March 31, 2008

Cascade SIGGRAPH Presents Getting a Job in CG April 3

Portland, Ore. - Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH, Oregon and Southwest Washington’s local SIGGRAPH chapter, announced “Getting a Job in Computer Graphics,” an event designed to aid promising artists in their career search. 
On April 3 at 6 p.m., a group of industry representatives, hailing from Hot Pepper Studios, Intel, LAIKA, Oregon Film & Video, and Wieden+Kennedy, will provide first-hand knowledge of recruitment within the multimedia industry. 
Their discussion will include tips for creating eye-catching demo reels, writing relevant resumes and cover letters, phone interview skills, and other practical advice to help “wow” potential employers.  
About The Panelists 
Brad Smith, Founder and Creative Director, Hot Pepper Studios 
Brad Smith is the founder and creative director for Hot Pepper Studios, an award-winning design studio located in Portland's fashionable Division / Clinton neighborhood. He is also the founder of the DevGroup NW and the executive director of the nationally-recognized WebVisions conference.   
Kristin Dagg, Sr. Technical Recruiter, LAIKA 
Kristin Dagg comes to LAIKA with 15 years of Recruiting and HR experience, having spent the last six years with Intel as a Sr. Technical Recruiter. While at Intel she was most recently responsible for managing the Graphics ramp for the newly formed Visual Computing Group, specializing in software recruiting. She has also recruited for positions in hardware, architecture, sales and marketing, and finance.  
Betse Green, Senior Recruiter, LAIKA 
Betse Green, Senior Recruiter has been with LAIKA since October 2007. With over 20 years of full life cycle recruiting and management experience, she brings a breadth of knowledge from a variety of industries including Entertainment, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Medical and Legal. As Senior Recruiter for LAIKA her focus is recruiting all levels of Production professionals for LAIKA's Entertainment and House Divisions. In her spare time, Betse can be found performing improvisational and sketch comedy at ComedySportz and Curious Productions (her Theater Production Company).  In her spare time, Betse can be found performing improvisational and sketch comedy at ComedySportz and Curious Productions (her Theater Production Company).  
Susan Haley, Marketing/Administrative Manager, Oregon Film & Video 
A graduate of University  of Oregon with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science, Susan Haley brings twenty eight years of business management and experience to the Film Office. As the Marketing and Administrative Manager, Susan’s focus is on operations, administration of incentive programs, and outreach to the Oregon independent filmmaker community. She has served as a Legislative Aide in the Oregon House, volunteered as a member of the Oregon Film & Video Foundation Board, served as Chair of the North  Clackamas Park's Dept. Budget Advisory Board, and as an Area Rep for the North Clackamas Citizen's Association.  
Michele LeFore, Studio Director, Wieden+Kennedy|Portland 
When Michele LaFore landed her first job out of college in 1988 at Wieden+Kennedy|Portland as a studio artist, she never imagined she’d be here 18 years later, directing a 77-member group of talented design and production professionals. Michele has worked on many prestigious brands including: Nike, Coke, Starbucks, Microsoft, Electronic Arts,, and Subaru. Graduating with a 1988 Liberal Arts Degree with emphasis in Graphic Design, Michele can tell you what a “rubylith” is, how to “spec” type, and custom kern with an X-Acto knife. While those methods are a thing of the past, she knew early on that innovation in technology was going to be the key to evolution of the studio, as well as servicing the unique needs of Wieden+Kennedy clients and their brands. 
The evening will begin with a networking and social hour beginning at 6 p.m. in the lobby of the PCC Cascade Moriarty Arts Building (
Light refreshments will be served. The panel discussion will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. 
Attendees are asked to RSVP to for planning purposes. 
The PCC Cascade campus is close to downtown Portland, and parking is available across the street in the PCC parking lot for a small fee. Free parking passes will be available only to respondents who RSVP and request a parking pass by noon, April 1.
A map and directions to the PCC Cascade Campus is available at:   
This and other Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH meetings are free to Cascade Chapter members, with a $5 fee at the door for non-members. Annual local chapter membership may be purchased at the door for $25 ($18 for students).