Pathfinder Leadership Summit Workshop Presenters & Panelists

2016 Presenters and Panelists

*2017 Presenters and Panelists Coming Soon. Interested in presenting? Please email for more information.*


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Presenter- Michelle Lopez

Dr. Michelle M. López is an educator and community leader. Her professional career has spanned over 20 years in a variety of roles within higher education ranging from adjunct faculty to student affairs administrator. 

As an active volunteer within her community, she has served in a variety of leadership roles including the United Way of Hays County, Kyle Area Chamber of Commerce and Kyle City Council member, with two years as Mayor Pro Tem. She also served on the Hays CISD Board of Trustees.

Presently, she serves on the Hays CISD Education Foundation Board of Directors, as a Lector at St. Anthony Marie de Claret Catholic Church, and the Board of Directors for the Alpha Omicron Pi Foundation. She is also a member of the editorial board for the online professional journal, Student Affairs on Campus.

A native Texan, originally from Fort Worth, Dr. López earned a B.S. in Government with a minor in Spanish from Texas Woman’s University. She also received an M.Ed. in Counseling and Guidance, with an emphasis in College Student Affairs from Texas State University. Her Ph.D. in Education Administration is from Texas A&M University. Dr. López and her husband currently reside in Central Texas, along with their six-year-old son. For more information visit


Title of Workshop- True Colors


Description of Workshop: Learn what your True Colors are in this exciting and interactive workshop. After taking a brief personality assessment, you will discover your dominant personality style. True Colors is a model for understanding yourself and others based on your personality temperament. True Colors is based on true principles, which are easy to remember and use – in all kinds of circumstances – from personal relationships to professional success.




Presenter- Jeremy Solomons

Jeremy Solomons is a UK-born and Austin- based coach, consultant and trainer in Inclusive Leadership, Gender Balance and Conflict Resolution. Having been a single father to a daughter now studying at Texas State and having volunteered for the Santa Fe Rape Crisis Center and Austin Communities in schools, Jeremy is passionate about helping young women to lead with competence and confidence.


Title of Workshop- Conflict Resolution Across Cultures


Description of Workshop- This highly interactive workshop will help emerging women leaders to understand why and how different people (mis)communicate across cultures and to develop some key skills to anticipate and, if necessary, resolve conflict across difference.



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Presenter- Maura Thomas

Maura Thomas serves on the board of GEN and is an international speaker and trainer on productivity,  attention, and effectiveness. She founded

her own business,, in 2003 and works with companies such as the American Heart Association, Old Navy, and L’Oreal.

Maura is the author of two books on productivity and has been featured in hundreds of national media outlets including Women’s HealthFast Company, and the Hungton Post. Follow her on Twitter at @mnthomas and at


Title of Workshop- Regain Your Time


Description of Workshop: If you were born after 1990, you’ve likely been using technology for as long as you can remember. You may think that this makes you well-­‐equipped to enter college and the workforce but the truth is, the most important skill for your future career may just be the one that’s hardest for you: focus! The “Age of Information” is giving way to the Age of Attention. Your productivity, and your ability to get things done and live the life you want may be at stake. The world is changing: multi-­‐tasking is becoming less desirable and the ability to focus, more rare. Mastering this skill now will give you a competitive advantage in college and work. In this presentation, Maura will explain the myths about “time management” and “information overload,” and empower you with secrets and strategies to:

  • More easily manage all the details of a busy life
  • Master technology that supports productivity -­‐-­‐or sabotages it
  • Arm you with important life skills for achieving your goals.



Presenter- Laura Jack


Laura Jack is a trainer for the Grief Recovery Institute® and Mastery Level Transformational Life Coach. Using practices of self-care and self-love she helps people rediscover their light after loss. Laura’s mission is to cultivate a culture of compassion, starting with self, and to create a better understanding about loss and its accompanying grief.  Laura loves empowering young women to connect with their intuition.


Title of Workshop- What to do When Facing a Challenging Time

Description of Workshop:

This workshop will give attendees the tools they need to make sense of life’s transitions, how to understand grief, how to handle to a challenging time, how to support your friends during their challenges and how to trust your intuition



Panelist- Alex Peters

Alex is the Volunteer Coordinator at Ten Thousand Villages of Austin, a volunteer run, fairtrade nonprofit dedicated to empowering artisans around the world. Alex has a background in youth engagement and outreach, and has volunteered with international organizations since high school. She sees volunteering as an important way to gain experience early in your career, and is passionate about helping young people find meaningful volunteer opportunities that work for them. 

