Program Schedule




Attention Management: the Path to a Productive Life of Choice
Maura Thomas • Founder, Regain Your Time
Speaker, Trainer, Author

I truly believe this will shape the rest of my career. The past few days since your talk have been much less stressful and incredibly productive! Thank you!
-Brittany Brunson, Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

This will go down in history as the best meeting we’ve ever had. Our attendees LOVED LOVED LOVED you!
-Shirley Robinson, Texas Hospital Trustees


Busy professionals rely on technology to live and work. However this very technology presents some of the greatest challenges to our focus: distractions that constantly derail us not only from the task at hand, but from the path that we determine for our lives. To manage “information overload,” most of us turn to the lessons of time management, but these techniques are outdated and irrelevant. It’s time to learn work-life management skills more suitable for the 21st century. Maura will help you discover the number one skill for the future: “attention management.” In addition, this presentation will provide secrets to help you: 

  • Understand how you sabotage your own productivity and attention
  • Learn specific techniques for managing both external and internal distractions
  • Regain clarity about your important goals and aspirations, and 
  • Spend more time being proactive, to maintain your path to success.

Maura Thomas is an award-winning international speaker and trainer on productivity, attention, and effectiveness for companies such as the American Heart Association, Old Navy, and L’Oreal. She is a TEDx Speaker, founder of, and author of Personal Productivity Secrets and the upcoming Work Without Walls: An Executive’s Guide to Attention Management, Productivity, and the Future of Work. Maura is a favorite media source on these topics, and is featured weekly in national  outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, and Inc. She’s also a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review, with articles viewed more than a million times. Follow her on Twitter at @mnthomas.

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Registration and networking
1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Welcome and announcements
1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Keynote Speaker
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Networking break with snacks and beverages
3:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m. Breakout Session One:  

Navigating Overload: Freelance Strategies for Creating Client Buzz

Breakout Session Two:

Generationally Speaking: Crafting messages that resonate with your target audience

4:00 p.m. – 4:50 p.m. Breakout Session One:

Cutting Through the Noise: Digital strategies for engaging audiences and measuring success

Breakout Session Two:

I Heard You, Now What? Turning audience engagement into action

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Get Smart After-Party! Join us in Dover's Courtyard at the DoubleTree after the conference ends for networking and refreshments.

Watch a video. Read an email. Glance at any ad. Today you can find so many channels for conveying messages and engaging audiences. With endless options, how do you know you’re using the right medium to reach those who need to hear what you have to say?

  • How do you ensure that your pitches and products rise to the top?
  • How are your intergenerational audiences responding to your message?
  • What newest trends and offerings can better engage your digital audience?

Join Women Communicators of Austin at Get Smart 2016, a half-day professional development conference. This year we’re talking about how to get heard and engage your audience. We’ll focus on breaking through the noise and engaging your audience in a world of information overload. Attendees will learn tips and leave with the tools necessary to get the right message to the right audience at the right time.