Learn how to enjoy networking and find work you love.
Sheila Mabrey, a former Miss Chesapeake, currently works for the president of Advanced Technology Institute (ATI) as the Military and Business Liaison. She is an inspirational speaker on topics such as ‘Networking’, ‘Improving Your Chances For Finding a Career’, ‘Reaching Your Dreams by Setting Goals’ and more. Sheila also assists the Career Services Department at ATI by teaching students interviewing skills and how to land a job upon graduation.
After graduating Indian River High School she attended Ringling School of Art, in Florida. When she returned to Virginia, Sheila found that most advertising agencies wanted experience. She networked her way into Victor King Advertising and was promoted to supervisor over the Graphic Art Department. After leaving Victor King she became self employed as a consultant, working with some of the largest advertising agencies in Hampton Roads.
Sheila managed a large apartment community for a Richmond based Real Estate Company, as well as a remodeling company. Prior to entering the private education sector, Sheila worked several sales positions where she earned top sales awards.
Sheila served as Director of Admissions for a proprietary school in Chesapeake, and was also the Director of Career Services with a proprietary school overseeing campuses in Richmond and Va. Beach.
She conducts presentations to clients of state agencies such as Opportunity Inc., Workforce Development, Peninsula Worklink, Virginia Beach GED Center and more.
Sheila is actively involved with the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Chamber of Commerce Special Events Task Force Committee, the Chamber Norfolk Division Armed Forces Committee, and the Fleet and Family Support Employer Advisory Committee. She serves on the Military Transition Assistance Program (TAP) Workshop Employer Panels for NOB, Oceana, Langley and Fort Eustis.
“In my early days of job searching I realized that it is “who you know” that’s the best way to obtain employment whether you have all the qualifications for the job or not. More than half of the positions I’ve held over the past 40 years have been obtained through networking,” she said. “That is why I became passionate about networking and helping others become successful. In my opinion, networking doesn’t have to be complicated. It is possible to have fun with it and enjoy the process.”
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