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EXCEL Career Expo

Saturday, February 18, 2017
Earl V Moore Building 12:00–5:30 PM

Featuring acclaimed alumni ensemble Latitude 49

The Expo is FREE and we will provide food and refreshments, but registration is required by February 15, 2017 to ensure your spot!

Register now


The Program

The Expo is a special event bringing local arts leaders together with U-M students for a day of networking, a job skills bootcamp and an incredible performance from alumni ensemble Latitude 49.

Whether you're looking for help on your next step, venture or project mentorship, or just some general career advice, this is a high value opportunity to learn from seasoned professionals and to build relationships with organizations throughout Southeastern Michigan.

The Guest List

(subject to change)

Debra Mexicotte, Associate Director at a2ru


Tina Rown, Artistic and Program Director at Accent Pontiac

Michael Michelon, General Manager at Ann Arbor Summer Festival

Joori Jung, Founder and Artistic Director ArtLab J

Amanda Bankston, Director of Marketing & Public Affairs at ArtOps

Elizabeth Ahlbrand, Operations & Events Associate at ArtOps

Jessica Ruiz, Manager of Artistic Planning at Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Veena Kulkarn, Lead Instructor at Faber Institue

J. Amber Kao, Director at Faber Institue

Jeremy Peters, Director of Music Publishing at Ghostly International

Cindy Nguyen, Administrative Assistant at Innovate Blue

Austin Stewart, Audience Engagement Coordinator at Michigan Opera Theatre

Heather Kendrick, Program Director for M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition

Chelsea Moore, Coordinator at University Career Center

Samantha White, Found and Executive Director at Shakespeare in Detroit

Debra Polich, President and CEO at The Arts Alliance & Artrain



(subject to change)

Join us for all or part of the day. Check-in begins at 12:00 PM outside Hankison Rehearsal Hall!

12:00-1:00 PM – Career Fair– Hankinson Rehearsal Hall

1:00-2:15 PM – Welcome with Latitude 49– McIntosh Recital Hall

2:15-2:30 PM –Networking Break – Hankinson Rehearsal Hall

2:30-3:30 PM – Job Skills Bootcamp

  • Three breakout sessions!
    • Mock Interviews in Kevreson Rehearsal Hall
    • Materials Review: Get advice on press releases, grant writing, or resume/cover letters in 1370 Moore
    • Networking Roundtable Sessions in Hankinson Rehearsal Hall

3:30-3:45 PM - Networking & Career Fair Break – Hankinson Hall

3:45-4:30 PM - EXCELerator Pitches – Hankinson Rehearsal Hall

4:30-5:30 PM - Latitude 49 Performance – McIntosh Recital Hall



Email and include “EXCEL Expo Questions” in the subject line.

Latitude 49

Featured ensemble Latitude 49!

3 Things You Can Do to Prepare for the Expo:
  1. Imagine your dream career and be prepared to share!
  2. Follow us at @smtdexcel and tweet about the Expo using the hashtag #ExcelExpo17.
  3. Bring a copy of your polished resume (if you have one) to share with a mentor.




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Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower