Women In Leadership Summit 2018

A Way Forward, Brandon Hall Group’s Women in Leadership initiative, is about creating a better workplace with gender balance in leadership.

We’re a month away from the WIL Summit 2018 and I’m excited! Bonnie St. John kicks it off with a keynote that shares insights from her book, “How Great Women Lead.” For more than 20 years, Bonnie circled the globe as a leadership consultant for more than 500 businesses, non-profits and associations. From Fortune 100 C-suites to front-line management, Bonnie’s initiatives inspire leaders at every level to improve their skills, hone their thinking and expand their horizons to new levels of performance. Bonnie has risen to the highest standards of achievement in a variety of endeavors throughout her life.

At WIL Summit 2018, you’ll also hear from remarkable leaders of iconic companies like Accenture, Axa Insurance, Bank of America, Tyson Foods and more. They’ll share insights on critical issues that are influential in closing gender gaps, improving the workplace and making the world a better place.

Last year, we published the first annual Women in Leadership Magazine, highlighting leading practices from the women leaders who presented during the 2017 Women in Leadership Summit last June. We’ll publish the next edition in the fall of 2018 with a featured winner from Brandon Hall Group’s Excellence for Best Advance in Women Leadership Development.

Here’s a snapshot of the WIL 2018 agenda:

  • Building ROI for Women Leadership Initiatives
  • Effectively Leading Diverse Generations in the Workforce
  • Creating a Culture of Sponsorship for Women Leaders
  • Current State of Leadership
  • Guiding Your Organization on a Journey of Inclusion
  • Advancing Women in Technology Careers and Companies
  • Creating Solutions to Gender Inequity in Technology Leadership
  • Managing the Increasingly Mobile Global Workforce
  • Building a Winning Mindset: It’s All in Your Head

Our goal each year is to create an experience that inspires, motivates and encourages new ways of thinking. It is thrilling to hear what last year’s attendees had to say:

“Awesome event! I would definitely do it again! I’ve come home, back to work bragging to everyone about it. Thank you for the opportunity to hear such a wide range of women and topics!”

“I am so happy that I was able to attend this inaugural event. There were so many insightful and immediately actionable takeaways that would help not just women but men as well! It was nice to have a small group because it definitely fostered communication, sharing and a stronger sense of engagement. Thank you for putting on such a wonderful event!”

“Fabulous few days! Loved dinner and networking as well.”

“The event brought us together from a position of strength where we can share our stories, failures, and successes in an environment that is safe and focused on making positive change. I can’t wait for next year’s conference.”

Be part of the growing movement and help us make a difference! Register for the 2018 Women in Leadership Summit; June 6-7, 2018 at the Marriott Harbor Beach Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, FL. http://www.brandonhall.com/WIL/annual-summit.html

I look forward to seeing you at the event!

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Mike Cooke

Chief Executive Officer of Brandon Hall Group Mike Cooke Prior to joining Brandon Hall Group, Mike Cooke was the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of AC Growth. Mike held leadership and executive positions for the majority of his career, at which he was responsible for steering sales and marketing teams to drive results and profitability. His background includes more than 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, management, and operations in the research, consulting, software and technology industries. Mike has extensive experience in sales, marketing and management having worked for several early high-growth emerging businesses and has implemented technology systems to support various critical sales, finance, marketing and client service functions. He is especially skilled in organizing the sales and service strategy to fully support a company’s growth strategy. The concept of growth was an absolute to Mike and a motivator in starting AC Growth, in order to help organizations achieve research driven results. Most recently, Mike was the VP and General Manager of Field Operations at Bersin & Associates, a global analyst and consulting services firm focused on all areas of enterprise learning, talent management and talent acquisition. Tasked with leading the company’s global expansion, Mike led all sales operations worldwide. During Mike’s tenure, the company has grown into a multi-national firm, conducting business in over 45 countries with over 4,500 multi-national organizations. Mike started his career at MicroVideo Learning Systems in 1992, eventually holding a senior management position and leading all corporate sales before founding Dynamic Minds. Mike was CEO and Co-Founder of Dynamic Minds, a custom developer of software programs, working with clients like Goldman Sachs, Prentice Hall, McGraw Hill and Merrill Lynch. Also, Mike worked for Oddcast, a leading provider of customer experience and marketing solutions, where he held a senior management position leading the company into new markets across various industries. Mike also serves on the Advisory Board for Carbon Solutions America, an independent sustainability consulting and carbon management firm that specializes in the design and implementation of greenhouse reduction and sustainability plans as well as managing the generation of carbon and renewal energy and energy efficiency credits. Mike attended University of Phoenix, studying Business Administration and Finance. He has also completed executive training at the Chicago Graduate School of Business in Chicago, IL.