Women Executives Forum: Embrace Curiosity as the Ultimate Competitive Advantage

Women Executives Forum: Embrace Curiosity as the Ultimate Competitive Advantage

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Mar 18, 2019 - Mar 18, 2019


5:00 PM - 7:00 PM


The Broadmoor

Great Ideas / The Broadmoor
1 Lake Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
United States

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The Women Executives Forum explores the challenges and opportunities facing women leaders—executives in and aspiring to the C-suite—and how men and women can take action to support gender equality. The series of workshops features notable speakers from the association, nonprofit, and public sectors. Each edition of the Women Executives Forum features a thought-provoking keynote presentation followed by facilitated table discussions.

What does it take to stay competitive and relevant in today's world? The scary truth is that the only thing harder than getting to the top is staying there. When reaching the peak of their potential, most companies lose their curiosity and instead become irrelevant to their customers, inhibiting potential growth.

This thought-provoking program will reveal the smokescreens that can obscure imminent threats to long-term viability, from the blind spots we develop about our business to the pitfalls of feeling like an expert. Register now to:

  • discover the most innovative version of yourself and your association so you remain competitive and relevant
  • create a more innovative culture with less risk and better results
  • avoid falling into the “expert trap” by identifying potential vulnerabilities in your association

This edition of the Women Executives Forum series is co-located with the 2019 Great Ideas Conference. Conference registration is not required.

Through education, collaboration, and networking, the Women Executives Forum provides a framework and tools to support women leaders in the association community, facilitating the leadership pipeline and helping associations transform their organizations and the communities they serve.

  • Speakers

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      Diana Kander

      Diana Kander and her family escaped from the Soviet Union when she was 8-years-old. By the time she was an American citizen, she had perfected her skills as an entrepreneur – selling flea market goods to grade school classmates at a markup. Today, Diana is the Director of Innovation Culture and Habits for Maddock Douglas, a Chicago-based innovation consulting firm. In this role, she trains executives and Fortune 1000 companies to be more innovative and inspires employees to think like entrepreneurs. How did she get here? Diana was a Georgetown educated attorney who left her successful law practice to start and sell a number of ventures. The businesses spanned a number of industries: software, real estate, hospitality, construction, staffing and consulting. After the sale of her last company, Diana spent three years as a Senior Fellow at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the largest non-profit in the world dedicated to entrepreneurship and education, and two years as a professor of entrepreneurship in the MBA program at the University of Missouri. Diana is also the author of the New York Times Bestseller All In Startup, a novel outlining lessons for launching a successful business. The book has been used in over 70 colleges to teach innovation and entrepreneurship. Diana lives in Kansas City, Missouri with her high school sweetheart and husband, Jason, and their awesome son, True.

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