Young Professionals Symposium 2015

Join us at the inaugural statewide Young Professionals Symposium for Connecticut.

About

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The Young Professionals Symposium brings together state officials, community leaders, and young professionals from across Connecticut for an engaging and enriching conversation. The goals of our first Symposium are to provide opportunities for professional development, to attract and retain young professionals to the state, and to build a sense of community among our groups. This is an all-day event and is completely free to attend. We encourage anyone who identifies as a young professional to attend this event.

The Symposium is hosted by Connecticut Young Professionals and Future Leaders of Yale.

Click here to view the keynote and political panel.

Hosts

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Connecticut Young Professionals (CTYP) is a statewide organization for people between the ages of 21 and 40 who actively engage the community through CTYP-organized events, community events, and grassroots initiatives organized through our platform. CTYP is building a strong community of diverse individuals throughout the state who can use the connections they make not only for their own benefit, but as a catalyst for local economic activity, community outreach, and the continuous improvement of Connecticut’s quality of life.

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FUTURE LEADERS OF YALE

Future Leaders of Yale (FLY) hopes to provide a voice for young professionals, future leaders, and others in the early stages of their career trajectories who are seeking to develop and strengthen their long-term opportunities and impact at Yale. Through networking, professional development, mentorship, and encouraging career advancement, we are committed to supporting the recruitment, retention, and advancement of qualified professionals within Yale. FLY membership is open to all Yale Staff.

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Schedule

10:00 am – 11:30 am
Networking Brunch & Registration
Harkness Hall

11:15 am – 11:45 am
Registration
SSS Entryway

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Keynote Speech by Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman
SSS 114

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Political Panel featuring Connecticut State Politicians
SSS 114

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Lunch – Food Trucks
Cross Campus

2:30 pm – 3:15 pm
Breakout Session A
Harkness Hall

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm
Coffee Break
Harkness Hall

3:30 pm – 4:20 pm
Breakout Session B
Harkness Hall

4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Young Professionals Networking Happy Hour
Connecticut Young Professionals, Future Leaders of Yale, Young Emerging Professionals
Elm City Social

Addresses

Harkness Hall is at 100 Wall St, New Haven
SSS is at 1 Prospect St, New Haven
Cross Campus is south and adjacent to Harkness Hall
Elm City Social is at 266 College St, New Haven

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Keynote and Panel Speakers

Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman

Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman

We are proud to have Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman as our keynote speaker. Lt. Governor Wyman, a former x-ray technician, began a career in public service more than 30 years ago when she successfully sought a seat on the Tolland Board of Education.

After serving for eight years on the Tolland BOE, Wyman was elected to four terms in the State House of Representatives where she was the chair of the Education Committee and held a leadership position on the Appropriations sub-committee on Elementary and Secondary education. In 1994, she was the first woman ever elected State Comptroller. For 16 years, she advocated on behalf of taxpayers for fiscal responsibility and accountability.

Beginning in 2010 and throughout their first term in office, Lieutenant Governor Wyman has been a partner to Governor Dannel P. Malloy in the work to bolster statewide economic recovery and build a strong foundation for growth, long-term stability and prosperity.

Lt. Governor Wyman and her husband Michael live in Tolland, along with their two daughters and their husbands, Stacey and Steve Papa and Meryl and Bill Baldwin, and grandchildren Kyle, Taylor, Lindsey, Max and Sydney.

Representative Gail Lavielle

Representative Gail Lavielle

State Representative Gail Lavielle has represented Connecticut’s 143rd District, which includes parts of Wilton, Norwalk, and Westport, since 2010. Representative Lavielle brings to public office many years of relevant experience, including several years of business leadership and experience teaching at the University level. Currently, she is the House Ranking Member of the General Assembly’s Education Committee and a member of the Appropriations, and Transportation Committees.

