• WCI Conference: Rise & Resilience

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    When: Wednesday, August 14, 2019, 7:30am – 12:00pm (EST)
    Where: Orlando World Center Marriott, Orlando, Florida

    The Alliance of Women in Workers’ Compensation is proud to bring the WCI conference attendees an empowering and inspirational leadership breakout, Rise and Resilience.

    Have you ever asked yourself, what’s my career path? Are you thinking of taking the next step in your career? Do you worry that you are not on the “right” path? In the opening session a panel of successful women from different aspects of the workers’ compensation industry will reflect on their career journeys. Each panelist has a unique story to tell, lessons learned, and successes to reflect upon.

    During the keynote you will hear from Cara Brookins. Cara has an incredible personal story which exemplifies rise and resilience. After getting away from domestic violence and without money to buy a home Cara embarked on building house from YouTube tutorials with her 4 children as the construction crew. Cara’s story will be a motion picture coming out in about 18 months with a famous a list actress as a producer and actress portraying Cara. She is a sought after leadership speaker and presenter, sharing her insights with teams around the world. Click here to hear a message from our keynote especially for Alliance members!

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    7:30 am – Registration and Breakfast

    8:00 am – Welcome

    8:15 am – Career Paths Panel with Industry Executives

    9:30 am – Collaboration Session

    10:15 am – Break

    10:45 am – Keynote: Rise and Resilience by Cara Brookins

    11:45 am – Closing Remarks, Event Concludes 12:00 pm



    Career Paths Panel with feature:


    Michele Adams
    Vice President of Risk Management
    Walt Disney World Resorts – Orlando, FL


    Brittain Bandura
    Head of Talent Management North America
    Zurich North America – Schaumburg, IL

    Susan Emerson
    General Manager for Workers’ Compensation Disability and Leave Programs
    Delta Airlines, Inc – Atlanta, GA

    Danielle Lisenbey
    Global President – TPA Solutions
    Broadspire – Atlanta, GA

    Claire Muselman
    Director of Workers’ Compensation
    Continental Western Group – Urbandale, IA

    Jennifer Ryon
    Chief Revenue Officer
    Prime Health Services – Nashville, TN


    Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact events@alianceofwomen.org for get your company involved.


    About Our Keynote Speaker:

     Cara Brookins

    Best-selling author; rebuilt her broken family as she built her own house using YouTube tutorials

    Cara Brookins built her own 3,500 square foot house by using YouTube tutorials. After surviving domestic violence, she was faced with stark challenge of providing for her four children, with no one to turn to but herself. In desperate need of a home—but without the means to buy one—she did something incredible. She built one from scratch, while rebuilding her family.

    Cara’s message helps people do hard things and frees them from the procrastination loop. She uses real-life examples from her unconventional construction site and shows productivity methods to overcome uncertainty. Her tactics of self-empowerment show how to blend an imperfect mix of personalities, talents, and temperaments into a cohesive, unstoppable team.

    Equipped only with YouTube instructional videos, Cara decided to build a house from the foundation up with a work crew comprised of her four children. Convinced that if they could build a house, they could rebuild their broken family, she and her kids poured concrete, framed the walls, and laid bricks for their two story, five-bedroom house. Cara’s story is an inspiring blueprint that traces her family’s rise from battered victims to stronger, better versions of themselves, all thanks to one impossible, extraordinary do-it-yourself project.

    Cara offers strategies that apply to every level of your organization and will change the way you live and work. The author of eight books, including Rise: How a House Built a Family, takes you behind the scenes of her inspiring, gone-viral story. Cara has appeared on The Today Show, CBS, and Inside Edition and had her story featured in The New York Times, Good Housekeeping, and Southern Living. Her memoir was optioned for film, Rise, which will be released as a major motion picture featuring A-list actors in 2020.


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