Career Symposium at UM

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On Wednesday April 4, 2012 the University of Miami’s career placement center, the Toppel Career Center, hosted the 2nd annual Student & Alumni Career Symposium.

The career symposium was an event that featured different panels and guest speakers. I attended two sessions and the Luncheon before I had to go to class. The sessions were “What is Trending and What is Here to Stay in the Communication Industry” and ” Being a Creative in the Business World.”

As a Communications major, I thought it was appropriate to attend the communication industry  forum. The panelists were:

  • Margot Winick- Assistant VP, Media Relations and professor at the University
  • Lisa Cole- Director of Communication, Hilton Worldwide
  • Steve Green- Founder and President, Net-up-Now
  • Molly Leis- Principle, MRL Communications

Also, as a creative person, I found it only natural to attend the creative in business panel. The panelists were:

  • Andre Quarrie- Founder and Social Brand Builder, Silverpulp
  • Daniel Alzuri- Senior Director of Operations, Adrienne Arsht Center
  • Ed King- Artist, Ed King Pop Art
  • Jennifer Page- Creative Director, Bass Museum& Studio Page Design
  • Krystal Kinney- CEO, Threefold Studio

What most resonated with me from both of these panels was that some of the panelists started their own businesses. Molly Leis started a consulting firm for young people aspiring to be part of the fashion industry; Ed King started selling his own works of art at premium prices; and Krystal Kinney started a creative communications firm with her classmates from college.

The Launchpad at the University may be a great source of entrepreneurship consulting, but seeing entrepreneurs in creative industries inspires me most.

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