event is an unique opportunity to engage, learn, and grow as leaders.

    Key highlights:

    • Insights for career and leadership development
    • In-person networking with fellow leaders
    • Interactive sessions with actionable take-aways

    Space is limited so buy your ticket early!

    Buy your in-person ticket

    Interested in attending our virtual Forum (May 8-9) as well? Purchase a combo ticket, here.

    PROGRAM

    07may9:00 am9:30 amCoffee & Networking9:00 am - 9:30 am(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    Time

    (Tuesday) 9:00 am - 9:30 am(GMT-04:00)

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    07may9:30 am9:45 amAiming High Symposium: Kick off9:30 am - 9:45 am(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    Time

    (Tuesday) 9:30 am - 9:45 am(GMT-04:00)

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    Speakers for this event

    • Catherine Johnston

      Catherine Johnston

      Senior Advisor for Inclusion

      The WILD Network

      Senior Advisor for Inclusion

    • Taryn Wapples

      Taryn Wapples

        Taryn Wapples has extensive experience designing and facilitating learning events and virtual programs to up-skill the wide range of development needs of the emerging people leader to experienced Senior Leader and Executive.

        Taryn joined PayPal in 2021 to serve as the Learning Strategist for Global Talent Development. She led the redesign of signature management programs and the launch of an advanced program for an underserved management segment. She was responsible for shaping, designing and implementing the firm’s first tiered coaching program to develop the future VP pipeline. Her remit was expanded to include Executive Development where her team was responsible for redefining and marketing the firm’s newly adopted leadership principles. Additionally, she worked to provide structure and governance to oversee the firm’s $3.6 million coaching investment in top talent.

        Prior, Taryn spent 14 years at JPMorgan Chase in a variety of HR talent roles. In her last role, she and her team built JPMC’s first firm-wide suite of leadership development programs focused on the needs of 40K global managers impacting over 250K employees. She also worked with functional leaders as resident Faculty Member for the MetroTech Campus housing 10K employees.

        She recently ran her first half marathon and enjoys skiing. She currently resides in northern New Jersey with her husband and 2 children, Zaire and Lyrrah.

      07may9:45 am10:30 amThe mindful manager9:45 am - 10:30 am(GMT-04:00) View in my time

      Time

      (Tuesday) 9:45 am - 10:30 am(GMT-04:00)

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      Speakers for this event

      • Tiffany Teng

        Tiffany Teng

        Leadership Instructor

        Tiffany Teng

        Leadership Instructor

      07may10:30 am11:05 amBreak10:30 am - 11:05 am(GMT-04:00) View in my time

      Time

      (Tuesday) 10:30 am - 11:05 am(GMT-04:00)

      View in my time

      07may11:15 am12:30 pmKeynote - In your power: React less, regain control, raise others11:15 am - 12:30 pm(GMT-04:00) View in my time

      Time

      (Tuesday) 11:15 am - 12:30 pm(GMT-04:00)

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      Speakers for this event

      • Sharon Melnick, PhD

        Sharon Melnick, PhD

        Women's Leadership Expert

          Sharon Melnick, PhD is a world authority on stress resilience and women’s leadership. A former researcher at Harvard Medical School, her speeches have created buzz with at Fortune 500 companies and conferences around the world (including the UN). She is the author of Success under Stress: Powerful Tools to Stay Calm, Confident, and Productive when the Pressure’s On, and the ‘go to’ executive coach for women who want to create a next level opportunity.

          Women's Leadership Expert

        07may12:30 pm1:30 pmLunch & networking12:30 pm - 1:30 pm(GMT-04:00) View in my time

        Time

        (Tuesday) 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm(GMT-04:00)

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        07may1:40 pm2:55 pmKeynote: Overcoming hurdles to change the face of leadership1:40 pm - 2:55 pm(GMT-04:00) View in my time

        Time

        (Tuesday) 1:40 pm - 2:55 pm(GMT-04:00)

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        Speakers for this event

        • Chisom Ilogu

          Chisom Ilogu

          Analyst

          Deloitte

          Analyst

        • Damiana Astudillo

          Damiana Astudillo

          Practice Lead and Senior Director, Human and Community Development

          Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC)

            Damiana Astudillo is a mission driven, adaptive leader dedicated to excellence in public service with over 18 years of experience in program design, team leadership, change management and aligning strategies to mission delivery. She is passionate about fostering high performing teams, innovation, learning and building coalitions. Damiana currently serves as the Senior Director of the Human and Community Development Group at the Millennium Challenge Corporation leading a group that delivers services in education, health, design thinking and user experience. Damiana has also worked at the White House (2021-2022) advancing equity in services across the federal government, as a Director of Agriculture leading a global portfolio and as an Associate Director of Gender and Social Inclusion. She holds a Master’s degree in Public and International Affairs, is fluent in Spanish and French and loves seeing the world anew through the eyes of her daughter.

