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Wednesday, October 19
11:00 am - 1:00 pm CT

NextUp Board Meeting

Internal Meeting

Wednesday, October 19
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm CT

Ambassador and Regional Volunteers Meeting

We invite our Ambassadors and Regional Volunteers to attend this joint meeting to connect with each other and collaborate on how we can work together to drive membership engagement and involvement at a local level. We’ll also celebrate all you do to advance all women in business!
Wednesday, October 19
2:00 pm - 2:05 pm CT

Welcome

Sarah Alter, President and CEO of NextUp opens the 21st annual Leadership Summit.  
Sarah Alter

Sarah Alter

CEO and President
NextUp
Wednesday, October 19
2:05 pm - 3:00 pm CT

Improvising Through the Unknown: How to Handle Uncertainty and Win

Keynote & Q&A

In this fun and interactive session with award-winning comedian, author, and speaker Katie Goodman, you’ll discover how transforming the future relies on your ability to find your authentic voice and to take creative risks. Alongside your friends and allies, you’ll learn improv exercises and games that will help you gain the skills and confidence to thrive during uncertain times.  
Katie Goodman

Katie Goodman

Comedian, Life Coach, and Author
Wednesday, October 19
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm CT

Creating A New World

Fireside Chat

Bestselling author Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman shares how Gen Z and Millennial women can lead the transformation of our future from whatever role they’re in. Opoku-Agyeman is a PhD student at Harvard University and the editor of the book The Black Agenda, Bold Solutions for a Broken System. In conversation with Attorney and Entrepreneur, Tom Foley, she’ll share her experience from her time as a junior executive in corporate America and her perspective about the pipeline and pathway problem for Black women. 
Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman 

Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman

Editor
The Black Agenda
Tom Foley

Tom Foley, Esq.

Founder
Indigo Group LLC
Wednesday, October 19
3:45 pm - 4:00 pm CT

Break

Sponsored by PepsiCo

Wednesday, October 19
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm CT

Boosting Women. Building Impact.

Fireside Chat

When we use our influence and voice to support women, we create ripple effects that can transform our world.In this session, Karen Jones, VP Learning & Partner Solutions at NextUp talks with Lorraine Stomski, SVP, Associate Learning and Leadership at Walmartwho will share how theirprogramshave helped Walmart create a massive positive impact on the lives of people both inside the organization and across the country. See how you canuse the seat you’re in to create a bigger impact for all women.  
Karen Jones

Karen Jones

VP, Learning & Partner Solutions
NextUp
Lorraine Stromski

Lorraine Stromski

SVP, Associate Learning and Leadership
Walmart
Wednesday, October 19
4:30 pm - 4:50 pm CT

Make Way for a Woman Bold

Performance

Singer, songwriter Chastity Brown shares her artistic genius and her vision for what’s next for bold women. Don’t miss this special session where Chastity will unveil a special surprise she created just for NextUp 
Chastity Brown

Chastity Brown

Musician
Wednesday, October 19
4:50 pm - 5:00 pm CT

Awards and General Session Close

Wednesday, October 19
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm CT

NextUp Board Reception

Invitation Only

Wednesday, October 19
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm CT

The Transformation Starts Now

Opening Reception - Sponsored by Beam Suntory and Acosta

We'll gather to celebrate all of you — the visionary women and allies who are leading the transformation for women in business. 
Thursday, October 20
6:45 am - 7:30 am CT

Power Up: Workout

Prep for the day with an energizing workout.
Thursday, October 20
7:00 am - 7:30 am CT

Power Up: Meditation

Greet the present moment, clear your mind, and open your heart with mindful meditation guide, Shelby Sinoway.
Shelby Sinoway

Shelby Sinoway

Meditation Guide
Thursday, October 20
7:45 am - 8:45 pm CT

Affinity Groups Breakfast

Thursday, October 20
8:45 am - 9:00 am CT

Break

Sponsored by PepsiCo

Thursday, October 20
9:00 am - 9:15 am CT

Welcome and Awards

Thursday, October 20
9:15 am - 10:00 am CT

Lead Like a Lioness

Keynote and Q&A

Christina Ruggiero, President North America Operations at The Coca-Cola Company kicks off the day with an inspiring talk for leaders looking to rise. Discover how you can bravely navigate your career and lead with intention and power—no matter where you are on the org chart.  
Christina Ruggiero

