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Career Coffee: The Art of “Getting Coffee” – Getting the Most Out of Informational Interviews

Getting coffee and doing informational interviews are essential elements for building your network, looking for a job or exploring a new career path. But these meetings can be at times awkward. What should you say when you’re actually in one? Which questions will help you gain the most information? Are there any topics you should avoid? And how should you ask for more help if you need it? In this discussion, we’ll explore the art of “Getting Coffee” and how to make the meeting valuable for both parties.

The Career Coffee series is free to members and non-members, but space is limited.


Arik Hanson, Principal, ACH Communications
Arik Hanson is one of the most experienced independent social media marketing consultants in the U.S. With 25+ years of experience, Arik has worked with more than 75 Fortune 500 and midsized companies in Minnesota and across the U.S. including Dairy Queen, Sleep Number, General Mills, Walmart, Trane Technologies and Toro. Arik is known as a leading blogger, podcaster and speaker in the social media world. Arik’s blog is one of the longest-running social media blogs in the U.S. (11+ years) and his Hanson & Hunt Podcast, which he co-hosts with Kevin Hunt of General Mills, is one of the longest-running social media and corporate communications podcasts in Minnesota, and the U.S. (5+ years). Arik is also an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas, where he teaches social media and PR courses. Over the years, he has served on the board of directors for Minnesota PRSA, MIMA and the Winona State University Alumni Association and has actively volunteered with local organizations including Children’s Hospitals & Clinics and Bolder Options.


Saskia Van Riessen, Insight Strategist at Colle McVoy
As a strategist, Saskia’s role focuses on client research and crafting narratives to transform insights into creative strategies. She worked in the agency’s Exponent PR team for over a year before transitioning to the Insights team and now works on clients like the Jackson Hole Travel & Tourism Board, Deluxe and Associated Bank. Her experience also draws from previous internships at Weber Shandwick and broadhead. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Journalism school with a Strategic Communications degree in 2018.

Beth Wellman, Project Manager, Brandpoint
Beth Wellman has background in retail, graphic design, photography and communications. She is currently a Project Manager at Brandpoint, which specializes in creating and distributing Public Relations content tactics through guaranteed media placements, as well as content marketing and creation. She is an active member of the Minnesota chapter of PRSA and volunteers on the communications committee to promote Minnesota PRSA content and events through social media. Aside from communications, she is passionate about art. In her spare time, she creates glass art pieces and jewelry. Additionally, she has volunteered on the social media strategy team for the NE Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA) promoting local community art events around NE MPLS and the surrounding areas, such as Art-A-Whirl. 

Liz Joseph, Sr. Communications Specialist at Thrivent
Bio coming soon!

Members: FREE
Non-Members: FREE

Date: Thursday, Jun. 24, 2021
Program: 8:00am – 9:30am

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Thursday, June 24, 2021, 8:00 AM until 9:30 AM
Online via Zoom
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