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LiveNFK Career Launch


Norfolk’s Summer Career Launch 2023

The Downtown Norfolk Council, Greater Norfolk Corporation, and Norfolk Innovation Corridor are excited to kick off the ninth 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.

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 the DNC at 623-1757 or for more information.

Join our LiveNFK 2023 LinkedIn group for up to date information on events and to connect with fellow participants here.

Download the LiveNFK flyer here for printable information and schedule of events.

Session Schedule

Thursday, June 8
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 2023.

Tuesday, June 13
9am - 1pm | Slover Library, 235 E. Plume Street, 6th Floor
Professional Development Seminar

Topics Include: 
• Business Communication – Learn tips, techniques and strategies for communicating in a clear, concise and compelling way. This interactive session will cover both spoken and written communication, as well as how to handle challenging interactions.
• Time & Meeting Management – Discover strategies for making the best use of your time, both on your own and in group settings.
• “Ask Me Anything” – Ask any and all professional questions you need to know when entering the workforce in a moderated panel discussion.

Sponsored by KPMG

Friday, June 16
8am - 9am | The Governor’s School for the Arts, 254 Granby Street
Coffee & Conversation

The Governor's School for the Arts is a center for innovation that develops excellence, nurtures creativity, inspires artistic vision and builds communities with a passion for the arts. Attendees are Hampton Roads high school students who are training in one of six art programs: Dance, Instrumental Music, Musical Theatre, Theater & Film, Visual Arts and Vocal Music. The campus is located on the heart of Granby Street in historic buildings outfitted to accommodate young artists. Learn more about this extraordinary school and take a tour when you join us for Coffee & Conversation.

Sponsored by The Governor’s School for the Arts

Tuesday, June 20 & Wednesday, June 21
Limited to 16 participants each night

*rescheduled to July 12

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!

Thursday, June 22
Noon - 1pm | Dominion Enterprises, 150 Granby Street, York Room
Diversity and Equality in the Workplace

A 400-year-old community that is home to roughly 247,000 residents, the world’s largest naval station, NATO’s North American headquarters and four college and universities, Norfolk is highly diverse. Reflecting that 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 department. Dive into the DEI world with Aleea Slappy Wilson, 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.

Wednesday, June 28
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 Charlotte Knights (Triple-A-Affiliate/Chicago White Sox). The picnic area seating begins at 6:50pm. From gates open until then, mingle in the stands, explore the concourse and catch the beginning of the game.

Sponsored by Southern Bank

Friday, June 30
Noon - 1pm | 150 W. Main Street, 21st Floor
How to Build Financial Security

DeAndre Coke, president and CEO of Truicity Wealth Management will present an overview of different investment buckets and how to plan for your financial future. Mr. Coke and his team currently operate a nationwide planning practice that covers more than 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 a 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.

Sponsored by Kaufman & Canoles

Thursday, July 6
8am - 9am | Selden Market, 208 E. Main Street
Coffee and Conversation

Spend the morning at the region’s most unique shopping experience, Selden Market. A collection of up-and-coming concepts in retail and food, the businesses in the historic building benefit from a supportive environment. The market features eleven unique and locally grown shops, plus a rotating schedule of pop up vendors and monthly events. Grab a coffee from a start-up coffee roaster in Selden, take a tour and get the inside scoop from the organization behind the market, Downtown Norfolk Council.

Tuesday, July 11
Noon - 1pm | Slover Library, 235 E. Plume Street, 6th Floor
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.

Sponsored by Greater Norfolk Corporation and Norfolk Innovation Corridor

Thursday, July 13
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 two-wheeled 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 bike ride, we’ll stop for refreshments and a pool-side barbeque at The Lofts at Front Street, Downtown Norfolk’s newest luxury apartment community on the banks of the Elizabeth River in Fort Norfolk.

Sponsored by the Breeden Company and Lime

Tuesday, July 18
5:30 - 7pm | Selden Market, 208 E. Main Street
Downtown Norfolk Walking Tour

Norfolk Tour Company will walk you through an evening in Downtown Norfolk, discovering the history of a 400-year-old city and how it relates to today’s vibrant, urban neighborhood. Josh Weinstein of Norfolk Tour Company offers monthly walking tours in the NEON District and Downtown Norfolk, curating a unique and informative experience that is welcoming to all. His tour for LiveNFK will feature some of the most recognizable spots in Downtown and also a few hidden secrets.

Thursday, July 20
Noon - 1pm | VIA design architects, 319 E. Plume Street
Setting Personal and Professional Goals

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.

Sponsored by VIA design architects

Tuesday, July 25
Noon - 1pm | Dominion Tower, 999 Waterside Drive, 4th Floor
Young Entrepreneurs Panel

The panel will feature three of the 757’s rising entrepreneurial stars who will share the story of their respective company and the path that took to become an entrepreneur. Hear from Lauren Janney of Magazine Jukebox, Kisha Moore of Hummingbird Macarons and Desserts and Megan Riggs of Crunchy Hydration.

Sponsored by Harvey Lindsay Commercial Real Estate

Thursday, July 27
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.

Sponsored by Capital Group

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