U.S. Future Leaders Career Readiness Seminar: Technology and Entrepreneurship


We are excited to announce the next virtual U.S. Future Leaders Career Readiness Seminar for alumni of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program.

The Ohio State University
Technology and Entrepreneurship
virtual via Zoom
Friday, January 8, 2021

This one-day virtual seminar will bring together at least 50 Gilman alumni to advance their leadership skills and position them for careers in the field of Technology and/or Entrepreneurship. The seminar is intended for Gilman alumni who are current undergraduates, recent graduates (within the past two years), or new to the field of Technology and/or Entrepreneurship. Attendees will engage with industry leaders and fellow alumni during seminar sessions, break out groups, and a virtual networking reception.

To apply to attend this virtual seminar, please complete this application by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on December 28, 2020. By submitting this form, you are confirming your availability and intention to virtually attend the entire seminar (including the networking reception) if you are accepted.

We anticipate a high level of interest in this opportunity and your confirmation for this event means other alumni will not be able to participate in this virtual opportunity. Accepted alumni who are no longer able to attend the seminar should alert IIE immediately by sending an email to gilmanscholars@iie.org. Accepted alumni who do not attend the seminar and do not give IIE advance notice of at least one week will not be invited to future Gilman alumni activities. The only exceptions are in the event of extenuating circumstances, including, but not limited to, medical reasons.

This U.S. Future Leaders Career Readiness Seminar focuses on foundational career skills and guidance for future or current entry-level professionals in the field of Technology and/or Entrepreneurship. This virtual seminar will help you:
  • Gain skills needed to start effective careers in the Technology and/or Entrepreneurship career fields (i.e., interviewing, leveraging international experiences for career success, networking, and resume building);
  • Learn practical tips and strategies for gaining employment or strengthening your professional trajectory in areas related to the Technology and/or Entrepreneurship career fields; 
  • Increase your knowledge of other opportunities to study and work abroad, including but not limited to U.S. government programs such as the Critical Language Scholarship Program and the Fulbright Program;  
  • Develop a career action plan with short-, medium-, and long-term goals; and
  • Strengthen your Gilman identity by networking with fellow alumni in substantive ways.

Alumni who attend and participate in the entire seminar will receive a digital credential they can post on LinkedIn after the seminar.
Schedule:  The seminar will begin virtually via Zoom at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time and conclude following a virtual networking reception that will end at approximately 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time. (A time zone map is available here if helpful.)

Tentative agenda to include the following sessions:
  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship: learn about entrepreneurial process and methodologies needed for successful startup ventures
  • Guided Group Activity #1:  engage in an idea generation workshop that challenges your team to brainstorm an idea worth solving and then roadmap the process of developing the idea into feasible business model via interaction with each other and content experts
  • Technology Trends in Business: learn about the technology currently impacting both established and startup businesses and how technology will shape business being done in the future via a panel conversation with experts who work in Financial Technology, Smart Transportation, and Healthcare
  • Guided Group Activity #2:  solidify your understanding of technological trends in Business via more in-depth conversations with experts who work in Financial Technology, Smart Transportation, and Healthcare
  • Career Action Planning: engage in a career action planning activity where you will identify steps necessary to build a business in the future, with consideration of risks and opportunities provided by emerging technologies

Selection Criteria
Applications will be assessed by the following criteria:
- Applicant’s interest and/or experience in the topic
- Impact of the seminar on the applicant's professional goals
- Applicant's plans to use knowledge and skills gained from the seminar
*Preference will be given to alumni with academic or professional experience in the Technology or Entrepreneurship field and alumni who have not previously attended a U.S. Future Leaders Career Readiness Seminar.

Gilman alumni are eligible to attend this seminar if they have completed all of the following requirements, which are:
- Complete your study/internship abroad program
- Complete the Re-Entry survey in the Gilman alumni portal

Technology Requirements
  • You must have reliable internet access and a laptop/desktop/tablet with a web camera. (A smart phone is not recommended.)
  • You must be able to virtually attend and actively participate in all seminar sessions (including the networking reception).
  • If you log off early or do not attend a session, you will not be invited to future Gilman Alumni seminars.*Please contact us at gilmanscholars@iie.org if you have an extenuating circumstance.

Application:  Please complete the application below. There is no fee to attend this seminar. However, space is limited and will be filled on a competitive basis. Preference will be given to alumni with academic or professional experience in the Technology or Entrepreneurship field and alumni who have not previously attended a U.S. Future Leaders Career Readiness Seminar.

The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on December 28, 2020. 

This application may take you up to 30 minutes to complete. You have the ability on page two of the application to save your progress and return later to complete the application. If you have questions about this application or the seminars, please contact gilmanscholars@iie.org.

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