AWE Virtual Conference 2020

September 29, 2020 - October 01, 2020

Live and interactive discussions with thought leaders, authors and experts
Expand authentic influence amid ambiguity, disruption, and unprecedented change
Emerge with strength, resilience and navigate the future with emotional agility
Be a catalyst through inclusive engagement even in a virtually connected world
Future proof your career

 

AWE Presents 2020 Virtual Conference Experience

HUMANIZING THE  NEW FUTURE OF WORK

Are You Evolution Ready?

Live and interactive discussions with thought leaders, authors and experts

Expand authentic influence amid ambiguity, disruption, and unprecedented change

Emerge with strength, resilience and navigate the future with emotional agility

Be a catalyst through inclusive engagement even in a virtually connected world

Future proof your career

Sept 29, 30, and Oct 1, 2020, 12n-4pm EST
Centered Beginning Daily Pre-Sessions – Yoga, Meditation, Cooking Demo, 11:15am EST
ALL ACCESS VIRTUAL CONFERENCE PASS
$149 – 3 Powerful Half Days
15+ hours – Watch Live + OnDemand + Membership!!

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Meet the Conference Makers

The AWE Virtual Conference Experience brings together nationally recognized thought leaders and experts from healthcare, Wall Street, global gaming, government, small business and the arts for engaging conversations that help you explore evolution ready strategies as we reimagine the future of work.

Jonathan Roberts

Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

CVS Health

Tiffany Shlain

Award winning Filmmaker, author of 24/6

Stephanie Wissink

Managing Director, Senior Research Analyst, Jefferies

Jeff Fromm

President, FutureCast, contributor, FORBES, author of The Purpose Advantage

Wendy Montgomery

Senior Vice President: Global Brand, Marketing Communication, IGT

Calandra Jarrell

Senior Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion Executive, Bank of America

Stephanie Piimauna

Director Inclusion & Diversity, Gilead Sciences

Kiara Butler

Founder + CEO, Diversity Talks

Rachael Gavin

CEO & Founder of PR(iSM) Resistance Coalition

Lisa Raiola

AWE Senior Advisor &  Small Business Specialist; founder and President of Hope & Main, Rhode Island’s premier culinary incubator.

Dr. Judson Brewer

Founder, MindSciences; Director, Research and Innovation, Mindfulness Center, Brown University

Alison Wright

Author, Speaker, National Geographic Photographer

Nina Pande

Founding Executive Director, Skills for Rhode Island’s Future

 

Tashi Chodron

Manager, Himalayan Culture Programs & Partnerships, Rubin Museum of Art; Founder, Voices of Tibet

EhShawnee Taveras

Singer, Songwriter

Mel Gorman Wegimont

Yogi, All That Matters

Robert Sturman

Award Winning Photographer, Official Artist: 47th Annual GRAMMY Awards, ’10 FIFA World Cup,  ’08 United States Olympics

 

Kevin Matta

AWE, Director of Client Engagement & Inclusion

Katy Giffault

AWE, Insight Hunter & Marketing Strategist

Join us for Inspiring & Inclusive  Conversations

This is a pivotal time in history where we are all being called to step up, speak up and lift up!

With uncertainty and disruption taking hold of 2020, it is important to continually explore the tipping points, mindsets, and evolution ready strategies as we reimagine the future of work.

We understand the pandemic, social justice and racism are at the forefront of many conversations. And, for most of us, there are many more questions than answers. At AWE we believe we are at a pivot point for change, and leaders, businesses and people are being called to step up in meaningfully ways to shape a more inclusive, diverse and equitable workplace of the future.

Equally important, is the shift in how we will work, engage and stay connected. As humans, we have never been more challenged personally and professionally. Resilience has never been more valued.

The AWE Virtual Conference connects you to thought leaders who share their perspectives, and how they are leading with purpose amid the uncertainty. Conversations explore strategies to emerge with strength, resilience, innovation, inclusion and navigate the future through human lens of leadership.

“The future of work is shifting and transforming. It is no longer about the ‘new’ normal, but creating a better, and more inclusive normal.”

Lisa Bergeron and Tejal Taro 

Co-Creators, AWE

 

Tuesday, September 29 – Emotional Agility

Navigate with resilience, presence, and purpose!

