The William Smith Dean’s Office will host a dinner and discussion as a continuation of the Countdown to Commencement: Senior Supper Series on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. in the Common Room. The event, titled “Many Paths in the Public and Non-Profit Sectors,” will provide seniors an opportunity to network with women who have worked in both the public and non-profit sectors.
The discussion will be moderated by William Smith Dean Susanne McNally and feature Emily Cardon, Chevy DeVaney ’95, Jane Erickson ’07, and Jessica Todtman. The women will discuss their respective career trajectories and answer any related questions the students may have. A pesto pasta supper will follow the discussion.
The Senior Supper Series is designed to introduce seniors to alumnae who share their varying stories of life after graduation. McNally encourages seniors not to think of their lives as “a train on a track.” She adds, “During these dinners in past years, we have heard inspiring stories of fabulous careers. Every alumna has a story like that.”
Every senior who attends will be given a copy of the book “Life after School Explained,” which contains helpful hints on everything from filing taxes to paying a landlord, as well as a list of William Smith alumnae contacts.
Cardon graduated from Boston College in 2008. She is currently a doctoral student in the department of public administration and international affairs at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. She has experience working for Congressman Jim Himes and Congressman Chris Murphy, both of Connecticut.
DeVaney ’95 currently serves as the director of multicultural affairs and chair of the women’s steering committee at Keuka College. Before her current post, DeVaney worked as assistant director of intercultural affairs and international student adviser at HWS. She received her master of education from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Erickson ’07 is a dual master’s candidate in public administration and international relations at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. She is also working as a research fellow at ReThink Health, the flagship initiative of the Rippel Foundation that supports the emergence and application of new ways to accelerate American health care.
Todtman graduated from Dartmouth College in 2007. She is currently the director of policy for the State University of New York system. Previously, Todtman worked for the Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo as special assistant and as special assistant to executive counsel in the Office of the Attorney General of the State of New York.
This event is presented in conjunction with the William Smith Alumnae Council and the Salisbury Center for Career Services.