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Candid Conversations Leadership Conference — Fall 2021 Agenda

The Forté Candid Conversations Leadership Conference will be a virtual experience for Fall 2021. Please check the conference platform for updates.

All sessions are in Eastern Standard Time Zone

Thursday, October 28

4:00–4:30 pm ET

Opening Session: Forté & Partner Welcome

4:30–5:30 pm ET

BrandYou for Early Career Workshop

Did you know it takes just 7 seconds to make an impression?
Personal branding is an important tool in proactively managing and representing your image. This has become essential as virtual communication has amplified and relationships are known as the most important form of currency. In this 60-minute program, Chelsea C. Williams, Founder & CEO of College Code, will guide you to build and more intentionally manage your personal brand. The program will start by conducting a self-assessment to identify the intersectional experiences that have impacted you as a Black, Latina, or Native American woman. We will then use insights gleaned to develop a personal brand map which highlights unique skills, talents, personality traits, and abilities and a thoughtful plan to build your brand with authenticity, clarity, and confidence!

5:45–6:30 pm ET

Real Talk Panels: Bring Your Authentic Self to Work

Developing strong, genuine relationships with your classmates and colleagues can help to propel your career forward. But what does it really mean to bring your authentic self to the workplace? Learn more about this topic from women who have made their mark in business and navigated the complexity of the modern work environment. Panelists will share their diverse experiences, key learnings, and advice for undergraduate women.

Featuring: Forté Corporate Partners

6:30–7:30 pm ET

Closing Session & Networking Hour

🎥 Cameras on! This will be a highly interactive portion of the conference!

Friday, October 29

12:30–1:00 pm ET

Opening Session — Forté & Partner Welcome

1:15–2:00 pm ET

Real Talk Panels: Evaluating Culture

Organizational culture can play an important role in the ability of an organization to recruit and retain top talent. What constitutes company culture and how can you evaluate these traits at a company of interest? Learn more about this topic from women who have made their mark in business and navigated the complexity of the modern work environment. Panelists will share their diverse experiences, key learnings, and advice for undergraduate women.

Featuring: Forté Corporate Partners

2:15–3:30 pm ET

Simulation: Using Critical Thinking and Presentation Skills to Influence Outcomes

🎥 Cameras on! This will be a highly interactive portion of the conference!

Developing strong critical thinking skills can support your career development in the short- and long-term. This ability can help you to evaluate a business problem from a variety of different perspectives, conduct a thorough analysis, and offer meaningful recommendations that impact the bottom line. So do you really have what it takes to persuade others? Experience this live simulation that will put your critical thinking, communication, and presentation skills to the test.

Facilitator: Deloitte

In partnership with:

Coaches: Partner Representatives

3:30–4:30 pm ET

Real Talk Hot Topics — How to Make Work Work for You

🎥 Cameras on! This will be a highly interactive portion of the conference!

Engage in open and honest conversations with trailblazing professional women. These business leaders will speak candidly about some of the issues that you may experience as a woman of color advancing in your career. This highly interactive component of the conference will provide an opportunity for you to build community with peers and professionals.

4:45–5:15 pm ET

Closing Session — Forté & Partner Closing Keynote

5:15–6:30 pm ET

Virtual Career Expo

🎥 Cameras on! This will be a highly interactive portion of the conference!

Forté’s Career Expo connects corporate recruiters and representatives with exceptional talent (that’s you!). This virtual trade show puts you in the driver’s seat, and allows you to engage with the corporate partners that are of greatest interest to you. You will have the opportunity to meet representatives in an online group chat, explore company culture, and learn about internship, full-time employment, and other professional or academic opportunities.