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Etiquette Dinner November 4


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, professional notebook and lunch will be provided.


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Saturday, October 10, 2015

Oakland Center
Oakland University
Rochester, MI 48309

8 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
Morning Mingle
9 - 11 a.m.
Pre-Conference Session (First-time Attendees)
11 - 11:30 a.m.
noon - 12:10 p.m.
Keynote Speaker12:10 - 1 p.m.
Conference Presentations/Sessions1 - 4 p.m.
Conference Wrap-Up4 p.m.
 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 Insurance and Oakland University Credit Union. Continental breakfast and coffee will be provided.
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.

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: 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.
Speaker bio: Tommie DeRiemacker, SBA '09, CVS Health

Tommie, MBA ‘09, is currently a Regional Field Training Manager at CVS Health. He is responsible for growing talent, improving service and productivity, and promoting leaders in 123 stores across Michigan from Monroe to Traverse City and Detroit to Grand Rapids.

Tommie’s teams thrive on overcoming challenges and the impossible. He grows people -- developing skills, challenging thinking, and getting more out of colleagues than they thought they were capable of. Also, he develops Training Specialists for pharmacy, store management, and new colleagues that provide a best-in-class development experience and support retention and internal promotion. Tommie found his passion early, joining CVS Health before college and leading a team of more than 50 a year after before he graduated with his bachelor’s degree.

Tommie’s advice for you is “Students seeking their post-graduation career opportunity should demonstrate innovative approaches, an open mind and a desire to do what others will not. Students who have combined real-life experiences on successful teams with the foundation their degree provides often progress to increasing levels of responsibility quickly. Flexibility and innovation are keys to matching your skills and passions with a company or industry that will grow your career.”

Learn How to Get What You Want in Your First Job Through Successful Negotiations
You studied hard, worked hard, prepared your resumes, and NOW you are interviewing and starting to get job offers.  Do you know what you want from your first job and how to professionally negotiate the process? Join this session to gain critical information on how to achieve your goals in your first job healthy, happy, and in control.

Speaker bio: Mark Doman, School of Education and Human Services at Oakland University

Mark Doman is a Special Instructor and a Pawley Professor in Lean Studies in the Department of Organizational Leadership at Oakland University. He has taught the Negotiation for Personal Success course (HRD 323) for the past eight years. He received the Oakland University Excellence in Teaching Award in 2013.

Prior to joining Oakland University in 2004, he had 25 years of business experience with Ford, Massey-Ferguson and AT&T, where he held various executive positions in operations, human resources and legal. He was the chief negotiator for multiple collective bargaining agreements with the UAW, CWA, IBEW and Teamster’s unions. He has led several major organizational change initiatives throughout his career that included corporate restructuring, Lean Workouts and process re-engineering.

He is the author of “A New Lean Paradigm in Higher Education: A Case Study.” Quality Assurance in Education, Vol. 19 No. 3, 2011, “How Lean Ready Are You?” Target, Vol. 28 No. 2, 2012 and “The Beginner’s Guide to Lean” Series published by the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME). His email address is

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 integrate 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 an career management topics. Mona obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Digital Media Studies from the University of Detroit Mercy.

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!

Ken Hirschmann, Real Estate Agent, Keller Williams
Dave Rayner, Real Estate Buyer Specialist,Keller Williams and for NFL football placekicker

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 degree in health sciences in 2011 and is now pursuing her master's degree in 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.

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: Matthew Karrandja, LHP Engineering Solutions
Matthew Karrandja is a proud alumnus from Oakland University. Matthew received his Bachelor of Arts in Communications in 1997. He was very active on campus with the Oakland University Student Congress and Sigma Pi Fraternity.
Today, Matthew is the Vice President of Recruiting and Sales for LHP Engineering Solutions. Matthew has over 18 years of recruiting experience within the Detroit/Michigan market place. He is considered an expert with networking, building relationships, and everything LinkedIn.
Matthew also runs a statewide group that helps the unemployed. With the help of hundreds of volunteers, Matthew has set the bar for providing free services for those in a career transition.
Matthew is a proud father of 3 amazing children and couldn’t of done it without his better half.  He considers Oakland University home and has been a part of the Student to Professional seminars since Day 1 and looks forward to helping you today with LinkedIn.
One of Matthew’s tips that he will be discussing today will be that it is never too early to start networking and developing your professional profile on LinkedIn. As Matthew likes to say at his networking sessions, “with the tools that are available in 2015, you are given the open book test with all of the answers highlighted for you already. It is up you to make the most of the opportunity.”
Speaker bio: Allison Daoust, Centric Solutions Group
Twitter: AlisonDaoust@cetricsolution
Alison Daoust, is the President of Centric Solutions Group, located in Rochester, Michigan; Centric places some of the world’s best and brightest talent at leading international companies across Canada, Mexico and USA.  Alison is also a wife and mother of two beautiful children, alumni of OU, proud supporter of Oakland University Students, she sits on the Board of Oakland University Diverse Voices and was a also the Guest Speaker for 2015 Diverse Voices Conference at Meadow Brook Theater, she’s also a guest speaker for the OU Human Resource Program.   
 Prior to opening Centric, Alison was a business executive with over 15 years of corporate Human Resources leadership experience with multi-national organizations.  Alison has had many helping hands along her professional journey and she is very happy to help students make the successful transition from life as a student, to life as a productive employee.  As an educational institution, Oakland University has an important position and platform to help students transition into their professional careers and empower them to go after their career goals. 
Alison spends spare time serving on a number of community groups and enjoying time with her family.  Centric is also proud supporters of Big Family of Michigan, Power Company, 100 Women Who Care, and Hands of Hope.