Christina Ruggiero

President, North America Operations, Central Zone, North America Operating Unit
The Coca-Cola Company
Tamiko Olabintan

Tamiko Olabintan

Chief Operating Officer
NextUp
Thursday, October 20
10:00 am - 10:40 am CT

The Power of Language

Panel Discussion

High-level communication skills have never been more important. In this session leaders will discuss how the power and use of language can make or break relationships, diversity and belonging efforts, and customer engagement. In this session, Wendy Davidson, President, Americas, Glanbia Performance Nutrition, leads a discussion withAmy von Walter, Head of Global Communications at ExxonMobil, Laura Gump, President of the Houston - Louisiana Division at Kroger, and Annabel Tsang, VP, Sales Effectiveness at Keurig Dr. Pepper how you can tap into the power of language to transform your relationships.  
Amy von Walter

Amy von Walter

Head, Global Communications
ExxonMobil
Laura Gump

Laura Urquiza Gump

President, Houston - Louisiana Division
Kroger
Annabel Tsang

Annabel Tsang

VP, Sales Effectiveness
Keurig Dr. Pepper
Melody Richard

Wendy Davidson

President, Americas
Glanbia Performance Nutrition
Thursday, October 20
10:40 am - 11:00 am CT

Awards

Thursday, October 20
11:00 am - 11:15 am CT

Break

Sponsored by PepsiCo

Thursday, October 20
11:15 am - 12:00 pm CT

Women in Tech

Panel Discussion and Q&A

In a recent study led by Girls Who Code and Accenture, only 21% of women said they believed the techindustry was a place they could thrive. That number drops to 8% for women of color. Additionally, 50% of womenintech leave the professional altogether before they turn 35. In this session, moderated by Kris Torres, Managing Director, Cloud Innovation Center, Accenture, panelists, Shilpa Vadodaria, Worldwide Leader, Digital Innovation – Health & Digital Equity at Amazon, Ann Dozier, SVP, CIO at Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, and Jill Tucker, VP, Biz Technology & Employee Experience at Salesforce will speak to the culture driving this disturbing data and will share ways they’re working to change it. 
Shilpa Vadodaria

Shilpa Vadodaria

Worldwide Leader, Digital Innovation
Amazon
Ann Dozier

Ann Dozier

Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer
Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits, LLC
Kris Torres

Kris Torres

Managing Director, Cloud Innovation Center
Accenture
Jill Tucker

Jill Tucker

VP, BT Employee Experience
Salesforce
Thursday, October 20
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm CT

The Power is YOU

Fireside Chat and Q&A

You are the future of business. You are the builders. The generators. The pioneers. In this inspiring conversation led by NextUp President & CEO Sarah Alter,Derek Lewis, President, Multicultural Business and Equity Development, PepsiCo Beverages North Americashareshis vision of just how powerful we all are. Wherever you are the pipeline, it’s never been more important that we work together to strengthen our relationships, build our communities, and inspire a more equitable world. 
Derek Lewis

Derek Lewis

Derek Lewis, President, Multicultural Business and Equity Development
PepsiCo Beverages North America
Sarah Alter

Sarah Alter

CEO and President
NextUp
Thursday, October 20
12:45 pm - 2:00 pm CT

Lunch and Learn

Sponsored by Visa

Meet new people, have inspiring conversations, and learn about the bold women of Texasduring our mid-day break. 
Thursday, October 20
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm CT

Solution Lab Breakouts

You'll step away from these interactive sessions with action items you can use right away—to build your leadership, your teams, and your success.

Track 1: Connect, Work & Lead Across Generations

Solution Lab Breakout

Remote work, advancing technology, and an always-on work culture are fracturing our relationships resulting in deep disconnection...especially across generations. A generationally diverse workforce is crucial for thriving in today’s high-flux and disruption-prone marketplace, however, an astounding 52% of workers say they’re least likely to get along with someone from another generation. And 62% of Gen Z anticipate challenges working with Baby Boomers and Gen X. Since Millennials and Gen Z became a majority of the labor force, the generational gap has never been wider as each generation has a varying perspective of work, leadership, communication, success, and technology. In this session, Wall Street Journal bestselling author and speaker, Ryan Jenkins, brings market-leading insight to help you close the generational gap and improve connection, teamwork, and more. 
Ryan Jenkins

