Career Summit – Minneapolis

Career Summit - Minneapolis

Career Summit – Minneapolis


Start: Nov 04, 2021 at 08:00 am
End: Nov 04, 2021 at 06:30 pm


Minneapolis, MN 55402

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Career & Leadership Development Training

Come join us Virtually for our 2021 Leadership Summit on November 4th, 2021 starting at 8am Eastern! 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.

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 Heels Required. Everyone is welcome to attend our events, regardless of their footwear preferences 😉

Continuing Education. We will provide a certificate of completion after attending the event for 8hrs of Leadership Training if requested. Please let us know if you’d like us to reach out to a particular organization/association to confirm continuing education credits, and if you need a certificate.

Health/Safety Precautions. We will be implementing enhanced health & safety measures to align with local and state laws. As such, SharpHeels Career Summits are small, intimate events for local professionals and will have a limited number of onsite tickets available based on safety precautions.

Panel Discussions & Workshops (Eastern Time):

8:00-8:30am: Check-in & Waiting Room
Check into the Registration Desk or Sign-in to your Zoom Link and make sure everything is ready to go for 8:30am 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 & 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 grab something for lunch

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: 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.

5:00pm: Wrap-up

We're still working on our speakers, but please see below for our speakers at a few of our previous events:


  • Robin Palley, SVP, Business Consulting, Episilon
  • Virginia Essandoh, Chief Diversity, Ballard Spahr
  • Lauren Sallata, CMO & SVP, Panasonic USA
  • Margolit Hillsberg, CHRO & SVP, Citadel
  • Megan Parzych, VP, Marketing, Philadelphia Media
  • Lori Kinkade, VP, Corporate Counsel, David's Bridal
  • Laurie Actman, CMO, Penn Center for Innovation
  • Jen Kavanagh, SVP, Marketing, Philadelphia Eagles
  • Susan Maue, GVP, AmerisourceBergen
  • Liz Brenner, VP, Human Resources, SAP
  • Christiane Pelz, VP, Investor Relations, Five Below
  • Melissa Wikle, VP, Controller, American Water
  • Meredith Olearchik, VP, Campbell’s
  • Cristen Odian, VP, Talent & Org Dev, Radian
  • Shelly Power, Executive Director, Philadelphia Ballet
  • Kim Fraites-Dow, CEO, Girl Scouts E. Penn


  • Reshma K., EVP & Chief Medical Officer, Vertex
  • Jessica Griffin, VP, Product Management, Kronos
  • Ellen Mahoney, CHRO, Harvard Business School
  • Allison Keavey, Head of Talent, Wayfair
  • Sarah McKenna, SVP, Fans, Boston Red Sox
  • Lenka Patten, VP, Human Resources, Reebok
  • Lorraine Townsend, SVP, HR, Athenahealth
  • Robin Bostic, DVP, Health Economics, Abbott
  • Emma Jeffries, Chief People Officer, Iron Mountain
  • Mary M., Chief Global Regulatory, Boston Scientific
  • Rachel Gantz, SVP, Strategy, comScore
  • Pam Kenn, VP, Community, Boston Red Sox
  • Trish Torizzo, CIO, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Dana Klein, GM, Digital Commerce, Converse
  • Ann Marie Beasley, SVP & CMO, Allscripts


  • Andrea Rubin, SVP, Marketing, Yelp
  • Becky Snow, VP, People, Mars Wrigley
  • Chioke Elmore, VP, Ops, McDonald's
  • Eliza Wicher, Talent Development, Groupon
  • Sandra Dainora, SVP, Product, Sittercity
  • Bonnie Boone, EVP, Gallagher
  • Kristen Weirick, VP, Global Talent Acq, AbbVie
  • Diane Hund, SVP, Marketing, US Foods
  • Laura Lazarczyk, SVP & Counsel, Zurich
  • Jill Zimmerman, Chief Talent & Inclusion, Mercer
  • Varsha Kaura, VP, Client Partner, Motista
  • Deb Hall Lefevre, SVP & CIO, Circle K
  • Tejal Vakharia, SVP & Chief Counsel, Allscripts
  • Trish Lukasik, CEO, Luxury Garage Sale


  • Tracy Faber, SVP, 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, American Heart Assn.
  • Shawn Wills, SVP, Dallas Women's Foundation
  • Kim Arnold, SVP, Diversity & I., Texas Capital Bank
  • Neelu Sethi, SVP & CIO, Reddy Ice
  • Carolyn Campbell, SVP, IT, United Surgical Partners
  • Kim Cummings, AVP, HR, BNSF Railway

San Diego:

  • Cindy White, VP, Global Marketing, Mitek Systems
  • Shelly McTighe-Rippengale, SVP, YMCA San Diego
  • Heather Yazdan, VP, Financial Operations, Cubic
  • Jamy Salazar, VP, Talent Management, DJO
  • Hrissi Samartzidou, VP, Marketing, Thermo Fisher
  • Amanda Morgan, VP, Sales, ACADIA Pharm
  • Hollis Winkler, VP, HR, GenMark Diagnostics
  • Jen Kennedy, VP,  Marketing, Jack in the Box
  • Carol Dedrich, CEO, Girl Scouts San Diego
  • Rebecca Maffei, VP, IT Data & Analytics, Petco
  • Amanda Stuckey, VP, Marketing, Chef Works
  • Janelle Nelson, VP, American Heart Association
  • Ronda Sedillo, SVP & CFO, San Diego Padres
  • Annie McBride, VP, Strategy, ResMed
  • Reema Poddar, EVP, Products & Tech, Teradata
  • Jessica Yamada, VP of Business Dev, Fifty & Fifty


  • Amy Rettig, SVP, Community Engagements, Nielsen
  • Kelly Lefferts, GVP & Counsel, Bloomin' Brands
  • Kristin Hamwey, VP, Human Resources, Buccaneers
  • Kristy Chase-Tozer, CMO, Tampa Zoo
  • Jean Kneisler, VP & CTO, Jabil
  • Kye Mitchell, Chief Operations Officer, Kforce Inc
  • Lisa Goettel, SVP, Human Resources, PODS
  • Christi Bedan, VP, Digital & Media, Buccaneers
  • Yvette Segura, Regional VP, USAA
  • Suzy O’Malley, American Heart Association
  • Marna Killian, SVP People, Checkers
  • Karen Mincey, VP & CIO, TECO Energy
  • Kelly Cullen, EVP & COO, Tampa General Hospital
  • Deb Nelson, VP, Content & Creative, HSN
  • Sonya Parham-Shannon, VP, Busch Gardens

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