Agenda

Virtual Streaming Schedule

Tuesday, June 11th

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7:30pm - 8:30pm

Ring Central Events

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Enjoy a continental breakfast of coffee, bagels, pastries and fruit.

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8:30am

Main Stage

Welcome

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8:45am - 10:00am

Main Stage

Keynote: “From Purpose to impact”

Portia Mount, Founder & CEO, Mount Creative LLC

Embark on a transformative journey with Portia Mount, acclaimed marketer, TEDx speaker, and co-author of “Kick Some Glass: Ten Ways Women Succeed at Work on Their Own Terms.” Join us for an engaging session where Portia draws upon her extensive expertise to guide participants in unlocking their purpose and maximizing their impact in the workplace.

Through interactive discussions and practical exercises, attendees will explore core values, uncover their unique strengths, and define their professional aspirations. Portia’s authentic storytelling style and industry knowledge will inspire and empower participants to overcome self-doubt and navigate career challenges with confidence. By the end of the session, participants will walk away with actionable strategies to align their personal values with their professional goals, ultimately propelling them towards greater success and fulfillment in their careers.

Embark on a transformative journey with Portia Mount, acclaimed marketer, TEDx speaker, and co-author of “Kick Some Glass: Ten Ways Women Succeed at Work on Their Own Terms.” Join us for an engaging session where Portia draws upon her extensive expertise to guide participants in unlocking their purpose and maximizing their impact in the workplace.

Through interactive discussions and practical exercises, attendees will explore core values, uncover their unique strengths, and define their professional aspirations. Portia’s authentic storytelling style and industry knowledge will inspire and empower participants to overcome self-doubt and navigate career challenges with confidence. By the end of the session, participants will walk away with actionable strategies to align their personal values with their professional goals, ultimately propelling them towards greater success and fulfillment in their careers.

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10:00am-10:15am

Break

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10:15am - 12:30pm

Main Stage

“Dynamic Leadership In Action”

Hear from leaders in the industry about experiences that have impacted their journey.
Featured Industry Speakers:

Caroline Hipple
Chief Creative Officer, Hooker Furnishings

Caroline Hipple is Chief Creative Officer of Hooker Furnishings, and previously served as President of Norwalk Furniture. She is the co-founder of HB2 Resources and a winner of WithIt’s Education award. Caroline is a founding member of WithIt and serves on the Executive Advisory Council.

Dorothy Belshaw
President, Andmore

Dorothy Belshaw was appointed President of ANDMORE in 2024 after previously serving as Executive Vice President/Chief Revenue Officer and prior to that Executive Vice President, Chief Customer & Marketing Officer.

Dorothy joined ANDMORE in 2012, bringing 20+ years of home and gift tradeshow industry experience to her role as President of its fledgling Gift division, with the specific charge of expanding the Las Vegas Market’s gift, tabletop and housewares offerings. Her role soon broadened across ANDMORE’s Las Vegas and High Point campuses to include marking and digital oversight, with responsibility for brand strategy and business development; digital services; marketing services; and public relations and corporate communications. In 2018, as a member of the executive leadership team, she helped facilitate the acquisition and integration of AmericasMart Atlanta, which included the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market.

Prior to ANDMORE, she was SVP at George Little Management (GLM), the nation’s largest producer of consumer product tradeshows for the gift and home industries. During her 20-year career with GLM, she served as Director of its New York International Gift Fair (2007-2012); ran its Los Angeles office (2001-2007) which produced the California Gift Show and Gourmet Products Show; and managed GLM’s Canadian Gift Shows.

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12:30pm - 1:30pm

Speed Networking

Head over to the Networking tab and participate in speed networking with other virtual attendees. You will be prompted to share your camera and be able to speak on camera for 5 minutes, then be paired with another attendee.

Wednesday, June 12th

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7:30am – 8:30am

Ring Central Events

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8:30am

Main Stage

Welcome Day 2

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8:45am - 9:45am

Main Stage

Second Day Keynote: “The Communication Code: Unlock every relationship one conversation at a time”

Micah Ray, D4 Concepts

How often have you finished a conversation that didn’t go well and wondered exactly how you got there? How many problems in your life arise from difficulties that stem from unclear or poor communication. With the 5 C’s of the Communication Code, you can learn how to prompt someone to respond in a more productive and meaningful way. Understand where misunderstandings come from and recognize the dynamics of every conversation. Learn how and when to give constructive feedback, and how to care for people in your life better.

Micah started his career managing the family business for four years before going to Liberty Hardware. There he held positions as Director of IT, Director of Supply Chain, Senior Director of Product Development and Innovation Champion on the company’s path to over $200 million in revenue.

His next career phase was spent in non-profit work and leading ministry teams domestically and internationally. His work included community outreach, civic engagement, and addressing food scarcity. He organized community outreach events regularly with over 2,000 attendees. In addition, he mentored college students and led organizational communication strategy.

Since starting D4 Concepts, he has helped dozens of clients improve their communication and leadership skills at every level of their organization. His mission is to help people have transformational “A-Ha” moments in life.

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9:45am - 9:55am

Break

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9:55am - 10:45am

Main Stage

Communication in Action: A Panel Discussion

Join us for an insightful panel discussion as we explore the intricacies of effective workplace communication. This session will dive into practical strategies for implementing communication, sharing real-life examples of both successful and challenging communication experiences. Topics include navigating miscommunication and learning from mistakes, evolving communication styles as managers, ensuring inclusivity and accessibility, leveraging technology for better communication, and balancing transparency with confidentiality.

Moderator: Tori Evans, 2024 WithIt President

Panelists: Christi Barbour, Barbour Spangle Design
Leah Kirkland, R & A Marketing
Violette Forman, Havertys

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10:45am - 11:00am

Break

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11:00am - 12:00pm

Main Stage

Closing Speaker: “You’re More Ready Than You Think”

Ellen Taaffe, Author and Professor at the Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University

At some point in their careers, many women encounter the mirrored door―the place where, when presented with opportunities, we reflect inward and hesitate, and deem we’re not ready or worthy enough to move forward, whether that is to raise our hands or go for the next role. But there is a way to break through, and to overcome the gendered expectations that girls and women internalize over our lifetimes that create a hidden barrier that keeps us from reaching our full potential. Professor and author Ellen Connelly Taaffe will explain why the five success strategies―preparing to perfection, eagerly pleasing, fitting the mold, pushing pedal to the metal, and patiently performing and expecting rewards to follow―get us to a certain level, and then act as a double-edged sword and block/hinder the next step in our careers as expectations rise. We’ll explore and discuss what these strategies are, how they become obstacles, and ultimately, how to pivot and create the careers we desire and deserve.

Ellen Connelly Taaffe is a Clinical Associate Professor at the Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University, where she teaches Personal Leadership Insights and is the Director of the MBA Women’s Leadership Program. Previously, she was a senior brand executive at PepsiCo, Royal Caribbean, and the Whirlpool Corporation and is now a board director for three companies, including Hooker Furnishings. She shares her insights in media like Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Forbes, the Washington Post, and TEDx. Her book, The Mirrored Door: Break Through the Hidden Barrier that Locks Successful Women in Place was named an Editor’s Pick by Publishers Weekly BookLife and won the 2023 NYC Big Book Award.

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12:15pm - 12:30pm

Closing

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12:30pm - 1:30pm

Speed Networking

Head over to the Networking tab and participate in speed networking with other virtual attendees. You will be prompted to share your camera and be able to speak on camera for 5 minutes, then be paired with another attendee.

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