All sessions are LIB 100 approved!

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Registration


Sponsored by Amway

9:15 a.m. Morning Keynote

Leveraging Your Social Capital

presented by: Kim Bode, '02

10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Session I

Resumes & Cover Letters

presented by: TBD

Job & Internship Search Strategies

Don't let the job or internship search process freak you out. Hear from Career Center internship specialist Rachel Becklin on the best strategies to land that internship/ job you are after.

presented by: Rachel Becklin, '06, GVSU Career Center

How to Talk to Employers

How do you network? What is networking? 

presented by: Lisa Knapp '11

10:50 a.m. - 11:35 a.m. Session II

Diversity in the Workplace

What does it mean to be a professional? How do you define success? Participants will discuss the ways that professionalism and notions of success are often culturally defined and the ways in which these concepts can be reconciled with being authentic in the workplace. Participants will also hear real-life examples from current young professionals.

presented by: Kayla Jones, '13; Allison Montaie, & Brittany Dernberger, '10 & '13

How do I Really Use LinkedIn to Get a Job?

Over 48% of recruiters are using LinkedIn to find potential candidates for open positions. Don't miss your opportunity to tap into this network of over 225 million professionals, companies, colleagues and find career opportunities. Learn how to utilize LinkedIn and other social media platforms to find a career, as well as insight into how corporate America is utilizing social media for recruiting purposes.

presented by: Larissa Van Wyk, '14

What's Your Leadership IQ?

presented by: TBD

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Lunch and Keynote Presentation ROOM 2250

What started in a GVSU freshman dorm room by doodling with Sharpie markers on an old pair of shoes evolved into creating custom-designed sneakers for LeBron James, artwork for Mike Posner, and now a full-time Footwear Designer position with an international shoe brand. Sometimes, the best entry-level job is to create one yourself that is founded on passion with a vision for the long-term. Everyday, do something that will better enable you to do something bigger and better tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day after that, etc.

presented by: Tyler Way, '09

Tyler w/ Sneakers

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

On-Site Resume Reviews

Bring a copy of your resume and cover to have it reviewed by GVSU Career Professionals. 

Hosted by: Career Center Staff

LinkedIn Photos

You need more than a selfie to make sure you are representing yourself well. Take the opportunity to pose for your professional head shot. Photos will be available for conference attendees to download for FREE following the conference. 

Elevator Pitch Practice

First impressions really DO matter! Perfect your professional introduction and maximize your impact during this literal elevator pitch exercise.

Hosted by: Amway Corporation Representatives

1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Session III

Graduation Approaching? How Do You Plan To Manage Your Student Loan Debt?

Is one of your biggest fears after graduation having an overwhelming amount of student loan debt? Hear Financial Aid professionals share the do's and don't of managing your student loan debt while in college and after. 

presented by: Michael Couch, '06

The Art of Interviewing

presented by: Molly Murray, Amway Corporation

2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Session IV

$#it's Gettin' Real

Get all of your life after college questions answered. This dynamic alumni panel will offer straight talk and straight answers on a variety of concerns regarding how to make the transition from student to the professional world. Conference attendees will be ready for the real world after this great advice!