Forward 2021

The WLF 2021 will continue to bring inspiration and transformation to all women in a safe space.
The 2021 agenda will continue to have an array of workshops. However, we will focus on workforce 
development by bringing you workshops to improve your personal brand and an opportunity to 
interview for a job. We can’t wait to see you move FORWARD!

Who doesn’t love swag?!

Each attendee will receive FORWARD Swag with ticket purchase. All Access attendees will receive a Swag envelope full of fun and useful items to help you get the most out of your WLF event experience. Items include a full color printed event workbook, FORWARD pen, WLF mask, and more. VIP All Access guests will receive a Deluxe Swag Box with even more goodies. Student ticket holders will receive a WLF mask.

Women Leadership Forum Agenda

Thursday, March 18 - Listen

Attendees will learn from our keynote speaker and panel discussion, engage in 2 workshops, interact with our vendors in the villages, and network with women from a variety of backgrounds.

7:30am — Coffee and Tea with Colette (bring your mug)
8:30am — Welcome, Logistics and Various Introductions
9:00am — Conversation with April Ryan
10:25am — Panel Discussion @ The Pearl
11:30am — Interactive Hang-out Villages –
Vendors, Sponsors, Networking, and Lunch
1:30 – 2:45pm — Workshop 1
3:00 – 4:15pm — Workshop 2
4:30pm — Networking Happy Hour

Meet The Pearl, Panelists

The Pearl - Panel Discussion

Our panelists will have an insightful discussion on women moving forward in 2021 and how they have learned to lead being their authentic self. You’ll walk away with tangible, actionable advice as well as support resources.


Attendees will have the opportunity to attend two breakout sessions on Thursday. Topics include Personal Relationsips, Business Building Blocks (English and Spanish), navigating COVID, Job Readiness and Personal Finances, and much more! 

Meet the Breakout Session Facilitators

Friday, March 19 - Learn

Attendees will be guided through the process of mind mapping in the WLF writing workshop. Your facilitator will be Christina Johnson, Testimony Publishers, LLC. Later, attendees will learn about MPT internship opportunities available for students or career changing adults. VIP All Access attendees have access to our evening happy hour session where we engage with a special guest, let loose with DJ Sway, and even mix up the WLF signature cocktail or mocktail. 

12:00pm — Welcome, Logistics and Various Introductions
12:15 – 1:30pm — Writing workshop with Christina Johnson
STORY 4WARD: 4 Steps To Successfully Sharing Your Story, Increasing Your Impact, And Achieving Your Ultimate Goals.
1:30 – 2:30pm — Break
2:30 – 4:00pm — Internship Fair featuring MPT, Fulton Bank, and Featherstone Foundation
4:00 – 5:30pm — Take a break and SEE YOU AT HAPPY HOUR

5:30 – 8:00pm — VIP Happy Hour with DJ, Special Guest, Interactive Hangout Villages including Artists, Chefs, Mixologist, Networking and more..

Be sure to stop by the Interactive Hang-out villages on Thursday and Friday.

Shop with unique vendors, learn about our sponsor resources, enjoy music and live art demonstrations,
and learn the ways of successful networking. Check back in November for our list of participants.

Saturday, March 20 - Jobs

The final day of the conference focuses on workforce development. Attendees will learn valuable lessons in job readiness and have the opportunity to record their elevator pitch for a recruiter that best matches their skill set. 

TBA – The WLF recruiter line up will be announced in November.

8:00am — Welcome, Logistics and Various Introductions
8:30 – 9:30am — Workforce Development Panel Discussion
10:00 – 4:00pm — Recruiter appointments
4:00pm — Closing Remarks


FORWARD WLF Scholarship – The WLF has acquired special funding, through the generous support of our individual and corporate sponsors, for a limited number of scholarship tickets. Scholarships will be awarded to fifty women who aren’t able to make the financial commitment for the WLF ticket. In order to qualify for a scholarship you must complete this APPLICATION no later than January 13, 2021 at 5pm. Scholarship recipients will be notified via email no later than February 1, 2021.