Connect & Converse is an exciting virtual conference that provides students, alumni, and industry professionals a platform to network and create professional relationships. In response to COVID-19, the school is opening the event to all professionals of the hospitality, tourism and sports industries, free of charge, so that members can stay connected and engaged while navigating next steps in their careers.
This virtual conference features panel discussions, networking opportunities and human resource toolkit sessions, such as virtual interviewing tips, maximizing your LinkedIn presence and more. Attendees will hear from industry professionals who are currently navigating the COVID-19 crisis, and participate in three different sessions; Crisis Conversations, Human Resource Toolkit, and Career Conversations spotlighting STHM alumni.
Crisis Conversations: In light of recent events, this session will feature open discussions with industry professionals about how they are dealing with the current COVID-19 crisis in the workplace, and how it is impacting the hospitality, tourism and sports industries. Speakers will also talk about previous setbacks they have had to overcome both in their careers and industries.
Corinne Kolesinskas, Event & Sales Coordinator, Jaws Youth Playbook
Salvatore DeAngelis, Director of Operations & Security, Philadelphia Phillies
Tara Miller, Senior Manager, International Sales, Destination DC
Hannah Mullen, Operations Manager, Philadelphia Flower Show
Jessie Rathner, Coordinator, Service Excellence, Cleveland Indians Baseball
Astrid Schrier, Manager of Global Accounts, HelmsBriscoe
Moderator: Professor Rick Ridall
Human Resource Toolkit: Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from human resource professionals in the hospitality, tourism and sports industries and gain valuable insight and tips on navigating the job market in response to how hard COVID-19 has hit our industries. Topics covered will include how to update your resume and your Linkedin profile, interviewing tips, navigating the job search and more! This session will be essential resource for those members of our industry who have been recently displaced and are looking for their next opportunity.
Ashley Pastino, Aramark, Talent Acquisition Manager
Noel Bernardyn, Talent Acquisition Manager, Spectra
Heather Kuhns, President, Zenspire Communications
Jamie Cooperstein, CEO, J. Cooperstein Hospitality Consulting, LLC
Career Conversation; spotlighting STHM alumni: This session will feature Alumni from the School of Sports, Tourism and Hospitality Management sharing how COVID-19 has affected their organizations and events, and what they have experienced in their current positions. This open dialogue will be essential for those attendees looking for advice on how to upgrade the experience and skills necessary to get back in the game.
Zach Ambrose, Assistant Manager of Guest Services, ASM Global at Oakland Arena & Ring Central Coliseum
Lynn Evans, Account Executive, Booking.com
Veronica Giles, Recreation Program Manager, Lower Makefield Township Parks & Recreation
Nikki Green, Growing The Game Coordinator, Atlanta Braves
Chloe Harris, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation
Charisse McGill, Owner, Lokal Artisan Foods
Justin Wusinich, Director of Global Accounts, Helmsbriscoe
Moderator: Professor Ira Rosen