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Chicago Networking Week

Chicago Networking

Chicago Networking Week 2017 has concluded. For more information about OHIO Alumni Association networking opportunities, including future Networking Weeks, please contact Katrina Heilmeier at heilmeik@ohio.edu  

Chicago Networking Week

We are pleased to announce Chicago Networking Week, March 22 – 25! The OHIO Alumni Association and the Chicago Chapter will be hosting this opportunity to connect with alumni in the Chicago area to learn about life after graduation.

Hotel accommodations are provided by:
Marriott on the Magnificent Mile
540 North Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

Hotel charges will include a three-night stay, with four guests to a room or two guests to a room. The cost will be $150 (if roomed with three other students) and $300 (if roomed with one other student). Roommate preferences will be taken during registration.

Transportation to and from Chicago and all meals will be $75 a person.

Click here to register for Chicago Networking Week.

As Chicago Networking Week gets closer, details such as panelists, tours and more will be posted at the bottom of this page.

All students who register for Chicago Networking Week are required to attend a pre-program information meeting. Please mark your calendar for this mandatory info session on Tuesday, March 14 at 7:30 PM in Schoonover Center 145.

If you have any questions, please contact Katrina Heilmeier at heilmeik@ohio.edu .

OHIO alumni: Interested in volunteering? Contact Casey Arnold at arnoldc2@ohio.edu.

Want to see past networking week events? Check out this video of DC Networking Week from last year:

Chicago Networking Week Schedule*

Wednesday, March, 22

  • Students travel to Chicago (after 4:30 p.m.)

Thursday, March 23

  • 9 a.m. – Breakfast and Introduction Session
  • 11 a.m. – Company Visits
  • 1 – 2:30 p.m. – Informal Lunch
    • Note: This is a great time to set up individual meetings with personal contacts in Chicago
  • 3 p.m. – Panel Discussions (Alumni Life in Chicago)
  • 5 p.m. – Student-Alumni Networking Reception

Friday, March 24

  • 8:30 a.m. – Continental breakfast
  • 10:30 a.m. – Company visits
  • 1 p.m. – Lunch featuring a keynote address by alumnus Jeff Cogan '94, LinkedIn's Director of Talent Solutions-Large Enterprise Management
  • 3 p.m. – Panel Discussions (Issues Impacting Chicago)
  • 6 p.m. – Dinner with 12 Strangers across Chicago
    • Hosts include:
      Blake Andrews '06 (Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates) and Ashley Arquilla '08 (MTM, Inc.)
      Rebecca Chauncey '03 (RLC Speaks, LLC)
      Damian Clark '05 (Crowe Horwath LLP) and Molly O'Hare '07 (G2 Crowd)
      Matt Feltz '99 (BBraun Medical, Inc.) and Katie Feltz
      Kevin Krueger '95 (Multiple, Inc.)
      Larry Margolis '71 (SPN Marketing & Communications)
      Adam Russell '16 (HUB International)
      Dustin Starkey '88 and Jessie Holtz
      Shawn Wears '01 (Lincoln Investment)

Saturday, March 25

  • 9 a.m. – Living in Chicago Roundtable Discussion/Tours
  • 11 a.m. – Departure

*Schedule is subject to change


Panel Topics

  • Life as an Alumnus in Chicago
    • Life as a Liberal Arts Alumnus: Julia Cutsinger '96/'98 (Wrigley Mars company), Dennis Minichello '74, Jeffery Rhodes '04 (Peace Corps)
    • Life as a Business Alumnus: Dave Knickerbocker '01 (Banner Collective), PJ McGuire '01 (Wraperoo), Steve Sherman '78 (Loop Capital Financial Consulting Services, LLC)
    • Life as a Communications Alumnus: Kellie Fitzgerald '99 (Google), Karolyn Farkas '99, Ron Iori '76 (DeVry Education Group), Michael Soroosh '01
  • Issues Impacting Chicago 
    • Emerging Business Trends: David Helms '96 (Waller Helms Advisors, LLC), Frank Straub (Golub Capital), Dan Bauer (MBA Exchange)
    • State of Chicago: Diane Turner-Hurns '89 (Topics Media Group Journal) Betsy McCann (Valkyrie Trading), Colleen Sexton (Governors State University)

Company Visits

We are working with alumni hosts to provide students with opportunities to visit local companies and offices that employ Ohio University alumni. Company visits we have secured so far include:

  • Twitter
  • BP America
  • JP Morgan
  • bswift
  • LinkedIn
  • Deloitte
  • Reverb.com
  • PNC
  • Microsoft Search Advertising
  • Dyson Foundation
  • Henson Consulting
  • Edelman
  • US Hockey league

*Details subject to change

This list of company visits is current as of 3/9/17. Please check back soon for updates and additions.