LEAD Summit – Sneak Peek

We had some of our featured speakers from this year’s upcoming LEAD Summit key speakers answer the most asked questions in a panel discussion. Today, you get to hear from City of Austin Economic Development Department Program Director Katherine Sobel!


Katherine volunteers her time to non-profit health organizations when she is not giving leadership practices to local businesses. She has worked many years in business consulting and is passionate about sharing her knowledge with anyone and everyone. 


What changes have you seen in the job market since you’ve graduated?


“The job market, to me, has always felt like the wild west. Hiring processes also seem to vary from place to place, and it’s important to clarify what the process is and how long it will take before you decide to move forward.”


What advice would you give to your younger self?


“It’s important to determine what you want, not what society or your parents or your culture or your relationship decides for you – you’re so enamored with the goal that you don’t stop to think about whether that tangible thing will bring you the happiness and satisfaction you thought it would.”


What are some common misconceptions in your field of work that you want to change?


“Entrepreneurship and small business ownership take a combination of skill set, determination, vision, and aptitude.” 


What do you hope people get out of the LEAD Summit?


“I hope people are able to lean in and reflect so they walk away with insights as to who they are as a person, as a leader, and as a member of the Austin community.” 


The LEAD Summit (Learn | Explore | Act | Develop) is the Austin Young Chamber’s annual leadership development conference for students, young professionals and business leaders. Tickets are available starting at $145 through April 30. (Want your boss to pay for your ticket? Here are some pointers on how to ask.)

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