24/6 The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week
Tiffany Shlain, Award winning Filmmaker, author of 24/6
Emmy-nominated filmmaker and best-selling author, Tiffany Shlain shares her practice of  taking a ‘Tech Shabbat’ as a means to reduce dependence and distraction to screen-time. The challenges of working virtually during Covid has heightened the need to better define online and offline boundaries. Tiffany’s practice is a blueprint for creating human connection in a digital connected world. This session explores the power in ‘powering down’ for one day week as way to rebalance, reset, and reconnect. Based on neuroscience, philosophy, and psychology, Tiffany shares how to reclaim presence in a 24/7 world. Featured in The Harvard Business Review, People Magazine, and The Today Show, the practices of 24/6 offers a timely strategies to disconnect. 
Trade Enraged for Engaged
Dr. Judson Brewer, Founder, MindSciences; Director, Research and Innovation, Mindfulness Center, Brown University
We are all navigating a range of emotions. But, when survival emotions take over our mind, and body, we trigger feelings of fear, frustration, stress angry and worry. Emotions is our energy in motion, and, the more we identify and move with our emotions, the better we can navigate them. Judson Brewer MD PhD, internationally known thought leader and expert in the field of habit change and the “science of self-mastery”, explores the intersection between mindfulness, leadership, emotion regulation and behavior change. Learn how mindfulness can enhance skills of resilience and well-being that moves you from enraged to engaged.


Centered Beginnings

Live Stream Yoga Practice

11:15am-11:45am EST

Begin your day with this gentle class. Yoga helps release tension and unwind.

Stretch + Breath

Welcoming all levels

Change Agility: Leaders ReShaping the Moment
Jon Roberts, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, CVS Health
Everyone at CVS Health, from the executive level, to every employee at every level, shares a single, clear purpose: helping people on their path to better health. CVS Health has been pioneering a bold new approach to total health. But, during the Covid-19 crisis, delivering on their brand purpose has never been more important. In this session, we discuss leading change and the path forward – navigating the now, the evolving plan for recovery and the next ‘normal’. Navigating these dynamic and unpredictable challenges, starts with a leader’s “purpose driven playbook” and a commitment to take care of employees, customers and community. Jon Roberts shares how leaders can reshape this moment by rethinking approaches to risk-taking and decision making, planning amid rapid change, evolving talent, and of course, adapting to the new ways of working and leading.
“Learning to Breathe: One Woman’s Journey of Spirit and Survival”
Alison Wright, Author, Speaker, National Geographic Photographer

Alison Wright, a New York based documentary photographer, has spent a career capturing the universal human spirit through her photographs and writing. Alison has traveled to 150 countries photographing traditional cultures and people while covering issues concerning the human condition. While on assignment Alison’s life was nearly cut short during a devastating bus accident on a remote jungle road in Laos. Wright’s memoir, chronicles this inspirational story of survival and years of rehabilitation, as well as her ongoing determination to recover and continue traveling the world as an intrepid photojournalist. Alison was inspired to give back to the communities that she photographs by connecting photography and philanthropy through starting her own non-profit, Faces of Hope (www.facesofhope.org), a fund that globally helps support women and children in crisis through education and healthcare. She was recently named a National Geographic Traveler of the Year as someone who travels with a sense of passion and purpose. Join us for this compelling photo lecture discussing overcoming adversity and learning to pivot when challenges seem insurmountable.

Musical Performance
EhShawnee Taveras, Singer, Songwriter

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Wednesday, September 30 – Inclusive Engagement

Unlock potential through the power between us!


The Purpose Advantage: Doing Well AND Good
Jeff Fromm, President, FutureCast, contributor, FORBES, author of The Purpose Advantage and Stephanie Wissink, Managing Director, Senior Research Analyst, Jefferies
Jeff and Stephanie share why today’s most innovative companies see the NEW Future of Work as more inclusive and why we must hold ourselves to higher accountability with purpose that is concerned with the well-being of others, the planet, and our future. The Purpose Advantage means standing for more than your bottom line –it means operating with missions to preserve our environment, fight for social justice — a vision that is connected to purpose to make the world a better place.
The Power Between Us
Stephanie Piimauna, Director Inclusion & Diversity, Gilead Sciences
Amid the challenges and emotions surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, we also find our society at tipping point for social justice. Headlines have erupted divisive and contentious conversations among colleagues. We also know the virus has disproportionately impacting disadvantaged communities. And, when the crises are viewed through the lens of intersectionality, more layers of inequities are revealed. Employers are challenged to be sensitive and accepting of varying opinions, but need to create safe environment for mutual respect where employees feel valued by their employer and peers. Stephanie Piimauna, Diversity and Inclusion leader shares her guidance on how to be an ally and engage in thoughtful dialogue with co-workers.

