RIT Conference Encourages Participants to ‘Find Their Mojo’

Conference and keynote, June 27-29, explores today’s workplace and benefits of moving forward




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Austin Powers found his coveted mojo, and Stella eventually got her groove back. Now, the secret to discovering one’s groove will be revealed at “Finding Your Mojo: A Leadership Event for Women,” June 27-29 at Rochester Institute of Technology.

“Mojo” is the feeling one gets when moving forward, making progress, achieving goals, clearing hurdles, passing the competition—and doing so with ease. The keynote speaker—executive coach and best-selling author Marshall Goldsmith—will shed light on executive coaching, leadership and how men and women in today’s workplace can achieve positive, lasting changes in behavior for themselves and others.

In 2009, Goldsmith was named one of the 15 most influential business-thinkers in the world by Forbes and The Times of London. He is co-founder of the Marshall Goldsmith Group, a network of top-level leadership development professionals and he teaches executive education at Dartmouth University’s Tuck School. In 2006, Alliant International University honored Goldsmith by naming its schools of business and organizational psychology after him. Goldsmith earned his doctorate from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management where he was recognized as one of the top 100 distinguished graduates in the school’s 75-year history.

“This unique three-day conference, with RIT’s Global Village development as a backdrop, is in response to an unmet need and is unlike anything currently available in this arena today,” says Mary-Beth Cooper, RIT senior vice president for student affairs. “Our conference includes a best-selling speaker, elements of self reflection and assessment, and key information for professional women on financial literacy and developing skill sets for transition.”

Other conference speakers include Cooper; Deborah Hughes, executive director of the Susan B. Anthony House; Germaine Knapp, former president of Sojourner House; Molly McGowan, director of the RIT Leadership Institute and Community Service Center; Clayton Osbourne, former vice president for talent management, learning and diversity, Bausch & Lomb; Donna Rubin, director of the RIT Center for Women and Gender; Elaine Gallina Spaull, educator, lawyer, elected official, writer and consultant; and James Watters, senior vice president for finance and administration, RIT.

Conference fees are $500 per person for the full conference including meals and housing; $400 per person for the conference with meals only; and $50 per person for the keynote speaker only with breakfast. A 10 percent discount is offered to organizations sponsoring three or more conference guests.

The full schedule and registration information can be found at www.rit.edu/studentaffairs/findingyourmojo. For more information, contact Kimberly Vent at 585-475-5691 or Kimberly.Vent@rit.edu.

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