Discover Your Possibilities

A Celebration of Career Development Month


Celebrating Career Development Month
November 2022

FREE!
All sessions are virtual and you can join from anywhere!

For more information,
contact Denise Grupp-Verbon at
denise_gruppverbon@owens.edu.


All sessions are virtual and you can join from anywhere!

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Running a Business and Creating Relationships

Wednesday, November 2, 2022 at 9:30 a.m.

Todd Mitchell, Great Lakes Sound and Lighting

Running a sound and lighting business goes beyond setting up lights and sound equipment. Learn handy tips which will apply to whatever business you plan to run or work for.

About the presenter: Todd Mitchell is President/Owner of Great Lakes Sound and Lighting. “GLS” provides concert sound, lighting, and staging services for events such as The Toledo Symphony Pops Series, Toledo Mud Hens Hensville, ProMedica Concert Series, Dayton Celtic Fest, University of Toledo Commencement and Owens Community College Commencement.

Todd holds a degree from Musician’s Institute in California and is an accomplished guitarist.


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Motion Design and Animation Careers

Wednesday, November 2, 2022 at 3:30 p.m.

Taso Mastorakis

What does a career in animation and motion design ‘look’ like? Taso will introduce you to his experiences and share the news of possibilities in the field.

About the presenter: Taso Mastorakis is a 2000 graduate of the School of Visual Arts. He has 22 years of experience in animation, graphic design, and character animation including Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Clues. Clients include Nickelodeon, TV Land, WeTV, Food Network, CBS Sports, and Robin Hood. Taso is currently working as a senior motion designer for the CBS Sports division.


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The Social Work Profession

Monday, November 7, 2022, 9:30 a.m.

Dr. Robin Walters-Powell

Social work is a fascinating profession that offers individuals the opportunity to help others in a creative and fulfilling way. For those that have a passion for helping others, this career provides many avenues to advocate and empower those in need of assistance. Dr. Walters-Powell will discuss the multitude of opportunities that are available with a degree in Social Work and the path that it takes to be successful in this field.

About the presenter: Dr. Walters-Powell is Chair of Social Work and Health Care Services at the University of Findlay, Psychotherapist at Mind Body Health and Part-time Social Work faculty at Owens Community College.

Robin received her BSW from Ball State Univ., MSW from The Ohio State Univ., Post Graduate Degree in Social Work Research and Evaluation from Wayne State Univ. and her Doctorate in Education from the Univ. of Findlay. She has been practicing social work in a variety of settings since 1993.


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A Career in Audio Engineering Demystified

Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at 2 p.m.

Amber Flynn

In this session, Amber will share her recent 13-year journey into a career in music and audio engineering. The journey started with going back to taking piano, theory, and voice lessons in 2009.

She then went on to compose music and went to school for audio certification and music theory classes. The result? She is now running two recording studios, building a certification school, has four interns and provides community internships through a local college.

Amber will share her unique journey into this industry and talk about the passion and purpose necessary to embrace what you love and make it a career. She will also talk about her personal motivation, drive, and commitment to juggle a music tech/recording school, as well as how to maintain a professional studio and live sound engineering gigs.

About the presenter: Amber Flynn is the Recording Studio Manager for Leading Note Studios – Encinitas & San Marcos, CA

With a vast knowledge of systems, Amber Flynn takes the recording and demystifies it so students and performers alike can have a pleasant recording experience from start to finish. A true example of a lifelong learner, she started studying music at a young age and continues to take lessons in piano, drums, guitar, sitar and voice. Amber brings her knowledge and experience as a student of music, composer, and recording artist to the engineering process, providing an atmosphere where students can learn engineering with both technique and musicianship.

Amber is certified in both Pro Tools and Sibelius, and recently completed the Avid Certified Instructor training to certify others in Pro Tools. She is currently part of the Avid Learning Partner program and building a certification school in San Marcos California. She runs 2 recording studios (Encinitas & San Marcos CA) where LNS students or external patrons can record quality projects. Unlike any other studio experience, recording at LNS with Amber proves to be stress-free, relaxed, and fun. While in session, she is completely dedicated to your project.

Furthering help within the community she has started a collaborative intern program for audio students at Mira Costa College in San Marcos and is currently teaching and mentoring four interns at Leading Note Studios.

Since building the recording studio in 2015, numerous projects have been recorded, including several band albums, original student albums, commercials, many TV show voice-overs, audiobooks, and more! At any given time, Amber is working on her own original projects, several leading note projects, outside projects and also offers a free recording to the LNS Student of the Month.
www.leadingnotestudios.com | www.amberflynn.com


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Great Communicators Never Take the Air out of the Room.

They listen actively and speak with intention. They constantly wonder at the world.

Thursday, November 10, 2022, 11 a.m.

Beth Waisner

Communicating well isn’t rocket science but it is a lifelong work in progress. It means finding that common connection with people and delivering the message in a way that will be best heard. Often, it means actively listening and not saying a word. It is having the words that best fit the day and be willing to adjust the language. Mostly, to be a competent communicator means being engaged and entertained by the world and discovering information with an empathetic eye to new knowledge.

About the presenter: Beth Waisner married her boyfriend Kevin some years ago and he came equipped with two great kids. They share the house with HRH Rizzo the Aussiedor. Beth has degrees in Communications from Muskingum University and BGSU. She is an aging pop culture maven and loves cookies, leading her love of swimming.

