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Monday, June 19, 2017


12:00 p.m.
  Registration open for pre-conference workshops
12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  Pre-conference Workshop - There is an additional $75 cost.

“The 5 Not-So-Obvious Blocks That Keep Ambitious Women Playing Small… And What You Can Do to Dial Up Your Impact, Influence and Success”

Eleanor Beaton, Fierce Feminine Leadership

Cost: $75


3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

WithIt Annual Report & Membership Meeting


5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.



Cruise of Charleston Harbor and Opening Reception

Our private cruise will leave from the Charleston Maritime Center - 5 to 6 blocks from the hotel. Enjoy drinks, snacks and networking while taking in the beauty and history of the Charleston harbor.

Some transportation will be provided to the wharf.



7:30 p.m.

Optional Group Dine Arounds- a favorite conference event!

Join a group for dinner at a local restaurants within easy walking distance of the wharf or hotel.  Sign up at check in for this fun, casual networking opportunity.


Tuesday, June 20



7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
  Breakfast on your own - There will be a continental breakfast of coffee, bagels and pastries outside the session room.
7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.



8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.




8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.


"Success Secrets of the Most Powerful Women in Business"

Eleanor Beaton, Fierce Feminine Leadership

2% of women entrepreneurs crack the million dollar mark in revenues. Just 4% of the world's most powerful CEOs are women. In this inspiring, engaging and practical keynote you'll discover the 5 core attributes shared by these powerhouse women in business, and what's holding you back from joining them.

Women's leadership expert Eleanor Beaton spent more than a decade researching and consulting with women who lead multi-billion dollar businesses, launched international movements, and advise some of the world's most powerful political figures. This presentation is an engaging, practical insight into the minds and habits of powerhouse women.

You will walk away with a clear understanding of the critical success factors that have catapulted the "4%" to the upper echelons of leadership AND how you can leverage these strategies to create more professional and personal success today -- whether you want to be CEO of your company, grow your small business or land that next promotion.

Attendees will walk away with their own "powerhouse plan," which will include
personalized action steps they can put into action today.


10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

"Grow Your Tribe: Cultivating a Network with Purpose"

Hilary Johnson, Hatch Tribe

Growing your network has never been more important. Hatch Tribe founder Hilary Johnson brings her experience creating a vibrant network for entrepreneurs to the WithIt conference. In this interactive session, you will learn the most effective ways to network and great strategies for follow up. We willpractice what we learn during the session so you can make the most of the WithIt conference.


11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.



11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Break out Sessions


"Culture Fuel: Ignite Performance and Create a Culture of Radical Candor, Collaboration and Accountability"

Heather Nunley, Culture Fuel

Building and working with teams can be a challenge for every manager. In this session you will:

  • Discover an empowering form of communication through honest expression and empathetic listening.
  • Learn how to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives.
  • Develop a new and inspired standard of communication and working dynamics that are productive, effective and self-sustaining.

"Breathing Your Brand"

Lisa Kahn Allen, Kahn Design Group

From designers and entrepreneurs to managers, everyone wants to have a greater connection between what they actually do and who they are actually are. Brand is more than something you slap onto your company, it’s really an expression of something that is soul deep, of who you are, what you stand for, and how that relates back to your company, or your work within a company.

Designing homes around the world, Lisa Kahn Allen has always been intrigued by the relationship between the built environment and the human spirit. In her work and in her writing she seeks to explore how we can create spaces that nurture us - not only physically and esthetically, but also emotionally and spiritually. She sees her work as creating sanctuaries: peaceful spaces of beauty and order, creativity and light.


"How to Get Ahead Through Mentoring"

Lorri Kelley, BDI

Dorian Stacy Sims, Stacy Furniture & Design

Mentoring award winner Lorri Kelley and WithIt president Dorian Stacy Sims team up for a session on the ins and outs of mentoring. Perfect for all first time attendees and new members of WithIt, you will hear how mentoring's give-and-take can take your career or business to the next level.


12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.



1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

"Applying DiSC Communication Strategies"

Lynne Jensen-Nelson, Coversion-omics Sales Training

Why do people do what they do and say what they say? Understanding communication styles, recognizing behavioral cues and establishing motivation will improve your ability to create custom solutions.



2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Round Tables

This excellent form of small-group discussion is back by popular demand. Gain insights and new connections while engaging in your choice of TWO topics with fellow WithIt members and an expert moderator.

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Recharge Break


6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Roaring Twenties Networking Cocktail Reception

Celebrate our 20th Anniversary with our themed cocktail reception and dinner.


7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  Roaring Twenties Anniversary Dinner - Celebrating the Power of WithIt!

Wednesday, June 21




7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.



Breakfast on your own - There will be a continental breakfast of coffee, bagels and pastries outside the session room.


8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.



8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

“The Confidence Factor for Women in Business”

Carol Sankar, author, business advisor and global leadership consultant

Women in business and leadership need to master the art of negotiation. Whether you are seeking a partnership opportunity, promotion, business expansion or compensation; negotiation is a necessity. It takes confidence to understand the purpose of positioning your value proposition to commence the conversation.

Primary Takeaways:

  • How to craft a value proposition
  • Learn the purpose of negotiation in business
  • Meeting in the middle


9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.


10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

"Your Evolving Brand: Marketing in the Digital Age"

Lori Dolnick, Frank Advertising

Whether you are an industry professional, manufacturer, retailer, press or service provider – you need to know the latest tools, tricks and trends for marketing in the digital age. This seminar will cover how to create impactful online content to drive website traffic and how to measure success to strategically build your brand.  Learn about the tools available to hack success, grow your brand and how to elevate your online presence.

Key take aways:

  • Advice on measuring the impact of PR, social, content, advertising using Google Analytics and UTM codes
  • Considerations for using Google AdWords, portals like Derring Hall, Houzz.
  • The importance of good content, photography, video and development of a content calendar.
  • How to tie it all together to drive traffic to your website.


11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Cultivate Your Action Plan

Moderator: Lorri Kelley, BDI

Join our attendee panelists to discuss the impactful presentations from the conference and how to put them into action in your career.

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

















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