Career Summit – Phoenix

Career Summit - Phoenix

Career Summit – Phoenix


Start: Aug 22, 2019 at 08:00 am
End: Aug 22, 2019 at 06:30 pm


Westin Phoenix Downtown
333 N Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85004

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A Full Day of Career & Leadership Development Training!

SharpHeels Career Summit is a multi-city event designed to educate professionals with a passion for advancing their careers. Join SharpHeels and an intimate group of your peers to hear local leaders and career experts discuss topics such as:

  • Successful Career Planning
  • Overcoming Career Obstacles
  • Being an Impactful Leader
  • Enhancing Executive Presence

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

  • Creating an Impactful Career Plan
  • Building Your Professional Brand
  • Prioritizing Your Financial Success

In addition, you’ll get:

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

Ticket Price: $295

Limited seats available, so register today. And remember to bring lots of business cards!

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.

Panel Discussions & Workshops:

8:00-8:30 am: 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.

8:30-9:00 am: Kick-off
Our Mistress of Ceremonies, Natalie Ehmka, 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.

9:00-9:45 am: Successful Career Planning
Hear female executives discuss how career planning impacted their careers, how important mentors and supporters were for their careers, how they set goals and advice on negotiating a promotion.
Panelists: Tami Joy, SVP, Conduct Management, Wells Fargo, Kristina Swift, SVP, Global Sales, Plexus Worldwide, Laura Hyland, VP, eCommerce, Henkel Consumer Goods, Dawn Coppens, SVP, Accounts, Televerde

10:00-11:00 am: Workshop: Career Planning (Plan/Goals)
Conducted by a career coach, the career planning workshop and worksheets are designed to help attendees build 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: Carla Howard

11:15-12:00 pm: Overcoming Career Obstacles
Hear female executives discuss their biggest career obstacles and how they overcame them (Work-Life Balance, Office Politics, Bad Performance Review, Job Loss, Losing Career Direction, Changing Career Path, Over-Worked and Underpaid, Lacking the right education/experience, etc.)
Panelists: Nicole Giandinoto, SVP, IR, Republic Services, Peggy Carrieres, VP, Customer Experience, Avnet, Colleen Schwab, SVP, PHX Economic Council, Marina Carpenter, General Counsel, Arizona Coyotes

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

12:45-1:45 pm: Workshop: Money Matters
In this workshop you’ll learn financial literacy and the importance of financial independence, in addition to smart ways to save money, manage your budget, invest, prepare for unexpected expenses, and plan for yearly bonuses & raises. Coach: Emily Schwartz

2:00-2:45 pm: Being an Impactful Leader
Hear female executives discuss the most important qualities of a good leader, how to manage people by influence, even if you’re not a manager, and how to always put your team members and customer first.
Panelists: Andy Petersen, President, Banner Health Foundation, Jyllene Miller, EVP Marketing, Concentrix, Patricia Yates, VP & GM, SAP, Tracy Hedrick, VP, Discover Financial Services

3:00-4:00 pm: Workshop: Leadership Success
Conducted by an executive coach, this workshop will train attendees on the key success factors for climbing the corporate ladder, how to build your professional brand, and how to be a thought leader at your company and in your industry. Leadership Coach: Laurie Battaglia

4:15-5:00 pm: Enhancing Executive Presence
Hear female executives discuss how they became executives and how they manage large organizations from the company strategy to the company culture.
Panelists: Sonya Engle, COO, Sonora Quest, Dorien Weijts, SVP & CIO, JDA Software, René Bonin, CHRO, Vixxo, Joan Thiel, VP, Ambulatory, Banner Health

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

Jyllene Miller
EVP, Marketing

Tami Joy
SVP, Conduct Management
Wells Fargo

Kristina Swift
SVP, Global Sales
Plexus Worldwide

Dorien Weijts
JDA Software

Nicole Giandinoto
Republic Services

Peggy Carrieres
VP, Customer Experience

Colleen Schwab
SVP, Marketing
PHX Economic Council

Andy Petersen
Banner Health Foundation

Laura Hyland
VP, eCommerce
Henkel Consumer Goods

Patricia Yates

Sonya Engle
Sonora Quest

Dawn Coppens
SVP, Accounts

Marina Carpenter
General Counsel
Arizona Coyotes

Tracy Hedrick

René Bonin

Joan Thiel
VP, Ambulatory
Banner Health


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