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Backpack to Briefcase Conference 2004

Career Services invites seniors to attend the annual Backpack to Briefcase conference, to be held on campus Friday and Saturday, Feb. 6 and 7. Alumni and alumnae will be presenting workshops on topics that will assist them as they prepare for life after college, including networking, interviewing, and paying for graduate school. Registration packets are due back to Career Services by Monday, Feb. 2. Contact Brandi Ferrara at ext. 3514 or bferrara@hws.edu with any questions.

The conference events begin with a networking reception with alumni and alumnae on Friday, Feb. 6. On Saturday, Feb. 7, will be a series of concurrent workshops:

  • “The Job Interview for College Seniors: Tips, Techniques and Tales,” presented by Art Medici '71, president/CEO, Logilent Learning Systems. This session will cover dress, behavior, dealing with situational questions, advanced preparation and company research, responding to illegal questions, addressing the hidden objection, avoiding traps, and preparing a 30-second “quick pitch” on accomplishments, skills and goals.
  • “Women in the Workplace: What You Need to Know Now,” presented by Lisa Kaenzig, assistant dean, William Smith College. This session will discuss choosing the right workplace for the first internship or job, thinking about careers and life choices, and balancing work and family.
  • “Networking and How to Approach Your Target,” presented by Ed Cooper '86, president, Highland Stone Associates. This workshop will help participants learn good networking from bad, how to build an effective network and techniques on approaching anyone, anywhere for any reason.
  • “Presenting Yourself in Writing: Resumes, Cover Letters and Thank Yous,” presented by Emily Bardeen '75, director of faculty and staff career services, University of Virginia. Participants will learn the secrets for writing a resume and cover letter. Bring a current resume with a self-addressed stamped envelope and the presenter will professionally review it, make suggestions and return it.
  • “Working in the World of Business — What are they looking for?” presented by Max Henry '78, CEO, Hummingbird Leadership. Wondering how to get your foot in the door with various business organizations? What are they looking for in a candidate? These questions and many more will be answered in this session.
  • “Life After Graduation,” presented by Renee Conklin '02, publicity, Penguin Putnam, and Amy Dundas '02, New York City Teaching Fellows Program. Recent graduates will share their stories as to how they got started after graduation. Conklin was a participant in the Denver Publishing Institute and will talk to students about how that helped her find her job. She will have materials available for students. Dundas was selected to participate in a program that is highly sought after by HWS grads. She will share information on the application process and what it's like to be in the program.