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LiveNFK Career Launch


Norfolk’s Summer Career Launch 2022

The Downtown Norfolk Council, Greater Norfolk Corporation, and Norfolk Innovation Corridor are excited to kick-off the eighth year of LiveNFK, our talent recruitment program designed to bring together summer 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, is a combination of professional development and networking sessions and social/recreational events.

Participants in this year’s LiveNFK program will have the opportunity to network with their peers and learn from influential members of the business community, while experiencing recreational offerings in Norfolk. Click here to download the LiveNFK Program Flyer.

Two (2) $500 Scholarships for school expenses (College or Law School) will be awarded at the end of the program. Recipients will be selected based on engaged participation. (First year employees participating in the program will be eligible to receive a gift card at the end of the program, based on engaged participation).

Companies can register online here or contacting Noel Gramlich at 623-1757 or for more information.

Join our Facebook group for up to date information on events and to connect with fellow participants here.


Session Schedule

Thursday, June 9
5:30pm-7pm | Assembly — 400 Granby Street
LiveNFK Launch Party

Join us for an evening of socializing and networking on the rooftop of Assembly, the iconic building campus for creators and technology innovators in downtown Norfolk, as we kickoff LiveNFK Summer 2022.

Tuesday, June 14
9am-Noon | Dominion Enterprises — 150 Granby Street, 20th Floor
Professional Development Seminar

Topics Include: 
Networking — 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.

Goal Setting — What do the most productive and successful people in the world have in common? They are goal setters. This session, conducted by leadership coach and executive advisor Wally Schmader, will be full of tactics and best-practices to help you leverage goal setting in your professional and personal life.

Success in the Workplace — Learn best practices to set you up for success in the workplace from a panel of young professionals who will share practical tips and advice they wish they had known when entering the workforce.

Wednesday, June 15
5:30pm | Smartmouth Brewing Company — 1309 Raleigh Avenue
Happy Hour 

Join the Downtown 100, Downtown Norfolk Council’s young professional’s group, for Happy Hour at the award-winning Smartmouth Brewery in Chelsea. The Chelsea neighborhood is one of Norfolk’s most eclectic new commercial districts, featuring new businesses that appeal to foodies and fans of craftbreweries.

Tuesday, June 21
5:30pm-7pm | Hunt starts at the Selden Market — 209 East Main Street 
Downtown Scavenger Hunt

Channel your inner Sherlock Holmes while competing for prizes and glory by taking pictures of what we love about Downtown Norfolk. The hunt will end at a Downtown restaurant for appetizers and to declare the winners.

Thursday, June 23
Noon-1pm | 150 W. Main Street, 21st Floor
Investing 101: The Basics

DeAndre Coke, president and CEO of Truicity Wealth Management will present an overview of different investment buckets — Roth IRAs, 401k, the importance of purchasing life and disability insurance when you’re young, and the difference between term and whole life. Mr. Coke and his team currently operate a nationwide planning practice that covers over 40 states, working heavily with young professionals, members of the armed forces, corporate executives, and those entering retirement. In 2015, at the age of 25 he was chosen by Inside Business as one of his Region’s Top Forty under 40. In 2016 he was named by Coastal Virginia Magazine as a “Millennial on the Move,” and in 2017 at the age of 27 he was among the youngest Advisors in the region to qualify for the Million Dollar Round Table, the premier association of the top 1% of Financial Professionals worldwide.

Monday, June 27
Noon-1pm | World Trade Center — 101 W. Main Street, 5th Floor
Difficult Conversations: How to Give and Receive Effective Feedback

Kathleen Comer Mozzi, Executive Coach and Leadership Consultant, will help participants reflect on what it takes to give and receive high-impact feedback. By the end of the session, participants will have learned how to give feedback that drives commitment and motivation, as well as how to receive feedback with a growth mindset.

Wednesday, June 29
5:05 Party Deck, 6:35pm Game | Harbor Park
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 Gwinnett Stripers (Triple-A-Affiliate/Atlanta Braves). We will start with dinner on the right field party deck followed by the game.