Alex moved back to Austin from Sydney, Australia in 2014, after falling in love with Texas on a study abroad semester at UT. She currently serves on the board for Directors of Volunteers in Austin and volunteers with the Young Women’s Alliance. She’s an avid traveler and a strong believer in cultural exchange, escaping your comfort zone, and telling better stories. For more information visit



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Presenter- Renee Trudeau

Renée Peterson Trudeau is an award-winning life coach, speaker and author of three books on balanced living, including the internationally-acclaimed The Mother’s Guide to Self-Renewal: How to Reclaim, Rejuvenate and Re-Balance Your Life. Passionate about teaching women the art and science of self-renewal, Trudeau has been creating and facilitating transformational events for women for more than 20 years. President of Career Strategists and on faculty at the prestigious Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health and Esalen Institute, Trudeau’s clients range from Fortune 500 companies and national conferences to nonprofit organizations and wellness centers. A sought after life balance expert, her work has been featured in the New York Times, US News and World Report, Good Housekeeping, Spirituality & Health and more. Trudeau and her team have trained and certified hundreds of Renee Trudeau & Associates (RTA)-Certified Facilitators in more than 10 countries around the world to lead self-renewal groups for women based on her award winning curriculum. or


Title of Workshop- The Power of Self-Care: Becoming Your Own BFF with Renée Peterson Trudeau 


Description of Workshop: “Self-care is not about adding something to your to-do list, it’s about cultivating a kinder, gentler relationship  with yourself.”  ReneeTrudeau


Learn how making self-care central to your life can help you lower stress, enhance joy and resiliency, and support you in experiencing more success in all areas of your life. Prepare to walk away with a fresh perspective on school, work and life!



Presenter- Sara Canaday

Sara Canaday is a recognized expert and author in leadership and strategic personal branding. Specifically, she is known for her ability to help high potentials identify the elusive blind spots that are preventing them from taking their careers (and their companies) to the next level.

Sara’s professional career spans 20 years and includes sales, leadership, and executive roles at USAA and Texas Mutual. She served as principal consultant for Empowerment Enterprises before beginning her own consultancy, Sara Canaday & Associates.

Sara has been featured in a number of publications and broadcasts, most notably Forbes, CNBC, Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and the American Management Association’s Leadership Wired. Sara is also the author of a popular business book, You – According to Them: Uncovering the blind spots that impact your reputation and your career. For more information visit


Title of Workshop- Leadership & How You are Perceived


Description of Workshop- Your leadership presence is the synthesis of several key components – including visuals, messaging, demeanor, interpersonal skills and more. When these pieces come together they create the whole picture that the rest of the world recognizes as You.

Like it or not, our success is tightly linked to our reputations — the way we are perceived by others. Learn how to be more intentional about how other experience you, both on and off-line.



Presenter- Adrien Paczosa

Adrien Paczosa is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian practicing in Austin, Texas and the surrounding counties. Adrien is also a Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian(CEDRD) She opened her private practice, I Live Well Nutritional Therapy in 2007 and has only continued to grown. To date, iLiveWell Nutrition Therapy has multiple locations, contracts with numerous corporations and treatment centers, and currently five dietitians are employed under iLiveWell. “Creating better access to dietitians!” has been one of the driving forces of Adrien’s company. For more information visit



Presenter- Kaneisha Grayson

Kaneisha Grayson is an entrepreneur, author, and educator. She is the founder of The Art of Applying, a company that helps people apply to top colleges, graduate schools, and fellowships. She is also a business management instructor at Huston-Tillotston University. Kaneisha has an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School, and a BA from Pomona College.


Title of Workshop– The Life Changing Magic of Saying No


Workshop Description- In “The Life-Changing Magic of Saying No,” we will learn about why it is so hard to say no, why it is very important to learn to say no, and how to say no gracefully and confidently.



Presenter- Dawn Mann

After several years teaching English overseas, Founder of Dance Another World, Dawn Mann, discovered the benefits of using content-based instruction and total physical response to teach English through dance. After serving overseas, Dawn brought this concept to the states and started her 501c3, Dance Another World. Dance Another World serves non-native English speaking girls from lower-socioeconomic areas. The program serves as an after-school activity in AISD and a charter school system in Austin. Low-cost classes are also offered at Austin Parks and Recreation Sites, and the program serves students from SafePlace, the refugee community and others in need. In Dance Another World, we know a dance is a story and we read and write our own stories and then portray them through dance. This program gives women the power to communicate through creative movement and express themselves in their own way.


Title of Workshop– Let’s Dance Another World


Workshop Description- In this workshop, attendees will learn the power behind serving the non-native English speaking students in our community from lower-socioeconomic areas and learn their specific needs. The workshop will cover the importance of communicating through creative movement, and specifically the linguistic methods used in Dance Another World–such as content based instruction (CBI) and total physical response (TPR), and how these methods can be used in everyday life.




Panelist- Theresia Intag

Theresia Intag has over 10 years experience in recruiting and talent acquisition. She has recruited for companies such as Samsung, Bazaarvoice, SpareFoot and YETI Coolers. Today, Theresia has her own consulting company that provides recruiting teams and staffing programs to growing companies For more information on Theresia visit