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Branding Yourself Online and Offline

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Join an amazing group of panelists from the tech industry as they share their insights on how to build a dynamic personal brand.

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To catch the attention of companies such as Amazon, Boeing and Starbucks, having a personal brand can take you to the next step. In our discussion, our panelists will share their insights on why building a personal brand is important, how to use your brand to land a job or level up in your career and the value of networking to find your next opportunity.

*Limited space available, RSVPs will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Drinks and snacks will be provided.*

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5:30-6:00PM - Networking

6:00-7:00PM - Panel Discussion & Audience Questions

7:00-7:30PM - More Networking & Wrap Up

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Jacqueline Widdis, Program Manager, Microsoft

Jacqueline is currently a Program Manager at Microsoft after a nearly twenty year fulltime employment gap. She is becoming known for her message of using unique life experiences to translate into marketable employment skills. Jacqueline believes in the power of social media for connecting people, building a personal brand, and finding relevant networking events to propel a career.

Panelists

John Marty, Senior Product Manager, Amazon

John spent 10 years as the founder of Axxis Audio, an electronics company that grew to multi-million dollar sales, which he sold in 2012. At that time, John funneled his earnings into the creation of an Internet of Things company, but numerous factors lead to its demise after 2 hard fought years. At 31, John was penny-less, had a baby on the way, and zero job prospects, despite applying to 150 companies. John’s desperate situation led him to take a job at Best Buy for $12 an hour while reinventing himself through the completion of an MBA at the University of Colorado, and a 6-month software development boot camp. After graduation, John landed at American Express as a Senior Product Manager and then left for Amazon in 2017. His journey has led to a deep sense of perspective, humility, and purpose that he draws on to help shape the careers and lives of others.

Melanie Chavez, Employment Placement Manager, Year Up

Melanie Chavez is a first generation college graduate from Los Angeles, CA. In 2017 she moved to Seattle, WA despite the lack of support from her parents, she had a dream and chose to follow it. She moved to Seattle jobless, scared, but mostly determined to make a difference. Navigating Linkedin to connect with as many nonprofit professionals as possible, she networked her way into her current org serving as a nonprofit swiss army knife in two different roles and currently now working as an Employment Placement Manager for Year Up. She enjoys building relationships with corporate partners while coaching and mentoring opportunity youth and other first generation college students. During her free time you can find her practicing Krav Maga or at a networking event somewhere in Seattle and beyond.

Alan Vezina, Senior Software Engineer, LabKey

Alan Vezina is a Software Engineer at LabKey Software and a Community Organizer active within the Python community. Alan is a co-founder of PuPPy, which is Seattle's largest tech user group, and PyCascades, a Python conference for the Pacific Northwest. In his spare time Alan enjoys listening to podcasts (Planet Money, MBMBAM, Revisionist History), riding bicycles, and skateboarding. You can follow Alan on twitter @fancysandwiches, where he tweets about being a community organizer, skateboarding, and of course sandwiches. Find out more about Alan's quirky headshot during our panel.

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