Mar
14
5:30 PM17:30

Bubbles, Bites & Bits of Wisdom

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Laraine McKinnon


”It’s Not You It’s Them: Strategies for Busting Bias”

These one-of-a-kind sophisticated events elevate professionals while giving practical instruction on meeting like-minded professionals. The men and women who attend these events leave with real-world tools that shape their professional and personal lives.

Laraine McKinnon, Talent & Culture Strategist, Emtrain

“It’s Not You It’s Them: Strategies for Busting Bias”

At some point in your career, did you look up and say, "Hey wait, this doesn’t feel like an even playing field!” Yup, you’re not alone.

Women in science, tech, finance, law, and academia report remarkably similar stories of slower advancement, fewer opportunities and a reduced trajectory. Do you have that inner fire that says “I can be more?” Awesome. This event is for you! Join us as we explore the biases women commonly experience in the workplace, in society and at home, and review lots of practical strategies to bust them.

VENUE:

SHEPPARD MULLIN

Four Embarcadero Center, Floor 17, San Francisco, CA 94111

General Admission - $60

Sheppard Mullin Attorneys & Clients - FREE

Reserve your seat for 3/14
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Mar
19
1:00 PM13:00

WEBINAR: Talking While Female: Understanding Gender-Based Communications

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Talking While Female: Understanding Gender-Based Communication    

March 19 at 1:00 PM PST                         

$50 for general public

$35 for UPWARD members

REGISTER HERE

It’s been said that men and women are so different, they must be from different planets. John Gray’s famous book, Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, popularized this theory through the title alone, even with tongue planted firmly in cheek. In reality, we all come from Earth, but men and women do have diverse ways of speaking, thinking and communicating overall. Just think of how you would respond to a particular stimulus and how someone of the opposite sex might respond if faced with the same situation. Through extensive research of the genders, many differences have been found. Most people, though, don’t look deeper into why there’s a difference. Rather, they magnify stereotypes or focus on the surface-level issues instead of digging deeper into why the genders act one way or another. The session focuses on raising awareness of differences in our communication styles. Both men and women in the workplace need to understand one another's thoughts, attitudes and behaviors -- especially communication styles.

Learning Outcomes:

1.     Learn more about various communication styles on how to adapt your style to others to achieve your goals.

2.     Remain aware of differing verbal and non-verbal communication styles.

3.     Combat gender biases that result from our own gender stereotypes.

4.     Achieve equity in the workplace.

5.     Create a great place to work.


Susan Freeman helps women in business communicate effectively with the world -- and helps men communicate with women in business! She helps professional services firms communicate effectively to develop relationships that result in new business. Her training programs, which include seminars and webinars, enable professionals to use effective communications and client-centric insights to assess needs and identify solutions that meet strategic business goals. Susan’s programs apply insights from Myers-Briggs, used to determine preferred communication styles, overlaid with an understanding of innate gender-specific strengths and opportunities related to verbal and nonverbal communication.

Her background also includes VP-level marketing, business development and client service positions in professional services. Susan is a currently enrolled at Cornell University’s “Institute for Women in Entrepreneurship” program, earned her Master’s Degree in Communications from Hawaii Pacific University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Journalism from Louisiana State University.

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Apr
11
5:30 PM17:30

Bubbles, Bites & Bits of Wisdom

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Myra Jolivet

“When They Say You Can’t…. Slay!”

These one-of-a-kind sophisticated events elevate professionals while giving practical instruction on meeting like-minded professionals. The men and women who attend these events leave with real-world tools that shape their professional and personal lives.

Myra Jolivet, Vice President of Public Affairs at MLSListings, Inc.

“When They Say You Can’t…. Slay”!

Have you ever been a naysayer magnet? I have. I collected fear-based, unsolicited, negative commentary for decades. Funny thing, I learned that when your inner voice of wisdom drowns out their external voices, you no longer hear them. This was an important lesson during my many (public) careers and in life. The true preparation for business comes from within---center to circumference. And the great thing is, we all have the ability to get there.