Senator Toni Boucher

Senator Toni Boucher

State Senator Toni Boucher was elected to represent the 26th Senatorial District in 2008. The 26th Senatorial District includes the communities of Bethel, New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, Westport and Wilton. She also serves as a member of the General Assembly’s Finance, Revenue & Bonding Committee, where she is ranking member of the sub committee for Transportation Bonding. Prior to her election to the Connecticut state senate, Boucher served six terms in the Connecticut House of Representatives. She was first elected to the Connecticut House of Representatives in November 1996 from the 143rd District, which included the eastern portion of Norwalk and most of Wilton. In 2003, Boucher supported mass transit improvements. Boucher has continued to work on transportation-related issues, supporting the need to replenish the Highway Trust FundSenator Boucher has earned leadership roles in both the public and private sectors.

Congressman Jim Himes

Congressman Jim Himes

Congressman Jim Himes represents Connecticut’s 4th District in the United States House of Representatives where he is serving his fourth term. He is a member of both the House Committee on Financial Services and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Congressman Himes lives in Greenwich with his wife Mary and two daughters.

Senator Richard Blumenthal

Senator Richard Blumenthal

Richard Blumenthal is the senior United States Senator from Connecticut. Sworn in on January 5, 2011, he is currently serving his first term as a Senator. Previously, he served as Attorney General of Connecticut from 1991 to 2011. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Blumenthal is a graduate of Harvard College, where he was editorial chairman of The Harvard Crimson. He studied for a year at Trinity College, Cambridge in England before attending Yale Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal. While at Yale, he was a classmate of future President Bill Clinton and future Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. From 1970 to 1976 Blumenthal served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, where he earned the rank of sergeant.

After college Blumenthal served as administrative assistant and law clerk for several Washington figures. From 1977 to 1981 he was United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut. In the early 1980s he worked in private law practice, including serving as volunteer counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. He served in the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1984 to 1987, when he was elected to the Connecticut Senate. He was elected state Attorney General in 1990, and served for twenty years. During this period he was frequently speculated as a contender for Governor of Connecticut, but he never pursued the office.

Blumenthal announced his 2010 run for U.S. Senate after Democratic incumbent Chris Dodd announced his retirement. He faced professional wrestling magnate Linda McMahon in the general election, winning by a 12-point margin with 55 percent of the vote. On January 5, 2011 he was sworn in and took seats on the Senate Armed Services; Judiciary; Aging; and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committees. He became the senior senator after the retirement of Joe Lieberman.

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro

Rosa DeLauro is the Congresswoman from Connecticut’s Third District tha t stretches from the Long Island Sound and New Haven to the Naugatuck Valley and Waterbury. Rosa serves in the Democratic leadership as co-chair of the Steering and Policy Committee, and she is the ranking member on the Labor, Health, Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee, where she oversees our country’s investments in education, health, and employment.

Congresswoman DeLauro believes our first priority must be to strengthen our economy and create good middle class jobs. She supports tax cuts for working and middle class families, fought to expand the Child Tax Credit to provide tax relief to millions of families, and introduced legislation to help grow our economy by making smart innovative investments in our infrastructure and helping manufacturing businesses to succeed.

In 1990, Rosa was elected to the House of Representatives, and she has served as the Congresswoman from Connecticut’s 3rd District since.

Rosa is married to Stanley Greenberg, President of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, a public issues research firm. Their children—Anna, Kathryn and Jonathan Greenberg—all are grown and pursuing careers. They have four grandchildren, Rigby, Teo, Sadie, and Jasper.

 

Breakout Sessions

Tools and Strategies for Marketing Yourself Effectively

Tools and Strategies for Marketing Yourself Effectively

Professional social networking is a great opportunity to build a network of colleagues, business partners, current and/or future customers. While the platforms offer a plethora of tools and capabilities, an social media plan and strategy is essential to leveraging these tools effectively.

This session will provide you with some key considerations and resources to develop an effective professional social profile. Learn how to develop a social media strategy for getting the most out of the tools to benefit your professional career.

This session will be presented by Randi McCray during Session A (2:30-3:15) in Harkness 201.

Networking and Community Building

Networking and Community Building

Come learn about the importance and intricacies of networking at a breakout session run by Hartford Young Professional and Entrepreneurs’ (HYPE) Chair-Elect, Mitch Jackson. In this dynamic and interactive breakout session, you will learn how to represent yourself well at networking events while staying true to who you are, how to effectively gain new contacts (and how to develop them into lasting relationships), the etiquette of follow-up, and the overall importance of networking for your career and professional growth.

