Ground floor opportunity to top-level success
You’ve dutifully met deadlines, slogged through collaborations and critiques, and challenged convention with your own ideas about creativity and career. Now, take the next step – at Meet the Pros 2017 in Omaha, February 20 – 21.
This is not a sit-and-listen yawn-fest. Meet the Pros 2017 makes you a participant in a once-a-year event that teams up-and-comers with been-there-done-thats. You may enter on the ground floor, but from here, anything is possible. Going up?
Don’t wait for the next car.
Just because Meet the Pros 2017 is celebrating 54 years, don’t expect it to be the same thing as last year. We’ve got new speakers and more professionals from more categories, plus internships and scholarships for you to apply for. It’s where aspiration meets inspiration.
Monday, February 20
How do you know what you want if you don’t know what’s out there? Get a first hand look with company tours that will take you from entrepreneurs, small shops and nonprofits, to large agencies and corporate marketing – you may be surprised at the fit that feels right.
2017 Company Tours:
Portfolio and Resume Reviews
Tuesday, February 21
It’s not really cheating if everyone gets the answers. Find out if your portfolio and resume will get you to those critical next steps – an interview and a job offer. These face-to-face sessions help you learn how to show and talk about your work and yourself; find out what stands out in the interview; and ask questions that make a difference in getting to the next level or getting stuck between floors.
From Yahoo! and Ervin & Smith, to Swanson Russell, Union Pacific Railroad, First National Bank and more – learn by doing with some of the area’s most successful professionals at some of the most desirable places to work. Apply before you get to Omaha and set up your personal meet and greet. Check out our listings here.
More Than Design
While designers may be the most represented group at Meet the Pros, they’re not the only ones. This year, we’ll also have more account executives, writer/producers, creative directors, interactive specialists, media planners, production managers, marketing gurus and more on hand. Be sure to engage with them. If there’s one thing they all have in common, it’s that they love to talk about themselves!
Meet the Speakers
Roxanne Abbott, Daryl Anderson, Jonas Pultinevicius & Deb Ward
Design Director at Cards Against Humanity
CEO, Verde Martin
Assistant Professor, Doctoral Program in Leadership at Creighton University
Chief Marketing Officer, Ervin & Smith
Account Service, Yahoo
CEO, Bailey Lauerman
Principal & Creative Director of Daake
Digital Marketing Strategist, Ervin & Smith
Senior Copywriter at Bailey Lauerman
Meet the Emcees
|1||Registration||8:00 - 9:00 AM||Main Room|
|2||Welcome - Dylan Baumann||9:00 - 9:15 AM||Main Room|
|3||First Speaker||Michael Johnson||9:15 - 10 AM||Main Room|
|4||Second Speaker||Jill Slupe||10 - 10:45 AM||Main Room|
|5||Networking Break||10:45 - 11 AM||Main Room|
|6||Third Speaker||Jamaal Chinn||11 - 11:30 AM||Main Room|
|7||Lunch||11:30 AM - 12 PM||Main Room|
|8||Keynote||Going Big Panel | Monday Keynote||12 - 12:45 PM||Main Room|
|9||Q&A/Networking Break||12:45 - 1 PM||Main Room|
|10||Fourth Speaker||Greg Andersen||1 - 1:45 PM||Main Room|
|11||Fifth Speaker||Samantha Drake||1:45 - 2:15 PM||Main Room|
|12||Networking Break||2:15 - 2:30 PM||Main Room|
|13||Sixth Speaker||Eric “Mean” Melin||2:30 - 3:30 PM||Main Room|
|14||Day One Closing Remarks||3:30 - 3:45 PM||Main Room|
|15||Dismiss for Company Tours||3:45 - 4 PM||Main Room|
|16||Company Tours||4 - 5 PM||Company Locations|
|1||Arrive/Breakfast||8 - 8:30 AM||Main Room|
|2||Welcome||8:30 - 8:45 AM||Main Room|
|3||First Speaker||Stuart Chittenden||8:45 - 9:30 AM||Main Room|
|4||Second Speaker||Greg Daake||9:30 - 10 AM||Main Room|
|5||Break||10 - 10:15 AM||Main Room|
|6||Roundtable Discussions||10:15 - 11:15 AM||Main Room|
|7||Networking Break||11:15 - 11:30 AM||Main Room|
|8||Lunch||11:30 AM - 12 PM||Main Room|
|9||Keynote||Amy Schwartz | Tuesday Keynote||12 - 12:45 PM||Main Room|
|10||Q&A/Networking Break||12:45 - 1 PM||Main Room|
|11||Third Speaker||Leah Georges||1 - 1:45 PM||Main Room|
|12||Networking Break||1:45 - 2 PM||Main Room|
|13||Fourth Speaker||Amanda Olson & JoAnna Bausch||2 - 2:30 PM||Main Room|
|14||Fifth Speaker||Katie Kemerling||2:30 - 3 PM||Main Room|
|15||Closing Remarks||3 - 3:15 PM||Main Room|
|16||Portfolio/Resume Reviews||3:30 - 4:45 PM||Main Room|
|17||After Party||5 - 7 PM||Spirit World in Aksarben|
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At the Creative Center, our graduating students are required to attend Meet the Pros as a graded assignment during their final semester - we believe it’s simply that important to their professional careers. As educators, we talk incessantly about the importance of networking. Meet the Pros gives our students another opportunity to not only practice this incredibly critical skill but also benefit from these connections in the work place!