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Gender Diversity Conference 

Breaking Down Barriers That Hold Women Back

Spring 2018



Lifestyle Acceptance

Unconscious Bias

Handling Sticky Situations

Effective Communication

Personal Branding

Emotional Intelligence

Finance Panel 

Women's Career Panel 



8:00 a.m. - Check-In
8:30- 9:30 a.m. - Keynote Speaker
9:45- 11:00 a.m. - Breakout Sessions
11:15 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. - Breakout Sessions
12:30 p.m. - Lunch Opens
12:45- 1:45 p.m. - Keynote Speaker
2:00- 3:15 p.m. - Breakout Sessions
3:30- 4:45 p.m. - Panel Breakout Sessions
5:00- 7:00 p.m. - Networking Reception


University of Houston Student Center South

4455 University Dr. Houston, TX 77204





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Meet the Speakers



Allison Higbie 

Allison Higbie is the Vice President and General Manager for the Minute Maid Business Unit of Coca-Cola North America.  She has been with Coca-Cola for almost 18 years and is responsible for the marketing, innovation and strategy for Coca-Cola’s juice portfolio.  Allison holds a BA in Communication from Stanford University and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.

Meet Allison at the Women's Career Panel session


Elizabeth Campbell

Elizabeth Campbell, Partner and Chief Diversity Officer at Andrews Kurth Kenyon, is an experienced attorney, HR professional, and diversity and inclusion strategist. She is focused on labor/employment law and diversity and inclusion. Elizabeth graduated from American University with a B.A. in Political Science and Psychology and later earned a Juris Doctor degree from University of Michigan Law School.

Meet Elizabeth at the Unconscious Bias session


Euna Rhodes

Euna is a Commercial Shipping Business Consultant with over 18 years of experience in the Maritime industry and specialized in commercial shipping, operations & business change management strategies that support companies in achieving sustainable performance and improvements within their organizations. Her focus is to help people and companies manage their workforce strategies and help individuals successfully through job/life career transitions.

Meet Euna at the Handling Sticky Situations session

John Nguyen

Dr. John Nguyen has over 26 years of experience as a successful entrepreneur, corporate leader, and author. His experience and insight in leadership development together with his academic research and professional certified coaching credential help inform audiences through keynote speaking, workshops, and personal executive coaching. In his latest accomplishment, John was selected from a nationwide search to be featured in Discover Your Inner Strength, a highly successful book series from Tennessee-based Insight Publishing.

Meet John at the Emotional Intelligence session


Karen Tass

 Karen H. Tass, CFA is a Partner, Portfolio Manager at Garcia Hamilton & Associates. Ms. Tass graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas A&M University with a B.A. in International Studies and a minor in Business. In August 2010 she earned an M.B.A. from University of Houston's C.T. Bauer College of Business along with a Graduate Certificate in Financial Services Management. Ms. Tass is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder. She is a member of the CFA Institute and the Houston Society of Financial Analysts and she was also a Winner of the 2010 Investment Research Challenge-Southwest U.S.

Meet Karen at the Lifestyle Acceptance session


Lindsey Honari

Lindsey Honari brings twenty years of corporate, recruiting and coaching experience to help her clients move forward in their careers. She delivers practical, thoughtful and empathetic advice rooted in the realities of today’s job market. Her mission is to help clients accelerate from good to great. Lindsey holds an MBA from Columbia University and a BA from Tufts University.

Meet Lindsey at the Women's Career Panel session


Leah Faul

 Leah Faul is a lead Digital Strategist at Hotze Health & Wellness Center and Strategic Advisor at 15000 Cubits. In her spare time, she is the President of the Houston Interactive Marketing Association.

Meet Leah at the Personal Branding session

Susan Knight

Susan is the Assistant Vice President and Senior Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management.

Meet Susan at the Finance Panel session

Therese Baer

Therese M. Baer, PE, has 35 years’ experience in environmental / civil engineering and industrial hygiene. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering (Environmental Option) from Rice University (Class of 1979), where she attended on full academic scholarship. At Rice, Therese was a National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) and Mary Gibbs Jones scholar. Therese is the President of Engineering & Water Resources Manager at Baer Engineering.

Meet Therese at the Effective Communication session