Career Optimism Instilled in Young Creatives at Find & Follow Your Passion Conference

On April 6, 2013, hundreds of young attendees gained insights from dozens of established creatives and recruiters at our third installment of Find & Follow Your Passion, our full-day conference in partnership with Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts. Our goal was achieved, establishing connections that will result in internships, jobs, and mentor relationships across the board.

We brought together a diverse lineup of speakers and employers from companies such as AMC Networks, Jezebel, Small Girls PR, Univision, Elvis Duran and the Morning Show, GQ Magazine, AOL, Warby Parker,, and Emmy Award-Winning independent artists. Here’s a sample of reactions to the day’s interactions:

I feel empowered to go out and do what I’m passionate about. So thank you to all the people who pulled this conference together. —Isioma Ononye, Student

This event was amazing and the team at NY Creative Interns made it easy and fun to make personal and professional connections. —Amanda Trexler, Student

Both the speakers and attendees were remarkably friendly and outgoing. It was not only a fantastic networking opportunity, but also inspirational. I highly recommend this event for all young adults looking to find themselves in the working world! —Lauren Basler, Recent Grad

NY Creative Interns does it again and hits it out of the park with a great educational and networking event that benefits students and employers alike. It’s an event I will continue to recommend to our interns. —Lauren Bloch, AOL Campus Recruiter, Speaker & Employer

A phenomenal opportunity to learn, grow, and expand your network with a very targeted audience.  —Tim McDonald, HuffPost Live Community Manager, Speaker

The opportunity mixer was an extremely worthwhile experience; a great way to network with potential recruits. —Robert Celletti, KICKTV Production Manager, Employer

The event kicked off with an in-your-face keynote from best-selling author and entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk, who stressed that now is the time to put the hard work into doing what you love. Be self aware about what you want to do, put in the hard work and long hours, and accept that fact that although you might not be the richest person for following your passions, (immediately, at least) you’ll be the happiest.

Find & Follow Your Passion Gary Vaynerchuk Keynote Speaker

Our breakout sessions covered topics ranging from networking to entrepreneurship, and attendees had time to chat with speakers in between talks.

Find & Follow Your Passion Jennifer Cast-Galan Senior Art Director Nickelodeon

Our events aim to make meeting new people as easy as possible, so we started each session with an ice breaker, each name tag had a different AOL logo, encouraging attendees to find their match, and our team of experienced volunteers helped start conversations  and make introductions throughout the day.

Find Passion ice breaker

Find Passion Name Tag Match

The Opportunity Mixer brought together attendees, employers from top companies, and select speakers for two hours of networking and mingling.

Find & Follow Your Passion Opportunity Mixer Lauren Bloch AOL

Our attendees enjoyed goodies and perks including free business cards from MOO Cards, Kind Snacks, Popchips, Vitamin Water, and swag from AOL.

Find Follow Your Passion Moo Cards Business Cards

Find Follow Your Passion Conference KindBars

Find Passion pop chips

The event closed with final tips on how to get the most out of the experience and make connections last well beyond the full-day event.

Find & Follow Your Passion Closing Tips Emily Miethner Marny Smith

Attendees practiced all the new networking tips they learned throughout the day and continued their conversations with new friends at our after party at the Crooked Knife, just a few blocks away.

Find & Follow You Passion After Party

Find Passion after party

We were so impressed with the caliber of attendees and can’t wait for future installments of the event. We’ll release videos and more photos soon, so be sure to be a fan of our Facebook Page. Stay updated by joining our Weekly Opportunity Newsletter.

Did you attend? What was your favorite part of the event? What topics would you like to see covered in the future? Share your thoughts in the comments.

About the Author

Emily is Founder and CEO of FindSpark. Passionate about the power of social media and networking; Emily has spoken at numerous colleges, conferences, and events including The International Youth Leaders Assembly at The United Nations, SXSW Interactive, Internet Week, Mediabistro's Social Media Bootcamp, Time Inc, Columbia University, and New York University, among others. Emily is also an adjunct professor, teaching social media and career courses at multiple colleges. Learn more about having Emily speak at your next event and follow her on twitter @EmilyMiethner.

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