Goonewardene to headline in-person return of Women in Leadership Seminar Series Feb. 2
When & Where
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Beth Robertson Auditorium in the Fayez S. Sarofirm Research Building, 1825 Pressler St. ( View in Google Map)
Julie Goonewardene, senior advisor to the chancellor and chief talent and innovation officer for The University of Texas System, will be the guest speaker at the in-person Women in Leadership Series seminar — the first since 2019.
Julianne Cenac, PhD, associate vice president of organizational and talent development, will conduct a one-hour interview-style seminar with Goonewardene from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2, in the Beth Robertson Auditorium in the Fayez S. Sarofirm Research Building, 1825 Pressler St. A reception will follow for people to meet and network.
In her current role, Goonewardene advances key partnerships and priorities in support of the 13 institutions that make up UT System, as well as its greater stakeholder community. Goonewardene also creates and leads the organization’s talent and innovation strategies.
After earning bachelor’s and master’s degree at Purdue University, Goonewardene built the first phase of her career in information technology, holding executive positions in both enterprise and start-up organizations and founding two successful technology firms.
Goonewardene shifted focus to public education to leverage her business and leadership experience to start and remake programs designed to support economic prosperity through entrepreneurship, public-private partnerships, and talent development.
Goonewardene has honed her wide-ranging expertise in roles as an executive, CEO, director, board officer, and strategic advisor in multiple organizations.
The Women in Leadership Seminar Series, now in its seventh year, is sponsored by the university administration through Human Resources Organizational and Talent Development in collaboration with the Office of Faculty Affairs and Development.
The series creates an environment for employees to learn about the experiences, challenges, and achievements of women in leadership. Open to all UTHealth Houston faculty, staff, and students of any gender, participants gain leadership insights and techniques while also connecting with colleagues from across the institution.