            Practice Lead and Senior Director, Human and Community Development

          • Jennifer McCollum

            Jennifer McCollum

            CEO

            Catalyst

            CEO

          • Stephanie LeBlanc-Godfrey

            Stephanie LeBlanc-Godfrey

            Global Head of Inclusion for ​Women of Color, Google (USA)

              Stephanie is the Global Head of Inclusion Programs for Women of Color and a Thought Leader in doubling-down on support and advocacy for caregivers globally. Prior to this role, she was a Retention Strategist, acting as a coach, advisor, and advocate for underrepresented employees to get satisfaction in their role, feel included at work and find opportunities to develop and grow.

              Leading up to this work, she co-created the State of Black Women @Google Summit and Collective, an initiative designed for black women Googlers, globally, to have dedicated space for community, conversation and connection. It has since expanded to include Latinas, Asian and Indigenous women.

              She graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology with a B.E. in Electrical Engineering. After working in infrastructure engineering at Lehman Brothers during and right after college, she transitioned to the digital media industry; spending the next 10 years, working on big data, forecasting and inventory management for media powerhouses Forbes Media, FOX News Digital and NBC News Digital.

              Outside of the Googleverse, she is an Advisory Board Member of Per Scholas, a national workforce development focused on technology careers for individuals in overlooked communities. She also serves as an advisor for a number of startups.

              Global Head of Inclusion for ​Women of Color, Google (USA)

            07may3:10 pm4:10 pmInteractive Workshop: Maximizing impact - Strategies for effective employee resource groups (ERGs)3:10 pm - 4:10 pm(GMT-04:00) View in my time

            Time

            (Tuesday) 3:10 pm - 4:10 pm(GMT-04:00)

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            Speakers for this event

            • Arielle Berghammer-Ziegler

              Arielle Berghammer-Ziegler

              Former ChemValor co-chair, Advisor, Innovation and Partnership

              Chemonics International

              Former ChemValor co-chair, Advisor, Innovation and Partnership

            • Georgina Addo

              Georgina Addo

              ChemONYX ERG Co-Chair, Program Manager

              Chemonics International

              ChemONYX ERG Co-Chair, Program Manager

            • Gwynn Pollard

              Gwynn Pollard

              Former ChemABLE Co-Chair, Process Improvement Specialist

              Chemonics International

              Former ChemABLE Co-Chair, Process Improvement Specialist

            • Rachel Marquez

              Rachel Marquez

              Founding member of Chemonics Gender Equity Network (ChemGEN),

              Chemonics International

              Founding member of Chemonics Gender Equity Network (ChemGEN),

            07may3:10 pm4:10 pmInteractive workshop: Leading gender inclusive organizational change3:10 pm - 4:10 pm(GMT-04:00) View in my time

            Time

            (Tuesday) 3:10 pm - 4:10 pm(GMT-04:00)

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            Speakers for this event

            • Alivelu Ramisetty

              Alivelu Ramisetty

              Chief Gender Justice & Inclusion Officer

              Oxfam America

                Alivelu leads Oxfam America’s Gender Justice and Inclusion portfolio and serves on the Global Partnerships and Impact Leadership Team. Working with Oxfam since 2010, Alivelu inspires and collaborates with the leadership teams of Oxfam America to define and implement gender justice and inclusion policies and systems.

                Alivelu leads and catalyzes Gender Justice and Inclusion work across thematic and functional departments, with Oxfam Country and Regional Leadership within the Oxfam confederation, and builds synergy in gender justice work across long-term development, humanitarian, and advocacy and campaigns. She leads the feminist approach work with colleagues within Oxfam America, as well as across the agency and with partners and allies, to design and deliver Oxfam’s Feminist Principles commitments.

                Alivelu leads the development of a robust and systematic approach to putting inclusion and gender justice at the heart of all of Oxfam America’s work, through long-term development. Alivelu leads in the sector on topics such as transformational leadership for women’s rights, addressing gender-based violence and Unpaid and Underpaid Care work.

