2018 Scholars Weekend

The 2018 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholars Weekend will be held from August 2-5, 2018 at the National Conference Center (NCC) in Leesburg, VA. The Cooke Foundation’s staff and board members are looking forward to meeting you during Scholars Weekend. Check-in and registration for early arrivals will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 1. Check-in and registration on Thursday, August 2, will be from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; the welcome sessions will begin at 4:00 p.m. (see the Scholars Weekend app for more details).

We will send an email with further travel information the week before Scholars Weekend. Please review the email carefully. Our reservations at the National Conference Center are for Cooke Scholars only. They do not include the friends or family of scholars.

Smartphone App for Scholars Weekend

Link(s) to download the app will be added here.

Rules & Expectations

The National Conference Center

The National Conference Center is our host for the weekend. As you are representatives of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, we ask that you respect the Conference Center’s rules during your stay.

  • No smoking in the building.
  • No overnight guests in the hotel rooms (including family members) unless otherwise approved by Cooke Foundation staff.
  • Be considerate of other conference center guests – please keep noise level in mind.

Cooke Scholar Conduct Expectations

The Cooke Foundation’s staff and board members look forward to the Scholars Weekend for the opportunity it provides to meet all of you personally. We believe that the strongest asset of the Cooke Foundation is the scholars, and one of the main goals of the weekend is to bring all of you together to learn from and about each other. Throughout Scholars Weekend, you are expected to:

  • Attend all sessions and events, arrive on time,and be ready to engage.
  • Treat each other respectfully.
  • Adhere to the dress code.
  • Refrain from alcohol or drug use in guest rooms, public spaces, or Foundation event spaces. Underage drinking will result in dismissal from the event.
  • Call the emergency numbers listed below and notify Cooke Foundation staff if urgent or emergency situations arise.We hope that by creating an environment that is safe, respectful, and collegial that it allows everyone to fully engage in the programming and enjoy the weekend!

Emergency Numbers

National Conference Center 911 on any NCC house/in-room phone
Cooke Foundation Staff (Travel problems only please)
703-817-6948 (Shelbi Maietta) A-K Scholars
571-352-1827(Melissa Fromm) L-Z Scholars
Cooke Staff Emergency Contact 570-206-2484(Erica Spurlock)

Recommended Attire

Summer in the DC area is hot and humid, but the National Conference Center is air-conditioned. Bring a sweater or jacket if you tend to get cold.

Wednesday, August 1 – (Early Arrivals Only)

  • Casual, but appropriate clothing
  • No events – travel day for early arrivals

Thursday, August 2

  • Casual, but appropriate clothing
  • All events inside
  • Wear your college shirt! (We will take group photos of scholars proudly sharing the college they will attend in the fall. We are asking everyone to wear their college shirts or bring pennants or other college signs for the photo. We would like our entire community to participate in this event.)

Friday, August 3

  • Business Casual attire*
  • All events inside

Friday Evening, August 3 – Reception and Banquet

  • Business attire (e.g., suits or sports jackets, ties, slacks, dresses, or skirts and blouses)

Saturday, August 4

  • Business Casual attire*
  • All events inside

*Appropriate business casual attire typically includes slacks or khakis, dress shirt or blouse, open-collar or polo shirt, optional tie or seasonal sport coat, a dress or skirt at knee-length or below, a tailored blazer, knit shirt or sweater, and loafers or dress shoes that cover all or most of the foot.

Map of the National Conference Center

View or download this PDF for maps of the NCC’s West Building and the second-, third-, and fourth-floor meeting spaces in the North Building.

The information below will help you plan your arrival to Scholars Weekend.

Scholars Arriving on Thursday, August 2

This content will be added soon.

Dulles & Union Station Shuttle Maps

View or download the PDFs below for information about the Cooke Foundation shuttle buses at these locations:

Driving Information and Parking

Driving

Directions to the National Conference Center (NCC) from several different starting points are provided on this site: http://www.conferencecenter.com/Contact-Us

The DC area is known for its traffic! Locally, you can listen to 103.5 WTOP (FM) for traffic conditions.

GPS Instructions

If you are using your vehicle’s GPS system to navigate, please enter the following address:

18980 Upper Belmont Place
Leesburg, VA 20176

Upon Arrival

Please view the map of the NCC and proceed to the area outside the Grand Ballroom in the West Building to check in with the Foundation.

Parking

If you are planning to drive to the NCC you may park overnight in the parking garage located across from the West Building. Parking is free.

