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Career Services Guest Speakers
Would you like to have a Career Services staff member as a guest speaker for your class, event, or organization? Career Services staff welcomes the opportunity to connect with OSU Students. Please fill out the request form at least 7 days prior to the meeting or event. Upon submitting your request, you will hear back from our staff members within 2-3 business days.

To request an employer to present to your group, please refer to the Employer Guest Speakers below. Please Note that many of these employers are not Stillwater-area companies, so more advanced notice is appreciated. You will need to make arrangements with the employer directly.

For more information or questions, contact Jawauna Harding at

Employer Guest Speakers
OSU Career Services partners with employers to provide employer guest speakers for student clubs, organizations, and other campus groups. Feel free to access our list of available speakers below and contact speakers directly.

Adjusting to the Workplace:
  • How do I succeed in my first job? by Carson Smith
    The first job out of college can be very intimidating. Let's adjust to the workplace by getting to the basics of what it takes to succeed in your first job.

  • Backpack to Briefcase by Eric Woodworth
    There are a lot of things that college doesn't teach you. This presentation will help you avoid the pitfalls that people new to the workforce encounter.

  • Career Management and Entrepreneurship by Matt Colby, Director of Agency Support
    Mr. Colby joined Goosehead’s Dallas office in 2007 as an Account Executive and two years later cofounded our first satellite office in Houston. Promoted to Partner and Director in 2011, Mr. Colby specializes in career management, entrepreneurship, and sales management.

  • Backpack to Briefcase by Marie Hazelton
    The presentation discusses do's and don'ts as well as realistic expectations a recent grad should consider when getting ready for their first full-time job.

  • Preparation for the World of Work by Robin FitzGerald

  • Building a Career: How to Make the Most of Your First Professianal Job by Toni Parks-Payne
    I am happy to present on any subject related to corporate services, interviewing, HR skills, entering the workforce, etc. Many of my areas of responsibility for CHK hire entry-level, yet professional positions. I am happy to speak on how to get your foot in the door, make a good first impression and develop your career.

Career Readiness and Preparation:
  • Start up or a Fortune 500 company - what is best for your career? by Ajay Vonkarey
    In today's world Entrepreneurship is as important as starting a career in a large company. Graduates need to make the right choice based on their background, interest and more importantly financial capability. As a Entrepreneur and also working in a Fortune 500 company, I can share my experience with both and help graduates choose the best.

  • The First Year of Life After College by Carson Smith
    We have orientation classes when we start college, but classes to help college graduate exit college and start their first year after college do not exist. Let's explore the first year of life after college and how to do it well.

  • Backpack to Briefcase by Eric Woodworth
    There are a lot of things that college doesn't teach you. This presentation will help you avoid the pitfalls that people new to the workforce encounter.

  • Inside a Recruiters Mind - What we look for on resumes and during interviews by Erica Tyler
    This presentation gives you a glimpse into a recruiters mind. What we look for on a resume and during an interview. If you want to know how to make your resume stand out, take time to come listen to us.

  • Interview Preparation and Practice by Jennifer Tannehill
    Present on how to properly prepare for a job interview. What are the do's and don't with both verbal and nonverbal communication.

  • Secrets from a Campus Recruiter by Julia Jordan
    Mrs. Jordan specialty topics focus on post-graduate career planning and how to effectively market yourself to recruiters.

  • Career Preparation do and don'ts by Kristina Hagan
    Resume Dos and Don’ts, LinkedIn profile, Social Media Dos and Don'ts, Interview tips, Presenting yourself professionally, How to best work with a recruiter

  • Diversity-Focused presentation by Robin FitzGerald

Industry Specific:
  • Career Opportunities at NVA in Veterinary Medicine by Ashleigh White
    We are a community of professionals, united by our love of animals, and committed to advancing the profession of veterinary medicine and animal care. Our General Practice and Specialty + ER hospitals provide care to animals around the world. We cherish the heart and individuality of our practices and work to ensure the local culture at each location continues to thrive. As we continue to grow, we always look for those who share a commitment and love of providing progressive and compassionate animal care. In our veterinary hospitals, we do not establish company-wide veterinary medical, surgical protocols, or a fixed formula. Instead, we rely on our capable, local veterinary teams to establish medical standards that meet the needs of their animal communities and clients.

  • Who is ABB? What do we do? by Bruce Sievers
    Overview of ABB products, services, locations, values and career offerings.

  • Consulting by Erica Tyler
    Want to know what consultants do and how to start your career in this field? This presentation gives an overview of what it's like to be a consultant and what we look for in candidates wanting to come into this field.

