CONFIDENCE CODE for Girls and the Women in Their Lives


Hosted by American City Business Journal Contact Host


Ticket Information

Single Ticket (Girls)
Price $75.00
Fee $0.00
Single Ticket (Women)
Price $125.00
Fee $0.00

Event Description

CONFIDENCE CODE for Girls and the Women in Their Lives

American City Business Journals will partner with noted journalists Claire Shipman and Katty Kay, authors of "The Confidence Code," to produce the Confidence Code for Girls and the women in their lives. Research shows high school girls seem to lose confidence just when they most need it as they prepare to make career choices, leave home and join a larger world community. This half day program is to help girls rediscover and maintain self-assurance in the company of the women who most care about them, their mothers, aunts, teachers, neighbors and friends. Starting with a welcome from Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, the day will be filled with presentations and panels featuring experts such as Mika Brzezinski of Morning Joe, BuildaBear CEO Sharon John, leading professors, top executives, female athletes, entrepreneurs and, of course, Katty Kay and Claire Shipman.

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Scholarships (for girls tickets) are available to attend this event. If you are interested in receiving a scholarship or becoming a scholarship sponsor please contact Brittany Nicholson, 

Attire: Dress for Success

Conference Agenda: 

7:00am: Registration opens and continental breakfast

8:00-8:10am: Introduction and opening remarks

8:10-8:15am: Opening Performance

8:15-8:45am: The Confidence Code and Girls

8:45-8:50am: Break

8:50-9:35am: First set of Breakout Sessions

    • Breakout¬†1:¬†Playing for Confidence: The Link Between Sports and Success
    • Breakout¬†2: Capital Ideas: Growing your Own Business¬†
    • Breakout¬†3:¬†Insider's View to College Admission
    • Breakout 4: What Every Girl Needs to Know about Money

9:35-9:40am: Break

9:40-10:10am: General Session Speaker: Know Your Value

10:10-10:20am: Performance

10:20-10:40am: General Session Speaker: The Inner Monologue of Confidence

10:40-11:00am: The Confidence to Take on a Challenge

11:00-11:20am: Refresh & Recharge Break

11:00am-12:05pm: Second Set of Breakout sessions

    • Breakout¬†1:¬†A Confident Girl's Social Media Strategy
    • Breakout¬†2: Embracing Leadership
    • Breakout¬†3:¬†The¬†Science¬†of¬†Confidence:¬†How¬†Women¬†and¬†Girls Can¬†Master¬†the¬†Tech¬†Revolution¬†(STEM)
    • Breakout 4:¬†Unlock the Secrets to Boosting Confidence

12:05-12:10pm: Break

12:10-12:30pm: Lunch

12:30-12:50pm: Own your Brand

12:50-1:20pm: Running for Office

1:20-1:30pm: Closing

*event agenda tentative and subject to change

Confirmed Keynote Speakers: 

  • Mika¬†Brzezinski,¬†co-host,¬†Morning¬†Joe
  • Katty¬†Kay,¬†Author,¬†The¬†Confidence¬†Code¬†and¬†Womenomics; Lead News Presenter, BBC World News America
  • Sharon¬†Price¬†John,¬†CEO, Build-A-Bear
  • Amanda¬†Miller¬†Littlejohn,¬†Personal¬†Branding¬†Advisor,¬†Package¬†Your¬†Genius ¬† ¬† Academy
  • Catherine¬†Pugh,¬†Mayor¬†of¬†Baltimore
  • Claire¬†Shipman,¬†Author,¬†¬†The¬†Confidence¬†Code¬†¬†and¬†Womenomics; Journalist
  • Rachel¬†Simmons,¬†Author,¬†Odd¬†Girl¬†Out:¬†The¬†Hidden¬†Culture¬†of¬†Aggression¬†in Girls
  • Susannah¬†Wellford,¬†President¬†&¬†Founder,¬†Running¬†Start

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Confirmed Panelist/Speakers: 