                Chief Gender Justice & Inclusion Officer

              • Mara Bolis

                Mara Bolis

                Fellow, Center for International Development, Harvard Kennedy School

                Oxfam America

                  Mara Bolis is a CID Research Fellow. Mara is a seasoned leader with 25 years’ experience in economic development with a particular focus on advancing gender justice in the US and around the world. Mara has led gender mainstreaming efforts at project- and institutional- levels for private sector and nonprofit actors operating across the emerging markets. Mara was Senior Advisor at social enterprise Value for Women, Chief Strategy Officer at Marshall Plan for Moms, and Associate Director of Women’s Economic Empowerment at Oxfam America where she facilitated initiatives across Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

                  Mara has a particular interest in development finance with work experience at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, US ExIm Bank, and the Development Finance Corporation. She has been interviewed for her work by Forbes, Bloomberg, and the Washington Post, invited to speak at Skoll World Forum, the OECD, and several universities, and is the author of influential articles on impact investing, social impact, and women’s empowerment.

                  Mara has an MBA from Johns Hopkins University, a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown, and a BA from Barnard College. Mara’s fellowship will focus on supporting students and/or teachers –particularly in disciplines typically considered gender-neutral–to integrate intersectional gender-related inquiries/evidence into their studies/teaching.

                  Fellow, Center for International Development, Harvard Kennedy School

                07may4:20 pm4:45 pmInteractive closing: What are you taking forward from today?4:20 pm - 4:45 pm(GMT-04:00) View in my time

                Time

                (Tuesday) 4:20 pm - 4:45 pm(GMT-04:00)

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                Speakers for this event

                • Fiona Macaulay

                  Fiona Macaulay

                  Founder & CEO, The WILD Network (USA/Canada)

                  Founder & CEO, The WILD Network (USA/Canada)

                07may4:45 pm5:45 pmInformal networking happy hour4:45 pm - 5:45 pm(GMT-04:00) View in my time

                Event Details

                Restaurant within walking distance from the Chemonics conference center

                Time

                (Tuesday) 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm(GMT-04:00)

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                HR Leaders’ programming

                We are also offering a breakfast for HR leaders. Learn more, and purchase your ticket here.

                Ticket options

                Space is limited for the in-person Symposium, so make sure to buy your ticket(s) early.

                May 7 | In-person
                Washington DC

                Pre-Forum:
                “Aiming High Symposium”

                USD 400pp

                Join us for an in-person day of impactful discussions and meaningful connections.

                Ticket includes in-person day, and pre and post WILD Forum virtual masterclasses

                ✔ April: Three virtual Leadership Masterclasses:

                16th: ‘Virtual connections: Strategies for everyone’

                24th: ‘How to create super mentors’

                30th: ‘Mastering the art of networking’

                ✔ May 7: In-person ticket to the Aiming High Symposium 

                ✔ June:

                04th: Virtual ‘Ideas into action’ interactive workshop: Take small steps to achieve your big goals.

                Buy your in-person ticket

                May 7 | In-person
                May 8-9 | Virtual, Global

                Combo: “Aiming High Symposium + Virtual 2024 Women’s Global Leadership Forum

                USD 895pp

                Join us on May 7, for a day of impactful discussions and meaningful connections. And May 8-9, for the virtual 2024 Women’s Global Leadership Forum.

                Ticket includes six months of leadership development opportunities

                ✔ March: Leadership attributes self-assessment

                ✔ April: Three Leadership Masterclasses:

                16th: ‘Virtual connections: Strategies for everyone’

                24th: ‘How to create super mentors’

                30th: ‘Mastering the art of networking’

                ✔ May 7th: In-person ticket to the Aiming High Symposium (Navy Yards, Washington DC)

                ✔ May 8-9: Virtual 2024 Women’s Global Leadership Forum: 40 hours of live programming offered across 25 timezones. Real time AI translated captions in 28 languages. Spanish language programming. Speakers from 40 countries.

                ✔ June:

                04th: ‘Ideas into action’ interactive workshop: Take small steps to achieve your big goals.

                ✔ July – August: Access to session recordings, and MentorMatch platform.

                Bonus! Eligibility to apply for WILD’s award-winning Global Leaders Coaching Program.

                Buy your combo ticket

                If you are part of an organization’s delegation, and have been given a discount code to claim your ticket. Please visit this page here.

                Bonus virtual Leadership masterclasses

                16apr10:00 am11:00 amMasterclass: Virtual connection: Strategies for Forum speakers and participantsHilary Blair (USA)10:00 am - 11:00 am(GMT-04:00) View in my time

                Event Details

                In this global business world virtual connection is essential whether you’re presenting a talk, running a meeting, leading a pitch, or networking. Let’s explore tools to support us showing up more fully and inspire authentic communication that builds trust and understanding.