This session will be held during Session A (2:30-3:15) in Harkness 119.

Presenting Yourself Professionally: Overcoming Biases against Young Professionals in the Workplace

Presenting Yourself Professionally: Overcoming Biases against Young Professionals in the Workplace

Let’s discuss the biases young professionals face. What are they and how can we deal with them?

Learn key items to excel as a young professional:
· How to speak up in meetings
· How to command respect in the workplace
· How to establish a mutually respectful relationship with your manager and colleagues
· How to promote your skills

This session will be presented by Sandra Greer during Session A (2:30-3:15) in Harkness 116.

Establishing a Mentor Relationship

Establishing a Mentor Relationship

During this session we will talk about the modern mentorship culture that young professionals are looking for. How do we choose our mentors, our teachers, the people that influence our career path and have an impact on who we rise up to become as leaders? What does a mentorship relationship look like to our millennial generation? Our two presenters, Mela Toro and Ronice Awudu, will also facilitate activities to learn about setting an agenda and leading a productive conversation as a mentee.

This session will be during Session A (2:30-3:15) in Harkness 117.

 

Work-life Balance for Young Professional Parents

Work-life Balance for Young Professional Parents

In an ideal world, young parents would have enough time to spend with their families while still putting in the professional hours and effort necessary to advance their careers. However, in reality, juggling a career and a young family often proves to be a challenge. The costs of day care can be high, and in many cases, parents looking to advance their careers find that family time comes at the expense of time they’d otherwise dedicate to extracurricular professional activities such as seminars and networking.

So what’s the solution?

In practice, those who make it work often have a combination of a positive attitude, a strong support system, good habits, supportive employers, and the ability to learn and network remotely. In this session you will hear from a panel of professionals who have experience balancing a career and raising children.

Panelists for this session include Susan AbramsonBecky DeSalvo, Lily Sutton, and Will Walker. This session will take place during Session A (2:30-3:15) in Harkness 114.

Public Speaking and Leadership Skills

Public Speaking and Leadership Skills

Communication and leadership go hand in hand. This session will help you to look at a leadership project, visualize the future – and then verbalize it.

Best: if the vision fits on a business card.

Bring a vision and a pen!

This session will be presented by Ute Brinkmann, Public Speaking Expert and take place during Session B (3:30-4:15) in Harkness 201.

Coaching for Young Entrepreneurs: Setting the Stage for Success

Coaching for Young Entrepreneurs: Setting the Stage for Success

Whether you are just thinking about becoming an Entrepreneur or have already started your Entrepreneurial journey, this interactive session will help you identify how a Successful Entrepreneur thinks, feels, and behaves, and will uncover the necessary strategies that will help set you up for the success that you deserve.

This session will be presented by Joy Passey, Social and Emotional Intelligence Certified Coach, and take place during Session B (3:30-4:15) in Harkness 119.

Effective Interviewing Skills for Millennials

Effective Interviewing Skills for Millennials

Are you ready for your next interview? The Interviewing Skills session will consist of tips and strategies to prepare for your next interview. With years of experience LaQuita Harris, current Employee Relations Manager at Platform to Employment (P2E), will share proven tips on how to tackle tough interview questions, common interview practices, and preparation strategies. Bring your notepad, pen, and questions!

This session will take place during Session B (3:30-4:15) in Harkness 116.

Continuing Education for Young Professionals

Continuing Education for Young Professionals

Considering pursuing higher education? Join a realistic conversation about the experience and struggles of balancing work and education. Come to learn what programs might be best for you in terms of degrees, programs of study, and pace. We’ll also discuss the challenge of approaching your job after earning a degree.  Come with questions!

This session will be presented by Meredith Fahey and take place during Session B (3:30-4:15) in Harkness 117.

Arts and Culture in Connecticut

Arts and Culture in Connecticut

We will explore the state’s rich landscape of arts and cultural organizations through a regional lens, specifically, the territories of the nine cultural service agencies that work in partnership with the Connecticut Office of the Arts. These nine regions interweave Connecticut’s matrix of 169 municipalities, each additionally inhabited with many little villages and districts, all of which aspire to separate identities and their own distinctiveness of place. The personalities and qualities of the state’s many “places,” populated with a multitude of cultural resources from grass roots to instantly familiar, will drive our conversation focused on opportunities for young professionals to engage with the state’s organizations, regions, and communities in inspiring and relevant ways.

