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The Career Speaker Series

Life after college! Feeling prepared and confident? Or unsure how to go about figuring this out?

The Career Speaker Series offers you a terrific way to learn about many types of businesses – what they do, what their culture is, what kinds of internships and careers they offer, and what kinds of skills you might need.

Check out this semester’s events below, as well as the companies’ websites (see hyperlinks below) prior to the presentations, and come prepared with questions! If you are seriously interested in the company, bring your resume!

Fall 2017 Speakers

September 12, 6 p.m., Rhodes S203 — Benefit Corporations

Sponsored by Biology, Communication and Philosophy, Environmental Studies, History, Sustainable Product Design and Innovation, and The Center for Writing

A significant number of companies around the country are deciding that business can be a force for good. Twenty-seven states, including New Hampshire and Vermont, have created a special legal status called a benefit corporation to promote companies’ ability to place the company’s impact on people and the environment on an equal footing with financial return to shareholders. We are fortunate to have several benefit corporations in our region. Leaders from W.S. Badger, Stonyfield Farm, New Chapter and ReVision Energy will be here to talk about their businesses and what it means to be a benefit corporation. This promises to be a fascinating presentation!

Who should come? All students, all majors and years.

September 19, 6 p.m., Rhodes S203 — C&S Wholesale Grocers

Sponsored by Communication and Philosophy, Economics, Management, Mathematics, History, and The Center for Writing

When you go to the grocery store, do you ever stop to think about how those groceries all got from where they were produced to the store shelf? It turns out that the business of moving huge quantities of groceries from production to retail shelf quickly, accurately, and inexpensively is a huge and sophisticated business of logistics. It also turns out that the largest company in this business is privately-owned C&S Wholesale Grocers, based here in Keene and with over $25 billion in sales. Come learn more about this rapidly evolving and growing business and the range of functions needed to operate it.

Who should come? All students, all majors and years. C&S hires people from all fields of study and is especially interested in Keene State students for paid internships and full time jobs after graduation. Faculty from all disciplines are welcome and urged to come.

CANCELLED: September 26, 6 p.m., Rhodes S203 — Markem-Imaje

THIS EVENT WILL BE RESCHEDULED IN THE SPRING

Sponsored by Chemistry and Sustainable Product Design and Innovation

Many of the products we purchase have special identifying information such as lot codes, use-by dates and other information that needs to be applied to the product or its package at the time of production. Printing in manufacturing environments is highly demanding and requires robust, fast operating, highly specialized printing systems. Markem–Imaje, based in Switzerland and with a large design and production facility in Keene, is a leading global designer, manufacturer, and supplier of specialized printing systems (computer-driven printers, inks and computer interface systems) for industrial applications. With sales of nearly $1 billion, this company sells and supports its systems all over the world. A team of leaders from the company will be here to talk about what it does, talk about the skills they need and the opportunities for careers at Markem-Imaje.

Who should come? All students, all majors and years and especially students interested in manufacturing, material sciences, computer science, management, environment, safety and industrial hygiene. Faculty from all disciplines are welcome and urged to come.

October 3, 6 p.m., Rhodes S203 — Hypertherm

Sponsored by Sustainable Product Design and Innovation

Imagine a manufacturing company with over $500 million in sales that is owned by its employees and has environmental sustainability as one of its core values! Hypertherm, based in Lebanon, NH is just that! Hypertherm has been recognized repeatedly as one of the best places to work in the state and in the US, reaching number 12 on Fortune magazine’s top 100 list. The company designs, makes, and sells equipment for cutting metal, that use lasers, water (yes, water!), and plasma (the fourth state of matter - think of lightning) to cut through metal. Very cool stuff! Join us to learn more about the company and how a 21st manufacturer employs principles of sustainability into it product design and business operations.

Who should come? All students, all majors and years and especially students interested in manufacturing, chemistry, computer science, management, environment, safety and industrial hygiene. Faculty from all disciplines are welcome and urged to come.

