Our Leadership Forum is an annual Chamber event dedicated to developing leadership in the Greater Boston area. Our keynote speaker Wayne Budd, Senior Counsel at Goodwin LLP and Former Associate U.S. Attorney General, will kick off a half-day of leadership development programming focused the theme "Leading Through Change." Event workshops will feature local leaders and professors discussing how we show up and what skills are necessary to lead when change is happening all around us personally, professionally, and in the world.
Registration includes breakfast featuring our keynote, two workshops, and a networking lunch.
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7:30 - 8:00 a.m. Registration & Networking
8:00 - 9:15 a.m.: Keynote Address: Former Associate U.S. Attorney General, Wayne Budd
With a wealth of experience leading through change in high pressured environments both in the public and private sectors, Wayne Budd is the perfect person to kick-off the program with his reflections and insights on leadership. Budd is senior counsel for the Litigation Department at Goodwin, where he served as partner from 1993 to 1996. He is the former Associate Attorney General of the United States, appointed by President George H.W. Bush in 1992. He was the U.S. Attorney General for Massachusetts from 1989 to 1992, serving as the state’s chief federal prosecutor and representing the federal government in all civil litigation matters. He also served as a member of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, appointed to that position by President Bill Clinton. Budd has a wealth of experience in the private sector, including serving as a member of the board and as Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel at John Hancock and as Group President-new England at Bell Atlantic Corporation (now Verizon Communications). He is also a member of the Greater Boston Chamber's Academy of Distinguished Bostonians.
In 2005, Budd was appointed to serve on the Executive Committee of the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories. He is a director of the McKesson Corporation and PBF Energy, a NYSE listed company. He is a Trustee Emeritus of Wheaton College and a Trustee at New England Law Boston. He received his B.A. from Boston College and his J.D. from Wayne State University Law School.
9:30 - 10:45 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
1. Driving Change: Nurturing a Culture of Innovation at Google
Leadership at Google has evolved from the company's start-up days to today's global operations. This workshop will look at different ideas and tactics that Google leaders use to maintain a "start-up" culture while also managing a large-scale business. The emphasis will be on practical advice that can be tested or incorporated by leaders at other companies.
Presented by: Steve Arthur, Head of U.S. Sales and Service, Global Finance & Fintech Partnerships, Google
2. Leading Change in Boston: Discussing Public and Private Partnerships
There are myriad ways in which public policy and private sector interests intersect. This moderated panel session will showcase exemplar leadership and change efforts that involved diverse public and private stakeholders. Presenters will describe their experiences and lessons from public-private change efforts, and engage the audience in a conversation about the challenges and opportunities of change via inter-sectoral partnerships. The session seeks to not only describe successful experiences, but emphasize the skills needed to facilitate public-private change efforts.
- Brenda Bond, PhD, Associate Professor & Chair, Institute for Public Service Suffolk University
- Bernard Lynch, Principal, Community Paradigm Associates, LLC
- Amy O'Leary, Early Education for All Campaign Director, Strategies for Children
3. Rebuilding Your Plane Mid-Flight: Disruptive Creative Thinking
Brands must evolve in order to grow and adapt in this rapidly changing marketplace. Today, most brands are at a critical inflection point of relevancy, especially to the next generation of decision makers. Change is particularly hard to embrace when you’re still tasked with keeping the engines running on a daily basis. In this session, hear lessons learned for striking a balance between the past, present and future. Learn how to infuse change without blowing up the brand model and how to rally your employees to become brand ambassadors.
Presented by: Andrew Graff, CEO, Allen & Gerritsen
4. Leading Change: Understanding Unconscious Bias and its Impact*
Interactions at work are undergirded by pervasive but unspoken beliefs that may get in the way of change. As leaders, we have an opportunity and a responsibility to understand unconscious bias and its possible impact. In this session, we will explore research, identify best practices and select tools for identifying unconscious bias. Participants in this session will gain a clear understanding of unconscious bias and the forces that contribute to its prevalence.
Presented by: Stacy Blake-Beard, Professor of Management, Simmons School of Management
*Blake-Beard's workshop in Session 2 is a nice compliment to this workshop.
5. The Changing Nature of Work
The nature of work is ever changing between the gig economy, collaborative work spaces, knowledge workers, and the drive for flexibility and innovation – join this panel discussion to learn different perspectives from individuals in the front seat of workforce change.
- Moderator: Justin Kang, Vice President, Strategy & Growth, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
- Devin Bramhall, Director of Content, Help Scout
- Devin Cole, Director of Business Development, Workbar
- Kristen Craft, VP of Marketing & BD, Ovia Health
11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
1. Communicating Change: Establishing An Executive Presence through Leadership Communications
Effective leaders know that strong communications skills are essential for success. In this interactive workshop, you will learn and practice 10 key steps for crafting clear, succinct and positive messages that stand out. Be prepared to share your own story about how you either initiated change, or learned to cope with changes within your organization. Discuss how to cultivate a strategic mindset grounded in credibility and quality. Practice "Stop. Think. Risk." to help shape your ideas, vision and ultimately, your story. Leave with strategies that you can implement immediately to establish an executive presence for any audience that can lead to sustainable achievement of your individual, as well as organizational, goals.
Presented by: Christine Dunn, President, ArcPoint Strategy
2. Leading with Mindfulness: Strategies for Stress Resilience in a Corporate Setting
This hands-on, interactive session on mindfulness-based resilience strategies is equally as appropriate for beginners as it is for experienced practitioners. Participants will come away with a clear understanding of what mindfulness is, the breadth of scientific research supporting it and how various techniques can be used to help navigate and lead through change and stress. The workshop will include several short, guided mindfulness practices and interactive exercises that can be used at work and in everyday life. Participants will leave the session with simple, clear takeaways that they can start to experiment with in the laboratory of their lives the moment they leave the session.
Presented by: Sarah Stuart, CEO and Founder, Really Mindful Group LLC
3. Uncovering Unconscious Bias as a Catalyst for Change
While seeing unconscious bias is important, taking action in response is critical. In this session, participants will use tools, including their own experiences, to identify examples of unconscious bias. We will identify action steps at individual, group and organizational levels to counter unconscious bias. Participants will collaborate as a temporary learning community to distill lessons and develop next steps to take away from the session.
Presented by: Stacy Blake-Beard, Deloitte Ellen Gabriel Professor of Women & Leadership; Professor, Senior Faculty Affiliate, Center for Gender in Organizations, Simmons College
4. Leading "Big" Change with a Global Purpose
Enlightened global business leaders today are moving away from the relentless pursuit of creating value for one stakeholder – the shareholder – towards creating value for multiple stakeholders, with the goal to create more inclusive economies. In this workshop you’ll broaden your knowledge of the macro challenges faced by businesses seeking to grow in a tech-driven, young, and global world and develop your systems thinking lens that will help you manage and create value in a more interconnected, multi-stakeholder world.
Presented by: Joanne Lawrence, Global Professor of Business & Society, Hult International Business School
5. Anticipating Disruptive Change: Assessing your Readiness for Intraprenuership
Participants of this workshop will learn about disruption and complete a 7-point assessment to help them explore their organizational readiness to support internal innovation. By sharing a range of disruption examples from Startup Institute’s corporate partners, this workshop aims to encourage leaders to strategically evaluate their role in supporting innovation from within.
Presented by: Rich DiTieri, CEO, Startup Institute
12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Networking Lunch
Current Leadership Program Participants: Free
Leadership Program Alumni Early Bird Rate (Before June 9): $150
Member: Individual $195, Table of 10 $1500
RSVP by Friday, June 23
Boston, MA 02116