Reimbursement for Travel Expenses

The Cooke Foundation will reimburse you for auto mileage at a rate of 25 cents per mile, plus tolls. Prior to your travel, please review the Travel Reimbursement Guidelines and Sample Expense Reimbursement Form posted on the Scholars Weekend 2018 event website. Email a scanned copy of your completed Expense Reimbursement Form and appropriate receipts to scholars@jkcf.org by August 20, 2018. The expense reimbursement form can be found on the event website, under the “Covered Expenses” tab. If you have any questions, please contact us at 1-800-846-9025 or by email at scholars@jkcf.org.

If you encounter travel difficulties, call 703-817-6948 (Shelbi) if your last name starts with letters A through K or 571-352-1827 (Melissa) if your last name starts with letters L through Z.

The Cooke Foundation will cover the scholar’s room, scheduled meals while at the NCC, and approved travel expenses. Other expenses will be the responsibility of the individual scholar. Please see the Travel Reimbursement Guidelines below for details.

Travel Reimbursement Guidelines

Lodging/Food

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation will arrange accommodations for you at the National Conference Center (NCC) and will pay the hotel directly for your lodging costs. Each Cooke Scholar will be assigned to a single non-smoking hotel room.

For information about check-in and registration, please refer to the 2018 Scholars Weekend webpage: http://www.jkcf.org/weekend. A travel email will also be sent to you the week before Scholars Weekend.

Check-out is automatic on Sunday, August 5. Please leave your room key in your room. All guest room keys will be deactivated at 12:00 p.m. (noon).

As part of the Scholars Weekend, all meals will be provided by the Cooke Foundation.

Travel

The high cost of travel has a significant impact on our program costs. As a result, all Cooke Scholars are expected to travel to the National Conference Center by the most direct and economical means of transportation available.

Personal Automobile

If travel by car is the most appropriate or convenient means of transportation, you will be reimbursed 25 cents per mile, plus tolls, for actual round-trip mileage to the NCC. If travel by car is not the most economical means, but you select this option anyway, you will be reimbursed for the amount of actual mileage expense or the lowest available air/train fare; whichever is lower. Information on parking and directions to the National Conference Center are posted on the Scholars Weekend 2018 event website. Please review this information before your arrival.

Air Transportation

Your travel has been arranged by Cooke Foundation from the information provided on your on-line registration and a proposed itinerary was sent to you by email for confirmation. Once reservations are made, changes, if permitted by the airline, are at your expense. Tickets are nonrefundable. Any additional costs incurred due to personal or academic travel to or from another city, or on other dates, will not be paid. You will arrive at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD). A Cooke Foundation shuttle to the NCC will be provided for those Cooke Scholars arriving on August 1 and August 2. The travel information on the website lists specific shuttle times and further information.

Train Transportation

Cooke Scholars traveling by train will arrive at Union Station. Cooke Scholars arriving at Union Station on August 2 will take the Cooke Foundation provided shuttle to the National Conference Center. Please refer to the website for shuttle time and further information.

Travel Expense Reimbursement

The Cooke Foundation will pay directly for your air/train fare, lodging costs, prearranged meals, and shuttle services. Any incidental expenses incurred during your stay will not be paid directly by the Cooke Foundation nor may they be submitted to the Cooke Foundation for reimbursement. However, out-of-pocket expenses you incur while you travel to and from the event may be submitted for possible reimbursement. Please retain all receipts. Use the following guidelines when completing your Expense Reimbursement Form (the form can be found on the Scholars Weekend website):

