Our Annual Summit


Annual Summit

June 6 & 7, 2018 at the Marriott Harbor Beach Fort Lauderdale

The Goals

The Experience

  • Diagnose the current state of women in leadership at your organization.
  • Share leading practices for driving greater opportunities for women leaders.
  • Share leading practices for creating a higher-impact future state for women leaders.
  • Create and develop new relationships and strengthen your ability to coach and mentor, and serve as a role model and leader inside and outside your organization.

Who Should Attend

The WIL Summit is designed for women in leadership roles -- including mid-level  to senior managers, directors, VPs, and C-level -- in corporations, non-profits, and government agencies.  The WIL Summit is also a great opportunity for men who lead diverse teams and seek greater understanding of how to better recruit, engage, develop, and retain talented women.


Whether you attend to drive your personal development, improve leadership programs in your organization, or both -- this is the summit for you!

  • Create a compelling personal brand that reflects your authentic self and exudes confidence and leadership.
  • Learn conflict resolution techniques that utilize effective communication to bridge diversity gaps.
  • Be able to successfully navigate tough conversations such as asking for equal compensation, seeking a promotion, and giving candid feedback to both subordinates and superiors.
  • Build and leverage networks that help you achieve your goals.
  • Incorporate sustainable practices that will improve your overall well-being across your mental, emotional and physical foundations.
  • Create strategies for dealing with stress and work-life balance.
  • Learn new ideas and approaches that you can implement in your organization to help inspire others.

Download the 2017 Edition of Our WIL Magazine

We've put together an exclusive inside look to our summit and industry leaders' perspectives in our annual magazine. Download your copy here.

Registration Pricing

Cancellation policy: Cancellations must be made on or before May 25, 2018 to receive a refund. All cancellations will be subject to a $150 cancellation fee. Refunds will not be granted for cancellations received on or after May 26, 2018.

No-show registrations will not be refunded. To cancel your registration, please contact us at WIL@brandonhall.com.

Early Bird

Now open through April 6th

$ 645


$ 445



April 7th through June 6th

$ 895


$ 695


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Hotel Reservations and More Information

The WIL Summit will be held at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort Fort Lauderdale located at 3030 Holiday Drive, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 33316. Hotel reservations are not included with your registration. We've negotiated a rate of $249 per night for attendees through May 11th. To book your hotel, please click the button below or call the Marriott directly at (954) 525-4000 and mention the "Brandon Hall Group" room block to receive the lowest rate.


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Travel and Airport Information

Closest airport: Fort Lauderdale Airport (FLL) 6.2mi from the hotel via US-1 (17 minute travel time)

Second closest airport: Miami International Airport (MIA) 32.3mi from the hotel via I-95 (44 minute travel time)


Agenda and Presenters

Please check back as we finalize the agenda and presenters.


Highlights from Previous WIL Summits


  • 2017 Agenda and Session Recordings

    Thursday, June 15, 2017

    8:00AM Registration Opens and Light Breakfast



    Keynote and Panel: Leading with Authenticity

    In this two-part keynote and panel you will gain actionable strategies about how you can create an effective leadership style that’s authentically yours.

    Listen to the recorded session


    10:45-11:00AM Refreshment Break



    Panel: Best Practices in Leadership Development

    A panel of dynamic leaders share their personal experiences, lessons learned and personal best practices in leadership.

    Listen to the recorded session


    12:15-1:15PM Lunch



    Session: Risk-Taking to Supercharge Growth

    In this session, participants learn the psychology behind risk taking and how to embrace risk as the means for growth and development. They learn why we like our “comfort zone” and how to move beyond it. Participants practice removing barriers to risk, evaluating opportunities through a new lens, and how to maximize the benefits of failure.

    Listen to the recorded session

    Friday, June 16, 2017

    6:30-7:00AM Morning Walk/Jog

    Meet us in the lobby for a jog or walk with Rachel Cooke and Melissa Benavides from Brandon Hall Group. Receive a fact sheet from Bonnie St. John’s Micro-Resilience Research: "How Exercise in the Morning Makes You Smarter for Hours After"


    8:00-9:00AM Breakfast



    Panel: Multi-Cultural Differences

    Do the programs we create to address the advancement of women truly encompass the experiences of Asian, Black, and Hispanic women? Join this session for a lively discussion with women who are taking practical steps at their own companies to ensure that women’s programs advance all women.

