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Taking Their Questions to Those in the Real World

Students go on the road, networking with prominent alums in Boston and New York to learn more about their fields of interest.

January 29, 2002 Boston and New York—Bypassing the obstacle of getting alums back to campus to talk with students, Hobart and William Smith Colleges recently invited its students to Boston and New York City to meet alums working in the “real world” of publishing, technology, finance, and more.

This fourth annual event, sponsored by the Colleges, allowed Hobart and William Smith students to meet, mingle, and ask questions. Alums formed panels and formally answered questions and then stayed around for informal conversations, and to answer more questions. Each panelist began by speaking briefly about his or her career, industry trends, and current opportunities.

One student, Melissa Roberts, a William Smith senior, was grateful for the networking opportunity. Roberts, who plans to enter the journalism field, met with Hobart graduate Scott Lehmann, promotion director for Esquire Magazine. “It was great to meet an alum who had recently gone through the same types of experiences I expect to have in the next few years. It made the real world seem a little less scary,” said Roberts.

New York City, the event held at Deutsche Bank AG on West 52nd Street, was attended by the following alums: Linda Arrington, founder and chief executive officer of B2 Porter-European Fashion Internet Venture; Dan Cappello, a member of the New York Stock Exchange who works for 508 Securities, Inc.; Emi Gittleman, science and environmental coordinator for Putumayo World Music; Scott Lehmann, promotion director for Esquire Magazine; and Herbert McCooey, a member of the New York Stock Exchange and managing director at Wagner Stott Bear Specialists.

In Boston, the event held at Doubletree Guest Suites on the Charles River included alums: Susan Albert Athas, art consultant and owner of Fit to be Framed; Chris Coffin, general manager for Doubletree Guest Suites; Alexis Banyon-Huck, publishing manager for Candlewick Press; Adele Schlotzhauer, vice president for human resources at Boston Properties, and Gregg Snyder,job shadowing coordinator at Boston Private Industry Council.

Brandi Baran, career service coordinator who organized the event with the Colleges’ alum Advisory Board for Career Development, said the format worked well for all who attended.

“Whether the students were just beginning to think about their career options or they were certain of their career course, this was an excellent opportunity for our students to learn from and network with graduates of Hobart and William Smith who have preceded them into the exciting world of work,” Baran said.
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