Career Summit – Virtual

Career Summit - Virtual

Career Summit – Virtual


Start: Sep 16, 2021 at 08:00 am
End: Sep 16, 2021 at 06:30 pm


Virtual (Central Time Zone)
Virtual (Central Time Zone),

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Career & Leadership Development Training

Join us Virtually for our 2021 Leadership Summit on September 16th, 2021 starting at 8am! 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.

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.

Panel Discussions & Workshops (Central Time):

8:00-8:30am: Check-in & Waiting Room
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.
Panelists: Katrina McGhee, EVP, American Heart Association, Cassandra Lee, SVP, Finance, AT&T, Casey Taylor, VP, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Lead: Faye Gerard, VP, Carbon & Sustain., BPX Energy

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.
Panelists: Cathy Skula, EVP, Chief Development, Rent-A-Center, Joanna Dean, VP, Sales, Toyota Financial Services, Twila Carter, SVP Community, Houston Astros, Marike Owen, VP, Customer Support, BMC Software, Lead: Lisa Feigenbaum, EVP, Chief Strategy, Dallas Wings

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: 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. 
Panelists: Shunda Robinson, Global VP, Diversity, GM Financial, Jennifer Davenport, SVP & CMO, Houston Texans, Aparna Dave, SVP, Managing Counsel, Wells Fargo, Sabra Tourigny, VP, Transformation, Oracle, Lead: Jennifer Bartkowski, CEO, Girl Scouts NE Texas

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 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.
Panelists: Hope VonBorkenhagen, VP, HR, Lennox International, Rashmi Kumar, SVP & CIO, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Kim Holder, VP, Digital Technology, Baker Hughes, Stacey Maris, SVP, Deputy General Counsel, AT&T, Lead: Paige Farragut, SVP, Tickets, Texas Rangers

5:00pm: Wrap-up

Dr. Faye Gerard
VP, Carbon & Sustain.
BPX Energy

Paige Farragut
SVP, Tickets
Texas Rangers

Joanna Dean
VP, Sales
Toyota Financial Services

Stacey Maris
SVP, Deputy General Counsel

Jennifer Davenport
Houston Texans

Rashmi Kumar
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Jennifer Bartkowski
Girl Scouts NE Texas

Shunda Robinson
Global VP, Diversity
GM Financial

Cathy Skula
EVP, Chief Development

Hope VonBorkenhagen
Lennox International

Katrina McGhee
EVP, Marketing
American Heart Association

Sabra Tourigny
VP, Transformation

Twila Carter
SVP Community
Houston Astros

Marike Owen
VP, Customer Support
BMC Software

Casey Taylor
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Kim Holder
VP, Digital Technology
Baker Hughes

Aparna Dave
SVP, Managing Counsel
Wells Fargo

Lisa Feigenbaum
EVP, Chief Strategy
Dallas Wings

Cassandra Lee
SVP, Finance


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