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2015 Conference

2015 Conference an Career Fair Recap


Thank you to all NAWMBA members, sponsors and supporters who joined us at the Westin Galleria Houston for the Annual Conference & Career Fair! NAWMBA excitedly welcomed hundreds of attendees for two days packed with professional development sessions, inspirational keynotes and lively networking receptions. Continue reading for snapshots of the weekend's highlights.

Keynote Speakers

The 2015 Keynote Speakers were Julie Smolyanksy, Ingrid Vanderveldt, Bridgette Chambers and Subha Barry. Each speaker spoke passionately about their different strengths, challenges, talents and perspectives.


"I LOVED Ingrid's story and enthusiasm. I think she was able to connect to everyone in the audience in some way."

"Loved Julie's story and the fact that she is giving back to a cause she is passionate about."

"Speakers were outstanding - relevant and inspiring."

Key Takeaways

"The overall conference has inspired me to look beyond my perceived limitations and strive to break barriers in my field."
The personal and professional development provided through the conference's breakout sessions is one of the annual event's most valuable offerings. Three tracks of programming offered relevant and impactful sessions for attendees at every career stage. Sessions ranged from panels that explored different career paths, to fine-tuning negotiation skills and even how to succeed as an entrepreneur. Attendees received many inspiring take-aways.

"Ideas about how to re-think day-to-day work. it's easy to get stuck in the routine -- I enjoyed the discussions from different sessions on various topics that helped be look back at the big picture."

"Meeting like-minded empowered men and women to know I am not alone in my goals and ideas."

"I, too, have the potential to be a great future leader."

Over 50 exhibitors filled the Career Fair floor. Dozens of corporate recruiters attended in search of women hires. Attendees were able to connect with top-MBA recruiters and even participate in on-site interviews.

"I had a great experience with NextEra Energy. They flew me down to Florida for an interview a week later!"

"I appreciate the quality of the recruiting companies. Unlike my experience at most other career fairs, I felt that every recruiter was a potential employer, and it was not a waste of time to speak with any of them."