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Learning Session: Energy - Oil & Gas

When: Oct 3rd 9:00-10:15AM
Format:  Panel
Location: Marina Room

Oil & Gas companies are some of the largest in the world, and the Majors are the largest among them. This session will allow conference attendees to hear from representatives from some of the world's largest energy producers. Hear about trends in the worlds energy markets, challenges and solutions in sourcing that energy, and what these energy majors are thinking about for the future. 

Interactive Session: With Great Power... LGBT Managers in the Real World

When: Oct 3rd 10:30-11:45AM
Format:  Interactive/Roundtable
Location: Seacliff C

Interact with current managers and discuss the responsibilities and challenges that business leaders face on the job as general managers. Discuss real world situations with the professionals who face them every day. You’ll also have the opportunity to network with professionals and other LGBTQA MBA students interested in careers in General Management.

Learning Session: Alternative Energy

When: Oct 3rd 10:30-11:45AM
Format:  Panel
Location: Golden Gate Room

In 2013, well over half of the total energy produced in the U.S. was simply wasted or never utilized. What major factors can explain this phenomenon? How are companies capitalizing on alternative energy sources such as renewable, storage, and the “negawatt” (i.e. energy efficiency, demand response, etc.)? This session will explore the rapidly expanding business solutions, market trends and opportunities within the alternative energy sector.

Interactive Session: Corporate Strategy - Decision-Making in a Rapidly Changing World

When: Oct 3rd 12:00-1:15PM
Format:  Interactive/Roundtable
Location: Seacliff D

In an ever-changing environment with new technology, growing globalization, and fluctuating consumer preferences, how do corporations chart a course? When do they decide to take risks and when do they decide to wait to react? In this session, attendees will have the opportunity to sit down with leaders from a variety of industries, think through a situation the corporation has recently faced, and leave with a greater understanding of the industry itself, as well as how corporations make rapid and difficult decisions.

Learning Session: Health Care - Perspectives Across the Landscape

When: Oct 3rd 12:00-1:15PM
Format:  Panel
Location: Seacliff A & B

Health care national expenditures currently represents about 17% of the US GDP and this figure continues to grow. Within the health care space, there exist a broad range of players: providers, payers, biotech, pharma, health IT, health care services, and so on. Come learn from the experience of LGBTQ professionals in a variety of roles to understand opportunities throughout the industry. 

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Learning Session: Big Data in the 21st Century

When: Oct 3rd 12:00-1:15PM
Format:  Panel
Location: Regency Room

Data has been described as the “great new natural resource for the 21st century... [and] that competitive advantage will go to those who use data to discover new, meaningful, and impactful ‘knowledge.’” This panel brings together thought- and practice-leaders: American Express, EMC2, IBM and Walmart eCommerce to discuss big data on the macro- and individual levels. On the macro-level, our discussion will include insights into the evolution of big data in the 21st century, issues of privacy and security, and leveraging data in non-traditional departments. On the individual level, we will discuss the intersections of big data, LGBT-, and other identities, outside of traditionally LGBT-friendly departments.

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Community Session: The Great Career Switch: Can It Really be Done?

When: Oct 4th 9:30-10:45AM
Format:  Panel
Location: Pacific Concourse B & C

Exploring the risks and rewards of utilizing an MBA to switch careers. A moderated panel of professionals from a swath of industries and functions discusses career paths and what brought each of them to where they are now. The session aims to address questions about what recruiters look for in career switchers' profiles, the benefits the previous experiences can bring to their new environments, and the potential professional gains to those willing to take the leap.

 

Community Session: Out & Abroad

When: Oct 4th 9:30-10:45AM
Format:  Panel
Location: Seacliff D

Out & Abroad addresses the diverse set of challenges that both US-domestic and non-US international students face upon relocation when they find work outside of their home countries. This session is geared towards all MBA students who one day want to work abroad, focusing on three categories: the Here&Gos (US students looking to work outside of the US after completing their MBAs), Come&Stays (non-US international students who come to study and want to work in the US) and the Come&Gos (non-US international students who come to study in the US and look to work elsewhere). Through a discussion with a distinguished panel of professionals who have worked abroad, we will explore the country-specific cultural and political differences that can make transition and adaptation hard for all LGBTQ students and professionals – no matter where home is for them. 

Community Session: Work it Out: Employee Resource Group

When: Oct 4th 11:00-12:15PM
Format:  Panel
Location:  Golden Gate Room

The HRC reports more Fortune 500 companies implemented inclusive workplace non-discrimination policies than ever before. Yet, none of these companies have an out LGBT CEO. Central to building more inclusive working environments are employee resource groups (ERGs). This session will overview the value ERGs to corporations and employees and discuss the current challenges facing ERGs. How to integrate allies? How to support colleagues in challenging geographies? 

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