Norfolk’s Summer Career Launch 2021

The Downtown Norfolk Council and the Greater Norfolk Corporation are excited to kick-off the seventh year of LiveNFK, our talent recruitment program designed to bring together corporate interns and seasonal associates to network and experience what it’s like to live, work and play in Norfolk and the region. This summer’s LiveNFK program, which is also open to first-year employees, will be a combination of virtual professional development and networking sessions and in-person outdoor social/recreational events.    

Participants in this year’s LiveNFK program will have the opportunity to network with their peers, both virtually and in-person, and learn from influential members of the business community, while experiencing recreational offerings in Norfolk. Given that many interns, associates and even first-year employees will be virtual this summer, we have included a la carte options for some of the in-person events. Click here to download the LiveNFK Program Flyer.

Register for the 2021 livenfk program here


Session Schedule

Tuesday, June 8
Noon-1pm | Virtual

Your official welcome to Norfolk and the LifeNFK program. This kick-off session will include an overview of the program and an opportunity for participants to virtually network with their peers. 

Thursday, June 10
Noon-1pm | Virtual
A Game Plan for Networking Events

Kiki Carleton, Business Development Strategist for the law firm Williams Mullen, will provide specific tips on how to prepare for networking events, what to do when you arrive to help you be more comfortable and effective, and best follow-up practices.

Wednesday, June 16
Noon–1pm | Virtual
Work / Life Balance 
Join Harvey L. Johnson, CPA and CEO of PBMares, LLP, a top 100 accounting firm in the United States, as he shares tips and concepts to help create harmony for finding success in your professional and personal life. 

Friday, June 18
8am-9am | Virtual 
Coffee and Conversation with Norfolk City Councilwoman Courtney Doyle

Grab a cup of joe and log on for a morning of conversation with Norfolk City Councilwoman Courtney Doyle. Courtney is a dedicated civic volunteer and employee – she has been with Sentara Healthcare for almost 20 years, currently serving as the Director of Customer Development and Marketing.

Tuesday, June 22 
6pm-7:30pm | Elizabeth River Trail
Explore the Elizabeth River Trail 

Join us for a night of exploration on the Elizabeth River Trail.  The ERT is 10.5 miles along Norfolk's iconic waterfront and showcases what makes Norfolk so dynamic - the water, diverse neighborhoods, and a variety of economic generators.  After, we will make a stop at one of Norfolk’s premier breweries. 

Thursday, June 24
Noon-1pm | Virtual
Shaping Your Personal Brand Workshop

What steps are you taking now to build your personal brand?  More importantly, why does it matter?  Regardless of your chosen career path, your personal brand will extend or limit your long-term career success.  Whether you choose to be a politician, police officer, scientist, doctor or teacher, your personal brand will impact your success more than your education, advanced degrees & years of know-how combined.   Shaping an effective personal brand takes years but can take only a moment to tarnish or destroy.  In this workshop, you will explore the elements and effectiveness of your own personal brand.  In addition, you also examine how an effective personal brand provides the necessary foundation for becoming a trusted advisor.  Finally, we will explore the formula for achieving positive influence with your clients, colleagues and your community.

The workshop will be presented by Jesse Morton, Senior Director, Organizational Development PB Mares, LLP.

Monday, June 28
Noon-1pm | Virtual 
Executive Lunch Talk
Glenn Carrington, Dean, School of Business, Norfolk State University

Join Glenn Carrington, who recently turned from a high-profile career in tax law that included senior leadership positions at several of the Big Five accounting firms and the IRS to leading the Norfolk State University School of Business, as he shares his inspirational personal journey and offers insights on leadership, overcoming obstacles and growing a career.

Wednesday, June 30 – Additional Fee | $10
6pm-7:30pm | NEON District – The Plot 
Push Comedy Theater – The Unusual Suspects: Murder Mystery

There’s been a murder. Everyone is a suspect. Even you.  Welcome to The Unusual Suspects, an improvised murder mystery comedy. Throughout the night, the world’s greatest detective will interrogate a cast of unusual characters, from the wacky to the dastardly.  You’ll find yourself face to face with our notorious investigator. Could they be Sherlock, Columbo, Jessica Fletcher? Not exactly. The catch is…no one ever knows which detective will show up. No one is above suspicion, including you.

Tuesday, July 6
8am-9am | Virtual
Success in the Workplace Panel

Join a panel of young professionals who will share practical tips and advice they wish they’d known when entering the workforce. Come prepared to learn best practices to set you up for success in the workplace. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Andrew Bennett, Old Dominion University.

Wednesday, July 7
Noon-1pm | Virtual
Executive Lunch Talk
With Doug Smith, President & CEO of Hampton Roads Alliance 

Doug Smith, former Norfolk City Manager and now President & CEO of the Hampton Roads Alliance, the lead economic development organization for the Hampton Roads region, will share his insights on leadership and speak to the future of the 757 region and why it's a great place to start & grow your career.

Thursday, July 8 
6pm-7:30pm | Virtual
Virtual Game Night 

Trivia Hub Live sponsored by Capital Group’s NextGen D&I Community

Tuesday, July 13
Noon-1pm | Virtual
Young Entrepreneur CEO Panel

The panel will feature 3 of the 757's rising entrepreneurial stars; A.K. Schultz, CEO &
Co-Founder of SVT Robotics; Kevin O'Connor, CEO of O'Connor Brewing and Alexis
Perkins, CEO of Chair One Fitness, who will share the story of their respective company
and the path that led them to become an entrepreneur.

Thursday, July 15
8am-9am | Virtual 
Coffee & Conversation with the Downtown 100

Grab a cup of joe and log on for a morning of conversation with members of the Downtown 100 (DT100). The DT100 is a highly motivated group of young professionals, 40 years old and under, from Downtown’s business, cultural and residential communities.  They serve as ambassadors for the Downtown Norfolk Council and are committed to a dynamic, attractive, and prosperous downtown.  

Monday, July 19
Noon-1pm | Virtual
Leading with Values, Not Bias

For much of U.S. history, biases were enshrined in the laws and policies of governmental institutions with explicit discriminatory intent. Despite progress, there remains a legacy that affects people today even when our explicit values support diversity, inclusion, and equity. It is a legacy that sustains inequities related to income, wealth, health care, educational attainment, wealth, employment, incarceration, and voter disenfranchisement, deaths from COVID-19, and death by police. Is change possible? Yes, absolutely.  The first step is gaining awareness and knowledge, which is the purpose of this presentation.

The seminar will be present by Dr. Ron Carlee.  Dr. Carlee is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration in the Strome College of Business at Old Dominion University. He was previously City Manager of Charlotte, North Carolina and County Manager of Arlington, Virginia.

Tuesday, July 27 – Additional Fee |$25 (covers dinner and game ticket)
6pm | Harbor Park – 150 Park Avenue
Norfolk Tides Baseball Game and Social 

Join us at Harbor Park for an evening of food, fun and fastballs as the Norfolk Tides (Triple-A-Affiliate/Baltimore Orioles) take on the Durham Bulls (Triple-A-Affiliate/Tampa Bay Rays).  LiveNFK interns, associates and managers will be joined by members of the Downtown 100 and community leaders for a pre-game dinner on the right field Party Deck followed by the game.

Thursday, July 29
6pm-7:30pm | Location TBD
End of Program Celebration

You made it! Celebrate your summer of professional accomplishments and unique Norfolk experiences.

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