National speaker to lead Liberal Arts Career Week
Laura Schwartz, a nationally known media commentator and speaker on networking, politics and leadership, will give the keynote in next week's Liberal Arts Career Week. Schwartz, who was White House director of events from 1997 to 2001 and a senior advisor in John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign, has shared her insights via CBS, Fox, MSNBC, the New York Times and several international networks.
Schwartz's keynote lecture will come at 6 p.m. Tuesday (April 13) in Room 1142, Lawson Computer Science Building. The talk is titled "Eat, Drink and Succeed!" after her book and seminar titled "Eat, Drink and Succeed! The Power of Social Events." After the lecture, Schwartz will participate in a book signing and reception hosted by the Office of the Provost on behalf of the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence. The event is free and open to the public.
The week, April 12-16, will provide an array of workshops open to Purdue students, staff and faculty under the theme "The 9 to 5 Know How." Some sessions will explore skills and knowledge beneficial particularly to students entering the job market, but others could help members of the staff and faculty wanting to understand elements of current or future careers.
Session leaders include Purdue professionals day by day on five job factors: financial matters, entrepreneurship, etiquette, professional identity and getting the job. Alumnus Rusty Rueff, a successful executive and entrepreneur, will lead the session on identity.
Schwartz, before directing more than 1,000 White House events, was a special assistant to President Bill Clinton. After his term ended, she traveled the world with the former president for his foundation and global initiative. She also developed and continues to operate a consultancy called White House Strategies. More is at www.whitehousestrategies.com.
The week is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and conducted by the Liberal Arts Career Development office. Registration for individual events is strongly encouraged due to seating limitations. To register, go to www.cla.purdue.edu/students/careers/Career_Week_2010/index.html and click on the link at left. The full schedule also is at that page. To learn more about an event, click on its title.