This session will be presented by John Cusano and take place during Session B (3:30-4:15) in Harkness 114.

Breakout Session Speakers

Mitch Jackson

Mitch Jackson

Mitch Jackson is a project manager for UnitedHealth Group and managing partner for Northeast Payments. He has over seven years of financial and accounting experience in corporate controllership and networking prowess. He is responsible for managing a group of project analysts, leading small to medium projects associated with appeals and grievances for members in mid-major markets, and being the compliance lead for PPM Optics project reporting. Northeast Payments, which he founded with his partners in October 2012, enables businesses to process all forms of electronic payments including credit, debit, rewards, gift cards, and checks using any payment processing device. He is responsible for financial reporting, strategic planning, and maintaining merchant relations. Mitch was recently appointed Hartford Young Professional and Entrepreneurs’ (HYPE) Chair-Elect. He will serve alongside Adam McLaughlin, SVP of Webster Bank, in 2016 before assuming the Chair role in 2017. He is also a Hartford Investor level member of the MetroHartford Alliance. Mitch holds a B.S. in Finance with an English minor concentration from the University of Connecticut.

Mitch will be presenting the session on Networking and Community Building.

LaQuita Harris

LaQuita Harris

Employer Relations Manager with an extensive background in employer outreach, skills assessment, career readiness workshops, and coaching. Throughout the course of LaQuita’s career she has been helping employers identify and solve their staffing needs while also helping those most in need. Working with customers and employers, she has a passion for matching individuals skill sets to the needs of an employer. She has worked in the nonprofit sector for eight years with a focus on workforce development for hard to serve populations and the long term unemployed. Most recently with The Workplace as their Employer Relations Manager for Platform to Employment, New Haven Works, Industry based – Employer Manager and Career Resources, Inc. as their ReEntry Works Program Manager. She has chaired the employment committee for the New Haven ReEntry Roundtable, and holds a National Instructor’s License in Customer Service from the National Retail Federation. LaQuita volunteers with numerous organizations to assist individuals reentering the community after incarceration, including Abraham’s Tent, Columbus House Inc., and New Haven’s Prison ReEntry Initiative, and the Employment Practices Improvement Collaborative (EPIC) Pardon Team. She also holds an American Red Cross Certification for First Aid CPR / AED Instructor. LaQuita graduated from Career High School holds an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Theology from Christian Leadership Bible College Inc.

LaQuita will be presenting the Effective Interviewing Skills for Millennials session.

Lily Sutton

Lily Sutton

Lily Sutton is director of admissions at Yale School of Music, a position she has held since 2012. Before Yale, she was admissions director at Bard College Conservatory of Music, and worked at New York University as assistant to the director of an arts initiative of the Provost’s office. She has a master’s degree in higher education from Harvard, and a B.A. in history from Wesleyan.

Lily will be presenting in the Work-life Balance for Young Professional Parents session.

Meredith Fahey

Meredith Fahey

Meredith is the Associate Director of the Organizational Effectiveness and Staff Development group within Yale HR. In this role she guides the strategic direction, creation, and implementation of programs that enhance management, individual, and overall organizational performance across all staff functions of the university.

Meredith began her Yale career as an Organizational Development Consultant, and since joining the university she has supported departments and Schools providing internal consulting, coaching, and expertise in organizational design, leadership development, and developing high performing teams. Before coming to Yale, for 17 years Meredith headed Finnegan Associates, a management consulting group providing organizational and management development to a variety of clients. She worked with firms, engaged in finance, marketing, engineering, education, research and development, and manufacturing, from both the profit and non-profit sectors. Her clients included New York City Board of Education, IBM, AT&T, Yale University, Hewlett Packard, Unilever, Allied Signal, Merck, and The Norwalk Maritime Center among others.

