February 1, 2014
Derrick Hayes is offering Individuals, Entrepreneurs, Businesses and Organizations a chance to SPONSOR his upcoming events. In the 1st Quarter of 2014 Derrick Hayes will be speaking to college students in the states of Tennessee and Pennsylvania on the topic of “Building Relationships in College and Out” and he wants to take you along with him.
You can now market you and what you do in two places for one fee.
On February 28th, 2014 Derrick Hayes will be speaking on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN at the 2014 Best Practice for Student Success, Inclusion & Retention Summit.
On March 24th, 2014 Derrick Hayes will be speaking on the campus of Clarion University in Clarion, PA as part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Series.
At each event Derrick Hayes will be giving the audience attendees a handout along with a Sponsorship Page. Each Sponsor will be allowed to have a listing in the handout that can include their company name, contact person, contact information along with how to connect on social media. Sponsors will also have the opportunity to give a DOOR (Derrick Offers Other Resources) Prize that will be raffled off or given away at each event and this will give Sponsors another way to discuss you and what you do. Each Sponsor will also receive a mention on the blogvertisements and Sponsorship Page.
The Sponsorship Fee is $50 and the deadline for both events is February 21st, 2014. If you want to give more or less than the Sponsorship amount click DONATE and let us know if you want to be listed or if you want to remain anonymous.
Contact Derrick Hayes to sponsor his next two events or for more information visit http://www.DerrickHayes.com email info@DerrickHayes.com or call (706) 615-1662. Derrick Hayes, an alumnus of Tennessee State University is available to speak at small and large meetings, church events, academic speaking engagements and workshops.
October 16, 2013
By Kristy Hessman
Whether you know it or not, the relationships you form as a college student are invaluable to your future. From the day you move into your dorm, to the day you walk across the stage with your graduation sash, gown and cap in place, you have the opportunity to make connections that can change the course of both your personal and professional future.
That’s why it’s a great idea to get involved in a wide variety of clubs and organizations during your time in undergraduate or graduate school. It may seem like common sense if you are interested in, say, politics to get involved in student government, but there are a number of organizations – from sororities, to fraternities, to sports clubs, to service organizations – that can help you expand your network of connects beyond your usual comfort zone.
I myself have countless examples of how the close friends I met while in college influenced and changed the course of my life, but what really surprises me is how many of my college connections turned out to benefit my professional future.
I attended undergraduate school at Oregon State University. The school didn’t have a formal journalism school but it did have Liberal Arts major, which was my major. I graduated with a BS in Liberal Arts with a media focus and a minor in business. During my time at OSU I spent three years working at the school newspaper where I met a number of colleagues and friends with similar professional interests. After going on to graduate school and later getting a job as a reporter, I used a number of my connections to help start my career.
Later, after having worked as a journalist and then spending years in the corporate marketing and communications field, I was ready to return to writing. I reached out to a college friend who I had worked with at the student newspaper. She was able to get me my first freelance gig with a financial publication. As I became more established as a freelance writer, a different colleague from the same student newspaper got in touch with me to help a friend of his who needed some writing done for his newly started venture. That then led to another freelance contract from his friend who owned a small business. And it all started because of the relationships I built as a student back at Oregon State University. The moral of the story? Never take for granted the relationships you can build while in college (and beyond).
Kristy Hessman is an Oregon State Alumni and freelance writer who lives and writes San Francisco, California.