Making Me Marketable

DATE: September 23rd, 2022

TIME: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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FREE EVENT Thanks to Our Generous Sponsors:

Make plans to join the 23rd Annual Making Me Marketable student networking event.  This collaborative conference brings together students, alumni and industry experts.  You will have the opportunity to create your personal brand, strengthen your resume, talk candidly with experienced professionals, and gain real world networking experience. 

Join us, and benefit from a powerful networking and learning experience.

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Business Professional Dress required. Please refer to the Suitable app for specific requirements regarding Edge points for Making Me Marketable 2022.  Attendees can earn 40 Edge Points for attending the full conference and submitting a reflection (no partial points will be given).

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Agenda

Time

Workshop

Memorial Union Location

8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Student Check-In 2nd Floor North Lounge
8:30 - 9:10 a.m. Conference Kick-Off and Keynote Speaker N201 ABC

7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Relaxation Station (Networking)

Business Panelists and Students

N214 DE

9:20 - 10:00 a.m. Session A: Dare to Fail N204
9:20 - 10:00 a.m. Session A: Belong N214A
9:20 - 10:00 a.m. Session A: Discover N214B
9:20 - 10:00 a.m. Session A: Build N214C
10:20 - 11:00 a.m. Session B: Being Yourself N204
10:20 - 11:00 a.m. Session B: Make N214A
10:20 - 11:00 a.m. Session B: Land N214B
10:20 - 11:00 a.m. Session B: Stand Out N214C
11:20 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Session C: Career Fair 101 N204
11:20 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Session C: Rock N214A
11:20 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Session C: Lead N214B
11:20 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Session C: Imagine N214C
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Conference Wrap Up Celebration Lunch and Keynote Speaker  N201ABC
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Professional Headshots

 N201ABC

 

 

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Workshop Details

  • Welcome from Interim Dean Chris Robert
  • Welcome from Marketing Department Chair Srinath Gopalakrishna
  • Keynote Address

8:30 - 9:10 a.m.

N201 ABC

 

 

How can you embrace failure as an opportunity to build your career path and find success?

Workshop Panelists: John Abshear, Brandi Herrman, Mel Polsky, Tom Wells and Natalie Yousif

9:20 - 10:00 a.m.

N204

What should you look for in an employer, and what questions should you ask yourself about belonging in the environment? 

Workshop Panelists: Christopher Charles, Daive Dunkley, Stephen Graves, Shawn Hall, Elizabeth Kaganda, and Mesfin Woldegebriel

9:20 - 10:00 a.m.

N214A

Considering a position in sales and curious about career paths? Learn more about this fast-paced and growing field from industry experts, who will share their experience and provide real-world advice. 

Workshop Panelists: Mike Baker, Will Brown, Tyler Ingram, Ty Merkle, Andrea Seeley, and Wade Wheeler

9:20 - 10:00 a.m.

N214B

 

Design your personal brand to help you launch your professional career! Utilize business skills learned in class to market and position yourself. Create your own personal SWOT and learn to identify collaborators. 

Workshop Panelists: Mikel Fields, Mark Johnson, Eric Willis, and Mary Wilkerson

9:20 - 10:00 a.m.

N214C

 

What should you look for in an employer, and what questions should you ask yourself about belonging in the environment? 

Workshop Speaker: Erika Aaron, Trulaske Director of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity

10:20 - 11:00 a.m.

N204

You’ve been a student for most of your life. Are you ready to enter the workplace? Learn from recent alumni, who will share their insights and experiences. Be prepared to ask questions about what to expect, such as your first week on the job, adjusting to work hours, and getting started successfully. If you have worries about graduating, you are not alone! This panel will help you prepare with honest advice. 

Workshop Panelists: Jaret Gordan, Tyler Ingram, Ty Merkle, Natalie Yousif, and Luke Youtsey

10:20 - 11:00 a.m.

N214A

Internships provide you with an invaluable opportunity to gain real-world professional experience  Bring your questions to a team of industry experts who will share tips on finding internships, what companies are looking for, capturing the experience on your resume, and leveraging your internship for a full time job opportunity.

Workshop Panelists: Will Brown, Mikel Fields, Mark Johnson, and Krissy Trip 

10:20 - 11:00 a.m.

N214B

Make a positive first impression and differentiate yourself from a large field of candidates. Learn ways to improve your resume, cover letters, and communication methods. 

Workshop Panelists: John Abshear, Mike Baker, Gary Coles, Brandi Herrman, and Andrea Seeley 

10:20 - 11:00 a.m.

N214C

The Career Fair is coming up. How should you prepare, and what should you do to secure your dream job?

