You have 30 seconds—what would you say to a hiring manager to land yourself an interview? What about your LinkedIn—is your profile search optimized? And let’s talk about your resume—does it grab someone’s attention in six seconds or less? You’ve navigated the job market before. But now, as a mid-to-senior level creative, you want to better refine how you market yourself.
Grab a coworker or a friend, and join us for The Creative Group and AIGA Chicago’s new series aimed at helping you figure out the next step in your career.
Speakers and panelists for the event
Sora Choi, Branch Manager of TCG
Sora Choi is the Branch Manager of TCG, a staffing firm specialized in placing creative, marketing and digital professionals on a freelance, contract-to-hire, and permanent basis. She started her career in digital advertising and has held four different positions at TCG the past four years. She graduated with a Journalism & PR degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She’s been involved in organizations such as the American Marketing Association and AIGA. Having moved here about a year ago, she looks forward to meeting and helping others by contributing to Chicago’s local creative community.
Susan Bonner, Executive Creative Director, Crowe
As Executive Creative Director at Crowe, Susan has been building and managing creative teams, infusing high energy and enthusiasm in building a positive work environment and setting a high bar for creative standards. She has worked with brands such as McDonalds, Kraft, Jim Beam, Equifax and State Farm. Additionally, she spent sixteen years as a professor at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, where she enjoyed the creative problem solving that comes with mentoring students.She’s also been a frequent panelist on topics such as corporate branding, millennial engagement, and creating building successful creative cultures.
Vanessa Abron, Independent PR Consultant
Vanessa Abron is a PR professional with 13 years of experience in the industry who has worked with brands such as Nielsen, Ebony magazine, Aflac, Pringles, Nike, and Target to name a few. Abron specializes in media relations, events/experiential marketing, community engagement and content development. She is also the founder and cultivator of Social Media & Blogger Bees Meet PR Pros and the Music Monday in May Mix & Mingle Series.
Anthony Nelson, Freelancer, The Creative Group
Anthony Clyde Nelson is an independent, multi-disciplined digital media artist with 20 years of professional experience in a variety of fields including graphic design, motion graphics, presentation design, video editing, VFX and 3D. A creative for much of his life, Anthony first studied both tradition and digital animation at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago under their BFA program. From there, he continued to expand his skill set into other disciplines both as a professional and as a hobbyist, spending time creating his own personal projects as well as professional content for clients in and around the Chicago-area. Today, he produces content for a variety of companies from McDonalds and Portillo's to the University of Chicago and Chicago Public Schools.
Lois Snavely, Senior Creative Recruiter, The Creative Group
Lois is a Senior Creative Recruiter of Digital Media for The Creative Group in Chicago, Illinois. She has interviewed and placed hundreds of candidates during her time there, but her greatest joy comes in matching the perfect person with their perfect job. She also consults with companies and candidates alike on hiring best practices, diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and in marketing yourself in the right way to the right people. Lois has worked with advertising agencies, healthcare companies, Fortune 500 companies, marketing agencies, nonprofits, associations, government organizations and more to find the best fit for their hiring needs. She also partners with General Assembly to teach portfolio tips and practices to those graduating from the User Experience bootcamps. You can connect with Lois on LinkedIn @loissnavely or via Instagram @lsnavely7
6:00 PM — Mix, mingle, and grab refreshments
6:30 PM — Presentation
7:30 PM — Q&A
$10 Student Members
$15 AIGA Members
Please enter the building at 111 W. Washington St. and take the elevators to the 5th floor. (Tell security you're going to Flashpoint Chicago and they will direct you to the correct elevators.) On the 5th floor you can check in at the front desk. If you have any problems finding Flashpoint, you can reach the security desk at 312.506.0725 and they can direct you. Discounted parking is with IM Park at 172 W. Madison St., at the corner of Madison and Wells. Please bring your parking ticket with you and show it to the front desk when you arrive. They will give you a coupon to receive your discount when you exit the parking garage.
Code of Conduct
By registering to attend this event, you agree to abide by AIGA Chicago Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct may be found here.
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Special thanks to Danyelle Sage, our Programming Chair for planning this new event series, to Flashpoint Academy for hosting this event, and to The Creative Group for sponsoring this series.