Speed Networking

Do you want the opportunity to explore careers and talk to professionals in various industries? How about the chance to gain insider information and advice on how best to position yourself after graduation? All this is possible if you attend Speed Networking 2015! 


Friday, April 10, 2015

1:00 to 3:00 pm
Community Room, CCLIR

Students: To register CLICK HERE.


Once You Have Registered: Attend a Mandatory Prep Session

You need to attend one of the prep sessions offered all next week.  This will help you feel more prepared for the speed networking event and allow you to ask any questions you might have.  This session lasts about 30 minutes and will be help in the Career Center.  Here are the dates and times available: 

Monday 4/6/15 @ 9am or 4pm

Tuesday 4/7/15 @ 11:15am or 1:30pm

Wednesday 4/8/15 @ 10am, 2pm or 3pm

Thursday 4/9/15 @ 9am, 1:30pm, 2:30pm 3:30pm or 4pm


Professionals who will attend Speed Networking 2015:

  • Adam Rundh (Alumnus) - Senior Associate, Transfer Pricing @ PwC
  • Ryan Perri (Alumnus) - Promotions Producer @ NBC 5 Chicago
  • Amy LaDow (Alumna) - Strategic Consultant @ Ladow Consulting previously CIO @ Ellucian
  • Brent Park (Alumnus) - Experienced Associate @ Huron Consulting Group
  • Jill Schlueter-Kim (Alumna) - Council Director @ Girls on the Run of Northwest Indiana
  • Bjarne Henderson - Director Human Resources & Labor Relations @ Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District
  • Patrick Slattery (Alumnus) - Orr Fellow @ Orbis Education
  • Bryan Lubeck - Senior Enterprise Field Marketing Manager @ NetApp
  • Carl Simien (Alumnus) - Owner @ CGI Clothing & Designs, Inc.
  • Carol Schickel (Alumna) - Owner @ The Spiritual Life Center
  • Stan Pissarski - Managing Director @ Central States Manufacturing, Inc.
  • Charles Vander Stelt (Alumnus) - Financial Representative Western & Southern Life
  • David Tapia - Career Counselor @ US Army
  • Debbie J. Hollingsworth (Alumna) - Author/Poet, retired educator
  • Tracey McElree - VP, Account Planning & Branding, AC Incorporated
  • Deborah Tatum - Executive Director @ Catholic Foundation for Northwest Indiana
  • Dennis Wendt (Alumnus) - Customer Business Manager @ McCormick
  • Linda Newman (Alumna) - Financial Representative @ Primerica
  • Sarah Satkus- Senior Staffing Specialist @ Dwyer Instruments
  • Denitza Boudeva - Human Resources Manager @ CINTAS Corp.
  • Eric Zozzo - Chief of Innovation @ Zoseco 
  • Gideon Litherland (Alumnus) - Postgraduate Fellow and Psychotherapist @ Chicago Counseling Associates
  • Judson Schmucker - Front Office Manager @ White Lodging
  • Kirsten Rex - Recruiter @ Speedway
  • Razz Jenkins (Alumnus & Past President of VUAA Board) - Actor/Recruiter @ Self Employed 
  • Stephanie Daubek - Administrator @ Home Helpers
  • Timothy Bennett (Alumnus) - Account Executive @ Met Life
  • Troy Sandidge (Alumnus) - Global Marketing Communication Specialist @ Eastek International
  • Wende Burbridge - Director of Development @ Andrean High School 
  • Dan Ormsby - Senior Human Resources Manager @ Dwyer Instruments
  • Brock Lloyd (Alumnus) - Financial Representative @ Edward Jones Investments

If you are not familiar with Speed Networking, it is a tool now being utilized to help professionals create intentional connections. Thus, you as a Valparaiso University student can benefit from this unique opportunity. Specifically, students have the opportunity to hone their networking and job search skills and potential employers can get a "sneak peek" at you as a future graduate and potential employee." This is all done in a fast paced and exciting environment. 

Speed networking will allow you to:

  • Get advice and be mentored by employers
  • Connect with Valparaiso University Alums
  • Boost your confidence and allow you to learn from industry experts
  • Gain insider information and advice on how to position yourself for the future
  • Practice networking and relationship building skills

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 alums and employers and gain information and advice on how best to position yourself after graduation. Employers are signing up daily to participate in Speed Networking and want to meet with students like you who want to learn more about careers and opportunities for the future. Read what the employers said about last years event!