Thanks for Attending the 2014 Annual Executive Speed Mentoring Workshop
On Tuesday, April 22, NAMIC-Philadelphia hosted its fourth annual Executive Speed Mentoring Workshop, which provided attendees with a unique opportunity to meet one-on-one with some of the brightest and most successful executives in our field to discuss career pathing and planning, leadership development, and tips for fulfilling their professional goals.
The event was kicked off with a brief introduction from NAMIC-Philadelphia President Yasmine Ndassa, who got the participants energized and ready to connect with the industry experts with whom they had been matched. Yasmine concluded by reminding the audience of the chapter’s theme for 2014: People, Knowledge, Power, and added, “Tonight is a People night. It’s about creating meaningful connections.” Patrick Minton, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers, then gave a brief message from the event’s sponsor, PwC, encouraging attendees to make the most of the night’s opportunities.
The speed networking exercise started promptly as participants began to rotate among seven- to ten-minute sessions scheduled with their executive mentors. In between these sessions, attendees had the opportunity to receive additional guidance by participating in a Q&A discussion with a panel of senior executives, including Patrick Minton, Ken Kryst, Director, Information Management Practice, PwC, Brucetta Williams, Vice President, 360 Consumer Marketing & Brand Strategy, BET Networks, Will Baas, Vice President, Talent Acquisition, Comcast, and Greg Reyman, Director, The Judge Group.
The panel shared their professional experiences and answered participants’ questions on a variety of topics, such as the importance of expanding your skill set, the perks of being open and willing to take chances and risks, whether to make a lateral career move, how to transfer one’s skills to a new industry, and best practices for acing a job interview.
After the sessions were finished, Yasmine closed the event with a raffle. In addition to the valuable insights they gained through their connections with executives, some lucky attendees also walked away with copies of Martin N. Davidson’s new book, The End of Diversity As We Know It: Why Diversity Efforts Fail and How Leveraging Difference Can Succeed and a complete DVD box-set of the hit show Grey’s Anatomy.
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