Beth loves communication! She says that competent communication is vital. We may not cure cancer, but we will tell people about it. Leaving people better than you found them is something she tries to live by; it is also something all great communicators have in common. It is a daily exercise and lifelong pursuit whose rewards are immeasurable.


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Scroll. Scroll. Click. Click. Using Social Media to Spread Your “Brand”

Monday, November 14, 2022 at 9:30 a.m.

Jen Hazel

This session will focus on effectively using social media to market your “brand,” or other’s brand, as well as grow a network with those with similar interests.

About the presenter: Jen Hazel has been a Professor of English at Owens Community College for 15 years, and she hopes to be here for at least another 15! In addition to her role as a Professor, she has led many projects and initiatives such as revamping the advising program; creating a new student orientation experience; developing campus student mentoring; leading a team in the creation of a co-requisite Composition I course with workshops for educators; and most recently, in conjunction with the manager of tutoring, implementing an embedded tutoring pilot Jen designed and finally, with the Library Director, developing The BIG Read, which raises awareness of different perspectives through literature and accompanying activities across campus and in the surrounding communities. Jen is also the Humanities Department Program Director and designed three brand new certificates that began this fall — one of which is the Media Influencer Certificate! Even with all these projects, according to Jen, nothing is more amazing than working with students to help them find their “Ah-ha!” moment.


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Taking Control of Your Creative Career

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 at 2 p.m.

Kim Merritt

The beauty of a creative career is that we also have the ability to create the exact career we want for ourselves. In this session, Kim will discuss taking control of your creative career—even when you’re unsure of where you want to end up — with topics such as gaining confidence in your work, building a portfolio that reflects where you want to go, getting paid what you’re worth, making intentional career moves, being your own boss, and so on. This conversation is all about helping you feel more aligned and fulfilled in your career journey.

About the presenter: After getting her start at Owens Community College, Kim Merritt transferred to the School of Visual Arts in New York City to finish a BFA in Advertising. In just over a decade, she’s won ten awards while working at agencies throughout New York, London, and Los Angeles, and her work has appeared in everything from Super Bowl campaigns to The Wall Street Journal.

After being laid off from her first job, Kim recognized the opportunity to pivot and try travel writing and landscape photography. She sold her first article she’d ever pitched, which also got her featured in People Magazine and helped her advertising career once she pivoted back. Now Kim is following a new quest, where she recently won $10k to launch her very own creative studio — one that employs passionate freelance creatives to work with purpose-driven brands that are making a positive impact in the world.

Learn more about Kim at gooderacreative.com.


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Childcare Leadership: What does it take to run a center?

Thursday, November 17, 2022 at 11 a.m.

Lisa Nowak

What is it like to run a childcare center? Lisa is excited to share her experiences about what a President/Director of an early learning center does.

About the presenter: Lisa Nowak has been the President/Director of Maria Early Learning Center in Toledo, Ohio for 8 years. She is an Owens Alumni and has a BA in Psychology as well as a master’s degree in Adult Education. Her professional career started in a toddler room 21 years ago. She also has experience in preschool and PreK classrooms. Lisa is extremely passionate about her work and enjoys helping others in the early childhood community. She is Level 3 Trauma Certified through OCCRRA, has a 3-year-old daughter, worked as a foster parent and is a member of two advisory committees for local colleges.


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How to be Noticed With Your Writing

Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at 2 p.m.

Elizabeth Tore

Mark Twain suggested that writers should “Substitute damn every time you’re inclined to write very; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.”

Get noticed for the right reasons. Learn how to develop your voice, stay focused, and eliminate the fluff.

About the presenter: Elizabeth Tore is a professional grant writer, English teacher, Star Trek fanatic, cancer survivor, and mother of two. She earned a BA in English & Comparative Literature, a BS in Secondary Education, a MEd in Higher Education Administration & Teaching College English, and a Certificate in Nonprofit Executive Leadership. Elizabeth’s volunteerism includes grief support for families who have experienced a significant death, family homelessness, Girl Scouts, and the American Cancer Society. Her hobbies are sewing, gardening, cooking, reading, and listening to audiobooks.


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Encore Session!

Taking Control of Your Creative Career

Thursday, December 1, 2022 at 2 p.m.

Kim Merritt

The beauty of a creative career is that we also have the ability to create the exact career we want for ourselves. In this session, Kim will discuss taking control of your creative career—even when you’re unsure of where you want to end up — with topics such as gaining confidence in your work, building a portfolio that reflects where you want to go, getting paid what you’re worth, making intentional career moves, being your own boss, and so on. This conversation is all about helping you feel more aligned and fulfilled in your career journey.

About the presenter: After getting her start at Owens Community College, Kim Merritt transferred to the School of Visual Arts in New York City to finish a BFA in Advertising. In just over a decade, she’s won ten awards while working at agencies throughout New York, London, and Los Angeles, and her work has appeared in everything from Super Bowl campaigns to The Wall Street Journal.

After being laid off from her first job, Kim recognized the opportunity to pivot and try travel writing and landscape photography. She sold her first article she’d ever pitched, which also got her featured in People Magazine and helped her advertising career once she pivoted back. Now Kim is following a new quest, where she recently won $10k to launch her very own creative studio — one that employs passionate freelance creatives to work with purpose-driven brands that are making a positive impact in the world.

Learn more about Kim at gooderacreative.com.


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