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Women's Leadership Conference

The PPAI Women’s Leadership Conference (WLC) has played a pivotal role in challenging professional women who share common vision to achieve greater success. Career-driven conference is designed for female promotional products leaders and innovators.

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  • PPB Presents: Women Of Achievement: A Conversation With Three Who’ve Inspired The Industry

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/30/2020

    In this episode, PPB Presents: Women Of Achievement: A Conversation With Three Who’ve Inspired The Industry with special guests, Paula Shulman, CAS, president of PMS Consulting; Daryll Griffin, MAS, president and CEO of Accolades, Inc.; and Roni Wright, MAS, vice president of The Book Company, along with moderator Tina Berres Filipski, PPAI’s director of publications and editor. PromoTalks spoke with three trailblazing women in our industry who, through their successes, have paved the way for the next generation of industry women. Listen as these powerhouse leaders give advice, discuss navigating failures and hurdles, and share how they’ve seen the industry evolve.

    In this episode, PPB Presents: Women Of Achievement: A Conversation With Three Who’ve Inspired The Industry with special guests, Paula Shulman, CAS, president of PMS Consulting; Daryll Griffin, MAS, president and CEO of Accolades, Inc.; and Roni Wright, MAS, vice president of The Book Company, along with moderator Tina Berres Filipski, PPAI’s director of publications and editor. PromoTalks spoke with three trailblazing women in our industry who, through their successes, have paved the way for the next generation of industry women. Listen as these powerhouse leaders give advice, discuss navigating failures and hurdles, and share how they’ve seen the industry evolve. 

    Paula Shulman, CAS

    President

    With a career spanning more than 40 years in the promotional products industry, Shulman was one of the first women to climb the corporate ladder to become the vice president of sales at supplier Prime Line. She is now involved in the consultancy, PMS Consulting, and primarily focuses on strategic guidance for trade shows, sales transition, industry events and new product development. She also holds positions on several industry boards. Shulman is the recipient of the PPAI 2020 Woman of Achievement award.

    Daryll Griffin, MAS

    President and CEO

    Daryll Harris Griffin, MAS, is a native Atlantan and is president and CEO of Accolades, Inc., a marketing firm she founded in 1990. Prior to entrepreneurship, Griffin was a sales executive with Xerox Corporation, earning both Xerox’s Distinguished Service and Xerox Achievement Awards. She was also a public-school teacher in Dekalb County, Georgia and in St. Louis, Missouri.

    Griffin holds a bachelor’s degree from Stephens College, and a master’s degree in Administration and Supervision and a reading specialists’ certification from Washington University. Griffin completed further graduate study at the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University through a scholarship from United Parcel Service (UPS), and at the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth University through a scholarship from Georgia Power Company.

    Griffin has been an active member of PPAI and the Georgia Association of Promotional Products Professionals (GAPPP), and has served on numerous PPAI committees, task forces and advisory groups, including the Certification, Leadership and Membership Services committees. She is an industry advocate and speaker, and in 2016 she was recognized as a PPAI Fellow.

    In her home city of Norcross, Georgia, Griffin is on the board of the YWCA of Greater Atlanta, where she was inducted into the YWCA Academy of Women Achievers for her dedication to the YWCA and its mission. As a member of the Atlanta Business League (ABL) since 2000, she has served as chair for the board of directors and is currently the board secretary. ABL has honored her with the League’s Leadership Award for her service and in 2015 Accolades was inducted into the Atlanta Business League Hall of Fame. Griffin also served for a decade as secretary of the United Sisterhood of Wheat Street Baptist Church, and as director of Vacation Bible School at Wheat Street, where she is a lifelong member.

    She was honored with the PPAI H. Ted Olson Humanitarian Award in 2019 and was also presented with the PPAI Woman of Achievement award that same year.

    Roni Wright, MAS

    Vice President

    Roni Wright, MAS, is an accomplished executive with more than 33 years in the promotional products industry, is an integral part of The Book Company’s success as its vice president of sales.

    Wright’s volunteerism in support of the promotional products industry includes exemplary service on the PPAI Board of Directors (2007-2011); Regional Association Council (2013-2015); Leadership Advisory Committee (2011-2014); Promotional Products Education Foundation (2008-2011) and as PPEF board chair in 2010; as well as many committees, advisory groups and task forces. She was also recognized as a PPAI Fellow, was recipient of the 2013 PPAI Woman of Achievement and honored with the PPAI Distinguished Service Award in 2007, as well as the YESSA Young Executive of the Year and TRASA Volunteer of the Year and MVP.

