Do you want the opportunity to talk with current Valpo students? How about the chance to give insider information and teach students how to network and effectively leverage professional relationships? All this is possible if you attend Speed Networking 2014!
Friday, April 11, 2014 1:00 to 3:00 pm Community Room, CCLIR
Volunteers are needed to serve as the Speed Networking contacts. Even though you will be modeling effective networking techniques for participants, we hope you will also find the experience useful for your own professional development.
The 4th Annual Valpo Speed Networking event is a social networking opportunity that brings together Valpo students and alumni professionals. If you are not familiar with Speed Networking, it is a tool now being utilized to help professionals create intentional connections. As a professional, you will have five minutes to network with a number of students over the course of an afternoon. The benefits for you are numerous! Most importantly you have the chance to give back to your alma mater and current students and help them learn the art of making meaningful connections that will help them grow professionally, and that will serve them now and in the future. Finally, you can get a "sneak peek" at future graduates and potential employees. This is all done in a fast paced and exciting environment! Click here to watch a quick video from last year's event!
As you know, most opportunities for employment are never posted and you will need networking skills to find out about job opportunities in the future. So, please come and enjoy this opportunity to meet students, network with other alumni and help students gain information and advice on how best to position themselves after graduation. Below you will find information about who to contact if you would like to participate in this event:
Networking software will match you with students based on mutual interests and career paths. Opportunities for professional participants include:
Immediately compare potential job candidates
Build connections with students with almost no pressure or stress for either party
Network with a pool of fresh, new talent
Help students learn how to start building or build upon professional networks
Provide expert industry knowledge to future graduates
Help students practice and perfect their "elevator pitches"
See a large volume of potential candidates in a short period of time, allowing you to recruit quietly and watch for potential matches for your organization
Professionals who attended last year's event
Bryan Van den Bosch (Alumnus) - Manager of New Business Development @ WNBA team Chicago Sky
Adam Rundh (Alumnus) - Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC)
Mark Zimmerman (Alumnus) - Human Resources Coordinator at Porter Starke Services
Raquel Evaristo- Radar Meteorologist at Valparaiso University; graduated in Meteorology and Oceanogrsphy from the University of Lisbon (Portugal), post-graduate degree in Earth Sciences (University of Lisbon) and PhD at the University of Versailles (France) in Radar Meteorology.
Roger Wexelberg - VP of Development & Public Relations @ Lakeshore Public Media and past President/General Manager Chicago Rush-Business Development AFL
Tracy Fronk - (Alumna) Director of Strategic Initiative at Valpo Law. She is also an engineer who worked as the test engineer -for F22 Raptor at Honeywell and worked on Hydraulic Boosters at Bosch
Matt Wells- Opera Singer/Career Counselor at Valparaiso University
Alison Levar - (Alumna) Recruiting Manager at Royal United Mortgage
Fred Thompson - Tech Recruiter at Panduit Corp
Ryan Perri (Alumnus) - Promotions Producer at NBC Chicago
Stan Pissarski - General Manager of Operations Central States Manufacturing
Pam Saylor - (Alumna) Employment Services Manager at Michiana Resources, Inc.
Tara Teeple - (Alumna) Director of Data and Technology Services Valparaiso University previously a software engineer at Motorola
Melissa Washburn - Artist and graphic designer with a BFA in studio art from Binghamton University (SUNY) and a Master's Degree in Arts Administration from IU Bloomington
Tracey McElree - Director, Branding & Marketing, AC Incorporated
Ryan Dykes - Vice President, AC, Incorporated
Steve Rahn - (Alumnus) Area Maintenance & Reliability Manager at BP
Michelle Maravilla HR - OD Business Partner at Centier Bank
Mary Kate Garner - Talent Acquisition Specialist at Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Stephanie Truchan (Alumna) - Operations Manager at Gary Bridge & Iron Co
Andrew Dalpini (Alumnus) - Account Representative/Sales Recruiter at Countrywide Transportation
Kyle Goltz (Alumnus) - Assistant Manager at Sears Holdings Corporation
Brandi Anstine (Alumna) - Director of Marketing & Special Events Lakeshore Public Television
Dennis Wendt (Alumnus) - Customer Business Manager @ McCormick & Company
Jennifer Wright - Executive Director for Hilltop Neighborhood House
Kelly Warren - District Cordinator at Aflac
Debra Townsend - AFL/CIO Coordinator for United Way of Porter County
Andrea Proulx Buinicki - Founder & President of Giving Focus, LLC
Bruce Lindner (Alumnus) - Executive Director of Porter County Aging Services
Linda Newman (Alumna) - Representative for Primerica Financial Services
Jennifer McIntosh-Elkins - Founder & President of Discoveries Unlimited
Dan Kudrna - Regional Sales Coordinator for Aflac & served as Exchange Officer for the Brazilian Army
Michelle Steuer - HR Officer /Employment Manager at Centier Bank
Martha Walsh (Alumna) - Retail Leadership Development Program @ Verizon Wireless
David Hibbs (Alumnus) - Consultant for Forest Ridge Academy