C3: Career Connection Conference


October 24, 2016

The fifth annual Hollins C3: Career Connection Conference will kick off on October 24, 2016. Alumnae will share how they translated their liberal arts education into satisfying careers and also provide tips, tools, and tricks of the trade to land that first job. Approximately 75  alumnae from a variety of backgrounds will return to campus for this year’s event and share their expertise from a multitude of fields including the sciences, writing and publishing, business, financial services, education, law, visual and performing arts, and public service.

Photos from 2015’s Conference


keynote speaker

Afira DeVries
President and CEO
United Way of Roanoke Valley

Afira DeVries serves as president and CEO for United Way of Roanoke Valley. Her visionary style and extensive development experience contribute to the strategic direction and credibility of the organization, having generated more than a quarter billion dollars in support of social innovation over the course of her career. DeVries’s education is in public policy and political theory and, after a short lived pursuit of a political career, she realized that her idealistic nature was better suited to the not-for-profit sector. She joined United Way Central Massachusetts as a development officer in 1998 and has since assumed advancing positions with United Way’s of Greater Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, United Way Suncoast in Tampa Bay, and her current organization. DeVries serves as an engaged leader within the United Way system and is viewed as an expert resource and mentor to fundraisers across the country. She is a product development trainer for United Way Worldwide, serves on the Executive Resource Development Committee, and provides consultative sales trainings for United Way’s seeking to evolve to a more relational fundraising model.

She is frequently called upon to serve as a presenter and guest speaker on a wide variety of subjects both locally and nationally, within and beyond the United Way system. She has been featured in San Jose Magazine and was recognized as one of Tampa Bay’s Under 40 “Up and Comer’s” award recipients by the Tampa Bay Business Journal in 2011. Additionally, DeVries was honored by the Tampa Bay Business Journal as a “Business Woman of the Year” finalist in 2014. She earned her educational credentials at Averett University in Danville, VA, and Cornell University. She and her husband Jason live with their two daughters, Ava and Amora, and their dog Vito in Roanoke.


What You’ll Learn

  • “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.

2015 c3

Want to know more?

Contact careerconference@hollins.edu for more information.