1:30 – 4:30 p.m. – Panels (3 rotations for 45 minutes each) on the second floor of Gregory Hall
Each panel will have 4-5 participants.There is a Track “A” for underclassmen and those just starting their career and professional development journey and a Track “B” for those that are ready for the job search. The topics include:

TRACK A

1:30 – 2:15 p.m.: Internships - How to find and secure them
213 Gregory Hall
Moderator: Carrie Mulvaney, Academic Advisor

  • Jason Atwood ‘09 ADV 
    Associate Director, Starcom
  • Diana Dionisio ‘88 ADV
    Director of Sponsorship Solutions, WGN-TV
  • Mario Parker ‘06 MS JOUR
    Journalist, Bloomberg News
  • John Pletz ‘90 JOUR
    Senior Reporter, Crain’s Chicago Business
  • Lena Singer ’04 JOUR/ ’07 MS LIS
    Editor/Writer/Producer, Self-Employed (formerly Managing Editor, Rookie)

2:30 – 3:15 p.m.: Resumes (& Cover Letters) - How to write a good one that gets noticed
215 Gregory Hall
Moderator:  Lena Singer ’04 JOUR/ ’07 MS LIS, Editor/Writer/Producer, Self-Employed (formerly Managing Editor, Rookie)

  • Kimberly Beals ’04 LAS/ ’08 MS JOUR
    Director of Public Relations, Gensler
  • Kyle Betts ’08 JOUR/ ’09 MS JOUR
    Digital News Editor, Chicago Tribune
  • Jim Schlueter ’80 JOUR
    Director of Technology Communications, Boeing

3:30 – 4:15 p.m.: Personal Brand - How to cultivate one
215 Gregory Hall
Moderator: Shachar Meron '01 ADV/ '02 MS ADV; Lecturer in Advertising

  • Jason Atwood ‘09 ADV 
    Associate Director, Starcom
  • Kimberly Beals ’04 LAS/ ’08 MS JOUR
    Director of Public Relations, Gensler
  • Mark Lindley ’78 JOUR
    President, MCL Communications & Consulting
  • Mario Parker ‘06 MS JOUR
    Journalist, Bloomberg News

TRACK B

1:30 – 2:15 p.m.: Jobs - How to find a job, what to expect post-graduation, transitioning from College to Career
215 Gregory Hall
Moderator: Mark Lindley ’78 JOUR, President, MCL Communications & Consulting

  • Margaret Ahrweiler ’86 JOUR 
    Regional Marketing Director, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
  • Kyle Betts ’08 JOUR/ ’09 MS JOUR
    Digital News Editor, Chicago Tribune
  • Jason McGregor ‘99 JOUR
    Digital Design Editor, Crain’s Chicago Business
  • Jim Schlueter ’80 JOUR
    Director of Technology Communications, Boeing
  • Whitney Smith ’00 LAS
    Director of Illinois Business Consulting, College of Business at the University of Illinois

2:30 – 3:15 p.m.: Interviewing - Preparation, Poise, Presentation
213 Gregory Hall
Moderator: Jessica Hogue, Director of Career Services

  • Diana Dionisio ‘88 ADV
    Director of Sponsorship Solutions, WGN-TV
  • Mark Lindley ’78 JOUR
    President, MCL Communications & Consulting
  • Jason Atwood ‘09 ADV 
    Associate Director, Starcom
  • Margaret Ahrweiler ’86 JOUR 
    Regional Marketing Director, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
  • John Pletz ‘90 JOUR
    Senior Reporter, Crain’s Chicago Business

3:30 – 4:15 p.m.: Networking - How to do it, how to follow up, tips and tricks of making a memorable impression
213 Gregory Hall
Moderator: John Paul '77 JOUR/ '10 MS JOUR, Lecturer in Journalism

  • Margaret Ahrweiler ’86 JOUR 
    Regional Marketing Director, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
  • Diana Dionisio ‘88 ADV
    Director of Sponsorship Solutions, WGN-TV
  • John Pletz ‘90 JOUR
    Senior Reporter, Crain’s Chicago Business
  • Jim Schlueter ’80 JOUR
    Director of Technology Communications, Boeing
  • Lena Singer ’04 JOUR/ ’07 MS LIS
    Editor/Writer/Producer, Self-Employed (formerly Managing Editor, Rookie)

To participate or follow along via Twitter and/or Instagram, see the MCS handle (@IlliniosMCS) and use these hashtags: #MediaCareerDay and #ILLINOISmedia