LinkedIn executive, alumnus to visit Purdue

August 21, 2012  


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A Purdue alumnus who is a leader at LinkedIn, the largest social media platform for professional networking, will participate in an Aug. 30 meet and greet on campus.

Evan Kelsay, a 2006 graduate from the Krannert School of Management, is the enterprise relationship manager at LinkedIn, and he will talk about how applicants can best define themselves as competitive job candidates. A coffee reception, which is free and open to the public, will be 4-6 p.m. in Beering Hall, Room 1284. The event is sponsored by Project Impact, a student-driven group focused on learning about current events, media technologies and government issues.

"Evan Kelsay's own LinkedIn profile says that his goal is to make companies and candidates smitten for each other, so to have that talent and expertise here for Purdue is a real gift," said Ambassador Carolyn Curiel, a clinical professor in the Brian Lamb School of Communication and founder and director of Project Impact. "It is never too early to think about how to network well.  Students in my class at C-SPAN in Washington last May had the pleasure of meeting and learning from Evan, and I'm delighted he is coming to campus to do more of the same."

Kelsay works on LinkedIn's Hiring Solutions Team, where he helps the world's top companies with hiring productivity. His own global reach is extensive, with clients in North America, Europe and Asia. He is based in New York and is the founder of the LinkedIn's Leading Digital Media Sales Managers group. Upon graduation from Purdue, he worked as digital marketing manager for Vault.com, a job search firm, in New York and Hong Kong.

Last year Project Impact students managed seven forums and hosted top journalists, historians, issues analysts and social media executives as part of the series titled "2012: It's Not Just Politics, It's Our Future." That series of audience-interactive forums will continue this fall, with guests to be announced soon.

Project Impact events this year are made possible by support from the Office of the Provost, College of Engineering, CERIAS (the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security), Brian Lamb School of Communication, International Programs, the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence, Purdue Alumni Association, College of Technology, and the Lafayette community.

Writer: Amy Patterson Neubert, 765-494-9723, apatterson@purdue.edu

Source: Carolyn Curiel, curiel@purdue.edu

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