Ryan Jenkins

Bestselling Author, Keynote Speaker
Dr. Kristin Lee

Dr. Kristin Lee

Virtual Learning Manager
NextUp

Track 2: Building Your #BadAss Brand

Solution Lab Breakout

Unleash your full potential by elevating your personal and professional brand. Ebony Wyatt, Customer Vice President, General Mills and Tiffani Daniels, Managing Director, Minnesota Business Coalition for Racial Equity lead you through a process to help you understand and own your unique attributes and capabilities. When you build your #BadAss Brand, you’ll gain clarity and confidence that will help turn your vision for the future into reality.  
Ebony Wyatt

Ebony Wyatt

Customer Vice President
General Mills
Tiffani Daniels

Tiffani Daniels

Managing Director
Minnesota Business Coalition for Racial Equity

Track 3: Updraft: When Women Empower Women

Solution Lab Breakout

According to a study by researchers at Northwestern University and the University of Notre Dame, the most successful women develop a female-dominated inner circle of high-ranking women. In this powerful sessionmoderated by Desiree Frey, Senior Director, Regional Growth & Develoment at NextUp, you’ll hear from Irene Quarshie, SVP, Global Supply Chain & Logistics at Target and Ivanka Mamic, SVP, Sustainability at BP. They’ll share how their relationship helped propel them as leaders and provide a roadmap for how you can support other women on your journey to the top.
Irene Quarshie

Irene Quarshie

Senior Vice President of Global Supply Chain and Logistics
Target Corporation
Ivanka Mamic

Ivanka Mamic

Senior Vice President Sustainability
bp
Desiree Frey

Desiree Frey

Senior Director, Regional Growth & Development
NextUp

Track 4: Gender and Gen Z

Solution Lab Breakout

In a recent Pew Research Center study, 59% of Gen Z respondents said that forms or online profiles that ask about gender should include options other than “man” or “woman.” Additionally, a third of Gen Zers say they know someone who prefers to go by gender-neutral pronouns. In this session, panelists including Cecilia B. Ogude, SVP, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, IRi; Council Dawson, 9Elements Managing Business Director, P&G; and Julia Marshel, Senior Brand Manager at Altria International Sales, Inc., will discuss how Gen Z is pushing organizations to transform from the inside out.   
Cecilia B. Ogude

Cecilia B. Ogude

Global Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
IRI/NPD
Julia Marshel

Julia Marshel

Senior Brand Manager
Altria International Sales, Inc.
Council Dawson

Council Dawson

9Elements Managing Business Director
Procter & Gamble
Kat Ortiz

Kat Ortiz

Program Manager, Learning and Development
NextUp

Track 5: The Strength in Strategic Vulnerability

Solution Lab Breakout

Traits including decisiveness, big-picture thinking, and collaboration often take center stage in leadership development conversations. However, the key to forming authentic, long-lasting bonds with your team, customers, and stakeholders is to be intentionally authentic. In this session, join Stella Odogwu, CEO of Intelle Coaching, to learn how strategic vulnerability can stave off burnout and lead to the career growth you seek.   
Stella Odogwu

Stella Odogwu

Founder
INTELLE Coaching Solutions
Thursday, October 20
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm CT

Track 6: Caregiving + Work

Solution Lab Breakout

Women are no strangers to being stretched, but according to the Women in the Workplace 2021 report, women’s burnout is on the rise. A whopping 1 in 3 women has considered leaving the workforce or downshifting their careers and 42% say they were often or almost always burned out in 2021. In this solution lab, DanitSchleman, VP Strategic Value at NextUp leads a conversation withRenata Ferraiolo Pereira, VP Global Marketing Pest Control, SC Johnson and Tara SchuelerPoponyak, Senior Director, Sales Center of Excellence at Keurig Dr. Pepper Inc.Theywill sharehow they’ve handled one of the biggest drivers of burnout—providing caregiving for children, parents, or grandparents while building a career.  
Renata

Renata Ferraiolo Pereira

VP Global Marketing
SC Johnson
Tara Poponyak

Tara Poponyak

Senior Director, Sales Center of Excellence
Keurig Dr Pepper Inc.
Danit Schleman

Danit Schleman

VP, Strategic Value
NextUp
Thursday, October 20
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm CT

Break

Sponsored by PepsiCo

Thursday, October 20
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm CT

Musical Chairs Connections

Networking Experience

One of the most powerful things you can do for your career is connect with other women and allies. Join us for a fun networking experienceset to the musical stylings of Summit favorite—DJ eTrayn! You’ll be able to build your contacts across silos, companies, and industries.
Thursday, October 20
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm CT

