Hear from LSA alums during an unforgettable summer of career connections
Until July 31st, you’ll have a chance to connect with LSA alums who have a wealth of experiential learnings; in-depth knowledge about various industries, organizations, and roles; and unique career stories to share with students such as yourself.
60 Days of Summer Connections is an opportune time for you to connect and learn from industry leaders who are committed to supporting your career exploration and professional development. Don’t miss this opportunity to get career insights directly from experienced alums, especially while you’re actively making decisions about your next steps.
Here are three ways you can hear from LSA alums during June and July:
Join our Alum Connections events for virtual Q&As (sign-up below)
Get career tips in our Alum Advice videos on the Hub’s IGTV
Read in-depth Alum Stories through the Hub’s website and newsletter (coming soon!)
Check back frequently for new Alum Connections events, Alum Advice videos, and Alum Stories!
Check out the latest piece of Alum Advice
PagerDuty CEO and LSA alum Jennifer Tejada (A.B. '93) attributes her success to being willing to accept the unknown and unwilling to limit herself to one area of specialization. She says the beauty of LSA is that you’re not forced down a particular path.
Sign up for upcoming virtual Alum and Employer Connections
Entertainment, finance, consulting, medicine, and more—we've drawn some of our best and brightest from our incredibly global network of LSA alums. Alum Connections bring alums and students together for career conversations that are authentic and personal. And we haven't forgotten about employers— meet company reps during upcoming employer chats.
These sessions are set up like virtual Q&As so you can log in from wherever you’re based. RSVP below, but hurry to avoid the waitlist!
Tuesday, July 14th
Employer Connection: Making an impact through service with City Year
Join City Year on Tuesday, July 14 from 12:00-1:00 pm EST to find out how a year of service can impact your career exploration and the development of your personal and professional values. Two LSA alums, Alli Knox and Kasey Chockalingham, will be online to share their first-hand experience serving with City Year and how their leadership potential was nurtured by this opportunity.
Thursday, July 16th
Connect with Australia-based Development Leader, Weston Bruner
Weston Bruner is the director of advancement for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. In this role he has led fundraising and alum engagement for the university’s largest faculty through the Not If, When capital campaign. Prior to joining UQ he served as development manager at the University of Adelaide, designing the central office’s major gift program. Weston holds a bachelor of arts from the University of Michigan in political science and a master of business administration from the University of Adelaide.
Connect with Hillary Wiesel, Associate Director of Academic Advising at the Wharton School
Hillary Wiesel has always been passionate about education. After graduating from UofM in 2014, she went on to earn her M.S.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education and is currently the Associate Director of Academic Advising & Affairs at The Wharton School. Hillary was previously the Associate Director of Penn Law's Toll Public Interest Center. She is also pursuing her Ed.D. in Higher Education from Penn GSE. Hillary credits her love of advising and higher ed to her experience as an undergrad at Michigan and the relationship she built with her academic advisor at the Newnan Advising Center.
Join Hillary for a conversation about cultivating your professional passion, continuing your education and lifelong learning, making the most out of your liberal arts education, and pursuing a career in higher education and student affairs.
Friday, July 17th
Amy Ostrowski, Senior People Development Associate at Uber Freight
Since graduating from U-M, Amy Ostrowski (Communication and Media Studies ‘10) has built a career becoming a people developer. Her love for art history led her to explore related internships during her time as a student, but her enthusiasm for people was fostered through her 6-year career with Google. Amy holds a Master's Degree in Human Resources and Organizational Development at Eastern Michigan University, and has been with Uber Freight for almost two years. She is also the Co-Chair of Women of Uber Freight, a global culture committee focused on promoting and advancing women in logistics and technology. Join Amy for a conversation about cultivating professional passion, and continuously pursuing growth and development.
Connect with Celeste Northern, Events and Marketing Consultant in Fashion & Lifestyle
With 12 years of global event experience within the lifestyle, fashion and media industries, Celeste provides her clients and guests with a first-class experience. Her talent and passion for event curation has landed her roles at David Yurman & Coach and helped establish her name in events, marketing and client relations. Recently, she’s been independently consulting with companies on brand storytelling, generating revenue, and building brand awareness. Hear from Celeste about a career in this dynamic industry and the impact that COVID-19 has had on this work. As a 2007 Communications Studies graduate, Celeste also serves as President of the University of Michigan Alumni Association Club of NYC. She’ll also speak about her experiences at LSA and the importance of engaging with the powerful Michigan and LSA alum networks.
Working in Entertainment: a roundtable discussion with recent LSA grads
The Hub presents a virtual conversation about careers in the entertainment industry. This virtual roundtable will feature a bevy of recent LSA grads who hold a diverse range of entry-level roles including Sophia Georginis (2019), a Digital Talent Assistant for United Talent Agency; Ryan McDonough (2016), a Showrunner's Assistant on the FOX television series Prodigal Son; Jason Mondry (2017), an Executive Assistant to the President of Global Television at eOne; and Andre Ray (2017), the Head of Content at Paris Films. Together, they’ll share their own job search journeys and provide students a first-hand account of what it’s like to work in entertainment and media.
Thursday, July 23rd
Connect with Lululemon’s Mackenzie Henry
Mackenzie Henry is a loyalty strategist at Lululemon, a leading athletic apparel company based in Vancouver, Canada. In her role, Mackenzie focuses on developing and executing strategies to “surprise and delight” the company’s most loyal guests. She was previously a senior strategy consultant at IBM, working both in Washington, D.C. and remotely, on major internal communications projects with senior leadership. Mackenzie graduated from the University of Michigan’s College of LSA with a degree in communication and political science in 2014.
Connect with Assistant VP and Dean of Inclusive Excellence and Community Development, Shá Duncan-Smith
When it comes to civic engagement, bridging the gap between classroom learning and tangible experience is vital when pursuing a vocation in this field. This session will help you think strategically about translating the tacit knowledge drawn from in-class, co-curricular and extracurricular activities into marketable skill-sets beyond graduation. Hear from Shá as she lends advice to students interested in making these transitions and discover more about careers in higher education; diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI); and beyond.
Thursday, July 30th
Connect with Christine McDonald, Commercial Development Director at BP
Christine brings over ten years of experience leading and impacting various business units at BP. She has a unique story to tell; as an economics and french graduate, she joined BP as a trade development intern. Since then, she’s held a multitude of roles including those in product control, operations, planning, performance management, ethics and compliance, and now commercial development. Christine will be leading a conversation on career opportunities at BP and provide sound advice about diversifying your professional experience over the course of our career.
Past Alum Connections