DD1 High Heels and Hard Hats: Technology: STEM to STEAM!
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Venue: George R. Brown Convention Center
Room: 350E

Join us for a panel of women trailblazers – learn from their experience, ask them your questions, engage them in problem solving today’s issues, and perhaps find a mentor. Hear what they fought for that we take for granted today.

Topics include:
Leading from the Middle: Changing the FM Mindset
Even in today’s complex world, no-one needs to feel excluded from taking a leadership role based on their position in the organization, and certainly not someone who in any organization is considered to be a subject matter expert.  But to be able to exert that influence, the expert, in this case the Facilities Manager, of course needs to have credibility based on knowledge, but, more importantly, also needs to know how to influence peers and superiors who wield decision-making power.  If an expert has a negative outlook, or looks only internally for support, any proposed change initiative will be doomed to failure, no matter how much specialized or exclusive knowledge the proposer might have.  However, knowing the right people by building networks and partnerships in advance of a decision point, and knowing what information to share when, will make the difference between inclusion and exclusion, between being accepted and being ignored.  ‘Leading change from the middle’ will always be a challenge, but we all have bosses who also have bosses. Having the leadership tools to influence the future will enable a Facilities Manager to make a powerful contribution to organizational or functional change.

Women Leading in Turbulent Times
Today’s workplaces are experiencing unprecedented change. Leaders are facing a perfect storm of stressors at work, including information overload, breakneck speed of delivery, difficult re-organizations, and record levels of uncertainty. The challenges leaders face are amplified by workers being mobile, and teams being distributed across geographies. Leaders can no longer rely on traditional methods of managing. Female leaders in traditionally male dominated fields face many additional hurdles, including navigating career and family roles. Women’s non-work lives also present more demands than ever, potentially draining their capacity at home and work. Luckily there are strategies that can help better manage energy and capacity so that we do not risk mental exhaustion and burn out.  Further, certain leadership capabilities have been found to be essential to leading in a distributed or mobile workplace, which can greatly reduce stress and increase team performance.

Whether you're beginning your career full of bold new ideas or you're looking for fresh challenges, this session is for you (yes, men too)! Leave feeling inspired, motivated and confident.

Jason Flick
Robert Horne, The Attain Group Inc.
Deborah Naczynski
Emily White, USC Institute for Creative Technologies
Meredith Thatcher, IFMA Fellow, President, Thatcher Workplace Consulting
Jessica Bickel, DXC Technology
Sheevaun Thatcher, Ring Central