  • Cooke Scholars will be reimbursed for actual expenses incurred while traveling to and from the Scholars Weekend, up to $50 per calendar day for meals, tips, and miscellaneous expenses, inclusive of service charges and taxes. Following are established maximum amounts for meals and incidentals: $10 for breakfast, $12 for lunch, $26 for dinner, $2 for incidentals. The charges for meals can start only from the time that it is necessary to leave your home/origination point to arrive in time for Scholars Weekend and end when Scholars Weekend has concluded and necessary travel time has been used for you to return to your home/origination point.
  • A boxed lunch will be provided on departure day, and therefore meals on departure day will be reimbursed at the discretion of the Foundation depending on departure times.
  • Most airlines have instituted an additional fee for passengers who wish to check luggage. Please refer to the airline’s website for details on baggage fees. The Cooke Foundation will reimburse scholars for up to ONE piece of checked luggage. The Cooke Foundation will not reimburse scholars for more than one piece of checked luggage, regardless of whether the first piece was checked at no charge. Please keep your receipts for reimbursement.
  • Tips should be limited to 15 percent.
  • Receipts must be attached to the Expense Reimbursement Form for all travel by public transportation and for each single charge that exceeds $10 for such expenses as taxi rides, meals, and airport parking.
  • The auto mileage reimbursement rate is 25 cents per mile, plus tolls. Attach a copy of your route using Google Maps or another map site. If your route is longer than the route shown on Google Maps (a difference of 5 miles or more), please attach an explanation to your expense reimbursement as to why your route was longer.
  • Foreign Exchange – For those traveling from another country to the event, the Cooke Foundation will reimburse based on the documented rate of exchange actually paid. If documentation is not available for foreign exchange rates used, the Cooke Foundation will reimburse at the rate quoted by www.exchangerate.com for the day the expense occurred. You must note on the travel report the basis used to calculate the amount of foreign expenses.
  • Car Insurance – The Cooke Foundation’s insurance will not cover any physical losses sustained if a Cooke Scholar has an accident while driving his or her personal automobile to, during, or from a Cooke Foundation event. A Cooke Scholar’s personal insurance becomes the insurance of record.

Email a scanned copy of your completed Expense Reimbursement Form and the appropriate receipts to scholars@jkcf.org by August 20, 2018. Or you may mail the reimbursement form and appropriate receipts to the address below. If you have any questions, please contact us at 1-800-846-9025 or scholars@jkcf.org.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
Higher Education Programs
44325 Woodridge Parkway
Lansdowne, VA 20176

Saturday, August 4, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

There will be many different activities happening at the Career Pathways Exchange, but preparing ahead of time will help to make the experience less overwhelming.

Here are some suggestions to help you plan:

  • We highly recommend that you attend at least one session/presentation with industry/organization representatives, and that you participate in a workshop/skills session (either resume, cover letter, or mock interview).
    • Pro tip: there will be a lot going on, so be sure to be an active participant, but also pace yourself and take a break if you need to during the day.
  • Take a look at the brief schedule for the Exchange. Highlight or circle any activities that seem very interesting to you.
  • Are there sessions that are only offered at one time, and you really want to attend them? Start filling in your schedule with these sessions first.

Brief Overview of Activities

  • Mock Interviews. You must sign up in advance using this form. First come first serve, so make sure you sign up as soon as you determine you want to include an interview in your schedule. The Foundation will assign you into a time slot and let you know your scheduled time when you arrive at Scholars Weekend.
  • Industry Rooms. There will be two rooms organized by career industry/fields focusing on developing skills, getting feedback on important career tools, and networking. You can walk in and out of these sessions, as fits your schedule. The industries and organizations may vary, as representatives will rotate in and out at each hour, so pre-check the schedule to identify the alumni you want to talk with. Bring specific questions you have, and be prepared to talk about your professional goals and experiences you are looking for.
    • Career Roundtables. Organized by industry sector, alumni seated at roundtables answer college-and career-relevant questions from Cooke Scholars, discuss internships, and share insights regarding available paths, roles, and organizations, as well as their own personal journeys and lessons learned.
    • Career Skills Tables. Organized by industry sector, alumni provide guidance and feedback on your important career tools including resumes/CVs, cover letters, personal statements, LinkedIn profiles, and elevator pitches.
  • Spotlight Presentations. Information-packed 30-minute presentations and panels on special topics. Although there are seats in the room, you do not have to stay in the session the entire time.
    • STEM Fellowship Panel
    • Climbing without the Corporate Ladder
    • Professional Development for Fine Arts
    • Leveraging LinkedIn
    • First Generation Networking
    • Humanities Fellowship Panel
  • Job Talks: Where I Work and What I Do. Mini presentations delivered soapbox style, with alumni sharing about their current occupation, place of employment, and the college and career steps that made a difference along the way.
  • Professional Headshots. This can be used to update your LinkedIn Profile, update your email photo, and for use on any other professional networking site. The photographer will be taking pictures at a set location for the entire Career Pathways Exchange. There is no sign up for a picture, just check out the line and come back if it looks too long.