Ace the Interview

Interviewees often forget that it’s a two-way street as you make the decision to select the employer as much as they decide to select you. In this session, learn how to prepare, practice and respond to tough questions as well as crafting effective questions to ask!

Presented By: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

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 almna 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 at (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: Laneisha Gunn, Quicken Loans
Twitter: @GunnQL
Laneisha Gunn is a team leader on the recruiting team for Quicken Loans and it 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.

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

Becky Lewis, Assistant Director Campus Recreation, Oakland University, has worked in higher education and Campus Recreation since 1994.  She has an undergraduate degree from Central Michigan University in journalism, marketing and advertising and a master's degree in exercise health sciences from Miami University-Ohio.  Becky currently oversees the day-to-day programming provided by Oakland University Campus Recreation including fitness, well-being for students and OU employees, intramural sports, and club sports. She has additional experience in coordinating campus recreation marketing initiatives, and managing student employee staffing and development.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband of 20 years and her three children ages 16, 9 and 12, watching sports and doing projects around the house.  She is a DIY'er and loves the HGTV line up! 

Becky's advice for students seeking internships and employment is to never sell themselves short on the resume!  Students should be excited when they interview and not be afraid to toot their own horn.  And skills are transferable and every job counts...whether it was a babysitting gig or being in charge of a huge event!

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, SEHS '99, Oakland University School of Business

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 adviser to the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Student Organization at Oakland University.  Nancy advises 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

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

Formerly, Judy was a vice president in the Human Resources - Learning and Development department at Comerica Bank. As the learning manager in the Michigan market, she was responsible for employee and management development for over 5,500 employees.

Judy is a graduate of Oakland University with a bachelor's degree in human resources training and development.

Life After College: A Panel Discussion with OU Alum

WARNING: Life after OU is approaching sooner thatn 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 bio: Shaun Hayes, Automation Alley
Twitter: @sm_hayes90

Shaun Hayes is the Member Relations Supervisor at Automation Alley. Automation Alley is a technology business association and business accelerator dedicated to growing the economy of Southeast Michigan and enhancing the region’s reputation around the world.  Shaun Hayes’  main objective is to meet, assess and support thier member companies to help them use their membership benefits effectively and get the greatest value for being a member of the organization.  Shaun began working part-time at Automation Alley in 2012 as a Member Relations Specialist and while completing his undergraduate degree in General Management at Oakland University.  Upon graduation, the position became full-time and Shaun was promoted as the Member Relations Supervisor in September 2014.  For students seeking jobs or internships, encourage all interested applicants to sign-up on Automation Alley Talent Exchange at, as several of the member companies post available positions on this site. 

Speaker bio: Carla Sipiceanu, SEHS '09, Tower International

Carla Spiceanu, SEHS ‘09, is a Human Resources Generalist for Tower International, Plymouth Business Unit (Tier 1 auto supplier). She is currently pursuing her Master’s of Management at Walsh College.

She was initially selected for a recruiting role, but was quickly moved into a Generalist role at Tower’s nearby assembly plant. Carla was immersed in all things HR from the start, which was (and still is) challenging at times, but she knew it was what she wanted to do, so that she could experience HR full-circle. At the beginning of her career, she assumed that she’d would want to specialize in a specific area of HR, such as Training and Development, which was her undergrad minor at OU. After four years of experience, she loves what she does – which is still everything HR including: recruiting, training, payroll, benefits, you name it. As she works in the human resources field, she has learned so much about herself. It turned out to be a great fit for her, and she’s very excited for what’s ahead.

“The best advice I can give anyone starting out in their careers is to have confidence in your own potential. You may not initially have the opportunity to do exactly what you want to do. Take on the challenge to do something that’s out of your comfort zone. Your dedication to succeed will stand out. It will eventually lead you to where you’re supposed to be, which is doing what you’re passionate about. It will take time and experience to realize what this is. It’s okay not to know everything from the start; you’re not supposed to. Eventually, you’ll realize the possibilities and excitement associated with the unknown.” says Carla.

Speaker bio: Chelsea Kachaterian, Mediavest Group
Twitter: @ChelseaKach
Chelsea Kachaterian, SBA ‘11, works at Starcom Mediavest Group, a full service advertising agency. Her role is strictly digital and focused on tracking consumer behavior online. Chelsea’s tips for students is to network, research people and places you’re interviewing, and radiate professionalism. 
Additional Speaker: Jesi-Foltz Goike, Target

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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
Denae May
Adam McChesney
Andrea Mill
Wayne Thibodeau
Amy Tuckfield
Marie VanBuskirk
Nick Walter