  • Casey¬†Bufford,¬†Adjunct¬†Professor,¬†George¬†Mason¬†University
  • Allyson Carpenter,¬†Student Government President, Howard University
  • Pamela¬†Catlett,¬†Senior¬†VP/General¬†Manager,¬†Womens,¬†UnderArmour,¬†Inc.
  • Ethel Dickerson, Market Human Resources Leader, PWC
  • Michelle¬†Duguid,¬†Associate¬†Professor,¬†Cornell¬†Business¬†School
  • Ijeoma Nwatu Enemanna, Founder & Chief Community Consultant, Ijeoma & Co.
  • Amani¬†Foster,¬†Manufacturing¬†Project¬†Engineer,¬†Northrop¬†Grumman¬†Mission¬†Systems
  • Lisa¬†Hanes,¬†Head¬†of¬†Product¬†Management,¬†North¬†America¬†and¬†Co-Chair¬†of¬†MOSAIC¬†(formerly¬†named¬†the¬†Ethnic¬†Diversity¬†Roundtable)
  • Lety¬†Juan,¬†Washington¬†Metro¬†Diversity¬†&¬†Inclusion¬†Leader,¬†PWC
  • Katy¬†Kasmai,¬†Engineering¬†Program¬†Manager,¬†Google;¬†Founder,¬†Team¬†Exponent
  • Lori Lindsey, Soccer Performance Coach; Owner, Lori Lindsey Performance
  • Angela Luna,¬†Founder and CEO, ADIFF
  • Carolyn Merrell, Public Policy Manager, Instagram
  • Dr.¬†Redonda¬†Miller,¬†CEO,¬†Johns¬†Hopkins¬†Medical¬†Center
  • Elizabeth Pakenas, Executive Director, Wealth Management, Morgan Stanley
  • Samera¬†Paz,¬†Founder,¬†Girl¬†Power¬†Meetups
  • Debbie¬†Phelps,¬†Director,¬†The¬†Education¬†Foundation¬†of¬†Baltimore¬†County¬†Public¬†Schools
  • Rebecca Powell, Senior Vice President, Wealth Management, Morgan Stanley
  • Halley Quillinan, Women's Editor, Inside Lacrosse
  • Hillary¬†Sale,¬†Sullivan¬†&¬†Cromwell¬†Visiting¬†Professor¬†at¬†Harvard¬†University¬†and¬†Walter¬†D.¬†Coles¬†Professor¬†of¬†Law¬†and¬†Professor¬†of¬†Management¬†at¬†Washington¬†¬†University¬†in¬†St.¬†Louis
  • Marina Smith,¬†Executive¬†Director,¬†Diversity¬†&¬†Inclusion,¬†Morgan¬†Stanley
  • Karen¬†Spencer,¬†Senior¬†Director,¬†Educational¬†Consulting¬†and¬†Service¬†Delivery,¬†College¬†Coach
  • Olivia Trice, DC Ambassador, Girl Power Meetups
  • Dr.¬†Liberty¬†Vittert,¬†MIT¬†grad,¬†Asst.¬†Professor¬†and¬†Mitchell¬†Lecturer¬†of¬†¬†Statistics,¬†¬†¬†¬†University¬†¬†of¬†Glasgow

Click here to view panelist/speaker bios

Confirmed Moderators:

  • Aundrea¬†Cline-Thomas,¬†Reporter,¬†NBC10¬†News
  • Kelsey Lents, Co-Founder SEArch+ and Hatch Workspace; MBA Associate Bulldog Innovation Group
  • Lucy¬†Montgomery,¬†Consultant,¬†Accenture¬†Federal¬†Services
  • Susan Reid, Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Morgan Stanley
  • Dr.¬†Elizabeth¬†Stroble,¬†President,¬†Webster¬†University
  • Ingrid¬†Vaughan,¬†Vice¬†President,¬†Manufacturing,¬†Northrop¬†Grumman¬†¬†

Performances By: 

  • Martina¬†Lynch,¬†Musical¬†Artist
  • Pretty Tuff, all girl step team from City Neighbors High School

Questions? Contact Ellen Sherberg,, 314-421-8310

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