‘Workplace Revolution' is Theme for Champlain College's Oct. 16 Career Conference During BTV Innovation Week

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BURLINGTON -- Champlain College will help kick off Burlington's Innovation Week events on Oct. 16 with a Monday morning Career Conference entitled "Design Your Workplace Revolution!" which explores creating positive and innovative workplace experiences.

Professionals from Ben & Jerry's, City Market, Rhino Foods and others discuss the role of innovation in their respective career sectors, how positive organizational frameworks offer a new model for success and tools to position organizations for the future in an ever-changing landscape. The free conference will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon in the Champlain Room in the Center for Communication and Creative Media at 375 Maple St. Register here. 

WCAX's news anchor Eva McKend will moderate the two morning discussions with panelists including: Caitlin Goss of Rhino Foods, Sandy Julius of Ben & Jerry's, Michael Kilfoyle of Hickok & Boardman HR Intelligence, Kim Nolan of City Market Onion River Co-op, Kevin LeSage of Dealer.com, Jeff Sprenger of Xemory, and Chris Thompson of Generator.

On Monday afternoon, Champlain's Fall Career Fair will be held from 1:30 to 5 p.m. in the Argosy Gym in the IDX Student Life Center. It will feature a broad range of Vermont-based organizations showcasing career and networking opportunities and it is open to the public.

Parking for the Conference and Fair is at Champlain's Lakeside Campus near the Robert E. Miller Building or in the adjoining Gilbane Lot. A shuttle runs continuously beginning at 9:15 a.m.

Other Innovation Week Events

Champlain will also be a part the "Innovation Playground" at ECHO Leahy Center on the Burlington Waterfront. Champlain College's Emergent Media Center and its Sandbox Team will be highlighted on Tuesday, Oct. 17 from noon to 2 p.m. The exhibit celebrates lifelong play and its role in sparking technological, social, and artistic innovation in our community. It features three video games designed by Champlain students. Register here

On Thursday, Oct. 19, Champlain College will again host the Road Pitch Final Pitch Off 2017 from 4 to 9 p.m. in the Champlain Room. This event brings together the 11 local Road Pitch winners from around the state in a winner-takes-all entrepreneurial pitch-off for a $5,000 grand prize and mentorship from the rider group for a year. Register here

Rounding out the week is the Vermont Tech Jam on Friday, Oct. 20 from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction. Champlain College is a founding sponsor of this job and tech expo sponsored by Seven Days. Students and staff from the Champlain College Leahy Center for Digital Investigation will have a booth and there will be information about Champlain Online and other programs during the two-day Tech Jam.


Visit BTV Ignite's website to see the complete list of Innovation Week events: 

Check out the Seven Days Tech Jam schedule


Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and over 90 residential undergraduate and online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain's distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 382 Colleges: 2018 Edition. For the third year in a row, Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" in the North by U.S. News & World Report's 2018 "America's Best Colleges," and an "A+ School for B Students" and is ranked in the top 100 Regional Universities of the North. Champlain is also featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 2018 as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada and Great Britain and is a 2018 College of Distinction. For more information, visit  www.champlain.edu.