JumpStart Career Development Conference

Discover. Experience. Thrive. JumpStart Career Development Conference.

What is it?
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.

Event Details:
Date:  March 2, 2019
Time:  9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (check-in  begins at 8:30 a.m.)
Location:  Kyle Hall 3rd Floor Lobby

Professional attire required.  Do you need professional attire?  Stop by the Career Closet and pick up free business attire!  The Career Closet is located at 331 Russell Hall in the Center for Career and Talent Development.

No-Show Policy:

The Center for Career and Talent Development events are uniquely designed to meet the career development needs of our students and support the talent acquisition strategies of our employer partners. Employers and university guests invest their time, talent and resources to visit Radford University and recruit Highlanders for their organizations. Honoring your event registration supports our core values and reflects your commitment to your career journey.

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 540-31-5373 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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2019 Executive Sponsor

Keynote Speaker

Mr. Todd Robertson
President
Stateson Homes

Todd Robertson's Bio

As the President and majority owner of Stateson Homes, Todd Robertson brings over 26 years of leadership experience in the real estate industry. Prior to launching Stateson Homes, Todd spent 19 years with a large national homebuilder where he started his career in 1992 as an assistant project manager. During the first five years of his career, Todd spent time in construction management, sales and marketing, and cost estimating. He advanced in various management roles before he was promoted to Division President in 2004. Todd’s division grew from two counties and 100 sales per year in 2005, to seven counties and over 300 sales per year in 2010. Todd’s focus on customer service allowed his division to consistently rank in the top 10% of the company in customer survey scores. In 2010 his division was awarded The President’s Award for Customer Service for having the best customer ratings for a division in a territory that spanned from Florida to Maryland.

Todd brings a wide array of skills and experience to Stateson Homes.  He believes that it is the responsibility of the Stateson Homes team to create a great customer experience and lasting value in their new home and community. Todd believes that recruiting the right people, creating the right culture, and giving them the tools to excel is his most important role.  Todd is a results-oriented business leader who understands the importance of the customer as well as the many other stakeholders who play a role in the homebuilding process. Todd has a proven track record of successfully starting and growing organizations. Todd earned a Finance Degree from Virginia Tech and an MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.

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Presenters

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Presenters are an integral part of the Jumpstart Career Development conference.  Take time to check out the list of presenters joining us on March 2, 2019.

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Topics

Session I:  10 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.
Kyle Hall, First Floor Classrooms

Discover My Purpose and Strengths Workshop

Presenter:
Craig Stargardt, Founder, Motivate Forward

Manage My Money Panel Discussion

Presenters:
Onassis Burress, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones
Daisy Herndon, Human Resources Director, Delta Dental of Virginia
Nicholas Roch, Branch Manager, Wells Fargo
Danielle Jeffers, Founder, Dough 4 Degrees
Jade Campbell, Office Manager, Stateson Homes
Moderator:
LaShan Lovelace, Director, Center for Diversity and Inclusion

Make Meaningful Connections Workshop

Presenter:
Caitlyn Scaggs, Associate Vice President for University Relations

Find a Job From A Recruiter’s Perspective Panel Discussion

Presenters:
Todd Robertson, President, Stateson Homes
Alan Ward, Talent Acquisition Team Lead, GEICO
Jonathan Jackson, Corporate Recruiter, ECS
Robert Graham, Superintendent, Radford City Schools
JoAnn Seymour, Recruiter, Waffle House
Carolina Smales, CEO and Founder, PerSUNality
Owen Watkins, Recruiter, Central Healthcare
Moderator:
Ruby Cline, Training and Development Coordinator, Department of
Human Resources

Create A Professional Brand and Online Presence Workshop

Presenter:
Jessica Fowler, Web Content Producer and Editor, University Relations

Session II:  11 a.m. -11:50 a.m.
Kyle Hall, First Floor Classrooms

Kickstart My Job Search Panel Discussion

Presenters:
Sydni Chernault, Production Coordinator, Eddy Alexander
Megan Brillheart, Sales Manager, Hyatt Place
Alan Ward, Talent Acquisition Team Lead, GEICO
Jonathan Jackson, Corporate Recruiter, ECS
Moderator:
Cerra Ebbecke ’20

Time Management (Workshop)

Presenter:
Andrea Sharpe-Robinson, Director, Center for Accessibility Services

Start a Business (Startups and Entrepreneurs) Panel Discussion

Presenters:
Todd Robertson, President, Stateson Homes
Robin Brooke, Executive Director, New River Valley Regional Theatre
Stephanie Stafford, Graphic Designer, Carilion Clinic
Carolina Smales, CEO and Founder, PerSUNality
Michelle Saltzman, Founder, Faithful Fit
Mark Yates, Business Major and Entrepreneur
Moderator:
Jerry Kopf, Professor of Management, Davis College of Business
and Economics

Leadership Skills Panel Discussion

Presenters:
Jade Campbell, Office Manager, Stateson Homes
LaShan Lovelace, Director, Center for Diversity and Inclusion
Craig Stargardt, Founder, Motivate Forward
Onassis Burress, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones
Kate Steiner, Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life
Moderator:
Angie Mitchell, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Pursue a Debt-Free Degree by Dough 4 Degrees Workshop

Presenter:
Danielle Jeffers, Founder, Dough 4 Degrees
Moderators:
Andrea Jeffers and Thomas Harrelson, Dough 4 Degrees

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Contact Information:

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

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Gwendolyn F. Houston, M.S.
Assistant Director, Employer Relations & Engagement
Center for Career and Talent Development
email: ghouston@radford.edu
phone: 540-831-1018