Break

Take time to decompress, network with colleagues, and get ready for our big night!  
Thursday, October 20
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm CT

Future Forward Dance Party

Sponsored by PepsiCo

Come for the food and company - stay for the dancing! This high-energy party featuring the Emerald City Band will leave you charged up and ready to create a bright future for all women.  
Emerald City Band

Emerald City Band

Friday, October 21
6:45 am - 7:30 am CT

Power Up: Workout

Prep for the day with an energizing workout.
Friday, October 21
7:00 am - 7:30 am CT

Power Up: Meditation

Greet the present moment, clear your mind, and open your heart with mindful meditation guide, Shelby Sinoway. 
Shelby Sinoway

Shelby Sinoway

Meditation Guide
Friday, October 21
7:45 am - 8:45 am CT

Affinity Groups Breakfast

Friday, October 21
8:45 am - 9:00 am CT

Break

Sponsored by PepsiCo

Friday, October 21
9:00 am - 9:05 am CT

Welcome

Friday, October 21
9:05 am - 9:25 am CT

Breaking Boundaries: Equal Pay for Equal Work 

Virtual Fireside Chat 

Sam Mewis knows a thing or two about kicking through obstacles. The women’s soccer powerhouse and international star was instrumental in fighting for equal pay for women. In February 2022, U.S. Soccer—the governing body of professional soccer—paid out a $24 million settlement to women soccer players. In this session, she shares her thoughts on what it takes to break boundaries and win. 
Samantha Mewis

Samantha Mewis

Midfielder
U.S Women's National Team
Melanie Peyton

Melanie Peyton

Senior Account Executive
Visa
Friday, October 21
9:25 am - 10:00 am CT

Bold Women Making Waves

Panel Discussion & Q&A

Women in the world of professional sports are uniquely positioned to make big changes that can help pave the way for future leaders. In this discussion led by Tamiko Olabintan, COO, NextUP, you’ll see how executives at the National Football League,including Marisa Solis, SVP, Global Brand & Consumer Marketing, Cathy Yancy, VP Broadcast Partnershipsand Tracie Rodburg, SVP Sponsorship Management, are using their platforms to make big waves.
Tamiko Olabintan

Tamiko Olabintan

Chief Operating Officer
NextUp
Marisa Solis

Marisa Solis

SVP, Global Brand & Consumer Marketing
National Football League
Cathy Yancy

Catherine Flowers-Yancy

Vice President, Rights, Policies & Compliance, NFL Media
National Football League
Tracie Rodburg

Tracie Rodburg

SVP Sponsorship Management
National Football League
Friday, October 21
10:00 am - 10:40 am CT

Collaboration: The Future of Sustainability

Panel Discussion & Q&A

One of the great lessons of the pandemic came from watching how fast we can solve problems when organizations work together. In this conversation, Melody Richard, Merchandising VP, Pets-Walmart U.S. at Walmart joinsLisa Manley, VP, Sustainability at Marsand Irvine Sloan, VP, Strategic Account Management at Duke Energy for a conversation about how they’re working to find the best solutions to some of our biggest sustainability problems.
Irvine Sloan

Irvine Sloan

Social Impact Strategy Leader
Duke Energy Corporation
Melody Richard

Melody Richard

Merchandising VP, Pets
Walmart
Lisa Manley

Lisa Manley

Global VP, Sustainability
Mars
Friday, October 21
10:40 am - 11:00 am CT

Break

Sponsored by PepsiCo

Friday, October 21
11:00 am - 11:45 am CT

Women, Money, and Power

Keynote

Women comprise half the earth's population so they should control half the wealth, right? This is not the world we live in—not even close. Nationwide, 13% of men earn $100k or more a year, while only 6% of women earn that much. Worldwide, 89% of the world's billionaires are men—only 11% are women. We have a huge wealth gap between men and women, but a redistribution of wealth is possible, and it starts with you. Rachel Rodgers, the bestselling author of We Should All Be Millionaires, shares how women who invest in their financial success change the world.
Rachel Rodgers

Rachel Rodgers

Author, We Should Be Millionaires
Friday, October 21
11:45 am - 12:00 pm CT

Awards and Giveaways

Sarah Alter

Sarah Alter

CEO and President
NextUp
Friday, October 21
12:00 pm - 12:05 pm CT

Conference Close

Sarah Alter

Sarah Alter

CEO and President
NextUp