UTHealth will welcome April Powers, the managing director of First Impression Rx, to campus Jan. 18 as part of the ongoing Women in Leadership Seminar Series.
The informal monthly seminar series is designed to develop staff and faculty leadership competency and efficacy in women leaders from junior to executive levels and features nationally recognized speakers from a wide range of backgrounds and professions. The event will be held 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Beth Robertson Auditorium in the Fayez S. Sarofim Research Building (1825 Pressler St.). A lunch reception and hors d’oeuvres will follow at 12:30 p.m. until 1 p.m. at the James T. Willerson, M.D. Discovery Hall.
The event aims to provide women with tools and techniques to improve their leadership, ensure women understand the role of culture in organizational leadership, and provide them with an opportunity to grow deeper in developing their personal leadership skills.
Powers’ consulting firm, First Impression Rx, helps companies manage differences through training and diversity and inclusion strategy. Her client work includes LGBTQ bench-marking through the Human Rights Campaign, project managing a cultural dexterity roll-out and delivering certified training in the areas of Generational Diversity, Unconscious Bias, Communication, Emotional Intelligence, Empathy and Cultural Competence.
After graduating from UC Berkeley, April began her recruiting career with Ryan, Miller & Associates; launched Manifest Search, then became the manager of diversity and recruiting for Nestlé USA as well as an inclusion trainer & consultant at Amgen. She has lived in the U.S., South America and Europe, is bilingual and thus brings a global perspective with local understanding to her clients’ goals in the inclusion space.
The featured speaker for the previous seminar held Oct. 12 was Haben Girma, J.D., the first deafblind person to graduate from Harvard Law School and disability rights and global inclusion leader.