(PDS) 3 Strategies to Transform Yourself from Networking Goat to G.O.A.T.: Matthew Levy '87

Part of the School of Business's Professional Development Series (PDS), a month full of activities and programs that will support your career and professional development needs! 

You've been there: putting pressure on yourself and feeling the heat from your friends and family to land that big internship or first "real" job. You are told repeatedly that more than half of all jobs are filled through networking. So, you drag yourself (or don’t go at all) to a networking reception knowing that you only have one chance to make a first impression with older and much more experienced professionals. You feel overwhelmed and unprepared; you have no idea what to say or do.

The good news is that it doesn't have to be that way! How then do you get remarkable networking results? Is there one secret? No, there isn't one secret; there are four. In this powerful and interactive keynote, Matthew Levy will share the 4-step process that will help you become the networker with whom others will want to connect (yes, even more experienced professionals) and you will be able to get the job that you desire and deserve.

Discover the tools that will help you…

  • Understand networking

  • Develop a positioning statement

  • Learn what to do if you are shy

  • Learn how to introduce yourself

  • Learn what questions to ask

  • Follow up with key contacts

This is one interactive and motivational program you cannot afford to miss! Turn yourself into a networking Greatest of All Time!

Open to All! Students: RSVP on OrgSync under the School of Business tab to earn Career Connections Credit at least 48 hours in advance.

About Mr. Levy:
Matthew Levy is an Executive Vice President with Velocity Advisory Group, a boutique coaching and consulting firm specializing in employee engagement, culture, leadership development and team and sales effectiveness. He is passionate about coaching high achievers to discover and align on their calling, to reach ever loftier goals by challenging them to uncover their hidden genius, and to achieve what they thought otherwise was impossible.  

His background includes twenty+ years of broad experience in human resources roles at blue-chip companies including Merck, Amgen and Johnson & Johnson. Prior to Velocity, Matt was a senior HR leader at Janssen R&D, part of the pharmaceutical companies of Johnson & Johnson, where he partnered with R&D leaders on people issues such as strategic planning, organizational effectiveness, assessing and developing leaders, employee engagement and culture change to help the company meet its business goals.

He is actively engaged in professional organizations including the Greater Philadelphia Senior Executive Group (GPSEG) where he is Vice-Chair and President-elect and the Philadelphia Society of People & Strategy where he is Past President. He regularly gives keynote speeches about career, leadership and personal motivation topics.

Matt graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Business Management from Ithaca College. He lives in Doylestown, PA with his wife, daughter and son where he jogs through the Bucks County countryside to stay fit. 

Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 12:10pm to 1:05pm

Park Center for Business and Sustainable Enterprise, 111

Individuals who would like to request accessibility accommodations should contact khall2@ithaca.edu. We ask that requests be made as soon as possible to ensure they can be met.

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