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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Meemic Auto Insurance
Oakland University Credit Union
Quicken Loans

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The Student to Professional Conference is a great way to learn how to make the transition from being a student to a professional in the working world. The conference allows students with any major, class standing or personal career goals to network with local business professionals and improve their knowledge and skills to be successful in the future. Join us to explore multiple career related topics on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at the 6th annual Student to Professional conference. Registration is free and open to all OU students. The first 250 students to register and attend will receive a free shirt and professional notebook.
Event
Info
When
Saturday, October 10, 2015


Where
Oakland Center
Oakland University
Rochester, MI 48309

Schedule
 Registration Opens
8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
 Morning Mingle
9 - 11 a.m.
 First Time Attendees (Pre-Conference Session)11 a.m. - noon
 Welcome and Networking Activity
noon - 12:10 p.m.
 Keynote Speaker12:10 - 1 p.m.
 Conference Presentations/Sessions1 - 4 p.m.
 Conference Wrap-Up4 p.m.
Morning Mingle
 Presentation and event kick off with Glenn McIntosh 9 - 9:30 a.m.
 Networking with Employers 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Practice your networking skills while connecting with employers by attending the Student to Professional Morning Mingle! As an attendee, you will have an opportunity to speak with representatives from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Quicken Loans, Meemic Auto Insurance and Oakland University Credit Union. Continental breakfast and coffee will be provided.

Registration will be available September 16.
Sessions
Art of Networking
It’s all about who you know, right?! Networking is crucial for college students as you begin to seek opportunities during and after college. This valuable skill is a top notch job search strategy.  Learn how to leverage your personal and professional network, and improve your professional etiquette as our networking guru shares his best practices with you!
Speaker bio: Ken Hirschmann, TBD
Twitter: TBD
TBD


How to Write a Stellar LinkedIn Profile: Your Virtual Resume
LinkedIn is arguably the most popular social networking site for professionals. Be strategic and grab an employer’s attention by showing off your LinkedIn skills. Join us to learn how to build a professional and impressive online profile that will attract employers and give you a job search edge.
Speaker bio: Matt Karrandja, CAS '97, Career Ministries
Twitter: TBD
Matt Karrandja is an account manager, Chairman as Career Ministries, and a Career Coach and Speaker. Matt has been involved within the Recruiting Industry for the last 12 years. Currently, he is responsible for new business development. His passion is to create opportunities for others to be successful. Matt also hosts networking events and career workshops that happen weekly throughout the Detroit Area.

Take Control: Manage Your Well-Being
The ability to work from anywhere can result in working professionals to never “unplug.”  Learn and practice in-home, or in-office health and fitness techniques to start your professional career.
Speaker bio: Stephanie Willis, SHS '11, Oakland University Campus Recreation

Stephanie Willis, SHS ‘11, a graduate of Oakland University in the Wellness, Health Promotion, and Injury Prevention program is currently the Coordinator of Wellness and Educational Outreach at Oakland University’s Campus Recreation.  In her role as Wellness Coordinator, Stephanie oversees planning and implementation of events and programs for the campus community that are provided to help individuals improve or maintain their health and understand the importance of wellbeing.  Previously working in various wellness roles at Presbyterian Villages of Michigan, Stephanie has been working professionally in the field of wellness for almost five years with a wide array of individuals.  Stephanie is currently teaching two GroupX classes in the Rec Center in addition to pursuing her Master’s in Training and Development.  When she is not working or doing class work, Stephanie enjoys jogging (with her son Liam in-tow), watching the Detroit Red Wings, and attempting DIY Pinterest projects (even though they don’t always turn out)

Speaker bio: Erin Davidson, SHS '16, Oakland University Campus Recreation
Erin Davidson, SHS ‘16, graduated from GVSU with a bachelor’s in Health Sciences in 2011 and is now pursuing her Master’s degree in the Exercise Science here at OU. She works as the Fitness and Program Services graduate assistant at the Campus Recreation Center where she manages the fitness staff, helps to coordinate campus fitness related events, and assists the coordinator of Fitness and Program Services. Erin is a certified personal trainer and group exercise instructor and has been teaching group exercise classes for over 8 years. In her free time, Erin enjoys participating in road races such as 5k’s, 10k’s, duathlons, or urbanathlons. She spends a lot of time outdoors and enjoys photography and bike riding.


