Jefferson Leadership & Business Symposium
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Jefferson Leadership & Business Symposium

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keynote speaker Eric Mina
Keynote Speaker Eric Mina

We invite you to attend our annual Leadership and Business Symposium.

Current Jefferson students, area high school students, and local community members will come together to learn about leadership in an interactive and educational venue.  

There will be opportunities to engage with local leaders, business professionals and Jefferson student leaders through an engaging program built around a keynote speaker, breakout sessions, an internship fair and afternoon entertainment!

The program will feature keynote speaker Eric Mina and speed painter, Tom Varano.


Wednesday, April 19, 2023 

9:00 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Jefferson Community College, Sturtz Theater




Event Schedule

Welcome & Introductions –  Dawn Robinson, School Chair of Business, Hospitality & Tourism

Location: Sturtz Theater

Eric Mina, Motivational Keynote Speaker

Location: Sturtz Theater


Morning Breakout Sessions Speaker Room
Best Practices and Challenges in Leading a NNY Business Peter Whitmore, Jreck Subs 3-104
Inventing Your Business - Scaling Your idea Heather Gill, Snapshots Photo Bus and Booths 6-112
Using Strengths, Strategy, & Self -Worth to Exorcise Your Self-Doubt Devan Robinson, Developing with Devan  E-117
Building Effective Teams Joshua LaFave, Clarkson University H116A
Hot Jobs in Today’s Economy Cheryl Mayforth, The WorkPlace 6-110
Franchise Entrepreneurship Damon Draught, Trustee & Franchise Entrepreneur 3-130
Bowers and Company Presentation (Title to be added soon!) Bowers & Company (Presenter info added soon!) 6-207A
The World Belongs to the Worldly. Why International Experience makes a Difference Greg Gardner, SUNY Potsdam 6-105
Lead Happy, Be Happy, Succeed Happy for Students & Young Professionals Tim Allers, Founder & CEO of Lead Happy, Be Happy Success Boot Camp 5-105
Build Your Network to Get What You Want Kayla Jameison, Greater Watertown -North Country Chamber of Commerce H116B
Real Estate -- Careers and Opportunities in Real Estate Mikayla Kelley, Staie Real Estate 3-132
Creating an Elevator Pitch Rebecca Small-Kellogg & Deanna Lothrop 5-201
Becoming a Complete Cannoneer Student Panel: Brooke Beleza, Jeremiah Smith, Lucas Mackey 6-002


Mid-Morning Breakout Sessions Speaker Room
Learning How to Win with Auto Detailing Quatrell Walker, White Glove Auto Detailing 3-132
Multi-generational business & Adaptability - Art's Jug Mehgan Sboro 4-009
The Art of Entrepreneurship  SBDC, Mike Kinnie 3-104
Business Success Through Failure Zach Yelle, Runningboards Marketing 6-112
Careers in Accounting Phillip James, Samaritan E-117
Yes, You Can Majken Bassette, Balanced Nutrition 5-105
Dream Career 101:  How to make it happen Terry Francis, SUNY Potsdam 6-103
The Banking Industry, from a local bank's Perspective Watertown Savings Bank - Jeff Fallon 6-110
Career Direction Connection Michele Gefell, Career Services, Jefferson Community College 6-112
SMART Goals Clayton Libberton & Cheyenne Hammond -National Society of Leadership & Success Officers 6-002
Building a Law Career Deanna Nelson, Assitant Attorney General-in-Charge and Public Integrity Officer H116B
I Have Tips on How to Afford a North Co Home With These Awful Interest Rates Lisa Ruggiero, Broker/Owner Hefferon Real Estate, Watertown, NY H116A
Social Media and Career Outcomes  Stephanie Harris, Employment and Training Assitant at The WorkPlace 6-207A

Internship Expo

Location: McVean Gym

*Lunch will also be provided at this time.

Current List of Participating Employers

  • Adirondack Foothills Cycling Club
  • Alexandria Bay Chamber of Commerce
  • Balanced Nutrition
  • Boldt Castle & Yacht House
  • Cape Vincent Chamber of Commerce
  • CAR-FRESHNER Corporation
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Jefferson County
  • Coughlin Printing
  • Girl Scouts Of NYPENN Pathways
  • Grand Slam Safety
  • New York State Parks and Recreation
  • New York State Police
  • Next Page Education, Inc.
  • Northern lights wellness center
  • Saint Lawrence Spirits
  • The Arc Jefferson-St Lawrence
  • Thousand Islands Land Trust
  • Victims Assistance Center of Jefferson County

Performance Artist – Tom Varano

Location: Sturtz Theater


Contact Info:

Workforce Development 
(315) 786-6541