Career Summit – South Florida

Career Summit - South Florida

Career Summit – South Florida


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


W Fort Lauderdale
401 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

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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: $345

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.

Inclement Weather Policy. In the event of dangerous weather conditions, SharpHeels may postpone an event. Postponements will be communicated via email and also posted online, as soon as the information is made available.

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, Kerry Szymanski, 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: Katrina Lindsey, SVP & CCO, Office Depot, Karen Jones, EVP & CMO, Ryder, Patricia Abril, Vice Dean, Miami Business School, Traci Wilk, SVP, People, The Learning Experience

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: Sara Melo

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: Katerina Perez, VP, Corp Partnerships, Florida Panthers, Ashaki Rucker, SVP, HR, NBCUniversal Telemundo, Diana Trowbridge-Plazas, VP, Marketing , Marriott, Mindy Kramer, VP, Public Relations, Comcast

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: Carrie Moore

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: Sheryl Woods, CEO, YMCA, South Florida, Nancy Meyer, Publisher & GM, Sun Sentinel, Joanne Li, Dean, FIU, College of Business, Jennifer Pinto, VP, Talent, Southern Glazer’s

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 : LaVerne Daley

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: Katina Athanasiou, Chief Sales Officer, Norwegian Cruise Line, Nikka Copeland, SVP, Finance, World Fuel Services, Jill Granat, General Council, Burger King/RBI, Shari Gonzalez, RSVP, Sales, iHeartMedia – South Florida

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

Katrina Lindsey
Office Depot

Karen Jones

Patricia Abril
Vice Dean
Miami Business School

Traci Wilk
SVP, People
The Learning Experience

Katerina Perez
VP, Corp Partnerships
Florida Panthers

Ashaki Rucker
SVP, Human Resources
NBCUniversal Telemundo

Diana Trowbridge-Plazas
VP, Marketing

Mindy Kramer
VP, Public Relations

Sheryl Woods
YMCA, South Florida

Nancy Meyer
Publisher & GM
Sun Sentinel

Joanne Li
FIU, College of Business

Jennifer Pinto
VP, Talent
Southern Glazer’s

Katina Athanasiou
Chief Sales Officer
Norwegian Cruise Line

Nikka Copeland
SVP, Finance
World Fuel Services

Jill Granat
General Council
Burger King/RBI


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