students at Speed Networking

Speed Networking: An Opportunity for TSU’s Young Entrepreneurs

By Treyvon Waddy

As a part of TSU’s annual Communications Week, students were given the opportunity to “Show Their Own Net Worth” to companies SER Jobs, Mo-Bang Media, Evolversi, and Back to Eden, all ready and willing to help our Tigers get out there and get connected.

Professor Clyde Duncan Jr., one of the several present School of Communications’ professors, had particularly high hopes for the event.

“My hope for this event is that the contacts will be made for my students, that their networking skills will be polished, and that it also teaches me what we need to work on in the classroom to get our students ready for the next level.”

The company’s goals were the same, and the representatives present covered all sorts of areas of opportunity for our Tigers to explore. One such company, SER, advertised general summer jobs as well as free career training for those between the ages of 18 to 24.

Leadership Development and community service opportunities were available through Back to Eden aimed towards survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Kathy Phipps, a representative of Back to Eden also spoke of a 500-dollar grant available to students willing to complete their nine-month Leadership Training.

Media and graphic design production opportunities by Mo-Bang Media, and Music promotion opportunities by Evolversi were also present and accounted for for our RTF and ERM students.

According to Russel Reinhart, a Representative of Evolversi, they help musical artists personally, sitting them down and discussing booking and marketing, as well as setting in place for them a realistic budget for their goals.

Finally, Yvonne Taylor Director of Professional Development from the Harris County District Attorney’s Office was present.

“I came to TSU because I am inspired to bring students to the DA’s office so that you all can be involved in criminal justice reform. This is a very exciting time in the criminal justice era, and I think it is important to have people of color represented in the office because our community is over prosecuted and we’re trying to do something about it.”-Yvonne Taylor, Director of Professional Development

The networking event had a large student turnout, with students from several different majors including within the School of Communications. Here are the thoughts from one such student who was present for the full duration of the event:

“I feel as though networking is a great way for students to be able to connect with higher ups that can help steer them in the right direction to becoming successful entrepreneurs or experts in their field. However, it’s important to bring professionals that students can relate to and companies that students are interested working for or with. Our generation has an easy way to connect through social media but the reason for us being able to relate to others so easily is because of the generational pool we are in. With networking, the success of a young generation being able to provide us with similar or effective ways to enter our business field would’ve been useful for this year’s communications week. Overall, I feel as though the networking event could’ve had more to offer for our students, especially those who are closer to graduating TSU.”-Tyler McDuffy, RTF student of the School of Communications

The event as a whole was a success for students wishing to get themselves out there, or to simply find a job for the approaching summer. Whether you were in the School of Communications or not, this was the place to be for all young entrepreneurs.