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Student to Professional Conference

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, November 15, 2014 at the 5th annual Student to Professional conference. Registration is free and open to all OU students. The first 200 students to register and attend will receive a free shirt and padfolio.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Banquet Rooms and Gold Rooms, Oakland Center
Oakland University
Rochester, MI 48309

 Coffee with Chrysler 9-11 a.m. 
 Registration Opens  11 a.m.
 First Time Attendees Pre-Conference Session  11 a.m. 
 Lunch Served  11:30 a.m.
 Keynote Speaker  12-12:50 p.m.
 Conference Presentations/Sessions  1-4 p.m.
 Conference Wrap-Up  4 p.m.

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 Presentation and event kick off with Glenn McIntosh  9-9:30 a.m.
 Networking with Chrysler  9:30-11 a.m.
The fifth annual Student to Professional Conference sponsor, Chrysler, will be hosting a pre-conference “Coffee with Chrysler” networking session on Saturday, November 15 from 9-11 a.m. in the Banquet Rooms of the Oakland Center. Student participants will have a chance to practice networking with potential employers and learn more about networking skills from Glenn McIntosh, Interim Vice President of Student Affairs. Registration will be available on October 20.

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Prepare Your Interview Cheat Sheet: What to Know Before the Interview
Building an interview cheat sheet and taking time to prepare and practice, can help you pass the interview test and get the “A” grade you want from employers. Join us for an informative and interactive session. 
Speaker bio: Matt Karrandja, CAS `97
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.

How to Write a Stellar LinkedIn Profile and Headline
If done well, your LinkedIn headline can grab an employer’s attention and make them look twice. Learn how to build a professional LinkedIn profile with a strong heading and summary that will help make that first impression on employers, a positive one.
Speaker bio: Brian Partie
Brian is the Associate Director of Career Services at Oakland University. In this capacity, he primarily focuses on employer and faculty/staff relations for the School of Business Administration with an emphasis on strategic planning and collaborative partnerships. Furthermore, Brian is responsible for the Career Ambassador Program; a resource that professionally develops undergraduate and graduate students while offering peer-to-peer career coaching across all academic units at the university. Brian has been in the profession of Career Services for nine years and earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Science in Administration with a concentration in Organizational Communication from Central Michigan University. Prior to Oakland University, Brian served as Associate Director for External Relations at Central Michigan University, Senior Internship & Career Consultant for Career Services at the State of Michigan Civil Service Commission, and Course Instructor for Essential Business Communications at Central Michigan University. With a passion for connecting students, faculty, and employers, Brian has recently served as President of two statewide, non-profit organizations: Michigan HR and MCEEA. Michigan HR is a non-profit organization that offers an annual conference for 1,200+ Human Resources professionals, providing a forum to exchange information, ideas, and experiences. The Michigan Career Educator and Employer Alliance (MCEEA) is a statewide organization that promotes and maximizes career potential and the advancement of internship, cooperative education, and employment within the state of Michigan through collaborative relationships among employers, colleges and universities.

 15 Ways to Get a Job Before Graduation
You may be wondering “Where do I look for jobs?!” Don’t freak out just yet. This session will explore creative and different ways to jump start your job search.
Speaker bios
Bani Bordoloi, SBA `13, graduated from the School of Business Administration with a B.S. in Human Resources Management in 2013. She couldn't stay away from OU for too long, so she returned for her M.A. in Counseling degree with the intention to pursue a career in student affairs. During her time at Oakland University, she completed two internships and was involved with four different OU departments as a student leader. She is currently working as a Graduate Assistant in the Career Services department and as an Intern at Wayne State University. Because of her experiences, she is a strong believer in seeking multiple internships or career-related experiences during college so students will feel more prepared, confident and happy when making the transition into their amazing new career!

Paloma Shah, SBA `14, a proud Grizzly alumna, graduated in August of 2014 with Bachelor degrees in both accounting and marketing. During her undergraduate education, she completed five internships in a variety of industries and functions including accounting, marketing, and advertising. To further enhance her time at OU, Paloma took leadership positions both as a Site Leader in Alternative Spring Break and a Career Ambassador at Career Services. She is currently the Interim Career Coach in Career Services and will transition in January of 2015 to a full-time public accounting position within EY’s assurance practice.

Drew Voight, SECS `13, graduated from the School of Engineering and Computer Science in 2013 with a Bachelor’s 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.

Intern Your Way to Success
The early intern gets the career. Learn why it’s critical to gain an internship early in college and how OU can help you land the interview.
speaker bio: Bruce Williams, SECS `97
Bruce Williams, Head of Resident Engineering (NAFTA). Willams joined Chrysler Group LLC in 1998. In this role he is responsible for strategies to attack top warranty problems, develops competencies of engineering teams in the assembly plants. Williams has over 15 years of experience with the Chrysler Corporation and has held various roles including Head of Die and Press Shop Quality and Head of Current Supplier Quality. Bruce holds both a Bachelors and a Masters of Mechanical Engineering from Oakland University.

