Career Summit – Dallas

Career Summit - Dallas

Career Summit – Dallas


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


Dallas, TX

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Career & Leadership Development Training

We’re back in Dallas for our 4th year on September 17th, 2020, and we’d love for you to join us along with other DFW area professionals for a full day around leadership development training. As we continue to monitor the coronavirus situation, we will be implementing enhanced health & safety measures to align with local and state laws. As such, SharpHeels Career Summits are intimate multi-city events for local professionals and will have a limited number of onsite tickets available. Because of the limited capacity onsite, we’ll also be offering virtual tickets with individual log-in credentials for attendees who would like to watch the event live from a remote location. Topics that will be discussed:

  • 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

In addition, you’ll get:

  • Professional headshots will be taken.
  • Networking with like-minded professionals.
  • SharpHeels Tote Bag and Development Worksheets.
  • Breakfast, lunch, snacks, and wine.

Standard Ticket Price: $345
Virtual Ticket Price: $245

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 (within the next two years) or transfer the registration to another person with at least 72 hours’ notice.  An attendee may also switch from a standard ticket to a virtual ticket within 72hrs of the event date (and may upgrade (+$100) from a virtual ticket to a standard ticket within 72 hrs of the event date as long as capacity allows for the change).

COVID-19. We have taken enhanced health and safety measures for our attendees, our speakers, and our staff.  And will continue to evaluate new health and safety measures as they become available from health experts and government officials. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public space, by attending our event, you voluntarily assume all risks of exposure to COVID-19. For the health and safety of everyone, all attendees must follow all posted safety instructions. Please check back for additional updates as guidance continues to evolve.

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 Dallas 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 Dallas events:

2019 Panelists:

  • Annabel Fuller, VP, Customer Care, Showtime
  • Shunda Robinson, VP Diversity, GM Financial
  • Kim Cummings, AVP, HR, BNSF Railway
  • Paige Farragut, SVP, Ticket Sales, Texas Rangers
  • Jennifer Mitchell, VP, Product Development, Fossil
  • Linda Fisk, SVP, Marketing, Susan G. Komen
  • Jennifer Bartkowski, CEO, Girl Scouts, NE Texas
  • Vicki Laurie, VP, IT Innovation, Tenet Healthcare
  • Shannon Platz, GVP, Platform Ecosystem, SAP
  • Tracy Faber, SVP, Human Resources , McKesson
  • Mia Meachem, CMO, Del Frisco's Restaurants
  • Alicia Dietsch, CMO - AT&T Cybersecurity

2018 Panelists:

  • Tracy Faber, SVP of Human Resources, McKesson
  • Cathy Skula, EVP, Franchising, Rent-A-Center
  • Laura Brown, VP, Boys & Girls Clubs
  • Elizabeth Bryant, VP, Southwest Airlines University
  • Michelle Waak, SVP, Leasing, Howard Hughes
  • Shannon Platz, GVP, Platform Ecosystem, SAP
  • Linda Fisk, SVP, Marketing, Susan G. Komen
  • Stacey Marx, VP, National Business, AT&T
  • Robyn Landry, SVP, Strategy Integration, American Heart Assn.
  • Shawn Wills, SVP, Dallas Women's Foundation
  • Kim Arnold, SVP, Diversity & Inclusion, Texas Capital Bank
  • Neelu Sethi, SVP & CIO, Reddy Ice
  • Carolyn Campbell, SVP, IT, United Surgical Partners
  • Kim Cummings, AVP, HR, BNSF Railway

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