Learn about what’s in store and set your intention and goals for the day.Michelle Mason, FASAE, CAEPresident & CEO, Association ForumEileen Murray, CAE, MM Executive Director, American Epilepsy Society and Chair, 2019 Women’s Executive Forum Planning Advisory Group
What would you like the power to do? Have a successful and fulfilling career while being your authentic selfRita Sola CookManaging Director and head of the Midwest Middle Market Region for Global Commercial Banking (GCB), Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Throughout her 20+ years in financial services, Rita Cook has been pushed, pulled and leapt into a variety of roles. Each opportunity built on previous experience, added a new skillset and leveraged relationships she built along the way. With time and confidence she realized that bringing her authentic whole self to work gained fellowship and paid dividends while allowing her to have courage and take calculated risks. As a wife, mother and cancer survivor Rita will share how she leveraged themes from the day’s breakout sessions (e.g. feminine leadership, personal brand, negotiating and relationships) to not only become her version of success - but lean into paying it forward. We each have the power to take our life / career into our own hands making our version of success happen with the right tools.
Dr. Judith WrightChief Academic Officer, Professor of Transformational Coaching, and Co-founder of Wright Graduate University for the Realization of Human PotentialWomen’s leadership is infinite, but rarely tapped because we mistakenly define leadership primarily in masculine terms. However, research is showing that men and women have very different ways of using these skills in approaching everything—from communication to demonstrating partnership. The most exciting possibilities emerge when we learn to harness our masculine traits in the service of our feminine values. In this dynamic presentation, Dr. Judith Wright will discuss how to unleash your leadership and unlock your potential by harnessing your feminine power
Founder and CEO, Dunleavy & Associates
Magic happens when you are able to go beyond networking, and actually connect with others. Join Nancy Dunleavy (founder and CEO of Dunleavy & Associates, a Philadelphia "Top 101 Connector," Philadelphia Business Journal Woman of Distinction, and owner of a top 100 woman-owned business) to learn how to stop the cycle of merely collecting business cards by learning how the power of connecting people can change your world.
Rita Sola Cook is a Managing Director and head of the Midwest Middle Market Region for Global Commercial Banking (GCB) at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Based in Chicago, she leads a team of banking professionals in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio and Wisconsin who work to deliver financial solutions to Midwest-based companies with revenues of $50 million to $2 billion. Most recently, Rita was named as a “Notable Woman in Commercial Banking”, in the December 2018 issue of Crain’s Chicago Business. Past recognitions include; Crain’s Detroit “Notable Woman in Finance 2018”, an honoree for the Daily Herald Business Ledger “2017 Most Influential Business Women in Chicagoland” and named to the 2017 inaugural list of Crain’s Chicago Business “Most Influential Women in Commercial Banking”.
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