Distinguished alumni visit for More Light! career conference

Emily Zawacki

Saturday, Oct. 25, the More Light! Career Conference will take place as part of the More Light! Campaign Finale Celebration. The More Light! Campaign has been six years in the making and has already reached its goal of raising $150 million dollars through donor contributions.

The Career Conference will commence with a Leadership in Life After Lawrence panel moderated by ABC News “Nightline” anchor Terry Moran ’82. Other panelists include Division President at Kimberly-Clark Corporation Joanne Bauer ’77, former CEO of Baxter International, author and professor Harry Jansen Kramer ’77, former U.S. Ambassador to India David Mulford ’59 and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Catherine Tatge ’72.

“Alumni are grateful for the assistance that they received as Lawrence students,” said Associate Director of Alumni and Constituency Engagement Erin Chudacoff. “They appreciate opportunities to support the current generation of Lawrence students. The career conference and the Lawrence Scholars programs provide meaningful ways for alumni to connect with students through sharing career information, networking and mentoring.”

Throughout the rest of the day, Secrets to Success seminars will be held, focusing on business, international careers, law, athletics, arts and entertainment and medicine. In addition to the alumni also presenting at the Leadership in Life After Lawrence panel, other notable alumni include author of the successful “Saddle Club” book series author Bonnie Bryant Hiller ’68, and Emmy Award-winning composer Garth Neustadter ’10, among many others.

“The goal of the Career Conference is two–fold,” said Dean of Career Services Mary Meany. “It’s a little bit of networking, it’s a little bit of visibility, it’s a little bit of giving an opportunity to students to ask their questions to people who are doing what they think they might want to be doing, or just exploring.”

The Secrets to Success panels have been spaced throughout the day so as to encourage the many multi-interested Lawrentians to attend whichever panels may strike their interest.

“Come with some questions in mind. The panelists want to hear from you and help you. The joy of the connection to being a Lawrentian, is that the Lawrentians that went before you want to give back by helping you,” said Meany.

Vice President for Alumni, Development and Communications Cal Husmann stressed, “The alumni are so passionate about this place, and so when they come back to participate in the Career Conference, or any of these Lawrence Scholars panels, they are earnestly interested in meeting students and wanting to be of help in any way that they can, so I really hope that students will attend, because we’re doing everything for the students.”

In addition to the panels, a networking lunch will be held at noon in Andrew Commons where students can participate in round-table career discussions.

The Career Center strongly encourages all students to register and attend this event. As an added incentive, those students that registered by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27 and will attend at least part of the event are entered in a drawing to win a Kindle Fire, “The Power Formula for LinkedIn Success” by Wayne Breitbarth and gift certificates from Downtown Appleton Inc. For those who still haven’t registered, the Career Center will allow registration on LUWorks right up to and during the event.

“Please take advantage of the More Light! Career Conference and the networking opportunities that are available throughout the More Light! Campaign Finale weekend. The alumni are here to support the college and look forward to connecting with you!” said Chudacoff.