2019 TOPICS

BUSINESS TOOLS

WHEN BUSINESS GETS PERSONAL
Whether it’s “imposter syndrome,” fear of failure, or unshakable perfectionism, we all encounter personal hurdles that feel as though they’re holding us back. Yet facing—and sharing—these obstacles can not only help us succeed, but also lift up other women as well. Hear from women who have done just that.

FOUNDERS FORUM
Starting a company takes fortitude, passion, and a serious appetite for risk. Successful MPW entrepreneurs tell tales from the trenches and advise on how to incorporate founder thinking into your company, your team—and your own career.

PERFECTING YOUR PITCH
Whether it’s selling your idea or selling your company, knowing how to win over the room is essential. Learn what it takes to make a killer pitch—then, if you’re game, take a shot at presenting your startup or project to a panel of expert MPWs. Join us to hear from the experts or to hone your pitch!

GOING VIRAL
Capturing the attention and wallet of discerning—and distracted!—consumers is harder than ever. We hear from leaders who’ve tapped into the zeitgeist to build businesses and buzz from obsessed fans.

BOARDS
Being on a board is higher-stakes and more demanding than ever. Boardroom pros share lessons on getting on the right boards, building strong boards, picking talent, developing chemistry, and finding just the right balance.

POWER PIVOT
Climbing the ladder is no longer the only way to succeed; jungle gym career moves can be more meaningful. A power pivot may be an excellent end run around a glass ceiling or dissatisfaction with a career. Meet women who took leaps of faith, redeployed their talents, and found new missions.

CFO ROUNDTABLE
Chief financial officers of today aren’t just looking at dollars. The CFO role is evolving, and while they’re still focused on the financial they must increasingly be involved in all parts of the business. How do CFOs best work with CEOs as well as their boards of directors to build long-term business success?

CRITICAL ISSUES

THE RISE OF GEN Z
Corporate obsession with millennials is so 2018. The next cohort set to shape our culture? Gen Z. We’ll discuss how this internet- and social media-obsessed demographic will continue to change the way we work and consume. How can companies prepare for Gen Z to flood the job market, and what can we learn from this generation?

THE BUSINESS OF FERTILITY
Silicon Valley and the broader investment community are finally starting to pay attention to a major unmet need in the market: fertility. We talk with some of the sector’s leading startups about the ways the market is changing, why femtech is so hot, and what took so long.

CLIMATE ACTION
What does the best science say about the way forward for climate activism and how can corporations change their structures and systems to affect policy? And why should they?

THE EVOLVING ROLE OF THE GENERAL COUNSEL
As business moves faster than regulation, especially in the tech sector, the general counsel’s power is on the rise. How is this role evolving to become one of the most critical in the C-suite?

BEYOND THE BUSINESS CASE FOR DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
Hosted by Target
Join in on a candid discussion about how the business case for Diversity & Inclusion is shaping the organization for success and how mentorship can help forward the D&I initiatives already in place.

A BETTER A.I.
A.I. algorithms can perceive and interpret the world around us—and some even say they’ll soon be capable of emotion, compassion, and creativity.

INNOVATION

Hosted by Accenture
When faced with disruption and competition from fast-moving technologies, how can you innovate and change your business models to stay ahead in a shifting landscape? We ask tech leaders to weigh in on how they prepare for the unexpected.

GETTING REAL ON DIVERSITY
Hosted by Toyota
Weaving diversity into the cultural fabric is critical across business. Though many people agree on the importance of diversity, few are actually reaching benchmarks or improving company cultures. How can we build teams and organizations that support team member development and D+I education, diverse leadership, and inclusive culture?

NEXT GEN TOWN HALL
Once again, we will open the conversation to the MPW Next Gen Community for our Town Hall format. We’ll turn the stage over to key participants and open the floor for group discussion.

NETWORKING

BIG GET TO KNOW YOU
Join us for the Next Gen Big Get to Know You!This part of the program is a mainstay of the Fortune MPW Summits and a great opportunity to meet the entire MPW Next Gen community. At 3:30 pm on Tuesday, December 10 in the Ballroom, we will go around the room and invite all participants to briefly introduce themselves. We encourage you to be there.

EVENING EVENTS
We welcome you to connect with the MPW Next Gen community at both of the Summit’s evening events. On the opening night on Tuesday, December 10 activities include a reception from 6 to 7 pm, as well as a special dinner from 7 to 9 pm—featuring eight phenomenal Latina chefs from around the world. On Wednesday December 11, we’ll close with a networking reception immediately following the program, from 5:10 to 7:15 pm.