experience leadership january

Experience Leadership Institute January Session: Digital Deep Dive

Digital technology is important now more than ever. Take your existing experience with digital technology and learn how to leverage it in the workplace. You will also learn how you can brand yourself as an employee, as well as discuss the technological challenges that can sometimes exist when transitioning to the workplace.

Everyone who completes the program will earn a Digital Technology in the Workplace Certificate!

The program will be facilitated and conducted by leaders and employers in the Roanoke Region of Virginia during six online sessions that will focus on digital technology, one of the eight competencies established by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, a nationally recognized set of professional development strategies to successfully transition from college to the workplace, creating a foundation necessary for success.

The program is open to college students and recent graduates. It will provide an opportunity to gain a mentor as well as network with other young professionals across various industries.

The Experience Leadership Institute is a cohort-based program that will help you master the skills that employers have rated most important. Upon completion, you’ll earn a resume-boosting certificate.

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The program runs Jan. 4-15. The program is designed to be completed on its own or is an ideal complement to internships and jobs.

NACE Competency Definition for Digital Technology: Leverage existing digital technologies ethically and efficiently to solve problems, complete tasks, and accomplish goals. Demonstrate effective adaptability to new and emerging technologies.

Leadership Institute Sessions

These are live, online sessions that will include active participation and interaction with other students and professionals.

1. Welcome Keynote with Toye Oshoniyi
Jan. 5 at noon

Toye Oshoniyi Toye Oshoniyi delivers a rare perspective on how young professionals can have a positive influence on their company regardless of work environment, because there’s a good chance he’s been there before.

Toye had more than 15 jobs before the age of 25 and grew up in a single mother household. He did everything from flipping burgers to assisting celebrities as an intern for HBO. He’s been involved in numerous business ventures from landscaping to real estate investing and currently works for Dominion Risk Advisors.

Toye’s journey has been fueled by an unrelenting passion for empowering people. His gift for seeing potential and acting on it have allowed him to grow his career and form trusted relationships.

His delivery will take you on a personal journey that will challenge and motivate you to be the possible version of you … regardless of circumstance.

2. Personal Branding and Using Social Media as a Positive Tool for Professional Success
Jan. 7 at noon

gina schaulandGina Schauland is the owner of Neighborly Digital, specializing in social media management and photography for community organizations, outdoor lifestyle brands, and non-profits. Gina began a career in social media 13 years ago when businesses were just starting to experiment with online social media platforms and has been able to successfully navigate this space by experimenting with content and new platforms, listening to those people/businesses who have their pulse on the industry and attending conferences and seminars to see what’s coming next.

Gina is originally from the west coast and moved to Roanoke three years ago with her husband, Jeff, and their dog, Sonny. When she’s not working with clients, she loves to ride bicycles, camp, and explore all the outdoors has to offer.

3. Technology in the Workplace: Transitioning from School to Industry
Jan. 11 at noon

tmeicHave you ever wondered why the technology you use when you are in your academic program doesn’t always match what you use when you are in your first job or internship? Hear the experiences of other young professionals and learn how to adapt to your company or clients, and how technology is an important skill for job or internship success.

The panel includes a trio from TMEIC — Hrishikesh Kulkarni, associate process automation field engineer; Prashant Singh Baghel, associate field engineer – process automation; and Surabhi Lale, Associate Control Engineer.

4. Understand Your Digital Bias: How What You Do Online Impacts What You See Online
Jan. 12 at noon

carrie cousinsDid you know that clicking just one ad can impact everything you see online for days? Or that a search query can influence the news you see on social media? We will investigate with someone who knows how digital footprints work because they are part of everyday marketing and advertising in an increasingly digital world.

Carrie Cousins of the Roanoke Regional Partnership is a designer, writer, and content marketer with more than 15 years of experience in the media industry. She’s also the voice of the Partnership online and on social media and manages the organization’s digital presence.

5. Graduation Keynote: Alex Strathdee and Rishav Khanal, founders of the Practically Passionate podcast
Jan. 15 at noon

Alex and Rishav became friends working for the same startup back in 2016. The company raised over $100,000 at an evaluation of over 1 million before dissolving in 2017. Regardless, the relationship had been built and the two became obsessed with providing value to the world. They both came from foreign countries, Australia and Nepal, and grew up in middle to low-income households with Rishav having lived on food stamps and free/reduced lunch until the age of 18. These humble beginnings were something they had in common along with knowing that there was too much opportunity in America to let this define their futures.

After graduating from Virginia Tech in 2018, Rishav and Alex went on to work for LinkedIn and 2017 Top Tech IPO, Appian. In their first few months on the job, they wrote the Amazon Bestseller, Experience Over Degrees: The Blueprint To Get You The Job Your Degree Doesn’t, which was distributed by more than 10 different universities including their alma mater, The Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech.

Other components of the Experience Leadership Institute include:

  • Find and/or engage in professional development online
  • Find a job that matches your skills using digital tools
  • Social media review
  • Website critique/review
  • Create a personal reflection video
  • Networking session with employers

Experience Leadership Institute Registration

Applications for the Experience Leadership Institute are open through Jan. 1, 2021. Registration is $50. If cost is a barrier, please reach out to katie@roanoke.org.

Send questions to Erin Burcham.

What’s in it for me?

Learn skills that will make your resume stand out when you apply for future jobs and internships. This leadership program is designed to give you skills that employers are looking for, regardless of industry.

Who should apply?

Any college student or recent graduate who wants to set themselves apart when looking for jobs. This program can complement work or internship programs and is a great alternative for those whose internships were canceled due to COVID-19. Businesses can also enroll interns. Contact Erin Burcham for details.

What does the program cost?


How do I apply?

Fill out the application online. The deadline is Jan. 1.

What’s the application deadline?

All applications must be received by Jan. 1.

Do I have to live in a certain location to qualify?

The Experience Leadership Institute program will be conducted online. You can enroll and participate from anywhere.