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"Good Enough Now: Conversations that Matter"

Jess Petitt

Jess Pettitt, M.Ed., CSP, has always had a foot in two different approaches to her life. Perhaps it is her Texas roots, but she believes to thrive in this world you have to ride two horses at once – one of humility and one of ego.

This is why while hosting and performing stand-up in NYC she also worked as a diversity and inclusion specialist as a day job. She quit her day job after a decade and almost 20 years later still uses humor to deliver actionable content related to everything you ever wanted to know about where leadership and diversity collide but are afraid to ask. Though often referred to as a thought leader, Jess responds that she just makes leaders think.

For Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work to stick, the first step is a conversation that matters about what you don’t know you don’t know then you can do the best you can with what you have some of the time without getting sued, losing talent, or failing customers.

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"Re-FRESH: A 4-Step Roadmap for Re-Inventing Companies - and Careers"

Christina "CK" Kerley

Christina “CK” Kerley guides Fortune 500s through the 10+ tech dominating the next 10 years.

Praised for her energy, theatrical style, and cutting-edge knowledge, CK inspires and motivates audiences to embrace change.

A headliner at corporate and industry events, she has wowed crowds at Verizon, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, Amazon, TEDx, E*TRADE, The United Nations, Bissell, Best Buy, Cisco, Prudential, and more.

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"Can Project Management Be a Burnout Antidote?"

Karen Worstell

Burnout was Tech's dirty little secret - but with two-thirds of the workforce now self-identifying as burned out, it's not such a secret anymore.  Burnout is the new pandemic.  There are four major contributors to burnout in the workplace and Project Managers are critical to mitigating one of them.  Come learn how personal and organizational effectiveness changes everything and get actionable steps you can take right now.

Karen Worstell is the go-to burnout recovery and prevention guru. Her career in the Tech sector led her to the top of her field serving multiple iconic brands as CEO, CTO and CISO.  It also led her to her personal experience of burnout not once, but twice.   After leaving Tech and serving as the Palliative Care Fellow at the VA hospital, she returned to Tech in 2016 to reverse the trend of women leaving the Tech workforce.  What she discovered along the way to creating her MOJO Maker for Women in Tech program and podcast was a cultural landmine that causes men and women to question, "How much longer can I do this?"  Karen helps both men and women retrieve their souls from the Silicon Valley lost and found without paying the ransom.

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