                 

                1. Cultivate Self-Awareness: Participants will explore techniques to enhance self-awareness, enabling them to be inspired to bring themselves.
                1. Embrace Individuality: Participants will energize connection through vocal awareness and the sharing of voice.
                1. Rock the Awkward: Participants will activate techniques to show up more full present, authentic, and connected in the virtual work space.

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                Time

                (Tuesday) 10:00 am - 11:00 am(GMT-04:00)

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                Speakers for this event

                • Hilary Blair

                  Hilary Blair

                  CEO, Coach, Facilitator, ARTiculate Real & Clear (USA)

                    Hilary is a speaker and communication coach with years of experience as a professional voice over and stage actor. She has been coaching, training, and facilitating the connection to authentic presence for 35 plus years. She guides and challenges the enthusiastic and reluctant alike to communicate more powerfully.

                    CEO, Coach, Facilitator, ARTiculate Real & Clear (USA)

                  24apr10:00 am11:00 amMasterclass: How to create super mentorsEric Koester (USA)10:00 am - 11:00 am(GMT-04:00) View in my time

                  Time

                  (Wednesday) 10:00 am - 11:00 am(GMT-04:00)

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                  Speakers for this event

                  • Eric Koester

                    Eric Koester

                    Georgetown Professor & Founder of Manuscripts

                    Georgetown Professor & Founder of Manuscripts

                  30apr10:00 am11:00 amMasterclass: The art of strategic networking for leaders (in a virtual and in-person world)Stephanie LeBlanc-Godfrey (USA)10:00 am - 11:00 am(GMT-04:00) View in my time

                  Time

                  (Tuesday) 10:00 am - 11:00 am(GMT-04:00)

                  View in my time

                  Speakers for this event

                  • Stephanie LeBlanc-Godfrey

                    Stephanie LeBlanc-Godfrey

                    Global Head of Inclusion for ​Women of Color, Google (USA)

                      Stephanie is the Global Head of Inclusion Programs for Women of Color and a Thought Leader in doubling-down on support and advocacy for caregivers globally. Prior to this role, she was a Retention Strategist, acting as a coach, advisor, and advocate for underrepresented employees to get satisfaction in their role, feel included at work and find opportunities to develop and grow.

                      Leading up to this work, she co-created the State of Black Women @Google Summit and Collective, an initiative designed for black women Googlers, globally, to have dedicated space for community, conversation and connection. It has since expanded to include Latinas, Asian and Indigenous women.

                      She graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology with a B.E. in Electrical Engineering. After working in infrastructure engineering at Lehman Brothers during and right after college, she transitioned to the digital media industry; spending the next 10 years, working on big data, forecasting and inventory management for media powerhouses Forbes Media, FOX News Digital and NBC News Digital.

                      Outside of the Googleverse, she is an Advisory Board Member of Per Scholas, a national workforce development focused on technology careers for individuals in overlooked communities. She also serves as an advisor for a number of startups.

                      Global Head of Inclusion for ​Women of Color, Google (USA)

                    04jun10:00 am11:30 amMasterclass: Ideas to action - How to take small and consistent steps for personal and professional changeMorag Barrett (USA)10:00 am - 11:30 am(GMT-04:00) View in my time

                    Event Details

                    Workshop: “Idea to Action”. Inspired by a person you met or something you learned at the 2023 WILD Forum but haven’t yet taken action? Learn how to take small steps towards big goals.

                    Time

                    (Tuesday) 10:00 am - 11:30 am(GMT-04:00)

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                    Speakers for this event

                    • Morag Barrett

                      Morag Barrett

                      CEO, Skye Team (USA)

                        Morag Barrett helps leaders achieve outstanding results through the power of their professional relationships. She is an in-demand keynote speaker, executive coach, leadership expert, and bestselling author of three books: Cultivate: The Power of Winning Relationships, The Future-Proof Workplace, and You, Me, We: Why we all need a friend at work (and how to show up as one!).

                        CEO, Skye Team (USA)

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                        Our sector is changing rapidly. Conversations around the traditional balance of power are leading to seminal shifts in how decisions are made, and who gets a say. And assumptions about the way we work have shifted, creating new opportunities for emerging leaders, and requiring new skills from seasoned leaders.

                        The WILD, Women’s Global Leadership Forum equips you with the tools and inspiration to fulfill your leadership potential and be a changemaker in your arena. 

                        You’ll gain transformative insights to be more effective in the work that you do and to foster a culture of inclusive leadership within your organization and across the industry. 

                        Now, more than ever, we have a chance to lead the change – and shape the future of our sector, and our world.

                        To stay up to date with 2024 WILD Forum news, click here.

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