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Welcome to the Circle of Change First Generation Student Hybrid Career Leadership Experience

The 2023 Hybrid Circle of Change First Generation Student Career Conference has been created to provide first generation and culturally diverse students with a career leadership experience that is specifically geared towards helping these incredible students position themselves for career success after graduation.

With a lack of career conferences designed specifically to meet the needs of First-Generation Students, based on the incredible success that the Circle of Change Leadership Team has had over the past ten years at preparing First Generation Student for career success, we felt inspired and motivated to create a career leadership experience that provides first generation and culturally diverse students with a program that will help them attain career success in college and beyond.

Over this three-day hybrid career leadership experience, First Generation and culturally diverse students will not only hear from successful First-Generation and culturally diverse professionals from top tier organizations who have thrived and succeeded within their careers after graduating from college, but more importantly, we provide specific programs throughout the conference that are designed to meet the career readiness needs of First-Generation students in an engaging, fresh, and fun way.

To learn more about this transformational hybrid career leadership experience for First Generation Students, check out the video and information about the career conference below.

EIGHT INCREDIBLE BENEFITS FOR STUDENTS


Three Days of Valuable Career Readiness and Leadership Training for First Generation Students

Access to Virtual Recordings of the Keynotes and Panel Sessions 45 Days After the First-Generation Student Career Conference is Complete

Networking and Mentorship Opportunities with Successful First Generation and Culturally Diverse Professionals from Top Tier Organizations and Companies

Free Digital Career Workbook, Pen, T-Shirt, Circle of Change Bag, and Lunch on Friday and Saturday

Customized Career and Leadership Development Empowerment Sessions with Trained Leadership Coaches

Cultural Excursion Opportunities for First Generation Students Throughout South Florida

Access to Resume Reviewers, Opportunities to Attain Professional Headshots, and Career Coaching from Top Career Experts.

Lifetime Membership into the Circle of Change Emerging Leaders Alumni Group and Opportunities to Win Financial Scholarships

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

2023 HYBRID FIRST-GENERATION STUDENT CAREER CONFERENCE IN-PERSON SCHEDULE


FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 2023

Opening Keynote Speaker

9:00am – 10:30am

The opening keynote speaker will provide First Generation Students with an inspirational and engaging keynote presentation on strategic ways to attain career leadership success after graduation.

This dynamic and engaging session will also provide applicable and practical solutions to some of the greatest career and leadership development challenges facing First-Generation Students and Professionals.

Career and Leadership Breakout Sessions

10:45am – 11:35am

First-Generationstudents will have the opportunity to choose between a set of career leadership breakout sessions focused on empowering them with the professional and leadership skills needed to thrive and succeed within their areas of expertise after graduation.

This interactive and engaging set of career and leadership breakout sessions will be focused on specific areas that will enhance the career and leadership development of every first-generation student that attends this career leadership experience.

Developing Your Career Path

11:45am – 12:45pm

The first career leadership development panel session will consist of distinguished speakers/panelists from top-tier companies and organizations within South Florida.

During this session, First Generation Students will not only increase their self-awareness and develop the knowledge that is needed for them to design and develop a career path that is best for them post-graduation, but they will be able to ask questions, connect, and learn about potential career opportunities with these powerful panelists and speakers.

Lunch

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Lunch will be provided by the Circle of Change Leadership Team!

During this time, First-Generation Student attendees will be intentionally placed in groups to network and connect with others at the conference.

From College to Career

2:00pm – 3:00pm

The second career leadership development panel session will consist of distinguished speakers & panelists from top-tier companies and organizations within South Florida.

During this session, First Generation Students will not only learn about resume writing, job interviews, finding the right job, and internships/volunteer opportunities, but they will talk about negotiation and specific ways that students can position themselves for success during the first 90 days of a new job.

Career Reflection and Action -Planning Session

3:10pm – 3:50pm

During our first career reflection and action planning sessions, first- generation students will have the opportunity to engage in a very interactive, engaging, and self-reflective session with a trainedleadership coach.

The purpose of this session will be to help students reflect upon the lessons learned at the conference and develop a plan of action on how they will implement the lessons attained during their have been learned at the career leadership experience.

