TSAE Women’s Summit

Presented by Visit Austin

Wednesday, December 2
$175 TSAE member/$225 Non-Member



Note: An email with meeting links was sent out on Monday, November 30 to registered attendees. If you did not receive it, please email Catherine Lapiont

Schedule At-A-Glance*

9:00 - 10:00 AM Opening Session: The Power of Resilience in Cultivating Healthy Leaders
10:15 - 11:15 AM   Panel: Overcoming the Negative Perception of Women Leaders
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM Lunch on your own with networking break
12:15 - 1:15 PM Panel: A Multi-Generation Discussion of the Workplace
1:30 - 2:30 PM Career Development - Ascending to the Top
2:45 - 3:45 PM Closing Session: Mindful Leadership - Leading in Uncertain Times

*Subject to change

CAE Hours: 5

Education Programming

Opening Session: The Power of Resilience in Cultivating Healthy Leaders (9:00 -10:00 AM)

Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith, Board, Certified Physician, Work-Life Integration Strategist, Award-Winning Author 
In this talk for busy over-stressed individuals, Dr. Dalton-Smith shares keys to thriving as a high-achiever. Discover how better self-awareness can lead to greater resilience. Through the use of engaging storytelling and real-life examples, Dr. Dalton-Smith shares the role of resilience, energy management, and self-care in optimizing personal productivity, improving time management, increasing your efficiency and cultivating wellness both professionally and personally. You will leave this session with actionable next steps you can begin implementing immediately.      

Panel: Overcoming the Negative Perception of Women Leaders (10:15 - 11:15 AM)  

Julie Hart, President, CFO by design
Tracy Tomson, CAE, Executive Director & CEO, Restaurant Facilities Management Association
Keyshala Petitt, Founder, About Action Now
Amy Eskew, Director, Program Development and Project Management, Texas Hospital Association Foundation (moderator)

Becoming a leader involves more than a title change, it involves a fundamental identity shift from the woman who is stepping into that position and the perception from those being led by her. Some organizations don’t necessarily anticipate negative perceptions or the incongruity between how women are seen and the traditional qualities that tend to be associated with leaders. This may cause tension and conflict between women leaders and other employees, board members or other stakeholders and could affect organizational morale and even productivity.

This panel will explore how women leaders process these negative perceptions and how they pivot to empower themselves to challenge perceptions in order to develop the courage and confidence to be effective leaders.

Panel: A Multi-Generation Discussion of the Workplace (12:15 - 1:15 PM)

Janet Davidson, EnSYNC Corporation, Vice President of Business Development
Emily Gipson, Founder, ATX Television Festival
Noelle Parsons, Manager, Corporate Relations Sponsorships and Exhibits, Texas Hospital Association Foundation  
Mandy Moody, Communications Manager, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (moderator)

We’ve all been told Boomers need help with technology and Millennials need help getting motivated and probably a handful of other stereotypical characteristics about your generation. But what actual conflicts do we see in workplaces that are based on generational issues? How do you work through them?  

This panel will focus on the concrete conflicts and tension that have been experienced and provide hints, tips and insight on how to resolve workplace issues around the different priorities of your multigenerational staff.

Career Development - Ascending to the Top (1:30 - 2:30 PM)

Renita Fonseca, CAE, CMP, CEO, Wilderness Medical Society
Lucinda Hart, CAE, MBA, Director of Operations, Big Medium
Leslie Midgley, CAE, Executive Vice President and CEO, Texas Land Title Association
Amy Brown, CMP, Vice President of Sales, Visit Austin (moderator)

Ever wonder how our industry leaders got to where they are? This panel discussion will focus on the career path to the CEO role at an association. Listen as three Executive Directors /CEOs share the story of their journey and provide you with some hints and tips to ascend to the C-Suite.

Closing Session: Mindful Leadership - Leading in Uncertain Times (2:45 - 3:45 PM)

Chantelle Fitzgerald, Founder, Mindset Strategies, LLC
We are currently living in what the military calls a VUCA world. A Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous world. With the rapid increase of the coronavirus, the economy shaking, unemployment rising, working from home, supporting kids' online learning, political divisiveness, and more, many people are at their breaking point. 

How can we lead effectively during a time like this? 

We must learn how to be present, focused, grounded, centered, and calm when everything around us seems like chaos. We hope you will join this session to learn very specific and tangible tools to help support you during this VUCA world. 

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