CONNECTED: Providing Career Opportunities Through Diversity & Inclusion

A Networking Event
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Join us on Thursday, April 14 as the Career Development Center and the Office of Student Inclusion Initiatives present a networking and career-focused event for local high school students and parents, Athens State University students, local employers, and community leaders.

High School Student Career Development Event:
9:30 am — 1:00 pm

Keynote Speaker, Mrs. Melva Tate ‐ “Your Next—Planning Career Success in a Global Society”

We live and work in a world where we are connected with other people – socially, politically, economically, and environmentally. This interactive presentation will assist students in preparing for a career after high school.

  • Visit with college and military recruiters
  • FASFA presentation
  • Lunch provided for students

WEBINAR: ADA in the Workforce – How to Transition Accommodations into the Workplace presented by Juliana Hunt:
10:00 am – 11:00 am

Diversity Panel (Featuring Local Leaders & Employers):
2:00 pm — 3:00 pm

U’Meeka Smith, Assistant Director, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion for the City of Huntsville will moderate a panel of local leaders to discuss DE&I initiatives and what it takes to get hired in today’s environment.

Panel attendees:

  • Ashley Brown -Senior Manager, Manufacturing Operations – Boeing, Huntsville
  • Gabby Ellis – Human Resources Manager, Madison Hospital
  • Kendal Cunningham – United States Army Space and Missile Defense Command Integration Chief 
  • Kamilah Smith – Senior Manager – Deloitte Services LP
  • Alexis Sumner – Administrative Specialist – FBI Birmingham
  • Randy Shearouse – Limestone County Schools – Superintendent
  • Sgt. Jami Jones – Decatur City Police

Headshots & Elevator Pitches with Leadership Greater Huntsville:
3:00 pm — 4:00 pm

Employer and Community Meet & Mingle Event:
4:00 pm — 7:00 pm

  • Networking opportunity for local talent and employers
  • Complimentary beer, wine, and hors d’oeuvres

Registered Employers Include:

Deloitte US Space & Rocket Center Homewood Suites
US Customs & Border Protection Navistar Job Impulse
Bocar US Crestwood Medical Center FBI
Springhill Suites Holiday Inn Express Target Distribution
Anglin Reichmann Armstrong Mosley Technical Services Asahi Kasei Plastics
Madison City Schools HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology 20-20 Accounting Solutions LLC.
Decatur Police Kelly Services Pinnacle Solutions
Waffle House Amazon EOS Defense Systems USA
Disability Resource Network ISN (Integrated Supply Network) Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Alabama
The Boeing Company Phased n Research Giles County Board of Education
LSINC Nextek, Inc. KidTowne
Church Street Family Pine Ridge Day Camp & Equestrian Center The Arc of Madison County, Inc
Madison City Schools Limestone County Schools Huntsville City Schools
Naika LLC Regions Bank Athens Police Department
Community Action Partnership Huntsville/Madison & Limestone Counties, Inc.
Madison Hospital (Huntsville Hospital Health System)

Sponsorship Opportunities

We invite you to be a catalyst for our CONNECTED event!


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