Jacob Cass, Carrot Creative, Breakout Session Speaker
Jacob Cass, at the prime age of just 22 has already received numerous regional, national and international design awards for his work in identity, web & graphic design. Jacob’s work also appears in a number of high profile design related books including The Best of Logo Lounge 5 and the Wolda 2008 Annual. Jacob also runs the wildly popular graphic design & creativity blog Just Creative Design where he freelances as a graphic, web and logo designer. Jacob also runs the website Logo Designer Blog - a blog dedicated entirely to branding & logo design. Throughout the day you will find him chomping down carrots at the new media marketing agency, Carrot Creative, where he specialises in media strategy, design & development for some of the world's most vaunted brands (Pepsi, MTV, Crayola, NFL just to name a few).You can see Jacob’s full list of achievements here.
Kate DiChristopher, Marina Maher Communications, HR Panel Speaker
Christopher Gaturu, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, HR Panel Speaker
Chris Gaturu began his career at Deloitte, one of the Big 4 Global Professional Services firms as a Staff Auditor upon graduation with a degree in Accounting from Worcester State College in 1995. Two years into his career, he ventured to his true calling in recruiting and joined an executive search firm. Here, he specialized in permanent placements in the field of accounting, consulting and finance, specifically catering towards companies in dire need of exempt level diverse candidates.
Chris is currently a Senior Recruiter & Diversity Specialist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. He primarily recruits for the Supervision Regulation and Credit department, as well any Accounting/Finance related roles specifically internal audit, accounting, financial planning and analysis and the financial support office. Chris professes that a candidates’ resume is the most critical asset in their arsenal of job seeking techniques. A flawless resume with all the key attributes will 9 out of 10 times get you to the door upon which you will inevitably need to back it up!
Jason Glashow, Fleishman Hillard, HR Panel Speaker
Jason Glashow is a senior vice president, partner, and general manager of Fleishman Hillard’s Boston office, working with a broad array of clients in the areas of technology, healthcare, financial services, education, and government. He previously worked for Fleishman-Hillard in their Austin office where he helped lead many of the firm’s successful engagements with global technology accounts. While in Austin, he drove public relations efforts for Dell Computer Corporation in their enterprise, consumer, and public sector businesses, and worked on the launch of many of their core products.
Most recently, Mr. Glashow managed public relations and communications for Microsoft’s U.S. Public Sector business, the company’s largest industry vertical, which includes Microsoft Federal, state, and local government, and education. At Microsoft, he coordinated integrated programs across the U.S. Public Sector marketing group as well as corporate product and program groups, creating market-making communications initiatives with leading education and government customers and partners.
Before joining Microsoft, Mr. Glashow was vice president of communications strategies for ML Strategies, a Boston-based government affairs and strategic communications firm, where he founded the firm’s first product and technology-focused public relations group, providing services to high-tech, energy, telecom, aviation, and services companies in addition to international economic development agencies.
He also was a vice president at the Weber Group (now Weber Shandwick) where he led teams responsible for national technology accounts including computer networking, computer hardware, IP telephony, Internet commerce and content, and software development companies. While there, he planned and executed the award-winning launch of Groove Networks and supervised communications strategies for networking and voice product businesses for Avaya and 3Com Corp.
Before his communications career, Mr. Glashow worked as a journalist in both print and broadcast outlets including INC. Magazine, the Christian Science Monitor, WBAL-TV in Baltimore, and Army Times publishing where he was a staff writer covering Federal policy and budget issues, and military technology.
Mr. Glashow graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in English literature, and has an M.A. in journalism from Boston University.
Heather Huhman, Come Recommended, Breakout Session Speaker
Heather R. Huhman, founder & president of Come Recommended, is passionate about helping students and recent college graduates pursue their dream careers. As the oldest child in her family – even among her extended family – she did not have anyone to guide her through the trials and tribulations of developing her career. Now, as an experienced hiring manager and someone who has been in nearly every employment-related situation imaginable, she is serving as that much-needed guide for others.
Heather knows and understands the needs of today’s employers and internship and entry-level job seekers. Her expertise in this area led to her selection as Examiner.com’s entry-level careers columnist in mid-2008. The daily, national column educates high school students through recent college graduates about how to find, land and succeed at internships and entry-level jobs.
Additionally, Heather is a career expert for the CAREEREALISM Twitter Advice Project, the job search expert for Campus Calm, a contributor to One Day, One Job, One Day, One Internship, Intern Advocate and Personal Branding Blog and author of #ENTRYLEVELtweet: Taking Your Career from Classroom to Cubicle (2010) and the e-books Relocating for an Entry-Level Job: Why You Probably Have to & How to Do It (2010) and Gen Y Meets the Workforce: Launching Your Career During Economic Uncertainty (2008).
Heather resides in the Washington, DC area with her husband, dog and two cats. She is available to answer your questions or speak at your next event.
