April 29, 2015
By Pamela Berns and Tamanna Virmani
For most of us finding a job can be tougher than doing the actual job. We can find it hard just talking about ourselves, no less selling ourselves to others. And first impressions are lasting impressions that can end up having a greater impact on your prospects than your resume or interview. That’s why it’s so important to learn and understand the tools of the trade – like crafting the perfect elevator pitch.
In April, current and future job seekers gathered to get some words of wisdom from veteran energy professional and sustainability career expert Andy Padian on how to successfully deliver an elevator pitch—a quick professional introduction that will convince a potential employer or client to listen to your whole story.
During Andy’s fast-paced and highly interactive workshop, participants received a number of tools to put into their toolkits. Each participant was asked (at random) to quickly deliver a mock pitch. Andy gave pointed feedback (and kudos) and engaged participants in sharing their reactions to each other’s pitches. Here are some strategies that were covered: (more…)
By Pamela Berns
The New School celebrated Earth Day with a day-long event entitled “Earth Matters: Designing Our Future.” The program consisted of panel discussions ranging from sustainable fashion to climate change, with speakers from organizations as varied as NRDC, the Municipal Art Society, and the Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency.
In a session about sustainable food systems, the expression “you are what you eat” took on new meaning with a presentation on urban food planning by Dr. Rosita Ilieva. Dr. Ilieva is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Tishman Environment and Design Center at The New School, where she teaches and researches urban food systems and sustainable cities in the Environmental Studies program. She also has earned a Ph.D. Cum Laude in Spatial Planning and Urban Development from the Polytechnic University of Milan.