Connect@WES

      
We invite you to join us on campus for a weekend focused on career connections 2/28-3/1/2014

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Building relationships with others in the Wesleyan community will help your career and theirs in a multitude of ways. Start the process now by coming to Connect@Wes, a free two-day career advancement forum featuring an array of experts - created for Wesleyan alumni & students, sponsored by University Relations and the Career Center.

SCHEDULE

Subject to change. All meetings are open unless otherwise stated below.

Friday, February 28

A hands-on opportunity for students to practice presenting themselves as professionals and building relevant relationships with employers.

2:30 – 4:30 pm

Creating Connections

A networking exercise and event for Wesleyan students of all class years and interests. Students will apply to participate and will be matched with Expert Advisers (recruiters and hiring managers as well as alumni and parent volunteers) for brief, one-on-one sessions. Students will introduce themselves and their backgrounds, practicing their networking and presentation skills. Expert Advisers will use their experience and expertise to critique what they have heard and give valuable insight on how the presentation might have been more effective. This structured speed-networking event will allow advisers to meet several students in a short period of time. It will allow Wesleyan students to build professional relationships and connections while preparing to join the professional workforce in the future.

Students must apply for this opportunity; visit MyCC to learn more and to submit your resume by 2/11. Search for "Connect@WES" as employer.

Location: Registration/Check-in Exley Science Center (Upper Level Lobby, Lawn Ave.); Networking (Upper and Lower Level Lobbies)

4:30 – 5 pm

Break and informal conversation

5 – 6 pm

Featured Speaker

Ed Heffernan '84, CEO and President of Alliance DataEd Heffernan

The Next Generation of CEOs: Learn about Ed Heffernan’s journey from Wesleyan to CEO of Alliance Data, a leader among the most valuable companies in the world. He’ll discuss his career path, climbing the corporate ladder with a Wesleyan education and the importance of a liberal arts background in big business.

Open to students and alumni.

Location: Exley Science Center, Room 58

Introduction: Michael Roth '78, President

Image: c/o Alliance Data

6:30 pm

Reception with Board of Trustees

For students participating on 2/28, alumni and parents.

Location: Olson Commons, 41 Wyllys Avenue

7:30 pm

Dinner with Board of Trustees

Recognize and honor selected alumni and parents who have facilitated employment, internships or formal mentoring for Wesleyan students.

Students by invitation. Alumni register in advance. Limited seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Location: Daniel Family Commons, Usdan University Center

Saturday, March 1

Emphasizing alumni to alumni connections with opportunities to discuss a number of career related topics and professional affinities. While alumni are the primary audience, students are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Welcome and Introductions by Persephone Hall, Associate Director, Career Development and Campus Outreach, Wesleyan Career Center

11 – 12 pm

They’re Just Not That Into You: Working Across GenerationsDarren Kapelus

Speaker: Darren Kapelus ’87, JobBound, and former Senior Partner, Group Managing Director at Ogilvy and Mather.

We can all relate to the struggles that accompany working across the generations. How do you handle this tricky divide at work?

Location: Beckham Hall

Image: c/o Darren Kapelus

12:30 – 2 pm

Lunch and Featured SpeakerJim Citrin

Jim Citrin P’12 ’14, Senior Director, Spencer Stuart & Associates

Career Success and Satisfaction – How to Achieve Your Professional Aspirations

What are the patterns that separate the most successful professionals from everyone else and how can you apply them to achieve your goals?  Jim Citrin, Wesleyan parent and Trustee, and senior partner at the executive recruiting firm Spencer Stuart, will share insights from two decades of recruiting top leaders to many of the world’s leading companies and major non-profits

Location: Beckham Hall

Introduction: Ruth Striegel Weissman, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs; Walter A. Crowell University Professor of the Social Sciences 

Image: c/o Spencer Stuart

2 – 3 pm

Connect@WES Session I

Please choose of one of three workshop sessions.

