Career Summit – Central

Career Summit - Central

Career Summit – Central


Start: Apr 15, 2021 at 08:00 am
End: Apr 15, 2021 at 05:00 pm


Virtual (Central Time Zone)
Virtual (Central Time Zone),

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Career & Leadership Development Training

Come join us for our 2021 (Central Time Zone) Virtual Leadership Summit! It will be a full day of leadership development training! Topics that will be discussed by our amazing panelists:

  • Career Planning & Pivots
  • Managing Obstacles & Uncertainty
  • Being an Impactful & Agile Leader
  • Executive Skills & Training

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

  • Executing a Successful Career Plan
  • Building Your Professional Brand
  • Prioritizing Your Financial Success

Virtual Ticket Price: $195

No Refund Policy. Registration fees for SharpHeels Events are non-refundable. A registrant may transfer their registration to another SharpHeels event (within the next year) or transfer the registration to another person with at least 72 hours’ notice.

No Heels Required. Everyone is welcome to attend our events, regardless of their footwear preferences 😉

Panel Discussions & Workshops (Central Time):

8:00-8:30am: Check-in & Waiting Room
Sign-in to your Zoom Link and make sure everything is ready to go for 8:30am kick-off
Zoom Manager: Wendy Rodriguez

8:30-9:00am: 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.

9:00-9:45am: Panel: Career Planning & Pivots
Hear executives discuss how career planning and career pivots impacted their careers, how important mentors and supporters were for their careers, how they set career goals, advice on career changes, and insights on negotiating a promotion.
Panelists: Faye Gerard, VP, Low Carbon, BPX Energy, Jessica Tyler, President, Cargo, American Airlines, Jean Saelens, VP, Controller, True Value, Courtney Esko, Chief Compliance, TreeHouse Foods

10:00-11:00am: Workshop: Career Planning (Plan/Goals/Execution)
Conducted by a career coach, the career planning workshop and worksheets are designed to help attendees build and execute an easy career plan for the short-term (1 yr), mid-term (2-5 yrs) and long term (5 yrs+) goals. Attendees will also be asked to set and accomplish at least 3 career action items over the next 6-12 months. (If you attended a SharpHeels Career Summit last year, please try to bring last year’s worksheets)
Career Coach: Juliana Faus

11:15-12:00pm: Panel: Managing Obstacles & Mishaps
Hear executives discuss their biggest career obstacles and how they overcame them (Work-Life Balance, Job Loss, Losing Career Direction, Lacking the right Experience, etc.). In addition to top career mishaps and how they avoided and/or embraced career them.
Panelists: Jacki Dioguardi, VP, Commercial Tech, AbbVie, Robyn Eckerling, VP, Chief Privacy, Allscripts, Rachel Bergman, VP Strategy, TransUnion, Michelle Benavides, Chief Compliance, Halliburton, Erica Lambert, SVP, Channel Services Sales, Dell

12:00-12:45pm: Lunch
Enjoy a long break and grab 

12:45-1:45pm: Workshop: Leadership Development
Conducted by an executive coach, this workshop will train attendees on the key success factors for building your professional brand, enhancing your executive presence and how to be a thought leader at your company and in your industry.

2:00-2:45 pm: Panel: Impactful & Versatile Leadership
Hear executives discuss how they developed leadership skills throughout their career journey, insights on becoming more visible and recognizable within their organizations and how to manage the perception of their value.
Panelists: Shivani Sharma, VP, IT Strategy, McKesson, Dana Brown, SVP, Chief Strategy, Susan G. Komen, Rachel Harris, VP, On-Premise, Beam Suntory, Nidhi Verma, VP, Int’l Research, TransUnion

3:00-4:00pm: Workshop: Financial Success
In this workshop you’ll learn financial literacy and the importance of understanding and managing your finances, in addition to smart ways to invest, prepare for unexpected expenses, and plan & negotiate yearly bonuses & raises. 
Money Coach: Emily Schwartz

4:15-5:00pm: Panel: Building Executive Skills
Hear executives discuss how to lead and inspire people, the importance of emotional and cultural intelligence, how to manage through internal and external change, and communicating a clear vision.
Panelists: Christa Small, VP, US Operations, McDonald’s, Amber Seikaly, VP & Chief Comms, Neiman Marcus, Jennifer Goschke, VP & Chief Accounting, 7-Eleven, Alicia Dietsch, SVP, Business Marketing, AT&T

5:00pm: Wrap-up

Christa Small
VP, US Operations

Amber Seikaly
VP & Chief Comms
Neiman Marcus

Alicia Dietsch
SVP, Business Marketing

Jessica Tyler
President, Cargo
American Airlines

Jennifer Goschke
VP & Chief Accounting

Erica Lambert
SVP, Channel Services Sales

Jacki Dioguardi
VP, Commercial Tech

Dr. Faye Gerard
VP, Low Carbon
BPX Energy

Robyn Eckerling
VP, Chief Privacy

Dana Brown
SVP, Chief Strategy
Susan G. Komen

Jean Saelens
VP, Controller
True Value

Shivani Sharma
VP, IT Strategy

Nidhi Verma
VP, Int’l Research

Rachel Harris
VP, On-Premise
Beam Suntory

Courtney Esko
Chief Compliance
TreeHouse Foods

Rachel Bergman
VP Strategy

Michelle Benavides
Chief Compliance


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