Read her latest book, Secrets, Spells and Snake Eyes! Available on Amazon

https://www.myrajolivet.com

VENUE:

SHEPPARD MULLIN

Four Embarcadero Center, Floor 17, San Francisco, CA 94111

General Admission - $60

Sheppard Mullin Attorneys & Clients - FREE

reserve your seat for 4/11
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May
9
5:30 PM17:30

Bubbles, Bites & Bits of Wisdom

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Deborah McMurray

“The Sunny Side of Shame”

These one-of-a-kind sophisticated events elevate professionals while giving practical instruction on meeting like-minded professionals. The men and women who attend these events leave with real-world tools that shape their professional and personal lives.

Deborah McMurray, CEO and Strategy Architect at Content Pilot

The Sunny Side of Shame

“Shame” is a universal experience that every human being encounters at some point in their lives. Whether caused by sexual abuse, addiction, bullying, poverty, mental illness, sexual identification, multiple marriages or partners, doing poorly in school or at work, cheating – or any form of failure, real or perceived, shame is the single-cell that grows and morphs into the insidious feeling that we are inferior and worth less than others. Shame can drive us to create one or more false identities, force us into secrecy, sabotage true connections with those around us and threaten our future – at home and at work.

However – and thankfully(!) – there is a sunny side that will inspire you to reframe your experiences, recognize shame-behaviors in others, intervene when your own shame-story simply won’t let go and find joy in new (and perhaps unexpected) sources of meaning.

Deborah McMurray will share her story of growing up as a secret-keeper and the circuitous path that ultimately led her to say “Enough.”  Lawyers and other professionals who rely on their reputation, character and emotional intelligence to develop effective client and colleague relationships must recognize and conquer shame to maximize their opportunities for success and unequivocal joy.  

Deborah’s goal is to share practical ideas on how professionals can craft their own pathway to The Sunny Side of Shame – by owning it and learning how to surmount it. She will help professionals identify their shame-triggers and combat the debilitating effects of shame in their personal and professional lives.

VENUE:

Littler

333 Bush Street, 34th Floor, San FranciscoCA 94104

General Admission - $60

Littler Attorneys & Clients - FREE

reserve your seat for 5/9
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Jun
13
5:30 PM17:30

Bubbles, Bites & Bits of Wisdom

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Jennifer Scalzi

“And Who is This Invisible Army of ‘They’ Anyway”?

These one-of-a-kind sophisticated events elevate professionals while giving practical instruction on meeting like-minded professionals. The men and women who attend these events leave with real-world tools that shape their professional and personal lives.

Jennifer Scalzi, CEO & Founder of Calibrate Legal

“And Who is This Invisible Army of ‘They’ Anyway”?

Everybody has an opinion, right?  Ever heard any of the following and thought, “Okay, but what does that even mean to me?”…

“Follow your gut.”

“Do You!”

“Be better than…”

Throughout her career, Jennifer Scalzi has sought to dig into these concepts to make them applicable to herself and to help others do the same. Although she was not a psychology major in college, she wishes she had explored that, given what she knows now about her inherent curiosity about what makes people (herself included) tick. During this presentation, Jennifer will explore these quotes that people love to throw around, and unpack what they’ve meant to her in order to help you discover what they could mean to you. There will be book, podcast, TedTalk and article recommendations woven throughout her presentation.  And, in the vain of this talk, she will close with one of her favorite mantras:

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." ~ Dr. Seuss

VENUE:

Littler

50 West San Fernando Street, 7th Floor, San JoseCA 95113

General Admission - $60

Littler Attorneys & Clients - FREE

Reserve your seat for 6/13
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Jul
11
5:30 PM17:30

Bubbles, Bites & Bits of Wisdom

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Sheila Murphy

“Refreshing, Renewing & Reinventing Yourself”

These one-of-a-kind sophisticated events elevate professionals while giving practical instruction on meeting like-minded professionals. The men and women who attend these events leave with real-world tools that shape their professional and personal lives.