What to Bring to the Career Pathways Exchange

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Business attire – be prepared to take a head shot (optional). Read tips on building your professional wardrobe from Cooke Scholar Emily Zaretzky.
  • Professional bag – the Foundation will be providing a bag with your materials for Scholars Weekend so you are welcome to use it for the Career Pathways Exchange, or you can bring your own.
  • Pens/pencils
  • List of questions that you can ask during mock interviews
  • Questions for alumni working in the industries you’re interested in
  • Business card/contact info card – use a professional email address. The Foundation will be providing a small set of these for you to use during the Career Pathways Exchange.
  • Prepared elevator pitch – a concise, polished statement or two that tells someone who you are, what skills you bring, and why you would be an asset to the job you are speaking about. Watch this vlog on crafting an elevator pitch from Cooke Scholar Muaz Mohammed.
  • Wallet/ziplock/pouch to hold business cards you collect
  • Notebook to write down names of people you speak with, questions or comments that you might mention in a follow-up thank you note or email, or notes to yourself for next steps to take after the exchange

Questions to ask yourself before the Career Pathways Exchange

  • What do I want to get out of the Career Exchange?
  • Which industries am I interested in hearing about?
  • Which of the companies at the CPE are most important to me? What type of research can I do to learn more about them in advance of the exchange? Who are the company’s competitors?
  • What is my optimal work environment?
  • What are my strengths and weaknesses?

Questions to ask at the Career Pathways Exchange

  • What are the most important skills to have when starting in this field?
  • What type of on-the-job-training is available? Who is eligible to participate?
  • What are the most important issues facing the development of this field? Where is it headed? How do you see it changing over the next 5-6 years?
    • If you are knowledgeable about current issues in the field, ask questions about the issues and/or ask the presenter’s opinion on the topic.
  • What type of upward mobility is present? What is the typical 5-year trajectory for someone in this field? What about in 10 years? How long does it usually take to move from one position to the next?
  • Do you think graduate school is important/necessary to advance in the field?
  • Does your company support going to graduate school?
  • What type of graduate program did you attend? How did you choose?
  • How relevant is the geographic location of the graduate program to the location of the first job post-graduate school?
  • Do you recommend going to graduate school right after college, or is there a benefit to gaining some work experience first?
  • What will make my resume stand out in this field?
  • Can you describe a typical day in your job?
  • What do you like most about your job?
  • Whatis the most challenging aspect of your job?
  • How much of your time is spent working collaboratively with teammates versus on your own?
  • Can you describe the culture of the workplace?
  • What types of people do well within your organization?
  • Are there any feeder programs that your company recruits from?

Spotlight Presentations Schedule

Time Spotlight Topic Presenters
9:00-9:30 a.m. STEM Fellowship Panel Will Tarpeh, Grace Ha, and Brady Redfearn
9:30-10:00 a.m. Climbing without the Corporate Ladder Richard and Shellee De Freitas*
10:00-10:30 a.m. Professional Development for Fine Arts Myles Dunigan
10:30-11:00 a.m. Leveraging LinkedIn Shaun Zhang and Daniel Leon Davis
11:00-11:30 a.m. First Generation Networking Jonathan Mathis*
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Humanities Fellowship Panel Edna Simbi, Homero Sosa Mendoza, and Rama Gerig

*Denotes non-Cooke Scholar speaker

Job Talks: Where I Work and What I Do Schedule

Time Position Organization Presenters
9:00-9:15 a.m. Legal Affairs Counsel NBC Shani Moore Weatherby
9:15-9:30 a.m. Physician US Acute Care Solutions Mark Smiley
9:30-9:45 a.m. Project Engineer McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. Luis Mendez
9:45-10:00 a.m. Recruiting Coordinator / Software Engineer Google Homero Sosa Mendoza and Greg Clark
10:00-10:15 a.m. Operations Analyst 2M Research Max Matite
10:15-10:30 a.m. Creative Strategist Newell Brands Lauren Key
10:30-10:45 a.m. VP Engineering Tie Down Engineering Warren Van Nus
10:45-11:00 a.m. Psychotherapist Senior Fellow The Lovett Center Rama Gerig
11:00-11:15 a.m. Associate Scientist Taconic Biosciences Micon Tobin
11:15-11:30 a.m. Senior Fellow McKinsey Consulting Richard Shin
11:30-11:45 a.m. Bay Area Leadership Coordinator Hip Hop Caucus Mandolyn Ludlum
11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Breaking News Reporter The Miami Herald Monique Urrutia
General Information

Smartphone App for Scholars Weekend

Link(s) to download the app will be added here.

Rules & Expectations

The National Conference Center

The National Conference Center is our host for the weekend. As you are representatives of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, we ask that you respect the Conference Center’s rules during your stay.

