Tackling Women’s Issues in Business

womenToday’s Women@Work Forum Grew Out of PCMA’s Education Conference

A spirited but casual conversation during the 2015 PCMA Education Conference gave way to a new program at Convening Leaders 2016: Women@Work, a three-hour forum this afternoon to discuss women in leadership.

Women@Work will tackle a number of issues facing female professionals in the meetings industry, including career advancement and how women can support one another. This first-year program is limited to 200 participants, and sold out early.

“A vibrant, positive discussion on women’s leadership grew out of a crowdsourced session last year,” said Kelly Peacy, CAE, CMP, PCMA’s senior vice president of education and events, “and there was a strong desire to continue that dialogue in Vancouver.”

Women@Work will include roundtable breakout discussions. In addition, Convening Leaders Thought Leader speaker Michelle Stacy will be part of the program, sharing her journey as a successful corporate executive. During her career Stacy served as president of Keurig, as well as in a variety of leadership positions with Gillette, overseeing brands Crest, Oral-B, and Mach3. Today she serves on the boards of directors of Tervis Tumbler Company and Young Innovations Inc., and is an expert in residence at the Harvard Innovation Lab.

Stacy’s career path involved being part of a dual-career family, raising two children who are now adults. At Women@Work she’ll discuss some of the compromises women make as they build a career — and whether a dual-career, full-time working arrangement is right for all women.

“One of the biggest things that I learned in my career was the concept of stepping back for a while,” Stacy told PCMA’s Convene magazine. “Every time I’ve stepped back from my career, it’s given me new perspectives, so that when I stepped forward again, I was a much better leader and a much better performer.”