Backpacks To Briefcases

Backpacks to Briefcases is a professional development conference for all RDC students, filled with valuable information designed to help you successfully take the next step from the classroom to the workplace. Professionals, including Red Deer College alumni, will reflect on their expertise and share information on how to get hired, professionalism and how to dress for success in the workforce, social media, entrepreneurship, mentorship, volunteering, and more!

Backpacks To Briefcases is a partnership between RDC Counselling and Career Centre, Alumni Relations, Student Life, and the Students’ Association.

September 28, 2017
8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Donald School of Business
illennium Centre: 503 4909-49 Street and Welikoklad Event Centre: 4922-49 Street)



Session Descriptions

Keynote Address – The story behind the Donald’s
Speaker(s):             Jack and Joan Donald
Location:                Welikoklad Event Centre Theatre
Time:                     9:15am to 10:20am

Advice from the Donald School of Business' Mr. & Mrs. Donald - Hear from the duo whose name is at the heart of our School of Business. From business to philanthropy, the Donalds are a robust source of knowledge.

* The keynote address will set the tone for your entire conference. Miss hitting snooze and make it on time for this one!

Breakout Sessions

* Breakout sessions are offered concurrently throughout the day. Each session is limited by seating, so be sure to register early for the sessions that meet your interests.

How to Get to and Through an Interview
Speaker(s):             Nicole Lorrain (Government of Alberta), Leah Hoffarth (Enterprise Holdings),                              Trevor Buttrum (Insurance Institute of Canada)
Moderator:              Doug McDormand
Location:                Welikoklad Event Centre Theatre
Time:                     10:30am to 11:15am

Inject confidence into your next interview!

Speaker(s):               Sheila Musgrove
Location:                  Welikoklad Event Centre Theatre
Time:                       11:25am to 12:25pm
                                1:15pm to 2:15pm

Get insider secrets from a top recruiter on what employers really want. You’ll be one step ahead of other job seekers after attending this session.

Healthy Bellies on Budgets
Speaker(s):                 Shelley Cooper (Alberta Health Services)
Location:                    Welikoklad Event Centre Cinema
Time:                         10:30am to 11:15am

How to get great eats even while you are on a student budget.

Growing Up With Your Finances
Speaker(s):                 Lionel Williams (Investors Group), Laura Snape                                                                      (RBC Dominion Securities), Kayla Wiebe (Sunlife)
Moderator:                  Jason Engel
Location:                    Welikoklad Event Centre Cinema
Time:                         11:25am to 12:25pm

Adulting is hard and these experts are here to make sure you have access to the right financial path for your future.

Like A Boss
Speaker(s):                 Bill Graham (RIFCO), Melanie Allen (Collegiate Sports Medicine),                                            Hussam Tungekar (Futurpreneur)
Moderator:                  Stephanie Powers
Location:                     Welikoklad Event Centre Cinema
Time:                          1:15pm to 2:15pm

Get inside your boss' head. See how key leaders build great teams and companies.

Tackle Test Anxiety
Speaker(s):                 Brittany Davies
Location:                    DSB Room 306 A&B
Time:                         10:30am – 11:15am

Do tests stress you out? Join us to learn fresh strategies and tools to get through your student career.

Been there, done that, got the t-shirt: Student Success Stories
Speaker(s):                 Lucienne Henry, Heidi Mireau, Shannon Humphrey,                                                                 Asher Williams, Nonso Onwuekew
Moderator:                  Suzanne Rosebrugh
Location:                    DSB Room 306 A&B
Time:                         11:25am – 12:25pm

Still navigating the services available to you at RDC? Hear from our student panel to make sure you are in the know on what is all available to you as an RDC student.

Mindfulness and Self-Compassion: Personal and Interpersonal Benefits
Speaker(s):                 Anomi Bearden
Location:                    DSB Room 306 A&B
Time:                         1:15pm – 2:15pm

Participants will be introduced to mindfulness, discuss diverse personal and interpersonal benefits of consistent mindfulness practice, and have an opportunity to practice. A special focus will be given to cultivating self-compassion to counteract perfectionistic self-standards as well as cultivating compassion for others in order to improve relationships.

Everything You Need to Know About HR
Speaker(s):                 Lynette Grose, Ed Grose, Wendy German
Moderator:                  Lisa Henderson
Location:                    DSB Room 310
Time:                         10:30am – 11:15am

Are you uncertain what career path to take?  Have you considered human resources but aren’t sure what that might mean?  You may be surprised by the depth and variety of career options that are available in the HR field.  Come find out more from our panel of HR professionals to find out about their HR journey.  Where did they start? Where have their careers taken them?  What insights might they share about building a career….in HR, or another field?

Life After College – Where my education took me
Speaker(s):                Brenda Kolasa (VR Graphics), Trevor Buttrum                                                                       (Insurance Institute of Canada), Shelby Varughese (All Set Style)
Moderator:                 Kevin Willoughby
Location:                   DSB Room 310
Time:                        1:15pm – 2:15pm

Hear it from real graduates about what they are doing with their education.

“Oh The Places You Will Go”: Legal & Administrative Assistants Seminar
Speaker(s):                Nancy Eby (RDC), Sandra Mitchell (GOA)
Moderator:                 Mark Kenney and/or Marilyn Lange
Location:                    DSB Room 309
Time:                         11:25am – 12:125pm

The opportunities are endless. Check out this panel to hear just where you can go!

The Art of Networking
Speaker(s):                 Reg Warkentin
Location:                    DSB Room 309
Time:                         1:15pm – 2:15pm

How to maximize your moments in networking environments.

Closing Plenary:  Colour Outside the Lines: Activating Creativity in Art and Business
Speaker(s):                 Todd Towers of Farmboy Fine Arts
Location:                    Welikoklad Event Centre Theatre
Time:                         2:30pm to 3:30pm

As an artist and as an entrepreneur, Farmboy Fine Arts founder and CEO Todd Towers has created a career based on exploring the uncomfortable and the unconventional. Join Towers as he walks through his own journey of growing a start-up company and discover how failure, risks, and creativity all make for good business.

* High five you made it! You are in the last session of the day that is sure to inspire you and send you out feeling prepared for your education, profession, and life journeys.