The Face of The Power House
Steve Solomon, Vice President of Corporate Relations at Exelon and School of Communication alumni will speak about his experience working for a fortune 100 company.
Time/Location: 9:00 – 9:50 a.m. in CVA 145
Planning the Perfect Event
Professional event planners will share how they prepare and present the perfect event. The panelist include Rachel Garner, event planner at SMG Soldier Field, Stephanie Duquenne, associate director of Alumni Relations at ISU and Samantha Schultz, event planner at Palace Events
Time/Location: 4:00 – 5:15 p.m. in Fell 152
Why Being a Journalist Matters
Four panelists including Lenore Sobota, reporter for the Pantagraph, Mary Cullen, news reporter and producer for WGLT, Julie Martin, executive producer for TV-10 and Jim Kirk, publisher and exeutive director at Crain’s Chicago Business will discuss the importance of journalism.
Time/Location: 5:30 – 6:45 p.m. in Fell 180
ISU alumni working in the entertainment industry will answer questions for students. Panelists include Andrew Bogue, senior marketing coordinator at Medix, Mary McMahon, broker at @properties and Ryan Cashman, training and development coordinator at SMS Assist L.L.C
Time/Location: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in SCH 138
Eye on the Prize: Honoring the Legacy of the Activist
Activist Fred Hampton Jr. and his mother, Akua Njeri, will discuss the life and legacy of civil rights advocate Fred Hampton Sr., addressing Hampton Sr.’s dream of social progress fueled by Solidarity between races, classes, and divisions.
Time/Location: 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. in SCH 130
The Career Institute will have more than 25 professional networking opportunities divided into two segments. The education segment will allow students to ask questions about resumes, portfolios and interviewing answered by professionals. The networking segment will allow them to meet with recruiting professionals one-on-one to gain more insight on the job search and how to navigate it. The Career Institute will be geared towards students of all majors.
Time/Location: 9:00 a.m. – noon in the Brown Ballroom, Bone Student Center
Public Relations professionals will share the importance of knowing and serving your clients. Panelists include Caitlyn Luchsinger, account supervisor at Zeno Group, Jamie Fox, corporate communication and marketing director at Caterpillar, Rachel Kobus, associate director of alumni relations at ISU and Kelly McNamara, vice president at Fishman
Time/Location: 12:35 – 1:50 p.m. in Fell 148
Be the Change: Careers in the Non-Profit Sector
ISU alumni will discuss their experiences working in non-profit organization. Panelists include Markie Maloof specialist at ALSAC and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Kenneth Porter, civic engagement at Mivka Challenge and Ashley Souk communication professional at Home Sweet Home Ministries, Inc.
Time/Location: 2:00 – 2:50 p.m. in Fell 152
Kim Presents: Finding New Opportunities Post Graduation
Kim Kaufman will give a presentation about like after graduation. Kaufman will give advice on how to navigate through uncertainty and speak on opportunities for growth in the professional world.
Time/Location: 3:35 – 4:50 p.m. in SCH 130
Life Through a Lens
Mitch Pugh, executive editor for The Post and Courier will speak to ISU students about his experience in the professional world.
Time/Location: 9:00 – 9:50 a.m. in CVA 145
Social Media Savvy
Panelists will discuss the importance of social media accounts for professional use. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions about how to make sure their social media accounts can help their career. Panelists include Melissa Schrader human resources manager at State Farm Insurance, Suzannah Kerr special investigation unit specialist at Pekin Insurance and Tim Bill, executive director of marketing and public information at Heartland Community College
Time/Location: 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. in Fell 275 (SMACC)
Behind The Screen: Inspiration, Motivation, and Perspective
Students will be able to Gain insight from professional bloggers and hear how they stay ahead in the “follow frenzy” of today’s information universe. Panelists include Kameron Williams blogger and vlogger at KameronToday.com, Jessica Elliot, freelance writer and blogger, Ashleigh Lalla, social media manager at Gossip Genie and Abby Baffoe blogger and vlogger at AbbyBaffoe.com
Time/Location: 2:00 – 2:50 p.m. in Fell 176
Documentary Film Festival
Time / Location: 6:00PM – 9:00PM at the Normal Theater
Outside The Box
Alumni who found themselves in a career that is “outside the box” from what they imagined themselves doing post-graduation will discuss their experiences. Panelists include Melissa Libert director of development at WGLT Public Media, Randy Paulissen, director of student housing at Young America Realty, Inc., Connor Small, marketing manager at Young America Realty, Inc. and Colin Coyne aviation recruiter at LAUNCH Technical Workforce Solutions
Time/Location: 9:35 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. in Fell 152
The Stress of Campaigning
Students will be able to hear from prior candidates about challenges they faced during campaigns. Panelists include Jason Barickman, U.S. senator for Illinois’ 53rd District, Nikita Richards* – Member of J.B. Pritzker’s Transition Team, R.C. McBride, non-partisan member of the Normal Town Council and Steve Suess, chairman of the McLean County Libertarian Party
Time/Location: 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. in Fell 162
Throwing Away the Pink Collar
Women in the professional field will discuss how they have overcame gender stereotypes in the workplace. Panelists include Jillian Collins, vice president of U.S. Growth at Golin, Colette Rozanski business development director at R.C. Wegman Construction, Molly Tesdall, human resources business partner at Amazon and Kelsey LeRose, senior account executive at Schafer Condon Carter.
Time/Location: 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. in Fell 280 (CIC)
The Winning Shot: Leadership in Sports
Dan Muller, men’s basketball head coach at ISU will talk to students about his experience as a professional coach.
Time/Location: 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. in Capen Auditorium, Edwards Hall
Fashion in Communication: Walk the Talk
Alumni in the fashion industry will talk about their trials and hardships. Panelists include Alexis Warnake, social media and marketing coordinator for Apricot Lane Peoria, Allison O’Brien, national stylist at Trunk Club Chicago, Sidney Holman, merchandise allocation analyst at Claire’s Inc. and Kelsey Stiegman, senior style editor at seventeen.com
Time/Location: 12:35 – 1:50 p.m. in Fell 125
Let’s Talk Business: Communication in Corporations
SoC graduates will explain what it takes to thrive in the corporate business world. Panelists include Lauren Donnelly, communications specialist at Country Financial, Sarah Franzen, community relations specialist at State Farm Insurance, Sam Bernier public relations specialist at Aldi USA and Allison Buehner, marketing communications specialist at Comcast
Time/Location: 2:00 – 3:15 p.m. in Fell 158
The Ball is in Your Court
Students can hear from professionals in sports on how they got into the industry and tips on how they can too. Panelists include Amy Wallace, senior account executive at USA Today Sports Media, Mike Williams, assistant athletic director of communications at ISU and Dan Roan sports director for WGN-TV.
Time/Location: 11:00 – 11:50 a.m. in Fell 152
Young Alums: From Interns to Industry Professionals
Recent graduates will share how they started as interns and developed into industry professionals. Panelist include Daniel Gee account support specialist at 3Points Communications, Molly Dietmeier director of direct sales and marketing at Beer Nuts, Jena Sullivan, media relations specialist at Walker Sands Communication and Lynn Rossi, marketing Coordinator at Sheehan Nagle Hartray Architects.
Time/Location: noon – 12:50 p.m. in Fell 125