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Motivational Speaker to Discuss College Success


Students looking to graduate from college with a great job and less debt should take note of what Jullien “The Innerviewer” Gordon has to say.

The national motivational speaker will offer his tips on how students can get the most out of their college career and be prepared for life post-college, on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at SUNY Cortland.

Gordon’s talk, geared to inspire students to learn how to be successful both inside the classroom and out, begins at 7 p.m. in the Corey Union Function Room.

His presentation, titled “The Other 4.0 That Matters: 101 Things To Do Before You Graduate to Maximize College and Minimize Debt,” continues the Fall 2014 “Wellness Wednesday Series,” which features events intended to encourage campus and community members to learn more about health and wellness. Events are free and open to the public.

Gordon’s lecture relates to one of his four books, 101 Things To Do Before You Graduate. All are based on career advancement, finding purpose, goal achievement and closing the college-to-career gap to help young professional discover their life’s work and make their highest contribution to the world and through their daily work.

“It doesn't matter what college you go to,” Gordon said. “I've seen students at a community college get more out of their college experience by focusing on ‘The Other 4.0’ than a student who goes to Harvard and just goes from class-to-dorm-to-class-to-dorm,” Gordon said.

“We believe Mr. Gordon’s talk will challenge and inspire our students to think beyond the goal of just getting to graduation to understanding the importance of everything college has to offer,” said Lori Schlicht, SUNY Cortland’s associate director of advisement and transition.

A high performance coach and consultant for organizations, individuals, and teams, Gordon in three years and by age 25 graduated from UCLA and earned master’s degrees in business administration and in education from Stanford Graduate School of Business. 

Gordon has been described as the country’s leading voice on engagement at work. He speaks to large and small audiences at corporations, colleges and conferences nationwide. Gordon commits to leaving the audience with immediately applicable frameworks and tools that they can use for the rest of their lives.

Since 2007, he has pursued both the talent recruitment and development industry. As the associate director of talent recruitment for Management Leadership for Tomorrow, he recruited at the college undergraduate and Master of Business Administration level. He then founded his own company, originally called the Department of Motivated Vehicles and presently known as New Higher. The company’s “innerviewing” techniques, trainings and tools are used to motivate and engage talent to increase both productivity and profit. New Higher has worked with Fortune 100 companies and has helped more than 10,000 professionals.

“Wellness Wednesday” series programs are primarily sponsored by the Health Promotion Office and the Student Development Center. The series takes place on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, unless otherwise noted.

Co-sponsors of Gordon’s talk also include Academic Support and Achievement Program (ASAP), Advisement and Transition, Campus Artist and Lecture Series (CALS), Career Services, Cortland College Foundation, Multicultural Life and Diversity, Residence Life and Housing, the offices of the President and the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Faculty Development Center, Residence Life and Housing, Student Affairs Office.

For more information or accommodation to attend an event, contact Catherine Smith, the College’s health educator, in Van Hoesen Hall, Room B-1, at 607-753-2066.

Prepared by Public Relations Office intern Victoria Lewis