The Executive Women’s Day event, where leaders of today and tomorrow gathered to engage in meaningful dialogue, was held on October 12, 2021. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is proud to share insights from the keynote speakers and panelists on business perspectives, best practices, and the inclusion and empowerment of women in the workplace.
The Executive Women's Day Podcast is hosted by The Diversity Movement co-founder Jackie Ferguson, and is produced by Earfluence.
Shannon Allen: SAS Senior Director of Employer Branding and HR Communication
Shannon Allen is the SAS Senior Director of Employer Branding and HR Communication - two fields that typically don't go together. But SAS wants its teams to understand that HR is not just about hiring and firing - it's about intentionally building a culture with values and a mission that everyone can get behind. And that culture has led SAS to be named a Best Workplace in Technology by Fortune in 2021.
Building a DEI Culture, with The Diversity Movement's Jackie Ferguson
"If you're not intentional about the culture you're creating, it will create itself." Jackie Ferguson is the co-founder of The Diversity Movement, and she's seen companies want to build a culture that's diverse, equitable, and inclusive. But sayig so in a press release is one thing - how do corporations truly make lasting change happen? And then for smaller companies, how do they get started from the ground up?
Enact Mortgage Insurance Communications Leader Brittany Harris Flowers
No one can do it all, but so often, we feel like we have to be the best mother, the best employee, the best friend...the best everything. But Brittany Harris Flowers, Communications Leader at Enact Mortgage Insurance, talks about why that's simply not possible. Plus fighting imposter syndrome and taking risks in your career.
Therapist Dr. Debbie Granick: Mental Health and Restoring Well-Being
Dr. Debbie Granick's Power Presentation on Mental Health and Restoring Well-Being had everyone on their feet, smiling, and motivated to take care of self moving forward. But in this new hybrid work model with more responsibiliites, more doubt, more inner voice telling us we're not good enough, taking care of self isn't easy. Today, Dr. Granick gives us some tips on how we can all be kinder to ourselves.
Blue Cross NC Executives Dr. Endya Perry and Reagan Greene Pruitt
According to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Segment CFO of Government Markets Dr. Endya Perry, "You can close that window and you can close every door in this place, but it's not going to stop me because my dreams are too big to be contained in one building. You didn't create me. So you can't confine me. You didn't design me. So you can't deny me."
Powerful message from Dr. Perry, who today is joined by fellow Blue Cross NC executive Reagan Greene Pruitt, Vice President of Marketing and Community Engagement. Together, they discuss the culture at Blue Cross NC that empowers women to thrive in leadership.
Keynote Speaker Patsy Doerr, CEO of The Association of Junior Leagues International
Association of Junior Leagues International CEO Patsy Doerr delivered the keynote speech at Executive Women's Day presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina at the SAS Championship, sharing her three-pronged approach to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging. Today, Patsy unpacks the keynote and discusses some of the challenges of DEIB.
Great & Timely Conversations
Having attended this event, I appreciate the deeper dives this podcast provides into the topics that the keynote and other speakers touched on throughout the day. Everything discussed is so timely and relevant for women in business but also businesses in general. Even if you didn’t attend in person, I feel like these conversations are engaging, important, and definitely worthy of a listen.