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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 



8:30 - 9:30:  Breakfast and Cecilia Rose as our opening Key Note speaker @ Ballroom       
9:45 - 11:00: Breakout Session
Personal Branding with Leah Faul Downtown Room
Emotional Intelligence with John Nguyen Heights Room
11:15 - 12:30: Breakout Session
Unconscious Bias with Yolanda Brown Downtown Room
Handling Sticky Situations  with Euna Rhodes Heights Room
12:45 - 1:45: Lunch and Jamie Belinne as our Key Note speaker @ Ballroom
2:00 - 3:15: Breakout Session
Lifestyle Acceptance with Karen Herbst Tass @ Downtown Room
Effective Communication with Therese Baer @ Heights Room
3:30 - 4:45: Panel Breakout Sessions
Women Careers with Allison Higbie, Elizabeth Campbell, Julianna Herman, Juliana Moreira and  Lindsey Honari @ Downtown Room
Finance Panel with Shelley Nadel, and Esther Chance @ Heights Room
5:00 - 7 pm : Networking Reception @ Eric's Restaurant - Hilton University of Houston's lobby



University of Houston Student Center South

4455 University Dr. Houston, TX 77204




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Meet the Speakers


Cecilia Rose

Keynote Speaker

Cecilia has over 25 years of experience as a respected, trusted advisor and executive coach to top level executives, professionals and emerging leaders who are ready to move in, up or out of an organization. She has earned the prestigious designation of Master Certified Coach (MCC) from the International Coach Federation. Only 4% of coaches worldwide hold this designation. She is a career and change management strategist working with global Fortune 500 companies. Cecilia shows leaders how to change their mindsets, she encourages them to espouse that change is good and that when this happens… Shift Happens!

Cecilia will be the Opening Keynote at 8:30 am!


Jamie Belinne

Keynote Speaker

Jamie Belinne is the assistant dean for Career Services at the C.T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston. Prior to that she managed Recruiting and Staffing at The University of Texas at Austin. Earlier at UT, she built McCombs' first dedicated MBA Career Services division.

Jamie will be our Lunch session Keynote Speaker at 12:45 pm!



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, 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 Women's Career Panel 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


Juliana Moreira

Juliana has 18 years of international marketing experience helping grow and develop global brands and startup companies. In her current role as Indirect Channel B2C Marketing Manager at Shell she develops and drives the consumer lubricants strategy, marketing and promotional plans for Shell distributors. Previously, she advised and trained Shell business leaders in Latin America on digital marketing best practices. She launched and managed, the first e-commerce website for L’Oréal in Latin America, and led the digital marketing strategy for NRG EVgo, the largest private investor in electric car charging infrastructure in the U.S.  Globally-minded and fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish Juliana grew up in Brazil and first came to the United States as a high school exchange student. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Advertising and pursued her MBA at Fundação Getúlio Vargas in Rio de Janeiro.


Juliana Herman

Juliana Herman is the founder of Middlegame Solutions a market intelligence and strategy firm, where she utilizes her more than fifteen years of global experience as an innovative, resourceful sales and marketing executive and customer-focused growth strategist. Juliana has experience in multiple industries, starting her career as a technical designer in apparel she then leveraged her background into industrial manufacturing and continued her career in the oil and gas industry before starting her own company.  Juliana is the VP of the Houston Professional Chapter of NAWMBA




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



Shelley Nadel


Shelley Leavitt Nadel, CFP®, CLTC®, ADPA®, LUTCF, is an independent Financial Advisor and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER practitioner affiliated with broker/dealer FSC Securities Corporation and DBA Financial Success Strategies.  Her firm offers comprehensive financial planning services, including: investments, retirement, insurance, tax minimization, business succession, and estate planning. She has specialties in long-term care planning, insurance, and financial strategies for same sex couples.

Shelley is a native Houstonian, graduated from St. John’s, and has degrees from Dartmouth College and University of Texas.  She courageously changed careers 10 years ago after 20 years in nonprofit management and fundraising.

Securities and investment advisory services offered through FSC Securities Corporation, member FINRA/SIPC. Financial Success Strategies (2000 North Loop West, Ste. 200, Houston, 77018, 713-893-5839) is a marketing name

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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


Yolanda Brown

Yolanda Brown is a passionate leader and coach whose focus is to help candidates determine the next career path in their lives. Her record of accomplishment is solid as she works with key leaders from diverse industries including energy, oil and gas, healthcare, technology, education and financial services. Prior to joining LHH, Yolanda Brown was very successful as an executive in a Fortune 500 financial services company with experience in sales, business development and training. Some of her areas of expertise include career coaching, communication, strategic planning and business development.

Meet Yolanda at the Unconscious Bias session



Thank you to all our Amazing Supporters





Attendee gift bags provided by:

Michelle Cyfra - Beauty Stylist