Global Careers Skills Seminar

Global Careers Skills Seminar

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Learn about career journeys and important skills from a panel of professionals with global experience!

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Join us on Friday, May 20th from 10:30AM to 12:15PM for a virtual Global Careers Skills Seminar!

  • Hear about the global career journeys from professional with an array of experiences
  • Learn about the skills needed to be successful working in a global context
  • Participate in workshop to learn how to market yourself in a globalized workforce

Our Global Careers programming offers students the opportunity to explore a variety of global career paths and what it means to be “future ready” in a global society. Through seminars, workshops, and guest speakers in a variety of fields, students can seek out opportunities to network and develop skills relevant to their future plans, including college and career planning.

The seminar is FREE and open to all high school students and educators—join individually or as a class!

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Natalie Bencivenga, Journalist

Natalie Bencivenga is a socially conscious, award-winning journalist and entrepreneur who uses her platforms to bring attention to issues that build equity in our communities. She pens the nationally digitally syndicated "Ask Natalie" advice column for the Universal Press Syndicate.

Natalie has also been providing digital media consultation and content production work to clients across the country since 2016. She released a new YouTube show called "Heating Up" in August of 2021 which explores the intersection between the plant-based recipes that we love to make with the conversations we need to be having around social justice and climate change. She was the recipient of Pittsburgh Magazine's 40 Under 40 in 2020. Follow her on Instagram: @NatalieBenci

Shenay Jeffrey, Ed.D., Interim Director, Office of PittServes, University of Pittsburgh

Shenay Jeffrey serves as the Interim Director of the Office of PittServes at the University of Pittsburgh. In this role she is responsible for creating strategic community engaged initiatives with students and partners resulting in the development of students' civic engagement experiences. Jeffrey was born in Georgetown Guyana and attended secondary school in Nassau Bahamas. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management from the University of Pittsburgh and Master’s degree in Public Management from the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University. At the University of Pittsburgh School of Education, Jeffrey is a Doctor of Education candidate with a focus on student civic engagement experiences.

Annia Aleman, Innovation Director, Ascender

Annia Aleman is the Innovation Director at Ascender. At Ascender, she is in charge of designing and executing educational programming for entrepreneurs that provides them with the tools to launch and build their businesses. Before joining Ascender, Annia worked for four years at the Department of Innovation & Performance, City of Pittsburgh. She was responsible for launching and managing PGH Lab, a program that connects startups and city government to test new products and services. She helped push forward the citywide Inclusive Innovation plan that convened and amplified organizations working towards a more inclusive and equitable Pittsburgh for all. Annia holds a Master’s in Public Policy & Management from Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University, and a Bachelor’s in Global Policy with a minor in Economics from Chatham University.

John McCaslin, Career U.S. Diplomat, Departments of State and Commerce (Retired)

Career U.S. diplomat having served 35 years with the U.S. Departments of State and Commerce in South Korea, Washington, Germany (twice), Russia (twice), Poland and India. Retired out of the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, Germany, his last posting, in June 2021. Prior to that he was a high school history teacher for four years.

Portia Obeng

Portia Obeng is a social media strategist with over 10 years of experience in social media strategy and content management. She started before Snaps were chatted, Instagram had stories, and Tiks were toked; and her current specialties are Instagram and LinkedIn.

She is a LinkedIn expert who works to help people and organizations understand how they can use social media, not let social media use them. She coaches them on how to best represent their skills and experience and how to use social media to enhance their work, lives, and personal brands.

Portia loves being Ghanaian, spicy food, dancing, live music, listening to podcasts, experiencing new countries, and reading a good book (preferably on a beautiful beach in Ghana).

Workshop Description:

LinkedIn is the largest social networking platform for professionals with over 750 million users worldwide! Some people think LinkedIn is just your online resume.

Nope! It’s much more than that - LinkedIn is a place for you to actively showcase your skills, connect with recruiters looking to hire new talent, strengthen your digital presence, and attract money-making opportunities.

Now is the perfect time to ensure that you can effectively communicate why you’re a great candidate online. According to a poll by RiseSmart, about 95% of recruiters use LinkedIn. But, recruiters won’t be able to find you if you don’t have a strong profile and an active presence on the platform.

In this webinar, you’ll learn what you need to do to build a strong profile including:

🌟 Where to get a great profile photo

🌟 How to write a dynamic LinkedIn Headline

🌟 Why you need to have an About section that clearly communicates what you do and how you do it

🌟 Why you should never leave your Experience section blank and what you should include

Get your pen and notebook, and get ready to GLOW UP!

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