    Wright’s dedication and enthusiasm for the promotional products industry is demonstrated through her ability to inspire others to take action. In 2010, when Wright was the chair of PPEF, she figured out how to raise money and face her fears. She established the “PPEF I’ll Do Anything Challenge” and stated that if the initiative reached its campaign goal of $10,000, she would go parasailing despite being terrified of heights. As you would expect, Wright helped PPEF achieve their goal and she, indeed, went up in the sky and posted her experience on YouTube.

    In addition, Wright is a highly sought-after writer and speaker, facilitating numerous presentations, workshops and webinars, as well as editorial contributions to PPB magazine, and many other industry blogs, newsletters and periodicals.

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  • The Power Of Mindfulness To Achieve Your Dreams Sponsored By WLC 2020

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/24/2020

    How you show up at work and the choices you make every day elevate you toward your personal success. When you flourish, you contribute to the success of the people around you, as well as your company's culture and its bottom line. Regardless of your role, this session with Sydra Newell will teach you the wisdom and tools to harness the power of mindfulness and fuel your personal success.

    How you show up at work and the choices you make every day elevate you toward your personal success. When you flourish, you contribute to the success of the people around you, as well as your company's culture and its bottom line. Regardless of your role, this session with Sydra Newell will teach you the wisdom and tools to harness the power of mindfulness and fuel your personal success.

    Sydra Newell

    Business Development Manager

    Sydra Newell has 20 years of industry experience, which she began working as a sales executive at Handstands. She then moved to SnugZ USA as the national sales manager—most importantly, because she asked for the opportunity. She was promoted to vice president of sales, serving in that position for five years before being appointed to business development manager. She has served on the WLC planning committee and will join the PPEF board in 2020. Sydra incorporates her passions for kundalini yoga and traveling the world into her work environment to create an authentic experience for her customers and work associates.

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  • WLC 2018: Who Are You?!

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/25/2018

    You are always building a brand whether you know it or not. Your interactions, both online and in person, are shaping the way people see you with every picture you post, comment you make and word you speak. This brand affects you personally and professionally, and the company with which you are associated. So, who are you? What does your brand say about you? Is your personal brand a help or a hinder to the business you represent? If you don't know the answer to these questions, it's time to take an inventory of brand YOU.

    You are always building a brand whether you know it or not. Your interactions, both online and in person, are shaping the way people see you with every picture you post, comment you make and word you speak. This brand affects you personally and professionally, and the company with which you are associated. So, who are you? What does your brand say about you? Is your personal brand a help or a hinder to the business you represent? If you don't know the answer to these questions, it's time to join Charity Gibson for this session and it's time to take an inventory of brand YOU.

    Charity Gibson

    National Account Coordinator

    Charity is the National Account Coordinator for Peerless, the largest umbrella supplier in the promotional products industry, and the Founder and President of Green Banana Social – a social media solutions provider for suppliers in the industry. Having started her career in the world of branded merchandise by answering a newspaper ad for an account manager at a distributor company, Charity eventually moved on to found her own distributorship; become a founding Chef, editor and the Social Media Director for the industry non-profit 501(c)3, Promo Kitchen; and is now the host of a leading industry podcast – the Badass Women of Promo Podcast. To learn more about Charity and the podcast, or to nominate someone you know as a badass woman of promo, please visit badasswomenofpromo.com

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  • WLC 2016: Keys To Effective Feedback: Coaching Employees Into Better Performance

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/26/2016

    Today's leader needs to develop skills that motivate teams to excel. Key among these skills is coaching. Leaders and organizations have come to understand how valuable it can be, and they’re adding the ability to coach and develop others to the ever-growing list of skills they require of their managers. Unfortunately, few managers know how to make coaching work. In this session, learn why coaching and feedback are important to aligning individual development with business needs.

    Join Claudia St. John in the session: Keys To Effective Feedback: Coaching Employees Into Better Performance. Today's leader needs to develop skills that motivate teams to excel. Key among these skills is coaching. Leaders and organizations have come to understand how valuable it can be, and they're adding the ability to coach and develop others to the ever-growing list of skills they require of their managers. Unfortunately, few managers know how to make coaching work. In this session, learn why coaching and feedback are important to aligning individual development with business needs.

    Claudia St. John

    President

    Claudia St. John is President of Affinity HR Group, LLC – a national human resources consulting firm that serves as an affinity partner for PPAI members. Claudia is an HR professional with 20 years' experience in global human resources, employee benefits, management consulting and communications. She specializes in strategic planning, employee engagement, organizational development, recruitment and executive career management.

    Claudia's prior experience includes serving as senior consultant for Mercer Human Resources Consulting, the nation's top HR consulting firm, in Washington DC and Geneva Switzerland, Vice President for People for POMCO Group, Manager of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association's National Labor Office and Senior Policy Associate for the AFL-CIO. She holds an undergraduate degree in employee benefits and labor relations from The American University and a master's degree in business and public administration from The George Washington University. She holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and maintains many certifications in workplace testing.

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