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Seminar: Networking Tips & Techniques

You never get a second chance to make a first impression! Join us for a networking session with three experienced panelists who have found success through networking and offer knowledge in a variety of styles and backgrounds. This interactive session will offer you tips and tricks from our panelists while providing the space to practice new techniques and put them to use. No matter your current level of networking, this session is sure to leave you with some important morsels and meaningful connections.


Megan De Salvo is a gifted marketing professional with over ten years of experience running successful marketing campaigns for businesses and organizations. She is an expert in social media and brand management on the web. She has been involved in networking her entire life; growing up in Southern California with a father who owned his own business, Megan began working Chamber of Commerce Mixers with her Father when she was just six years old. Megan moved to Southern Oregon in 1999 to attend college at SOU where she met her husband Nicholas. They moved to Portland, Oregon in 2003 and started Edge One Media. She sits on the board of four non-profits and spends the majority of her work week participating in or running networking events. She enjoys the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, and has a love for the theatre, sporting events, the arts, and spending time with her husband and their three year old son Jackson.

Sue Kupillas graduated from the University of Idaho, with a BA in the Arts and completed a standard teaching certificate from Western Oregon University. She was a Jackson County Commissioner for 16 years. During her tenure, Ms. Kupillas started the White City Community Improvement Association and the White City Urban Renewal Agency in 1990. She started the Rogue Family Center, bringing state and county human services under one roof and creating Oregon’s first one-stop program. In the 80’s Ms. Kupillas served on the School District 9 Board of Directors and was president of the Oregon School Boards Association. The first female member of Rogue River Valley University Club, Ms. Kupillas serves on the Southern Oregon University Foundation Board, the Rogue Valley Chorale Board, the Oregon State University Institute for Natural Resources board, Rogue Valley Manor Board and the Medford-Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Natural Resources Action Team. For the last eight years Kupillas has run a consulting business, Allied Solutions by Kupillas, LLC (ASK).  One of her clients is Communities for Healthy Forests, llc, a non-profit in Roseburg where she serves as Executive Director, showing the benefits of restoring forests after catastrophic events.


Katie Shepard is the Executive Director at Providence Community Health Foundation. Prior to this role, she was Rogue Valley Area Director for Easter Seals Oregon for more than eight years. Professionally, Katie has worked hard to develop meaningful community relationships that benefit the community. Specifically, she was the third lady President of the Rotary Club of Medford and now serves as the PolioPlus District Chairperson in an effort to eradicate Polio. Katie is an Oregon native, raised in Nevada; she completed her undergraduate degree in Hawaii and blossomed in the Rogue Valley. She completed her Masters in Business Administration at SOU in 2011. Katie is a believer in the power of service as a way to develop lasting relationships. Social networking platforms, especially LinkedIn, are a great tool to supplement time invested in service. Volunteering in your community through organizations and projects will always create opportunity to connect to like-minded individuals.