High Tech Regional Exchange | Northern New Mexico Internship Solutions

at Violet Crown Cinema

September 25, 2018 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Time: 5:30pm     Day: Tuesday     Doors: 5:15pm     Ages: All Ages    
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Northern New Mexico Internship Solutions

 Leaders in the tech sectors of Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Los Alamos will come together to give high tech companies in Northern New Mexico an update on key solutions for internships to help benefit Santa Fe and New Mexico as a whole. This 21+ event is FREE to attend but due to limited space all attendees much register in advance to reserve their spot. This will be a sold out event!   



Meeting Agenda

5:15: Doors Open

5:30: Networking with Food and beverages 

5:45: Program starts 

7:30: Program Closes 

7:30 - 8:00: Networking 



Panel of Speakers

Moderator:  Jessica Nojek, Executive Director, Mission: Graduate

Jessica started her career with the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities in Washington DC.  Her heart led her to New Mexico where she eventually came to work for the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce.  Her work with central New Mexico’s business community and background in higher education public policy came together at Innovate+Educate, a non-profit that focused on bridging the skills gap between job seekers and employers.  She then went to the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (NMDWS) as the Statewide Youth Engagement Coordinator, working to empower statewide partners with best and promising practices in youth engagement, strategies for strengthening coordination with youth agencies and organizations and promoting statewide awareness of the unique workforce needs of New Mexico’s young people.  This work included managing the creation and content for the state’s first online hub for internships.  She is now excited to utilize all of her experience to support the goals of Mission: Graduate as Executive Director, working to improve the education outcomes in central New Mexico.


With a degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Mary Washington, she has found herself following a totally different career pathway like many professionals.  This has fueled her passion to bring more knowledge and opportunities to our young people around education, career pathways and the development of skills for a brighter future and economic mobility.



Sue Buffington, Director: NM IT Apprenticeship Program - CNM

Sue Buffington is the Director of the New Mexico Information Technology Apprenticeship Program at Central New Mexico Community College and was instrumental in establishing the State’s first registered apprenticeship program in high growth careers in IT. Sue received her B.A. in Communication Studies from the State University of New York at Oswego and her M.S. in Career and Human Resource Development from Rochester Institute of Technology. She is a certified Global Career Development Facilitator. Sue has spent most of her career working in higher education, with positions held in Career Services, Public Relations, Development and Student Services. Her most recent position prior to CNM was running a large federal grant program for early career students in the School of Engineering at the University of New Mexico.


Di Ye, Founder: Zhennovate

Di Ye is the founder and CEO of Zhennovate, an educational platform that scales personal development for the modern workforce to manage stress and boost mental fitness, career opportunities, and leadership capacity.

Di is a professional certified career and leadership coach and an experiential learning consultant to university students and working professionals at leading academic institutions and Fortune 500 companies. Prior to her talent development career, Di designed and managed development of software products as a program manager at Microsoft, where she also coordinated professional development activities for student interns and female engineers in the Microsoft Office division. Di has founded national and regional educational and mindfulness initiatives with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard Medical School, and Massachusetts General Hospital. Di holds a degree in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT.


Edie Dillman, Director Strategy + Communications

Edie is an award-winning design director with a passion for community engagement and collaboration. She works across disciplines to create effective communication and partnerships to forward the mission and programs at I+E.
Edie has lived in Santa Fe for twenty years where she led New Mexico Magazine for 5 years as Art and Photography Director/Associate Publisher. Previous to her role at NM Magazine, Edie worked at Outside Magazine as both Photo Editor and Art Director on specialty publications including the Buyer's Guide, Outside's GO, and Traveler. Edie has worked to develop brands for clients for over 20 years including logos, packaging, websites, publications, and events. Before moving to the Southwest - she owned a consulting business in Chicago working with creative companies and individuals to be successful entrepreneurs. What she often found was that creative people were better at running a business than they thought and they simply needed practical coaching to develop plans and strategies for healthy growth and profitability.
Edie serves on the Board of Directors of The Santa Fe Art Institute - a thematic Artist's Residency program. She previously served on the Board of the Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe. She graduated from Scripps College in Claremont, California with a Bachelor's of Fine Art and considers herself a life-long-learner looking for ways that creativity can improve the way we do business.

This event is co-sponsored by the New Mexico Technology CouncilRegional Development CorporationCity of Santa Fe, and the Richard P. Feynman Center for Innovation.