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DC’s Got Talent – Skills for Hiring and Getting Hired

March 19, 2018
5:45 PM to 9:00 PM
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The George Washington University School of Business
Ric and Dawn Duquès Hall, 6th Floor, 2201 G St NW
Washington, DC 20052
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  Learn the skills you need to hire your next dream employee—or land your next dream job—in the local live events industry.  

Whether you’re a business owner, manager, student, or employee, join ILEA DC at The George Washington University School of Business for your choice of two practical workshops designed to teach you the skills you need to hire your next dream employee—or land your next dream job—in the local live events industry.

Then, practice your new-found skills with an optional mock interview session, followed by a lively networking reception sponsored by Key Ingredients Catering, where you can refresh your headshot courtesy of Jason Dixson Photography and meet candidates and companies that might soon be in your career’s future.


Monday, March 19, 2018
5:45pm: Registration
6:00pm: Employer & Employee Workshops
7:00pm: Mock Interviews & Feedback
7:30pm: Networking Reception & Headshot Studio

—Business Attire—

The George Washington University
School of Business
Ric and Dawn Duquès Hall
6th Floor
2201 G Street NW
Washington, DC 20052
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—Entrance on 22nd Street NW between G and H Streets—

$19 for Student Members
$29 for Members
$39 for Non-Members


The Employer Workshop

There comes a time in just about every manager or business owner’s career where they learn the true cost of making an unfortunate hiring decision—from the salary and benefits paid to the employee who didn’t work out; to the time and energy invested in coaching and training (and then ultimately searching for a replacement); to the reduced productivity and missed opportunities that arise when you and your team are focused on trying to turn things around (instead of on your work).

In our Employer Workshop, you’ll hear from two area professional leadership coaches—Beth Becker of Sitira and Natalie Radolinski of Parabola—to learn:

  • how to translate what’s important to your organization and the demands of the position into desired behaviors for potential hires;
  • how to employ “behavioral interviewing” techniques to improve the quality of the information you are able to gather through an interview;
  • how to structure an interview to maximize your time and leave the candidate with a positive impression of you and your busines; and
  • how to evaluate applicants after the interview to help ensure the ones you select have the best chance for long-term success.

The Employee Workshop

Finding your dream job in the live events industry can be stressful. In a field where competition is fierce, how do you position yourself to get hired for opportunities that aren’t just a good fit for your skills, but also a good fit for your passions? When you only have twenty or thirty minutes in an interview, how do you effectively convey why you’re the best candidate for the job? If you’re serious about long-term success in our industry, what’s the right way to think about each step in your career?

In our Employee Workshop, you’ll hear from Sarah Cissna, CSEP—ILEA DC President and Assistant Professor in the George Mason University Arts Management graduate program—and Geoff Woliner—stand-up comedian and sales, association development and recruiting professional—to learn:

  • how to leverage your network to be the first person called when your dream employer has an opening;
  • what to expect in the context of your next job interview;
  • how to put your best foot forward, boost your confidence, and calm your nerves;
  • how to perfect your pitch to showcase why your skills, experience, and abilities are the best fit for the position; and
  • how to ask the right questions to show that you’re serious about the opportunity, while making sure it’s also the right position for you.

The Mock Interviews

After the workshops, pair off to practice your new interviewing skills with actual potential employers and employees in a low-stakes, optional mock interview. Get feedback on how you did and how you might improve before diving into the real thing the next time you’re in the job market.

Note: If you will be participating in the Mock Interviews as an employee, please bring a copy of your current resume with you to the event. 


Our Presenters 

Beth Becker is the founder and principal of Sitira, a leadership coaching and organizational effectiveness consulting firm. She partners with leaders and organizations both large and small to realize the heart of the matter—their purpose. Beth has more than 25 years’ experience working in the human behavior and operations space, having operated as a management consultant with PwC, a brand strategist with agencies like McCann and Arnold Worldwide, and in-house as a C-Suite executive. She holds an MBA from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and is certified as an executive leadership coach through Georgetown University and the International Coaching Federation.

Natalie Radolinski is an executive coach, strategy consultant, and seasoned facilitator with 20 years of experience leading programs in the areas of leadership and professional development, strategy design, organizational change management, and communications for global firms. She founded Parabola with a vision to embolden leaders and their organizations to change the world for good. Natalie is an ICF-certified leadership coach through Georgetown University. She has held senior-level leadership roles in management consulting and is a certified practitioner of The Leadership Circle 360 Profile and Leadership Culture Survey. She holds an MBA from UMD’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, an MA from NYU, and a BA from Georgetown University.

Geoff Woliner is a longtime stand-up comedian and sales, association development and recruiting professional who has used the framework of this experience to create his company, Winning Wit. For the past seven years, Geoff and his team have been helping people from all walks of life successfully tell their stories to the world to land the jobs of their dreams and light up the room at events. A native of Queens, NY and current resident of Arlington, VA, Geoff is also a culinary enthusiast who's still trying to figure out why kale is so popular.

Sarah Cissna, CSEP, is an Assistant Professor in the George Mason University Arts Management graduate program where she teaches special events, professional development, project management, and fundraising. She has been directing events and productions for over 20 years. In 2013, she launched The Side Lobby, a consulting firm that helps organizations make a difference, one event at a time. Sarah holds a BA in theatre from the College of William and Mary, an MFA in directing from Catholic University, and a certificate in event management from George Washington University. She is the current president of the Greater Washington, DC Chapter of the International Live Events Association.


Our Sponsors 

Key Ingredients Catering

George Washington University School of Business

Jason Dixson Photography


$19.00 Student Member

$29.00 Member

$39.00 Non-Member