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Wednesday, December 7, 2022 Live Webcast

Women’s Leadership Forum (E2212520)

8:00 AM - 4:30 PM EST

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8.0 CPE Credits in PD


The hurdles to advancement in the workplace for women are real, and with burnout at an all-time high, female leaders need support. The Women's Leadership Forum is designed to elevate, empower and propel women at all stages of their careers. Connect with a like-minded community and gain insights you need to thrive.


Throughout the conference you'll learn:
  • How to master your inner critic and stop feeding into imposter syndrome
  • Game-changing negotiation tactics
  • Proven strategies to empower success during disruption
  • How to evaluate the habits you want to change and how to move forward
  • How to provide radical support for women while bucking beauty myth standards


$50 early bird discount ends on Nov. 11.

This conference is presented by the Virginia Society of CPAs (VSCPA) in cooperation with the NJCPA.

8-9:05 a.m.
Ladies in Leadership: Being Vocal, Visible and Sensationally Supportive
Eva DeVirgilis
When a woman speaks out publicly, often the first thing that is criticized is her appearance - not her words. Evidence of this phenomenon exists from Ancient Greece to Twitter today. This fear of body-shaming often affects women asserting themselves and stepping into leadership positions. How do we as women continue to be empowered when the more visible we become the more the critics try to silence us? In this highly interactive talk, actor, speaker and makeup artist Eva DeVirgilis will have audiences shouting ‘I’m a leader’ from the rooftop (or their laptop), engaging in radical support for other women and bucking the myths of beauty standards by showing up and being more visible.

9:15-10:05 a.m.
Stop Feeding Imposter Syndrome
Deborah Porter, founder - Moms Mentoring Circle
Imposter syndrome. We’re all familiar with the term. Doubting my own ability and fear of being exposed as a fraud despite evidence of success are probably the top two. However, there are things we allow in our lives and relationships (both personal and professional) that feed imposter syndrome every day. We will uncover five things that feed imposter syndrome and what to do instead.

10:15-11:30 a.m.
'F' Your Shoulds: Keep Showing Up
Jill Andersen, M.B.A.
Creating sustainable, positive change takes more than what our culture tells us it should. Jill brings humor and hammers to bust you through the fleeting first few weeks of well-intentioned change to up leveling in life’s SHOULD storm.

11:40 a.m.-12:05 p.m.
A Personal Leadership Journey
Anne Hagen, CPA, CGMA - Masonic Home of Virginia
Details coming soon

Lunch Break

12:45-2 p.m.
Breaking the Rules: Power, Vulnerability and Gender Roles
Scott Wayne, founder - Envoy, Vera Gillespie and Ashley White
This interactive session will cover negotiation techniques for women and provide a road map for finding commonality in women’s experiences and observed behaviors in men. We’ll tackle how to level the playing field using practical techniques such as priming, framing and stagecraft through the lens of gender dynamics. We’ll discuss how to leverage the many bases of power to ensure voices are not drowned out when faced with conflict or when dealing with day-to-day behaviors. We’ll be breaking the rules so you can draft your own playbook.

2:20-3:35 p.m.
Knowing Your Worth and Getting Paid for Your Value
Gail Letts, CEO - Letts Consult
Details coming soon

3:45-4:30 p.m.
Regenerative Resilience: Thriving During Uncertainty
Elatia Abate, M.B.A.
To say that there has been outsized uncertainty to grapple with and lead our teams through over the last two years would be an understatement. Rather than wait for the next big wave of disruption to arrive, we can prepare ourselves now to thrive in the uncertainty of the coming months and years. Enter, Regenerative Resilience™. This dynamic leadership model was designed to empower you with the practices that will help you and your organization thrive in an era of increasing disruption.




Various Speakers

Various Speakers


$450.00 - Member

$575.00 - Nonmember

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