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Wednesday Webinars | Fall 2020
Learn with Life After Wake in our Wednesday Webinar series! Throughout the fall, we’re offering 30-minute webinars to help you cope, grow, learn, and connect. Register for one or all of the webinars, with all descriptions outlined below! We’ll record each presentation, so even if you can’t join live, you’ll have a chance to watch the content at another time.

  • October 28th: Leveraging LinkedIn
    What makes a good profile? How are you supposed to interact in groups? In what ways can I set myself apart as a job candidate on LinkedIn? These questions will guide this 30-minute webinar to help you make the most of LinkedIn. You’ll understand the key parts of the profile and how to use the powerful tools available to you through this professional social media.
  • November 11th: “Why did I say that?”: Using Your Voice For LGBTQ+ Inclusion in the Workplace
    Can you remember a time when you used the wrong pronoun for someone? Or maybe when you asked about their husband, but they have a wife? In these moments, it can be hard to gracefully recover. Think of this 30-minute webinar as your entry point to intentional practice for LGBTQ+ inclusion in the workplace, at both the interpersonal and structural levels. Join Kayla Lisenby-Denson, Assistant Director of the LGBTQ+ Center at Wake Forest, to learn how to move through personal interactions without causing unintentional harm and understand the action you can take to help achieve an inclusive environment for folks of all gender identities and sexual orientations, regardless of your role or level within your organization.
  • November 18th: Make Networking Work for You
    We all know that a strong network is the key to effective job search strategies, relationship-building, and success both personally and professionally. But how do you do it? In this 30 minute webinar, Wake Forest alumna Kristin Winkle Beck, CEO of Pivot Point Professionals, will walk you through the steps of creating a strategic networking plan, identify Do’s and Don’ts, and help you understand how to request and engage in networking conversations that work for you.
  • December 2nd: Q&A with Employer Relations
    COVID-19 has dramatically shifted the job market over the course of the last several months. Facing industry-wide hiring freezes and uncertain future conditions, we’re all feeling a little anxious about our employment. Mercy Eyadiel, AVP/Chief Corporate Engagement Officer, and Stuart Mease, Executive Director for Employer Relations, have a pulse on what’s happening. In this power-packed 30-minute Q&A, these two employment experts will answer your most pressing questions about trends in the job market, insights they’re hearing from recruiters, and ways you can make yourself stand out as a job candidate.

Evidence-Based Solutions to Advance Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace (Virtual webinar) | November 3, 2020
Organizations have sought to advance diverse and inclusive environments, but progress is slow, best practices are unclear and the result is lost potential, opportunity and innovation. The Science of Diversity & Inclusion Initiative (SODI.org) brings together select companies and top behavioral scientists to form a “living laboratory.” Whether your organization is just getting started with diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts or has had a successful program for years, the actionable insights – based on SODI-affiliated research – will be useful. Facilitated by Neela Rajendra (MBA ’08), co-founder and Executive Director of SODI.

Excel: Filtering and Sorting Lists (Virtual skill-based webinar) | November 12, 2020
Explore the different ways to work with your lists of data. Discover the power of Flash Fill to format your data. Learn different techniques for filtering and sorting to make your data easier to read and manipulate. Workshop led by Beth Malone, Technical Learning Manager, School of Business.

Excel: Pivot Tables and Pivot Charts (Virtual skill-based webinar) | November 19, 2020
Take large tables of data and create reports and charts that display only the data and calculations you want to see. PivotTables are one of Excel’s most powerful yet underutilized tools. Come learn how they work! Workshop led by Beth Malone, Technical Learning Manager, School of Business.

Open Enrollment | JUMPSTART: A Job Search Strategy Prep Course
Between endless online applications and emails to networking contacts, the job search can feel like a shot in the dark. But it doesn’t have to be! There are effective tools and strategies known to increase success, and in this self-paced online prep course, we’ll break down what you need to know for your next job search. At the end of this prep course, you will have clarity on your job search target, a refreshed resume and LinkedIn profile, greater understanding of the strength of your network, and a plan for what’s next. This open enrollment prep course is entirely self-paced. You’ll have access to all the materials and we won’t remove you from the course after you finish.

Crafting a Career Change: A Conversation with WFU Alumni (Virtual Panel Discussion) | December 8, 2020
Join us for an engaged and informative conversation with Wake Forest alumni, Kristin Winkle Beck (’97), CEO of Pivot Point Professionals, Devin Williams (’16), New Business at Team Epiphany, and Josh McCutchen (MBA’09), VP, Marketing & Sales at Dewey’s, as we talk about different strategies to plan for, and make a change. The panelists will share how they used networking, graduate school, and an intentional sabbatical to identify “what’s next.” Learn how their action steps made a difference and how they can work for you, too! Hosted by the Alumni Personal & Career Development Center and School of Business Alumni Engagement.

January 2021 (Multiple dates) | The Person You Mean to Be (Virtual book discussion group)
Many of us believe in equality, diversity, and inclusion. But how do we stand up for those values in our turbulent world? The Person You Mean to Be is the smart, “semi-bold” person’s guide to fighting for what you believe in. This alumni book discussion will meet 4 times throughout the month of January, on January 7, 14, 21, 28, from noon-1 pm EST. Participants will need to purchase their own copy of the book.

December 1, 2020 – February 28, 2021 | Five For Your First Five (Self-paced, online course)
This self-paced course has been designed to accompany the book, Five For Your First Five: Own Your Career and Life After College, written by Allison E. McWilliams, Assistant Vice President for Mentoring and Alumni Personal & Career Development at Wake Forest University. Over five modules you will be introduced to the five key competency areas that we believe all young professionals need to master in their first five years after college; reflect on your values, skills, strengths, and learning goals; identify the people you need to have in your network; and create a plan for what comes next, for you. Please register by November 25, 2020.

January 19 – February 19, 2021 | Introductory Mentoring Skills (Self-paced, online course)
This course is designed as an introduction to skills and strategies used by effective mentors and mentees. We will also explore tools that will help you build and maintain your mentoring network. At the end of this course, you should be better equipped with the language and tools for engaging in mentoring relationships and conversations both personally and professionally. Please register by January 14, 2021. Space is limited to the first 100 participants that enroll.


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