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Women's Leadership Conference

September 18, 2024

8 a.m.–4:45 p.m. ET

Ritz Charles, Carmel

8 hours


Learn ways to shape your desired professional and/or personal future with guidance from experts in leadership and the CPA profession. Last year’s event sold out — register early! Please contact Katie Grier at to purchase a table.

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8–8:30 a.m. Breakfast and Registration

Register and kick-start the day with breakfast while taking the opportunity to connect with fellow attendees.

8:30–10:10 a.m. General Session

Laughing Your Way to Success: Harnessing the Power of Humor to Break Down Barriers

Jetta Vaughn, SHRM-CP, Jetta V Ent. LLC

Join us for a day of laughter, learning and empowerment! Get ready to laugh, move and conquer the day like never before!

In this session, kick-start your day by harnessing the power of humor and learn how hilarious anecdotes and funny stories can pack a powerful punch of inspiration while cultivating a positive mindset. Discover how incorporating humor into your daily life can lead to increased productivity as well as improved relationships. Then, enjoy breakout games and learn how fitness can be fun.

Through the day, we will discover the untapped potential of humor as a strategic tool for boosting morale, enhancing efficiency, and forging invaluable connections. Don't miss out on this opportunity to unlock the full potential of your personal and professional success with the ultimate secret weapon: laughter.

10:10–10:20 a.m. Networking Break

It's time to network with colleagues and visit sponsor tables.

10:20–11:20 a.m. General Session

Your Greatest Leadership Challenge: A Look in the Mirror Self-Leadership

Jon Lokhorst, CPA, CSP, PCC, Lokhorst Consulting

Leadership skills are becoming more crucial at every level of organizations in all industries. Most leadership development focuses on the leadership of others. The reality: all leadership starts with self-leadership. To lead others well, you must first lead yourself well. This session offers an inside-out approach to building the leadership capacity needed to lead your team or organization in today’s rapidly changing marketplace. Learn how to show up as your “best self” and deliver your best value in every situation.

11:20–11:30 a.m. Networking Break

It's time to network with colleagues and visit sponsor tables.

11:30–12:30 a.m. General Session

Multiply Your Value with Strategic Thinking and Innovation Skills

Jon Lokhorst, CPA, CSP, PCC, Lokhorst Consulting

You must develop strategic thinking skills to effectively navigate change and deliver exceptional value to your organization, clients, and customers. Interestingly, Zenger Folkman's research indicates that while women leaders outperform their male counterparts on many leadership competencies, they are perceived as lagging in strategic thinking skills. Learn the essence of strategic thinking, how it differs from strategic planning and how to integrate it with traditional planning activities. Discover a framework to become more innovative and relevant to changing customer needs and expectations. Explore questions that inspire strategic thinking and practices to proactively build it into your routines as an executive leader.

12:30–1:30 p.m. Lunch

It's time to have lunch with colleagues and visit sponsor tables. Lunch is provided.

1:30–2:50 p.m. General Session

Bring It All Together — Strategic Thinking!

Jon Lokhorst, CPA, CSP, PCC, Lokhorst Consulting

Team up with your colleagues for a highly interactive business simulation to apply what you've learned about strategic thinking and innovation. Wrap up with key takeaways as you identify pivotal insights for your organization.

2:50–3:05 p.m. Networking Break

It's time to network with colleagues and visit sponsor tables.

3:05–4:45 p.m. General Session

Embrace Your Creative Journey: Relaxation, Exploration & Self-Discovery

Jetta Vaughn, SHRM-CP, Jetta V Ent. LLC

In this session, prepare to be whisked away on a journey of creativity, relaxation, and self-discovery. It's a session unlike any other, where laughter, creativity, and self-care intertwine to create a tapestry of transformation.