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WELD leadership conference at Otterbein June 7

WELD leadership conference at Otterbein June 7

The 2017 Women, Leadership and Innovation Conference has something for everyone — whether you are just starting out in your career, have reached the C-suite or are successfully running your own business.

Presented by WELD and Otterbein University, the conference will be held at Otterbein on Wednesday, June 7, with registration at 8:30 a.m., keynote at 9 a.m. and breakout sessions from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. There will be an optional networking reception from 4:45-6:30 p.m. Registration at www.weldoh.org is open through May 26 and is required in advance.

In keeping with WELD’s 2017 strategic theme, Innovation & Connectivity, this year’s leadership conference will focus on strategies that will help women:

  • Build core leadership competencies
  • Tap into their creative selves and foster environments that inspire innovation and connectivity
  • Conquer fear and build the courage needed to try new things or take different paths
  • Discover ways to lead a purpose driven life

The conference has customized career tracks so you can the learn information and strategies relevant to where you are today—ultimately helping shape your career path to get you to where you want to be tomorrow. To make the most of this conference, attendees choose their most appropriate track, in turn, better structuring their day to correlate with their professional role.


This track is perfect for young professionals just starting their careers or for those who have achieved their first management position. Take this opportunity to build relationships with your peers that are on the rise of their career journey at other organizations.


You’ve already “cut your teeth” in leadership roles in the community and in your organization. Whether you are on the cusp of breaking through to the executive level or intend to remain in the upper management level, this track will give you the extra polish, presence, competency and savvy necessary to break into the executive level or perfect your upper-mid career level. Spend a day with other like-minded women by selecting this track.


You’ve heard the statement “what got you here won’t get you there.” “Getting there” is half the battle. Maintaining your success at the executive level and planning your next move takes a different set of skills, connections and strategies than those you used to land your first executive role. Expand your connections with other executive women and position yourself for the top spot by engaging in this track. Approval may be required in order to select these programs.


This track will expose you to a variety of ways to lead a purpose driven life that allows you to be your authentic self. Those looking to gather the courage to follow their passion in work and in life will find just what they are looking for in this track. These topics will attract individuals just starting out in their career all the way up to those seasoned leaders looking to transition to “what’s next” for them.


For the first time this year, the conference will feature a “Girls’ Track” for young women grades 6-12. The young attendees will join the women in the morning for the Keynote Panel before breaking off to engage in an interactive STEAM-related and leadership program. Throughout the day, the girls will be encouraged to collaborate as a group and receive hands-on experience with robotics, engineering, 3D printing and computer studios. They will complete a social innovation project and will have the opportunity to share their work in a showcase to the women attending the conference prior to the evening networking reception.

You can follow WELD and the summit online using the hashtags #WELD2017LC and #WELDingtheWay; on Twitter accounts @WELD_National and @WELD_Columbus; on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WELDNational/ and https://www.facebook.com/WELDColumbus; and on Instagram.