  • No smoking in the building.
  • No overnight guests in the hotel rooms (including family members) unless otherwise approved by Cooke Foundation staff.
  • Be considerate of other conference center guests – please keep noise level in mind.

Cooke Scholar Conduct Expectations

The Cooke Foundation’s staff and board members look forward to the Scholars Weekend for the opportunity it provides to meet all of you personally. We believe that the strongest asset of the Cooke Foundation is the scholars, and one of the main goals of the weekend is to bring all of you together to learn from and about each other. Throughout Scholars Weekend, you are expected to:

  • Attend all sessions and events, arrive on time,and be ready to engage.
  • Treat each other respectfully.
  • Adhere to the dress code.
  • Refrain from alcohol or drug use in guest rooms, public spaces, or Foundation event spaces. Underage drinking will result in dismissal from the event.
  • Call the emergency numbers listed below and notify Cooke Foundation staff if urgent or emergency situations arise.We hope that by creating an environment that is safe, respectful, and collegial that it allows everyone to fully engage in the programming and enjoy the weekend!

Emergency Numbers

National Conference Center 911 on any NCC house/in-room phone
Cooke Foundation Staff (Travel problems only please)
703-817-6948 (Shelbi Maietta) A-K Scholars
571-352-1827(Melissa Fromm) L-Z Scholars
Cooke Staff Emergency Contact 570-206-2484(Erica Spurlock)

Recommended Attire

Summer in the DC area is hot and humid, but the National Conference Center is air-conditioned. Bring a sweater or jacket if you tend to get cold.

Wednesday, August 1 – (Early Arrivals Only)

  • Casual, but appropriate clothing
  • No events – travel day for early arrivals

Thursday, August 2

  • Casual, but appropriate clothing
  • All events inside
  • Wear your college shirt! (We will take group photos of scholars proudly sharing the college they will attend in the fall. We are asking everyone to wear their college shirts or bring pennants or other college signs for the photo. We would like our entire community to participate in this event.)

Friday, August 3

  • Business Casual attire*
  • All events inside

Friday Evening, August 3 – Reception and Banquet

  • Business attire (e.g., suits or sports jackets, ties, slacks, dresses, or skirts and blouses)

Saturday, August 4

  • Business Casual attire*
  • All events inside

*Appropriate business casual attire typically includes slacks or khakis, dress shirt or blouse, open-collar or polo shirt, optional tie or seasonal sport coat, a dress or skirt at knee-length or below, a tailored blazer, knit shirt or sweater, and loafers or dress shoes that cover all or most of the foot.

Map of the National Conference Center

View or download this PDF for maps of the NCC’s West Building and the second-, third-, and fourth-floor meeting spaces in the North Building.

Travel Information

The information below will help you plan your arrival to Scholars Weekend.

Scholars Arriving on Thursday, August 2

This content will be added soon.

Dulles & Union Station Shuttle Maps

View or download the PDFs below for information about the Cooke Foundation shuttle buses at these locations:

Driving Information and Parking

Driving

Directions to the National Conference Center (NCC) from several different starting points are provided on this site: http://www.conferencecenter.com/Contact-Us

The DC area is known for its traffic! Locally, you can listen to 103.5 WTOP (FM) for traffic conditions.

GPS Instructions

If you are using your vehicle’s GPS system to navigate, please enter the following address:

18980 Upper Belmont Place
Leesburg, VA 20176

Upon Arrival

Please view the map of the NCC and proceed to the area outside the Grand Ballroom in the West Building to check in with the Foundation.

Parking

If you are planning to drive to the NCC you may park overnight in the parking garage located across from the West Building. Parking is free.

Reimbursement for Travel Expenses

The Cooke Foundation will reimburse you for auto mileage at a rate of 25 cents per mile, plus tolls. Prior to your travel, please review the Travel Reimbursement Guidelines and Sample Expense Reimbursement Form posted on the Scholars Weekend 2018 event website. Email a scanned copy of your completed Expense Reimbursement Form and appropriate receipts to scholars@jkcf.org by August 20, 2018. The expense reimbursement form can be found on the event website, under the “Covered Expenses” tab. If you have any questions, please contact us at 1-800-846-9025 or by email at scholars@jkcf.org.

If you encounter travel difficulties, call 703-817-6948 (Shelbi) if your last name starts with letters A through K or 571-352-1827 (Melissa) if your last name starts with letters L through Z.

