Since 2013, Voices of Leadership has fostered conversations with women leaders who have broken ground in entrepreneurship, innovation, social change and leadership to inspire community partners and students. Leaders share their experiences, stories and best practices to help you see and pursue your own leadership potential. This annual event also enhances curriculum and the educational experiences for students through student projects that align with course learning objectives and also incorporate the themes from the keynote address.
Voices of Leadership 2020
Onlyness: Find your purpose, your people, your power
Nilofer Merchant, Idea Activator and Author of "The Power of Onlyness"
1920 - 2020 Celebrating Women's Vote Centennial
April 2, 2020
Mount Mary University Bergstrom Hall
7:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast | 8-10 a.m. Keynote
Power is no longer bound by your status but by "onlyness." This term, coined by Nilofer Merchant, means that the spot in the world in which only you stand is a function of your distinct history, experiences, visions and hopes.
Be inspired by Merchant’s story of how she went from community college to launching more than 100 products, netting $18 billion in sales, working in executive positions for companies ranging from Apple to Autodesk and being ranked by Thinkers50 as one of the world’s leading thinkers. Reflect on the power of “onlyness” the leaders of the suffrage movement exhibited, and learn how to harness the “onlyness” in yourself and others to generate powerful ideas, lead passionate lives, and create scalable impact mighty enough to “dent the world”.
Following the keynote, Sally Haldorson, GM & Chief Strategist for Porchlight Book Company, will moderate a Q&A session between Merchant and the audience. Haldorson and Merchant first met when Porchlight (formerly 800-CEO-READ) gathered a group of Milwaukee’s social innovators to an author dinner in 2017 that featured Nilofer Merchant. With over two decades writing, editing and reviewing books on business strategy and the evolution of business, Haldorson believes the concept of “onlyness” offers a fresh inspiration and prescription for success for bringing people in Milwaukee together for great change.
Enhance your experience by joining the Online Book Club, also moderated by Haldorson. Scroll down to learn how to sign up.
For questions or more information, contact Anne Kahl, Executive Director – Leadership Institute & Corporate Relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (414) 930-3248.
How to Sign Up for the Online Book Club
Sponsorship opportunities available. For more information please contact Anne Kahl, Executive Director – Leadership Institute & Corporate Relations, at email@example.com or (414) 930-3248.