Women’s Strategizing the Job Search Event with MCWT

Join us for our quarterly women’s event at Grand Circus!

This time around we are partnering up with MCWT to bring you a panel on Strategizing the Job Search. As always, we will have wine, snacks and time set aside for networking.

Searching for a new job can be a job in and of itself! Hear from professional women in technology on good practices and strategies when approaching the job hunt.

This event is for you if you’re in the process of looking for a new job, if you are considering fully transitioning your career or if you want to prepare for a job search to come! You’ll leave with actionable tips on the dos and don’ts of the job search process and resources to support your career change, whenever that may be.


5:30pm-6pm Grab a snack, check out the resources table and settle in

6pm-6:45pm Panel on Strategizing the Job Search

6:45pm-7pm Q&A

7pm-7:30pm Networking and mingling


Amy Luke

• Amy Luke was appointed Director of the Customer Center of Excellence Innovation team supporting the Global Connected Customer Experience organization within General Motors in May 2015.  The Customer COE organization focuses on enabling and enhancing experiences for connected vehicle users by facilitating the execution of requests through interactions and real time services. This team demonstrates exceptional development expertise and helps drive future experiences for connected customers.

Luke joined GM from General Electric where she ran the Renewable Energy IT Division which included producing the Bill of Materials strategy, partnering with engineering and global supply chain to create a common vision across the entire GE Energy business line.  

Luke holds a Master’s degree in Computer Information Systems and a Master’s Degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Luke enjoys helping out in the community by being co-chief Task Force Director for the Early Career for Michigan Council of Women in Technology (MCWT) as well as represent General Motors on the Advisor Board for MCWT.  Luke also supports the Eastern Michigan University Industrial Advisory board.

Colleen Geyer

• Joining Pillar Technology as a Talent & Community Ambassador, Colleen provides support in talent recruitment efforts as well as engaging in & designing new community programs. Previously, she provided strategic recruitment services to a large portfolio of start up companies in addition to finding opportunities for meaningful connections between entrepreneurs, customers and the community. Colleen served on the Advisory Board for Detroit Recruiter Connection, has attended and presented at many recruiting based conferences and teaches classes on career search skills. 

Anne Banks

Quinn Hamilton

• After graduating from Yale University in 2005, Quinn Hamilton had been steadily moving up in the field of clinical research when, in 2012, she decided to leave the industry behind. To figure out what career best matched her passion, she went on a sort of career experimentation journey. In 4 years of working different positions in the start-up and non-profit worlds and even starting a small business (Firebrand Candle Company), she was able to identify a few key themes.She loved being a leader and/or member of small teams working towards a common goal. She also loved the task of getting her business’ online store up and running–which included a bit of coding. That’s when she realized she’d been bitten by the coding bug.

The coding bug inspired her to participate in low-cost workshops focused on HTML/CSS, WordPress, etc. offered by Girl Develop It – Detroit. Building even the simplest things was challenging and tested her creativity but overall it made her feel accomplished and fulfilled. She was convinced that if she was ever able to, she would enroll in a coding bootcamp and completely change career paths for good. That opportunity came at the beginning of 2016 when she enrolled and completed the Grand Circus Java Bootcamp. She was hired by Asset Health, a web-based e-Learning and health management company, just a few weeks after graduating bootcamp and that is where she is employed as a software engineer today.

Moderated by Celena Mancina, Director of Operations at Grand Circus

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