Covered Expenses

The Cooke Foundation will cover the scholar’s room, scheduled meals while at the NCC, and approved travel expenses. Other expenses will be the responsibility of the individual scholar. Please see the Travel Reimbursement Guidelines below for details.

Travel Reimbursement Guidelines

Lodging/Food

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation will arrange accommodations for you at the National Conference Center (NCC) and will pay the hotel directly for your lodging costs. Each Cooke Scholar will be assigned to a single non-smoking hotel room.

For information about check-in and registration, please refer to the 2018 Scholars Weekend webpage: http://www.jkcf.org/weekend. A travel email will also be sent to you the week before Scholars Weekend.

Check-out is automatic on Sunday, August 5. Please leave your room key in your room. All guest room keys will be deactivated at 12:00 p.m. (noon).

As part of the Scholars Weekend, all meals will be provided by the Cooke Foundation.

Travel

The high cost of travel has a significant impact on our program costs. As a result, all Cooke Scholars are expected to travel to the National Conference Center by the most direct and economical means of transportation available.

Personal Automobile

If travel by car is the most appropriate or convenient means of transportation, you will be reimbursed 25 cents per mile, plus tolls, for actual round-trip mileage to the NCC. If travel by car is not the most economical means, but you select this option anyway, you will be reimbursed for the amount of actual mileage expense or the lowest available air/train fare; whichever is lower. Information on parking and directions to the National Conference Center are posted on the Scholars Weekend 2018 event website. Please review this information before your arrival.

Air Transportation

Your travel has been arranged by Cooke Foundation from the information provided on your on-line registration and a proposed itinerary was sent to you by email for confirmation. Once reservations are made, changes, if permitted by the airline, are at your expense. Tickets are nonrefundable. Any additional costs incurred due to personal or academic travel to or from another city, or on other dates, will not be paid. You will arrive at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD). A Cooke Foundation shuttle to the NCC will be provided for those Cooke Scholars arriving on August 1 and August 2. The travel information on the website lists specific shuttle times and further information.

Train Transportation

Cooke Scholars traveling by train will arrive at Union Station. Cooke Scholars arriving at Union Station on August 2 will take the Cooke Foundation provided shuttle to the National Conference Center. Please refer to the website for shuttle time and further information.

Travel Expense Reimbursement

The Cooke Foundation will pay directly for your air/train fare, lodging costs, prearranged meals, and shuttle services. Any incidental expenses incurred during your stay will not be paid directly by the Cooke Foundation nor may they be submitted to the Cooke Foundation for reimbursement. However, out-of-pocket expenses you incur while you travel to and from the event may be submitted for possible reimbursement. Please retain all receipts. Use the following guidelines when completing your Expense Reimbursement Form (the form can be found on the Scholars Weekend website):

  • Cooke Scholars will be reimbursed for actual expenses incurred while traveling to and from the Scholars Weekend, up to $50 per calendar day for meals, tips, and miscellaneous expenses, inclusive of service charges and taxes. Following are established maximum amounts for meals and incidentals: $10 for breakfast, $12 for lunch, $26 for dinner, $2 for incidentals. The charges for meals can start only from the time that it is necessary to leave your home/origination point to arrive in time for Scholars Weekend and end when Scholars Weekend has concluded and necessary travel time has been used for you to return to your home/origination point.
  • A boxed lunch will be provided on departure day, and therefore meals on departure day will be reimbursed at the discretion of the Foundation depending on departure times.
  • Most airlines have instituted an additional fee for passengers who wish to check luggage. Please refer to the airline’s website for details on baggage fees. The Cooke Foundation will reimburse scholars for up to ONE piece of checked luggage. The Cooke Foundation will not reimburse scholars for more than one piece of checked luggage, regardless of whether the first piece was checked at no charge. Please keep your receipts for reimbursement.
  • Tips should be limited to 15 percent.
  • Receipts must be attached to the Expense Reimbursement Form for all travel by public transportation and for each single charge that exceeds $10 for such expenses as taxi rides, meals, and airport parking.
  • The auto mileage reimbursement rate is 25 cents per mile, plus tolls. Attach a copy of your route using Google Maps or another map site. If your route is longer than the route shown on Google Maps (a difference of 5 miles or more), please attach an explanation to your expense reimbursement as to why your route was longer.
  • Foreign Exchange – For those traveling from another country to the event, the Cooke Foundation will reimburse based on the documented rate of exchange actually paid. If documentation is not available for foreign exchange rates used, the Cooke Foundation will reimburse at the rate quoted by www.exchangerate.com for the day the expense occurred. You must note on the travel report the basis used to calculate the amount of foreign expenses.
  • Car Insurance – The Cooke Foundation’s insurance will not cover any physical losses sustained if a Cooke Scholar has an accident while driving his or her personal automobile to, during, or from a Cooke Foundation event. A Cooke Scholar’s personal insurance becomes the insurance of record.

