On March 16, 2011 New Yorkers For Children hosted the Tech Careers Unplugged Network to Success event at Year Up’s Brooklyn office, featuring a diverse panel of professionals from the technology industry. The purpose of Network to Success is to empower young people to start thinking about their careers. Nearly 100 young people in foster care listened as the panelists shared their experiences and inspired the young people to pursue their interests. After the panel presentation, panelists joined the youth in round table discussions where the young people asked direct questions and engaged in conversations with each of them. Nicholas Scoppetta, Susan Burden, Scott Posner, Larry Harris, Susan Gilroy and Alison Harmelin were on hand to show their support along with NYFC Youth Advisory Board members.
Panelists included Christopher Bettin of MajorLeagueSoccer.com; Daniel Butchko, Creative Manager and Events Supervisor at Hedge Funds Care; Glenn Coleman, Operations Associate and Sales Associate at Vandis and NYFC Spririt Award recipient; Andrew Essex, founding editor of Absolute magazine and current CEO of Droga5; Samer Hamadeh, co-founder and CEO of Vault.com and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Lightspeed; Larry Harris, former CEO of Ansible Mobile and President of Venture Industries, Inc.; Chantel Johnson, IT analyst at Citigroup and NYFC Spirit Award recipient; Jed Kleckner, CEO of Delivery.com; Luis Mercado, Senior Network Engineer at Logicworks; David Minkin, co-founder and publisher of Breaking Media; Troy O’Reilly, IT Risk Management VP at JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Bianca Posterli, editor of MODELINIA.com; Tamara Rambus, Director of Human Resources at Unilever; Stephanie Tayengco, VP of Network Operation at Logicworks; Nathaniel Wice, technology entrepreneur and owner of miShare; Paul Yanover, former Executive VP and Managing Director of Disney Online; and Kenneth Ziegler, President and COO of Logicworks.
Youth also participated in professional skills workshops led by Year Up. Photography was donated by Cynthia Chung Photography and food was provided by the Next Generation Caterers, a New Yorkers For Children grantee.