Signature Boston

2022 Women’s Leadership Forum Signature Program

Earn 4.5 CE Credits for Attending

Program Fees

IAEE Member Rate $499 USD | Non-member Rate $799 USD


Schedule of Events

Tuesday, 22 March 2022
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM CEM AP Course
Leading and Negotiating for Success
Presenter: Sam Potolicchio, Ph.D.
*Must register separately
Wednesday, 23 March 2022
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM CEM Course
Exhibition and Event Sales
*Must register separately
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM CEM-AP Course
Presenter: Sam Potolicchio, Ph.D.
*Must register separately

IAEE Women’s Leadership Forum Agenda

4:30 PM – 7:30 PM Professional Headshots
Provided by Oscar & Associates
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM WLF Registration Check-In
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM WLF Networking Reception
Thursday, 24 March 2022
7:30 AM – 8:15 AM WLF Breakfast
8:15 AM – 8:35 AM IAEE Welcome
8:35 AM – 9:20 AM From Frustrated to Focused: Mindset Strategies for Career and Business Growth
Presenter: Debbie Peterson
9:20 AM – 9:40 AM Roundtable Afterthoughts – Mindset Strategies
9:40 AM – 9:55 AM Break
9:55 AM – 11:25 AM Navigating Behaviors & Emotions in Uncertain Times: Tips and Tools for Improving Interactions and Emotional Wellbeing
Presenter: Claudia St John, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
11:25 AM – 11:45 AM Roundtable Afterthoughts – Behaviors and Emotions
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM Woman of Achievement Award Celebration
Networking Luncheon
Provided by Business Events Montreal, Destination Vancouver and Melbourne Convention Bureau
1:00 PM  – 1:10 PM Break
1:10 PM – 1:55 PM Come Alive: The Power of Purpose and Reinvention
Presenter: Yvette R. Simpson, Esq., MBA
1:55 PM – 2:15 PM Roundtable Afterthoughts – Purpose and Reinvention
2:15 PM – 2:30 PM Break
2:30 PM – 3:15 PM Ignite Your Shift: Overcoming the Discomfort of Change
Presenter: Anne Bonney
3:15 PM – 3:35 PM Roundtable Afterthoughts – Igniting and Overcoming Change
3:35 PM – 3:45 PM Event Wrap Up

WLF Program Content:

Ignite Your Shift: Overcoming the Discomforts of Change

Presenter: Anne Bonney

Change is hard. Factor it all in: new ideas, organizational change, industry evolution, technology modernization and even personal changes, and drop in a global pandemic, just for kicks. With all that, life can get pretty overwhelming. The problem is, “change ain’t going away”. The only constant IS change, especially in today’s fast-paced environment. Having the tools to deal with change and adapt to the challenges that transitions bring will improve your effectiveness and resilience.

In this engaging (and fun!) closing session, Anne Bonney, Change Management authority and author, will spark your courage with the ground-breaking concepts from her red-hot book by the same name, GET OVER IT!. You’ll have to turn up the AC for this high energy, “bring the heat” keynote and you’ll leave armed with strategies to extinguish the burning inferno that transition and change can cause.

Learner Outcomes:

  • Immediately impact your ability to manage change in your life with more confidence, courage and resilience;
  • Alleviate the burden of stress that change has caused;
  • Turn change into a unifying factor of pride and accomplishment where productivity and motivation will skyrocket.

From Frustrated to Focused: Mindset Strategies for Career and Business Growth

Presenter: Debbie Peterson

In this customized keynote, you will discover how to increase meaningful results in your career and business. When you change not only what you do, but HOW you think about it, that’s when you achieve true clarity. Debbie Peterson will explore the four steps that increase your focus, productivity, network, and results. No matter where you are in your career timeline, you will leave with the tips, tools and techniques to get maximum results every day.

Learner Outcomes:

  • Create the ability to move from frustrated to FOCUSED with your business and career objectives;
  • Gain the knowledge of how to ramp up your motivation to achieve the results you desire;
  • Acquire new mindset strategies for massive action and will be able to deal with the doubt that crops up as a result;
  • Discover productivity tips, tools and techniques to make the most of your valued time;
  • Understand how you can cultivate the community of people needed to grow your career and business to the next level.

Come Alive: The Power of Purpose and Reinvention

Presenter: Yvette R. Simpson, Esq., MBA

You’ve heard the expression, “You Only Live Once” or “YOLO.” The truth is that you only die once. You live every day. The pandemic has caused us to carefully evaluate our time, and deeply consider how we spend our days. But here’s the good news: each day presents a new opportunity to pursue purpose, reinvent yourself, make an impact, and find fulfillment in every area of your life.

Come along as Yvette Simpson, Esq./MBA the “Queen of Reinvention,” shares real-life examples from her own 20+ year reinvention adventure and lessons from the executives and leaders she advises. She will take you on a journey of rediscovery, helping you recognize and remove roadblocks along the way, guiding you along the path of reinvention so that you can begin to live life fearlessly on purpose. If you are ready “come alive” at work, at home, and in your community…get in, buckle up, and enjoy the ride!

Learner Outcomes:

  • Discover what it means to “come alive” and why it is essential to you and the world.;
  • Explore the three critical stages in the journey of rediscovery;
  • Learn the keys “the two L’s” to living life on purpose;
  • Leave with an action plan (the ABCs) of reinvention.

Navigating Behaviors & Emotions in Uncertain Times: Tips and Tools for Improving Interactions and Emotional Wellbeing

Presenter: Claudia St. John, SPRH, SHRM-SCP

Through uncertainty we have all faced frustration, stress, and worry. Study after study show that employees in an “emotional state” don’t perform well, are less able to use their higher cognitive function and suffer the long-lasting physical effects of stress. We also know that behavioral preferences affect our emotions and interactions, with some being more expressive, and others internalizing their emotions. These emotional behavioral responses have the potential to impact business and personal relationships and wellbeing.

Join Claudia St. John, SPHR, SHRM-SCP as she explores the intersection of emotional science (EQ) and behavioral science (DISC) and how to reassess and improve your own emotional response, communication and interpersonal interactions. This in-depth session will include the use of DISC Behavioral Style Assessments to help you assess your own DISC behaviors through the lens of Change, Emotions and Conflict and improve your personal EQ.

Learner Outcomes:

  • Assess your personal DISC behavioral style and explore your “typical response” to change, conflict and emotional situations;
  • Learn to recognize the “typical” responses of other behavioral styles;
  • Collect tools to improve emotional responses within each behavioral style in order to navigate challenging situations in work, at home and in the community in which you live;
  • Identify authentic ways to reduce stress, communicate effectively and improve emotional wellbeing in uncertain times and situations.

Event Information

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations, in whole or in part, must be made in writing and may be subject to a cancellation fee.  For a full refund, written cancellations must be received no later than 30 business days prior to the event.  Within 11-29 business days, all approved refunds are subject to a $75 administrative fee.  Cancellations will not be accepted within 10 business days of the event and event fees will not be refunded after the event begins. Send written cancellation requests to: