In a note to Suzy Mink '74, Jessica Leigh Sheperd '13 wrote: "Per your advice at C3 (2012), I applied and was accepted to intern with both American Rivers and the GLOBE program through The Nature Conservancy. This past January I worked under Ryan Lauer as a development intern. I spent the month writing briefings, researching potential donors for the organization, and organizing a timeline of American Rivers Board of Directors from their foundation to the present in preparation for their 40th Anniversary. After graduation, I will be headed to Choteau, Montana, to work with invasive species as a conservation stewardship intern at the Pine Butte Swamp Preserve."
(Photo, above, Shepard with Mink before heading out to her summer assignment.)
Approximately 100 Hollins University alumnae returned to their alma mater to share tips, tools, and tricks of the trade with hundreds of current students on landing that first job during Hollins’ second annual Career Connection Conference (C3) on October 10.
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Keynote speaker Carla Harris of Morgan Stanley, recently appointed by President Obama to serve as chair of the National Women’s Business Council, gave this year's C3 a spirited kick-off, energizing a capacity audience in the Hollins Theatre with the "pearls of wisdom" she has learned through more than two decades of working on Wall Street.
Following the keynote address, students and alumnae engaged in workshops and presentations on a wide range of topics, including internships, building an effective résumé, interviewing dos and don'ts, using technology and networking, and workplace etiquette. Students also attended panels on how to translate their liberal arts education into careers in financial services, law, science, nonprofit and religious service, visual arts, media and public relations, performing arts, education, healthcare, government and public service, and entrepreneurship.
Another highlight of C3 was three "Speed Connection" sessions that encouraged students to network with alumnae in a fast-paced, fun and informal setting.
Evening events included a networking and dinner reception and two post-conference conversations: "A Different Kind of Canvas," which looks at careers in technology, engineering, and design, and "Being an African-American Woman in the Workplace."
Carla Harris is vice chair for global wealth management, managing director, and senior client advisor at Morgan Stanley. She is responsible for increasing client connectivity and penetration to enhance revenue generation across the firm. Harris has extensive industry experiences in the technology, media, retail, telecommunications, transportation, industrial, and healthcare sectors. She has made many “most powerful lists, including:
Chair of the Morgan Stanley Foundation, Harris sits on the boards of the Food Bank for NYC, Executive Leadership Council, Toigo Foundation, Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO), A Better Chance, Inc., Apollo Theatre Foundation, Mt. Sinai Hospital, and Xavier University. She is an active member of the St. Charles Gospelites of the St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church and the Mark Howell Singers.
Harris is also a singer and has released numerous gospel CDs, including Unceasing Praise, Joy Is Waiting, and Carla’s First Christmas. She is the author of the newly released book Expect to Win (Hudson Press).