Career Summit – Virtual

Career Summit - Virtual

Career Summit – Virtual


Start: Sep 24, 2020 at 08:00 am
End: Sep 24, 2020 at 06:30 pm


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Career & Leadership Development Training

Due to health and safety concerns, we’ve decided to convert our 2020 Leadership Summit to a 100% virtual event. It will be a full day of leadership development training hosted virtually. 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


Virtual Ticket Price: $245

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:

8:00-8:30am: Check-in
Log-in to your Virtual Meeting invite ahead of time to make sure you’re ready to go for kick-off!

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 & Uncertainty
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: Networking Virtual Lunch
Enjoy a break from sessions, grab a snack, and we’ll be putting everyone into virtual breakout sessions for virtual networking.

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: 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.

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: 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.

5:00pm: Wrap-up

We are excited to be in Washington DC 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 DC events:

2019 Panelists:

  • Lidia Soto-Harmon, CEO, Girl Scouts, Nation’s Capital
  • Aimee Metrick, VP, Communications, Comcast
  • Charon Johnson, VP, Operations, Sodexo
  • Marcia Newbert, SVP, Edelman
  • Christine Weber, SVP, National Geographic Studios
  • Anne Kottmeier, VP, IT Operations, AARP
  • Rebecca Winn, VP, Marketing, Washington Wizards
  • Patricia Browne, CEO, National Children's Center
  • Kate Coughlin, VP, Audience Dev, National Geographic
  • Rachel Permuth, VP, Research, Sodexo
  • Tania Turano, SVP, Strategy, Discovery
  • Laura FitzRandolph, EVP & CHRO, HMSHost
  • Cori Carraway, Product Marketing, Frontpoint

2018 Panelists:

  • Kathleen Grillo, SVP, Public Policy, Verizon
  • Anne Kottmeier, VP, Technical Operations, AARP
  • Jennifer Warga, VP, Marketing, Red Cross
  • Hillarie Flood, Principal, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Wendi Copeland, SVP, Strategy, Goodwill
  • Julie Ortmeier, VP & General Counsel, Carfax
  • Margaret Ackerley, SVP & General Counsel, WWF
  • Carty McMullen, SVP, Sodexo Universities, Sodexo
  • Lidia Soto-Harmon, CEO, Girl Scouts, Capital Area

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