Wednesday, June 26 • 4:15pm - 5:30pm
#397: PowerUp: Stories of Career Transforming Moments

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Component Type: Forum
Level: Basic
CE: IACET 1.25

Very few people are on their Plan A. For many successful people, the winning strategy was looking for opportunities and seeing the silver lining to setbacks or challenges. The speakers at this session will share the moment or experience that drove them to define the career they wanted and the path (or step off the path) it took to get there. During this session, the speakers will share their stories of what impacted twists, detours, and turns in their careers in the hopes of inspiring the audience to define and embrace Plan B or go find a Plan C.

Learning Objectives

Describe how to re-frame a setback as a plot-twist; Recognize the insights that can impact your ideal career direction; Identify opportunities for your personal leadership, your career pivots, or your next (career) act.


Robin Whitsell


David Onks, MS

Michele Sacher

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David Onks

Founder & CEO, Sparked LLC
Founder and CEO of Sparked, LLC, an Executive and Leadership Coaching practice based in Raleigh, NC that helps people who are experiencing or desire a pivot point in their career. His global leadership experiences over 23 years of change in GlaxoSmithkline enable an empathetic yet... Read More →
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Robin Whitsell

President, Whitsell Innovations, Inc.
Founder and president of Whitsell Innovations, Inc., a medical writing firm headquartered in Chapel Hill, NC, she has 20 years’ experience, specializing in regulatory medical writing and submission strategies. Prior to founding WI, Ms. Whitsell was the assistant director of preclinical... Read More →

Michele Sacher

Business Development Strategist, Unconventional Counseling
Michele Sacher, MS, MEC, most recently acted as a Business Development Consultant, working in Hollywood, CA, resulting in producing a professional Grammy Academy-member’s rock music video; “Gift of the Gab”. This was filmed on the Warner-Brothers Studios’ famous “backlot... Read More →

Wednesday June 26, 2019 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Room 14A San Diego Convention Center 111 W Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101 USA
  • Level Intermediate
  • Featured Topics Student Programming
  • Credit Type IACET
  • Tags Forum