Check out the 2024 SOAR Summit schedule!


Thursday, january 11, 2024                                       BUSINESS casual attire

12:00-3:30 p.m.

SOAR Check-In,  CCPD

4:00-5:15 p.m.

Opening Keynote: Conversational Leadership, Olin 105
Chad Littlefield
This interactive networking session will teach you to create conversations that matter - the foundation of building your professional network. Chad Littlefield, author, speaker and co-founder of We and Me, Inc., helps clients like JetBlue, Starbucks, and TedX to increase collaboration and develop relationships of trust.

5:15-5:45 p.m.

 Introductions to SOAR Small Groups, Olin 105

5:45-6:00 p.m.

Pick up dinner, Olin Lobby

6:00-7:00 p.m.

Breakout Sessions (pick one)



Exploring Career Values, Representation and Identity, Olin 111
Malissa Ismaila & Bri Pierce, JEDI Center
Join this brave space conversation to discuss issues of marginalization and identity in the workplace. 


Exploring Grad School and SOAR, Olin 126
Adrian Ramirez, CCPD
Join this conversation to discuss how the skills you learn at SOAR are still completely applicable if you have aspirations of pursuing graduate education before entering the world of work full-time.


Exploring Majors & Careers: TypeFocus Self-Assessment, Olin 110
Alexandra Anderson, CCPD
Join this conversation to learn about your personality, interests, values and skills. Get ideas for major and career options and learn vocabulary to articulate your specific strengths. *Must take TypeFocus self-assessment online prior to session.


Exploring Financial Literacy, Olin 124
Cynthia Mayberry, University Federal Credit Union
Join this conversation to explore topics of personal finance as they relate to planning for internships and eventual jobs. 


Exploring the Funded Internship Program, Olin 105
Mary Claire Angle, Center for Integrative Learning

Join this conversation to get access to apply for the Funded Internship Program, which offsets the cost of unpaid or low-paid internships, if you haven’t previously attended a FIP information session.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 12, 2024                                                    business casual / professional attire

*Professional headshot station in olin throughout the day

9:00-9:15 a.m.

Check-in / Breakfast, Olin Lobby

9:15-9:45 a.m.

Welcome and Warm-Up, Olin 105
Chad Littlefield & SOAR Leaders
Start the day right with some connection before content.

9:45-10:45 a.m.

Introducing Internships, Olin 105
Student intern panel

Internships, research, and other hands-on experiences build career-readiness skills and your network, and let you “test drive” careers. Hear from a panel of experienced students about the value of internships, how they landed them, and what they learned.

10:45-11:00 a.m.


11:00 a.m.-
12 p.m.

Search Strategies, Olin 105
Andrew Harper, Grace Hill (formerly at Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and St. Edward’s University)
Time to learn search tools and create an internship search plan. Then, work in small groups with your SOAR Leader to identify real internship opportunities.

12:00-12:15 p.m.

Break / Transition to McCombs Ballrooms

12:15-1:30 p.m.

Lunch Keynote: Microwins & the Long Game, McCombs Ballrooms
Daron K. Roberts
Get inspired to pursue your dream goals - internships, jobs, grad school, and more - by former NFL coach, Harvard Law grad and author Daron Roberts. 

1:30-1:45 p.m.

Break, transition to Olin

1:45-3:15 p.m.

Developing Your Brand to Tell Your Story, Olin 105
Professor Andy Ross, Department of Economics & Business
You’ve learned about the most powerful search strategy and identified possible opportunities. Now who better to teach you how to market yourself than marketing professors? Then work in small groups to prepare and rehearse your “60-second commercial” for tomorrow’s Career Community luncheon.

3:15-3:30 p.m.


3:30-5:00 p.m.

Increasing Your Social Capital: Leveraging PirateConnect and LinkedIn, Olin 105
Macey Eamma, LinkedIn, and Emily Kelly, CCPD
Learn to use essential tools to grow your professional network, which opens doors to opportunities! Bring your laptop and get started creating your career commercials in your small groups.

5:00-5:30 p.m.

Break, change into professional attire and transition to McCombs Ballrooms

5:30-7:00 p.m.

Dinner Keynote: Business Dining & Networking Etiquette, McCombs Campus Center Ballrooms
Diane Gottsman
Learn the ins and outs of professional etiquette over a four-course meal from Diane Gottsman, national etiquette expert, author, media resource, corporate trainer, and founder of The Protocol School of Texas. Get tips for dining, networking, and more. Reflect on and practice dining etiquette in your small groups.

SATURDAY, JANUARy 13, 2024                                     Wear your soar t-shirt

9:00-9:15 a.m.

Check in/Breakfast, Olin Lobby

9:15-9:30  a.m.

Welcome and Warm-Up, Olin 105
Chad Littlefield

9:30-10:30  a.m.

Resumes & Cover Letters, Olin 105
Employer panel
Test your knowledge of resume and cover letter principles and begin tailoring your self-marketing materials for internships, shadowing, research, jobs, graduate/professional school, scholarships, etc. Bring your laptop to work on your resume.

10:30-10:35 a.m.


10:35-11:35 a.m.

Interviewing Skills, Olin Lobby, 105, 110,  111, 124, 126
CCPD Team, SOAR Leaders, and employer guests
Get ready for your starring role! Learn the basics of interviewing, perform your “best self” in small-group practice interviews, and give and receive feedback.

11:35-11:40 a.m.


11:40 a.m.-
12:00 p.m.

Reflections and Next Steps, Olin 105
Chad Littlefield

12:00-12:15 p.m.

Break , transition to McCombs Ballrooms

12:15-1:30 p.m.

Career Communities Lunch, McCombs Ballrooms
Put your new connecting skills into practice as you meet alumni and other professionals from the world of work. Learn about occupations and get career development advice through interactive small group discussion and Q&A.

1:30 p.m.

Group photo