Prior to launching her own consulting group, Meredith worked as a Manager and then an Assistant Vice President at three fortune 500 firms holding positions in Finance, Operations, Marketing, and Human Resources. Meredith has served as a Board Member for the Chemical Industry for Minorities in Engineering, spoken on Change Management at the National Convention of Law Librarians, and authored an article on Employee Motivation. She earned her MBA, Management and Finance, from New York University Stern School of Business.

Meredith will be presenting the session on Continuing Education for Young Professionals.

Randi McCray

Randi McCray

With 15 years of experience in an academic IT environment and a passion for technology and community, Randi McCray has developed and implemented innovative solutions in web, social media, technology, and training. Randi is part of Information Technology Services at Yale University and co-chair of both African American Affinity Group and Women in IT. She has lead many comunity-building programs including, International Women’s Hackathon at Yale, Web Citizenship training and a six-week program where local high school students come together and build community and social engagement through the use of technology.

“My community work is about invoking and inspiring generational change.” Randi states. “Conducting research and working in urban communities has invoked my passion to examine the ways that we can address socioeconomic issues that span across generations.”

Randi will be presenting the breakout session Tools and Strategies for Marketing Yourself Effectively.

Ronice Awudu

Ronice Awudu

Ronice Awudu, with a Bachelors of Science in Organizational Communication and a Masters of Science in Business Management, has used her two degrees to their optimal potential by continuously engaging in professional conversations that would result in successful relationships. “I believe that informational interviews provide a gateway into mentorship by exploring another person’s career path.” Ronice continues to approach, otherwise out-of-touch professionals, by getting them to talk more about who they are and what they love to do. “This is an easy tool to gain insight into other arenas of work-life that you were not privy to, develop great connections by networking and establish a mentoring relationship.” Ronice Awudu believes that her involvement with both the Future Leaders of Yale and Yale Working Women’s Network mentorship programs have allowed her the opportunity to build relationships, seek guidance and learn from officials from departments she would have never had the chance to do so, in any other environment. Ronice has also recently co-chaired at a Girlie-Girl conference with Yale’s Chief Diversity Officer, Deborah Stanley-McAulay, helping young women find their voice through self-awareness and expression.
Ronice will be presenting the Establishing a Mentor Relationship session with Mela Toro Waters.

Will Walker

Will Walker

Will is a member of the Yale Veterans Network, has been at Yale for 14 years (7 of those in the Dean’s Office at the School of Management and the latter 7 working at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies) moving from an administrative/faculty support role and is now a Senior Administrative Assistant in FES HR. He is a panelist in the Work-life Balance for Young Professional Parents session.

Sandra Greer

Sandra Greer

Sandra Greer has over 25 years in Human Resources at Yale University spanning areas of recruitment, staff and labor relations, compensation and classification, career development and training. She has made a significant effort in the School of Medicine where departmental and HR operations was the primary focus in the Department of Surgery for 10 years before joining the Department of Human Resources. Obtained specific training in the course of receiving SPHR certification followed by coursework in compensation analysis, classification analysis and the Fair Labor Standards Act at Cornell School of Labor Relations. Current role has expanded to that of Senior Staffing and Career Development Specialist supporting multiple departments in the School of Medicine, Office of the Secretary, Yale University Press, Association of Yale Alumni, Yale School of Public Health, Office of International Affairs, and the Office of International Students and Scholars.

Sandra will be presenting the session on Presenting Yourself Professionally: Overcoming Biases against Young Professionals in the Workplace.

Mela Toro Waters

Mela Toro Waters

Mela Toro Waters is a young professional with over ten years of experience working in technology for education. She is excited to share her experience as a mentee, mentor and mentorship program instructor with young professionals at the YP Symposium. Mela is currently working at Yale University, where she is part of Information Technology Services, Future Leaders of Yale, and Yale Toastmasters Club. As Vice President of Education in the Yale Toastmasters Club, she mentors and coaches others in gaining leadership and communication skills. She has lead presentations on leading and managing millennials in organizations and group mentorship workshops. She is also a Certified Organizational and Executive Coach from New York University, and enjoys being a career coach to empower young leaders create positive change.

Mela will be joined by friend and colleague, Ronice Awudu to lead our session on Establishing a Mentor Relationship.

