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Employ the Pack is back! Loyola University New Orleans Career Development Center is excited to announce that it will be hosting its 4th annual employment boot camp, Employ the Pack: A Conference for Young Professionals. Designed to provide up-to-the minute strategies and aid to students and alumni navigating the current job market, Employ the Pack has celebrated three straight years of memorable programming. This year the Career Development Center is especially excited to announce that Loyola University alumnus Will Donaldson — entrepreneur, real estate developer and a co-founder of Launch Pad in New Orleans’ CBD and  co-founder of St. Roch Market – will serve as keynote speaker for the Saturday, April 2 conference.

The half-day, professional-caliber employment strategies conference is available to current students and young Loyola alumni for free. Featuring innovative breakout sessions which address current job-market needs, as well as one-on-one face time with dynamic industry leaders and employment experts, the conference will be held in the St. Charles Room in the Danna Student Center on Loyola’s main campus. EMPLOY the PACK:  A Conference for Emerging Professionals will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Will Donaldson is an entrepreneur and real estate developer with interests in hospitality, food & beverage, office, and residential real estate. He is a co-founder of Launch Pad in New Orleans’ CBD, which has been home to multiple venture-backed startups. Launch Pad has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times, among many other publications. He is also the co-founder of St. Roch Market, which is the South’s first Food Hall. St. Roch features 13 independent food-service entrepreneurs focusing on coastal and local foods. The unique project has garnered the attention of National Geographic Traveler, The New York Times Magazine, and Southern Living, among many others.  Mr. Donaldson is an avid long-distance sailor with more than 15,000 miles of sailing experience. He is a firm believer in continuing education and responsible enterprise. He holds an M.B.A. from the Freeman School of Business at Tulane University where he graduated Cum Laude and a B.A. in Anthropology from Loyola University in New Orleans where he also graduated Cum Laude.

He will share his journey from a liberal arts student at Loyola University to a successful business person in the city of New Orleans.  Conference attendees will learn how to model his behaviors as a means to achieve and sustain success of their own.

The conference is open to all Loyola junior, senior, graduate students and young alumni, and will offer all participants resources to conquering the professional world. More detailed information about conference sessions and panelists will be available closer to the date. Click here to pre-register for the conference!  For more information, contact the Career Development Center at 504-865-3860.

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