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September

November 16th - 18th, 2022

NO TRAVEL NEEDED

NO TRAVEL NEEDED

GUEST EXPERTS

On-Demand Sessions

LEARN & NETWORK

LEARN & NETWORK

Welcome to JA Inspire

What happens when thousands of middle and high school students come together to explore careers in central Maryland? JA Inspire Virtual happens!

JA Inspire Virtual is a one-of-a-kind career exploration experience that helps middle and high school students plan for the future and understand essential skills needed to increase their future employment prospects. This dynamic career development experience gives middle and high school students access to local employers, post-secondary education opportunities, and interactive career activities. Through this experience, students will...

  • Explore careers and skills needed for in-demand jobs in the region
  • Solidify education and coursework choices for high school and beyond
  • Connect first-hand with industry professionals at every level

Program Highlights:

  • Interactive industry and employer showcase
  • Downloadable career information and on-the-job videos
  • Interactive features to increase participant engagement
  • 9-month extended access to featured career and industry information
  • Platform compatibility across multiple technologies

JA Inspire Virtual will connect thousands of teens to companies and industries across Maryland, introducing the next generation to greater economic opportunity and companies to future employees.

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Webinars

Agenda

Career Paths Across the Tech Life Cycle

Ranye Mclendon
Fearless

Sandra Koranteng
Mindgrub

Vincent Sharps
Mindgrub

Carlton Gordon
Catalyte

Michele Cunningham
Catalyte

Join Catalyte, Fearless, and Mindgrub as they share information about exciting career pathways in the tech industry. 

Setting Students on the Path to Success

Kitty Glick
BGE

Kristen Bucher
BGE

Life at University of Maryland Baltimore County

Sandy Stinson
University of Maryland Baltimore County

Brittany Martin
University of Maryland Baltimore County

Career Pathways at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Brian Duncan
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Dr. Diana Zhang
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Jake Strang
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Discover, Learn, Connect, and Thrive at Howard Community College

Thelma Bush
Howard Community College

Tim Banks
Howard Community College

Nate Roberts
Howard Community College

Elizabeth Homan
Howard Community College

The Science of Solutions

Dewey Ward
W. R. Grace & Co.

James Cutter
W. R. Grace & Co.

Drew Lenhart
W. R. Grace & Co.

Riley Meekins
W. R. Grace & Co.

Parker Pulsifer
W. R. Grace & Co.

Andrew Guilliams
W. R. Grace & Co.

Tora Newell
W. R. Grace & Co.

Biotech Careers: Everyone Can Take Part in Shaping the Future

John Bullen
AstraZeneca

Dave Saunders
Galen Robotics

Brian Stamper
Kite Pharma

Jenna Osborn
U.S. Food and Drug Administration Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories

Mina Izadjoo
Integrated Pharma Services

KaShauna Rohlehr
GlaxoSmithKline

Williams Ochoa
GlaxoSmithKline

Nancia Razakanjohary
GlaxoSmithKline

Ulyana Desiderio
Maryland Department of Commerce

United the World Through Flavor

Sara Fernández Cendón
McCormick & Company

Bri Sheppard
McCormick & Company

Carl Guastaferro
McCormick & Company

Working at Stanley Black and Decker

Nick Larson
Stanley Black & Decker

Courtney Joyner
Stanley Black & Decker

Jamalia Henry
Stanley Black & Decker

Victoria Bechtel
Stanley Black & Decker

All About Telehealth

Anita Hammond
LifeBridge Health

Anthony Kokosinski
LifeBridge Health

Join LifeBridge Health as they share important information about telehealth.

Career Pathways in Health Care with Kaiser Permanente

Dr. Shilpa Myers
Kaiser Permanente

Ramses Chavarria
Kaiser Permanente

Mariana Capati
Kaiser Permanente

Dr. Daniel Tadeo
Kaiser Permanente

This video follows the career paths of three Kaiser Permanente employees. Join them as they explain who they are, what they do, and what led them to want to pursue a career in health care!

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Frequently Asked Questions

JA Inspire Virtual is an interactive online career fair for middle and high school students made possible through a collaboration of educators, industry leaders, and Junior Achievement. This powerful program will prepare and inspire youth to explore career paths that they never knew were possible. JA Inspire Virtual will:
  • Introduce students to the vast industries and career opportunities available in the region
  • Train students in the soft skills needed to thrive in these careers
  • Educate students on the varied pathways to successfully launch into those careers
JA Inspire helps you learn about careers—ones that you may already be interested in and new ones that you may not even know existed! Explore and learn what careers fit best with your skills and abilities.
  • Explore careers and skills needed for in-demand jobs in the region
  • Solidify education and coursework choices for high school and beyond
  • Connect with industry professionals at every level
  • View webinars on a variety of topics and ask questions to industry leaders
  • On the day of the event, go to: www.jainspire.vfairs.com
  • Click the orange “Login” button
  • Use the username and password that your teacher provided you to log in.
  • If you have not registered for the event yet, scroll to the top of this page and click the “Register” button.
Upon logging into the event, you will watch a video welcoming you to the event and explaining how the day will go. In the event lobby, you will see all of the different booths that you can virtually visit and also go into the auditorium to listen to webinars and presentations! If you need help while you are in the event, visit an informational booth!.
There will be companies represented from a variety of industries, including:
  • Arts, Media, and Communications
  • Business Management and Finance
  • Construction and Development
  • Consumer Services, Hospitality, and Tourism
  • Education Pathways
  • Environmental, Agriculture, and Natural Resources
  • Health and BioSciences
  • Human Resources and Public Services
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing, Engineering, and Technology
  • Transportation Technology
Head to the informational booth to see a full list of the companies that have booths at the event!
Yes, we encourage you to log back on and look around or talk to an adult or sibling about the jobs that interest you. You have six months from the day of the event to log back on.