Joy Passey

Joy Passey

Joy Passey is a NYC Small Business Coach and Founder of JOY Prosperity Coaching, Inc. She helps creative entrepreneurs restructure their business in a way that creates a sustainable system of living.

Joy is on the Board of Directors of the NYC Chapter of the International Coach Federation. She is the Director of Communications and Marketing, and manages a team that oversees several branches: social media, publications, community outreach, and sponsorship. She is also a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society, Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society for Education, SAG/AFTRA, Professional Association of Diving Instructors, the NeuroLeadership Institute, and the National Association of Professional Women.

Joy has a B.A. in Creative Writing from Hunter College: Dean’s List, Summa Cum Laude. She has an M.A. in Educational Theater as well as an Organizational and Executive Coaching Certificate from New York University. She is also a Social and Emotional Intelligence Certified Coach.

Feel free to email Joy Passey at joy@joyprosperitycoaching.com or visit her website at www.joyprosperitycoaching.com.

Joy will be presenting in the session on Coaching for Young Entrepreneurs: Time Management, Strategic Planning, Support System.

John Cusano

John Cusano

As the Community Development Coordinator for Connecticut’s State Office of the Arts, John was hired to develop a statewide network of local and regional cultural service agencies, which he aligned with an expansion of a technical assistance program that provides subsidized, short-term consulting assistance.  John’s experience includes service as an executive director, the founder and director of an urban arts festival, a regional arts education manager, numerous board positions, and a private consultant and business owner.  He holds a Bachelors in Industrial Design from the University of Bridgeport and a Masters of Arts in Consciousness Studies from The Graduate Institute in Bethany, CT.

John will be presenting on the session about Arts and Culture in CT.

Ute Brinkmann

Ute Brinkmann

Ute Brinkmann is a public speaking expert as well as a certified violin maker who specializes in repair and restoration of stringed-bowed instruments. She owns and runs a violin shop in Wallingford, CT with offices in Westport and New Haven. Leadership became important to her when she realized that being a woodworker is one thing, but running a business is quite another. She joined Toastmasters International, an organization that teaches public speaking and leadership, and is now the president of the Wallingford Chapter.

Philanthropy is also very important to Ute. The call came 3 years ago – how to get children in India out of poverty? The non-profit Reach Dalit was born. Today children (and the community) find hope at Simon’s House and House of Hope in Odisha, India.

Ute will be presenting the Public Speaking and Leadership Skills session.

Becky DeSalvo

Becky DeSalvo

Becky DeSalvo is one of the co-chairs and founders of FLY and currently serves as the Associate Director for Admissions & Financial Aid at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies(F&ES). Becky also serves as the co-chair for the Diversity, Inclusion & Equality Committee at F&ES. She earned her B.S. In Psychology from the University of Rhode Island and an M.S. In International Education from Drexel University. Becky has worked in Enrollment Management for nearly 10 years and resides in New Haven with her family.

She is a panelist in the Work-life Balance for Young Professional Parents session.

Susan Abramson

Susan Abramson

At Yale since 1996, Susan Abramson is currently the Manager of WorkLife and Child Care Programs where she develops and implements WorkLife programs, services and resources for faculty, staff, post-docs and students. Susan also serves as the liaison between the University and it’s seven on-site child care centers. In 2010, Susan played an integral role in Yale being named one of the top 100 companies for Working Mothers from Working Mother magazine, which has now been on the list for six consecutive years. She also worked closely with the implementation of a new EAP program for Yale in 2010, assuring alignment with existing WorkLife resources at Yale including child care resource and referral and back-up child care. Susan received her M.S. in Organizational Management and Human Resources Development in May 2010, from Manhattanville College. She is a panelist in the Work-life Balance for Young Professional Parents session.

Call for Volunteers

Are you looking to network with other CT young professionals, add volunteering experience to your resume, and support an event featuring CT’s elected officials? Volunteer for the inaugural Young Professionals Symposium!

We are seeking volunteers to help out at the symposium on Saturday, October 24th. Volunteer for an hour, a few hours, or for the whole day. Roles include managing registration, social media live promotion, breakout session facilitators, brunch and coffee break setup, hanging signs, and more. We are excited to team up with you to build and strengthen the young professionals experience in CT!

