2020 WLC Recap

Thanks for joining WICT  for Diversity Week 2020!

More than 800 participants logged in for our first ever virtual WICT Leadership Conference — and we hope you enjoyed every minute!

Below we relive some of the top sessions of the conference experience. If you weren’t able to make it in 2020, mark your calendar for October 4-5, 2021. We were thrilled to kick-off Diversity Week with an action-packed virtual WICT Leadership Conference agenda. The program featured more than 25 hours of interactive and transformational platforms to take your career to the next level.

Take a look at the 2020 Conference Agenda and 2020 Conference Speakers.



Pearls of Wisdom

Returning to the lineup was the perennial favorite, Pearls of Wisdom, sponsored by Charter Communications. This annual capstone session takes a page from the famed TED Talks, bringing together influential thought leaders for several mini-keynotes. Speakers shared their inspiring and powerful journeys and influential moments, which left participants feeling energized and empowered to put their words into an action plan.

Skating Legend Kristi Yamaguchi Joined
Profiles of Champions Panel at WICT Leadership Conference

World champion skater and Olympic legend, Kristi Yamaguchi, joined an impressive array of subject matter experts for the ever-popular Leadership Conference session, Profiles of Champions: Becoming a Corporate Athlete. This sought-after session saw the return of seasoned moderator, ESPN’s Laura Gentile, SVP of Marketing at ESPN. Rounding out the panel was Amanda McGrory, a digital archivist, Paralympian and Team USA athlete.

Profiles of Champions: Becoming a Corporate Athlete
Sponsored by: Accenture Consulting

Athletes possess specific traits developed over years of competitive sports that translate well into corporate culture. From perseverance and discipline to teamwork and reliance, these attributes are what make or break winners during their career. Among the highest-rated conference sessions, this encore panel presentation explores the intersectionality between high-performing athletes and high-performing executives. Learn invaluable strategies from these top players as they share their personal stories of trials and triumphs as you create your own corporate playbook.

  • Laura Gentile, SVP, espnW & Women’s Initiatives, ESPN (Moderator)
  • Amanda McGrory, Digital Archivist, Paralympian & Team USA Athlete
  • Kristi Yamaguchi, Olympic Gold Medalist, World Champion Skater & Founder, Always Dream Foundation

New York Times Best-Selling Author and Renowned TED Talker, Angela Duckworth
Delivered Address at October WICT Leadership Conference

Angela Duckworth keynoted during the virtual WICT Leadership Conference on Tuesday, October 6.

Few people personify the conference theme of resilience better than Angela Duckworth. Her best-selling book, Grit: The Power and Passion of Perseverance, serves as a roadmap to understanding and building resilience. Duckworth joined us for a live-streamed Super Tuesday keynote session on October 6.

Drawing on her own powerful journey as the daughter of a scientist who frequently commented on Angela’s lack of “genius,” Duckworth is now a celebrated researcher and professor. She described her early, eye-opening stints in teaching, business consulting and neuroscience as the catalyst to her theory that what actually drives success is not “genius,” but a unique combination of passion and long-term perseverance she came to call “grit.”

According to Angela, grit is the hallmark of high achievers in every domain. She also found compelling scientific evidence that grit can be learned and nurtured, regardless of IQ or personal circumstances. This personal, insightful, and transformative conversation taught us about what happens psychologically when an individual falters and how perseverance — especially when faced with challenging conditions — determines one’s level of success.

About Angela Duckworth

Angela Duckworth is the founder and CEO of Character Lab, whose mission is to advance scientific insights that help children thrive. She is also the Rosa Lee and Egbert Chang Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, faculty co-director of the Penn-Wharton Behavior Change For Good Initiative, and faculty co-director of Wharton People Analytics.

Angela’s TED talk is among the most-viewed of all time. Her book Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance is a #1 New York Times best seller. She is also co-host, with Stephen Dubner, of the podcast No Stupid Questions.

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View a recap of the 2019 WICT Leadership Conference here.

WICT gratefully acknowledges the sponsors of the
2020 Leadership Conference