2021 SOAR Summit schedule coming soon!
For now, check out our 2020 schedule.
|THURSDAY, JANUARY 9, 2020|
|6:00 - 7:30 p.m.||
Dinner and Community Conversation
|FRIDAY, JANUARY 10, 2020|
|8:00 - 8:30 a.m.||Check-in / Breakfast|
|8:30 - 8:45 a.m.||
Welcome and Introductions
|8:45 - 9:15 a.m.||
Set Your Sights
Paideia moments. Mosaic competencies. High-impact experiences. A little vocabulary about what you’ll learn and why you should care.
|9:15 - 10:45 a.m.||
Opening Keynote: Making Connections
|10:45 - 11:00 a.m.||Break|
|11:00 - 12:00 p.m.||
Got Skills? (Absolutely, you do!)
A hands-on activity to help identify essential career-readiness competencies as well as Mosaic areas of development.
|12:00 - 1:15 p.m.||
Lunch & Learn - Meet Your Career Community and Build Your Personal Board of Directors
Enjoy lunch in Career Community groups with a professional in a career field of interest to you. Learn how to build a strong support team for your professional development and harness the Power of the Tower via PirateConnect.
|1:15 - 1:30 p.m.||Break - move to Olin|
|1:30 - 3:45 p.m.||
“Adulting” - it’s not as scary as you might think!
Joe French ’82, Amanda Anthony ’10, Gabrielle Mortensen ’12, Monica MacKay (Texell Credit Union), and Lauri Tuloch (First Texas Bank)
It’s about building a life, not just a career. Learn some basics on finances, bill paying, healthcare, living on your own from alumni financial experts.
|3:45 - 4:00 p.m.||Break (snacks/stretch)|
|4:00 - 4:30 p.m.||
|4:30 - 5:30 p.m.||Break|
|5:30 - 6:00 p.m.||
Speed Networking Reception
James Robilotta and Diane Gottsman
Remember, Connections Before Content! Practice telling your story and finding common ground as you move quickly through several short engagements with your fellow Pirates and SU alumni! (Professional attire required.)
|6:00 - 7:30 p.m.||
You guessed it! There won’t be any ketchup or mustard on the table, and toothpicks are not welcome! Learn the ins and outs of business dining and networking etiquette from Diane Gottsman, national etiquette expert, author, media resource, corporate trainer and founder of The Protocol School of Texas. (Professional attire required.)
|SATURDAY, JANUARy 11, 2020|
|8:30 - 8:45 a.m.||Coffee/tea/water station|
|8:45 - 9:00 a.m.||Welcome and Overview|
|9:00 - 9:45 a.m.||
Developing Your Brand
Debika Sihi and Andy Ross, SU professors of business
Who better to teach you how to market yourself than a marketing professor? Join us to hear about “Creating You & Co.”
|9:45 - 10:00 a.m.||Pick up brunch in Commons|
|10:00 - 11:15 a.m.||
Brunch and My Electronic and Paper Me!: Resumes, Cover Letters, Personal Statements, and LinkedIn
Bonnie Endicott ’96, Southwest Airlines, and Stacy Hillin, Enterprise Holdings
A quick look at developing and protecting your career product through social/(networking) media and on paper. Learn how to begin creating your marketing plan for all opportunities (internships, shadowing, research, jobs, graduate/professional school, scholarships, etc.).
|11:15 - 11:30 p.m.||Break|
|11:30 - 12:30 p.m.||
Talk the Talk - Interviewing Skills
Jo Chauvin, University of Texas
Get ready for your starring role! An interview is kind of an improv theatrical performance, so join experienced improv actor Jo Chauvin from UT’s McCombs School of Business as she teaches you how to think on your feet, display confidence and perform your “best self.”
|12:30 - 12:40 p.m.||Break|
|12:40 - 2:00 p.m.||
Walk the Walk - Dressing for Success!
Diane Gottsman and Tony Sommer, Men’s Wearhouse
Yes, there are ‘rules’ you need to know! Be ready to give and receive feedback in the interactive presentation. Learn what the different kinds of work dress are and how to build your professional wardrobe on a budget.
|2:00 - 2:10 p.m.||Break|
Test the Fit - Internships
Dana Luna and Craig Gilden
Now you have the tools to build connections, tell your story and make a positive first impression. It’s time to get out there and test-drive some career possibilities. Learn about all things internships, including earning academic credit and funding.
|3:10 - 3:20 p.m.||Break|
Seal the Deal - Launch Your Search
So many new ideas and skills – now what? Create a personalized action plan mapping out next steps to explore career options and build marketable experience. Then resume experts, including SU alumni and other recruiting professionals, will workshop your resume with you in this interactive session to target and polish your most important self-marketing tool.
|5:20 - 6:30 p.m.||Break|
|6:30 - 8:20 p.m.||
Closing Keynote and Dinner
Daron K. Roberts, JD
Persistence, patience and passion - that’s what it takes to pursue your professional dreams. Keynote Daron K. Roberts, JD, former NFL Coach, Harvard Law graduate, best-selling author, and non-profit founder, will inspire you in this dynamic closing session.
|8:20-8:30 p.m.||Closing Comments and Recognition|