Email a scanned copy of your completed Expense Reimbursement Form and the appropriate receipts to scholars@jkcf.org by August 20, 2018. Or you may mail the reimbursement form and appropriate receipts to the address below. If you have any questions, please contact us at 1-800-846-9025 or scholars@jkcf.org.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
Higher Education Programs
44325 Woodridge Parkway
Lansdowne, VA 20176

Career Pathways Exchange

Saturday, August 4, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

There will be many different activities happening at the Career Pathways Exchange, but preparing ahead of time will help to make the experience less overwhelming.

Here are some suggestions to help you plan:

  • We highly recommend that you attend at least one session/presentation with industry/organization representatives, and that you participate in a workshop/skills session (either resume, cover letter, or mock interview).
    • Pro tip: there will be a lot going on, so be sure to be an active participant, but also pace yourself and take a break if you need to during the day.
  • Take a look at the brief schedule for the Exchange. Highlight or circle any activities that seem very interesting to you.
  • Are there sessions that are only offered at one time, and you really want to attend them? Start filling in your schedule with these sessions first.

Brief Overview of Activities

  • Mock Interviews. You must sign up in advance using this form. First come first serve, so make sure you sign up as soon as you determine you want to include an interview in your schedule. The Foundation will assign you into a time slot and let you know your scheduled time when you arrive at Scholars Weekend.
  • Industry Rooms. There will be two rooms organized by career industry/fields focusing on developing skills, getting feedback on important career tools, and networking. You can walk in and out of these sessions, as fits your schedule. The industries and organizations may vary, as representatives will rotate in and out at each hour, so pre-check the schedule to identify the alumni you want to talk with. Bring specific questions you have, and be prepared to talk about your professional goals and experiences you are looking for.
    • Career Roundtables. Organized by industry sector, alumni seated at roundtables answer college-and career-relevant questions from Cooke Scholars, discuss internships, and share insights regarding available paths, roles, and organizations, as well as their own personal journeys and lessons learned.
    • Career Skills Tables. Organized by industry sector, alumni provide guidance and feedback on your important career tools including resumes/CVs, cover letters, personal statements, LinkedIn profiles, and elevator pitches.
  • Spotlight Presentations. Information-packed 30-minute presentations and panels on special topics. Although there are seats in the room, you do not have to stay in the session the entire time.
    • STEM Fellowship Panel
    • Climbing without the Corporate Ladder
    • Professional Development for Fine Arts
    • Leveraging LinkedIn
    • First Generation Networking
    • Humanities Fellowship Panel
  • Job Talks: Where I Work and What I Do. Mini presentations delivered soapbox style, with alumni sharing about their current occupation, place of employment, and the college and career steps that made a difference along the way.
  • Professional Headshots. This can be used to update your LinkedIn Profile, update your email photo, and for use on any other professional networking site. The photographer will be taking pictures at a set location for the entire Career Pathways Exchange. There is no sign up for a picture, just check out the line and come back if it looks too long.

What to Bring to the Career Pathways Exchange

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Business attire – be prepared to take a head shot (optional). Read tips on building your professional wardrobe from Cooke Scholar Emily Zaretzky.
  • Professional bag – the Foundation will be providing a bag with your materials for Scholars Weekend so you are welcome to use it for the Career Pathways Exchange, or you can bring your own.
  • Pens/pencils
  • List of questions that you can ask during mock interviews
  • Questions for alumni working in the industries you’re interested in
  • Business card/contact info card – use a professional email address. The Foundation will be providing a small set of these for you to use during the Career Pathways Exchange.
  • Prepared elevator pitch – a concise, polished statement or two that tells someone who you are, what skills you bring, and why you would be an asset to the job you are speaking about. Watch this vlog on crafting an elevator pitch from Cooke Scholar Muaz Mohammed.
  • Wallet/ziplock/pouch to hold business cards you collect
  • Notebook to write down names of people you speak with, questions or comments that you might mention in a follow-up thank you note or email, or notes to yourself for next steps to take after the exchange

Questions to ask yourself before the Career Pathways Exchange

  • What do I want to get out of the Career Exchange?
  • Which industries am I interested in hearing about?
  • Which of the companies at the CPE are most important to me? What type of research can I do to learn more about them in advance of the exchange? Who are the company’s competitors?
  • What is my optimal work environment?
  • What are my strengths and weaknesses?