E-mail us for more information or to sign up to be a volunteer

Getting There

Parking

Yale University is in downtown New Haven, CT. Because New Haven is a city, parking is not widely available. For that reason, we have secured free parking for the event. Paid parking is also available.

Free parking is available at the Visitor’s Lot at Whitney Ave. and Humphrey St. (266 Whitney Ave.). From there you can walk to the Symposium (it’s about a 12 minute walk) or take the Blue shuttle bus to the College and Wall stop. More information about the shuttle including the schedule/map is available at http://yale.transloc.com.

If you’d prefer to park closer to the Happy Hour event, paid parking is available at the Crown Street Garage (213 Crown St) and the Temple Street Garage (1 Temple St.).

Symposium Event Locations

The Keynote Address and the Political Panel will be held at SSS 114. SSS is located at 1 Prospect St., which is at the corner of Prospect St, and Grove St.. All other offerings except the Happy Hour will be held at Harkness (WLH), which is located at 100 Wall St., at the corner of College St. and Wall St.. The Post-Symposium Happy Hour will be held at Elm City Social, which is located at 266 College St..

Map

Click here for a map with all the locations.

Accessibility

Parking: Please contact us at ypsymposium@gmail.com for information about accessible parking

SSS, 1 Prospect Street: An accessible entrance to SSS Room 114 can be reached via a ramp that begins on Grove Street. Accessible bathroom on ground floor.

Harkness Hall, 100 Wall Street: Accessible entrance facing Cross Campus Courtyard, closest to College Street. Elevator located close to this entrance. Accessible men’s and women’s bathrooms on ground floor.

Sponsors

Special thanks to the following organizations for making the Symposium a success:

Yale Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Yale Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion collaborates with departments and individuals across the Yale campus to promote a respectful, accessible and inclusive community for all Yale employees.

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Ce3 Inc.

Ce3 Inc.

Ce3 was founded in 2005 by two Connecticut based pharmaceutical executives (Holly Coulter and Tim Garrelts) who were interested in maintaining the intellectual pharmaceutical capital post the out of state relocation of many Big Pharma offices and personnel. Ce3 seized the opportunity to create a contract research organization (CRO) that would partner with the growing biotechnology cluster in the Northeast. Specializing in the conduct of early phase clinical trials, Ce3’s extensive experience in clinical trial management has led to their success in many challenging therapeutic areas including oncology, infectious disease, and regenerative medicine. The cutting edge needs of Ce3’s clients has spurred their knowledge and driven them to deliver advanced technology solutions and experienced resources in an efficient process that provides FDA submission quality deliverables. As a full service CRO they have talented resources and governing processes that guide their employees on how to team with clients as an integrated team to achieve common goals.

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Elm City Social

Elm City Social

Located in Downtown New Haven, Connecticut, Elm City Social is a comfortable environment for all to join us for craft cocktails and inventive food from the creativity of Chef John Brennan. Elm City Social opened in July 2015 and is located inside the historic building that once housed Kasey’s Restaurant in the early 1900’s. Situated across the street from the famed Shubert Theater, Taft Hotel building, and just off the New Haven Green. Elm City Social with it’s skilled cocktail program specializes in craft and skill with bartenders who evoke the spirit of the pre-prohibition era. Chef John Brennan and his kitchen are serving both quality interpretations of classic dishes and daring new food adventures.

Elm City Social is located at 266 College St, New Haven.

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Bruegger’s Bagels

Bruegger’s Bagels

Bruegger’s Bagels makes authentic New York style bagels, as well as a number of delicious cream cheese spreads. Their menu has grown to include sandwiches for breakfast and lunch, garden-fresh salads, hearty soups, desserts and custom-roasted coffee.

Bruegger’s Bagels is located at 1 Whitney Avenue, New Haven.

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A Happy Life Coffee

A Happy Life Coffee

A Happy Life is a sustainable lifestyle coffee brand dedicated to creating a happier world for everyone to live in. In addition to using their brand to inspire happiness at home and in our community they use 100% of our profits to help coffee farmers build sustainable solutions to problems that they actually and ultimately breakout of the cycles of poverty.

A Happy Life is located at 756 Chapel St, New Haven.