Workshop Panelists: Jaret Gordan, Kim Hedges, Mark Johnson, and Luke Youtsey

11:20 a.m. - 12:00 p.m

N204

“To succeed in this world, you have to be known to people”  ~Sonia Sotomayor.  How do you build your network? In this session learn best practices for expanding your network including being intentional, enhancing your online reputation, how to reach out and prepare for career conversations. Plan to leave this session with an updated electronic signature and tips for expanding your network. 

Workshop Panelists: Julia Parcell, Trulaske EDGE

11:20 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

N214A

How can a woman’s voice be heard equally in the business world? Discuss relevant questions on how women lead teams, take risks, build support networks, and pursue professional goals. 

Workshop Panelists: Mel Polsky, Andrea Seeley, Krissy Trip, and Mary Wilkerson

11:20 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

N214B

What will bring you happiness after graduation, both professionally and personally? 

Workshop Panelists: John Abshear, Gary Coles, Tom Wells, Wade Wheeler, and Eric Willis 

11:20 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

N214C

Kick-Off Conference Speakers

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Chris Robert

Chris Robert

Interim Dean and Associate Professor - Trulaske College of Business

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Image: Srinath Gopalakrishna

Srinath Gopalakrishna

Marketing Department Chair - Trulaske College of Business

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Image: Allyson Witherspoon

Allyson Witherspoon

Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Nissan U.S.

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Image: Aaron Stoller

Aaron Stoller

Director, Biscuit Filmworks

Workshop Panelists

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Erika Aaron

Erika Aaron

Director of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (IDE), Robert J. Trulaske College of Busines

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John Abshear Headshot

John Abshear

Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) Industry Professional, Marketing Advisory Board Member

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Image: Mike Baker

Mike Baker

SVP of Channel Solutions, The CORE Group

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Image: Will Brown

Will Brown

Associate Director, College Recruiting, AT&T 

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Christopher Charles

Christopher Charles

Visiting Professor at the Mizzou College of Arts and Science, Professor of Political and Social Psychology in the Department of Government 

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Image: Gary Coles

Gary Coles

Retired Marketing Professor, Trulaske College of Business

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Daive Dunkley

Daive Dunkley

Associate Professor of History and Black Studies, and Chair, Department of Black Studies, and Director of Peace Studies, Mizzou College of Arts and Science

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Mikel Fields

Mikel Fields

Founder & Brand Strategy Consultant, Castello Branco Fields

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Stehen Graves

Stephen Graves

Assistant Professor of Political Science and Black Studies, Mizzou College of Arts and Science

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Shawn Hall Headshot

Shawn Hall

Department Administrator, Mizzou College of Arts and Science

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Kim Hedges

Senior Career Specialist, Trulaske College of Business

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Brandi Herrman

Brandi Herrman

Marketing, PR and Communication Professional 

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Tyler Ingram

Tyler Ingram

Sales & Marketing Development Manager, SCREEN Americas

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Mark Johnson

Senior Vice President of Sales, Vericast

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Elizabeth Kaganda

Elizabeth Kaganda

Graduate instructor for the Department of Black Studies, Mizzou College of Arts and Science

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Tyler Merkle

Tyler Merkle

Territory Business Manager, NeoGenomics Laboratories

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Image: Julia Parcell

Julia Parcell

Edge Programming Coordinator, Trulaske College of Business

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Image: Mel Polsky

Mel Polsky

Vice President of Marketing Strategy, Veterans United

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Image: Andrea Seeley

Andrea Seeley

Human Resources Manager, Columbia Safety & Supply

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Image: Aaron Stoller

Aaron Stoller

Director, Biscuit Filmworks

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Image: Krissy Tripp

Krissy Tripp

Director of Decision Science, Evolytics

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Tom Wells

Tom Wells

Retired President, Machine Products Division, Leggett & Platt

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Wade Wheeler

Wade Wheeler

Insurance and Investment Advisor Representative, State Farm Insurance Companies

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Image: Mary Wilkerson

Mary Wilkerson

Senior Vice President, Central Bank of Boone County

 

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Eric Willis

Eric Willis

Chief Marketing Officer, Nestle Purina PetCare

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Image: Allyson Witherspoon

Allyson Witherspoon

Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Nissan U.S.

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Mesfin Woldegebriel

Mesfin Woldegebriel

Visiting Assistant Professor at the Black Studies Department and Peace Studies program, Mizzou College of Arts and Science

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Natalie Yousif

Lead College Recruiting Manager, AT&T 

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Luke Youtsey

Luke Youtsey

Analytics Consultant - Evolytics