NKBA SDS Fri, Feb 22 9-4 p.m.

SDS-NKBA LogoWest Valley College
14000 Fruitvale Ave,
Saratoga, CA 95070

Friday, February 23, 2018
9:00am to 3:30pm

Register now!

Don’t miss this opportunity to take your learning to the next level! Keynote speaker, Serena Perfetto, will show you how to use Social Media for success, where you’ll learn some best practices and efficient personal branding trends.  The event will include two breakout sessions where students can choose their educational path, and we will end with a closing panel with NKBA’s 30 under 30 stars!  Lunch is included. Raffle for great prizes as we close out the event, and major announcements will be made, including a scholarship opportunity.

When you register, choose one class per breakout session that aligns with your current interests. Space is limited so sign up now!!!  Arrive promptly at 9:00am as there is a lot to do at the event, and you don’t want to miss a bit of it!

NKBA Student Members:  $15Non-NKBA Student Members:  $25
Save $15 now by becoming a member.  Membership and renewals are free for 2018, thanks to sponsorship from Monogram.  Click here to begin your application.

Topics for the day include:

Keynote Speaker – Serena Perfetto of Airbnb

Social Media

Wherever you’re at in your career, you need to manage your online presence and personal brand. If you’re well into your career, you need to know how to take the digital presence to the next level. If you’re just starting, you need to know how to use Social Media for success.

In this keynote session, you’ll learn some best practices and efficient personal branding trends, and hear powerful stories of failure and success, based on Serena’s experience working for Silicon Valley companies such as SAP, Google, and Airbnb.

Breakout Session #1 at 11:00am.  Choose from the following:

Quartz Surfaces by Danielle Johnson of Cosentino
Are you ready to learn about quartz surfaces? We will discuss applications and ensuring spectacular results when specifying quartz on projects. At the end of this lecture, you will understand the benefits of this material and why it is in demand across markets.

What Your Contractor Wishes You Knew
by Doug Mszanowski of TBS Construction
and Kai Jensen of Harrell Remodeling
Listen closely as these two project managers from prominent residential construction companies discuss the communication needed between designer and contractor, to help facilitate a smooth project.

Working with Cabinet Dealers by Buzz Hegerle of Crystal Cabinets
This course will discuss and compare some of the popular CAD programs in the design industry including AutoCAD, Revit, 2020, Chief Architect, and more. With different features that each program can offer, this course will help the student understand how each program can aid them in their future career.

Breakout Session #2 at 1:00pm.  Choose from the following:

Flexible Bathroom Organization & Design by Mary Labowitz of Premier Decorative Group
You will learn performance benefits of modular bathroom cabinets and vanities, for personalization, convenience of use, maximization of storage.  You will also learn about bathroom lighting options and how to select the right lighting for the intended purpose.

The Basics of LinkedIn by Sophie Sieck of LinkedIn
In this session, you’ll learn the basics of LinkedIn: how to best leverage the platform to make connections, learn new skills, and even find your next role. We’ll cover building your profile to best represent your personal brand, who you should be reaching out to (and how), as well as the tools on LinkedIn that can help you take your career to the next level.

Sales 101 – Sales Techniques in a Showroom Environment
by Janis Manacsa of Gilman’s Kitchens + Bath
A discussion of the different types of business models in design showrooms and what type of design environment to expect. How sales plays a crucial part in a designer’s career. Tips, tools and mindset for success in a showroom environment.

Closing Speakers at 2:00pm.  All are attending.

“30 Under 30 NKBA Stars”
Panel Discussion
Panelists: Kyle Tu Le of Timeline Design
Bridgette Schwarz of Signature Kitchen & Bath Design
Giana Siska of Signature Kitchen & Bath Design
Meet three of the Bay Area’s 30 Under 30 NKBA Stars to see how they got on the path to design, what struggles and hurdles they’ve faced, and what it means to be part of NKBA’s 30 Under 30.



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