One College Nation

4:00pm – 5:00pm

The closing session will be a highly engaging and interactive program that consists of community- building exercises, live music, engaging activities, and impactful education all centered around relationship building, leadership, and diversity/inclusion.

This transformational program is designed to help students not only build positive relationships with other conference attendees from diverse backgrounds, but it will also enable them to develop and practice skills that will help them build community, understand cross-cultural relationships, develop intercultural competencies, and create an inclusive environment for everyone within their campus community.

Explore Miami

5:00pm – 9:00pm

At the end of the day, we encourage students and professionals to explore the amazing cultural excursions that are available throughout South Florida.

Our leadership team will be providing every attendee with a list of restaurants, beaches, cultural experiences, and other fun activities that students and professionals can enjoy while they are attending the First-Generation Student Career Conference in South Florida.

SATURDAY, APRIL 15, 2023

Opening Keynote Speaker

9:00am – 10:30am

The opening session will be a highly engaging, interactive, and dynamic keynote presentation that revolves around Leadership Lessons Learned from a First-Generation Student of Immigrant Parents.

During this keynote presentation, students will not only learn how to use their cultural background and experiences as leadership and career assets, but more importantly, they will be provided with some transformational leadership lessons that will empower them to be more resilient, attain career success, and make a positive impact in the world as a leader.

Career and Leadership Breakout Sessions

10:45am – 11:35am

During our third set of career and leadership breakout sessions, first- generation students will have the opportunity to choose between a set of career leadership breakout sessions focused on empowering them with the career leadership skills needed to thrive and succeed within their careers after graduation.

This interactive and engaging set of career and leadership breakout sessions will be focused on specific areas that will enhance the career and leadership development of every first-generation student that participates in this experience.

Building Your Social Capital Through Intentional Relationships

11:45am – 1:00pm

The third career leadership development panel session will consist of distinguished speakers & panelists from top-tier companies and organizations within South Florida.

During this session, First-Generation Students will not only learn how to network, connect, and build positive relationships with others (both in-person and digitally), but more importantly, they will learn about digital branding, how to network and navigate Linkedin, and how to build social capital through intentional relationship building.

Lunch

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Lunch will be provided by the Circle of Change Leadership Team!

During this time, First-Generation Student attendees will be intentionally placed in groups to network and connect with others at the conference.

Integrating Resiliency and Self-Care Practices Into Your Career and Leadership Journey

2:00pm – 3:00pm

The fourth career leadership development panel session will consist of distinguished speakers & panelists from top-tier companies and organizations within South Florida.

During this session, First-Generation Students will not only learn about the importance of integrating self-care into their career and leadership journey, but more importantly, they will walk away with specific ways to be more resilient and practice self-care within their future careers.

Career Reflection and Action -Planning Session

3:10pm – 3:50pm

During our second career reflection and action planning session, first-generation students will have the opportunity to engage in a very interactive, engaging, and self-reflective session with a training leadership coach.

The purpose of this session will be to help students reflect upon the lessons learned at the conference and develop a plan of action on how they desire to implement the lessons that have been learned at the career leadership experience.

Leadership Extravaganza

4:00pm – 4:30pm

The final session of the day will consist of a high-energy, engaging, and interactive leadership and team-building program that will incorporate an assortment ofgames and activities that have been developed to help First-Generation Students increase their analytical, critical thinking, communication, problem-solving, collaboration, and teamworking skills.

Throughout these fun, educational, and extremely interactive activities will be music, dancing, and awards for game winners.

Explore Miami

4:30pm – 9:00pm

At the end of the day, we encourage students and professionals to explore the amazing cultural excursions that are available throughout South Florida.

Our leadership team will be providing every attendee with a list of restaurants, beaches, cultural experiences, and other fun activities that students and professionals can enjoy while they are attending the First-Generation Student Career Conference in South Florida.

SUNDAY, APRIL 16, 2023

Beach Meet-Up

10:00am – 11:00am

The opening session on the third day of the conference will take place at a beach setting in South Florida near the location of the conference. During this time, conference participants will not only be welcome by our live DJ and conference emcee, but they will engage in a collective coaching session to reflect upon the weekend, share the lessons that have been learned, and develop an action-plan for success after the conference is complete.

