Campus Philly Conversations

We’re coming to you… live from our couches! We’re so excited to announce our brand new, open to everyone, and 100% free Campus Philly Conversations for college students. Whether you’re still in your apartment in the city or are reading this from your parents’ basement, we want to hang out with YOU.

Take a break from baking bread (because that’s a thing we’re all doing now…) or binging Tiger King on Netflix—and join us instead. These conversations will be quick, efficient, and fun, and will take place on Wednesdays at 3 p.m. EST.

They’re just 40 minutes, and will feature special guests from the Campus Philly community chatting about different topics each week. We’re planning to cover everything. Seriously. From virtual events and Philly experiences you can enjoy from home, to finding a job in the midst of COVID-19 and checking off the ultimate Philly Food Bucket List, and all the things in between.

JOIN US! Below is our schedule of Campus Philly Conversations. We’ll continue to add to this over the spring and summer, so keep this page handy, and follow us on Instagram for announcements on upcoming conversations!

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June 3: Podcasting 101 with "Philly Who?" Podcast Host Kevin Chemidlin

There’s never been a better time to explore new podcasts… or to seriously think about launching your own. Join us for a special “Podcasting 101” conversation with Kevin Chemidlin, host of the Philly Who? podcast, which tells the stories of the doers, thinkers, and performers of Philadelphia, including Todd Carmichael, CEO and Co-founder of La Colombe; Chris Wink, Publisher and CEO of Technical.ly; Nicole Marquis, creator of HipCityVeg; and more.

We’ll chat with Kevin about how he was able to turn his side project of podcasting into his full-time job, how he got started in the industry, and how YOU can, too.

Sign up for our June 3 interview with Kevin!

June 10: Careers In Coding

Knowing the fundamentals of coding opens up the door to the many different career paths in the tech industry. But where do you start?

On June 10, we’re hosting a special panel discussion centered on launching a career in coding – how to teach yourself to code, the resources available to you RIGHT NOW, and how our two panelists got to where they are today, and what they love the most about their jobs. We’ll be chatting with:

  • Shaun Baer, a Philadelphia based full-stack developer at Bluecadet, where he champions inclusive design practices and spearheads accessible web standards.
  • Phoebe Quincy, a Colorado-based technical community builder at Elastic who focuses on relationship-building and growing communities in the computer software industry.

Sign up for the June 10 panel discussion!

June 17: Sportsbook 101 with Kambi, the Sports Betting Experience Company

Kambi is the leading provider of premium sports betting and technology services, with eight offices across the globe—including their Philadelphia location in The Wanamaker Building.

On June 17, we’ll talk with Kambi’s Rebecca Keane, Talent Acquisition Specialist, and Ben Porter, Sports Trader to learn all about the innovative sports betting industry, along with Kambi’s amazing perks (office ping-pong, anyone?) and more! Plus, we’ll share info on how YOU can work at Kambi—they’ll be hiring for a role in their Philly office soon.

Brush up on Kambi – check out our recent IGTV feature.

Sign up for Sportsbook 101 with Kambi

June 24: Why Philly Is the Best City to Launch Your Career (IG Live event!)

We say it all the time: Philly is the best city to be a young professional and launch your career. We love learning about “Campus Philly success stories” – students that went to college in the Philadelphia region, and stayed here after graduating, falling in love with the city as a spot to grow professionally.

On Wednesday, June 24, we’re hosting a special Instagram Live event with three young professionals with different “Philly stories” to share… and they’ve all, at some point in their career, been a part of the Campus Philly team!

Join us for a special conversation with:

  • Debora Charmelus, Events and Marketing Specialist
  • Cory Dulaney, Support Coach – Center for Male Engagement at Community College of Philadelphia
  • Ella Strauss, Coordinator for Major Gifts and Planned Giving at Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation

Sign up for a chance to win a $20 honeygrow credit!

Past Events

Voices of Eastern State Penitentiary: PR & Marketing Specialist Jaime Martorana

Once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, today Eastern State Penitentiary stands in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers. On Wednesday, May 27 we chatted with Eastern State Penitentiary’s Public Relations and Marketing Specialist all about her career in PR at Philly’s coolest, and creepiest, location.

Ask Me Anything with Talent Acquisition Associate Marvin Johnson

On Wednesday, May 20 we asked Marvin Johnson, Talent Acquisition Associate at Pennoni, everything we wanted to know about what it’s like to be on the other side of the interview table. We talked about how to stand out among the other applicants, how to write a cover letter, and the ways that YOU can grow your network, from anywhere, at any time.

Getting Creative - How to Turn your Creativity into a Career

On Wednesday, May 13, we had a jam-packed-with-information discussion with Dave Silver, Founder and CEO of REC Philly, the hub for Philly’s creative creativity. Dave shared some incredible advice about starting a business and the lessons he’s learned along the way, turning creative passions into a career, and how college students can get involved in the creative community today.

Turning a Passion for Food into a Delicious Side Hustle

On Wednesday, May 6, we chatted with three college student foodies – Danielle from @full_on_philly, and Liz & Syama from @allwedoiseatt – about how they’ve turned their passions for Philly’s food scene into a powerful side hustle. They shared some great tips on how to kickstart your own IG foodie account (or any IG brand!), enjoy complimentary tasting menus, and experience the best of Philly’s food scene

What Happens when You Don't Find your Dream Job (or Any Job) After Graduating?

On Wednesday, April 29, we hung out with Patrick Best, Vice President and Manager of Talent Acquisition at WSFS Bank, to chat about all things non-linear career paths.

Patrick shared his non-traditional career story and the experience he gained along the way, and we shared many career resources for college students and recent graduates, including advice on CampusPhilly.org/blog, job boards to check out, and information about our upcoming virtual events.

Adjusting to a Virtual Reality Amid COVID-19

On Wednesday, April 22, we hung out with Anna Papalia of Shift Profile (shiftprofile.com) and talked about how to nail the virtual interview, and chatted with college students about how their virtual semesters were going.