Career Summit – Chicago

Career Summit - Chicago

Career Summit – Chicago


Start: Sep 20, 2018 at 08:00 am
End: Sep 20, 2018 at 06:30 pm


The Gwen
521 N Rush St
Chicago, IL 60611

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A Full Day of Career & Leadership Development Training!

SharpHeels Career Summit is a multi-city event designed to educate professionals with a passion for advancing their careers. Join SharpHeels and an intimate group of your peers to hear local leaders and career experts discuss topics such as:

  • Successful Career Planning
  • Overcoming Career Obstacles
  • Being an Impactful Leader
  • Enhancing Executive Presence

And roll-up your sleeves for workshops between panel discussions on:

  • Understanding Your Work Values
  • Creating an Impactful Career Plan
  • Building Leadership Skills
  • Creating a Professional Brand

In addition, you’ll get:

  • Professional headshots taken to use on Linkedin.
  • Learn and Network with like-minded professionals.
  • SharpHeels Tote Bag & Worksheets.
  • Breakfast, lunch, and cocktails with your peers.

Ticket Price: $295

Limited seats available, so register today. And remember to bring lots of business cards!

Parking not included. The ticket does not include parking or transportation. We will offer some suggestions at the hotel (valet & self-parking options), but we suggest public transportation, car-pooling or ride-sharing apps.

No Refund Policy. Registration fees for SharpHeels Events are non-refundable. A registrant may transfer their registration to another SharpHeels event or transfer the registration to another person.

Panel Discussions & Workshops:

8:00-8:30 am: Check-in & Breakfast
Check-in at the registration desk and pick-up your badge and tote bag, and then enjoy some coffee, tea, breakfast sandwiches and danishes before the day kicks-off! Headshots will be taken during breakfast, lunch and each break.

8:30-9:00 am: Kick-off
Our Mistress of Ceremonies will kick-off the day with an overview of the importance of Career Planning and Leadership Development and will discuss the panels and workshops for the day.

9:00-9:45 am: Successful Career Planning
Hear female executives discuss how career planning impacted their careers, how important mentors and supporters were for their careers, how they set goals and advice on negotiating a promotion.
Panelists: Andrea Rubin, SVP, Marketing, Yelp, Becky Snow, VP, People & Organization, Mars Wrigley, Chioke Elmore, VP, Operations, McDonald’s, & Moderator: Eliza Wicher, Talent Development, Groupon

10:00-11:00 am: Workshop: Career Planning (Part 1)
Conducted by a career coach, our career planning workshop and worksheets are designed to help attendees assess their work-related skills and values.

11:15-12:00 pm: Overcoming Career Obstacles
Hear female executives discuss their biggest career obstacles and how they overcame them (Work-Life Balance, Office Politics, Bad Performance Review, Job Loss, Losing Career Direction, Changing Career Path, Over-Worked and Underpaid, Lacking the right education/experience, etc.)

Panelists: Sandra Dainora, SVP, Product, Sittercity, Bonnie Boone, EVP, Healthcare, Gallagher, Nehad Leonardson, VP, Program Management, AVI-SPL, & Moderator: Kristen Weirick, VP, Global Talent Acquisition, AbbVie

12:00-12:45 pm: Lunch
Enjoy a long break and snack on some wraps and market fresh salad while you network with other attendees. Headshots will be taken during lunch and each break.

12:45-1:45 pm: Workshop: Career Planning (Part 2)
Part 2 of your Career Planning Workshop – Conducted by a career coach, build an easy career plan summary for the short-term (1 yr), mid-term (2-5 yrs) and long term (5 yrs+) goals, to keep track of the progression. They will also be asked to set and accomplish at least 3 career action items over the next 6-12 months.

2:00-2:45 pm: Being an Impactful Leader
Hear female executives discuss the most important qualities of a good leader, how to manage people by influence, even if you’re not a manager, and how to always put your team members and customer first.

Panelists: Diane Hund, SVP, Marketing, US Foods, Laura Lazarczyk, SVP & Associate General Counsel, Zurich, Jill Zimmerman, Chief Talent & Inclusion Officer, Mercer, & Moderator: Varsha Kaura, VP, Client Partner, Motista

3:00-3:45 pm: Workshop: Leadership Development
Conducted by an executive coach, this workshop will train attendees on the key success factors for climbing the corporate ladder, how to build your professional brand, how to be a thought leader at your company and in your industry, and how to negotiate a promotion.

4:00-5:00 pm: Enhancing Executive Presence
Hear female executives discuss how they became executives and how they manage large organizations from the company strategy to the company culture.

Panelists: Deb Hall Lefevre, SVP & CIO, Circle K, Tejal Vakharia, SVP & Chief Compliance Counsel, Allscripts, Trish Lukasik, CEO, Luxury Garage Sale.

5:00-6:30 pm: Networking Happy Hour
Enjoy wine and appetizers while you network with attendees and speakers.

Laura Lazarczyk
SVP & Associate General Counsel

Andrea Rubin
SVP, Marketing

Bonnie Boone
EVP, Healthcare

Sandra Dainora
SVP, Product

Becky Snow
VP, People & Organization
Mars Wrigley

Tejal Vakharia
SVP & Chief Compliance Counsel

Jill Zimmerman
Chief Talent & Inclusion Officer

Diane Hund
SVP, Marketing
US Foods

Deb Hall Lefevre
Circle K

Varsha Kaura
VP, Client Partner

Trish Lukasik
Luxury Garage Sale

Chioke Elmore
VP, Operations

Kristen Weirick
VP, Global Talent Acquisition

Eliza Wicher
Director, Talent Development


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