Beach Excursions

11:00am – 12:30pm

The beach excursions aspect of the conference will provide conference participants will the opportunity to engage in some of the exciting activities that are available at the beach. During this time, conference participants will be able to enjoy the beach, visit different stores, ride the bicycles, or participate in other fun activities at the beach.

Graduation and Awards

12:30pm – 1:00pm

Once the beach excursions are complete, we will meet up one last time to provide awards, scholarships, and an inspiration message for all the conference participants that are at the event.

HOTEL & TRAVEL INFORMATION







The April 2023 Hybrid Circle of Change First Generation Student Career Leadership Experience at Florida International University – Biscayne Bay Campus in April of 2023 has partnered with the Courtyard Marriott Hotel and Hampton Inn Hotel in Aventura, Florida.


The Courtyard Marriott Hotel and Hampton Inn Hotel in Aventura, Florida is about 10-15 minutes from the Florida International University – Biscayne Bay Campus, and extremely close to tons of amazing restaurants and shops!


The conference rate for the Hampton Inn Hotel In Aventura, Florida is $199.00 per night for double beds. To reserve as room for this hotel, just click on the link that has been provided below.


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The conference rate for the Courtyard Marriott Hotel In Aventura, Florida is $239.00 per night for double beds. To reserve as room for this hotel, just click on the link that has been provided below.


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If you have any additional questions related to travel and hotel accommodations, please feel free to email our leadership team at circleofchangeleadconference@gmail.com.

ADVISOR TESTIMONIALS

ABOUT THE CIRCLE OF CHANGE LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE


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DR. TYSON BEALE, DEAN OF STUDENTS,

NORTHERN VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE

The COC Leadership Conference made an incredible impact on our students! Conference speakers and session facilitators were thought – provoking, skilled and provided practical strategies and resources for all attendees. Since our initial partnership with Dr. Fredenburg and his team, our students have enthusiastically shared their COC experiences with others and continue to excel on campus.

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DAMAREA PARKER, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR,

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Circle of Change has impacted thousands of first-generation students around the world, and within my years in higher education at CSUSB, CSULA, SJSU, CSUF, and USC, the students come back transformed and with a new mindset focused on making an impact in their communities.

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DR. TRACY PASQUA DEA, SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM STUDENT SERVICES

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY

Circle of Change gave an opportunity for our first gen students to see and hear from leaders who looked like them and had shared experiences as them. COCLC inspired our students that anything is possible and that they have the power within themselves, now, to achieve great things for themselves and for their community to advance positive change.

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DR. MARK HARTLEY, DEAN OF STUDENT LIFE,

NORCO COLLEGE

Working at a California Community College, I see first-hand the powerful and life-changing difference Circle of Change makes in the lives of my students…especially first-generation college students. These students return empowered, self-confident, and with a plan of action to achieve their career goals. COC is a difference-maker!

VIRTUAL CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

2023 HYBRID FIRST-GENERATION STUDENT CAREER CONFERENCE VIRTUAL CONFERENCE SCHEDULE


FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 2023

Virtual Welcome

11:15am – 11:45am

During the virtual welcome, students and participants will not only have a chance to meet the virtual host for the 2023 Hybrid First Generation Student Career Conference, but they will have opportunity to connect with other attendees before the first career development session.

Developing Your Career Path

11:45am – 12:45pm

The first career leadership development panel session will consist of distinguished speakers/panelists from top-tier companies and organizations within South Florida.

During this session, First Generation Students will not only increase their self-awareness and develop the knowledge that is needed for them to design and develop a career path that is best for them post-graduation, but they will be able to ask questions, connect, and learn about potential career opportunities with these powerful panelists and speakers.

Lunch

12:45pm – 1:45pm

 

 

From College to Career

1:45pm – 3:00pm

The second career leadership development panel session will consist of distinguished speakers & panelists from top-tier companies and organizations within South Florida.

During this session, First Generation Students will not only learn about resume writing, job interviews, finding the right job, and internships/volunteer opportunities, but they will talk about negotiation and specific ways that students can position themselves for success during the first 90 days of a new job.

Virtual Career Empowerment Session

2:45pm – 3:30pm

The first virtual career leadership development coaching session, one of our trained leadership coaches will not only help First Generation Students reflect upon the information shared throughout the day virtually, but more importantly, they will lead them through an interactive conversation that is designed to help them apply the lessons and words of wisdom that have been learned throughout the day.

