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Odyssey Network Business Retreat — Reimagined

Odyssey Network Business Retreat — Reimagined

In The Beginning… In 2000, 350 women gathered for our inaugural Odyssey Network Business Retreat. We did so with the intention of creating a safe space to come together and discuss our journey in a secure and trusted environment. What we got was much more!

21 Years Later… Over 600 women and 40 Fortune 500 Corporate Sponsors gathered at The Ritz-Carlton Naples to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Odyssey Network Business Retreat. Today, our corporate sponsors continue to partner with us to elevate their brands and demonstrate their commitment to diverse employees, consumers, and communities.

Something New

We attempted to connect past attendees and new participants with the Odyssey experience that have garnered us our reputation over the past 21 years. We added Odyssey Touches that resemble our afternoon activities that participants can choose on their own during the month of June.

The Odyssey Network Business Retreat – Reimagined
Day 1: Tentative Agenda

Time

Event

11:00 a.m.

Opening Remarks

Sponsored by Odyssey Media.

 

The Rally… Countdown Raffle

 

Greetings… Hello From Around The World

 

Welcome

Featuring:

Melonie Parker, Chief Diversity Officer & VP, Employee Engagement, Google

11:10 a.m.

Next Generation...Taking Care of Business

Up Close and Personal with Keke Palmer.

Featuring:

Introduction: Melonie Parker, Chief Diversity Officer & VP, Employee Engagement, Google

Interviewer: Ayesha Faines, Founder, Women Love Power

Speaker: Keke Palmer, multi-faceted actress, singer, songwriter, producer, and television host

11:40 a.m.

One on One with James Rhee… Purpose Driven Capitalism

James Rhee is an impact investor and the former chairman and CEO of Ashley Stewart who saved and reinvented the company. Mr. Rhee invests through his family office platform: FirePine Group, and is currently seeding his newest impact venture: Red Helicopter. His mission is to be the bridge between innovation, profitability, race and hope.

Featuring:

Sponsor: Asha Keddy, Corporate Vice President, 5G Executive Sponsor & General Manager, Intel

Interviewer: Charisse Jones, Author and National USA Today Correspondent

Speaker: James Rhee, Founder & CEO, FirePine Group

Sponsored by

12:15 p.m.

Time is the New Currency… What Really Counts

Between COVID-19, professional requests, and all things family, women have learned to re-prioritize how they spend their time. Their focus is now on avoiding what is expected in favor of what truly matters. We are proud to welcome back former Chair & President, Intel Foundation Retired Rosalind Hudnell.

Featuring:

Speaker: Rosalind Hudnell, former Chair & President, Intel Foundation

12:25 p.m.

First Ladies… No Boundaries

It’s not your traditional group of ladies who lunch. It’s an explosion of Black and Brown women who have become first in their segment, industry, or company. Shattering the glass ceiling is one thing, but what happens next?

Featuring:

Moderator: Linda Spradley Dunn, CEO/ Founder, Odyssey Media

Speakers:

Rashida Jones, President, MSNBC

Lisa Osbourne Ross, U.S. Chief Executive Officer, Edelman

12:40 p.m.

Stretch Break… The One Minute Boxing Break and Brunch

1:15 p.m.

The Road To The C-Suite… Creating a Personal Roadmap

It’s a very select club and now more than ever you need a strategy to get there. Odyssey Media salutes Jerri DeVard and her historic rise as one of America’s most iconic Chief Marketing Officers. CMO’s and Marketing executives weigh in on the paths they took.

Featuring:

Jerri DeVard, F100 C-Suite Executive and Board Director and Founder & Board Director, Black Executive CMO Alliance (BECA)

Candace Matthews,Chief Marketing Officer, Amway Corporation

Michelle Thorton Ghee, CEO, Ebony

Esi Eggleston Bracey, EVP & COO NA Beauty and Personal Care, Unilever

Sharon Hall, Vice President, Global Executive Recruiting, Walmart

Coretha Rushing, Managing Director & Executive Coach, Merryck & Co.

Najoh Tita-Reid, Global CMO, Logitech

1:15 p.m.

Kaleidoscope… I Can See Clearly Now

Over the last 2 years, Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs have faced the future with an uncertain view of what tomorrow might hold. Several women strutted through it as if failure was never an option, and it wasn’t.

Introduction:

Stefanie Steward-Young, Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer, Fifth Third Bank

Introduction:

Moderator: Valerie Beal,CFO, Odyssey Media

Speakers:

Tara Darnley, CEO, Darlyng & Co.

Tamara Turner, Founder & CEO, Silver Spoon Desserts

Deana Neely, Founder & CEO, Detroit Voltage

Sponsored by

1:15 p.m.

Venture Out… Get Up and Go!

Easier said than done! Over 200 million people have been fully vaccinated and women are ready to hit the road… Sandra Cottam Mclemore, TV host, travel enthusiast and Odyssey travel expert is back with tips, advice and deals to help you make the most of your next adventure.

Featuring:

Moderator: Sandra Cottam Mclemore,Travel Industry Expert and Travel TV Host

Speakers:

Michele Grant, Principal , EA Consulting

Jennie DeCarrier Benzon, Vice President, Marriott International

Sponsored by

2:18 p.m.

The Home Office Grove… Close the Door and Turn Up the Volume!

MC Lyte is back! She is here to get you moving and grooving in your home office.

Sponsored by

The Odyssey Network Business Retreat – Reimagined
Day 2: Tentative Agenda

Time

Event

11:00 a.m.

Opening Remarks

Sponsored by Odyssey Media.