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Edible Arrangements

Edible Arrangements

Edible Arrangements creates magnificent, fresh fruit arrangements and gourmet chocolate dipped fruit to order, for pickup or delivery, seven days a week.

Edible Arrangements is located at 931 Chapel St, New Haven.

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Willow’s Flowers & Fruit Baskets

Willow’s Flowers & Fruit Baskets

Willow’s Flowers & Fruit Baskets is a locally-owned business based in Beacon Falls, CT for 45+ years. They personally deliver their distinct gifts within Connecticut and are proud to provide fast and personalized service. By working with trusted partners across the country, they are able to have fresh, attractive gifts hand-delivered nationally. They will never ship your flowers in a box.

While they love to embrace our experience in floral design, their business was built on gift baskets! They maintain a large warehouse of gourmet foods and fresh fruit ready to be assembled into your gift basket – the same day it will be sent to your recipient. They love to arrange custom baskets for all occasions, and will go the extra mile to fulfill your ideas. Local gift baskets are hand-delivered and out-of-area orders are carefully reviewed based on item, distance, and delivery date. They use their best judgement to decide between their own trucks, UPS or a trusted partner shop to ensure freshness and timely delivery.

Willow’s is your classic, old-fashioned local gift shop and floral design studio, offering nationwide service to our valued clients.

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Meet The Team

Alina Nevins

Alina Nevins

Alina Nevins collaborates with Yale Faculty on the design and execution of academic technology components and projects for teaching and learning purposes. Within the Instructional Technology Group at Yale University, she specializes in Drupal web design, and is the Service Manager of Classes*v2, Yale’s Sakai-based Learning Management System. Alina has been an Academic Technologist for 3.5 years. Before that she was a Support Specialist for Faculty in the Arts & Sciences, also at Yale University. She graduated from Yale with a B.A. in Anthropology in 2008.

Alina is also a co-chair and founder of the young professionals affinity group, Future Leaders of Yale. She is also on the Mentorship, Events, and Communications committees for the group. Alina is committed to make Yale a better place for young professionals through her work with Future Leaders of Yale.

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Christine Nguyen

Christine Nguyen

Christine Nguyen is the Co-Founder and Communications Director for Connecticut Young Professionals. She manages multiple resources in marketing, outreach, events, and operations initiatives. As Communications Director, she directs marketing strategies to ensure consistency with brand objectives. She specializes in digital marketing. She also has print and web design experience. She graduated from Smith College with a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology in 2012.

Christine also serves on the steering committee for the Future Leaders of Yale. She focuses on community outreach by building partnerships with local organizations.

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Katie Rowe

Katie Rowe

Katie works in Yale Office of International Affairs. Her former roles at Yale supported the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, Yale College, and West Campus. She volunteers for United Way and for Yale University events. Her previous volunteering experience includes the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, New Haven Reads, and tutoring English as a Second Language. She holds a B.A. in sociology, communications, and creative writing from Albertus Magnus College.

Katie serves on the Future Leaders of Yale Steering Committee and on the Communications and Community Outreach teams.

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Faris Virani

Faris Virani

Faris Virani is the President and one of the Co-Founders of Connecticut Young Professionals. He grew up in Texas and worked as an actuarial consultant in the New York Metro Area for several years before moving to Connecticut. Faris is passionate about helping make Connecticut a better place for young professionals.

Ihssane Khatib

Ihssane Khatib

Allyssa Antunes

Allyssa Antunes

Mela Toro Waters

Mela Toro Waters

Mela Toro Waters is a young professional with over ten years of experience working in technology for education. She is excited to share her experience as a mentee, mentor and mentorship program instructor with young professionals at the YP Symposium. Mela is currently working at Yale University, where she is part of Information Technology Services, Future Leaders of Yale, and Yale Toastmasters Club. As Vice President of Education in the Yale Toastmasters Club, she mentors and coaches others in gaining leadership and communication skills. She has lead presentations on leading and managing millennials in organizations and group mentorship workshops. She is also a Certified Organizational and Executive Coach from New York University, and enjoys being a career coach to empower young leaders create positive change.

Mela will be joined by friend and colleague, Ronice Awudu to lead our session on Establishing a Mentor Relationship.

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