Stop waiting. Start surrounding yourself with talented pros who want to help you move forward in your career.
Career Groundbreakers: A FindSpark Conference is an opportunity to discover incredible opportunities, connect with like-minded young pros, meet inspirational speakers and mentors, and make new friends.
Don’t miss out on Career Groundbreakers Conference for your chance to get ahead. Making connections with real people behind the brands and industries you love is the first step in making yourself stand out over other candidates.
This is not your average networking event.
You won’t be bored, and you’ll definitely never feel uncomfortable. The Career Groundbreakers Conference is produced by and for people like you, who want networking to be fun, not stuffy or awkward.
Yes, it’s possible. We promise.
Who Should Attend
Whether you’re looking for an internship or entry to mid-level job, changing career paths, or just want to make new friends and connections, you’ll find everything you need for a career boost at the Career Groundbreakers Conference. We’re looking for:
● Ambitious go-getters looking to make new connections
● Young pros with creative skill sets, or who want to work in creative industries
● Job seeking or happily employed young pros who want to expand their networks for future opportunities
● Students and recent grads who are ready to leap forward in their careers
Who You’ll Meet
IFC (AMC Networks)
John Sinclair is VP/Creative Director at IFC, overseeing the on-air promos, stunts, digital videos and Originals campaigns for Portlandia, Documentary Now! Maron and Comedy Bang! Bang! He’s produced work on creative campaigns for MTV + MTV2 (Jersey Shore, Awkward, Teen Wolf and Teen Mom 2) =, TV Land, Nick@Nite and Comedy Central. He’s a graduate of York College of Pennsylvania and in his free time, enjoys watching couples fight over granite countertops and hardwood floors on ‘House Hunters.’
- Emily Miethner
CEO & Founder
- Olivia Walker
- Julianna Rusakiewicz
Developer and Digital Producer
Catch New York
- Chris Gee
Chief Digital Officer
- Jonny Blitstein
Sr. Manager of Sales
The Walt Disney Company
- Kristen Rock
Director of Talent Acquisition
- Dondre Green
Photographer and Graphic Designer
- Carly Walsh
Content and Social Curator
- Kristen Pellegrin
Client Service Specialist
Dale Carnegie Training
Collections & Exhibitions Management Consultant
- Antoinette Miller
College Relations/Talent Acquisition
- Eleanor Whitney
Community Marketing Manager NYC
- Neisha Tweed
New Marketing Institute
Clay Williams Photo
- Mallorie Rosenbluth
Managing Director of Customer Success
- Jade Le
General Manager & Community Lead
- Jaime Hoerbelt
Director, Partner Marketing
- Shira Galler
Community Outreach Manager
- Daniel Arenas Founder
Sunday Morning NY
HR Project Leader
Univision Communications Inc.
Chief Communications & Advocacy Officer
Global Director, Sponsorships and Strategic Partnerships
Essence Communications, Inc
Head of Growth
Mia Hall 19, Inc.
Freelance comic artist
Shirley Yu Photography
Director, Digital Strategy & Marketing
Founder and CEO
We’re constantly adding new speakers to our lineup, so check back soon!
Your day will be filled with informative discussions and countless networking opportunities. You’ll choose from a variety of sessions and make your own track that will guide you to your dream career, new mentors, and friends.
Check in: 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Opening Keynote: 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Break Out Session 1: 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
Slay The Pitch: Owning Meetings & Interviews
What Recruiters Want: Insider Tips
Break Out Session 2: 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
Side Hustles & CEOs: The Power of Passion Projects
Leadership is Lit: Speaking Up & Moving Up
Opportunity Mixer & Lunch: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Lunch is included in ticket price.
Break Out Session 3: 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM
Create Your Dream Job: Leveraging Your Experience for Any Career
Sponsored by Dev Bootcamp
Innovate & Delegate: How to Make Ideas Happen
Break Out Session 4: 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
Brand Yourself: Build an Online Presence that Makes a Difference
Sponsored by Wix.com
Get Connected: How to Create & Maintain a Powerful Network
Closing Remarks: 4:45 PM – 5:00 PM
The Faculty House at Columbia University – 64 Morningside Dr, New York, NY 10027.
Dress Code: Business Casual
Wear comfortable shoes. Room temperature may vary, so be sure to bring a sweater or light jacket you can wear during the sessions. The programming takes place in one building, but bring a jacket or umbrella if needed.
Check out the incredible things the FindSpark community is saying about our events:
“The FindSpark Conference was a wonderful experience, with fun attendees, intelligent speakers, and informative panels. I was originally nervous about the conference, but when I got there, I realized that I had nothing to be worried about. This was my first FindSpark event, and I hope it won’t be my last.”
“My FindSpark experience was wonderful! It gave me the confidence I needed. I am new to my industry and I have always felt like I will not compare to the other candidates who are applying for the same jobs and internships. The conference taught me to use the skills I learned in my previous career as my selling point. I could not have been more pleased with the experience.”
“I am usually intimidated by networking events, but the atmosphere at FindSpark events is always friendly and welcoming. They create an environment where making connections is easy and natural – with peers as well as industry leaders.”
Our Awesome Partners
Wix.com enables everyone to design, publish and host stunning HTML5 websites. No coding, no previous design skills, just log in to Wix and start creating with our easy drag-and-drop website builder! In that spirit of encouraging creativity and enabling entrepreneurship, in 2010 Wix founded the NYC Wix Lounge. The Wix Lounge is a completely free co-working, event and exhibit space for creative professionals. Grab your laptop, pop into the Lounge and enjoy a productive work day, great networking opportunities, and amazing events. The Wix Lounge provides free support to New Yorkers, giving them the tools and tips for successfully launching and managing their businesses’ online presence. To learn more, please visit wix.com.
Dev Bootcamp is the original, short-term, immersive software development program that transforms those new to coding into job-ready, full-stack web developers. In Dev Bootcamp’s rigorous and supportive environment you will gain a thorough knowledge of software development fundamentals, the metacognitive skills to quickly pick up new programming languages, and the emotional intelligence to land your first job and have a successful, evolving career as a web developer. Dev Bootcamp’s New York campus also offers short-term coding workshops and a robust schedule of events focusing on the tech industry and tech culture. Find out more and start your today at devbootcamp.com
Dale Carnegie Training offer communication skills training programs in New York City. We partner with you to develop your confidence and enthusiasm so that you can communication in a way that builds trust with your co-workers and superiors. To learn more about Dale Carnegie Training in New York City, please visit newyork.dalecarnegie.com
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A: Yes we do! FindSpark events are a practical and fun perk to offer your students, alumni, and community members. Fill out this form to get in touch.
Q: Will there be food at this event?
A: Yes! Lunch is included in the ticket price.
Q: What should I wear? Is there a dress code?
A: We always recommend business casual at our events.
Q: Is there a limit to how many events I can attend during the year?
A: Absolutely not. We encourage our community members to attend as many events as they’d like.
Q: Can I give FindSpark event tickets to friends and family as a gift?
A: Absolutely. You are such a great friend/relative for wanting to support your loved one’s career! Send us an email and we’ll make it happen.
Q: I want to connect my company with FindSpark community. Who can I reach out to?
A: Fantastic. We’d love to hear from you. You can reach out to hello [at] findspark.com for more information.