Take a look at the 2023 SOAR Summit schedule. 


Thursday, january 12, 2023                                       BUSINESS casual attire

12:00-3:30 p.m.

SOAR Check-In,  CCPD

4:00-5:00 p.m.

Opening Keynote, Olin 105
Daron K. Roberts

5:00-5:45 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, 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
Coleen Roche, Mosaic
Join this conversation to explore topics of personal finance as they relate to planning for internships and eventual jobs. 


Exploring Your SOAR Cohort, Olin 105
Just want to get to know other SOAR members in an informal conversation time? Join this session. 

FRIDAY, JANUARY 13, 2023                                business professional attire

9:00-9:15 a.m.

Check-in / Breakfast, Olin Lobby

9:15-9:30 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions, Olin 105

9:30-10:45 a.m.

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.

10:45-11:00 a.m.


11:00-11:15 a.m.

Career and Diversity, Inclusion, Belonging and Equity, Olin 105
Claudia Barlow P ’23, Accenture

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Dress for Success!, Olin 105
Alexandra Anderson, CCPD, & SOAR Leaders

What is the ideal interview outfit? Work in your SOAR Small Groups to identify prospective professional attire “suit”able (get it?!) for interviews and reflect on business attire and work culture. 

12:15-12:30 p.m.

Break / Transition to McCombs Ballrooms

12:30-2:00 p.m.

Lunch Keynote: Business Dining & Networking Etiquette, McCombs 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.

2:00-2:15 p.m.

Group photo, McCombs Campus Center 1st floor

2:15-2:30 p.m.

Break, transition to Olin

2:30-4:00 p.m.

Developing Your Brand to Tell Your Story, Olin 105
Professors Debika Sihi and Andy Ross, Department of Economics & Business
Who better to teach you how to market yourself than marketing professors? Hear about “Creating You & Co” and prepare your “60-second commercial” for tomorrow’s Career Community luncheon.

4:00-5:00 p.m.

Increasing Your Social Capital: Leveraging PirateConnect and LinkedIn, Olin 105
Adrian Ramirez, CCPD
A quick look at important tools to grow your professional network, which opens doors to opportunities! Bring your laptop and get started creating your career commercials.

5:00-5:30 p.m.

Break, transition to McCombs Ballrooms

5:30-6:30 p.m.

Small Group Dinner and Reflections, McCombs Campus Center Ballrooms
SOAR Leaders

It’s been a long day. Take a little time to reflect on what you learned today during this informal dinner with your small group.

SATURDAY, JANUARy 14, 2023                                     Wear your soar t-shirt

9:00-9:15 a.m.

Check in/Breakfast, Olin Lobby

9:15-9:30 a.m.

Welcome and Reflections, Olin 105

9:30-10:30 a.m.

Internships & Search Strategies, Olin 105
Adrian Ramirez, CCPD
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. Begin creating a search plan, and learn about internships and other high-impact experiences.

10:30-10:35 a.m.


10:35-11:35 a.m.

Resumes & Cover Letters, Olin 105
Alexandra Anderson, CCPD
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.

11:35-11:40 a.m.


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

Interviewing Skills, Olin 105, 110, 124, 126
CCPD Team and 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.

12:40-12:50 p.m.

Break , transition to McCombs Ballrooms

12:50-2:00 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.

2:00-2:30 p.m. 

Final Reflections and Closing
Chad Littlefield

2:30 p.m.

Group photo