Opportunity Board: Eyes on the Future skills series

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Our collaborators at CenterState CEO and Generation Next have created a new six-week virtual program for young professionals. The series, “Eyes on the Future: Skills to Help Further Your Career,” runs October 22 to December 3, 2020.

Learn more and register here.

Attendees will gain strategies and knowledge to further their careers,  whether they have been employed with the same company for a number of years, are looking to make a change or just interested in a fresh perspective on their role in their company or the business community as a whole.

During the series, leaders from different business sectors will share their experiences, successes, failures and lessons they’ve learned – and how they’ve used these experiences to grow themselves and their companies. Participants will collaborate with peers, work together on small group projects, and learn how to position themselves for greater success in their professional career.

EARLY REGISTRATION RATE! $49 includes all six sessions. Register by 10/15!

Cost for all 6 sessions: $99 per member; $129 per non-member; $49 per student.

Attendees are encouraged to participate in all six sessions to maximize the experience.

Series Schedule

9 am to 10:30 am

The Power of Stories & Building Your Brand (October 22, 2020)

Stories have the ability to paint compelling pictures, build trust, and empower people to take action or change behaviors. Hear a panel of experts as they share how to leverage the power of stories to let your voice be heard, and how your social media brand can impact your professional career whether it is getting or maintaining a position.

Panelists include:  Andy Orr, Partner & Designer, Lab Creative; Nikita Jankowski, Director of Marketing, Destiny USA; Amy Bleier Long, Magazine Editor, at Central New York Magazine

Dealing with Challenging Workplace Situations (October 29, 2020)

Learn strategies from industry leading guest speakers on how to handle difficult conversations with your manager and direct reports, and how to set yourself up for success.

Panelists include:  Vanessa Campbell, Employee Relations Officer, Onondaga County; James Branche, Human Resource Manager, United Radio, and Rob Didio, SpinCar.

Lending your Expertise on Nonprofit Boards (November 5, 2020)

It’s not all about resume building. Engaging in nonprofit board service is an invaluable opportunity to have community impact and gain leadership skills. During a time when many nonprofit organizations are looking to the community for fresh energy and diverse leadership support, young professionals have the advantage to lend their expertise, time, and resources. This session will share ways you can crush the millennial stereotype and prove to be an effective and supportive leader that all nonprofit boards wish they had!

Panelists include:  

Gus Hernandez, Chief Operating Officer, The Hayner Hoyt Corporation, and President, Salvation Army Syracuse Young Leaders Advisory Council; Sheena Solomon, Executive Director, Gifford Foundation and  Pam Brunet, Executive Director, Leadership Greater Syracuse.

Three C’s of Mentorship – Consultant, Counselor and Cheerleader (November 12, 2020)

How do mentors bring their business experience to their mentee? Learn how you can benefit from connecting with a mentor that can provide guidance, support, encouragement and sage wisdom. Finding mentors always needs to be an area of development and growth, both personal and professionally.

Panelists includes: Melanie Littlejohn, Vice President, National Grid;  Lindsey Zajac, Ahern, Murphy & Associates and Laiza Semidey, Syracuse Surge Workforce Manager, CenterState CEO.

Making Moves (November 19, 2020)

Don’t just do a job. Do something you love. Make the risky move even if people tell you that you’re going to fail. Your business career is not linear. You will one day have to make a pivot. You will indeed make mistakes. Learn from them and fail forward. Every mistake you make is your roadmap to glory and success in the future.

Panelists include:  Brenna Bastian, Director of Talent Acquisition, Terakeet and CJ Butler, Marketing Communications Specialist, Salt City Market.

Defining Personal Leadership (December 3, 2020)

What makes a good leader? Learn the five levels of leadership, understand how to develop a strategic framework for your leadership, and set your professional development path to become a stronger employee, a better leader, and a better person.

Presenter:  Gwen Webber-McLeod, President/CEO, Gwen, Inc.