Make Social Media Work for You
Social media isn't just about putting filters on pictures and throwing it back on Thursdays (don't pretend like you don't love #TBT). You can actually leverage it to help you get the job you have your eye on!
Speaker bio: Heather Beach, CAS `11
With all of the recent innovations in technology and social networking, it has never been easier to get connected to the job market. For someone as passionate as Heather when it comes to technology and the social realm, it is a delightful challenge to stay abreast of these new methods. The extensive experience she has gained in workforce planning, talent acquisition, and social media marketing across a variety of industries has helped her to build a strong network and knowledge base.

In addition to her dual roles at Magna Powertrain of America as Social Media Specialist & Co-Op / Internship Program Coordinator, she also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from Oakland University, and studied Business Administration and Marketing at Oakland Community College. She is currently pursuing her Social Media Marketing certificate from Social Media Marketing School and the National Institute of Social Media.

In the past she has held positions such as President of the Student to Professional Program, Vice President of the Association for Women in Communications-Oakland University Chapter, and President of Marketing Task Force for Oakland University.

Managing Professional Issues: Clearly Communicating with Colleagues
All jobs are rife with disagreements between bosses, co-workers, and customers. Learn how to problem solve in a professional manner and maintain your work relationships.
Speaker bio: Denise Ann Taylor, CAS `91
Denise Anne Taylor is a Career Catalyst and Founder of CareerMedic. She was trained and certified by The Protocol School of Washington, the nation's leading protocol and etiquette firm. Ms. Taylor has over two decades of corporate product and sales training background. Ms. Taylor provides speaking engagements, training and consulting workshops that enhance an individual’s ability to navigate successfully in the workplace by leveraging appropriate business behaviors. Ms. Taylor also provides professional development consulting and career management support in all facets of the job search process.

All of the programs allow individuals and their organizations to modify distracting workplace behaviors, promote business excellence, increase sales and revenues, and effectively compete in a global marketplace. Programs are presented to major corporations, associations, and educational institutions. Ms. Taylor has served, for several years, on the boards for Metro Detroit’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies, The Best of MichBusiness and is a member of the Michigan Business and Professional Association. Ms. Taylor also serves as a mentor for Women of Tomorrow a program specifically designed to meet the needs of at-risk teenage girls in our nation’s public high schools and help them turn obstacles into opportunities and also is a member of the Detroit chapter of UN Women, the United Nations organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women throughout the world.

Tips to Becoming a Networking Pro
It is never too soon to begin building your professional network. Who you know can be more important than what you know! In this session you will get started with networking, hear tips on networking etiquette and tapping into the network you may not realize you have.
Speaker bio: Dawn Poteau, SEHS `90
Dawn M. Poteau became the Senior Leadership Development Manager for Chrysler Group, LLC, Auburn Hills, Mich. in March, 2011 and reports to the Director of Talent Management. She is focused on developing and executing a new leadership development strategy at Chrysler. In addition, she serves as a member on the Oakland University Recruiting Team and Chrysler Women’s Forum. She has over 20 years of experience in learning and development.

Prior to her current role,Ms. Poteau was the Director of Talent Acquisition and Talent Management at RWD Technologies. She has also been a consultant to companies such as Chrysler, Global EngineManufacturing Alliance, and Delphi, where she helped to design training programs to enhance employee skills on new and complex manufacturing equipment.

In 2011, Chief Learning Officer awarded RWD Technologies with the LearningElite Organization, for their Project Management Training which was led by Ms. Poteau. Before joining RWD Technologies in 1994, Ms. Poteau began her career in October 1987 as a Design Coordinator at Carlson Marketing Group/Carlson Learning Company, Troy, Mich. Her responsibilities included coordinating a major training program with Chrysler Service and Parts Operations. She also served as project manager for Direct, Inc. in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Before becoming the Training Director in1992 for Omni Hotels, Detroit, Mich. where she received a Training and Development Award.

Ms. Poteau received her bachelor’s degree from Oakland University, Rochester, Mich., in Human Resources, specializing in Training and Development. She completed her master’s degree in Strategic Leadership from New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire. In February 2006, Ms. Poteau received her Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute. Ms. Poteau is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management, American Society for Training and Development and the Project Management Institute. Ms. Poteau lives in Oxford, MI with her husband, Jeff, of twelve years.

Resume Ready: How to Stand Out Against the Competition
At a first glance, what impression does your resume make? Employers review high volumes of resumes, does yours stand out? This session will show you what it takes to have a fantastic resume and be noticed by employers. We’ll cover what to include and leave out, including how to accent and highlight student organization experience! 
Speaker bio: Jeff Kalinowski
Jeff Kalinowski was appointed Lead for Manufacturing and WCM Communications on Chrysler Group LLC’s in March 2010. Along with leading internal manufacturing and WCM Communications, Kalinowski also is responsible for leading Chrysler Group LLC’s Communicators’ Network, which has more than 200 members and touches every facet of the company.

Kalinowski joined Chrysler in 1994 as an hourly operator. Since joining the management ranks in 2004, Kalinowski has held positions of increasing responsibility within manufacturing, human resources and communications.

