The students were joined by volunteers from various industries and had an opportunity to put into practice the business skills they are gaining from the program.
The keynote speaker was Matthew Druten ’88 who is the co-founder and managing director of Edison Spaces. Highlights of Matt’s talk included an emphasis on the importance of the ability to interact with people.
“85% of a person’s success lies in their ability to communicate and interact with others. You must work on true relationships with people and really listen to what they say,” said Druten.
He encouraged the students to FOCUS on what they want to do and make connections to make that happen. He also stressed reading and being informed about the world around them. It was an amazing and positive dialogue with the students and adults who were in attendance.
The students then attended three break-out sessions. One was a one-on-one with our volunteer guests who critiqued the students resume, listened to their personal branding statements, and communicated with the students regarding theirs interests and future plans.
Another breakout session was conducted by Mr. Geoff Holton ’90, President at Sassafras Marketing, Inc. Geoff gave a dynamic and energetic presentation regarding social networking/social media and how to market yourself in a positive manner. He presented examples and engaged the students in very relevant context.
The third break-out session was presented by (James) Zac Jarrad, a graduate student at Park University and the President of the Business and Investment Club. He provided a comprehensive presentation on the basics of banking, credit, and investing. Students appreciated the information as they prepare for college and the work world.
The conference concluded with an etiquette luncheon. The students were treated to a formal three-course lunch as presenters Cindy Heiman and Jeff Nessehuf taught proper etiquette during a formal meal but also in the workplace. Students learned about dress styles, greetings, appropriate conversations and then were able to practice proper luncheon etiquette. Volunteers sat with the students to help practice proper etiquette and fielded questions about manners as well as college and career advice.
The adult volunteers presented students with a valuable opportunity to network and receive positive and constructive feedback. The students made many connections and the volunteer’s presence was much appreciated.
Thanks to all who came out!
Advisory Board Members :
Suzanne Tidwell – Marriott
Cassie Meschke – KPMG
Trish Messick – Argus Health
Paul Van Erem – Enterprise Bank & Trust
Robin Wells – Country Club Bank
Jeff Nesselhuf – AOF Instructor
Kevin O’Brien – AOF Instructor
Chris Sinclair – AOF Instructor
Maggie Mohrfeld – Development Director
Lori Dowd – AOF Director
Hilary (Nahajzer) Cindrich ’01 –Children’s Therapy Services
Jenny Orth Meyers ’96 – District Court JWYCO
Ronny Williams ’88 –Adjunct Professor of Business
Payton Fraley - CRB
Patrick McMonigle –Sheraton
Lori Mathews –Hilton Airport
Jordan Carlisle –Marriott Downtown
Paige Southard –Residence Inn
Jermain Jamison –Jamison Perry, LLC
Rusty McGill - Premier Techm INC.
Billi Kiester –Robert Half
Todd Weneck – Parker & Lynch
Roger Crown - Cerner
Debbie Ramirez – DEG Digital
Owais Nazire - KPMG
Jacob Pane- KPMG
Mary Nebel- KPMG
Rich Nelson- KPMG
Monica Cobbs- KPMG