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  Own The Room for Executive Presence - Monday, May 8th, 9:00am-5:00pm, RIT Campus Center, Reading Room

This is a unique opportunity to participate in a day-long communication skills development workshop, presented by RIT Alumna Katie Wake, of Own The Room. Learn to present confidently, regardless of the seniority of your audience. Convey authority, poise and gravitas while building your personal brand and saying more with fewer words.

Own The Room for Executive Presence
Do you need to make your voice heard when presenting to C-Suite executives? Even the most self-assured speakers can find their confidence lagging when presenting to senior leaders. Own The Room for Executive Presence provides tools to convey gravitas and poise, no matter how intimidating the audience.

The training covers the mindset you need when presenting to the highest-ranking decision-makers; using your voice and body language to convey authority and discourage interruption; powerful storytelling to deliver your message from a 30,000-foot view; and asking strategic questions to drive the conversation.

Key Takeaways
• Learn how to communicate so the most distracted audiences want to listen
• Develop the right mindset for presenting to senior executives successfully
• Build your personal brand
• Increase gravitas through expanded voice modulation, body language and movement with purpose
• Tell powerful, concise stories with clear takeaways -- even when your time is limited
• Manage dialogue: go from communication breakdowns to breakthroughs

There is no cost for this event.  Space is very limited.  Registration required - email Kris Stehler,

About Katie Wake, RIT Alumna, Presenter

About Own The Room
We empower high performance cultures that enable people to actually have fun while doing the best work of their lives.

We're not your usual public speaking training or presentation training course. Our communication skills training workshop experiences take your presentation, public speaking and executive presence to a whole new level. The learning approach is non-traditional, highly interactive and, yes, fun. You’ll learn impactful skills you can apply instantly. It’s definitely not a lecture!

We always work hard to understand the individual and broader organization to create exceptional outcomes. Our coaches are world-class professionals and you’ll see results in minutes, not months.

Performance. Unleashed.

4th Annual Alumni Networking Event
Rochester Area College Alumni, YOU’RE INVITED
Wednesday May 17th, from 6:00-8:00pm, RIT’s University Gallery

Are you in a job search?  Thinking about a career change?  Want to grow your network?  This event is for you!

Connect with fellow alumni from all Rochester area colleges and employer representatives from some of Rochester’s top employers for networking and potential future job contacts. The goal of this event is to provide career advice, tips and suggestions from company participants, and to help you grow your network and make connections for future opportunities. A panel of local recruiters will share insights and advice about job searching and how to put yourself in the best position to succeed, then you’ll have the opportunity to talk with panelists and other alumni participants.  Bonus:  resume drop will be available; bring your resumes to leave with employers.  AND: all attendees will receive a directory with all participant contact information, for follow up and future networking.
In a job search, it’s true that, “It’s not what you know; it’s who you know”; this event will help you do both!

SPACE IS LIMITED; RSVP REQUIRED: For more information or to register, email Njyhalo Pavati at  When registering via email, please include the following: Full Name, College you graduated from, Major, and Graduation Year.  Questions?  Contact Kris Stehler by email or call 475-5468.
If you need interpreting services, please include that request in your RSVP as well.


5:30-6:00 - Sign in and informal networking
6:00-7:00 - Employer panel sharing tips and advice for your job search
7:00-8:00 - Informal networking, all alumni and employer participants

Refreshments will be provided


Paychex                                               Rising

Hoselton Auto Group                          BlueTie

Lenel (UTC)                                        Eagleview

Datto                                                   Bosch Security Systems

Optimax                                                               and more!

  Alumni Virtual Job Search Intensive Program

Offered again by popular demand!  Is your job search stalled?  Or is your search just starting and you’re not sure what to do next?   This 5-week online program will provide information, resources, guidance and support for your job search.  Our structured approach will target the key areas of a job search, and help provide focus, overcome obstacles, and manage a strategic search. All Alumni Job Search Intensive program information and resources are now online here.

Topics include:

  • Overview of our office alumni services & programs, including our Job Zone job listing system
  • Development of targeted marketing materials, including resumes, correspondence, LinkedIn profile, and your all-important personal brand
  • Strategies and resources for conducting a proactive job search
  • Networking, connecting with RIT alumni, and the importance of social media in your search
  • Interviewing strategies
  • How to overcome potential obstacles

This program is completely online, so you can participate around your schedule.  The format will consist of:

  • Weekly emails introducing the topics
  • Mini-webinars providing specific information
  • Supporting materials, examples, and suggested assignments to advance your job search
  • Opportunities to connect with your Career Services coordinator for individualized advisement related to your targeted field

All Alumni Job Search Intensive program information and resources are now online here.