Questions to ask at the Career Pathways Exchange

  • What are the most important skills to have when starting in this field?
  • What type of on-the-job-training is available? Who is eligible to participate?
  • What are the most important issues facing the development of this field? Where is it headed? How do you see it changing over the next 5-6 years?
    • If you are knowledgeable about current issues in the field, ask questions about the issues and/or ask the presenter’s opinion on the topic.
  • What type of upward mobility is present? What is the typical 5-year trajectory for someone in this field? What about in 10 years? How long does it usually take to move from one position to the next?
  • Do you think graduate school is important/necessary to advance in the field?
  • Does your company support going to graduate school?
  • What type of graduate program did you attend? How did you choose?
  • How relevant is the geographic location of the graduate program to the location of the first job post-graduate school?
  • Do you recommend going to graduate school right after college, or is there a benefit to gaining some work experience first?
  • What will make my resume stand out in this field?
  • Can you describe a typical day in your job?
  • What do you like most about your job?
  • Whatis the most challenging aspect of your job?
  • How much of your time is spent working collaboratively with teammates versus on your own?
  • Can you describe the culture of the workplace?
  • What types of people do well within your organization?
  • Are there any feeder programs that your company recruits from?

Spotlight Presentations Schedule

Time Spotlight Topic Presenters
9:00-9:30 a.m. STEM Fellowship Panel Will Tarpeh, Grace Ha, and Brady Redfearn
9:30-10:00 a.m. Climbing without the Corporate Ladder Richard and Shellee De Freitas*
10:00-10:30 a.m. Professional Development for Fine Arts Myles Dunigan
10:30-11:00 a.m. Leveraging LinkedIn Shaun Zhang and Daniel Leon Davis
11:00-11:30 a.m. First Generation Networking Jonathan Mathis*
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Humanities Fellowship Panel Edna Simbi, Homero Sosa Mendoza, and Rama Gerig

*Denotes non-Cooke Scholar speaker

Job Talks: Where I Work and What I Do Schedule

Time Position Organization Presenters
9:00-9:15 a.m. Legal Affairs Counsel NBC Shani Moore Weatherby
9:15-9:30 a.m. Physician US Acute Care Solutions Mark Smiley
9:30-9:45 a.m. Project Engineer McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. Luis Mendez
9:45-10:00 a.m. Recruiting Coordinator / Software Engineer Google Homero Sosa Mendoza and Greg Clark
10:00-10:15 a.m. Operations Analyst 2M Research Max Matite
10:15-10:30 a.m. Creative Strategist Newell Brands Lauren Key
10:30-10:45 a.m. VP Engineering Tie Down Engineering Warren Van Nus
10:45-11:00 a.m. Psychotherapist Senior Fellow The Lovett Center Rama Gerig
11:00-11:15 a.m. Associate Scientist Taconic Biosciences Micon Tobin
11:15-11:30 a.m. Senior Fellow McKinsey Consulting Richard Shin
11:30-11:45 a.m. Bay Area Leadership Coordinator Hip Hop Caucus Mandolyn Ludlum
11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Breaking News Reporter The Miami Herald Monique Urrutia

Contact Us

Contacting the Cooke Foundation While Traveling and During the Weekend

For now you may contact us via scholars@jkcf.org or 1-800-846-9025.

Starting August 1, if your flight is delayed or if there’s an emergency, you may contact us via phone at 1-866-846-7317 (Shelbi) for scholars with last names A-K or 1-866-846-7318 (Melissa) for Scholars with last names L-Z. Please make a note of these numbers and carry them with you while you travel. If your flight is delayed such that you will miss the start of the sessions, please contact us as noted above.

The Cooke Foundation cannot track down luggage or help with cancelled flights. Contact the airline for luggage issues and the travel agent at American Express Global Business Travel (1-800-858-1427) Code: H4BC (Monday-Friday, 8:00am-8:00pm) for any issues you may encounter with your flight. American Express Global Business Travel after-hours emergency number is 1-800-327-2737 Code: S-H4BC for any issues you may encounter with your flight.