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Spring Forum

Mark your calendar to join the Women’s Advisory Committee for Support Staff (WACSS) in person or via livestream for its annual Spring Forum as we explore ways to achieve professional growth!

Monday, March 26, 2018 from ~8:00 a.m. to ~12:00 p.m. at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, Big Ten A, B, and C.

This year's theme is "Achieve Growth! Personal Branding, Professional Development and Networking." You will learn skills and tools for creating your professional brand, developing your elevator speech, and how to successfully network. This year's event includes interactive workshop-type sessions, so we highly recommend that those viewing online do so together with others so you can fully benefit from it. You will also hear from MSU’s executive leaders as they share their top priorities and the future direction of MSU.

SCHEDULE - LAST UPDATED 2/22/2018

7:45 - 8:15 a.m.
Registration & Networking (in person attendees)

8:15 a.m.
Plated Breakfast Served, Continue Networking (in person attendees)

9:00 a.m.
   Welcome from Melissa Peek, WACSS Chair

   Remarks from June Youatt, Provost 

   "Understanding Your Professional Brand
    Kristin St. Marie, Manager of Executive Development Programs
    
Lydia Weiss, Educational Program Coordinator for the Worklife Office

  "Developing Your Elevator Speech and Utilizing It
    Susi Elkins, Director of the Broadcasting Services at WKAR 
    (interactive session)

   "Learning Successful Networking Skills and Practicing Them
    Mary Bowen, College of Law 
    (interactive session)

   "Pulling It All Together to Shape Your Career Path"
    Angela Hall, Associate Professor in HR and Labor Relations

11:45 a.m.
Closing Remarks and Door Prize Drawings

Our generous sponsors/donators currently include: Mahoney and Associates, Aetna, Creative Wellness, Fidelity Investments, Greater Lansing Visitors BureauMSU Counseling Center & Psychiatric Services, CAPS, Human Resources, MSU Libraries, Office for Inclusion & Intercultural Initiatives, MSU Police, MSU University Services, Straightline, MSU Worklife OfficeMSU Women’s Networking Association, MSUFCU, MSU Travel Office.

Special thanks to the Spring Forum sub-committee including Amy Pinckney (co-chair), Lisa Desprez (co-chair), Connie James, Amanda Jones, Melissa Peek, Wendi Winston, and Christine Carter (advisor)

Livestream and remote viewing of the forum will be provided by Alyssa Bradley in IT Services.

Questions about the Annual Spring Forum can be directed to wacss@msu.edu

Previous Recordings:

The 2017 Spring Forum recorded live stream version can be found here.
The 2016 Spring Forum recorded live stream version can be found here.
The 2015 Spring Forum recorded live stream version can be found here.
The 2014 Spring Forum recorded live stream version can be found here.

2016-2017 Spring Forum Keynote Speaker Brenda Nelson
Audience at Spring Forum
2016-2017 WACSS Chair, Melissa Peek
2016-2017 panelists
Resource Fair
Cowles House luncheon with President Simon and EVP Udpa