Centered Beginnings

Awakening Meditation Practice

11:15am-11:45am EST

Tashi Chodron, Founder and Director of Voices of Tibet

Pause in the midst of the pandemic to calm your mind, sharpen your focus and increase your understanding of how impermanence and sudden upheaval can also offer opportunities for growth. We are excited to be giving away Sangha Peace Cushions handmade by artisans in Lagang, Tibet.

 

UnCharted Pathways: Dissolving the Inner Barrier of Unconscious Bias
Kiara Butler CEO and Founder, Diversity Talks
Rachael Gavin, CEO & Founder of PR(iSM) Resistance Coalition
Through data and storytelling, this panel discussion delves into the impact of unconscious bias in the workplace and society, how unconscious bias works, the complexity and nuance of intersectionality and bias, ways we can dissolve our inner barriers of bias, and how we can affect change in our organizations.
Photo Journey of Inclusion 
Robert Sturman, Award Winning Photographer, Official Artist: 47th Annual GRAMMY Awards, ’10 FIFA World Cup, ’08 United States Olympics
Photos tell a story – one behind the lens as seen by the artist eye, and the final image that creates an imprint and emotional connection in others. Focused on capturing the timeless grace and embodied mindfulness of yoga in his work, Robert Sturman’s portraits, whether set in the streets of Manhattan, the expansive beaches and canyons of the California coast, the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, or the bleakness of San Quentin Prison, remind us that there is beauty everywhere and in everyone. In this session, Robert shares his powerful collection of images that capture the raw emotions of the pandemic and social justice marches.

Corporate Recess Breaks

Powered by Playworks

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Thursday, October 1 – Authentic Influence

Expand your ability to lead with authenticity amid ambiguity!


Leading with Authentic Influence
Wendy Montgomery, CMO, IGT and Calandra Jarrell, SVP, Diversity & Inclusion Executive, Bank of America
Join us for a conversation on the value of leading with authentic values and actions that promote openness, transparency, and self-awareness. Our panel discusses how this leadership practice leads to stronger teams, greater accountability, and personal fulfillment.

From the New Normal to the “Better” Normal
Lisa Raiola, AWE Senior Advisor & Small Business Specialist; founder and President of Hope & Main, Rhode Island’s premier culinary incubator, will be joined by panelists (tba)
As leaders, each of us has been forced to grapple with a TUNA environment– Turbulent, Uncertain, Novel and Ambiguous– in order to find a path forward. These unavoidable pressures warp previously steady-state industries, and often lead to a quest for “the new normal.” Our default is to seek familiarity, a compelling desire for things to go back to the way they were. However, the comfortable behaviors and solutions of the past will not serve the new objectives ushered in by the novel challenges of COVID-19, social justice, nor the unrelenting requirement that businesses to become evolution ready. This session focuses on ways business leaders– incumbents and innovators alike– can leverage the radical permissions that the current climate has given us to re-frame the future. We will explore inspiring examples of local businesses and the mindset of leaders who are embracing the new next.


Centered Beginnings

Live Cooking Demo

11:15am-11:45am EST


The Open Rhode to Recovery and Renewal
Nina Pande, Founding Executive Director, Skills for Rhode Island’s Future
The crisis of Covid-19 has presented unprecedented challenges for every business, every leader, every person – to how we live, work and connect. The “Open Rhode to Recovery and Renewal” brings an onset of unforeseen challenges for leaders, economic hurdles for businesses and an entanglement of emotions and concerns for our health and safety. The path forward requires responsible, purposeful and authentic leadership to help navigate us through the current landscape and most importantly, to shape the future with optimism and possibility. We discuss approaches to leading, reframing, reassessing, pivoting and adapting to new realities, and most importantly, a vision for building a better future.

AWE Virtual Conference Experience

Connect to the human lenses of leadership, critical skills and strategies to navigate the NEW future of work.

Wicked Good News Breaks

Throughout the day enjoy

“Wicked Good News Breaks”

Powered by uplifting stories, positive vibe and inspiring ideas!

