Aside from looking good on resumés, conferences can be fun learning experiences and great opportunities to network. In my first year I used to fear conferences because the sound of the word “networking” sent shivers down my spine. I went to the “TEDxRyerson” conference as well as the “RU a Leader?” conference back in my early days at Ryerson and had a great time at both (and not just because of all the delicious free catering). Now in my fourth year, networking still stresses me out, but at least I know conferences can be fun! The winter semester has plenty of conferences, most of which are student-led endeavours that put forth some of the most dynamic voices Toronto has to offer. Ryerson is known for its diverse conference programming, making sure there is a conference for just about anyone.
Conferences are usually associated with business, but ARTeries is the vein to Ryerson’s vibrant arts community. ARTeries is a liberal arts undergraduate research conference where students are given a chance to present their papers and projects. Any student can apply regardless of program, as long as the proposed project relates to the humanities, social sciences, or social change. Taking place March 16, the conference is open for all to attend but those who are interested in presenting their research must put in an application beforehand.
Support women in leadership at RWIL’s Voice Conference, which aims”to highlight how the power of one’s voice can become the force in building their future.” This two day event on March 3-4, the week of International Women’s Day, features a talk from Theresa McLaughlin, Global Chief Marketing Officer & Executive Vice President of TD Bank, a woman in business ready to share her voice with Ryerson students from all faculties. Delegates get to compete in a Case Competition with a first place prize of $500 as well as stay overnight at a hotel in downtown Toronto, making this a conference not to be missed!
The first of its kind, the Ryerson Entertainment Conference presents a bridge between commerce and creativity. Students from all programs are welcome to attend this two-day conference full of networking, workshops, and energizing keynote speakers focused on any careers in the entertainment industry. If you are interested in show biz, get yourselves out to Ted Rogers School of Management on February 26!
March seems to be a busy time for conferences, as the Vision Media Conference will be taking place March 4. This year will be the Vision Media Conference’s grand debut, presenting students the opportunity to engage with the media industry with workshops, keynote speakers, and networking opportunities. Vision Media Conference will foster a creative environment for anyone looking to create change or leave an impact on the media industry, making this THE go-to event of the year if you want to break into the world of media!
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