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Connecting Through the Chaos: The Importance of Executive Presence

As the world continues to move through exponential change, it’s more important than ever to ensure your message is understood by your audience. So how can your voice and presence rise above the noise in an impactful, authentic way? Join fellow alumni and a panel of communication and executive presence experts to discuss the importance of showing up both virtually and in-person during turbulent times through authenticity, purpose, connection, storytelling, and more.

Event Details

Please join us for an engaging virtual event:
January 20, 2022
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. CST
Zoom link will be provided upon registration.



Jim Roach

Mr. Roach has 25 years of experience in corporate human resources leading learning and development programs to build leadership capabilities, enhance organizational effectiveness and deliver improved business results. He spent more than 20 years at Verizon leading the organization effectiveness initiative and developing custom leadership and functional development programs. He also spent 15 years leading executive education leadership certificate programs at SMU and five years leading programs for L-3 Link Simulation & Training. He has been honored with several teaching excellence awards and has designed and delivered courses on subjects such as executive presence and communication, authenticity, presentation style, leading in today’s business environment, learning agility, creativity and leadership, retaining top talent, and building and managing the employment relationship. He holds a BA and MS in economics from the University of Illinois.



Eric Harris

Strategist by trade, storyteller by aptitude, creative by accident, professor by design. MindHandle CEO Eric Harris’ resume may not read the way you’d expect it to, but the sum of these experiences helps him empathize with clients, students, and the agency team.

After several years in large advertising agencies, Eric joined his clients on the corporate team at YUM! Brands, where he led Pizza Hut’s integrated communications for 2 years. The experience taught Eric not only what it was like to be on the “buying” side of the agency economy, but also how much room there was to improve on internal communications. That’s why Eric founded GatherRound, a training company focused on storytelling for presentations.

In 2018, GatherRound and MindHandle merged, creating an employment branding agency with the talent and expertise to reach employees with advertising quality messages. As CEO Eric provides the vision that becomes decisions in the agency, and if he’s ever missing, look no further than the nearest whiteboard.
Eric is a self-proclaimed suburban lumberjack, a communications professor via TCU Neely Executive Education, drummer, Forbes Business Council contributor, and a camp-in-the-backyard father of two.



Lisa Northup

With over 15 years of experience leading human resource departments in the defense, real estate and financial services industries, Lisa creates a culture of innovation for Elbit America. Lisa began her career in Human Resources with AmeriCredit, a Fort Worth headquartered auto finance company that would later become GM Financial.  In her roles at AmeriCredit and GM Financial, Lisa gained exposure to every area of Human Resources.  Her final position was vice president human resources. She then spent two years at Associa serving as senior vice president of human resources.  Lisa has been part of the Elbit America team since 2015 as director human resources, leading recruiting and executive and leadership development.

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