WIP ACCELERATE Conference Sessions

September 18-19, 2022 | Austin, TX


Get connected. Get Inspired. Get Ahead. Join us in Austin! The WIP conference is developed by women who have discovered the keys to success, presented by women who will inspire and invigorate you – and designed with your success in mind.

Sunday, September 18

NEW! WIP Hospitality Suite

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Just arrived in Austin? Pick up your conference badge and then head to the WOMEN IN PARKING lounge to rest, relax and connect with other conference attendees.

NEW: Build-A-Bike Charity Activity and Networking Event

2:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Start off the WIP Accelerate conference by getting up to speed with your peers. Talk, connect and do well by doing good. Fun, team activity. Free swag!!

Sponsored by:

Monday, September 19

WIP Mentor Roundtable

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

WIP mentor and mentee participants: Use this pre-conference time to meet with each other in person. If you participated in the WIP program mentor in previous years, use this time and space to catch up and reconnect.

Have questions about the WIP mentorship program? Meet with members of the WIP mentor advisory committee who will be glad to give you an orientation of the 2023 program.

Moderated by WOMEN IN PARKING Advisory Board

Keynote Speaker: Connecting Business Through Value, Simplicity, & Service

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

After 50 years in business, Southwest Airlines has built a formidable reputation for being a low-cost carrier with high altitude approach to service. Its intense focus on its employees, culture, and fun has provided it with a sustainable competitive advantage.

If it was a parking operation, what would Southwest look like? Join Dave Harvey, Vice President, Southwest Business at Southwest Airlines as he outlines the company’s approach to business, to its customers, and to its employees. He will examine Southwest’s focus on diversity and inclusiveness, “fun” in the workplace as well as the company’s purpose: “Connecting people to what’s important in their lives through friendly, reliable, low-cost air travel.”


David Harvey
Vice President, Southwest Business
Southwest Airlines



Mary Ruberry
Chief People Officer
The Parking Spot

Ask the Expert: What Impactful Leaders Say About Powering Thru Change

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Hear firsthand how parking leaders have managed and led their teams through the myriad of changes that have swept through the parking industry, the personal workplace, and the general business environment.

Yes, we’ll look at the impact of COVID-19, but we’ll also focus on other industry disruptor change agents – everything from social media to labor shortages.

This will be an open mic session with an opportunity to ask the experts questions and get their insights.


Kendra Petty
VP Airports
LAZ Parking

Sarah Fisher
General Counsel

Ritu Vig
Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary


Rise Up: Making it to the Top

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Parking operations is a demanding career choice that requires a variety of skill sets – everything from project management to problem-solving.

Get insights on how several of the industry’s leading operations executives made it to the top of their profession. Explore what lessons they learned, what leaders inspired them, and what advice they have for those on the same journey.


Kristie J. Bavaro
Executive Leadership Coach
Leading Visions


Career Journey: Making the Life, Career, and Personal Choices That Matter

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Even the longest journey begins will a single step. Discover how to build a “career journey map” to guide you on your path to success. 

This engaging session will show participants how to construct a professional journey map they can design and utilize in the year ahead.
Topic focus will include assessing strengths, negotiating promotions, managing difficult situations, and expanding one’s professional network. 

Participants will have an opportunity to workshop these skills during the session.


ChristineChristine Schindewolf
Vice President, Employee Benefits
Alliant Insurance 



Opening Welcome Event: A “Taste” of Austin

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

NPA looks forward to welcoming you to the Live Music Capital of the World®, Austin, Texas. Much like its live music scene, Austin takes eating and drinking very seriously. The location for our opening welcome event provides the perfect backdrop for experiencing a “Taste” of Austin, with a food and drink menu that reflects and reinterprets the culinary culture of the Live Music Capital. Learn more.

Need a spouse/guest/extra ticket? $115 Early Bird/$150 Advance

Tuesday, September 20

Game Night Downtown Austin: Social Networking

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Social. Add on to your registration. Special event for 40under40 and WIP attendees. Meet more peers. Connect in a fun casual setting for drinks & appetizers. Event includes karaoke, billiards & duckpins. It’s Texas, yes there’s a mechanical bull ride. Learn more.

WIP Members & Past 40 Under 40 Inductees: Early Bird: $60/Advance: $72

Thank You To Our Sponsors:

Strategic Partners
LAZ SP Plus logo Beam Group logo

Conference Partners
Parker Tech Parking logo System Park
The Parking Spot REEF OOBEO

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