    Listen to the recorded session


    10:15-10:30AM Refreshment Break



    Session: Harness Your Power

    Focus on building awareness of key leadership qualities, uncovering social bias, and changing the micro-behaviors that inhibit women’s advancement.

    Listen to the recorded session




    2:15-2:30PM Refreshment Break



    Workshop: Your Personal Brand

    Dive deep into how to best show up in initial interactions, as well as our ongoing ability to consistently behave and communicate to achieve specific personal goals.

    Listen to the recorded session


    4:30-4:45PM Refreshment Break



    Panel: Eliminating Tough from the Tough Conversations

    Drawing inspiration from proven leadership techniques, we’ll explore some examples that illustrate how to prevent many of the tough conversations and how to turn many more into positive ones - including equal compensation, promotions, and giving honest feedback.

    Listen to the recorded session


    6:00-7:00PM Free Time Before Welcome Reception


    7:00-8:00pm Welcome Cocktail Reception

    Dress code: cocktail attire/beach chic.



    11:30AM-12:30PM Lunch



    Session: Increasing your Executive Presence – Get your Gravitas on!

    In this interactive session, you will learn some practical ways to increase your executive presence and get your Gravitas on…and keep it on, regardless of the situation.

    Listen to the recorded session


    1:30-1:45PM Refreshment Break


    Panel: Where Are All the Women Mentors?

    In this panel session, a group of leaders from various industries will discuss their experiences with mentorship, and what women can do to advance female mentorship in the workplace.

    Listen to the recorded session



  • 2017 Presenters

    Nellie Borrero

    Global Inclusion and Diversity Managing Director

    Read Nellie's Bio


    Lisa Cannata

    Director of Organizational Readiness
    Adventist Health System

    Read Lisa's Bio

    Rachel Cooke

    Chief Operating Officer
    Brandon Hall Group

    Read Rachel's Bio

    Jenny Dearborn

    Senior VP and Chief Learning Officer

    Read Jenny's Bio

    Amy Dreher

    VP, Learning & Development
    CoreNet Global

    Read Amy's Bio

    Carolina Fonseca

    Global Inclusion and Diversity

    Read Carolina's Bio

    Geeta Gwalani

    Head of Talent Integration and Talent Management
    Tata Consultancy Services


    Read Geeta's Bio

    Kim Jones

    Senior Director, Learning and Development
    Hunter Douglas, North America

    Read Kim's Bio

    Susan Long

    Vice President of Learning Solutions
    United Healthcare

    Read Susan's Bio

    Radhika Paul

    Vice President & Principal
    Manpower Group - Right Management

    Read Radhika's Bio

    Rachael Bourque

    Director, Corporate Employability
    Pearson North America

    Read Rachael's Bio

    Mike Cooke

    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
    Brandon Hall Group

    Read Mike's Bio

    Kate Day

    VP, Global Workforce Enablement, Global Technology & Operations

    Read Kate's Bio

    Jodi Detjen

    Co-founder and Principal
    Orange Grove Consulting

    Read Jodi's Bio

    Daria Friedman

    Principal Analyst
    Brandon Hall Group

    Read Daria's Bio

    Sheila Gatlin

    Executive Director
    Ernst & Young

    Read Sheila's Bio

    Lauren Hood

    Diversity and Inclusion Executive
    Bank of America


    Read Lauren's Bio

    Julie Knight-Ludvigson

    Chief Marketing Officer

    Read Julie's Bio

    Mia Mends

    Chief Executive Officer
    Inspirus & Sodexo, Benefits and Rewards Services, USA

    Read Mia's Bio

    Michael Rochelle

    Chief Strategy Officer
    Brandon Hall Group

    Read Michael's Bio

    Rebecca Shoher

    Senior Director of Education Services

    Read Rebecca's Bio

    Angela Timberlake

    VP, Talent Management

    Read Angela's Bio

    Sarah Vita

    Head of Sales Support
    AXA US

    Read Sarah's Bio

    Namrata Yadav

    SVP, Head of Inclusion & Diversity
    Bank of America

    Read Namrata's Bio

    Bonnie St. John

    F500 Business Consultant
    Blue Circle Leadership

    Read Bonnie's Bio

    Susan Van Klink

    SVP and General Manager

    Read Susan's Bio

    Kara Weeden

    VP Human Resources
    Bloomin' Brands

    Read Kara's Bio

  • 2017 Photo Gallery

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