Paperwork and Preparation

Two weeks before the start of your seminar, you will receive an email from PLEN staff with specific information about your seminar, a link to your seminar presentation, and paperwork that must be completed.

Powerpoint

Each PLEN seminar has a corresponding powerpoint presentation with seminar-specific information that you need to know prior to coming to D.C.  You must read through your seminar powerpoint and send PLEN staff the required paperwork before the seminar.  Each powerpoint can also be found on the corresponding seminar page.

Pre-Seminar Paperwork

PLEN Student Handbook: you must read this prior to the start of your seminar.

PLEN waiver: you must sign and email this to PLEN staff before the start of your seminar.

Professional dress tips: you must read this prior to the start of your seminar.

Resume review tips and resume action verbs: you must read this document, prepare your resume and print out at least one copy before you arrive in D.C.

Action Items

  1. Print out your resume before you arrive in D.C.  On the last day of the seminar, you will participate in a resume review session.  In order to get the most out of the one-on-one resume mentoring sessions, you must have at least one copy of your resume printed out.  PLEN staff will not be able to print out your resume during the seminar.
  2. Order business cards online before you arrive in D.C.  During the seminar, you will be networking with other students, speakers, and mentors.  Having business cards on hand will be very helpful for you to connect with others.
  3. Send your social media contact information and headshot to PLEN staff by the Wednesday before the first day of your seminar.  On the first day of the seminar, you will receive a contact sheet of other seminar attendees.  Sharing your headshot, Twitter handle, Instagram handle, and LinkedIn profile will make it easier for PLEN staff to share updates with you and to connect with other students before, during, and after the seminar.

Connect with other students

One of the most unique aspects of a PLEN seminar is connecting with other young women from around the country.  In order to easily connect with other attendees before the seminar, RSVP to your seminar on Facebook and check the discussion section for a link to your seminar’s Facebook group.  PLEN staff will also send all registrants links to the Facebook event and group ahead of time.  On the first day of each seminar, we hand out a contact sheet for all of the students, so that you can connect with each other during the week.  Often, students use a Facebook group, GroupMe, or WhatsApp to all stay connected during and after the seminar.