11:45am-12n
1pm-1:15pm
1:45pm-2pm
3pm-3:15pm

Sponsored by

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Experience Options

Virtual Conference All Access Pass

$149
  • 3-Day Virtual Conference Pass and 4-week access to conference recordings 
  • 1-Month Evolution Ready Trial Membership and 30 day access to monthly learning benefits (valued $75++)
  • Receive a Free Digital Copy of the Purpose Advantage (value $15)
  • Value $250

Upgrade to Virtual Conference PLUS Pass

Best Value
$149
  • 3-day Virtual Conference Pass includes unlimited access to all conference recording
  • Includes a 12-Month Evolution Readiness Membership  – pay $15  now, + $15 per month for 9 months (includes 2 months free!) – view benefits
  • Gain unlimited access to monthly Spotlight and Friday Conversations, Member Discounts, OnDemand Resources and other members services.  Learn more…
  • Free Digital Copy of the Purpose Advantage
  • Value $500++

 

 

 

 

 

15+ hours of live and on-demand conversations with leaders and experts, all recorded and available to access

Relative content helps you refocus on the human skills needed to navigate, develop and thrive in the NEW Future of Work

Participate Live – EST afternoon schedule allowing for live participation across time zones
Wicked Good Breaks, Yoga, Mediation, Cooking Demo and More!!

Experience Agenda

Day 1, Sept 29 – Emotional Agility

11:15am -12n EST

Live Stream Yoga Session, All That Matters (pre-session)

Break

12n-1pm EST

LIVE Virtual Conference, Tejal Tarro and Lisa Bergeron, AWE Co-Creators                                     

The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week with Tiffany Shlain, filmmaker and author of 24/6

1pm – 2pm EST

Wicked Good News Break

Curious Minds: Trade Enraged for Engaged with Dr. Judson Brewer, Founder, MindSciences; Director, Research and Innovation, Mindfulness Center, Brown University 

2pm – 3pm EST

Wicked Good News Break              

Change Agility: Leaders ReShaping the Moment with Jon Roberts, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, CVS Health

3pm – 4pm EST

Corporate Recess Break

UnCharted Pathways: Learning to Breathe: One Woman’s Journey of Spirit and Survival with Alison Wright, Author, Speaker, National Geographic Photographer

Closing Remarks

Day 2, Sept 30th – Inclusive Engagement

11:15am -12n EST

Live Stream Awakening Mediation Practice with Tashi Chodron, The Rubin Museum (pre-session)

Break

12n-1pm EST                                                           

LIVE Virtual Conference, Tejal Tarro and Lisa Bergeron, AWE Co-Creators                                     

The Purpose Advantage: Doing Well AND Good with Jeff Fromm, President, FutureCast, contributor, FORBES, author of The Purpose Advantage and Stephanie Wissink, Managing Director, Senior Research Analyst, Jefferies

1pm – 2pm EST

Break

Inclusion Through the Arts

Photo Journey of Inclusion with Robert Sturman, Award Winning Photographer, Official Artist: 47th Annual GRAMMY Awards, ’10 FIFA World Cup, ’08 United States Olympics

Musical Performance by Shawnee

2pm – 3pm EST

Wicked Good News Break              

Leading with Inclusion: The Power Between Us with Stephanie Piimauna, Diversity Leader, Gilead Sciences

3pm – 4pm EST

Break

UnCharted Pathways: Dissolving the Inner Barrier of  Unconscious Bias with Rachael Gavin Impact Strategist & Consultant, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Kiara Butler, CEO and Founder of Diversity Talks

Day 3, Oct 1. – Authentic Influence

11am -12n EST

Live Stream Cooking Demo, Eli’s Kitchen (pre-session)

Break 11:15am – Centered Beginnings, Cooking Demo, Eli’s Kitchen

12n-1pm EST 

LIVE Virtual Conference, Tejal Tarro and Lisa Bergeron, AWE Co-Creators

Leading with Authentic Influence with Wendy Montgomery, Chief Marketing Officer at IGT and Calandra Jarrell, SVP, Diversity and Inclusion at Bank of America

1pm -2pm EST

Wicked Good News Break

Curious Minds: The New Next: Why Strive for Normal with Lisa Raiola, AWE Senior Advisor &  Small Business Specialist; founder and President of Hope & Main, Rhode Island’s premier culinary incubator.

2pm – 3pm EST

Wicked Good News Break

The Open Rhode to Recovery and Renewal with Nina Pande, Executive Director, Skills for RI’s Future (panelists to be announced)

3pm – 4pm EST

Break

Closing Remarks

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Thank You to Corporate Partners

Amgen, Neighborhood Health Plans of RI

All That Matters, CVSHealth, IGT

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