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60 Days of Summer Connections








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 experience; 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


Check back frequently for new Alum Connections events, Alum Advice videos, and Alum Stories!


Check out the latest piece of Alum Advice

LSA alum Jeffrey Seller (A.B. '86), producer of Hamilton, Rent, Avenue Q, and more, prompts students to get specific when thinking about what they like to do. He shares his mission as an example of how to think about next steps after college.




Sign up for upcoming virtual Alum 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. 

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!


Thursday, July 30th

Connect with Mary Ellen Coe, President of Google Customer Solutions

As President of Google Customer Solutions, Mary Ellen oversees the global ads business for mid-market and small businesses, serving millions of customers and thousands of partners worldwide. Her team helps businesses get online and grow, focusing on sales and operations for this high-growth segment as well as the acquisition of new advertisers and channel partners for Google Ads and YouTube. Mary Ellen also has two decades of experience working in product management, consumer marketing, and brand strategy at agencies like Leo Burnett, St. James Associates, and most notably her role as Principal at McKinsey for their North American consumer marketing portfolio. 

RSVP today for a chance to learn about Mary Ellen’s incredible journey from LSA (Economics ‘89) to Google, her work at the helm of Google’s Customer Solutions, and how a liberal arts education translates into a career in tech and supports her work today.



Behind the Scenes: the truth of working your way up in the shadows of Hollywood

Join us for a candid conversation with writer Eboni Freeman and producer Skylar Andrews about how they both carved out paths as Black women in the entertainment industry. Together Eboni and Skylar will share the not-so-glamorous aspects of establishing yourself in entertainment, the unspoken rules of Hollywood, and what it’s truly like to be a writer and producer. This is an exclusive opportunity for LSA students to learn from and engage with two established Black women working in entertainment.



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.


Friday, July 31st

Connect with CEO, Entrepreneur, and Digital Marketing leader, Julie Novack

Julie (Economics ‘90)  is the CEO and Co-Founder of PartySlate, a digital platform designed specifically for event professionals--event planners, decor companies, venues, photographers, caterers, entertainers, and more can showcase unlimited photos of their work to reach party hosts actively planning their next events.

Prior to co-founding PartySlate, Julie spent over 20 years at the helm of the world’s leading global marketing agencies as President of North America at Razorfish and SVP General Manager at Before delving into the digital agency world, she helped co-found Chase’s first internet group in 1994, pioneering the bank’s digital transformation and online footprint by establishing it’s first ever website.



Connect with Kiesha Jackson, Founder and Executive Director of Detroit-based Calebe’s Kids

Kiesha Jackson (Sociology ‘05) is the Founder and Executive Director of Caleb’s Kids, a nonprofit organization that provides life-changing outreach to youth, grades 6 - 12, around mental health awareness, suicide prevention, resiliency, coping skills, and self-esteem. She is passionate about mental health education, awareness, and advocacy, specifically as it relates to youth. Kiesha earned a Master of Science in Health Services Administration from Central Michigan University, and she is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Bellevue University. Join Kiesha and peers for a edifying conversation about nurturing a strong passion for philanthropy and serving others and pursuing a path in community service and social change.


Past Alum Connections