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Get Ready for the 2017 IEEE Rising Stars Conference

By Kayla Ho

For its third year consecutive year, the IEEE Rising Stars Conference is coming to the Excalibur Hotel in Las Vegas, 2-4 January 2017–and it’s the event you need to ring in the New Year!

The IEEE Rising Stars Conference has quickly become one of the most well-attended events held in the Western Hemisphere. With a program focused on professional development, Rising Stars is the place to be for students, young professionals, professionals and industry leaders.

What Is the Rising Stars Conference?

Rising Stars is a unique and exciting event that connects students and young professionals with the larger industrial community. The program includes a career expo, a variety of career-based and social media competitions, lots of technical innovation, many professional-development presentations, an idea-pitching workshop–and so much more.

Why Attend Rising Stars?

In addition to the stellar speaker line-up, everyone who attends this conference will discover new relationships, new ideas, new friends and new experiences.  The list goes on and on. This one-of-a-kind corporate mixer is the event to attend–attendees can speak face-to-face with many of the speakers, and get their résumés reviewed at the same time.


For Students and Young Professionals

  • Network with leading IEEE student and young professional volunteers
  • Meet and interact with global company leaders
  • Participate in pitch competition
  • Learn how to market yourself
  • Enhance your résumé

For Professionals and Industry Leaders

  • Network with the up-and-coming engineers and leaders of tomorrow
  • Meet and interact with other global company leaders, students and young professionals
  • Participate in pitch competition
  • Share your experiences, and help someone on their journey
  • Enjoy VIP access to all attendees’ résumés
  • Participate in the virtual career and talent fair

2017 Rising Stars Speakers

And the moment you’ve all been waiting for”¦

Among our stellar speaker lineup is:

Michael Andrews, managing partner of Andrews & Associates, and a Senior IEEE Member, speaking on: Making it Easy for Your Next Employer: Answering the WHY.


2017 IEEE President-Elect candidate, Wanda Reder, founder and chair of the IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative, and chief strategy officer for S&C Electric Company. Reder will be talking about: SW Gas/Southern Cal Edison.

Eric Berkowitz, IEEE Computer Society membership director, is a membership marketing executive, leader and strategist, who has demonstrated versatility across a range of marketing specialties. He is director of the IEEE Computer Society membership development group. Berkowitz will talk about the benefits of: Forming Branch Chapters, Running Branch Chapters.

Devon Ryan, founder of Lion Mobile, LLC and IEEE-USA’s young professionals’ representative, is a multifaceted entrepreneur, who made his mark in software engineering. Ryan will explore Entrepreneurship and Startups.

Special Agent Paul Schaaf, assigned to the FBI Cyber Security Division, has experience with Cyber, Intellectual Property Fraud, Extortion, Civil Rights, and Cyber Security cases throughout his FBI career. He will be speaking about:  Cyber Terrorism and Internet Security.

Ferhan Ãzkan, senior business development manager for virtual reality at Crytek, will talk on: Partnerships & Alliances with VR First.

Carolyn Andrews, owner of Inspired Leaders, is a certified business and executive coach, as well as an international speaker and best-selling author. Andrews will be speaking about: Networking. She will also co-host: Creating and Marketing Your Personal Brand, with Jennifer Johnson.

Natalia Baklitskaya, R&D senior analyst at Accenture Labs. She will give a presentation on: Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality.

Charles Williams, senior director of service strategy & collaboration, in Operation and Tech Services at NBC Universal, will talk about: The Power of Storytelling in Leadership.

Jennifer Johnson, founder and creator of Power of 3P Coaching, will co-host: Creating and Marketing Your Personal Brand, with Carolyn Andrews.

Erna Grasz, founder and president of Asante Africa Foundation, will explore the importance and impact of Humanitarian Technology.

Don Houde, president of Houde Consulting and Data to Inform, will be talking about IoT Security.

Tim Worboys, software engineering manager at LinkedIn, will speak on: Communicating and Networking in a Virtual World.

And Andrew Rush, president of Made In Space, Inc., will take a look at:  Manufacturing in Space and in Other Extreme Environments.

Want to Attend Rising Stars?

Register for the 2017 Rising Stars conference now and receive the $50 early bird discount until 11/25/2016:

Make it one of your New Year’s resolutions-hope to see you there!

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Guest Contributor

IEEE-USA is an organizational unit of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE), created in 1973 to support the career and public policy interests of IEEE’s U.S. members. IEEE-USA is primarily supported by an annual assessment paid by U.S. IEEE Members.

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