Closing Session | Virtual Keynote Speaker

4:30pm – 5:30pm

The closing keynote speaker will not only provide First-Generation Students with an inspirational and engaging presentation on strategic ways to attain career leadership success based on the greatest career readiness needs facing First-Generation Students, but more importantly, this dynamic and engaging session will provide applicable and practical solutions to some of their greatest career and leadership development challenges as a First-Generation Student.

SATURDAY, APRIL 15, 2023

Virtual Welcome

11:00am – 11:45am

During the virtual welcome, students and participants will not only have a chance to meet the virtual host for the 2023 Hybrid First Generation Student Career Conference, but they will get the opportunity to connect with other virtual attendees before the first career development session of the day.

Building Your Social Capital Through Intentional Relationships

11:45am – 1:00pm

The third career leadership development panel session will consist of distinguished speakers & panelists from top-tier companies and organizations within South Florida.

During this session, First-Generation Students will not only learn how to network, connect, and build positive relationships with others (both in-person and digitally), but more importantly, they will learn about digital branding, how to network and navigate Linkedin, and how to build social capital through intentional relationship building.

Lunch

1:00pm – 2:00pm

 

 

Integrating Resiliency and Self-Care Practices Into Your Career and Leadership Journey

2:00pm – 3:00pm

The fourth career leadership development panel session will consist of distinguished speakers & panelists from top-tier companies and organizations within South Florida.

During this session, First-Generation Students will not only learn about the importance of integrating self-care into their career and leadership journey, but more importantly, they will walk away with specific ways to be more resilient and practice self-care within their future careers.

Virtual Career Empowerment Session

3:15pm – 4:00pm

The second virtual career leadership development coaching session, one of our trained leadership coaches will not only help First Generation Students reflect upon the information shared throughout the day virtually, but more importantly, they will lead them through an interactive conversation that is designed to help them apply the lessons and words of wisdom that have been learned throughout the day.

Closing Session | Virtual Keynote Speaker

5:00pm – 6:00pm

The closing session will be a highly engaging, interactive, and dynamic presentation that revolves around Leadership Lessons Learned from a First-Generation Student of Immigrant Parents.

During this keynote presentation, students will not only learn how to use their cultural background and experiences as leadership and career assets, but more importantly, they will be provided with some transformational leadership lessons that will empower them to be more resilient, attain career success, and make a positive impact in the world as a leader.

L.I.T. PANEL SESSIONS WITH EXECS

Are You Interested in Pursing a Career in Sports/Entertainment?

Are You Interested in Becoming the Tech Industry?

Are You Interested in Becoming an Entrepreneur?

Are You Interested in Pursuing a Career in Entertainment?

Have You Ever Considered Corporate Social Responsibility?

Are You Interested in Pursuing A Career In Business?

SPEAKERS AND PANELIST

Over three-days of transformational programming that revolves around career and leadership success, first generation students from across the country will have the opportunity to learn from incredible keynote speakers and accomplished professionals from top tier companies and organizations.

Provided below are the names of a few keynote speakers and accomplished professionals from top tier companies and organizations that impacted the lives of first-generation students during past events.

The speakers and panelist that will be chosen for the 2023 Hybrid First Generation Student Career Leadership Experience will be released in February/March of 2023!

In-Person Registration

The registration cost for each student who desires to attend the 2023 Circle of Change First Generation In-Person Career Conference will be $300.00 per student.

There is an early bird rate of $275.00 that must be purchased by March 1, 2023 to attain this conference rate.

Registration includes access to all the events, a workbook, a pen, free Circle of Change Leadership Bag, lunch on Friday and Saturday, a special certificate, and access to the beach party that will take place on Sunday.

To register for the event, just click on the link that has been provided.

Virtual Registration

The registration cost for each student who desires to attend the 2023 Circle of Change First Generation Virtual Career Leadership Experience will be $150.00 per student.


 

Registration includes access to all the virtual events, a digital workbook, recordings of the session 30 days afterwards, and a special digital certificate that will be awarded after the program is complete.

To register for the event, just click on the link that has been provided.