 Career Toolkit – Mini-Webinars on Job Search Topics
Maximize your knowledge with a minimum time commitment!

  • Career Services Orientation
    Learn about the career services and programs available to RIT alumni, including our Job Zone job listing system.  Recording 
  • Unstick Your Career
    Unsure where to go with a career transition?  Get information on self-assessment and career search resources to help move you forward into your next career.  Recording
  • Alumni:  How to Work a Career Fair – at RIT or Anywhere
    Guidelines and tips for approaching recruiters, selling your skills effectively, using resources to plan your strategy and research attending employers, and making connections that will lead to future success.  Recording; Transcript
  • Maximize Your Job Search
    Tips and resources to help you conduct an effective job search.  Recording; Transcript

  Experts Career Speaker Series

Expert speakers share job search and career management advice through webinars; listen live or access the archived recordings at any time.  Visit the website to register and access the webinars -

Here are a few upcoming webinars (see the website for the complete list of upcoming and archived webinars):

How to Build Your Brand Online, Wednesday March 1, 8-9pm EST. 
Building your personal brand is has become a requirement for business professionals. In this presentation, expert Ryan Rhoten will explain how to build your brand, grow your influence, and amplify your online reputation using his four-step D.I.C.E process. Ryan will also teach you about modern job search strategies, including the proper use of social media, and how building your brand links to your compensation.

Build Stronger Relationships to Advance Yours Career, Wednesday March 15, 8-9pm EST.  
You grew up wanting to do more than just work a bunch of jobs, retire, and then wait out the rest of your days full of regret for never having achieved your dreams. The daily responsibilities of life derailed you from the dreams and job path you initially wanted to pursue and it’s been a struggle ever since.  In this webinar, Kandis Webb will teach you to re-connect with yourself and your dreams, start doing the 5 things necessary to find a job that really works for you,  and implement a new job search and career path strategy.

Leadership 3.0: Link Out – Not In -- to Build Trusted Relationships that Create Careers that Soar, Wednesday April 5, 8-9pm EST. 
Growing your business or career has become more challenging, but leaders and the most successful business professionals flourish - even in tough times - because they have one thing in common. They “Link Out” and build their own entourages - those trusted circles of people who support their successes with connections, advice, and open doors. It’s not something we often think about, but it’s true: Everyone can have their own entourage. Leslie Grossman will show you 5 key steps to create your own entourage, how your entourage can work for you, and how to leverage your network, no matter what phase of business you’re in: -startup, plateau, growth or reinvention.

Mid-Life Career Rescue, Wednesday April 12, 8-9pm EST. 
What makes you happy? What’s your passion? Perhaps, like other people, you don’t know. So many people never think about what gives them joy, meaning, and purpose before embarking on their careers. Others struggle to work out how to follow their passions and still pay the bills.  Passion, happiness, joy, fulfillment, love—call it what you will—Cassandra has a proven-track record of success helping people stress less and succeed more. (For more information on Cassandra and her range of services or visit her Amazon page

Alumni Blog

Alumni Blog – Career and job search articles with tips, suggestions and resources for your search 

Career Advising

  • One-on-one advising, individualized to your interests and job search or career transition needs, including marketing materials review (resume, cover letter, portfolio), interviewing skills, job search strategy, and resources for your search.  Schedule an appointment with the Career Services Coordinator for your field, by phone, in person, or Skype. Call 585-475-2301 to make an appointment
  • Career Counseling for alumni in transition; our counselors can provide assessment testing and review, and provide support for a career change. Call 585-475-2301 to schedule an appointment with one of our Career Counselors.
  • *NEW - Personalized Career Coaching, with one of our professional community coaches.  This fee-based service is available to all RIT alumni; work one-on-one with a coach to define your career goals and a plan to move you toward career success.
  • Want a quick overview of our alumni career services?

RSVP Registration Processes

You can RSVP for programs two ways: directly through Job Zone (account needed) or by emailing Kris Stehler (

Job Zone RSVP instructions: Login to Job Zone/click on the Events link on the top toolbar/Workshop tab/select title of session/click on the RSVP button.

Interpreting Services

If you require interpreting services email Kris Stehler (