Sheila Murphy, Retired SVP & GC at MetLife, current CEO & President of Focus Forward, LLC, and Consultant with The Bates Group

Refreshing, Renewing & Reinventing Yourself

In a world where the speed of business and life is ever increasing and technology is creating and eliminating job functions, it is more important than ever that we continually refresh, renew and reinvent ourselves.  The push and pulls of our daily work and personal lives make it more difficult to take the time necessary to invest in yourself so you survive and thrive. To flourish, we must take a pause and think about where we are, where we want to go and how to get there. We need to believe that we are worth it and give ourselves permission to devote time and other resources to find our next path. By investing in yourself,  you will help yourself remain marketable and achieve success and happiness. Our goal is that you will devote the time to yourself and to offer some pragmatic advice as to how to do this. 

VENUE:

Littler

333 Bush Street, 34th Floor, San FranciscoCA 94104

General Admission - $60

Littler Attorneys & Clients - FREE

reserve your seat for 7/11
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Aug
8
5:30 PM17:30

Bubbles, Bites & Bits of Wisdom

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Samantha McKenna

“The Path from Quota-Crushing Rep to Leadership”

These one-of-a-kind sophisticated events elevate professionals while giving practical instruction on meeting like-minded professionals. The men and women who attend these events leave with real-world tools that shape their professional and personal lives.

Samantha McKenna, Head of Sales, LinkedIn

The Path from Quota-Crushing Rep to Leadership

Research shows that women excel in sales over men for a variety of reasons, but that we’re under-represented in sales leadership roles.  Why?  One of the largest challenges anyone in sales faces is that once they prove to be consistent over-performers, no one wants to promote them because they want to keep them where they are – crushing quotas and producing revenue.  If you find yourself in this same situation, come hear strategies on how to get yourself promoted to the leadership role you seek and what you can do now to ensure success down the line.

VENUE:

Host Firm TBD

General Admission - $60

Host Firm Attorneys & Clients - FREE

Reserve your seat for 8/8
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Sep
12
5:30 PM17:30

Bubbles, Bites & Bits of Wisdom

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Kimberly Rice

“Get Your Grit On: How I Plowed through the Mud to Create the Life of My Dreams”

These one-of-a-kind sophisticated events elevate professionals while giving practical instruction on meeting like-minded professionals. The men and women who attend these events leave with real-world tools that shape their professional and personal lives.

Kimberly Rice, President/Chief Strategist of KLA Marketing Associates

Get Your Grit On: How I Plowed through the Mud to Create the Life of My Dreams

If denying death multiple times, being terminated three times, moving to a different part of the country before the age of 30, knowing almost no one, surviving as a child of divorce and effectively navigating through a family history of mental health issues taught me anything, it was that I am a survivor. Little did I know how much I would need to draw upon the strength, resilience, and persistence of these experiences to create the life I envisioned for myself. In my presentation, the audience will learn how to: 1) Identify and leverage their Super Powers (passion, courage and perseverance); 2) Break the confidence code; and 3) Leverage their grit as a catalyst for greater things.

VENUE:

Host Firm TBD

General Admission - $60

Host Firm Attorneys & Clients - FREE

Reserve your seat for 9/12
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Oct
10
5:30 PM17:30

Bubbles, Bites & Bits of Wisdom

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Jennifer Dezso

“Developing Relationships That Develop Business”

These one-of-a-kind sophisticated events elevate professionals while giving practical instruction on meeting like-minded professionals. The men and women who attend these events leave with real-world tools that shape their professional and personal lives.

Jennifer Petrone Dezso, Principal at The BTI Consulting, Inc.

