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2016 ~ Career Enhancement Forum

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Women in Consumer Technology Forum: “Design Your Life: A Road-map to Success Amid Change”

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Check out the Survey Monkey Results Below!

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CE Week returns to NYC June 20-24, 2016, and Women in Consumer Technology’s exclusive fifth annual Forum 2016, “Design Your Life: A Road-map to Success Amid Change”, is scheduled for Tuesday, June 21. This year’s Opening Keynote Speaker is The New York Times Bestseller author, journalist, and popular lecturer, Gail Sheehy. In her 50 years as a writer she is the embodiment of this year’s Forum theme. She has interviewed thousands of women and men and written 17 books. From her 1976 book Passages, named one of the ten most influential books of our times by a Library of Congress survey, to her five other books on the passages theme revisit and illuminate the stages of adult life: New Passages, Understanding Men’s Passages, The Silent Passage (menopause), Sex and the Seasoned Women, and Passages in Caregiving. And in 2014 she turned the lens on herself: she had to write a memoir about her own passages. The book is called DARING: My Passages. Sheehy hopes it inspires young women to dream big, take risks, outlive the early failures, and build toward success with meaning and social purpose by midlife. Forum attendees will receive a copy of DARING and enjoy the opportunity for Ms. Sheehy to personally sign their copy.


Opening Keynote Sponsored byVoxx logo


Book Signing Sponsored byCrestron sponsor logo

Featured Workshop – Sam Horn

serenedestinySam Horn Returns with SerenDestiny® – Is the light on in your eyes?  As the creator of SerenDestiny®, she’s interviewed hundreds of people about what it takes to create a life where the light is on in your eyes and has delivered her findings on this subject at TEDxNASA, as well as has been speaking and blogging about it since 2010. SerenDestiny® is not something passive that is out of our control. We don’t have to sit around, wait, and hope it will happen. We can increase the likelihood of it happening. Like the state of flow, we can’t force fortuitous encounters to show up, but we can facilitate them showing up. And that’s what Sam will share, stories of people who have set their SerenDestiny® in motion by aligning with congruent individuals, activities and opportunities.

Sponsored by Core Brands sponsor logo

new Melissa Andresko

Break Out Sessions & Featured WorkshopsDeena-Ghazarian-1

 The Women in Consumer Technology Connect Circles Program

Deena Ghazarian and Melissa Andresko bring to life the Connect Circle Program. A new topic will be introduced by a working Connect Circle group with small group interactive Breakout Sessions to follow.

    Sponsored bySomfy sponsor logo



kthomasLeveraging Gender Intelligence to Transform Cultures

In this interactive session, Kendra Thomas, Head of Global Diversity for Pearson, will help participants become more gender intelligent, with the ability to better leverage the unique skills that men and women bring to a culture while embedding in their organizations the notion that great minds think unalike.

Sponsored byLG logo


Fireside Chat

Practice What You Preach

Mother-daughter team Karyn Schoenbart, President & Chief Operating Officer, The NPD Group, Inc. and Danielle Sporkin, Client Partner at Essence, a digital media agency, share real world examples from their varied career experiences across two generations. They will demonstrate how to put tried and true business principles into practice plus share new ideas for today’s business landscape.

Moderated by Award-Winning Journalist Andrea Smith, they will discuss:Andrea Smith HeadshotDanielle Sporkin headshotEdited_KarynSchoenbart

  • Networking and Building Relationships
  • Dealing with Difficult Situations
  • Your Career Path: Making it your own

Sponsored byHarman 2016 logo


The Forum serves up a full day of sessions, topics, workshops and keynote speakers that relate to career enhancement for all corporate, small business and entrepreneurial women pursuing a career in consumer electronics.


Rubin Museum  –  150 W. 17th Street, NYC

Registration: $249 (members); $299 (non-members)

Tickets available at the door!

Speaker gifts brought to you byStelle logo

Brought to you byMaster Dynamic logoProsource sponsor logo

Goody Bags sponsored byMack logo

Notepads sponsored byBGZ logo

Luncheon sponsored byEpson sponsor logo

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Women in Consumer Technology Forum: “Design Your Life: A Road-map to Success Amid Change”

Full Schedule

10:00 am – 11:00 am   Networking Breakfast

11:00 am – 12:15 pm   Opening Keynote: New York Times Bestseller author, journalist and popular lecturer Gail Sheehy

12:15 pm – 1:00 pm     Gail Sheehy DARING: My Passages Book Signing and Luncheon

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm       Sam Horn–SerenDestiny® Is the Light on In Your Eyes?

2:00 pm – 2:45pm        Kendra Thomas—Leveraging Gender Intelligence to Transform Cultures

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm       Deena Ghazarian and Connect Circle Members–Intro to Women in Consumer Technology Connect Circle Workshop

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm       Women in Consumer Technology Connect Circle Workshop/Coffee Break

4:15 pm – 4:30 pm       Women in Consumer Technology Connect Circle Workshop Wrap-up

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm       Practice What You Preach—Mother daughter team Karyn Schoenbart, President & Chief Operating Officer, The NPD Group,                                    Inc. and Danielle Sporkin, SVP at Essence: Moderated by Award-Winning Journalist Andrea Smith

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm       Networking Cocktail Reception


Survey Monkey Results

First time attendee – 48%

Rate Overall Event:

76% Excellent

19% Very Good

5% Good

“Great Energy!”

Gail Sheehy:

76% Excellent

5% VG

14% G

“Great Storytelling/real world advice”

“Very informative through Passages”

Sam Horn:

62% Excellent

10% VG

29% Good

“Very informed take through the 8 keys to getting your attention. Loved building in spaces for whims.”

“I always enjoy listening to Sam speak. She’s an amazing presenter. Please ALWAYS make sure she”’s included in the Women in CT events!

Connect Circles Workshops:

56% Excellent

30% VG

10% G

“Just wish there was more time. Fantastic!”

Kendra Thomas:    

95% Excellent

5% Good


“Simply outstanding”

“Very Informative and she was such an enthusiastic and dynamic speaker!”

“It was a very well presented topic. The topic is interesting but can be fairly mundane if not presented well and Kendra did an excellent job!”

Karyn and Danielle with Andrea Smith:

65% Excellent

15% VG

15% G

The Rubin Museum:

74% Excellent

21% VG

5% G

“Lived in NYC my whole life and I never knew it existed! Fantastic!”

“Great venue and convenient to the main conference. Luncheon was excellent.”

“I love the Rubin”

“Would have loved better wifi connectivity!”


45% Excellent

40% VG

15% G

Will Attend Forum 2017 – 100%


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