 

The Rally… Countdown Raffle

 

Greetings… Odyssey Moments

 

Welcome

11:10 a.m.

All Aboard… Secrets of Board Selection

For years, directorships on corporate boards have been a mysterious process kept mostly out of view and limited to men. As corporations awaken to the importance of inclusive representation, a few women have pierced the veil surrounding board selection. Debra Sandler and other executives are here with us to demystify the process.

Featuring:

Introduction: Byna Elliott, Head of Advancing Black Pathways, JP Morgan Chase Speakers:

Speakers:

Gale King, Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, Nationwide Insurance

Debra Sandler,CEO & Sauce Boss, Mavis Foods, LLC

Janell Ross, President, Bob Ross Buick-GMC-Mercedes-Benz of Centerville

Sponsored by

11:50 a.m.

A Salute to Black Wall Street… A Legacy of Wealth Building

Black Wall Street turns 100-years old this year. This anniversary is bittersweet. This historic community in Greenwood, Oklahoma is the touchpoint for a discussion about entrepreneurship, wealth building, and the importance of corporate community investment. Prudential will share the launch of “The Shoe Box File Cabinet” series designed to encourage women to engage in wealth-building discussions.

Featuring:

Lata Reddy, Senior Vice President, Inclusive Solutions, Prudential Financial & Chair, The Prudential Foundation

Arthel Neville, Weekend Anchor, Fox News

Sponsored by

12:05 p.m.

Reclaiming A Generation… Corporate America Steps Up

Now more than ever, shoring up the social fabric of our communities is vital. After significant gains, everything from women in the workplace, to education, to women-owned businesses is teetering. Companies are stepping up and reinforcing their commitment to social responsibility.

Featuring:

Introduction: Alba Baylin, VP, Stakeholder and Community Management, The Coca-Cola Company

Moderator: Shelley Sylva, Senior Vice President, Head of US Social Impact, TD Bank

Speakers:

Tony Waller, Vice President, Constituent Relations & Racial Equity, Walmart

Kim Roxie, Founder & CEO, LAMIK Beauty

Maria Medrano, Senior Director, Diversity Strategy, Narrative and Partnerships, Google

Sponsored by

12:35 p.m.

Stretch Break… The One Minute Stretch-African Dance and Brunch

12:50 p.m.

The Evolution of Inclusion… Where Are We Now?

The role of the Chief Diversity Officer has come full circle. There has been a rebirth and new thinking around the importance of this role. In the beginning, most reported to a CEO with significant power and funding. What is their role in today’s workplace?

Featuring:

Dr. Atira Charles, Head of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity for North America, Moet Hennessy North America.

Sponsored by

1:20 p.m.

Who Defines Our Image… Stereotypes in the Workplace

Negative societal images can impact women and their career trajectory. Perceptions that women can’t be both smart and attractive, opinionated and a team player, as well as sexaul stereotypes still persist. How do we create the narrative of women as strong, smart, multi-dimensional people?

Featuring:

Dr. Safiya Noble, Associate Professor and Co-Director, UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry

1:35 p.m.

What Happened to Civility?... Words Hurt!

Getting your mouth washed out with soap was a dreaded fear for disrespecting others with the wrong words or tone. Now live in a time where a former president called women names, social media bullies and destroys lives, and work environments where colleagues speak without repercussions. Is it time to bring the soap back?

Featuring:

Moderator: Cheryl Walker-Robertson, EVP Global Sales and Marketing, Odyssey Media

Speakers:

Margot Copeland, Independent Board Director

Jennifer Jones Austin, CEO, Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies FPWA) and Chair, NYC Racial Justice Commision

1:50 p.m.

The Two Things Powerful Women Need… Free of Charge

Internationally renowned naturopath Dr. Andrea Sullivan is back. Her new book proclaims, “Powerful women need to take off the cape and focus on two things: Water and Sleep.” No gimmicks, expensive diets, or sports equipment needed.

Featuring:

Dr. Andrea Sullivan, President, Sullivan & Associates Center for Natural Healing

2:15 p.m.

Difference Makers

When ordinary people decide to do extraordinary things, they transform their lives and the lives around them.

- Oprah Winfrey

We salute the difference makers, those who led ordinary lives and decided to touch others with her dreams and visions and can do spirit.

Featuring:

LaTosha Brown, Co-Founder, Black Votes Matter

Roslyn Young-Daniels, President & Founder, Black Health Matters

Rosa Mendoza Founder, President & CEO, ALLvanza

Sponsored by

2:30 p.m.

Gratitude… All is Well

Kenny Lattimore has performed at The Odyssey Network Business Retreat three times. Odyssey Women are in for a special performance as he reminds us of our favorite songs performed throughout the years. We’ll also revisit some Odyssey favorites sung by CeCe Winans, Tasha Cobb, Yolonda Adams and more.

Featuring:

Introduction: Pia Wilson-Body, President, Intel

Kenny Lattimore

Sponsored by

Odyssey Touches

  • Corporate Board Of Directors
  • What Are They Looking For?
  • Mix It Up
  • Your Digital Image
  • Caviar Tasting
  • How To Write A Book In 21 Days
  • Family Transitions
  • Afternoon Tea
  • The Art of Collecting
  • Entertaining and Reconnecting in Style
  • Lazy Lima Bean

Financial Workshops

 

Salute to Black Wall Street!

5/31/21

The Coffee Can Tradition

6/1/21

The Family Financial Plan

6/2/21

Where Are Your Important Papers

6/3/21

How To Retire In Style

6/7/21

No Excuse: Save!

6/8/21