Intern Your Way to Success
While one internship is powerful, imagine the benefits of landing two or even three! More internships elevate your network, knowledge, and exposure to various industries. Learn the importance of multiple internships as you begin to think about ways to be marketable to employers.
Speaker bio: Paloma Shah, SBA '14, Rehmann
Twitter: @RecruiterPaloma
Paloma Shah, SBA ‘14, is a Campus and Corporate Recruiter at Rehmann, a regional public accounting firm. She is a proud OU Grizzly alumna who graduated with degrees in both accounting and marketing. Paloma completed five internships in her undergraduate education in a variety of fields including advertising, marketing, data analysis, and accounting. She went on to providing career guidance to business students as a Career Coach at OU Career Services, practicing accounting at an international public accounting firm, and finally moving to her current position in which she continues her passion of working with students. Paloma’s biggest tips in order of importance for undergrads are (1) take advantage of all opportunities and (2) avoid dancing in well-lit public places (from experience she knows that never goes well).


How Can Work Culture = My Job Satisfaction?
Culture, a popular term used to describe “your environment for people at work”. Have you ever heard the statement “make sure the company you work for is a good cultural fit”? Culture is difficult to define, but a powerful element that shapes your work enjoyment and relationships.  Join this session to learn what culture means to you.
Speaker bio: Laniesha Gunn, Quicken Loans
Twitter: @GunnQL

Laneisha Gunn is a Team Leader on the Recruiting Team for Quicken Loans and its Family of Companies. Laneisha joined Quicken Loans as a recruiter in 2011. In her time at the company, she has learned valuable leadership skills and now heads her own recruiting team.

She leads the college recruiting team which has the amazing opportunity to market careers at Quicken Loans and the Family of Companies to talent across the nation. Her favorite part about working at Quicken Loans is the supportive team-centered atmosphere the way her team always finds a way to fit fun into the day. She has found a perfect fit at Quicken Loans and she loves talking to new people every day and providing them with the opportunity to work for such an AMAZING company.

Laneisha has over 5 years of experience within all functions of HR. Laneisha Gunn received her Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Development and Training and Development from Oakland University and her Masters of Science in Human Resource Management with a Finance concentration from Marygrove College.


Understanding Your Benefit Package
Learn about the benefits of being healthy and the trend of employers looking for healthy/fit individuals to add to their company due to costs of health care!
Speaker bio: Becky Lewis, Oakland University Campus Recreation
TBD

Facing Adversity in the Workplace: Conflict Resolution
We are not always prepared to face workplace conflict, join this session to learn how to handle potential adverse situations in an effective and professional manner.
Speaker bio: Nancy Savage, SBA '98, Oakland University School of Business Administration

Nancy C Savage is a Special Lecturer at Oakland University School of Business, Management & Marketing Department. Nancy was a Graduate of Oakland University, not one time but three times! She obtained her Masters in Counseling, Post Masters in Human Resource Management and her certification as Career Development Facilitator (CDF).  Nancy has 30+ years of experience in the automotive industry as a Human Resource Manager.  She is the Advisor to the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Student Organization at Oakland University.  Nancy advices all students to “try to get an internship by your Junior year in your area of expertise.  Multiple internships are even better.  Network, Network, Network!   It will pay off both in the internship and full-time employment search”.

Speaker bio: Judy Martin, Oakland University School of Business Administration

Judy Martin is currently the SBA Scholars Coordinator in School of Business (SBA) at Oakland University  She was previously responsible for the ACHIEVE program which is a career and professional development program in the SBA for over 700 business students each semester.

