I am in my mid 30s and currently work at a senior technical position (software architect) in a Fortune 500 company. My current boss (a director), who brought me into my current company from my previous job (where she was also my boss) is getting more and more visibility in the company and is about to be promoted to a VP position. Due to the matrix organizational structure, I believe my boss will be reporting to her current boss's boss's boss (Enterprise Vice President, two levels below the company's CEO).
I was invited to fly to the headquarters soon. Also, in an email exchange, my current boss introduced me to this EVP and mentioned some work I've been doing that is very relevant to the entire company. I am quite confident that my current boss wants to bring me along with her to her new role - it makes a lot of sense since she's the one who brought me in in the first place. After the email, I was then invited for a 1 on 1 meeting with this EVP when I'm at headquarters.
Now I am trying to find ways to prepare myself for this 30 minute conversation. I think there may be some sort of lateral promotion in the mix, higher responsibilities, or at the very least the chance of a lifetime to present myself and showcase my work.
I am technically competent and I would expect to climb up the corporate ladder one day, but never thought I'd be having a 1:1 so early with someone so high up. How does one prepare for this? I would love recommendations (literature welcome!) on business etiquette, attire, small talk, how to handle a potential conversation about a promotion, how to present my (technical) work to a high level executive (who obviously doesn't have time for detailed explanations), and overall the best way to use the 30 minutes I have.