2012 Session

24 Things You can Do with Social Media to Get into College (or put your best foot forward)!

Gina CarrollsmSpeaker: Gina Carroll, blogger and author, 24 Things You Can Do with Social Media to Help Get into College

Colleges have now embraced social media as an important tool in the admissions process. They are also using sites like Facebook to uncover unsavory information about candidates. This session illustrates ways that you can use social media to explore, attract and connect with colleges in a positive way. Learn how to create an online presence that allows schools to see your strengths and attributes. We also explore tools how to turn a potentially negative outcome (like getting turned down by your college of choice because of your social media content) into an optimal one by creating a positive social media presence. Even if you are not college bound, this session offers practical tools for building a social media presence that is invaluable to your job search and life.

Host: Dahna L. Hull, President & General Manager, Retail Sales & Service, AT&T Mobility South Texas


Creating Your Happiness Project: A Conversation with Gretchen Rubin

GretchenRubin-120x162Speaker: Gretchen Rubin, bestselling author, The Happiness Project

Moderator: Carrie Contey, founder, Early Parenting.com

Gretchen Rubin is the author of the #1 New York Times and international bestseller The Happiness Project—an account of the year she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, the current scientific studies, and the lessons from popular culture about how to be happier. On her popular blog, The Happiness Project, she reports on her daily adventures in the pursuit of happiness. The Happiness Project has proven to be more than just a book – it is a movement that we have all become fascinated with. This session is an informal conversation and extension of Gretchen’s keynote.

Host: Sally Hernandez, anchor, KXAN


Defining Success on Your Own Terms (panel)

Moderator: Alexis Sclamberg, author, blogger, The Huffington Post, and former lawyer

Panelist 1: Alyce C. Alston, Chairman and CEO, CultureMap Austin and launch publisher, O! The Oprah Magazine
Panelist 2: Lauren Berger, “Intern Queen,” best-selling author and BusinessWeek’s Young Entrepreneurs 25 under 25
Panelist 3: Danielle LaPorte, Amazon #1 author, The Fire Starter Sessions and creator, Your Big Beautiful Book Plan
Panelist 4: Wilka Toppins, attorney and founder, The Corporate Latina

It’s a new world and Gen Y professionals are approaching careers very differently than their parents. They are no longer staying at on organization for 20+ years and climbing the ranks – rather, they are moving and evolving rapidly. In 2012, feeling successful professionally goes well beyond having a stable position and financial security. Young professionals are building career paths that align with their values, morals and passions. This interactive discussion brings together a mix of corporate, non-profit and entrepreneurial women to share their perspectives and journeys.

Host: Dahna L. Hull, president and general manager, retail sales and service, AT&T Mobility South Texas


Embracing Our Ever-Changing Body (panel)

Moderator: Lynya Floyd, health director, Family Circle Magazine

Panelist 1: Katherine Anderson, ND, FABNO, national director of Naturopathic Medicine, Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Panelist 2: Susan Tolles, founder, Flourish Over 50
Panelist 3: Vonda Wright, author, Fitness After 40: How to stay strong at any age
Panelist 4: Nikki Drummond, certified clinical nutritionist (CCN) and founder, NeuroFit Nutrition
Panelist 4: Katherine Anderson, director of Naturopathic Medicine, CTCA

The physical and emotional aspects of dealing with the ever-changing female body can be exciting and dreadful all at the same time. Whether you are in your twenties or your sixties, your appearance is always evolving and different from what it was years before. With increasing media attention around image and weight, it is critical that we adopt healthy perceptions of ourselves so that we can act as solid role models for young girls struggling with their own image. This panel discussion will help you process all aspects of the aging process from weight, nutrition, skincare and attire selections. Together we help you explore the options and teach you how to make effective health decisions that are right for you.

