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ABWA’S NATIONAL WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

70th Anniversary Celebration

JOIN US in Kansas City, Missouri for an action packed conference where we will empower you to know and grow your value in and outside of the workplace.  

 ABWA’s National Women’s Leadership Conference brings together acclaimed authors, lively speakers, and entertainers.  The conference offers three and a half days filled with networking, recognition, and of course breakout sessions presented by business experts who have “walked the walk” when it comes to hands on business experience.  

Women’s voices and roles in the workplace have never been more important – and powerful.  It’s time to Unleash Your Brilliance at the 70th Anniversary of the American Business Women’s Association. 

The host hotel, Harrah’s Casino and Hotel is completely sold out.  A room block with competitive rates has been set up at the SureStay Plus Best Western Hotel located at 733 Parvin Road, Kansas City, MO.  Make your room reservations at this property by calling  800-780-7234.   

RECOGNITION OF ABWA’S BEST

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2020 Top 10 Business Women of ABWA

For more than six decades, ABWA has recognized ten members annually for their professional accomplishments (career advancement and academic achievements), contributions to their community and engagement in  the American Business Women’s Association.  These women are the recipients of the coveted Top Ten Business Women award, ABWA’s highest honor bestowed on an individual member.

Every year, the Top Ten Business Women recipients are honored at the National Women’s Leadership Conference Luncheon where they share their inspirational stories of triumph over challenges. The 2020 American Business Woman will also be announced during this event.

The cost of the luncheon event is $50 and seats are limited.  Registrations for this event available through September 6.   

L’eggs®, a HanesBrand, is the proud sponsor of the 2020 Top Ten Business Women of ABWA

The Best Practices Gala 

This year’s Best Practicing Chapters and Express Networks will be recognized on Friday evening, October 4, 2019 by ABWA’s Executive Director, the National Board and members alike. The Best Practices Awards Gala is a formal affair, and bling is a must for all who attend!

And as a special tribute to ABWA’s Best Practicing Leagues, the Jersey Tenors, will raise the roof with their powerful voices singing iconic classics from Queen, ABBA, Journey, Frank Sinatra, Josh Grobin, and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.   The Best Practices Gala Event is included in your conference registration

ENTERTAINMENT

Disco Dick and the Mirrorballs

Thursday Night, We’re Gonna Shake It!  

Yes, you can still wear your white disco boots! Bring them with you to the 2019 National Women’s Leadership Conference, Oct. 2-5 in Kansas City. In fact, if you want to get into the room to see our featured entertainers, Disco Dick and the Mirrorballs, you will have to wear something that hearkens back to the Disco Era! Dig into your mother’s (or your own) closet and pull out those those bell bottom pants, puffy shirts, paisley prints, disco boots, maybe even a leisure suit.

Disco Dick and the Mirrorballs have been the leading tribute band to the Disco Era in Kansas City so let’s go dancing into ABWA’s 70th Anniversary but get dressed first!  The After Party is included in your conference registration.

FEATURED SEMINARS AND PRESENTERS

For the Entrepreneur in You

Starting Your Own Business

Learn the entrepreneurial process—the approach successful entrepreneurs use to find a new business opportunity and determine its viability. Using videos, guest speakers, case studies and step-by-step presentations, the course provides a foundation to help you discover your entrepreneurial strengths, identify a solid new business opportunity and determine the resources necessary to bring that idea to market.  This course is accredited for .4 CEUs by the University of Kansas.

Presenter:  WALLACE W. MEYER, JR.  

Financing Your Own Business

This course introduces the fundamentals of accounting and finance to non-business students. To run a new business, you need to keep score. We’ll teach you how to track your business growth, how to talk the language of business to your bankers and investors, and how to make smart financial decisions.  This course is accredited for .4 CEUs by the University of Kansas.  

Presenter:  LISA J. BERGERON

Marketing Your Own Business

Understand how to plan an entrepreneurial marketing program, implement it and evaluate its performance. This includes market analysis, segmentation, the marketing mix (product, price, promotion and distribution) and marketing strategy, all within the constraints of a small new venture budget. This course is accredited for .4 CEUs by the University of Kansas.

Presenter:  CHARLOTTE R. TRITCH 

A  New Way of Thinking

Leading at the Speed of Trust 

Every interaction, project and initiative is affected positively or negatively by trust. Trust multiplies performance, but when there is a lack of trust, everything you do takes more time and costs more money. Relationships decay, projects fail, customers go to competitors and initiatives under-perform. Attend this highly interactive seminar for leaders and gain invaluable tools to increase your personal credibility and learn to practice 13 specific behaviors that increase trust. When you successfully apply these tools, you’ll be better able to manage change and lead high-performing teams that are agile, collaborative, innovative and engaged. By attending this course, you will discover how to engage your team in a completely different way and help them be more committed and accountable to results.   This seminar is presented over a 2-day period and is accredited for .8 CEUs by Franklin Covey.

