Become A Breakthrough, Compassionate Leader at RIT Conference June 19

Keynote Annie McKee explores emotional intelligence and compassionate leadership

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When making a risky move or unconventional life choice, it’s important to have a little hope. Learn to embrace the power of hope and become a holistic leader at “Breakthrough Leadership – It’s Personal,” the second annual Women’s Leadership Conference June 19 at Rochester Institute of Technology.

The keynote speaker—bestselling author and Fortune 500 executive leadership coach Annie McKee—will shed light on the value of discovering your emotional intelligence to succeed in becoming a breakthrough, compassionate leader. Through her story of risky moves and unconventional choices, McKee will help others experience hope and find their dreams.

In 2005, Business Week dubbed McKee “the high priestess of executive coaching” in its Top 100 Leaders issue. As a founder of the Teleos Leadership Institute, she consults with executives; leads change projects in organizations, communities and governments; and speaks to groups of leaders all over the world. McKee also writes about and conducts research on leadership and organizational effectiveness and teaches at the University of Pennsylvania.

“I see leading through emotional intelligence as the leadership way of the future—it’s not prescriptive, it’s personal,” says Mary-Beth Cooper, RIT senior vice president for student affairs. “We are so lucky to have dynamic speakers like Dr. McKee for our conference.”

The day also features personal conversations with local female leaders in a section called “My Story.” Speakers include G. Jean Howard, president of G. J. Howard Consulting; Marie Philippe, chief diversity officer, corporate vice president at Excellus BlueCross BlueShield; Lori Van Dusen, co-lead of Convergent Wealth Advisors’ Institutional Group; and Lorraine Justice, dean of RIT’s College of Imaging Arts and Sciences.

Conference fees are $125 per person for general registration and $100 per person for RIT faculty/staff/alumni/students and Women’s Leadership Council of United Way of Greater Rochester members. For an additional $95, breakthrough leaders can continue to develop their emotional intelligence with a professional emotional intelligence assessment and personal leadership-coaching workshop June 20.

The full schedule and registration information can be found at For more information, contact Kimberly Vent at 585-475-5691 or