We hope to return to an in-person Summit in 2022.


FRIDAY, JANUARY 7, 2022                                                                        business professional attire

9:00-9:30 a.m.

Check-in / Breakfast, Olin Lobby

9:30-9:40 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions, Olin 105

9:40-11:00 a.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.

11:00-11:15 a.m.


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

Dress for Success!, Olin 105
SOAR Summit alumni model different business professional and business casual clothing options - but can you spot the problems? In this interactive session, give and receive feedback on your professional attire, learn what the different kinds of work dress are, and discover hot to build your professional wardrobe on a budget.

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.

2:00-2:15 p.m.

Group photo, McCombs Campus Center 1st floor

2:15-2:30 p.m.

Break, transition to Olin

2:30-3:30 p.m.

Developing Your Brand, Olin 105
Debika Sihi and Andy Ross, SU professors of business

Who better to teach you how to market yourself than marketing professors? Join us to hear about “Creating You & Co.”

3:30-3:45 p.m.


3:45-4:45 p.m.

Storytelling!, Olin 105
Chad Littlefield
Craft your own unique story. This practice will prepare you for delivering your networking message.

4:45-5:00 p.m.


5:00-6:30 p.m.

Career Community Conversations and Dinner
Enjoy dinner in Career Community groups with professionals in career fields 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 and the Alumni Network Mentor Program.

SATURDAY, JANUARy 8, 2022                                                                             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

9:30-10:30 a.m.

Hit the Target: Resumes and Cover Letters, Olin 105
Alexandra Anderson, CCPD

Begin creating your self-marketing materials for all opportunities (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.

Talk the Talk - Interviewing Skills, Olin classrooms
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.-12:40 p.m.

My Electronic Me: PirateConnect and LinkedIn
A quick look at developing and protecting your career product through social networking. Bring your laptop and get started creating your career commercials.

12:40-1:00 p.m.

Break/pick up lunch, Olin 124

1:00-2:00 p.m.

Lunch / Employer Panel: Perspectives on Job Searching, Olin 105

2:00-2:05 p.m. 



Group photo

2:20-3:20 p.m.

Test the Fit and Build Skills: High-Impact Experiences, Olin 105
Dana Luna
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.

3:20-3:25 p.m.


3:25-4:25 p.m.

Negotiating an Offer, Olin 105
Alexandra Anderson, CCPD
Congratulations! You got the offer! But are you ready to accept? Learn about evaluating all elements of an offer - not just salary, calculating your “survivability salary”, whether and when to negotiate, and how to do so.

4:25-4:30 p.m.


4:30-5:30 p.m.

Closing Keynote, Olin 105
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.

5:30 p.m.

Closing Comments and Recognition, Olin 105