Kalinowski also currently serves as one of the Co-Lead’s for Chrysler Group’s Oakland University Recruiting. He is an active participant in several charitable organizations including the March of Dimes “March for Babies,” the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation and United Way. In fact, Kalinowski leads United Way activities for Chrysler Group’s manufacturing organization.

On a more personal note, Kalinowski’s favorite word is “boundless” as he believes that we have boundless potential and life is what you make of it. He also believes that music touches the soul and despite the fact he was born with two left feet; Kalinowski has participated in two Oakland University flash mobs.

Kalinowski believes “who you are” greatly outweighs “who you know” and looks forward to continuing his work with Oakland University.

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
There's a lot of competition out there for jobs. Learn how to stand out from everybody else by building and marketing your own personal brand to get those employers' attention. 
Speaker bio: Charlie Wollborg, CAS `95
Charlie Wollborg – Chief Troublemaker & Founding Partner-Curve Detroit Advertising, Marketing Design
Producer & Curator at TedXDetroit, CAS 1995

Charlie Wollborg is a founding partner of Curve Detroit Marketing Strategy & Creative Design. As a marketing strategist and creative director, he has delivered ideas and bottom lines. When he's not building brands, you'll find Charles inspiring, educating, and entertaining business audiences with keynote presentations on marketing, innovation and motivation. He is also the Curator of TEDxDetroit and a Community Builder.

Charlie is a purveyor of attention. He helps growing brands stand out from the clutter.

He opened the doors at Curve Detroit Marketing Strategy & Creative Design after being thrown out of several well respected ad agencies. As a marketing strategist and creative director, he has delivered blue sky ideas and bottom line results for blue chip national clients and budding challenger brands.

When he's not building brands, you'll find Charlie inspiring, educating and entertaining business audiences with his lively keynote presentations on marketing, innovation and motivation. Last year, he was named the second best PowerPoint Karaoke presenter in the world. This year, he hopes to win something that people have actually heard of.

Charlie is happily married to his unhappily married wife, Elena. They have two young sons with wild imaginations and boundless energy and one lazy cat.

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
Rebecca Braga, SBA `13, is a graduate of the Master of Accounting program at Oakland University. She graduated cum laude in May 2013 with my Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. While in school, she was he Co-President of the School of Business’s Global Business Brigades chapter, the Fundraising/Recruiting Chair for Beta Alpha Psi, a lifetime member of Beta Gamma Sigma, a member of the Oakland Accounting Students Information’s Society, and a student representative on the SBA Assembly. She was also a SBA Scholar, a Career Services peer mentor and student assistant for the Executive MBA program. As a student Rebecca also had two internships; one in private and one in public accounting. She worked as a payroll co-op at American Axle and Manufacturing for over 1 year, and I also completed 2 audit internships with the accounting firm Plante Moran. Braga works full time as an assurance staff member at Plante Moran and is currently working on obtaining my CPA license.

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.

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Tony Nuckolls is the Vice President of Training and Development at Quicken Loans, the nation’s largest online lender. His mission is to enhance knowledge and skill with training that leads to exceptional performance. Quicken Loans earned the “Highest Customer Satisfaction Award for Primary Mortgage Origination” by J.D. Power and Associates in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Quicken Loans has consistently been recognized by Training Magazine as one of the best companies for Training and Development in the country.

Tony began his career in 1996 as part of a start-up division called Rock Direct, which pioneered the concept of obtaining a “Mortgage in a Box." Tony quickly became one of the top producing Mortgage Bankers which afforded him the opportunity to grow and develop other team members. Tony has led teams in the retail branch system, a joint venture with Michigan National Bank, and built a successful region of teams before becoming a Site Vice President.

Tony has leveraged these professional skills to make a difference in our community. He serves on the Board of Directors for Detroit PAL, serves on the advisory boards of the Galileo Teacher Leadership Institute at Oakland University, the University of Toledo Edward H. Schmidt School of Professional Sales, the For the Kids Foundation, and mentors entrepreneurs through Bizdom U, a Detroit based entrepreneurship accelerator that supports and funds aspiring business owners. In 2009, Tony was given the Community Service Award from the University of Phoenix in recognition of significant contributions, creative ambition, and the highest standards of character and compassion of an Alumnus. Tony has been a guest speaker at several high schools, colleges and businesses throughout the country and was a featured speaker on the “Know your Black History Tour” with the Detroit Pistons.

Prior to joining Quicken Loans, Tony worked for the Lansing State Journal and General Motors. Tony is a proud graduate of Michigan State University, where he was a member of the soccer team. In 2001, he earned an M.A. in Organizational Management. Tony resides in Metro Detroit with his wife Heather and three children.

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Thank you to the steering committee for helping to make this year's
conference a success.

Shelly Drouillard (chair)
Amy Tuckfield (chair)
Bani Bordoloi
Emily Delano
Amanda Fylan
Brittani Hobbs
Sherri Kerby
Denae May
Adam McChesney
Annie Meinberg
Roberta Rea
Amy Rutledge
Michelle Serafino
Amy Ring
Paloma Shah
Wayne Thibodeau
Jim Zentmeyer

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Online registration will be available October 20. 

Event sponsors
Oakland University Credit Union
Quicken Loans