Presenter:  PATRICIA LAMBERT, FRANKLIN COVEY 

The Toyota Kata Experience

Have you ever faced an incredibly difficult personal or professional challenge that really stressed you out?  The bad news is that you are not alone.  Big challenges have long created stress, anxiety and even despair in many people.  The good news is there’s a proven way to minimize the stress and anxiety from your life by deliberately practicing what is known as the “Toyota Kata” method. And learning all about the “Toyota Kata” experience is exactly what Ron Pereira will focus on during this fast paced, interactive seminar.

Presenter:  RON PEREIRA, CO-FOUNDER OF GEMBA ACADEMY

Seminars and Speakers

Be the Super Heroine of Your Own Story

Defending Against the Data Breach:  Protect You and Your Business From Spyware, Malware, Ransomware and Keyloggers

Every few seconds, someone has his or her identity stolen. Computers are hacked, wallets are stolen, credit cards are compromised, credit is ruined…and the instigators make more in a day than most of us make in a year. The fact is, the system we function under is set up to fail—and unless consumers know their options, it’s just a matter of time before they are victimized themselves.  In this session Robert will examine the clever ways thieves get your information, how to prevent scams, and the strategies you can use to protect your valuable data.

Presenter:  ROBERT SICILIANO

Be Your Own “Real Life” Superhero

The high energy, inspirational message,  “Become Your Own Superhero”, focuses on living the best version of yourself and using your own unique strengths and abilities to make a positive contribution in every aspect of your life, professional and personal.

Presenter:  SAM GLENN

Challenges and Opportunities for Women as Leaders

Women in history have made a difference! What characteristics have they shared? In this session explore the relevant theories and models of leadership, including what it takes to be an effective leader in this century. Discover the four elements of leadership and the difference between leadership and management. Design the outline of your personal leadership development plan. This course is accredited for .4 CEUs by Park University.

Presenters:

FORMER KC MAYOR, KAY BARNES

LAURIE DIPADOVA-STOCKS, Ph.D.

LINDA MOORE, Ed.D.

Leading Through Enhanced Communication Skills

Leadership is about influencing other people! Fine-tune your interpersonal talents with a focus on developing an assertive style, recognizing the differences among passivity, assertion and aggression and their impacts.  Strategies for enhancing your listening skills and other communication skills will also be highlighted.  Demonstrations, case studies, and role play will be part of this session. This course is accredited for .4 CEUs by Park University.

Presenters:

FORMER KC MAYOR, KAY BARNES

LAURIE DIPADOVA-STOCKS, Ph.D.

LINDA MOORE, Ed.D.

Erin Joy, Keynote  in Track A

Erin Joy, Keynote in Track A

 “When ‘No’ Leads to ‘Yes'”

According to research published by Harvard Business Review, women in business must substantially outperform the average professional in order to get ahead. As a result, a ‘yes’ culture has been created. Society tells us that to be seen as a true go-getter, deserving of success, we must say yes to everything that comes our way. We must prove that we’re willing, eager, and capable of doing it all.

Erin Joy draws from personal and client experiences and qualitative research to refute the dangerous ‘just say yes’ mindset and prove that there is even more power in saying ‘no.’

Sam Glenn,  General Session Keynote

Sam Glenn, General Session Keynote

“Attitude Changes Everything”

Award Winning Motivational Speaker, Author and Performance Artist and Lover of Popcorn, Sam Glenn has been a favorite at ABWA’s National and Regional Conference events for more than a decade. “Attitude Changes Everything” is Sam’s most requested keynote speech. So if you are looking for an uplifting presentation that will recharge your attitude, rekindle enthusiasm and ignite a new level of personal and professional development to your core, don’t miss Sam’s keynote, “Attitude Changes Everything” on Friday morning, October 4. Purchase your signed book after Sam’s keynote or at www.SamGlennBooks.com

ENTERTAINMENT

Edge of Illusion

Over the past decade, Reza has garnered a world-wide buzz and loyal fan base for creating signature grand-scale illusions. Reza is intriguing, engaging and captivating. He infuses state of the art production elements, masterful comedic timing, and numerous interactive and inspirational moments, allowing the audience to experience the magic first-hand.  Don’t miss Reza’s latest production, “Edge of Illusion” in the VooDoo Lounge on Wednesday, October 2. The Edge of Illusion is included in the price of your conference registration.

CONFERENCE SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS

FOR EXHIBIT AND SPONSOR DETAILS CONTACT CBELL@ABWA.ORG