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Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 21st Century Leadership: Women & the Companies They Lead
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When: Tuesday, May 8, 2018
8:00 - 10:00 am
Where: CUNY Graduate Center (bet. 34th & 35th Streets)
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York  10016
United States
Presenter: Panel Discussion: Moderator: Jim Cornehlsen with Kay Koplovitz, Jan Bruce & Katharine Zaleski
Contact: Alison Normand

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21st Century Leadership: Women & the Companies They Lead

Today's environment demands a new style of leadership to attract and keep the best, create work-life flexibility, establish higher purpose, make the employee experience meaningful, and compete in a fast paced, 24-7, transparent world. These attributes require new 21st leadership qualities for men and women... they just happen to be practiced most often by female leaders.

Strong women leaders share their views on hidden bias, governance dilemmas, and execution. In this program, our panel will discuss issues of flexibility, equal opportunity, role models and their own personal experience related to the strong, positive culture that they are building.

Our panelists, Kay Koplovitz, Chairman & CEO, Koplovitz & Company, LLC, Jan Bruce, CEO & Co-Founder, meQuilibrium, and Katherine Zaleski, Co-Founder & President, PowerToFly, will share their leadership experiences in the following areas:

  • Personal leadership style and lessons learned
  • Designing an aspirational culture to attract and retain top talent and to build business
  • Handling the tough discussion with investors, non-performers, critics
  • Guidance for high potential young female managers

Jim Cornehlsen - Moderator
Partner, TechCXO

As a partner at TechCXO, Jim helps small and mid-sized company leaders, many of them women, re-establish VISION, create the accountability and disciplince for TRACTION, and alignment and openness of cohesive team CULTURE. Where it is a matter discussing #metoo, open opportunity, or equal pay, Jim has felt that it is time to get men in the room to participate in the discussion. Many business leaders are beginning to recognize that 21st Century Leaderhsip qualities, most often practiced by women, are equally imporant for both men and women to be effective.


Kay Koplovitz - Panelist
Managing Partner,Springboard Growth Capital

Chairman & Co-Founder, 
Springboard Enterprises
Founder & former CEO, USA Networks

Kay Koplovitz is Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Springboard Growth Capital. She is a seasoned investor and mentor to companies through all stages of growth. She is co-founder of Springboard Enterprises, an non-profit accelerator that has fostered the investment of more than $8.3 billion in women-led firms, and has served as its Chairman since inception. Ms. Koplovitz is the founder and former Chairman & CEO of USA Networks, which includes USA Network, the Sci-Fi Channel, and USA Networks International. Ms. Koplovitz ran the company for 21 years before stepping down in 1998, at which time it was sold for $4.5 billion.

Some of Ms. Koplovitz's notable accomplishments include her nomination as Chairman of the National Women's Business Council (NWBC) in 1998 by President Clinton as well as the publication of her book Bold Women, Big Ideas: Learning to Play the High Risk Entrepreneurial Game, written by Ms. Koplovitz to inform and inspire women entrepreneurs. In 2015 she published the book Been There, Run That, an anthology of best practices from Springboard Enterprises' expert network of thought leaders. Ms.Koplovitz is frequently interviewed by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Forbes, Inc., Entrepreneur, CNBC, MSNBC, and Bloomberg TV.

Ms. Koplovitz serves on the corporate boards of CA Technologies and ION Media Networks. She also serves as trustee for The Paley Center for Media and the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Previous board positions include Kate Spade, Liz Claiborne 2007-2013, Oracle, Instinet, Nabisco, General Re, Sun New Media, and Time Inc.

Ms. Koplovitz holds a master degree in Communications from Michigan State University where she was a National Merit Scholar. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Wisconsin and holds honorary doctorate degrees from Michigan State University, St. Johns University, Emerson College, and Canisius College.

Jan Bruce - Panelist
CEO & Co-Founder, meQuilibrium

Jan has devoted much of the last twenty years to pioneering new brands in consumer health, wellbeing, consumer lifestyle and whole person/whole health paradigms. She has a passion for building strong business strategies and cohesive management teams that deliver results. She is widely recognized as an authority on women's attitudes towards balanced healthy lifestyle and sustainable living. She has a proven record in high growth start-ups and turn-arounds.

"Throughout my years as a publisher of women's health magazines, I heard from thousands of women about their quests for well-being and their desires to regain control of their lives. Their stories were all different, but I noticed a common thread running through them. I realized that simply reading about how to change things wasn't enough to help people change.

I discovered the need for something like meQuilibrium after a surprising personal epiphany. I was experiencing a fast-track career high point, and instead of being thrilled, I felt like I was at an all-time low. What was keeping me from enjoying the rewards of my work? What was going on in my head? And how could I adjust it? I knew that real self-improvement doesn't come from taking a pill and wishing problems away. ...As it turns out, lasting balance in your life is the product of self-awareness, setting goals that are doable and a commitment to yourself. That's what inspired meQuilibrium."

meQuilibrium is not just a product. It's a resilence system. Built on a proprietary insight engine, meQuilibrium powers individual and organizational transformation by giving people - and teams - the capacity to adapt to change and bounce back quickly from a challenge.

Katharine Zaleski - Panelist
Co-Founder & President, PowerToFly

Katharine Zaleski is the Co-Founder and President of PowerToFly, the platform used by the world's largest enterprises to diversify their teams. PowerToFly reaches over 12 million women while delivering curated diverse talent leads and reach for Fortune 50 to 1000 companies and fast-growing startups. Prior to co-founding PowerToFly, Katharine was the Founding Managing Editor of Now This; the Executive Director of Digital for The Washington Post; and the sixth hire and Head of News for The Huffington Post. She writes frequently for publications, including The New York Times, Fortune, Forbes and Quartz. She has appeared on TODAY, Good Morning America, and is a frequent commentator for major TV networks and at conferences on the solutions corporations can use to create more gender-diverse hiring policies. Katharine lives in New York with her family where she is a Term Member of the Council of Foreign Relations.

 NYHRPS acknowledges Beacon Hill Staffing Group for underwriting this program.

Beacon Hill Staffing Group was founded by industry leaders to set a new standard in search, career placement and flexible staffing, we deliver coordinated staffing solutions with unparalleled service, a commitment to project completion and success and a passion for innovation, creativity and continuous improvement.  Beacon Hill HR, a division of Beacon Hill Staffing Group, provides executive search and direct-hire, contract and temporary staffing, and contract-to-hire services across the entire spectrum of human resources positions, covering all industries and levels.