Leaning In and Taking Names September 2015

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The Women’s Home Young Professionals will host Leaning In & Taking Names on Thursday September 24, 2015, a panel discussion on career path insights with renowned community leaders. The panel will run from 6 to 8pm at United Way of Greater Houston and feature Reliant’s Vice President of Customer Care Operations, Bill Clayton; United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Honorable Judge Jennifer Walker Elrod; CEO of Pink Petro, Katie Mehnert; and Methodist Hospital Breast Cancer Center Medical Director, Luz A. Venta, M.D.

These professionals are leaders in their fields, with long and varied careers. They will speak on their experiences and offer attendees the opportunity to ask questions and glean important insights on how to develop and negotiate their own professional opportunities.

William Clayton oversees Reliant’s call center and mid-office operations and is responsible for leading the company’s customer care and service operations for their mass market customers. With a background in political science and nearly two decades of experience in utility and retail electric industries, William has held roles in residential load management, field operation, retail marketing, program development and retail operations.

Jennifer Walker Elrod, was appointed and twice elected Judge of the 190th District Court of Harris County, Texas, before taking her current position. A Baylor and Harvard Graduate, Judge Elrod was in private practice before serving as a judge. She has also taught as an adjunct professor for University of Houston Law Center and served as the M.D. Anderson Visiting Public Service Professor at the Texas Tech University School of Law. She is a member of the Baylor University Board of Regents, an elected member of the American Law Institute, a member of the board of the Houston Urban Debate League, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Judges Association.

Katie Walthall Mehnert is the Founder and Chief executive Officer of Pink Petro™, a social media channel designed to connect and support the professional development of women working throughout the energy industry and help close the field’s gender gap. Katie is also the president of Cognovi Communications, a consulting business that helps companies in the energy industry transform culture, improve safety and identify operational risk. Her consultation work is informed by her previous leadership roles with companies like BP and Shell.

Dr. Venta received her first faculty appointment in 1988 as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Radiology at the Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood, Illinois. She became an Associate Professor there in 1994. She served as the Medical Director of Section Breast Imaging at the Lynn Sage Comprehensive Breast Center of Northwestern Memorial Hospital while at Layola. In 2000, Dr. Venta was recruited to Houston Methodist Hospital to lead the breast imaging group and joined the faculty of the Baylor College of Medicine as a Professor of Radiology. In 2005, she received her faculty appointment at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

Tickets are on sale for $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Space is limited so purchase yours before they run out by clicking here.  Don’t miss this opportunity to ask these accomplished professionals for insights into their success and advice on building experience.