NOVEMBER 7, 2018
PROSTART® CAREER & INDUSTRY EXPO at HILTON MILWAUKEE CITY CENTER
The WRA Education Foundation will host its first annual “ProStart Career and Industry Expo” next fall where hundreds of students from across the state will meet and learn from industry professionals. The goals of the event are to:
- Introduce students to the vibrant foodservice industry and showcase the many career opportunities available to them
- Connect students with potential employers and postsecondary institutions
- Provide a fun, engaging and educational experience for students
All students will simultaneously attend the Keynote, Networking Lunch and Industry Panel (see those activities marked in green).
For the remainder of the sessions, students will be split into 4 groups (50 each) and will rotate through all 4 sessions (2 educational sessions, the Career Exploration Pavilion and Career Readiness Center).
- 9:00 AM - Keynote Address
- 9:30 AM - Session #1
- 10:30 AM - Session #2
- 11:30 AM - Networking Lunch
- 12:15 PM - Session #3
- 1:15 PM - Session #4
- 2:15 PM - Industry Panel
- 3:00 PM - Conclude
Well-known speaker to kick off the day – and to share his/her professional journey and vision of the industry. Message to students would be that we are the “Industry of Opportunity.”
We would assign industry attendees to student tables, providing another opportunity to network and talk with students about our industry and careers available to them.
Host an industry panel where professionals – from diverse food careers – will share their professional journeys and their passion for the industry. The goal is to have students leave with those inspiring stories top of mind – and to pique their interest in exploring a hospitality-related career.
Career Exploration Pavilion
Area that showcases the broad spectrum of career paths in the food industry and connects students with employers and colleges. We will have representatives from restaurants, hotels, healthcare facilities, equipment suppliers, food manufacturers, food distributors, wholesalers, food scientists, colleges, etc. tabling in the Pavilion. Students will rotate through the pavilion, stopping at each table for 3-5 minutes and then proceeding to the next station.
Career Readiness Center
This will be a hands-on session, which will include guidance and tips on writing a resume, filling out an online application and mastering interview skills. Students will leave with a better understanding of the interview process and handouts to review once they get back home.
Educational Session #1
Possible partnership with Wisconsin Bakers Association for hands-on decorating workshop.
Educational Session #2
Possible partnership with ACF Chefs, Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin, Cargill Cocoa or others for cooking demonstration.
Event Sponsorship Opportunities
Because we want to keep the cost to attend the Career & Industry Expo manageable for school districts, we are offering a wide-range of sponsorship options. Your sponsorship helps support the Wisconsin ProStart program directly and allows us to host events like the Career & Industry Expo that showcase our industry of opportunity.
Platinum - $5,000
Premier event partner with opportunity to speak and display large company banner. Large brand logo included in event materials, program, website, table signs and presentation slides, plus emcee announcement. Participation in Industry Networking Lunch, Industry Panel and table in the Career Pavilion included.
Gold - $3,000
Major event partner. Brand logo included in event materials, program, website, table signs and presentation slides, plus emcee announcement. Participation in Industry Networking Lunch, Industry Panel and table in the Career Pavilion included.
Keynote or Network Lunch - $2,000
Customized sponsorship that gives your brand superior recognition at Keynote or Networking Lunch. Brand recognized in program, website, area signage and presentation slides. Participation in Industry Networking Lunch and table in Career Pavilion included.
Silver - $1,000
Partnership opportunity with company name included on the website, in the program and presentation slides. Participation in Industry Networking Lunch and table in the Career Pavilion included.
Bronze - $500
Partnership opportunity with company name included in program and on presentation slides. Participation in Industry Networking Lunch and table in the Career Pavilion included.
Career Pavilion Table - $250
Opportunity to participate and table in the Career Pavilion. Industry Networking Lunch included.