Flourish Conference Agenda
Morning Keynote: Women in Leadership: The Aspiration vs. The Reality.
The Science of Flourishing: Exploring the Six Dimensions of Flourishing and the trends and insights regarding the impact of women in leadership.
9:45a – 11:45 Executive Fireside Chat: Intimate discussions in assigned small groups with the top executives and entrepreneurs in their industries. This is a unique element of the Flourish Conference Day.
11:45a – 12:00p Break
12:00p – 1:30p Luncheon Keynote and Flourish Awards Ceremony: Flourish Keynote Conversation: How Women Lead in Dynamic Environments. We also recognize the Flourish Executive of the Year and Flourish Entrepreneur of the Year.
1:30p – 3:00p The Art of Flourishing: Women will either join the Flourish Forward group for those who have participated in Flourish to design their 3-year plans, or first-time participants join together to understand the domains of flourishing.
Collaborative exercises. Career and Work-Life Assessments. Continuing through Flourish 100-Day Action Plans™ while working with Executive Coaches and Flourish Accountability Partners.
3:00 – 3:15 Break
3:15 – 4:30 The Mastery of Flourishing: Leveraging insights learned throughout the day for positive impact in the future. Participants strategize their top three (3) professional and personal priorities – and the impact these will have on their lives over next 100 days.
Participants will be scheduled to record a customized Flourish Letter-to-Self stating what they commit to accomplish in the next 100 days.
4:15 Closing Ceremony
4:30 – 6:00p VIP Champagne Toast: Featuring special guests, champagne and appetizers and a Flourish Spa Experience (makeovers, massages and mingling).
Flourish WASHINGTON, DC Conference for Women in Leadership
Welcome to Flourish Washington, DC!
We believe that when women flourish we change the world, by positively impacting our families, organizations and companies and our communities. We know that organizations where women are highly represented in senior management outperform their competitors by up to 26%.
We propose, however, that even at the highest levels of success, many women spend a large portion of their time, treasure and talent on external concerns. And very little on their own strategic self-development.
Our promise is to create safe and immersive environments for women to connect, engage and create their next level of self-defined strategic success in their careers, businesses and lives. We promise to provide every tool at our disposal to help them grow. Luxuriantly.
As in previous years, we fully expect the Flourish Washington, DC Conference for Women in Leadership to sell out within a few weeks of opening registration.
The conference has been so successful across the U.S. for the following reasons:
- Each conference is focused on the region it serves. So the Flourish Washington, DC Conference is focused on issues related to the advancement of women in the nation’s capital, and specifically across the DC, Northern Virginia and Maryland area.
- The Washington, DC Conference highlights women who are either flourishing in DC, have ties to the DMV, or whose work directly impacts the women, workforce and world as seen through the lens of the DMV woman.
- Washington, D.C. has the highest rate of women-owned businesses according to a study by Nerdwallet.com. It is also home to organizations that serve as resources for women in business, such as the Washington, DC Women’s Business Center, which provides training to women entrepreneurs to support their businesses, and the National Women’s Business Council, an advisory council that serves as a voice for female entrepreneurs to the federal government.
- Flourish Washington, DC Awards (Entrepreneur of the Year and Executive of the Year) are honors designed to recognize an executive and an entrepreneur in the DMV who is making tremendous contribution in her industry, her community and to the individuals she supports and those she serves.
The Facts about Women in Leadership
You are a leader who values the advancement of women. For your organization’s culture, its brand, and importantly, its bottom line. You’re in great company, recent research suggests that when examining the financial returns of companies with three or more women on the board, those companies outperform companies with homogenous (all-male) boards by 60 percent in return on invested capital, 84 percent in return on sales, and 60 percent in return on equity. These data indicate that women leaders are not just good for the organization’s brand, culture and bottom line but suggest that women in top leadership positions actually have a synergistic impact on profits (Carter, 2004).
Because we understand the need to attract, retain and engage women leaders, we have developed an immersive, inspirational and substantive one-day experience called Flourish Conference for Women in Leadership. Flourish was developed specifically for high-achieving female senior leaders and executives as a resource for strategic career and life-planning at a time when every female senior leader is seeking “work-life balance.”
About Washington, DC
Washington has a growing, diversified economy with an increasing percentage of professional and business service jobs. The gross state product of the District in 2010 was $103.3 billion, which would rank it No. 34 compared to the 50 U.S. states. The gross product of the Washington Metropolitan Area was $425 billion in 2010, making it the fourth-largest metropolitan economy in the United States. As of June 2011, the Washington Metropolitan Area had an unemployment rate of 6.2%; the second-lowest rate among the 49 largest metro areas in the nation. The District of Columbia itself had an unemployment rate of 9.8% during the same time period.
In 2012, the federal government accounted for about 29% of the jobs in Washington, D.C. This is thought to immunize Washington to national economic downturns because the federal government continues operations even during recessions. Many organizations such as law firms, independent contractors (both defense and civilian), non-profit organizations, lobbying firms, trade unions, industry trade groups, and professional associations have their headquarters in or near D.C. to be close to the federal government.
Tourism is Washington’s second largest industry. Approximately 18.9 million visitors contributed an estimated $4.8 billion to the local economy in 2012. The District also hosts nearly 200 foreign embassies and international organizations such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Organization of American States, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Pan American Health Organization. In 2008, the foreign diplomatic corps in Washington employed about 10,000 people and contributed an estimated $400 million annually to the local economy.
The District has growing industries not directly related to government, especially in the areas of education, finance, public policy, and scientific research. Georgetown University, George Washington University, Washington Hospital Center, Children’s National Medical Center and Howard University are the top five non-government-related employers in the city as of 2009. According to statistics compiled in 2011, four of the largest 500 companies in the country were headquartered in the District.
2016 Conference Speakers
Angela Maria Arboleda
Vice President of Government and Community Affairs
Joni J. Johnson, MD
Pediatric Partners for Attention and Learning, Inc.
Jason L. Groves, Esq.
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Director of Public Policy
The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Mary Ann Gómez Orta
President and CEO
Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute
Vice President of Beverage and Slot Operations
Maryland Live! Casino.
United Way of the National Capital Area
Tawana M. Bhagwat
Dr. Yashima White AziLove
Vice President, Corporate Communication Officer/CEO
Radio One, Inc./Magnate, LLC
Varian Medical Systems
Senior Vice President
Kimberly Y. Robinson
Funk & Bolton, P.A.
Dr. Lydia J. Carlis
Chief Eyemagination Officer
Eyemagination Enterprises, LLC
Lynn M. Selby
Executive Director of the Governor's Workforce Investment Board (GWIB)
Tasha “TC” Cooper
Upward Action, LLC
Change Management Lead
General Dynamics IT
Brenda Brown Hunter
Brenda Brown Hunter Consulting, LLC.
Rita Goodroe Coaching, LLC
Dr. Terré Holmes
Chief Visionary Ocficer
Talent Development Senior Executive
Strategic Pathways, Inc.
Executive Vice President of Reputation Management