Career Summit – Chicago

Career Summit - Chicago

Career Summit – Chicago


Start: Sep 17, 2020 at 08:00 am
End: Sep 17, 2020 at 06:30 pm


Chicago, IL

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Career & Leadership Development Training

SharpHeels Career Summits are multi-city events designed to educate professionals with a passion for advancing their careers. We’re back in Chicago for our fourth year on September 17th, 2020, and we’d love for you to join us to hear Chicago area executives discuss topics such as:

  • Career Planning & Pivots
  • Managing Obstacles & Mishaps
  • Leadership Skills & Training
  • Being an Impactful & Agile Leader

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

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

In addition, you’ll get:

  • Professional headshots taken to use on Linkedin.
  • Networking with like-minded professionals.
  • SharpHeels Tote Bag, Worksheets, & Notebook.
  • Breakfast, lunch, snacks, and wine.

Ticket Price: $345

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 with at least 72 hours notice.

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

Panel Discussions & Workshops:

8:00-8:30am: 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.

8:30-9:00am: 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.

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)

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.

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

12:45-1:45pm: Workshop: Professional Branding
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: Building Leadership Skills
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.

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. 

4:15-5:00pm: Panel: Impactful & Versatile Leadership
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.

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

We are excited to be in Chicago again for our Career & Leadership Development Event! We're still working on our speakers for 2020, but please see below for our speakers from our 2019 & 2018 Chicago events:

2019 Panelists:

  • Sarah Murphy, SVP, United Express, United
  • Shannon Kors, VP, Card Marketing, Discover
  • Courtney Esko, VP, Legal & CCO, TreeHouse Foods
  • Yuka Yu, Senior Vice President , Sales, Dyson
  • Jacqui Robertson, Chief D&I, William Blair
  • Maya Bordeaux, SVP & CHRO, Tribune Publishing
  • Jill Kouri, Chief Marketing Officer, JLL
  • Tejal Vakharia, SVP & Chief Compliance, Allscripts
  • Yang Xu, VP & Treasurer, Kraft Heinz
  • Dawn Hiestand, COO, Alternative Markets, Zurich NA
  • Jennifer Elliott, VP, Human Resources, TransUnion
  • Rebecca Snow, VP, People, Mars Wrigley
  • Janice Chopra, VP, Sales & Strategy, PepsiCo

2018 Panelists:

  • Andrea Rubin, SVP, Marketing, Yelp
  • Becky Snow, VP, People & Organization, Mars Wrigley
  • Chioke Elmore, (Former) VP, Operations, McDonald's
  • Eliza Wicher, Talent Development, Groupon
  • Sandra Dainora, SVP, Product, Sittercity
  • Bonnie Boone, EVP, Gallagher
  • Nehad Leonardson, VP, Program Management, AVI-SPL
  • Kristen Weirick, VP, Global Talent Acquisition, AbbVie
  • Diane Hund, SVP, Marketing, US Foods
  • Laura Lazarczyk, SVP & Associate General Counsel, Zurich
  • Jill Zimmerman, Chief Talent & Inclusion Officer, Mercer
  • Varsha Kaura, VP, Client Partner, Motista
  • Deb Hall Lefevre, SVP & CIO, Circle K
  • Tejal Vakharia, SVP & Chief Compliance Counsel, Allscripts
  • Trish Lukasik, CEO, Luxury Garage Sale

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