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Conference information and schedule

Gain the skills you need to enhance academic success plus impress potential employers. This one-day conference just for Eastern Florida State College students will focus on professional development and real-world skills that increase your employability quotient.

Friday, March 8, 2019 ⇒ 9 AM to 4:30 PM ⇒ EFSC Melbourne Campus

Check in starts at 9 AM in the Student Union, Building 16. The day kicks off with a free continental breakfast and includes lunch. Online event registration ended Thursday, March 8. EFSC students can register as a walk-in by arriving at the check in location by 9 AM on Friday, March 8.

Activity filled breakout sessions will include topics such as time management, effective leadership, conflict resolution, work/life balance, creative problem solving and more. Bonus: you can meet EFSC's Core Scholar requirement to complete three Soft Skills Workshops because SkillsNOW breakout sessions will cover Time Management, Organizational Skills and Etiquette in the Workplace.

Students can also network with campus and community experts and access valuable resources and will receive a completion certificate for taking part.

The SkillsNOW! Conference builds on the concept of EFSC's Skillshops series for students: engaging free workshops and events outside of the classroom that offer real-life solutions to academic and life issues. View the up-to-date Skillshops schedule and make time to attend (you won't be disappointed!)

Conference Schedule

View Breakout Session Descriptions & Presenters

Breakfast/Check-In: 9 - 9:30 AM, Building 16, Second Floor, Rm. 216, Student Union

Opening Session: 9:30 AM, Featuring Dr. Linda Miedema, EFSC V.P. Academic/Student Affairs (Student Union, Bldg. 16, Rm. 216)

Breakout Session 1: 10:15 - 11:15 AM
  • Fast Break! Creating Fast Moving Teams - Bldg. 7, Rm. 111
  • Work /Life Balance - Bldg. 7, Rm. 108-C
  • Organizational Skills (Counts for Core Scholar) - Bldg. 7, Rm. 100
  • Intercultural Communications - Bldg. 7, Rm. 108-B

Breakout Session 2: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • EFSC Provost Leadership Discussion - Bldg. 7, Rm. 111
  • Mindfulness for a Busy Day - Bldg. 7, Rm. 108-C
  • Time Management (Counts for Core Scholar) - Bldg. 7, Rm. 100
  • Effective Communication - Instradoodle! - Bldg. 7, Rm. 108-B
Lunch: 12:30 - 1:15 PM - Building 16, Student Union, Second Floor
Breakout Session 3: 1:30 - 2:30 PM
  • Leadership in the Workplace - Bldg. 7, Rm. 111
  • Managing Anxiety - Bldg. 7, Rm. 108-C
  • Etiquette in the Workplace (Counts for Core Scholar) - Bldg. 7, Rm. 100
  • Dealing with Difficult People - Bldg. 7, Rm. 108-B
General Session ("What I Wanted to Be When I Grew Up and How That Worked Out"): 2:45 - 3:45 PM - Student Union, Building 16, Second Floor, Rm. 216
Networking with General Session Presenters: 3:45 - 4:30 PM

Accordian Table

Trizia Ginarella Eavenson

Trizia Ginarella EavensonAttorney Trizia G. Eavenson is the founder of Eavenson Law, LLC. Eavenson Law is a unique law firm, providing personalized, exceptional litigation and legal counseling assistance, both in person and in digital format (Skype, FaceTime and conference calls to name a few), as well as top quality, niche market Mediation and Arbitration services. She was previously a founding partner of Moore Eavenson Baughan, PLC.

Mrs. Eavenson graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of South Florida and proudly earned a Juris Doctor degree from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University College of Law, Cum Laude.

Trizia was crowned Ms. Tampa in 1997 on the platform of legal advocacy of abused and neglected children. A firm believer in a strong work ethic, she has worked in the legal field since 1993, starting from the bottom up, beginning as a "temp" in a bi-lingual law firm, answering phones, throwing out trash and cleaning toilets, to becoming a paralegal and continuing to work as a paralegal/law clerk as she attended law school in the evening program. Trizia has been a certified Guardian ad Litem since 1993.

A passionate trial attorney, Trizia’s practice encompasses multiple areas of civil litigation including, but not limited to, catastrophic personal injury; medical malpractice; corporate and business law; defective medical devices; real property; property exemptions, tax and valuations; local government and administrative law; premise liability; contracts; products liability; animal law; construction law, Veterans law and wrongful death.

Kristen Klein

Kristen KleinOriginally from the Pacific Northwest, Kristen grew up exploring the forests and mountain peaks of Washington State. A curiosity and passion for adventure and human culture inspired Kristen to work as an underwater archeology summer intern with the Bermuda Maritime Museum at the age of 19. She completed her undergraduate studies at Florida State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Anthropology, specialized in underwater archeology. This career path led her to work in Alaska, Guatemala and Oregon.

She moved to Brevard County, Florida in 2009 and has been working to strengthen the community by inspiring people to lead as the Program Coordinator with the nonprofit organization LEAD Brevard since 2014. In 2018, Klein was a "Women on the Rise, Woman to Watch" finalist.

Kristen is passionate about competing and running in races throughout Florida and around the world. She is a former Space Coast Runners (SCR) Board Member and SCR Racing Team Captain. Klein is the USA Beach Running Barefoot 10K Female Champion for 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

She placed 5th overall female in Ireland’s only beach race in 2017, raced in the Bermuda half-marathon in January 2019 and has her eyes on an Australian beach race in the near future.

Kenny Johnson

Kenny JohnsonKenny Johnson, a local community activist and mentor, was born September 8, 1991 in Melbourne, Florida. He is a graduate of Bayside High School in Palm Bay, Florida. As a former Division 1 football player at Charleston Southern, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology.

Mr. Johnson is a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. In 2016, he became the owner of Top Notch Training of Brevard. Mr. Johnson has served as a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes (2005-2012), the Palm Bay Area Chamber of Commerce and Vice President of Space Coast Business Group. A few of his many accolades include:

  • 2018 Space Coast Stars Community Inspiration Award
  • 15th Annual MLK, Jr. Community Service Award
  • Brevard Public Schools Partners in Education of the Year Award (2017 – 2018)
  • Charleston Southern Alumnus Community Service Award

A true public servant, Mr. Johnson currently serves as City Councilman, Seat 4 for the City of Palm Bay.

Robert Rains

Rob RainsRob Rains has served as President of United Way of Brevard County for nearly 25 years – since June of 1994. He has overseen United Way’s raising of over $124 million dollars during his tenure.

Additionally, Rob has been instrumental in making our United Way highly innovative. His efforts led Brevard County to become the first community in Florida and seventh in the nation to establish a 2-1-1 information and referral system. More recently, Rob has emerged a champion in addressing hunger and early childhood reading in Brevard.

Mr. Rains has received numerous awards and honors over his 35-year career with United Way. In 2016, Rob was selected as Business Leader of the Year by "Space Coast Business" magazine.

With his father being an Air Force officer, Rob was born in Japan, but grew up in Miami. He graduated with a finance degree from the University of Florida.


Parking Information

The closest parking to the Conference location (Building 16, Student Union) is the newly expanded parking lot at the southern end of the Melbourne Campus. The lot can be accessed from Wickham Rd. and also from Post Rd. using the campus access road east of the Tennis Complex.

View the Melbourne Campus Map

Online Registration closed on Thursday, March 8 at 5 PM. EFSC students can register through walk-in registration by arriving at the Check-In location (Melbourne Campus Student Union, Bldg. 16, Second Floor) by 9 AM on the day of the conference, Friday, March 8.