Formerly Judy was a Vice President in the Human Resources-Learning and Development at Comerica Bank. As the Learning manager in the Michigan market, she was responsible for Employee and Management development for over fifty-five hundred employees.

Judy is a graduate of Oakland University with a Bachelor's Degree in Human Resources-Training and Development.
Resume Ready: How to Stand Out Against the Competition
6 seconds is the average time a recruiter spends looking at your resume. So many headings with so little space. Are you including the most important information? Are you enticing the recruiter to read more? Find out how to best utilize the little space you have to land that interview!
Speaker bio: Tommie DeRiemacker, TBD
Twitter: TBD

Margaret Happel is the District Manager - Emerging Leader (DMEL) with CVS Health who spent the first 11 years of her career with Target Corporation.  Margaret started as a door guard and was a undercover shoplifter catcher.  Margaret quickly moved up as an executive leader of assets protection, an executive of operations, an assets protection district leader, and her last role before separating from Target was a store manager for one their stores in South East Michigan.  Margaret developed, managed and motivated over 130 team members that helped drive over $25 million in sales per year.  After 11 years, Margaret made the transition to CVS Health last year.  With their focus on helping people on their path to better health through quitting tobacco, adherence outreach, and healthy food assortments, Margaret found a new home with a company with values that mirror her own. With CVS, Margaret has the opportunity to recruit on campus, develop internal candidates for promotion, focus on diversity, and directly help people on their path to better health.  


Margaret obtained a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Masters of Science in Criminal Justice from MSU. Margaret is passionate and excited about talent at all levels.  From CVS cashier team looking for internal promotions to students on campus looking to start a career with an exciting company.  Margaret finds great joy in helping others discover the inner leader that they can be and help them on their own journey.
Speaker bio: Margaret Happel, CVS Health
Twitter: @pickmarg

Margaret Happel is the District Manager - Emerging Leader (DMEL) with CVS Health who spent the first 11 years of her career with Target Corporation.  Margaret started as a door guard and was a undercover shoplifter catcher.  Margaret quickly moved up as an executive leader of assets protection, an executive of operations, an assets protection district leader, and her last role before separating from Target was a store manager for one their stores in South East Michigan.  Margaret developed, managed and motivated over 130 team members that helped drive over $25 million in sales per year.  After 11 years, Margaret made the transition to CVS Health last year.  With their focus on helping people on their path to better health through quitting tobacco, adherence outreach, and healthy food assortments, Margaret found a new home with a company with values that mirror her own. With CVS, Margaret has the opportunity to recruit on campus, develop internal candidates for promotion, focus on diversity, and directly help people on their path to better health.  


Margaret obtained a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Masters of Science in Criminal Justice from MSU. Margaret is passionate and excited about talent at all levels.  From CVS cashier team looking for internal promotions to students on campus looking to start a career with an exciting company.  Margaret finds great joy in helping others discover the inner leader that they can be and help them on their own journey.


Money Matters: Preparing for Your First Big Paycheck
So you're thinking that when you graduate, you'll have more money than you know what to do with? Not so fast! Planning ahead to pay off your student loan, start a retirement savings, and budget for a great place to live will be important steps to consider before your first shopping spree!

