JumpStart Career Development Conference

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What is the JumpStart Career Development Conference?

The JumpStart Career Development Conference is a signature event that encourages students to discover their strengths and career interests, develop leadership skills and make meaningful industry connections to support their career journey. This will consist of a half-day filled with career development workshops, an industry networking breakfast and keynote speaker, and panel discussions with alumni and industry leaders. This event is sponsored by BB&T.

Jumpstart Career Development Conference Details

Date: November 2, 2019

Location: Kyle Hall 

Check-in will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. in the Kyle Hall Atrium, immediately followed by the Keynote & Networking Breakfast in Kyle Hall 340 from 9:00 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

Concurrent Session I: 10:10 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Kyle Hall, First Floor Classrooms

  • You are Flammable: Creating a Burn Resistant Career Plan (Managing Stress Workshop)
    Dr. Kate Steiner, Director Fraternity and Sorority Life, Radford University
  • Incorporating Global and Intercultural Knowledge as a Highlander - Panel Discussion
    Hunter Mundy ('20), Political Science Major, Radford University
    Dr. Sharon Jones, Assistant Professor, Radford University
    Gabriel Bennett (Dec '19), Political Science Major, Radford University
  • Interview Skills: Practice and Tips from the Experts - Panel Discussion
    Onassis Burress, Senior Financial Advisor, First Citizens Investor Services, Inc.
    Brittany Quesenberry ('05/'08), Director of Career Technical Education and an Assistant Principal, Floyd County Public Schools
    David Danco (MBA '12), Senior Director of the Agile Program Office, Delta Dental of Virginia
  • Federal, State and Local Government- Panel Discussion
    Lisa Ghidotti, Executive Director of State Government Relations, Radford University
    Jonathan Sweet ('00), County Administrator, County of Pulaski, VA
    Zach McCoy ('14 ), Recruiter, Federal Government

 

Concurrent Session II: 11:10 a.m. - Noon

Kyle Hall, First Floor Classrooms

  • Managing My Money - Panel Discussion
    Mark Woolwine ('93), Partner, Brown Edwards
    David Danco (MBA '12), Senior Director of the Agile Program Office, Delta Dental of Virginia
    Onassis Burress, Senior Financial Advisor, First Citizens Investor Services, Inc.
  • Acquiring Strong Leadership Skills - Panel Discussion
    Brittany Quesenberry ('05/'08), Director of Career Technical Education and Assistant Principal, Floyd County Public Schools
    Dr. Pat Huber, President, New River Community College
    Jonathan Sweet ('00), County Administrator, County of Pulaski, VA
    Marc DeBonis, Director of Collaborative Computing Solutions (CCS), Division of IT, Virginia Tech
  • Networking: Making Meaningful Connections - Workshop
    Ciara Harris ('15), Executive Director, Radford Chamber of Commerce
  • You’re in Demand: Leveraging Your Gen Z Label in Today’s Job Market - Workshop
    Toye Oshoniyi, Strategic Account Manager, Barrows, Inc.

*Professional attire is required.  You can pick up free professional attire by visiting the Career Closet, located at 331 Russell Hall in the Center for Career and Talent Development. 

No-Show Policy:

If you register for an event, you are expected to attend. If you can no longer attend the event, you must cancel your registration in Handshake and call our office at 540-831-5373 at least 48 hours before the date of the event. Failing to cancel your registration and not attending the event will be considered a no-show. If there are three “no-show” incidences within a semester, the student’s Handshake account could be blocked for the remainder of the semester.

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Keynote Speaker

We are pleased to announce Raven Solomon as the keynote speaker for the Jumpstart Career Development Conference! 

Prepare to be inspired by Raven's powerful personal story of overcoming extreme obstacles in order to not only find success, but to inspire countless others to do the same. Using her incredible skillset, Raven was able to reach the executive level at PepsiCo at just 28 years old. Raven is currently the President & Founder of the Center for Next Generation Leadership & Professional Development, a Charlotte-based training and development startup focused on providing soft skill development to young professionals. With her wealth of knowledge and experience, Raven has made it her mission to help young professionals overcome and thrive!

Keynote Speaker Raven Solomon

    Raven Solomon

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Presenters

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Presenters are an integral part of the Jumpstart Career Development conference. Through a series of workshops and panel discussions, our presenters will provide you with a wealth of information on a diverse array of thought-provoking topics to give you the tools you need to jump-start your career!

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Contact Information:

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Teresa López Dickens
Chair, JumpStart Career Development Conference
Center for Career and Talent  Development
email: tdickens2@radford.edu
phone: 540-831-6087