  • Customer Service by Jamie Haynes
    This is very interactive presentation that talks about the importance of customer service. Regardless of the industry or specific role, customer service will likely play a part in your job duties.

  • Managing the Supply Chain by Jamie Haynes
    Talk about how a supply chain works specific to our company and make it easy to understand.

  • Ethics by Laurie Rosenbaum
    Good vs Right ethics presentation; exploring how to make sure you are constantly sticking to your values and avoiding the temptation to make unethical decisions

  • Goosehead Story by Mark Jones, CEO
    Mr. Jones is the co-founder and hasserved as Chief Executive Officer since inception in 2003. Under his leadership, Goosehead has grown to be among the largest and fastest growing personal lines insurance agencies in the country. Mr. Jones holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and specializes in lecturing on entrepreneurship, business development, and strategy.

  • Marketing Classes Presentation by Matt Pattillo, Sales Director
    Smart Marketing:Discussion on how to go about marketing effectively when you are on a tight budget.

  • About Triumph Foods by Kacey Rieger
    Overview of Triumph Foods and our Employment opportunities for students.

  • U.S. Marine Officer Program by GySgt Matthew Henson
    Talk about what makes a great leader. Tie in retired Marines and how their time in the Marine Corps helped them to become more successful in the civilian sector.

  • APEX Program by Megan McIntosh
    Unique competitive and collaborative environment to accelerate your skills with leadership development and rotational training allows top performers to design their career path. Elite opportunity for recent graduates looking for a high-powered career.

  • Will Be Determine by The Audience by Mike Isch
    Architectural and Construction Industry Topics

  • Introduction and Informational presentation about City Year by Robin FitzGerald

  • Working for a Non-Profit by Robin FitzGerald

  • How to Start a Non-Profit Foundation by Robin FitzGerald

Job Search:
  • The Career Search by Jamie Haynes
    How to work a career fair, Interview do and don't tips, How to evaluate the offer process, The entire job search from start to finish.
    **this is a very interactive and fun presentation**

  • The Edward Jones Opportunity by Will Gungoll
    We will discuss why we are growing our firm and need new financial advisors. We will discuss the benefits of working with our great company. We provide insight into the responsibilities of a financial advisor. We will allow plenty of time for Q&A.

Soft Skills:
  • Leadership 101 by Carson Smith
    We will explore the essentials of leadership: know yourself, lead yourself, know others, lead others. How do we lead well in our 20s?

  • Professionalism by Erica Tyler
    How to be profession at a career fair, during an interview or even first day on the job as a intern or full-time employee. We go over ways to help you get ahead in your career.

  • Interview Skills & Tips by Laurie Rosenbaum
    Skills and tips for interviewing. Cover common interview questions, how to dress, how to prep yourself, etc.

  • How to have difficult conversations by Marie Hazelton
    The presentation discusses how to manage difficult conversations and provided specific techniques to overcome tricky situations.

  • Utilizing StrengthFinder 2.0 in your organization, your personal goal setting or your future career by Robin FitzGerald

  • Networking by Tyler Daniels
    Building Rapport, tying others into their goals, learning how to get personal recommendations, etc.

  • Sales and Marketing by Tyler Daniels
    How to ask for the sale, handle objections, build value, etc.

  • Understanding Finances by Tyler Daniels
    Savings, investments, budgeting, etc.

  • Goal Setting by Tyler Daniels
    How to break down a goal, how to plan long term, how to take the next stepping stone towards their dream job, etc.

  • Time Management by Tyler Daniels
    Using a schedule to breaking down daily, weekly, monthly to attain yearly growth. Balancing school, life, work, etc.

Understanding Benefits and Financial Planning:
  • Benefits Outside of Your Pay Check by Erica Tyler
    An overview presentation of the additional benefits to look at when searching for a job. Nowadays, its more than just a paycheck its about other "total reward benefits" such as community service, leadership development and training, gym membership and cell phone bill reimbursements, and additional PTO (like unlimited time).

  • Evaluating the Offer by Jamie Haynes
    This presentation walks students through how to compare multiple offers. It is important to look at more than the base salary, including: benefits, moving allowances, bonuses, how to take into consideration the cost of living differences...if your multiple offers are for various cities, the salary amount will matter based on that, etc. This presentation also has a budgeting aspect to it. We walk students through how to budget for life after college...which plays a crucial role in how to evaluate the offer.
    **this is a very interactive and fun presentation**

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