Sophomore Symposium

Becoming the Boss Book Cover

Sunday, September 21, 2014 1pm-3:30pm

All second year students participate in Sophomore Symposium, the kick-off activity for LEAD's Lifelong Career Management Program. Each year, a special guest will join us as the keynote speaker to start off our Sophomore Symposium. The keynote speech will be followed by breakout workshops designed to allow students to start exploring how others in their field have gone about turning their passion into a career.

Registration for breakout workshops is now live!

Click here to view the list of workshops and to pre-register. 

The first 300 students to pre-register will receive a copy of Lindsey's new book Becoming the Boss.

Presenting the 2014 Sophomore Symposium Speaker: Lindsey Pollak

Lindsey Pollak is an expert on training, managing and marketing to the Millennial generation as well as an official ambassador for LinkedIn.Lindsey Pollak Lindsey is also the author of Getting from College to Career: Your Essential Guide to Succeeding in the Real World and will be releasing her next book, Becoming the Boss: New Rules for the Next Generation of Leaders, this fall.

Champlain College is thrilled to have Lindsey as the keynote speaker this year and to have her share her expertise on "How to Standout from the Crowd." For a sneak peak at some of Lindsey's tips checkout her blog.

Need Accommodations?

Champlain College will make reasonable accommodations for persons with medically recognized, documented needs. If you require accommodations in order to fully participate in your educational experience or other Champlain College activity, please contact Denise Myers in the Counseling & Accommodations Services Center by phone (802) 865-5484 or email or Maggie Riley by phone at 802-651-5847 or email

Past Sophomore Symposium Speakers:

  • 2013: Daniel Seddiqui:Explorer and author of Living the Map: 50 Jobs in 50 States. Daniel explains his experience of traveling all 50 states to work 50 different careers in 50 weeks.
  • 2011 & 2012: Eddie Slowikowski: Entrepreneur, Olympic Gold Medal Winner, Founder & Director of the LifeRide Leadership Camp. Books: The Last Lecture, by Randy Pausch, Leaving Microsoft to Change the World, by John Wood, Work on Purpose, by Kelly Nuxoll, and Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose by Tony Hsieh
  • 2010: Alison Levine: Adventurer, explorer and mountaineer. Book: Peaks and Valleys by Spencer Johnson
  • 2009: Christopher Gergen: Entrepreneur, visiting lecturer at Duke University and co-author of Life Entrepreneurs. Book: Life Entrepreneurs by Christopher Gergen and Gregg Vanourek.