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Jeff Hodges
Director of Public Relations
Hollins University
P.O. Box 9657
Roanoke, VA 24020-1657
(540) 362-6503
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Office location:
Cocke Memorial Building, Third Floor

Brittany Foutz
Special Programs Coordinator
(540) 362-6021

Office location:
Bradley Hall

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Suzy Mink and Jessica Sheperd

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.)



C3: Career Connection Conference

October 20, 2014

The third annual Hollins C3: Career Connection Conference was held on October 20, 2014. Alumnae shared how they translated their liberal arts education into powerfully satisfying careers. In addition, they provided tips, tools, and tricks of the trade to land that first job. The conference featured an array of panels, workshops, presentations, and networking opportunities.

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Keynote speaker

Lindsey Pollak

Lindsey Pollak, one of the world’s leading authorities on training, managing, and marketing to the Millennial generation, will be the keynote speaker at Hollins University’s 2014 Career Connection Conference (C3) on October 20. She will present "Getting from College to Career: Becoming a 21st Century Leader."

Pollak is the best-selling author of Getting from College to Career: Your Essential Guide to Succeeding in the Real World. HarperCollins is publishing her newest book, Becoming the Boss: New Rules for the Next Generation of Leaders, this fall. She serves as an official ambassador for LinkedIn, spokesperson for The Hartford’s "My Tomorrow" campaign, and chair of the Cosmopolitan magazine Millennial Advisory Board.

Pollak's keynote speaking and consulting clients total more than 150 corporations, conferences, and universities, including Barclays, Citi, GE, IBM, Liz Claiborne, Merrill Lynch, PwC, Ralph Lauren, Time Inc., Yale, Harvard, Princeton, and MIT. Her advice and opinions have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Glamour, and on The Today Show, FOX Business, CNN, and NPR. She appears on several lists of "Best People to Follow on Twitter," and Forbes named her blog one of the "Top 100 Websites for Your Career."


  • Register for the conference (registration opens Wednesday, September 10, at 8 a.m.)
  • Conference schedule (PDF) (tentative)
  • Bios of conference participants (PDF)
  • Networking strategies (PDF)
  • Networking tips (PDF)
  • Condensed class schedule for the day, with classes ending at 12:25 p.m.
  • For more information, contact careerconference@hollins.edu
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Sampling of sessions offered:

  • "Translating the Liberal Arts into a Career" sessions, featuring career women in a multitude of fields from the sciences to writing and publishing.
  • Practical workshops that will provide the skill set you need to prepare for and land that job!
  • Special topics, designed to facilitate alumnae testimonials on topics such as: money matters, life after Hollins, and making social media work for you.
  • Opportunities to "speed network" with a large number of alumnae.