Career Bootcamp Panel @ NeoCon 2011!

Looking for a job is practically a full-time job in itself, and it’s easy to get discouraged. In response to frustrated students IIDA launched the Career Bootcamp at NeoCon 2010. Due to its  extreme popularity IIDA will be hosting the 2nd Annual Career Bootcamp at NeoCon 2011! The Career Bootcamp is designed for students to get insider advice on that all-important process of finding your first job.

IIDA presents recent grads and IIDA Associate Members who have been there, and done that. This event will help shape any students job search strategies around the new realities of the economy and discover tips about current hiring trends and personal branding for students. Learn from successful young professionals on how to secure the job you want (even if you didn’t know you wanted it) and transition from new job mode into a successful career. With over 500+ students already signed up to attend, the panel is sure to be an event not to be missed


Magdeline Oldmixon, Associate IIDA

Maggie Oldmixon is a proud child of the millennial generation and Texas native. She moved to Chicago 3 years ago and in true Millennial fashion, has made up her mind, changed her mind, moved forward and side-stepped her way around the ID industry.  After moving, spending time in graduate school and taking a marketing internship with IIDA, she discovered her interest in social media and the interior design industry. Working with IIDA and being a point-of-contact for IIDA Campus Centers nationwide has afforded her a unique perspective on the ID Industry, personal branding, the art of social media and how it all will affect the next generation of emerging professionals. Most recently she has worked for John Robert Wiltgen Design, Inc. on numerous projects in the Trump Tower residences and other iconic residential towers in the city of Chicago. Currently, she is interested in working on changing policy, legislation and common industry stereotypes through social media.

Lynette Klein, Associate IIDA

Lynette is a Nebraska native and graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design. Since college, she has been working at Perkins+Will Eva Maddox Branded Environments as a full-time designer. Lynett works among an interdisciplinary team of architects, interior designers, brand strategists, graphic designers, environmental designers and signage and wayfinding designers. Some recent projects she has worked on range from brand strategy and product development, such as the Surface Materials Program for Kimball Office and carpet products for Masland Commercial, as well as brand experience design for the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York, the Matthew Knight Arena at University of Oregon, and several Haworth showrooms nation-wide.

Trina Alsip, Associate IIDA

Having recently graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Interior Design and a minor in Business, Trina has only just begun an unpredictable journey into the “real world”. Throughout college she held internship positions in multiple disciplines of design. She also successfully completed her LEED Green Associate. This path has led Trina to her current Design Consultant position with the U.S. Restaurant Design team at McDonald’s Corporation where she is focusing on improving her retail/brand design skills. When not “hanging with Ronald,” she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going to the gym, running with her dog and relaxing.

Stephanie Bryant

Stephanie Bryant is the president and founder of Inhabit. She inspires lives through the art of design and transforms spaces to benefit human existence and the environment that surrounds them. Stephanie received a bachelor of arts in interior and environmental design at CIDA accredited Illinois State University. At Inhabit, she takes on the role of Registered Senior Interior Designer and Owner utilizing her business skills as well as her design expertise and NCIDQ certification. Through her passion for design and the human connection to their surroundings, she helps her clients to harmoniously inhabit their spaces in their own, individual fashion.

Michelle Kraker : The Moderator

Michelle Kraker moderates the panel for the second year in a row, asking the questions students can’t learn in a classroom setting alone. Michelle has over 5 years of experience working in the design industry and is currently the Manager of Social Media Marketing for the International Interior Design Association (IIDA). In addition to cooking up aggressive marketing campaigns targeting emerging designers, she crafts the voice of IIDA’s social media efforts.

Here at IIDA we’re putting together questions for Michelle to ask our panelists that YOU want answered, even if you won’t be at the show. Tell us your questions in the comments!

To register for the FREE Career Bootcamp taking place on Wednesday, June 15th at 11am go here!


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