This month’s session is Network-Building: Relationships and connections are critical to both success and satisfaction. While some people network simply to add contacts to a list, there are deeper ways to build true connections. Connecting is about sharing knowledge, resources, time, energy and empathy, creating tremendous value. We are kicking off our year-long series on networking and learning with a focus on networking. As we build our careers, especially during times of uncertainty and challenge, we all would benefit form a strong network of advisors, mentors, and trusted colleagues. This workshop will help position you to take advantage of this new, national professional development network and introduce you to colleagues around the country. In addition to actionable advice on how you can harness the power of relationships (especially in a virtual world) and build your network long before you need it, we will also discuss how and why these skills are helpful for teens and brainstorm the best way to translate this knowledge to the population we work with.
Guest Expert: Krista Parkinson is a former talent agent and founder of My Grads Get Jobs, a company designed to help students and recent grads get their first jobs in the entertainment business. Since 2015, she developed and taught a method to help young adults get hired resulting in over 700 people being hired in jobs and internships at talent agencies, production companies, studios, TV shows and films. Over the past 20 years, Krista has worked at WME (agent in the reality TV dept), Tony Hawk’s 900 Films (VP of development), entertainment finance company Content Partners (SVP of business development and marketing) and as an adjunct professor at USC. Building and maintaining your professional network is the key to success and is a cornerstone of her success. She teaches with passion, authority and enthusiasm.