leadership and career conference presented by Conestoga Students Inc.

About the conference

CSI’s Leadership and Career Conference provides Conestoga College students with the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to be successful in your future career.

This year the conference will focus on:
Entrepreneurship, First Jobs, Teamwork

Take the time to invest in yourself and boost your employability in today’s job market by using this opportunity to build your soft skills, be inspired by world-class speakers, and most importantly, get prepared for your future career!

Join us February 1 and 2!

New this year, you can purchase tickets for one OR both days of the conference.

Get your free tickets here

Choose your Stream

The conference is divided up into three streams: entrepreneurship, finding your first job, and teamwork. You can follow one stream throughout the entire conference, or mix it up between the three.

Entrepreneutureship
The standard 9-5 desk job is not the perfect career path for everyone. Especially for those who decide to become their own boss as an entrepreneur. Learn about the path it has taken some of our speakers on and the challenges they faced when starting out. Learn about how their businesses have evolved while providing you with invaluable knowledge about what it takes to be an entrepreneur.
finding your first job
You came to college to work towards a career. Now you are here and are getting the hard skills so you will be qualified, but how will you find your first job? Learn some tips and tricks for how to find the dream job you are looking for, how to make sure you are seen as a potential candidate, and how to ace your interview?
team work
The first thing that comes to mind when someone says teamwork shouldn’t be negative, it should be positive. Teamwork doesn’t just mean working on group projects, its working well together with others. This could be the difference between you landing that promotion or not. So learn about how to be a valuable team member so you can contribute to teamwork that makes the dream work!

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Schedule of Events

More information, including speaker sessions will be added to the schedule as it becomes available. The schedule is subject to change without notice.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Check in and Breakfast

8:00am-9:00am

Located in The Venue.

Opening Keynote

9:00am-10:15am

Nav Bhatia “Changing Perceptions” in the Blue Room.

Break

10:15am-10:30am

Snacks will be in the Blue Room.

Concurrent Sessions

10:30am-12:00pm

Choose the session you’d like attend from one of the three streams:

Entrepreneurship

Ben Fanelli of Heroic Minds. Workshop on Perseverance and overcoming obstacles.

First Jobs

Workshop on obtaining your first job presented by MyCAREER. An amazing on campus resource.

Teamwork

Andy Thibodeau “CAN I COUNT ON YOU?” Building Your Reliability”.

Lunch

12:00pm-1:00pm

In The Blue Room.

Concurrent Sessions

1:00am-2:30pm

Choose the session you’d like attend from one of the three streams:

Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship at Conestoga presented by Conestoga’s Entrepreneurship Collective.

First Jobs

Katherine Mason Young “Nailed it: The Etiquette Essentials You Need to Nail Your Interview”.

Teamwork

Andy Thibodeau “LET’S TALK!” Effective Communication Skills”.

Break

2:30pm-2:45am

Snacks will be in the Blue Room.

Closing Keynote

2:45pm-4:00pm

Katherine Mason Young “Etiquette Essentials” in the Blue Room.

Dismissal

4:00pm

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Check in and Breakfast

In The Venue.

8:00am-9:00am

Opening Keynote

9:00am-10:15am

Sarain Fox “The Golden Thread” in the Blue Room.

Break

10:15am-10:30am

Snacks will be in the Blue Room.

Concurrent Sessions

10:30am-12:00pm

Choose the session you’d like attend from one of the three streams:

Entrepreneurship

Sam Davidson “Making a Living: Entrepreneurship with heart, mind, and soul”

First Jobs

Pete Mockaitis “Six Figure Salaries and Six Pack Abs” First Jobs.

Teamwork

Odell Biznell: “The Talk: A Diversity/Inclusion Conversation That Must Be Had”.

Lunch

12:00pm-1:00pm

In The Blue Room.

Concurrent Sessions

1:00am-2:15pm

Choose the session you’d like attend from one of the three streams:

Entrepreneurship

Peter Bielagus “Is Entrepreneurship the Life for You?”

First Jobs

Pete Mockaitis “How to get a Real Job, Real Fast”.

Teamwork

Sam Davidson: “Better. Together.”

Break

2:15pm-2:30pm

Snacks will be in the Blue Room.

Closing Keynote

2:30pm-3:30pm

Peter Bielagus “Cash in on your Passion” in the Blue Room.

Dismissal

4:00pm

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conference speakers

We will be hosting 10 speakers at CSI’s Career and Leadership Conference.

The full list of speakers will be posted as it becomes available
pete mockaitisSarain Fox

Sam Davidson

Peter Bielagus

Odell Bizzell

Nav BhatiaKatherine Mason-Young

Ben Fanelli

Andy Thibodeau