Whether you’re a college student nearing graduation and the leap into the real world, or you’re several years into your career, it’s never too early or too late to learn something from those who have been there and found valuable ways to accelerate their professional growth. It’s all about developing a network and taking advantage of learning opportunities as they arise. In short, it’s about moving your life forward. 

And moving your life forward is what sponsor Regions Next Step is all about. In the spirit of helping you gain the know-how to clarify your goals and take strides toward them, Regions Bank, member FDIC, and the Houston Business Journal are presenting an event all about how to “Fast Track Your Career Growth” on March 14. A panel discussion and networking event, the evening will provide tips and insights to help in achieving your career ambitions.

Moderated by Chris Mathews, finance and innovation reporter for the Houston Business Journal, the event will bring together a diverse collection of Houston’s young professional business leaders. Attendees will hear from individuals moving forward in a range of industries, from tech start-ups and finance to nonprofits and food & beverage.

Although the event offers representation from various sectors, its real value will come from the personal insights and journeys shared by Houston’s professionals. Fast tracking a career is about taking lessons from successful people across any and all industries and finding ways to apply them to your own situation. Attendees will have the opportunity to:

Pierce Bush

  • Learn how to navigate a major career shift from Pierce Bush, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star, who left the lucrative world of private equity to pursue a career focused on service and volunteerism.

Kelly McCormick

  • Take notes from Kelly McCormick, managing director of University of Houston’s Technology Entrepreneurship Program, RED Labs. A source of in-depth information on tech start-ups, McCormick has spent years serving as a mentor and enjoying a front-row seat to the start-up process for numerous local entrepreneurs. 

Grant Pinkerton

  • Discover how Grant Pinkerton of Pinkerton BBQ and Ryan Soroka of 8th Wonder Brewery have channeled their passions for food and drink to create viable businesses that not only support themselves, but create jobs and contribute to the vitality of their communities.

Ryan Soroka

  • Gain greater understanding from Will Davis, branch manager and vice president of the Alder Trails branch of Regions Bank, about how to make the power of customer service, cross-selling and leadership work for you as you work your way up the ladder.

Will Davis

In addition to hearing their stories at “Fast Track You Career Growth,” you’ll have an opportunity to ask important questions that pertain to the crossroads you may face in your own career. The conversations and connections from the evening can help accelerate your career and build a local network for support and insight. 

If you’re ready to move your career to the next level, join Regions Bank and The Houston Business Journal for an evening on how to “Fast Track Your Career Growth.” Take hold of your professional future in the community in which we live, work and network. Join us at the 8th Wonder Brewery (2202 Dallas St., Houston) at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 14. Tickets are $35 and available at https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/event/163791/2019/fast-track-your-career-growth-a-real-talk-with-regions-event

Use code Regions10 for $10 off the ticket price. 

For more on the Real Talk with Regions series, follow along at #RegionsRealTalk. 

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