Location: 41 Wyllys Avenue

Create Your Career Calling Card

Learn how to deploy LinkedIn and personal branding techniques to present yourself, your skills, and your experience to full advantage.

Speakers: Naomi Koller P’13, Organizational Consultant; Linda Passaro ’87, VP Marketing, North America, De’Longhi Group; Alyson Tischler ’95, Senior Research Director, Market Strategies International.

Location: Room 114, Putnam Classroom

Get the Most Out of Your Workplace

How to understand the culture of your own workplace; find a life/work balance that suits you; and look for mentoring and coaching opportunities.

Speakers: Nishita Roy '07, Senior Marketing Associate at EMC Corporation; Freddi Wald ’80, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for University Relations at Pace University; Susan Webster '77, Partner, Corporate, at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP.

Location: Room 113, Klingher Classroom

Be Ready to Move Up, or Out

To avoid feeling stale or trapped, create and stay involved in professional affinity networks; pursue interesting avenues for professional development; and be aware of trends and new possibilities in your industry.

Speakers: Tim Devane '09, Entrepreneur In Residence, Red Sea Ventures; former Director of Sales & Business Development at bit.ly; president & co-founder of Birthright Earth; co-chair of Digital Wesleyan; Jake Levine '08, Founder at Electric Objects and co-chair of Digital Wesleyan; Donaldine Temple '95, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation; Andres Villalon ’04, Practice Manager at Ritchie Tye Consulting, and WAPPS member.

Location: Room 115, Braitmayer Classroom

3 – 4 pm

Alumni Association Executive Committee and Wesleyan Fund National Committee Meeting

Location: Andersen Meeting Room (110), Usdan University Center

3:15 – 4:15 pm

Connect@WES Session II

Please choose of one of three workshop sessions.

Location: 41 Wyllys Avenue

Create Your Career Calling Card

Learn how to deploy LinkedIn and personal branding techniques to present yourself, your skills, and your experience to full advantage.

Speakers: Naomi Koller P’13 , Organizational Consultant; Linda Passaro ’87, VP Marketing, North America, De’Longhi Group; Alyson Tischler ’95, Senior Research Director, Market Strategies International.

Location: Room 114, Putnam Classroom

Get the Most Out of Your Workplace

How to understand the culture of your own workplace; find a life/work balance that suits you; and look for mentoring and coaching opportunities.

Speakers: Nishita Roy '07, Senior Marketing Associate at EMC Corporation; Freddi Wald ’80, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for University Relations at Pace University; Susan Webster '77, Partner, Corporate, at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP.

Location: Room 113, Klingher Classroom

Be Ready to Move Up, or Out

To avoid feeling stale or trapped, create and stay involved in professional affinity networks; pursue interesting avenues for professional development; and be aware of trends and new possibilities in your industry.

Speakers: Tim Devane '09, Entrepreneur In Residence, Red Sea Ventures; former Director of Sales & Business Development at bit.ly; president & co-founder of Birthright Earth; co-chair of Digital Wesleyan; Jake Levine '08, Founder at Electric Objects and co-chair of Digital Wesleyan; Donaldine Temple '95, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation; Andres Villalon ’04, Practice Manager at Ritchie Tye Consulting, and WAPPS member.

Location: Room 115, Braitmayer Classroom

4:15 – 5:30 pm

Reception and Closing RemarksBradley Whitford

Bradley Whitford '81, Emmy award winning actor and advocate, Clothes Off Our Back Foundation

Location: Olson Commons, 41 Wyllys Avenue

Introduction: Megan Norris '83 P'17, chair of the Alumni Association

Image: Wesleyan University/Cynthia Rockwell

Accommodations

A block of overnight rooms is being held at the Inn at Middletown until January 28th, at $145 per night. To make a reservation, call 1 (800) 637-9851 and mention the “Connect@WES” group.

Registration deadline

Please register by Friday, February 21, 2014.

Questions

Contact Jennifer Opalacz, Assistant Director, Alumni and Parent Relations, (860) 685-2636.

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