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"Real Talk" Event, April 18, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m

"Real Talk" Event, April 18, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m

The Department of Writing will be hosting a “Real Talk: The Truth About Employer Expectations” event on April 18, from 5:30 p.m.  to 7:30 p.m. in the Chamberlain Room, Frederik Meijer Honors College, in Allendale. The event aims to provide students with “real talk” about what employers are looking for in new hires alongside job application tips and other professional insights. Students will spend time at different stations, each with a different focus such as résumés, networking, or interviewing. Food and drink will be provided. 

RSVP here by April 15 to secure your spot!

Event schedule:

  • 5:30 -5:45 p.m. - a brief introduction and background
  • 5:50 p.m. - pizza delivered and professionals are assigned to a station
  • 6 - 7:15 p.m. - students move from station to station 
  • 7:15 p.m. - share main takeaways with students 

Each station will focus on a specific topic: 

  • Resumes/Cover Letters
  • Interviewing/Networking
  • Professionalism and Imposter Syndrome
  • Digital portfolios and Work Samples 
  • How to maximize the rest of your college career 
  • First year on the job and developing as a young professional 

List of Professionals:

  • Adrienne Wallace, Associate Professor & Major Coordinator with GVSU School of Communications, GrandPR Advisor, Digital Marketing Competition Advisor, National Millennial and Gen Z Community Advisor, Editor-In-Chief of Journal of Public Relations Education
  • Sarah Dudinetz, Social Media Specialist with GVSU University Communications 
  • Rowan Leo, Account Manager at 8THIRTYFOUR
  • Meaghan Pear, BDO USA National Senior Marketing Leader and Strategist
  • Robyn Schopp, Chief Happiness Officer, Chief Happiness Officer, Gordeaux Consulting 
  • Emma Nelson, PR and Communications Specialist at Trinity Health MI
  • Jordan Punches, Program Manager at WestRock and Senior Consultant at Blue Engine Consulting 
  • Michael Lynn, owner Michael Lynn Animation Studio
  • Edward Winterhalder, author and television producer
  • Caroline Winterhalder, Manager Of People Operations for North America at Viastore, HR
  • Kristen Krueger-Corrado, Director of Communications for GVSU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 


Dauvan Mulally, [email protected] 
Laurence José, [email protected]

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