Student Communications Career Conference

The 2018 Student Career Conference took place on Saturday, November 10 at NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South

Each year, the New York Women in Communications hosts a day-long conference, featuring over 30 communications professionals speaking on 10 different topics. Hundreds of students attend to get career tips on various aspects in the communication fields, ranging from entrepreneurship to marketing to scholarships and financial wellness.

Check back for a recap of the event!

Thank you to our host


8:00 AM: Onsite Registration Opens (lobby level)

8:30 AM-8:45 AM – Breakfast | Event Kickoff Rosenthal Pavilion

8:45 AM-9:05 AM – Welcome Address – Judith Harrison, President, New York Women in Communications Senior Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion, Weber Shandwick Rosenthal Pavilion

9:05 AM-10:00 AM – Keynote Rosenthal Pavilion

Melissa Finney
Director of Sales, East


Session 1 Panels (students choose 1)

10:15 AM-11:15 AM – Think Outside the Box: Non-Traditional Communication Jobs Room 905/907

       Moderator: Lori Greene, Founder, LPG Enterprises
       Angessa Lynn Hughmanick, Strategic Business Development Director, MJM Creative
       Hilarey KleinHead of Strategy & Operations for Public Affairs, WeWork
       Ashley McKenna, Senior PR Associate, Birchbox
       Rachael XerriManager, Editorial & Merchandising, Audible

10:15 AM-11:15 AM – Marketing Me Room 909

       Moderator: Evangelia Leclaire, Career Coach, The Muse
       Tanya Jones, Meredith Corporation & Career Coach
       Amanda Pena, Project and Community Manager, #BuiltByGirls
       Helene Richter, GBG
       Andrea Boehlke, Host/Actress, PeopleTV

10:15 AM-11:15 AM – Finding Your Best Opening Act: Exploring First Internships and Jobs Room 802

       Moderator: Hilarey Wojtowicz, Senior Career and Finance Editor, Swirled
       Ashley Schwartz-Lavares, Associate Producer, ABC News
       Kelsey Mahoney, Recruiting Coordinator, Google
       Opal Vadhan, Executive Assistant to Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, Office of Hillary Rodham Clinton
       Courtney Connley, Careers Reporter, CNBC

Session 2 Panels (students choose 1)

11:30 AM-12:30 PM – Content Marketing & Beyond Room 802

       Moderator: Amanda Pressner Kreuser, Co-Founder, Masthead Media
       Jamie Primeau, Celebrity Editor, Bustle
       Julia Corbett, Senior Account Executive, MXM/Accenture
       Angela Morris, Content Strategist, NewsCred
       Kema Christian-Taylor, Content Strategist, Contently
       Nadya Saber, Communications Officer, International Monetary Fund

11:30 AM-12:30 PM – From AI to VR: Growing Skills for the Future Room 905/907

       Moderator: Elissa BrownAccount Director, Quantcast
       Kim Last, Deputy Editor, Live Journalism, Wall Street Journal
       Cheena JainVP, Director of Innovation, Syneos Health
       Chase Guttman, Founder, Heightened Visions
       Angel Wong, Technical Product Manager, Dexter

11:30 AM-12:30 PM – Improving Your Financial Wellness Room 909

       April Jenkins, B2B Client Success Manager, Betterment
       Jenn Monahan, Financial Trainer, Financial Gym
       Kelly Lannan, Director of Young Investors, Fidelity
       AJ Smith, VP of Content Strategy & Financial Education, SmartAsset

12:45 PM-1:00 PM – Lunch Rosenthal Pavilion

1:00 PM-1:05 PM – Lunch Address and Intro to Keynote – Judith Harrison, President, New York Women in Communications
Senior Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion, Weber Shandwick Rosenthal Pavilion

1:05 PM-1:25 – Keynote Rosenthal Pavilion
Kristi Bergeron
Vice President, Digital Strategy
BrainTrust CAA-GBG


1:25 PM-2:15 PM – Networking Bingo Rosenthal Pavilion

Workshops (students choose 1)

2:15 PM-3:15 PM – Building Your Presentation Skills Room 909

       Lesley Watson, Director, Training and Learning System, CMG (Interpublic Group)

2:15 PM-3:15 PM – Effective Networking Room 802

       Stephanie Mattera, Adjunct Professor, Division of Business, NYU

2:15 PM-3:15 PM – How to Be an Influencer Room 905/907

       Lindsey Gaterman, Instagram Health Influencer / Founder, CityGater
       Sarah Hamel-Smith, Influencer, The Curvy Trini

Closing panel (all students attend)

3:30 PM-4:30 PM –  The Secrets to Getting Coveted Scholarships

       Moderator: Lexy White, 2X NYWICI Scholarship Recipient, Ithaca College
       Alanna McCatty, Founder & CEO, McCatty Scholars
       Saundra Thomas, Principal, SPT Consults
       Sarah Lynch, NYWICI Scholarship Recipient, Marist College
       Leslie HuntDirector of Graduate Programs, The Weissman School of Arts and Science at Baruch College

4:30 PM-5:00 PM – Close/Raffle Rosenthal Pavilion
       Hilarey Wojtowicz, Conference Co-Chair, Senior Career and Finance Editor, Swirled
       Lori Greene, Conference Co-Chair, Founder, LPG Enterprises
       Chelsea Orcutt, Conference Co-Chair, Senior B2B Operations Associate, Betterment
       Kristi Bergeron, Conference Co-ChairVice President, Digital Strategy, BrainTrust CAA-GBG


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