(Friday) 8:00 am - 6:30 pm CST
Dallas Marriott Las Colinas
223 West Las Colinas Boulevard, Irving, TX 75039
HFMA Lone Star
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During the Women’s Forum, we will be collecting jewelry, scarves, handbags, and other accessories for donations. Dress for Success – Dallas’ mission is to provide each client with professional attire to secure employment, furnish her with a confidence that she carries forever and the knowledge that she can actively define her life, the direction she takes and what success means to her. https://dallas.dressforsuccess.org/
Course: 171001 | CPE: 1.0 | Level: Entry | Prerequisites: None
As professional women, our journey has been paved with challenges and opportunities. In fact, opportunities often lie in the midst of challenges that are tackled head-on. This presentation will explore one woman’s story of moving past circumstances and on to bigger and better options. By sharing our stories, we gain hope and encouragement to both improve ourselves and make a difference in the world around us.
Penny Cermak serves as the CFO for Baylor Scott & White Health (BSWH) – Central Texas. BSWH is the largest not-for-profit healthcare system in Texas, with over $11B in assets. Ms. Cermak has been employed in the field of healthcare finance since 1996.
Ms. Cermak is a member of the HFMA National Board of Directors and serves on their Executive Committee. She has also served on numerous additional joint venture and community boards.
Ms. Cermak was the recipient of the Austin Business Journal’s 2015 Best CFO Award in the Non-profit category and was inducted into Illinois State University’s College of Business Hall of Fame in February 2017.
Ms. Cermak received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Accounting from Illinois State University. She now resides in Temple, Texas, with her husband, Mark, and daughter, Eve.
Course: 171002 | CPE: 1.0 | Level: Entry | Prerequisites: None
Working on the business side in the male dominated world of professional sports, Kellie has seen her fair share of ethical dilemmas. She will share several anecdotes and provide some tips to help you stay fair in a foul world.
Kellie Fischer was appointed Chief Financial Officer of the Texas Rangers in March of 2005. She oversees all financial matters and purchasing for the Texas Rangers and serves on the Board of Directors for the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation. Kellie joined the Rangers in 1999 and has served in many roles for the Rangers former parent company, Southwest Sports Group, and the Dallas Stars.
Prior to joining the Rangers, Kellie spent four years at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in the audit division of the Dallas office. She earned her B.A. in accounting from Baylor University in 1995 and is a Texas CPA. Kellie is a member of The Dallas Assembly, International Women’s Forum, and is an alumna of Leadership Dallas.
Kellie’s commitment to the community extends beyond the doors of the Texas Rangers.
She serves on the Arlington Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee, the Finance Committee of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and the Arlington Chamber of Commerce. Kellie also serves on the Board of Directors for the North Texas Commission and the Arlington Chamber of Commerce.
She was named the 2010 Chief Financial Officer of the Year for private mid-size companies by the Dallas Business Journal, the 2012 Chief Financial Officer Game Changer of the Year by the Fort Worth Business Press, the recipient of the 2013 Herbert H. Reynolds Outstanding Young Alumni Award of the Baylor University Alumni Association, and one of the Dallas 500 Business Leaders by D Magazine in 2015.
Course: 171003 | CPE: 1.5 | Level: Intermediate | Prerequisites: None
Michael Gerber created a multi-million $ global company focused on helping entrepreneurs “work on your business, not in it.” Let’s apply the same compelling principle to you and your professional world. When did you last spend dedicated time and effort strategically looking at how you are working?
Leading people and organizations is demanding. Shorter deadlines, tighter budgets, higher revenue targets, and distracted employees are today’s norm. It is imperative that you, as the leader, periodically stop, focus and think about where you are, where you want to go, what resources you have to take you there and what might you need. With your foundation inspected and shored up, you are refreshed and equipped to lead others to do the same.
We will consider, given life’s daily speed and information load how to most effectively:
As a Certified Coach, Gigi Blair’s passion is helping busy professionals create space in their lives to increase clarity, focus and productivity. End result? Her clients make decisions and move forward with confidence, grace and agility.
A Texas native, Gigi counts two professional experiences as life changing. First, working at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School allowed her to see the human spirit daily triumph adversity; and second, as a management consultant she saw the challenges people face while creating and sustaining change. With her call to coaching solidified, she created her company How You Live, Lead and Look…Because How you are Remembered, Matters. Gigi’s has degrees from Baylor University and Southern Methodist University, possesses the Certified Coach designation via the International Association of Coaching and completed a two-year Fellowship with the CS Lewis Institute.