October 10, 6 p.m., Rhodes S203 — Red River

Sponsored by Communication and Philosophy, Management, Mathematics, History, and The Center for Writing

The first question you should be asking yourself is, what is Red River? Red River is a technology company that reimagines the possibilities of IT solutions in order to meet their customer’s needs and enable organizations to transform beyond the expected. The second question you should ask is, why would you be interested in learning more about Red River? Based in Claremont, NH, Red River has built a strong reputation as a leading technology provider delivering information technology solutions worldwide to military, government and commercial customers with sales exceeding $700 million annually. Our Sales, Operations and Technical teams all work together with the goal of positively impacting citizens, soldiers, consumers and employees. The company continues to grow (both in revenue and staff) while offering a strong work culture, and is interested in recruiting students from all fields of study. Career Decisions Aren’t Black and White. Think Red!

Who should come? All students, all majors and years. Faculty from all disciplines are welcome and urged to come.

October 17, 6 p.m., Rhodes S203 — Mock Interview Presentation and Discussion

Sponsored by Biology, Chemistry, Management, and Mathematics

What is a job interview like? What do they ask me? How do I prepare? Don’t wait until you have that sought after interview to prepare yourself! Come see senior executives from several New Hampshire-based biotech companies including Adimab, Avitide, Celdara Medical and ImmuNext do mock interviews with Keene State students! This is an excellent, friendly-forum way to learn about the interview process. While the industry segment will be biotech, what you will learn from this event applies to interviews across industry, non-profit and government sectors. Each interview will be followed by a discussion. Come prepared to ask questions!

Who should come? All students, all majors and years. Faculty from all disciplines are welcome and urged to come.

October 24, 6 p.m., Rhodes S203 - Hitchiner Manufacturing

Sponsored by Sustainable Product Design and Innovation

Metal castings – parts created through filling molds with molten metal – are used for a variety of applications in aerospace, automotive and other fields. Metal castings’ shapes are complex and the creation of the dies and the processes used to cast the parts is a demanding and highly specialized business. Headquartered in Milford, NH, Hitchiner is the premier supplier of complete-to-print, high-volume, complex thin-wall investment castings and fully-finished casting-based subassemblies and components to industry. Hitchiner produces castings in hundreds of different alloys for a broad spectrum of global markets and customers that include the leaders in the automotive, aerospace, and other industries. Tim Sullivan and Scott Biederman will share more about the company, its products and technology and opportunities for careers at Hitchiner.

Who should come? All students, all majors and years and especially students interested in manufacturing, material sciences, computer science, management, environment, safety and industrial hygiene. Faculty from all disciplines are welcome and urged to come.

November 7, 6 p.m., Rhodes S203 — NH Public Radio

Sponsored by Communication and Philosophy, English, Mathematics, History, and The Center for Writing

What is your favorite Public Radio Show? Car Talk? Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me? The Exchange? Morning Edition? You hear them all on NHPR! One of the most trusted sources in news and information, NHPR has been a mainstay of radio journalism since 1981. Keene State alums Michael Brindley and Taylor Quimby will be here to talk about what it is like working at NHPR and about opportunities that could await you there.

Who should come? All students, all majors and years and especially students interested journalism, writing, research, politics and current events.

November 14, 6 p.m., Rhodes S203 — Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Sponsored by Biology, Chemistry, Health Science, Management, and Mathematics

We all know that doctors and nurses work in clinics and hospitals, but what else does it take to run a large medical facility? From information technology to finance to supply chain and logistics management, keeping the operations running smoothly for the delivery of medical care is a complex undertaking. Representative of some of the key parts of Dartmouth Hitchcock and Cheshire Medical Center’s staff will be here to talk about what they do and how that fits into the bigger picture of medical care delivery.

Who should come? All students, all majors and years and especially those interested in medicine, natural and health sciences, management and computer science. Faculty from all disciplines are welcome and urged to come.

November 28, 6 p.m., Rhodes S203 — Jim Banks ‘87

Sponsored by Chemistry, Management, Mathematics, and Sustainable Product Design and Innovation

Jim Banks, a chemistry and math double major at Keene State, is at the center of the world of innovation in medical technology as the Senior Director of Strategy & Business Development at Stryker. A native of Keene, Jim began his career at Markem-Imaje in Keene then accepted a position at Stryker after getting an MBA from Cornell. Active in over 100 countries around the world, Stryker is one of the world’s leading medical technology companies and offers a diverse array of innovative products and services in Orthopaedics, Medical and Surgical, and Neurotechnology and Spine that help improve patient and hospital outcomes. The focus of Jim’s talk will be about career planning and what sorts of things you can do now that will help prepare your for a great career after college.

Who should come? All students, all majors and years. Faculty from all disciplines are welcome and urged to come.