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WILC Agenda


Friday, February 9, 2024

6:45 am — 8:00 am

Registration and Breakfast

8:15 am — 8:35 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Adrienne Miller, 2024 Women in Leadership Conference President
  • Barbara Ostdiek, Senior Associate Dean of Degree Programs and Professor of Finance and Statistics
8:40 am — 9:30 am

Opening Keynote Speaker

9:45 am — 10:40 am

Morning Panels I

Elevate: I Am A Vital Voice — Seen and Heard in Rooms that Matter

Challenge, Disrupt, & Elevate: Legislation in Texas — How Texas Influences Women in Business

10:55 am — 11:50 am

Morning Panels II

Disrupt: A Conversation with Female Entrepreneurs — Pursuing New Ideas and New Ventures

Challenge: Finding Balance — Support & Advocacy While Juggling it All

  • Tracy Ross, Vice President, West and Texas Sales, NRG
  • Tamara Clarkson, Counselor & Owner, Tamara Clarkson, LPC
  • Judy Sultan, Head of Marketing & Corporate Citizenship, Aramco Americas
  • Leslie Reyes, Project Engineer, Zachary Construction
  • Moderator: Dr. Connie Porter, Senior Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion & Associate Clinical Professor of Marketing, Rice Business
11:50 pm —1:00 pm

Networking Lunch

1:00 pm — 1:45 pm

Interactive Workshops I

Elevate: Allyship & Sponsorship — Advancing Women in the Workplace

Challenge: Negotiating to Create Value — Developing your Negotiation Skills

Disrupt: Tools To Grow Your Business

Elevate: Executive Presence — Building Your Presence

  • Janet Moore, Director of Communication Program, Senior Lecturer in Management, Rice Business
2:00 pm — 2:45 pm

Interactive Workshops II

Challenge: Growing Your Career- Crafting a Strategy for Next Steps

  • Katie Baird, Executive Coach and Founder, Baird Coaching

Elevate: Coaching to Help Others - Developing Your Coaching Skills

Disrupt: Disrupting Traditional Leadership Norms - Understanding Leadership Styles

Elevate: Allyship - Attracting and Retaining Diverse Talent

  • Leo Flores, Talent Management Strategy and Planning Manager, Cisco
  • Kendall Toarmina, Management Consultant, Organizational Effectiveness, Slalom
  • Ally Cedeno, Founder, Women Offshore
  • Takeya Green, Investment Banking Associate & Head of Recruiting, Citi
  • Moderator: Jessica Krom, Director of Staff Administration, Rice Business
3:00 pm — 3:45 pm

Closing Keynote Speaker

  • Kelly Rooney, SVP, Chief Human Resources and Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Waste Management
3:45 pm - 4:00 pm

Closing Remarks | Owl Award

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Closing Reception



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