Arts & Science Connections Conference - Day 1

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Monday, October 4, 2021 - Find Direction and Building Your Career

► You at Your Best - A Narrative-based Approach to Strength Finding 

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Here is a unique opportunity to understand how self-awareness supports career pursuits.  Learn the skills of wayfinding, strengths spotting, and how to communicate what you have to offer and help you overcome challenges. Increase your sense of community through the practice of storytelling and reciprocity during this interactive and insightful workshop.

Presenter: Lauren Malach, Executive Career Coach, Lauren Malach Coaching  
 Lauren Malach Lauren Malach is on a mission to help people put their talents to work. As a coach, she is grounded in the following beliefs: 

  • Every person has talents and skills to contribute to the challenges of the day  
  • Finding meaning and engagement in work leads to greater life satisfaction, and
  • Career navigation doesn’t have to be mystifying and frustrating

A former executive recruiter and four-time career re-inventor, Lauren founded of The Career Wayfinding Method, a career mapping program for people at pivotal moments. She is a Certified Coach through the International Coaches Federation, a Certified Designing Your Life Coach and a Certified Applied Positive Psychology Practitioner

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►The Science & Art of LinkedIn  

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Did you know that there are 744+ million members in 200+ countries and territories on LinkedIn?

Did you know that over 97% of Fortune 500 companies use LinkedIn to recruit and source talent?

Did you know that 4 people are hired every minute on LinkedIn?

If you are not leveraging LinkedIn, you are missing out on opportunities to connect with recruiters, hiring managers, and industry leaders. There is an "art and science" to spending time on LinkedIn and during this workshop we will explore this by learning about how recruiters search for you on LinkedIn, how to optimize your profile to get the most out of the platform and finally how to network using a system of reciprocity. Come to this workshop so you can learn how to make LinkedIn work for you, while you sleep. 

Presenter: Jennifer Catallo, Account Director, LinkedIn Talent Solutions, Canada

Jennifer Catallo has spent the past 20 years cultivating skills in eLearning from teaching across higher education institutions including Humber College and the University of Toronto, to consulting on K12 and Higher Education eLearning software with companies like Brightspace (Desire2Learn). Jennifer built the North American LinkedIn Learning Champions program where students are provided with experiential learning opportunities in partnership with LinkedIn. At present, Jennifer is an Account Director for LinkedIn Talent Solutions Higher Education Canada. She works with 60+ Universities and Colleges to develop strategic talent solution partnerships throughout the entire talent lifecycle

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► Gryphons in the Workforce Alumni Panel 

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

From studying at the U of G to pursuing interdisciplinary careers, hear the personal journeys of Guelph grads. Learn about their stories, how they are building their career paths, and engaging their strengths.


  • Shane Vasquez, B.Sc. ’17, Food Safety Manager

Since graduating from Animal Biology in 2017, Shane has primarily been working in food safety. He has worked at such organizations as Cohn Farms Inc., Noraxx Inspections Inc., and the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit. In 2019 Shane completed a Bachelor of Applied Science in Public Health & Safety from Ryerson University. He now works as a Health & Safety Specialist for Oliver & Bonacini Hospitality, a fine dining and event company based in Toronto, Ontario. 

  • Ryan Antooa, B.Sc. ’13, Social Media Manager

Ryan works at Movember as a Social Media Manager. He is a published author of 3 poetry books. His most recent publication is titled, Colours. He graduated from Nutrition & Nutraceutical Sciences in 2013. He's worked in digital/social media for organizations such as University of Waterloo,  Inbox Marketer, and VIQUA. 

  • Dallas Baker, B.A. ’16, Consultant

Dallas graduated from the International Development (Historical Perspectives) Honours BA in 2016. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Strategic Foresight and Innovation from OCAD University. She also has a post-grad certificate in International Project Management. She is currently a Consultant for a social impact management consultancy called Junxion Strategy. Previous companies Dallas has worked at include Goodkind, Heart & Stroke, and Flow Office Wisdom.

  • Rukhsar Jaffer, B.A. ’17, Virtual Care Coordinator

Rukhsar currently works at Michael Garron Hospital as a Virtual Care Coordinator. She is also a Master of Health Administration (Community Care) student at Ryerson University. She graduated from B.A Hons. Psychology with a focus in health and organizational psychology from the University of Guelph in 2017 and has a Healthcare Management Certificate from Mohawk College. Her education and career backgrounds stem from an interest in the psycho-social model of care, technology, and change management. Over the last decade she has worked with institutions such as Toronto Public Health, Guelph Community Health Centre, Canadian Cancer Society, Aga Khan Development Network, as well as hospitals such as Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Michael Garron Hospital. 

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