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, DoSomething.org, 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.
Our breakout sessions covered topics ranging from networking to entrepreneurship, and attendees had time to chat with speakers in between talks.
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.
The Opportunity Mixer brought together attendees, employers from top companies, and select speakers for two hours of networking and mingling.
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.
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.
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.