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Career Connections: Re/Inventing Yourself in a Changing Workplace

Date: 09/21/13
Time: 1:45-2:45pm
Audience: Alumni,Faculty,Students
Sponsored By: Alumni Relations
Location: SUB 409
Contact: Brenda Dow, x3231, dowb@newpaltz.edu
Web Site: http://www.newpaltz.edu/alumni/

Today's ever-changing business and non-profit work environments often require us to re-position ourselves to meet evolving needs and take advantage of new opportunities. Panelists will share tips for how they've invented or reinvented themselves for professional advancement and career success. The panelists' employers or client accounts have included Adobe, Google, IBM, Harvard School of Business, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Latham & Watkins, Burberry, Tory Burch, H&M, JCPenney, Walgreens, Welch Allyn, Nobel Biocare, Lockheed Martin, Carrier, OHL, Pass & Seymour/Legrand, Travis Perkins, and Pyrotenax.

Justin Mass '01 (Secondary Education 7-12 English, Men's Tennis), currently Sr. Manager, Learning Technology & Design for Adobe, has held a number of learning technology, instructional technology, and eLearning design and development positions over the years, leveraging his undergraduate studies in education and picking up a SUNY master's degree in educational technology to round out his abilities. His industry requires him to constantly evolve to adapt to a changing educational and business landscape in which he must address corporate competition and demanding customer expectations.

Wesley Dean, principal of KDA Web Technologies, Inc., serves as a consultant to Google Premiere Development Partner White Stratus, for which he vets New Paltz internship candidates and technical employee and contractor prospects and mentors colleagues. Wes, an entrepreneur since his youth, worked as an engineer for IBM and a web architect in higher-education, while positioning himself over the years to become an expert in Google Cloud Platform development. He is currently developing solutions for UK, Netherlands, Australia, and USA-based clients.

Brenda Dow, Director of Alumni Relations at SUNY New Paltz