Lunch & Learn: Get Unstuck – Own Your Career

Wednesday, June 10 | 18:00 – 19:00 pm (GMT +2)

You have identified that it’s time to take responsibility and add value to your career. Taking ownership of your career will involve some short-term effort, but can quickly evolve into an exciting opportunity on your own terms. This session will offer up some great insights to help you build a new framework for your career.

This week’s fourth Wednesday Webinar in the Lunch & Learn series, sponsored by The Center for Career and Professional Development, features Rudy Favard ’15, Erica Lucca ’11, Courtney Perlee ’10, and Maureen Mackey and Meg Sahagian of Mackey Staffing as they focus on ways to own your career, how to move forward, and identifying when it’s time to say goodbye.


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Lunch & Learn: Marketing Yourself for Career Success

Wednesday, June 3 | 18:00 – 19:00 pm (GMT +2)

Navigating your professional career can be challenging especially in times of uncertainty. Do not stop working on your career action plan because of our ‘new normal’. This session will help ignite your star power to design a marketing strategy for you to pivot and stand out.

This week’s third Wednesday Webinar in the Lunch & Learn series, sponsored by The Center for Career and Professional Development, will feature Taylor Anastasio ’15, Juliana Fetherman ’18, ’19, Nicole Gittleman ’15, and Chuck Marcelin ’13 as they share their insights on the methods and benefits of effectively marketing yourself, crafting your pitch, and how to stay positive and encouraged during these challenging times.

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Virtual Startup Weekend Sparks Entrepreneurship Near and Far

Participants from around the globe ‘build’ companies in 54 hours

Sacred Heart University hosted the first virtual Techstars Startup Weekend in April, a 54-hour event with 25 participants from around the globe developing business ideas from concept through a final company presentation.

Originally, the event was scheduled to take place on Sacred Heart’s West Campus in March at its Jack Welch College of Business & Technology. The pandemic and need for social distancing changed that, so the event was moved online. The virtual nature of the weekend enabled entrepreneurially minded individuals from around the United States, Bangladesh, Peru, Nigeria and the Ukraine to participate.

I’ve been a Startup Weekend facilitator since 2014 and have traveled to support events across the U.S. and beyond. The largest accomplishment and question proved with this virtual event was that an online program is capable of producing the same spectacular results as an in-person event.

-Chris Chang, Project Manager of Techstars.

Thirteen ideas were pitched at SHU, ultimately breaking out into seven teams to work with mentors and develop companies. Those teams and projects were:

  • No Surface Left Behind—a UV light-based disinfection technology and tracking system for use in K-12 classrooms
  • Level5—a gamified mobile/web platform that would encourage users to support local businesses
  • iVOTE—a platform that would provide political accountability.
  • Tashua Financials—a Generation Z-run proprietary education and trading firm
  • Virtual Science Labs—digital systems like virtual reality and augmented reality that enable virtual learning in classrooms
  • Travel Booster—a way for users to upgrade hotel, flight and car rentals for a monthly subscription fee
  • EQ—a learning studio and consulting agency that would provide targeted emotional intelligence training

After company presentations on April 19, the judges awarded No Surface Left Behind first place, Tashua Financial second place and Level5 third place.

“I’ve been aware of Startup Weekend for a long time,” said Brian Romansky, group leader of the winning No Surface Left Behind. “The commitment of tying up your whole weekend was always a bit of a hurdle, but doing it virtually seemed like a great opportunity.”

“Having the time and the intense effort around it helped shape an idea from a vague notion that I’ve had in the back of my mind to something actionable and specific,” Romansky said. “I have reached out to a personal contact to see if there could be funding for such a system.”

Despite the late hours and hard work, Romansky said he would highly recommend this event to others. “The energy and focus are invigorating. It’s refreshing, and it renews one’s interest in innovation,” he said.

Register here for the next Startup Weekend on May 29-31.

Lunch & Learn: How to Effectively Manage Your Job Search During Challenging Times

Wednesday, May 27 | 18:00 – 19:00 pm (GMT +2)

In uncertain and rapidly evolving times like these, professionals can feel at a loss as to how to move forward in their job search efforts, communication, and networking. Any job search can leave you feeling down, but being patient with the job search process is vital to maintaining your emotional well-being to be successful in landing a new position.

Mia James ’13 and Melissa Poli ’15 will focus this week’s Wednesday Webinar, sponsored by The Center for Career and Professional Development, on how to keep you moving forward productively with your job search including: the importance of a well-written resume, the importance of showcasing your strengths and passion with clarity to stand out to the right hiring manager, how to best handle the job search process now, and job search strategies and networking.

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