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Career Services Team at Sacramento EMERGE Summit

By: Leah Fondersmith & Jagbir Mavi | Career Services Advisors

March 12, 2018

I had the opportunity to attend the Emerge Summit 2018, presented by the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce and Metro EDGE (https://www.metro-edge.org/). Young professionals from all over California met at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium for a day of inspirational speeches, and professional development breakouts to better our own lives and those of our peers within the community. It was an enlightening day, to say the least, and everyone left with a feeling of purpose and drive to propel themselves forward within their individual careers.

The Keynote Speaker, Michael Tubbs, who is not only the first African-American Mayor of Stockton, CA but the youngest Mayor in American history for a city of more than 100,000 people, kicked the day off with a motivating speech inspired by the lessons he has learned from his own grandmother. We then embarked on a series of educational breakouts hosted by nineteen different organizations within the Sacramento region.

Of the sessions attended, perhaps, the one most impactful was a segment on “How to Give Good Feedback”. Kara Ricks at Three29, a local digital marketing company, delivered a powerful presentation on the do’s and don’ts of feedback within the workplace, and even, our own inner circle of relationships. She had an interactive presentation that covered suggestions on how to re-phrase the common workplace feedback scenarios like, “You’re late”, and provided the steps to ensure the feedback is retained. All in all, it was a positive experience, and I look forward to passing her techniques onto our student community.

-- Leah Fondersmith, Career Services Advisor

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Attending Emerge Summit 2018 at Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, presented by the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce and Metro EDGE (https://www.metro-edge.org/), was definitely a great experience. The energy and passion of all the young professionals (including mine and Leah’s) in attendance was evident from the fact that they all braved the biggest storm of the season to be at the event that day. Our goal was to connect with these professionals to find opportunities for our students and graduates; they could be in form of job opportunities, guest speaker, internship or in the form of portfolio attendees. Above all, we represented AI proudly at the event with #AI Proud hung proudly around our neck. No seriously, check out attached picture of our name badge.

The event was kicked off with a speech from Bernadette Austin, Associate director of the Center for Regional Change. Her expertise includes affordable housing, local redevelopment, community development financial institution, and nonprofit community health. Her organization’s work directly impacts the economic outcome of Greater Sacramento area. Apart from her professional work, the story behind her success is inspiration in itself.

During the summit, I attended few break-out sessions, that included presentations by heads of creative and media departments of Crocker Art, Sacramento Zoo, Sacramento Rivercats, and Sacramento Public Library and a career development session by UC Davis School of Management. But if I have to choose a favorite among equals, it has to be a session presented by Erika Bjork (Creative Director of Republic FC) and Jason Silva (Partner, Design Principal Dreyfuss + Blackford Architecture). They covered topics about personal and organizational development and how nurture an environment, that leads new ideas from team members.

I also connected with team members from organizations like powerinn.org, visit Sacramento and position interactive. We will be following up with these organization in order to explore ways to partner and work with them to benefit our students and community connections.

-- Jagbir Mavi, Career Services Advisor

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By: Leah Fondersmith & Jagbir Mavi | Career Services Advisors

March 12, 2018