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Alana Hill, PMP
2Hill Consulting Services, LLC
Speaker, Author, Consultant

Alana M. Hill, PMP is an international change leadership expert, inspiring professionals to lead change in their lives and their organizations. She is a passionate energy industry veteran who has paved the way for women leaders behind her. Her experience as an engineer and certified Project Management Professional (PMP®) in talent development provides real‐world insight into how people and teams can excel, even in uncertainty. Throughout her career, Alana has led diverse teams and delivered high-impact workshops all over the world!

She is an engaging and dynamic keynote speaker, appealing to audiences of various types and sizes. Alana makes a lasting impact at conferences, corporations, retreats, schools and churches, delivering high-energy, principle-based content. Her programs will move you to overcome adversity, build resilience, and convey empathy. She is the author of What’s Your Catalyst? The Power of Managed Change where she guides her readers to discover how purpose and passion can impact their leadership at home and at work.

With over 20 years of corporate leadership and training expertise, Alana provides her clients with a combination of critical thinking and compassionate leadership, which she labels “Leading Change the Ms. Engineer Way”.  Her clients have included Fortune 500 companies, small technology firms, and non-profits. Her adaptability makes her an asset across the professional spectrum.

Before establishing 2Hill Consulting Services in 2006, Alana enjoyed a colorful career with Schlumberger advancing from a Field Engineer to a Program Manager. In her tenure with the oilfield services giant, she not only managed multiple technology implementations, she also learned to drive an 18-wheeler!  Alana holds a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University and has numerous accomplishments in talent development.

Leading the Rainbow: the Power of the Past to be an Inclusive Leader of Tomorrow
Monday, October 19, 2020 - 9:30 AM to 11:00 aM

Diversity isn’t just about color, but about recognizing different ideas, talents, and perspectives. In this program, Alana relies on her years as a change leadership expert to explore how to appreciate, champion, and lead diversity & inclusion initiatives. Learn best practices for getting management and individual contributor buy-in to Diversity & Inclusion programs. By understanding the benefits and value, leaders can greatly improve the impact that diversity & inclusion has on team performance.  Appreciating Diversity….the Ms. Engineer Way®!

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Stephen L. Klineberg, Ph.D.
Founding Director
Kinder Institute for Urban Research
Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Rice University

Dr. Stephen Klineberg has been shaping local thought on the ongoing trends in Houston for almost forty years. As the director of the annual “Kinder Houston Area Survey” (1982-2020), he has tracked the economic outlooks, demographic patterns, experiences, and beliefs among successive representative samples of Harris County residents during 39 years of remarkable change. His book exploring the national implications of this research, entitled Prophetic City: Houston on the Cusp of a Changing America, was published in June 2020 by Simon & Schuster. Klineberg is the recipient of twelve major teaching awards at Rice and a much sought-after speaker in the Houston community and beyond. He is a graduate of Haverford College, with an MA from the University of Paris and a Ph.D. from Harvard. He and his wife Margaret have lived in Houston since the early 1970s; they have two children and five grandchildren.

Prophetic City: Tracking the Economic and Demographic Transformations through 39 Years of Houston Surveys
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 9:00 AM to 10:00 aM

Few other cities more clearly exemplify the trends that are refashioning the social and political landscape across America – the growing inequalities in today’s global, knowledge-based economy; the epic demographic transformations; and the new importance of quality-of-place attributes in defining the fates of cities. We review the findings from almost four decades of systematic surveys in Harris County to explore the way the new realities are unfolding, to assess the public’s changing attitudes and beliefs, and to consider the implications of these trends for the way area residents are responding to the central challenges and opportunities that will determine the future of Houston and America in the years ahead.

About the Kinder Institute:

Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research builds better cities and improves people’s lives through a unique blend of data, research, engagement, and action. A multi-disciplinary “think and do tank,” its mission is to advance understanding of important issues facing Houston and other urban centers. The Kinder Institute was formally created in 2010 through a transformational gift from Houston philanthropists Nancy and Rich Kinder.

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