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2018 Success Conference, August 28

2018 Success Conference, students in panel discussion

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Students at the 2018 Success Conference

Student in a panel discussion at the 2018 Success Conference

Professor Altaf Merchant talking to a student at the 2018 Success Conference

The Milgard Success Center was proud to debut the "2018 Success Conference", a business career conference open to all new and current business students, as well as recent graduates.

The event took place on the UW Tacoma campus from 8:00am-5:00 p.m. on August 28th. Over 100 students experienced specialized sessions and panel discussions with major employers in the fields of accounting, marketing, finance, management and general business. The morning sessions (from 9:15-12:00 p.m.) included "personal brand & pitch", "resume opinions & best practices", "internships how & why", and "how to ace a job interview".

Keynote speaker Chris Erb, former Vice President of Brand Marketing at EA Sports and Executive Vice President of Brand Marketing at Legendary Pictures, shared his journey and professional experience from graduating UW Tacoma to his current role as founder and managing partner at tripleclix (a strategic marketing agency specializing in the gaming industry). Students were given the opportunity to ask questions at the keynote lunch and at their panel discussions with successful working professionals.

Participants attended "pathway panels" in the afternoon, featuring "marketing & entrepreneurship", "accounting", "management and general business", and "finance". Students had the option of sitting in on the panels of their respective field of study as well as the opportunity for exposure in other areas of business. The day ended with a brief lecture from Milgard Instructor Joe Lawless on successful networking, followed by an open networking session with business alumni. The Success Conference was fully catered with wonderful breakfast, lunch, and snacks throughout the day. The event was free of charge. Registration opened June 13th and closed on August 22nd.

Stay tuned for details on Milgard's next Success Conference in 2019! A special thanks go out to all participants and employers!


Participating employers included:

Amazon, BNY Mellon, CED, Columbia Bank, Counterweight Media, Davita, Eleven-11, Ernst & Young, GENSCO, InfoBlox, KPMG, Laird Norton, Microsoft, Moss Adams, Multicare, Northwestern Mutual, Orion, Pepsico, PwC, Rainier Industries, Rettig Flyte, Russell Investments, Slalom Consulting,
T-Mobile, tripleclix, Weyerhauser, Hasbro, Zones