Guest speaker to discuss career options during virtual series

Uncertainty recently became a big part of running a business, but a presentation by businesswoman and consultant Haley Robison will help area students and entrepreneurs see that uncertainty doesn’t have to be a bad thing.

Haley Robison

Robison will lead a virtual workshop about how to expand career opportunities post-graduation during the next installment of Bridge to Brilliance – Building Resiliency to Inspire, Develop and Grow Entrepreneurship. The virtual event will begin at 4 p.m. Jan. 26 through Microsoft Teams and is free and open to the public.

“The Bridge to Brilliance series is going well, and we are excited to offer this virtual workshop to our students and community members,” said Rosie McCusker, manager of student recruitment and community outreach for the UHV School of Business Administration. “The COVID-19 pandemic has people rethinking their futures, and this workshop can help individuals work through career options.”

The Bridge to Brilliance series was created by the Personal Growth and Mentorship subcommittee of the business school’s Dean’s Advisory Board. The purpose of the series is to connect the UHV and business communities and serve as a personal growth community for entrepreneurs, business students and marketers.

The event will be a 75-minute, hands-on virtual workshop that will use the new Break-out Room feature on Microsoft Teams. Attendees can expect to engage in discussions and activities that are designed to learn tools and skills to navigate both their careers and lives, as well as prototype three different plans for the future. Robison also will speak about how to embrace ambiguity and navigate uncertainty with confidence.

Rosie McCusker

Though the workshop is curated for college students preparing for life post-graduation, others can still benefit from the workshop.

“This workshop could help someone who is thinking of taking their business in a different direction or anyone looking to pivot their career,” McCusker said. “Attendees can open their minds to ideas they might not have considered before.”

Robison works in various capacities, including strategy, brand, product consultant, educator and advisor. She most recently served from 2015-2019 as CEO of Kammok, an outdoor gear company in Austin. She previously held roles at companies and institutions including IDEO, Bain & Company and Stanford University. She has a Bachelor of Arts in business and finance from the University of Texas at Austin and a joint master’s degree in business administration and education from Stanford University. She is a National Outdoor Leadership School graduate and worked as a field instructor in Wyoming, where she led outdoor expeditions focused on personal and team leadership.

For more than six years, Robison has taught leadership and design workshops at Stanford University, the University of Texas at Austin, and the American Enterprise Institute in addition to her full-time work.

There is no one right answer for what we will do with our lives and careers, she said. Given the ever-changing workplace and ever-evolving opportunities for the modern worker, people need the mindsets and tools to navigate careers with confidence.

“I am grateful for the opportunity UHV is giving students to explore career and vocational questions with like-minded peers, and I am hopeful for what we will get out of our time together,” Robison said. “I hope attendees will gain clarity in their career visions and confidence to take a next step, even if it’s as small as signing up for an online event or sending someone a message on LinkedIn. When we take action and show up, amazing things can happen.”

The next Bridge to Brilliance virtual event, “Ownership Mentality,” is scheduled for 4-5 p.m. on Feb. 9. The event will focus on strategies to embrace decisions, take action, map out a career plan and more.

For more information, contact Rosie McCusker at To register for the event, go to

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.

Amber Aldaco