Career Summit – San Antonio

Career Summit - San Antonio

Career Summit – San Antonio


Start: Feb 20, 2020 at 08:00 am
End: Feb 20, 2020 at 06:30 pm


San Antonio, TX

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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 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.

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)

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.)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

We are excited to be in San Antonio again for our Career & Leadership Development Event! We're still working on our speakers, but please see below for our speakers at a few of our 2018 events:

San Antonio:

  • Adrienne Mendoza, VP, Compliance, BioBridge Global
  • Mary Stich, VP, Deputy General Counsel, Rackspace
  • Rosie Perez, VP, Partnerships, iHeartMedia
  • Amy Newman, VP, American Heart Association
  • Maggie Thompson, ED, San Antonio River Walk
  • Jeanne Garza, VP, Marketing Partnerships, Spurs
  • Kelly Butler, VP, Global HR Services, Rackspace
  • Amber Seikaly, VP, Corporate Comms, USAA
  • Hayley Ellington-Buckles, CCO, Versant Health
  • Brig. Gen. Laura Lenderman, Air Force
  • Anne Krause, ED, Hemisfair Conservancy
  • Marian Sokol, ED, Children's Bereavement Center
  • Tiffany Fresher, CEO, Autism Network


  • 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


  • Sandra Beckett, VP, HR, Stanley Black & Decker
  • Amanda Robbins, VP, Talent Acq & Ret, Mattress Firm
  • Sandra Armstrong, HR Ops, University of Houston
  • Gillian Ward, CMO, Baker Botts
  • Carina Gillenwater, VP, HR, Southwestern Energy
  • Carolyn Comer, VP Downstream Strategy, Shell
  • Amber Baker, VP, Market Dev, American Heart Assoc.
  • Daria Russell, VP & Senior Counsel, Mattress Firm
  • Azza Fawzi, VP Finance, Deep Water, Shell
  • Mary Vitek, CEO, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto
  • Netta Washington, VP & GM, Air Liquide Electronics
  • Sunni Goodman, SVP of Comms & CX, Mattress Firm


  • 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

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


  • 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

We love working with dynamic forward-thinking partners – companies whose passion and insight enhance and grow our mission.  If you're interested in being a sponsor for this event, please contact our event team.

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