Know Your Value Conference Presented By:
On May 16, 2014 Mika Brzezinski hosted the First Annual “Know Your Value” Conference for Women in Hartford. The event, which featured both Mika and Gayle King, was produced by Duby McDowell of McDowell Jewett Communications and Diane Smith of Diane Smith Media. The conference expanded on the message of Mika’s book, Knowing Your Value, which explores how women recognize and attain ‘their worth’. Five hundred of Connecticut’s most interesting women attended the conference, eager to hear from Mika, Gayle, and other influential women who made up the three inspirational panels. The day’s discussions focused on various obstacles women face professionally and personally, self-imposed and otherwise, and how to overcome them.
Mika shared her own struggles and successes asking for her worth, and urged other women to take action, stop apologizing, and negotiate for what they deserve. The conference also featured a “Show Your Value” pitch contest; five finalists gave their “live” pitch live as to why they deserve a bonus. The winner of the competition received a $10,000 bonus, and the four runners-up received $2,000.
After a fast-paced day of panel discussions, giveaways, live competition and amazing ‘swag bags’, attendees expressed their enthusiasm for all they took away from the conference.
STAR-STUDDED “KNOW YOUR VALUE” CONFERENCE AVAILBLE ON XFINITY ON DEMAND THROUGHOUT NEW ENGLAND
Xfinity TV Customers Can Watch Broadcast of Popular Women’s Leadership Event
(HARTFORD, CT) July 28, 2014 - One of New England’s most exciting events of 2014, the “Know Your Value” Conference for Women in Hartford, is now available to Xfinity TV customers across New England through Comcast’s signature Xfinity On Demand service. Headlined by MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski and featuring Gayle King of CBS, the event explores how women recognize and attain their worth.
More than 500 women attended the May 16th event held at the Hartford Marriott Downtown, which was featured on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” In addition to Brzezinski and King, the event also featured Joe Scarborough from MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Louis Burgdorf from MSNBC’s “Way Too Early,” and notable New England broadcast personality Diane Smith and numerous high-level female executives. Panel discussions on topics ranging from leadership to body image provided attendees with insight on how women at all stages of their careers can overcome roadblocks and succeed while creating the lives they want along the way. The program culminated with a “Know Your Value/Show Your Value” bonus contest in which a deserving woman, Darcy Sordo of Clinton, CT was awarded $10,000 to pursue her dream career.
“Mika Brzezinski opened the ‘Know Your Value’ event by telling women to stop apologizing,” said Duby McDowell, President of McDowell Jewett Communications, who co-produced the event. “We seem to be constantly saying, ‘I’m sorry,’ even while asking for a raise. Hundreds of women left the conference in Hartford inspired and thinking about their own value. We’re grateful that Comcast will help us reach even more women.”
“Comcast is focused on helping to develop and promote women in its workforce, and we were proud to support and attend this important conference for women in May,” said Mary McLaughlin, Senior Vice President for Comcast’s Western New England Region based in Berlin, CT, who also spoke at the event. “We’re thrilled to leverage our On Demand platform to bring this message to an even wider audience by making the footage accessible to our Xfinity TV customers throughout New England at no additional cost.”
Comcast provides the most robust video on demand platform in the world, with more than 55,000 choices including thousands of free selections, available for customers to watch when and where they want. With about 400 million plays every month, Xfinity On Demand offers the latest and most popular TV shows, entire past seasons of TV series, the best new release movies from all major studios, a broad selection of independent films, monthly movie collections, popular kids content, thousands of music selections, and the ability to purchase popular movies and TV shows to own and enjoy across devices. The “Know Your Value” On Demand segment is available for viewing on Xfinity On Demand through August 15, 2014 in the 600+ communities Comcast serves across all of New England. Xfinity TV customers can watch the event On Demand by choosing the folder path Get Local > News & Public Affairs > Know Your Value.
First Annual “Know Your Value” Conference for Women
Mika Brzezinski – Host of MSNBC's Morning Joe along with Duby McDowell – President, McDowell Jewett Communications and Diane Smith – President, Diane Smith Media
Guest Speaker: GAYLE KING & Keynote Speaker: MIKA BRZEZINSKI
Jill Albertelli, Vice President, Global Supply Chain at Pratt & Whitney
Melody Barnes, CEO of Melody Barnes Solutions LLC, a domestic strategy firm, and former Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council
Lucy Danziger, well-being life expert and former editor-in-chief of Condé Nast’s SELF magazine
Deanna Fidler, Executive Vice President, Human Resources for Aetna
Rhonda Gass, Vice President and CIO of Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.
Lisa Hughes, Vice President and Publisher of The New Yorker
Karen Rohan, Executive Vice President of Aetna’s Local and Regional Businesses
Jahn Marie Surett, Senior Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer for Strategic Sourcing and Real Estate at The Hartford
Connie Weaver, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at TIAA-CREF
Read more at the Hartford Courant’s JAVA Column.
Dennis House, WFSB- Channel 3 News Anchor
Stacey Jones, Managing Director Global Corporate & Recruitment Marketing
Rob Candelino & Jess Weiner
Friday, May 16, 2014
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Marriott Hartford Downtown
Featured presentations by Mika Brzezinski and Gayle King, three panel discussions with high-profile executives and experts, lunch, networking, and lots of amazing prizes.
Exploring how women at all stages of their careers overcome roadblocks to get their worth at work, and how they create the lives they want along the way.
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Know Your Value Conference Presented By:
Bank of America
Endometriosis Worldwide March
Camran Nezhat MD
TIAA CREF Financial Services
Mass Mutual Financial Group
AT&T in partnership with Aurora Women and Girls Foundation, Inc.
The Perfect Promotion
Pinks and Greens
Shipman & Goodwin LLP
Filomeno and Co. PC
Diane Alverio, Cynthia Blumenthal, Chris Dailey, Anne Elvgren, Cathy Holahan, Rep. Themis Klarides, Dr. Margo Maine, Cathy Malloy, Thea Montanez, Dana Neves, Kathleen O’Connor, Pamela Trotman Reid, Lee Reynolds, Yu-Hui Rogers, Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, Teresa Younger, and Dr. Kristen Zarfos, MD