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WATERCON 2012 - Young Professionals
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Young Professionals Day - Wednesday, March 21st, 2012
Young Professionals Breakfast and Presentation
8:00 am – 9:15 am - Sangamon Room

Business Development and Consulting in Today’s Economy.
Rebecca Deopke, Mondo Learning Solutions
8:15 am – 9:15 am - Sangamon Room

Many independent consultants have a unique set of skills or a rare knowledge that is extremely valuable in their respective industries. Unfortunately, this talent alone usually doesn’t generate enough business in the long term to survive and thrive. One ongoing obstacle that many independent consultants face is how to consistently develop business in today’s market place. Sales strategies, business development initiatives, and marketing through social media are key ingredients for today’s successful independent consultant. 

In this thought provoking session we will explore:
  • How to leverage your brand. Identifying who you are and what makes you unique.
  • Getting noticed. How to position and market yourself without being pushy and aggressive.
  • Uncovering opportunities. Using social media to grow your network.
  • Nurturing relationships. The start of a project and working with a new client is only the beginning. The "sale” is great, but how do you retain and grow relationship?

You Want Me to do What?!  How to Give an On-Camera Interview
9:15 am – 11:15 am - Sangamon Room

At some point or another, many water and wastewater professionals find themselves needing to give an interview, speak at a public event, or talk with the media "on the record”.  The mere thought of having your every word scrutinized is terrifying to most technical folks!  This interactive workshop covers public speaking and public relations basics and gives each attendee an opportunity to go through a brief practice on-camera interview.

Young Professionals and Student Paper Presentations
11:15 am – 12:00 pm - Sangamon Room

Come see what your fellow young professionals and students have been up to.  Three presentations on a range of water and wastewater topics will be given by Illinois Section AWWA and Illinois WEA students and young professionals. 

Student / Young Professional Poster Session
2nd Floor, outside the Main Technical Session Rooms
Posters on display 2:00 - 4:00 pm,  Judging 3:30 - 4:00 pm

Check out the latest and greatest in drinking water and wastewater projects!  These posters share the results of students’ and young professionals’ work and research.  All poster contest participants get free conference registration and lunch on March 21.  The drinking water 1st place winner will compete against other Section winners at ACE12 in Dallas, TX, whereas the 2nd place winner will receive a $250 cash prize.  The wastewater 1st and 2nd place winners will receive cash prizes of $200 and $100, respectively.  Enter the contest or stop by to cheer on your favorite poster.  Email krehg@baxterwoodman.com for an entry form.

Young Professionals Social Hour and Bag Competition
4:00 – 5:00 pm on the 2nd Floor, outside the Tapping Competition area

After an exciting day of YP-sponsored conference activities, wind down with all the fun people you’ve met at the Young Professionals Social Hour.  And show them your "mad” bag skills.  This is a great chance to network with other conference attendees and find out what cool projects they’re working on.   Email Sean O’Dell for more information at sodell@baxterwoodman.com.

By the way, you might be wondering what is a Young Professional?.  A YP is anyone who has been in the water industry for less than 10 years, or members or prospective members age 35 or younger.

OPEN TO ALL WATER & WASTEWATER INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS (INCLUDING NON-YPs)

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