speaker bio: John M. Savio
John M. Savio is re-wiring after serving as the vice president of operations for the MSU Federal Credit Union. He has extensive experience in financial services and operations, automated accounting, marketing and medical billing. He has taught college level courses in business, accounting and marketing. Over the years he has cultivated an extensive partnership with Oakland University. Both the Alumni Association and Athletic Program have recognized his dedication and support by honoring him with the Alumni Association Honorary Alumna Award in 2001 and Athletic Hall of Honor Community Service Award in 1991. He has taught in Oakland’s Project Upward Bound, and been a member of the Keeper of the Dream Committee, Senate Athletics Advisory Committee, Athletics Mascot Committee, various search committees and Presidential Task Force among others. He is a former member of the SBA Board of Visitors, and currently sits on the board of Meadow Brook Theatre. He has provided numerous financial education programs to student groups, organizations and schools on campus. Outside the university John has built solid relationships in the business and government communities. He served two terms as President of the Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce, instituted a job shadowing program for high school students, developed a KidSavers program for Avondale Schools and has been a longtime supporter of the Auburn Hills Boys and Girls Club. He is a member of the investment committee of the Community Foundation of Greater Rochester, a board member of the Avondale Education Foundation and of the Auburn Hills Community Foundation. He holds a Masters of Business Administration from Michigan State University. John is married to the love of his life, Anita, and resides in Rochester Hills.


I'm Going to Graduate School: How Do I Get In?
Don't be caught unprepared to apply to grad school, learn how to create a game plan to maximize your chances of getting in to the school you really want to go to.
Speaker bios: Adam McChesney, SEHS `07 and Paul Trumbull, SEHS `08
Adam McChesney is an Academic Adviser in the School of Business at Oakland University. Adam has degrees in Human Resource Development and Counseling from Oakland University. Prior to advising OU students, Adam worked as a test-prep instructor, helping students prepare for admission tests like the SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, and LSAT examinations. The best advice he offers students when it comes to getting into grad school is to start early. It's never too soon to begin preparing for grad school admissions.

Paul Trumbull has been a part of the Oakland University community for the past quarter century – first as student and now as professional. After graduation with a degree in English he worked in Advertising, Human Resources, Training, and then sales – as a professional schmoozer. Working for Oakland University has been his favorite job. Currently, he is Coordinator for Graduate Business Programs including the MBA program. He is obsessed with music, and his two favorite things in life are his three year old twin sons – Ben and Max.


Building Your Personal Brand
Have you ever wondered what “branding” is? We keep being told to “brand ourselves” to be unique, but where do we even begin?! Join this session to learn about branding and how to create your own unique, personal brand that will impress employers!
Speaker bio: Mona Wehbe, Kelly Services
Twitter: @MonaWehbe
Mona Wehbe is an integrated marketing and digital media strategist. She has held various Marketing management positions at Kelly Services including her current role leading analyst relations, influencer engagement, and content marketing for Kelly Outsourcing and Consulting Group. In 2013, she had a stint in Switzerland driving EMEA marketing. She previously led the recruitment content marketing strategy for Kelly globally. She also managed the product marketing and brand strategy for the business process outsourcing practice of KellyOCG. Before her career with Kelly, She worked in the automotive industry, and for a high-tech manufacturer (who develops ruggedized/high-performance computing for the Military). She's also an active community member and supporter of the rejuvenation of Detroit. Mona's technical background in digital media and passion to mentor students and graduates helps her author and speak frequently about social media, personal branding and career management topics.  Mona obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Digital Media Studies from the University of Detroit Mercy.


Life after College: A Panel Discussion with OU Alum
WARNING: Life after OU is approaching sooner than you know it! Let's learn from a few of OU's finest alumni about their professional and OU experiences that helped them make the ultimate transition from student to professional.
Speaker bios
Jillian Bauer, SBA `13, graduated from the School of Business with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting in May 2013 and a Master of Accounting in May 2014. As a student, she was the President of Beta Alpha Psi and a member of the Oakland Accounting Students Information Society. While in school, Jillian also completed two internships: one as an accounting intern with Moceri Companies and one as an audit intern at the public accounting firm Plante Moran. She completed the CPA exam in May 2014 and currently work full time as an assurance staff member at Plante Moran.

Drew Voight, SECS `13, graduated from the School of Engineering and Computer Science in 2013 with a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Before graduating, Drew spent time working on-campus at the Fastener and Joining Research Institute, as a desk worker for Nightwatch, and as a Career Services Peer Mentor. In addition to this, he was a member of the Chrysler Learning and Innovation Center - For Sheet Metal Forming (CLIC) where he completed two internships at Chrysler locations. Upon graduation, Drew was hired into the MAHLE Behr USA College Rotational Program. He continues to work there as a Team Lead in the GM HVAC engineering group.