Maggie van der Leeuw, Burson-Marsteller, HR Panel Speaker
Maggie van der Leeuw (formerly Kellegher) is a Senior Associate of Recruitment in the New York Human Resources Department of Burson-Marsteller. She joined the B-M team in March 2004 after working at Iona College as a Financial Aid Student Loan Coordinator.
Maggie manages the US Harold Burson Summer Internship Program and specifically oversees the New York Summer Intern Program every summer. In addition, Maggie partners with senior leadership at Burson-Marsteller on recruitment and retention initiatives. In addition, Maggie has been actively involved in many Burson-Marsteller US initiatives, including the Reverse Mentoring Program, the design, implementation and training of an enhanced online performance evaluation process across the US, and participating in Burson-Marsteller US volunteer efforts with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk, coordinating and recruiting fellow New York Burson persons to join in the fundraising efforts. To date, Burson-Marsteller US has raised upwards of $100K to aid in the efforts to find a cure for blood cancers.
Maggie obtained her Bachelor of Business Administration from Iona College in New Rochelle, NY majoring in Information and Decision Technology Management as well as an MBA degree with a concentration in Human Resource Management.
She is a newlywed (September 2009) and in her spare time, enjoys spending time with her family and celebrating her Irish heritage.
Karen Raskopf, Dunkin' Brands, Breakout Session Speaker
Karen Raskopf was named Dunkin’ Brands’ Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications in 2009. She brings more than twenty years of experience in the communications field to Dunkin’ Brands.
As Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications, Karen is responsible for all aspects of the company’s global public relations, including internal and executive communications, marketing and crisis public relations, event management, corporate philanthropy and community relations.
Prior to joining Dunkin’ Brands, she spent 12 years as Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications for Blockbuster, Inc. She also served as head of communications for 7-Eleven, Inc. where she led all aspects of public relations for the international convenience store chain. Her background also includes leadership positions at Gannet Broadcasting. Karen is the recipient of several communications awards and is a featured speaker at numerous international conferences on best PR practices. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Dallas with a degree in English.
Linda Shear, Whole Foods, Breakout Session Speaker
Linda Shear leads Human Resources for Whole Foods Market North Atlantic Region. This encompasses 5,500 Team Members over five states. She has also led the HR functions in Whole Foods locations in the United Kingdom and New Your City in the 7 years she has been with the company. A pioneer at Whole Foods Market, being the first Human Resource professional hired by the company, she credits herself with bringing some structure to the unique culture without hindering its spirit and making it an “Employer of Choice”.
This year Whole Foods Market was once again selected as one of Fortunes Top 100 Best Places to Work in the US for the 13th year in a row and Top 100 Best Employers in Massachusetts. Prior to working for Whole Foods Market, Linda was the Vice President of Human Resources for Lids Corporation (baseball cap stores) and for Hills Department Stores. She started with Hills Department Stores in 1977 in their Management Training program and worked her way from store manager to Vice President of Human Resources until they were sold in 1999. Linda holds a BS Degree in Consumer Services from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and earned SPHR designation in 2003.
Penelope Trunk, Brazen Careerist, Morning Keynote Speaker
Penelope Trunk is CEO of Brazen Careerist, a career management tool for next-generation professionals. This is her third startup. Each company Penelope built was focused on a community. Her own career path has had twists and turns and in a world where straight, safe career paths are nowhere to be had, Penelope appreciates the power of managing oneself through community.
Penelope's career began in Los Angeles, where she played professional beach volleyball. She then went to graduate school for English. During that time she learned HTML which allowed her to get a job in the marketing department at Ingram Micro.
After a stint in the Fortune 500, she went to a few smaller software companies and then started her own company, Math.com, a math-tools resource for the teaching community funded by Encore Software. She sold that company for a small sum, and founded eCitydeals, an online auction service for city governments, which was funded by Shelter Ventures, and was shut down in the dot-com bust.
During this time, Penelope wrote a column for Business 2.0 magazine about her experiences as a startup founder. She relocated to New York City and after only a few months at her next startup, she found herself a block from the World Trade Center when it fell.
She decided to be a full-time writer so she did not have to leave her apartment. And she focused on giving career advice instead of writing about herself. At that point, generation Y was entering the workforce and they were looking for advice to tell them how to steer a career that accommodates their lives: old career advice was irrelevant to them.
Penelope started writing career advice for a new generation of workers. Today Penelope is the author of a bestselling career advice book for generation y and the number one career blog.
She explains why old advice - like pay your dues, climb the ladder, and don't have gaps in your resume - is outdated and irrelevant in today's workplace. She has a reputation for giving advice that is counterintuitive but effective, like take long lunches, ignore people who steal your ideas, and stop vying for a promotion.
She is dedicated to helping people find success at the intersection of work and life, because that's what she wants for herself. She thinks of career advice as a group effort. And she launched her company, Brazen Careerist, to create a large-scale community for young people manage their careers for the new millennium.