Course: 171004 | CPE: 1.0 | Level: Entry | Prerequisite: None
Being a professional woman can be difficult in many male-dominated industries and navigating to top leadership of your organization comes with a host of challenges for many women. In this session, you will learn how fear may be holding women back from reaching their fullest potential. The speaker will share personal stories and strategies for how she has tackled her career and will inspire and energize you to tackle your own future growth with some great take-away ideas.
Debbie is a member of BKD National Financial Services Group and leads the Houston and Dallas financial services practices. She has more than 25 years of experience providing audit and consulting services to a variety of financial institutions, broker-dealers, investment advisory firms and funds.
In addition to providing audit and attestation services to these organizations, her experience includes Sarbanes-Oxley implementations, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Improvement Act of 1991 internal control structure designs, implementations and reviews, regulatory compliance functions, mergers and acquisitions and developing internal audit programs and systems. Debbie educates boards and audit committees related to fiduciary responsibilities and trains financial accounting personnel and management teams in many types of financial organizations.
Debbie is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants. She actively participates in the Texas Bankers Association, Subchapter S Bank Association and Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT). She is on the IBAT Leadership Division board and a recipient of the IBAT President’s Award.
Course: 171005 | CPE: 1.0 | Level: Intermediate | Prerequisites: None
Linda Elliott, President of Elliott Connection, LLC, is a leading expert in making quality connections for businesses. She is recognized as a professional connector in the business world. It is essential to be able to connect effectively with others to succeed in life. Linda will share her insights and advice on how that can be accomplished. This presentation will be focused on building quality relationships in order to enhance your business and personal life!
Everyone, but primarily C-level.
Linda has been very involved in both business and the community. she has served on 20+ professional, civic and charitable boards. Currently, she serves on the University Health System Foundation Board. She’s also active in the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) where she has served in multiple capacities including President. She has been recognized numerous times as the quintessential business matchmaker/connector and has been honored with several awards. Linda created a unique members-only organization called Healthcare Think Tank. Membership consists of professionals who do business in the healthcare industry, but are not providers. There are now four chapters: San Antonio, Austin, Houston, and Dallas.
Course: 171006 | CPE: 1.0 | Level: Entry | Prerequisite: None
The Raw Truth is a sworn in pledge, it tells you exactly what you don’t want to hear, it tells you who you are, it reveals your pain and bruises.
Women of Courage (WOC) is a non-profit organization established in 2014 by Brenda Hampton, Founder, President and CEO. WOC’s vision is to help women who have been victims of domestic violence, rape, assault, and sexual harassment. As a former victim of domestic violence, sexual assault and rape, Brenda started training at a young age learning self-defense and awareness. Brenda took her power back and now teaches women techniques of prevention. Her goal is obtainable – to help prevent women from ever becoming victims in life.
Course: 171007 | CPE: 1.5 | Level: Entry| Prerequisites: None
Lisa Whelchel will be talking about the benefits of friendships, not only for our emotional health but also our physical health. She will share her own story of learning the importance of friendships in her own life using examples of her failures, foibles, fumbles and, ultimately, healing triumphs.
Lisa Whelchel was born on May 29 in Littlefield, Texas. At age 13, her first professional acting experience was as a Mouseketeer for Walt Disney’s “The New Mickey Mouse Club.” Ms. Whelchel is perhaps best known for her starring role as Blair Warner on NBC’s “The Facts of Life” for nine years.
Her first book, “Creative Correction” released October 2000 and has sold over 200,000 copies. She went on to write over a dozen more books including, “The Facts of Life and Other Lessons My Father Taught Me,” “The ADVENTure of Christmas,” “The Busy Mom’s Guide” Series, and her most recent, “Friendship For Grownups.”
Ms. Whelchel is also an international speaker and has toured with “Women of Faith,” “Extraordinary Women” and “Women of Joy.” Lisa participated in Season 25 of CBS’s “Survivor: Philippines.” She tied for second place and won the Sprint “Player of the Season” as awarded by the fans of the show.
Thank you to our Reception Sponsor DHG Healthcare!