Learn how to brand yourself and network to land that dream job or internship from industry professionals from Hired! Education. A team of career coaches (Joe Franco, Michael Gannon, Dave Gleason, & Bob Sagendorf) with years of experience at companies such as ESPN, ABC News, Godiva Chocolate, Pepperidge Farm, and CPTV Sports will give students tips on how to stand out among the competition with personal branding, how to build self-confidence, and understand corporate culture. Join us for FREE PIZZA, a Q&A and an informal networking breakout session! This event is co-sponsored by Student Senate.
Meet the Career Coaches
Joe’s career began in 1979 when a new network was in the making in Bristol, Connecticut—the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN). In 1982, Joe left ESPN to join Satellite News Channel as an editor/producer. After the network’s demise, he accepted a vacation relief position at ABC News in Washington, DC. Joe returned to ESPN for the third and final time in 1985 and held various management positions in production operations. He played a pivotal role in the launch of ESPN’s 24-hour news/information network, ESPN News. In 2009, after 29 years of being on the front lines of live studio and remote productions, Joe became an ambassador for the ESPN brand with his transition to manager of university and diversity relations under human resources. Until 2013, Joe collaborated with more than 150 colleges and universities around the country, and influenced countless young people who were awarded internships, co-ops and entry level opportunities with ESPN.
Mike Gannon has been a manager or senior manager for well known companies such as Ann Taylor Sportswear, Pepperidge Farm, Godiva Chocolate, Jamesway Department Stores and Speedo Sportswear. He currently works for AECC/Pearlman Buying Group, and serves as vice president and chief financial officer for LADD Holdings LLC.
In the more than 30 years that Dave Gleason worked for ESPN, he made his mark in almost every department of the operation, from accounting to scheduling to studio production. He also produced music videos and features for the sports giant, and coordinated numerous aspects of live and recorded shows including SportsCenter, College Gameday, NFL shows, Baseball Tonight and NBA Fast Break. Eventually, his responsibilities evolved to scheduling personnel and facilities for graphics, international talent, ESPN Radio and digital media.
Bob Sagendorf is a veteran broadcaster whose career began in his hometown of Naugatuck, Connecticut, and evolved to help create the most popular sports radio network in broadcast history, ESPN. Bob also played a major role in creating CTSN, the Connecticut Sports Television Network (now CPTV Sports), a joint venture between Connecticut Public Television and WFSB-TV Channel 3.