Ashley Dillingham, CAS `14, graduated cum laude from Oakland University with her Bachelor of Arts degree in History in 2014. While studying at Oakland University, she was a member of Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society and Student Life Lecture Board. In addition, Ashley also worked as a Career Ambassador for Oakland University’s Career Services office. She was also selected to attend the 2014 Phi Alpha Theta Conference held at Hope College where she presented her capstone research paper to fellow Phi Alpha Theta members and advisors. Following graduation, she enrolled at Michigan State University College of Law where she was awarded with a Trustees Scholarship for academic excellence.

Elisa Fusco, SEHS `14, graduated from the School of Education and Human Services in April of 2014 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Elementary Education. During her time at Oakland University, Elisa worked as a proctor for Disability Support Services and as a Career Services Peer Mentor. Elisa was also a member of the SMEA and Alternative Spring Break. Elisa completed five field placements in both urban and suburban locations, and completed her year-long student teaching experience at Beacon Tree Elementary in the Utica Community Schools district. Elisa currently works as a substitute teacher for Utica, Rochester, and Romeo schools.
Steering
Committee
Thank you to the steering committee for helping to make this year's
conference a success.

Bani Bordoloi (chair)
Amy Ring (chair)
Meaghan Cole
Julie Dermidoff
Terry Dibble
Gabe Dumbrille
Amanda Fylan
Kate Hendershot
Brittani Hobbs
Sherri Kerby
Denae May
Adam McChesney
Andrea Mill
Wayne Thibodeau
Amy Tuckfield
Marie VanBuskirk
Nick Walters
Keynote
Speaker
Lauren Podell, CAS '08
Reporter/Anchor for WDIV-TV
Local 4 News

Lauren Podell started her career at Local 4 news in 2007. In her nearly 8 years at the station, she has transitioned from traffic reporter, general assignment reporter, to now weekend anchor.

From the Christmas day bombing at Detroit Metro Airport, presidential campaigns, crime scenes to interviewing actress Kim Catrall, Lauren covers a wide range of stories.

She graduated from Oakland University with departmental honors and earned her bachelor’s degree as a communications and journalism major. During her educational career at Oakland, she was an anchor at OU TV and hosted her own local radio show on 88.3 WXOU.


Something very important to Lauren is her time spent volunteering for The Rhonda Walker Foundation. She works along side her friend and colleague, Rhonda Walker to support inner-city teen girls throughout the Detroit Public School System. The mission: To empower inner-city teen girls towards becoming strong, confident, successful and moral future leaders.


Lauren is no stranger to the world of television; She started as an intern in Southfield with the Fox 2 News department and interned at Local 4 before she took the reins as Traffic Reporter.

 

You could say the business is in her blood. Her father the Doc of Rock, Doug Podell, has been working in Detroit Rock Radio for three decades.

 

Lauren is a huge Pistons fan, has a weakness for shopping, and loves spending time with friends and family!


She was born in West Bloomfield, but she spent her early child hood in Cleveland, Ohio. Lauren returned to Michigan and calls Shelby Township her home.


Lauren was recently voted 2015 female television personality of the year.
Conference
Program

The Student to Professional Student Conference Program is available by downloading the Guidebook App on your Android or Apple device. In the program, you can:

  • Identify key sessions to attend
  • Learn ten ways the conference can benefit your career goals
  • Complete the survey to help plan for next year
  • And find out how you can win the conference raffle prize!

To download the app:

  1. Search "Guidebook" in the Apple App Store or Android Marketplace or visit guidebook.com/getit on your web-enabled device.
  2. If you device has a QR code scanner, tap 'Scan' and capture the QR code.
  3. The guide will now download to your device!