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Opportunity Boot Camp for Recent Grads – A Career & Job Search Intensive

August 20, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

FindSpark Recent Grad

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If you graduated in May of 2014 and are still looking for a job, that’s totally normal. Yet, we’re sure you feel the insane pressure building up every time someone asks you, “How’s the job search going?” You’re in an awkward time and making connections is much more difficult when you’re out of school or didn’t intern at companies where you want to work.

You need to be prepared to make the right decisions within your search — how to spend your time, where to apply, and what opportunities to take.

Switching jobs is hard, so you want to be sure the first one is the right one.

Our event will cover essential career topics and actionable tips on how to focus your job search, enjoy the process, and make it shorter.

Our expert speakers will cover:

    • Making yourself relevant for the jobs you want
    • How to negotiate your salary
    • Legal facts you need to know
    • Get comfortable networking and telling your story at events and interviews
    • Creating a a stellar online presence that helps (and doesn’t hinder) your search
    • Staying positive in the job search and enjoying the process (it’s possible!)

Our event will also include breakout sessions where you can ask all your burning questions and get personal feedback in a comfortable setting while practicing your newly learned networking and negotiation skills and more.


Tickets are $30 for General Members, $22.50 for Premium Members & Include:
– Workshop presentations and break out sessions with speakers
– A new professional headshot for your social media profiles
– Video recordings of all the speakers
– Pizza and soda

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Ralph Nader
Talent Acquisition Manager
Presenting:  Making Yourself Relevant
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Ralph Nader joined Viacom/MTV Networks in 2013 to spearhead digital recruiting across Viacom’s large portfolio of brands including MTV, VH1, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and Spike. Prior to joining Viacom Ralph spent a number at NBCUniversal where he was responsible for NBC News and NBC’s Digital properties; a portfolio that included MSNBC, CNBC, DailyCandy.com, Fandango.com and some of NBC’s flagship News properties such as The Today Show and Dateline.

Ralph holds a degree from the University of Arizona in Sociology and Psychology. He later added graduate course work in organizational development and leadership coaching from NYU.

He began his career in the advertising industry for one of Omnicom’s most successful advertising agencies in New York. Shortly thereafter, he joined Bench International, a boutique retained executive search firm, as their Director of recruitment. A position he held for 3 years before joining the NBC News Group.

His passion has always been coaching and guiding new graduates in their quest to identify their passion and career paths. He continues to mentor and advise graduates and interns at Viacom and externally.


LaDonna Lusher
Senior Associate
Virginia & Ambinder, LLP

Presenting: “Legal Facts You Need to Know”
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LaDonna Lusher joined Virginia & Ambinder, LLP in June 2007 and works at their Lower Manhattan offices. LaDonna’s practice focuses on employment law and she has represented clients in a wide variety of labor matters, including class actions to recover unpaid wages and benefits, employment discrimination matters and employee discharge and discipline. LaDonna has litigated labor and employment law claims in both federal and state courts, including prevailing wage violations, FLSA violations, state wage and hour violations, discrimination, sexual harassment, breach of contract and other employment-related violations. LaDonna has additional experience in general commercial litigation and has helped recover unpaid benefit fund contributions on behalf of unions and their members.


Jeremey Donovan
Group Vice President of Marketing
Gartner, Inc.
Presenting: Networking & Story Telling

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Jeremey is the Group Vice President of Marketing at Gartner, Inc., the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company with $1.6 billion in annual revenue. Jeremey’s role is to lead a global team of more than 50 individuals who are responsible for digital marketing, field marketing, and marketing analytics. In the past, Jeremey has been successful in leading teams that dealt with product strategy, new product development, market research, mergers & acquisitions, and product management.

Outside of Gartner, Jeremey is a member of Toastmasters International and the author of three books including the number public speaking best-seller on Amazon, “How to Deliver a TED Talk.” It is a “step-by-step playbook” to help individuals select topics for presentations, craft narratives, master delivery of presentations, and refine designs. He also talks about and gives advice on public speaking on his blog, SpeakingSherpa.

Jeremey received Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and then went on to get an MBA in Econometrics & Statistics at University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. Apart from public speaking, his interests include leadership development and writing.

Join Jeremey and over 300 young professionals for a full day of discussions, hands on workshops, networking and fun – all aimed to getting you closer to the career of your dreams. Meet the coolest creatives and companies in New York City, learn about different industries, and make valuable connections with peers.



Jim Hopkinson
Hopkinson Creative Media, LLC
Presenting:  Salary Negotiation Know How


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Jim Hopkinson is an author, blogger, podcaster, speaker, and teacher living in New York City. His focus is on career development for the new economy, showing people how new media, technology and branding are changing how people look at their career and lifestyle.

He is the author of the book “Salary Tutor: Learn The Salary Negotiation Secrets No One Ever Taught You,” has taught more than 6,000 students online how to negotiate their salary, hosts a popular blog and podcast called “The Hopkinson Report,” and previously managed online marketing and social media strategy for Wired.com.


Emily Miethner
Founder, President

Presenting: Personal Branding and Social Media


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Throughout her college career and internships, Emily found herself mentoring internship hopefuls on how to connect with companies looking for talent. As more requests flooded in, she realized that the lack of information and confidence were widespread. Wanting to bridge that gap, Emily started hosting FindSpark (formerly NY Creative Interns) events . As the community grew, the focus has shifted to helping young creatives around the world discover what they are passionate about and give them the tools and knowledge they need to create their dream careers.

Emily’s initial goal of helping others find great opportunities has led to her own dream career. Passionate about the power of relationships and their positive effect on our careers and happiness, she can be found at events, conferences and schools, speaking about the importance of building community through social media and networking.

Emily has presented at The United Nations, Columbia University, SXSW Interactive, Internet Week and New York University, been featured in The New York Times, U.S. News, and Fast Company, and written for Mashable.

She is also a Social Media and Community Strategist, and a Board Member of Techies Give Back. She graduated from Hofstra University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Design. Follow her on Twitter for updates about FindSpark, social media, and peanut butter.


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Special thanks to our host: The Wix Lounge, Sponsored by Wix.com


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.


August 20, 2014
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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The Wix Lounge
235 West 23rd Street
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