WILC Agenda

Agenda from the 2020 Women in Leadership Conference

Time Description Location

7:00am – 8:00am

Registration and Breakfast

Anderson Family Commons

8:00am – 8:30am

Welcome and Opening Remarks with Ally Cedeno, 2020 Women in Leadership Conference President, and Dean Barbara Ostdiek

Shell Auditorium

8:30am – 9:30am

Opening Keynote Speaker
Forging a Servant-Leader Culture

  • Ann Fox, President, Chief Executive Officer, Secretary and Director, Nine Energy Service | Keynote Speaker
Shell Auditorium

9:45am – 11:00am

Morning Panel Sessions

Lessons Learned in Leadership
How is a leader effective? What skills does a leader need to bring to the table to successfully lead a team? Learn how leaders across various industries leverage their skills for success. Attendees will leave this panel enabled to define their impact and inspired to take on new roles at their organizations.

  • Lynda Clemmons, Vice President of Sustainable Solutions, NRG
  • Sruba De, Vice President, Global Retail Insights & Solutions, Mastercard Advisors
  • Tandra Jackson, Managing Partner, KPMG
  • Guldal "GiGi" Lindberg, Vice President and Commercial Relationship Manager, BBVA, and Founder and CEO, Meritaj
  • Moderator: Jonathan Miles, Lecturer in Management - Organizational Behavior, Jones Graduate School of Business
Shell Auditorium

Founders Corner: From Vision to Adventure
What can start as a simple idea can grow into a booming business. The risks are often high, yet the excitement of tremendous growth and making an impact is motivating. From their original vision to their latest adventures, learn how these founders have grown their businesses to make their career dreams come true.

  • Jillian Fink, CEO & Co-founder, OcciGuide
  • Erin McClarty, Founder, Erin McClarty, PLLC
  • Diana Murakhovskaya, Co-founder & General Partner, The Artemis Fund
  • Kathleen Perley, CEO & Co-founder, Decode Digital
  • Moderator: Beverley Babcock, Former CFO, Imperial Oil
Room 218

Launchpad: Early Career Navigation
Navigating a career early on can be daunting and uncertain. Find out from these professionals how they launched their careers and what they do on a regular basis to stay on track to achieve their ambitious career goals.

  • Tess Helvenston, Manager, Pricing & Supply – West, Phillips 66
  • Sima Jani, Senior Associate, KPMG
  • Nancy Zakhour, Well Design Lead, Occidental Petroleum
  • Seyi Ogundeji, VP Analytics, Small Business Decision Sciences, JP Morgan Chase
  • Moderator: Ruth Reitmeier, Assistant Director for Coaching, Doerr Institute for New Leaders, Rice University
Room 212

Mentoring with Male Allies
Many successful men and women credit mentors for achievements in their careers. However, many people don't know how to make that ask or whom to ask, and at the same time, many men who want to help don't know how to offer their help and what exactly it takes to be a true ally. Learn about the actions men, women and organizations can take to form mentoring relationships in the workplace.

  • Jamie Hickman, Major, U.S. Army
  • Muneezeh Kabir, Executive Vice President of Workforce Strategy, Avenica
  • Scott Livingston, President, Intervention & Stimulation Equipment, National Oilwell Varco
  • Matt Lyle, Business Unit Lead - Gulf of Mexico, East, Shell
  • Moderator: Mikki Hebl, Martha and Henry Malcolm Lovett Chair of Psychology, Professor of Management, Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University
Room 214

11:00am – 12:00pm

Networking Lunch

Anderson Family Commons & Woodson Courtyard

12:15pm – 1:30pm

Interactive Workshops

Personal Branding for Professional Success
This highly interactive session will explore personal branding for professional success. You will learn specific strategies to ascertain, build and capitalize on your personal brand.

  • Janet Moore, Director of Communication Program, Jones Graduate School of Business
Room 218

How to Live for 300 Years - Maximize Your Personal & Professional Life
Life is too short to waste time. Many of us struggle with balancing personal and professional responsibilities, often putting the needs of others ahead of our own. This workshop allows us to examine those activities that yield the most satisfaction and to complete an equation to maximize fulfillment...on our own terms.

  • Delfina Govia, Partner, Veritas Total Solutions
Shell Auditorium

Tough Conversations - Tools for Navigating Challenging Interactions
Difficult conversations: They are a fact of life, and handling them skillfully can set you apart from the pack. Do you dread them? Avoid them? Enjoy them? This 60-minute interactive workshop will focus on methods and strategies for navigating your way through challenging conversations – from preparation to de-escalation and resolution. We will use practical scenarios and a big dose of humor to tackle this tricky topic and add a few tools to your collection that you can rely on when the next difficult conversation comes your way.

  • Erica D’Eramo, CEO, Two Piers Consulting
Anderson Family Commons

1:45pm – 3:00pm

Afternoon Panel

The Frontier of Diversity & Inclusion in Business Panel
As companies focus on inclusion, the diversity landscape is changing. Explore diversity and inclusion with these experts. Learn how goals are set for a diverse workforce. Find out how policies have evolved to support an inclusive workplace.

  • Deborah Byers, Americas Industry Leader/Americas Oil & Gas Leader, Ernst & Young
  • Janelle Daniel, Vice President, Human Resources, Community Relations and Sustainability, Transocean Ltd.
  • Amy Dalton, Senior Vice President, Americas, BCD Travel
  • Larry Perkins, Associate Vice President, HR Talent and Diversity Organizations, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Moderator: Jessica Aberle, EHS Supervisor, Well Ops US, Helix  
Shell Auditorium

3:00pm – 4:15pm

A Special Message from Rice Business Partners
Closing Keynote Speaker
Be Bold. How women influence change.

  • Sandy Asch, Best-Selling Author, Keynote Speaker, Global Consultant
Shell Auditorium

4:15pm – 5:00pm

Closing Reception with Dean Peter Rodriguez

Anderson Family Commons

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