Host: Casey Sollock, ICF-accredited life coach and children’s book author


Finding Your Passion

Speaker: Tina Hambly, founder and designer, Valentina Shoes
Speaker: Cory Cotton, founder, Dude Perfect and author, Go Big

Finding your passion can be a lifelong mission – and one that evolves as you grow and change. This interactive session offers two different perspectives around how to find what you love and create that into meaningful work and everyday life. Tina Hambly went from a 17-year career in high tech event marketing to becoming the founder and designer of Valentina, a girls’ fashion brand featuring shoes for “hip, happy girls.” Within months of launching her bold girls’ brand, Valentina was featured on People.com as a brand “your girl will go crazy over,” touted as “Designer to Watch” by Austin Monthly magazine and selected as “Best of the Best” to be featured during Austin Fashion Week 2012. Hambly shares how after decades, she reinvented herself, found her passion and turned it into reality. Cory Cotton, a recent graduate of Texas A&M University, is one of the founders of the five-man trick basketball shot team known as Dude Perfect. In just three years, Dude Perfect has more than 80 million views of their online content and has been labeled by Advertising Age as one of You Tube’s hottest brands. As an entrepreneur and acclaimed author, Cory inspires you to Go Big with what you love and use that platform for a cause greater than you.


Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love and Lead (workshop)

B.BrownSpeaker: Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW, research professor, University of Houston

Every day we experience the uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable, or to dare greatly. In a world where “never enough” dominates and feeling afraid has become second nature, vulnerability is subversive, uncomfortable – even a little dangerous at times. Based on twelve years of pioneering research, Dr. Brené Brown dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and argues that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage. Together, attendees will:

  • Examine the critical role vulnerability plays in our personal and professional success;
  • Dispel the four major myths of vulnerability;
  • Explore the most common strategies we use to avoid and minimize vulnerability and how they move us away from our goals; and
  • Identify actionable strategies for leaning into our discomfort and embracing vulnerability as a source of strength and inspiration.

Host: Colleen Brewer, vice-president of sales and marketing, Statesman Solutions


Influence Expansion:How to Leverage and Grow Your Influence to Drive Real Business Growth (workshop)

Lena WestSpeaker: Lena L. West, founder and CEO, XynoMedia and top 30 entrepreneurs to follow on Twitter

For many, influence is seen in a negative light. People associate it with manipulation and “smoke and mirrors” techniques, but in reality, influence is one of the top traits we have to offer. Your clients compensate you with the expectation that you’ll be able to influence them and their business for growth. The media hopes that including you in their story will influence more people to read their piece. Your team looks for you to influence the direction of the company for everyone’s benefit. The trouble is, many executives either don’t exercise their influence muscles enough or they go overboard and become pushy. This session will show you how to:

  • Redefine influence in a way that helps you drop the negative connotations and get on with implementing influence in your business;
  • Impact bottom line results;
  • Look for the hidden sources of influence in your business and life;
  • Identify the people who influence you and who you influence (critical to understand if you want to make a mark); and
  • Strike the right balance between influencing and being influenced

Host: Allyson Peerman, corporate vice president, Public Affairs, AMD and president, AMD Foundation


Knowing Your Value and Negotiating Your Worth (workshop)

Victoria PynchonsmSpeaker: Victoria Pynchon, co-founder, She Negotiates and best-selling author of The Grownups’ ABCs of Conflict and Success as a Mediator for Dummies

When women are empowered to lead and given the tools and support to do so, they make choices that change history. Why is it that then that women are not compensated to reflect our power? Victoria Pynchon will arm you with the tools to help you close your personal income and leadership gaps and become a powerful and confident asker.

Host: Fay Fleming, founder, The Business Performance Company


Smart Girls at the Party: How to Change the World By Being Yourself

Meredith WalkerSpeaker: Meredith Walker, former producer, Saturday Night Live and co-founder, Smart Girls at the Party

In a society heavily focused on image, being the “smart girl” comes with all sorts of assumptions (and unfortunately not all are positive). This inspirational and interactive session explores how to move beyond hair, make-up, nails and clothes and find the child hiding within you –the one that played make believe or ran carefree through the park with friends. Learn tools that encourage your braininess to take the lead and teach you how to dream big and make it happen!

Host: LisaBeth Thomas, Big Cheese, LBTJ Group and president of Texas Women in Business


Smart Women Finish Rich: How to Live Rich and Finish Rich (workshop)

David BachsmSpeaker: David Bach, 9-time New York Times bestselling author and personal finance expert

Did you know that: women own over 10 million businesses; 40% of American moms are the primary breadwinners; and women have consistently outperformed male investors over the last 20 years? America’s leading financial expert David Bach will empower you to overcome your fears and take control of your financial health. This interactive workshop will provide you with seven concrete steps to help you achieve financial security so you can live rich and finish rich. Attendees will explore everything from debt to investing and retirement.

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