2013 Annual Executive Speed Mentoring Workshop

On Wednesday, April 3, 2013 NAMIC Philadelphia hosted its signature Executive Speed Mentoring Workshop which was kicked off with an introduction from NAMIC Philadelphia President, Yasmine Ndassa, followed by a word from event sponsor, Patrick Minton, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers Advisory Services. The event gave attendees the unique opportunity to ask questions, make one-on-one connections, and gain insight from some of the most successful executives in our industry.

Yasmine provided the audience with a few words on the chapter’s plans for the year, before presenting the “You Rock” award to NAMIC member Anna Maria for her outstanding contributions. Yasmine encouraged executives and participants to consider one of her favorite quotes “to whom much is given, much is expected” before engaging with one another. “Be present, and seize that moment of opportunity,” she added. After Yasmine’s opening remarks, Moderator and NAMICCommittee Member, Dionne Vernon, BPE Project Manager, Comcast Cable introduced a dynamic panel consisting of Leonard E. Burnett Jr., Co-CEO & Group Publisher Uptown Media Group & Vibe Lifestyle Network, Ethan ‘Tony’ Loney, VP, Diversity & Compliance, Diversity & Inclusion NBCUniversal, Greg Reymann, Director, Philadelphia Office of The Judge Group, Renee Stern, Director Business Development, Michael C. Fina and Patrick Minton, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers Advisory Services to offer participants advice on topics from personal growth to career advancement.

The speed networking exercise began shortly after the panel was introduced, allowing participants to rotate between one-on-one sessions with executives, network, and return to the amphitheater for a Q&A session with the panelists. During the one-on-one sessions, participants had the opportunity to speak with three different executives for approximately seven minutes. Between sessions, participants listened to panelists who shared their experiences and provided career advice such as, “sharpen your negotiation skills,” “look at your short-term goals with your longterm strategy in mind,” and “invest in yourself by furthering your education and attending workshops to develop your skills and expand your network.”

After the sessions, Yasmine raffled prizes including a headshot session with Paul Coker and an Amazon Kindle and remarked, “Earlier in the year, we coined a campaign ‘you want to be in.’ We are promising to develop a group of events that will show value for mentorship, sponsorship, networking and knowledge transferring. We are excited to provide opportunities for members to give back and get engaged.”