Developing Relationships That Develop Business

In any industry, the best rainmakers aren’t always the best sellers—they’re the best at developing meaningful relationships. Developing business relies on knowing what makes your clients tick and delivering it better than anyone else. Based on more than 15,000 interviews with buyers of professional services, you will discover the 17 activities clients say drive the absolute best relationships with their service providers—and the 4 activities proven to drive higher rates, faster growth, and stronger client satisfaction.

Behind every great rainmaker, mover and shaker, and leader are great relationships. In fact, replace great with superior. People who make things happen make superior relationships first. Relationships are the power source, if not the very soul, of doing good business-the kind of business where clients smile and believe your value simply dwarfs your fee. 

Buy their book, “Clientelligence.”

VENUE:

Host Firm TBD

General Admission - $60

Host Firm Attorneys & Clients - FREE

Reserve your seat for 10/10
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Nov
14
5:30 PM17:30

Bubbles, Bites & Bits of Wisdom

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Linda Hazelton

Using Grit & Kindness to Combat Imposter Syndrome

These one-of-a-kind sophisticated events elevate professionals while giving practical instruction on meeting like-minded professionals. The men and women who attend these events leave with real-world tools that shape their professional and personal lives.

Linda Hazelton, CEO, Hazelton Marketing and Management

Using Grit & Kindness to Combat Imposter Syndrome

Many women struggle with the feeling of being an imposter, evidence to the contrary. We’ll explore some of the underlying causes of this issue as well as some of the possible ways to surmount the problem by becoming grittier and kinder. Even if you don’t suffer from imposter syndrome, you’ll benefit from communication tips and self-care techniques that will enable you to polish your well-deserved star and own your greatness.

VENUE:

Host Firm TBD

General Admission - $60

Host Firm Attorneys & Clients - FREE

reserve your seat for 11/14



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Feb
14
5:30 PM17:30

Bubbles, Bites & Bits of Wisdom

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Lisa Simon

“What’s Your Relationship Net Promoter Score”?

These one-of-a-kind sophisticated events elevate professionals while giving practical instruction on meeting like-minded professionals. The men and women who attend these events leave with real-world tools that shape their professional and personal lives.

Lisa Simon, Chief Marketing & Business Development Officer at Lewis Roca

What’s Your Relationship Net Promoter Score?

The competitive benchmark, “Net Promoter Score” (NPS), is often overlooked or undervalued in law firms and companies across the country. Yet it adds an important level of information many lawyers are likely to miss. It allows a law firm to learn what respondents think about an entire client experience, not just their relationship with one particular lawyer or one matter.

Lisa Simon, CMBDO of Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie will talk about the concept of NPS in business and how it leads to growing and protecting client loyalty and revenue. She will translate how NPS can be considered for personal and professional relationships.

Lisa will talk about “detractors,” “passives” and “promoters” and how this data can be translated into both personal and professional relationships and the drivers that can improve your personal and professional NPS.

VENUE:

SHEPPARD MULLIN

Four Embarcadero Center, Floor 17, San Francisco, CA 94111

General Admission - $60

Sheppard Mullin Attorneys & Clients - FREE

RESERVE YOUR SEAT for 2/14
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Dec
13
5:00 PM17:00

Bubbles, Bites & Bits of Wisdom

Welcome to Bubbles, Bites & Bits of Wisdom!

WHAT:

We will have a well-known, fabulous female presenter as a featured speaker at each monthly event — with food, fun & relationship-building to follow. The storytellers are strong women who have a moving message. Narrative is the instrument of continuing creativity, a power that inexorably propels women forward into the future, the unknown, building new worlds and structures that benefit everyone. Enjoy gourmet food and the finest wines from around the globe. We will have sparkling wine and water to be sure everyone can partake in the "EDUTAINING" monthly sessions. Each session is a flat fee of $120 per person and includes the speaker, an icebreaker event, networking, wine tasting and dinner. 

WHEN:

On the SECOND THURSDAY of each month with sign-in starting at 5:30 pm.

RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOW:

RESERVE YOUR SPOT HERE
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