Thursday, June 30
8am-9am | Historic Wells Theatre — 108 E. Tazewell
Coffee & Conversation

The Wells Theatre is significant both as a representative of early 20th-century popular culture and as an outstanding example of Beaux Arts theatre architecture in Virginia. The Wells was built in 1912 and served as the opulent flagship for Wells Amusement Enterprises, a string of forty vaudeville theaters owned by Jake and Otto Wells throughout the South. Learn more about this historic theatre, home to the Virginia Stage Company, when you join us for Coffee & Conversation.

Wednesday, July 6
5:30pm | MacArthur Center Green — corner of Monticello Avenue and Freemason Street
Pickleball and More

Join us on the courts at MacArthur Center for a game of Pickleball, a mash-up of tennis, badminton and ping-pong.  No experience necessary. Equipment will be provided. And while you are waiting for your turn on the court, you can try your luck at corn hole.

Friday, July 8
8am-9am | VIA design architects — 319 E. Plume Street
Coffee & Conversation 

The ESSEX BVILDING, home to VIA design architects, is a beautiful example of 1910 Greek Revival architecture. The building has been future-proofed and demonstrates the “Art of what’s possible” with the infusion of building automation and historic preservation combined. Learn more about this building and the team that works inside when you join us for Coffee & Conversation.

Tuesday, July 12
5:30pm-7:30pm | Elizabeth River Trail & The Lofts at Front Street
Elizabeth River Trail Bike Ride and Social

Join us for a night of exploration on the Elizabeth River Trail, a multi-use trail that stretches 10.5 miles along Norfolk’s iconic waterfront and showcases much of what makes Norfolk so dynamic.  At the end of the ride, we’ll stop for refreshments and a sneak peak of The Lofts at Front Street, downtown Norfolk’s newest luxury apartment community on the banks of the Elizabeth River in Fort Norfolk.

Thursday, July 14
Noon-1pm | Wells Fargo Center — 400 Monticello Avenue, 18th Floor
Young Entrepreneurs Panel

The panel will feature three of 757’s rising entrepreneurial stars — Kisha Moore of Hummingbird Macarons & Desserts, Blade Taylor of 3Dxtremes, and Hamilton Perkins of Hamilton Perkins Collection — who will share the story of their respective company and the path they took to become an entrepreneur.

Tuesday, July 19
Noon-1pm | TowneBank —108 E. Main Street
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 and grow your career.

Tuesday, July 19 & Wednesday, July 20
Limited to 16 participants each night

5:30pm-7:30pm | Nauticus — One Waterside Drive

Sailing Regatta at Sail Nauticus

Norfolk’s bay front and waterways are one of the best kept secrets of the region. Experience the beautiful Elizabeth River firsthand through an evening sailing with instructors from Sail Nauticus.  No experience necessary!

Tuesday, July 26
Noon-1pm | Dominion Tower — 999 Waterside Drive, 4th Floor
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The city of Norfolk is at the heart of the Hampton Roads region. A 400-year-old community that grew up along the waterfront is now home to roughly 247,000 residents. The world’s largest naval station, NATO’s North American headquarters and four college and universities thrive within our borders. Our population is diverse. To reflect their diversity and to champion equity and inclusion in city services and programs, Norfolk is the first city in Hampton Roads to launch a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiative.

This session will be led by Aleea Slappy Wilson who is championing the efforts as Norfolk’s first Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer and LGBTQ Liaison to the City Manager. In this role she is driving the City of Norfolk’s efforts to be a community where everyone feels welcomed, included and equipped to thrive.

Thursday, July 28
6pm Board, 6:30pm-8:30pm Cruise | Waterside Marina
American Rover Sunset Cruise

Set your sails for an authentic excursion on the Elizabeth River aboard the American Rover. There’s no better way to see Downtown and share the LiveNFK experience than enjoying music from the deck of a tall ship as the sun sets on the water.

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