C3: Career Connection Conference

Photos from 2019’s Conference

October 4 – 5, 2019

See the Hollins Alumnae/i Network in action on October 4th and 5th at the eighth annual Hollins Career Connection Conference (C3). Learn from approximately 50 alumnae conference leaders who will showcase the lifelong power of a liberal arts education, share their insights on life and work, and help students connect to others in their networks. Whether you are a first-year or a senior, a double major or undecided, career-ambitious or career-confused, there is a place for you at Hollins C3! 

  • On-site registration opens at 10:30 am on Friday, October 4 in the lobby of the Moody Student Center.

  • Condensed academic schedule (PDF)

Check out the New and expanded c3 for 2019!

C3 2019 will include additional field-based networking sessions on Saturday (with priority registration for seniors). Since most jobs don’t come from postings but through personal and professional connections, maximize your future opportunities by connecting with the Green and Gold network at C3!


  • Start of C3 – Networking Lunch Reception11:45 am – 1:15 pm  – Day at a Glance (PDF)
  • Opening Session with keynote speaker Rhonesha Byng, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
  • Conference Programming, 2:45 pm – 5:30 pm. 


  • Breakfast, Moody Dining Hall, 8:30 am – 9:15 am  – Day at a Glance (PDF)
  • Conference Programming, 9:30 am – 10:15 am (Arts & Culture, Business/Corporate, STEM, Legal Careers, Nonprofits)
  • Conference Programming, 10:30 am – 11:15 am (Communications & Media, Entrepreneurship, Healthcare, Government/Public Sector, Education)
  • Closing Remarks, 11:30 am12:00 pm

C3 2019 Program Booklet (includes schedule)

Rhonesha Byng

2019 keynote speaker

Rhonesha Byng
Award-winning journalist and the founder of Her Agenda.

Rhonesha Byng is the founder and CEO of Her Agenda, a digital media platform that bridges the gap between ambition and achievement for millennial women. The site provides inspiring content and community that helps women get started or to move to the next level of their career. Byng’s philosophy in life is represented by her acronym of N.E.S.H.A. – No one Ever Slows Her Agenda, which was also the inspiration for her company.

Byng was named to the 2017 Forbes magazine 30 Under 30 list in the media and dorm room founders categories. Essence magazine named her among 50 Founders To Watch. She’s also one of NBCBLK’s 28 under 28, and 29 People To Know by BET. She’s spoken at The White House during the Obama administration and the United State of Women Summit. Her work received awards from the Associated Press, and the New York Association of Black Journalists. Early in her career, as a field producer with NBC New York (WNBC-TV) she earned an Emmy award as part of team coverage for a breaking news story.

Rhonesha is an alumna Posse Scholar and attended DePauw University on a full-tuition leadership scholarship.

Djuna Osborne

2019 closing remarks speaker

Djuna Osborne
Clinical social worker and member of Roanoke City Council

Djuna Osborne is a licensed clinical social worker with her B.A. in English and an M.S.W. from the University of South Carolina. She has an 11-year career in community mental health treating impoverished individuals with chronic medical and mental health issues, substance abuse, and acute crisis in hospitals, jails, and clinics. She currently has a private practice in Roanoke County serving a variety of clients throughout the Roanoke Valley. With the help of a friend, Djuna organized the Women’s March on Roanoke in 2017, which drew a crowd of 4,000 women, men, and children to downtown Roanoke. Shortly thereafter, she was asked to run for office for the House of Delegates in the 17th District. She did not win, but quickly repositioned herself to run for Roanoke City Council, and was elected. Djuna currently is in her second year as councilwoman. When she is not working for the city or for her clients, Djuna loves to spend time with her husband and two daughters, ages eight and six. She enjoys running, cooking, road trips, and volunteering.

Understanding the tracks at C3

The refreshed C3 Curriculum demonstrates the versatility of the liberal arts by featuring a cross-sector, interdisciplinary approach in Friday’s session tracks, complemented by focused industry-based networking with alumnae/i and Roanoke regional community partners on Saturday.


Each session in this track showcases the rich variety of liberal arts career paths around a coherent subject or theme and features alumnae with a variety of undergraduate majors working across sectors around a common interest (e.g., advocacy, arts, business and entrepreneurship, healthcare, STEM, and working internationally).

  • Advocating for Justice
  • Curating Culture 
  • Minding Your Business
  • Healthcare
  • STEM Frontiers
  • Working the Globe


These issue-oriented sessions will foster dynamic conversations of importance to all community members regardless of field or role. Timely and provocative, they address concerns of the moment and offer perspectives and strategies for moving forward on such issues as equity, gender, diversity, and authenticity in the workplace.  

  • The Sporting Life
  • Out at Work
  • Unexpected Industries


This track addresses to the “how to’s” of career exploration and transition. Alumnae will reflect on and field questions about specific aspects or stages of the process, such as internships; the first five years out of college; whether or when to pursue an advanced degree, finding your purpose, and the many unexpected twists and turns life may take.

  • Invaluable Internships
  • Life After Hollins: The Early Years 
  • Going to Graduate School? 
  • Virtual You: Managing Your Digital Presence
  • Driven by Mission
  • The Winding Path


It wouldn’t be a Career Connection Conference without time to connect one-on-one and face-to-face! These sessions allow for focused exchanges between students and alumnae for the purpose of career mentoring through general networking and mock interviews. Limited spots available. 

  • Speed Connection (first come, first serve basis at the door)  
  • Mock Interviews (pre-register for instructions)

Want to know more?

Contact careerconference@hollins.edu for more information.