Are you getting ready to graduate, trying to define your career path, recently been laid off, or are looking for your next dream job? If this sounds like you, we are here to let you know professionals can help! Path to Potential: Reenvision Your Career is an opportunity for you to gain a bit of insight and clarity into the daunting task of job searching. As a part of the ongoing Embark Mentorship Program — whose mission is to cultivate the career growth and professional development of emerging designers in the Cincinnati community — we are hosting a panel that will dive into all the different avenues one can take when at a crossroads in their career. By bringing together career coaches, human resources, and recruiters we will explore the differences and similarities of how they can help designers make their next career move.
Note: This event is open to the entire Cincinnati design community. Participation in the Embark Mentorship Program is not required.
Register today to join us on February 23, 2021 from 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Jessica Hall — Tech Elevator, Pathway Program Director
Jessica Hall is the Pathway Director for a local Technology Bootcamp called Tech Elevator where she assists over 100 students each year with their career transitions, educating them on building their brand & facilitating connections into the tech community. She is also the President for getWITit in Cincinnati which is an organization designed to help bring more diversity into technology. On a personal note, she is a wife and mother of 2. She is also very passionate about fitness and eating a plant based lifestyle.
Sherry Sims — Founder of Black Career Women’s Network, Chief Career Strategist, and HR Professional
While working in the HR industry, Sherry was inspired to create an online forum due to a lack of access to other professional black women while seeking a mentor herself. She established a Linkedin group and named it Black Career Women’s Network with the purpose to share career advice. After making the transition to becoming a Career Coach, the group began to gain traction, and black women were seeking her out for career advice. She soon discovered that other professional black women like herself were experiencing similar or various challenges in the workplace. That’s when she developed a new passion for helping people strive for career success, specifically black women. With her newfound passion, she decided to expand Black Career Women’s Network offline into a national organization to include resources, a coaching program, and an exclusive list of Mentors to develop its members further and provide local support.
Sherry has received numerous awards and appears on Cincinnati’s FOX19 affiliate as a Careers Expert. Her expert advice has been quoted in various national print and digital publications such as Essence Magazine, Black Enterprise, US News, The New York Times, CNBC, and more. She has also been featured in the Cincinnati Business Courier, Cincy Chic, Cincinnati Herald, WLWT 5, and Who’s Who Cincinnati. Most recently, she was listed as one of the Top 20 Career Coaches to follow in 2020.
Maddy Steele — WPP, Talent Recruiter, North America
Maddy Steele is a Xavier University alum and Talent Recruiter for WPP, a creative transformation company that has subsidiaries all over the world. She recruits for the newly formed Landor & Fitch as well as Superunion, and a few smaller agencies within the parent company. She is passionate about embedding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion programs into her recruitment process and spreading awareness for all the potential career paths in the creative industry.
Steve Bowling — LPK, HR Business Partner, Talent Acquisition & Engagement
As the HR business partner at LPK, Steve Bowling is responsible for making a great first impression on those interested in joining the company. He leads recruiting, placing and nurturing the talents of both career candidates and student interns alike. In his 13 years at LPK, Steve has mastered the ability to build meaningful relationships. He recognizes the value of connecting the right talent with the right team, fostering enduring partnerships and helping people connect to the right opportunity. Steve graduated from Campbellsville University with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics.
Lori Jerome — Digital Account Executive, TEKsystems
Lori Jerome has close to 26 years of experience with TEKsystems. Currently she is responsible for growing TEKsystems client base by providing their resource offerings as well as their professional services capabilities in the interactive, creative, and digital marketing spaces in the Cincinnati and Dayton markets. They support clients ranging from digital marketing agencies to Fortune 3000 companies by supplying skilled design, development, functional and marketing technology resources. As the digital technology-focused division of TEKsystems, a $3.6 billion global IT staffing, talent management and services leader, they thrive at the intersection of technology and marketing. When she is not supporting their market you can normally find her out for a run, reading a good book or spending time with her family.
Kaity Carlson — Digital Account Manager, TEKsystems
Kaity Carlson has recruited for TEKsystems Digital for just over 4.5 years and she has recently moved into an account management role for their team. She now supports their retail, manufacturing and healthcare customers from a Digital & Creative perspective between the Northern KY, Cincinnati and Dayton, OH markets. She feels so lucky to be aligned to our Digital space given some of the amazing people she has gotten to know over the years – they are the best part of her job. Outside of work, she enjoys a few walks a day, anything outdoors, and all kinds of pizza.