C3: Career Connection Conference


C3 2015

Alumnae return to campus to participate in Fourth annual C3

From panel discussions on translating the liberal arts into careers to mock interviews, resume building, and speed connection networking sessions, Hollins students enjoyed a remarkable opportunity to learn about preparing life after graduation during the fourth annual C3: Career Connection Conference on October 19.

Approximately 70 Hollins alumnae from a variety of backgrounds returned to campus for this year’s event and shared their expertise from a multitude of fields including the sciences, writing and publishing, entrepreneurship, financial services, education, law, visual and performing arts, and public service. They also provided tips, tools, and tricks of the trade to land that first job.



keynote speaker

Nancy Lublin, CEO of DoSomething.org and one of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” according to Fortune magazine, delivered the keynote address that traditionally kicks off C3 each year. She spoke candidly about the challenges she has overcome as well as the successes she has achieved during her career, and advised the student audience, “The only problem with failure is not learning from it.”

Lublin’s approach to business, teens, and technology has transcended the not-for-profit world. Under her leadership, DoSomething.org is currently among the largest youth organizations in America, leveraging Facebook, texting, and Twitter to engage more than 3.6 million teens in its campaigns. Considered an expert in digital marketing, youth culture, and change management, Lublin was named one of 2014’s Social Entrepreneurs of the Year by The Schwab Foundation, and Fast Company called her one of the “most creative people in business.”

Lublin is the author of  Zilch: The Power of Zero in Business and has been featured on Oprah, 60 Minutes, The Today Show, and CNN, and in People, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Economist.

What students learned

  • “Translating the Liberal Arts into a Career” sessions, featuring career women in a multitude of fields including the sciences, writing and publishing, and public service, among others.
  • Special topics designed to facilitate alumnae testimonials and communicate practical skill sets; topics include building an effective resume, money matters, and life after Hollins, among others.
  • Opportunities to “speed network” with a large number of alumnae, as well as engage one-on-one through mock interviews, resume critiques, and conversations about the graduate school application process.
  • Opportunities to engage alumnae in small group conversation before and after the conference on a variety of topics, including how to be a mentor, and the how’s and why’s of year-long service, among others.

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Want to know more?

Contact careerconference@hollins.edu for more information.