C3: Career Connection Conference

Save the Date: October 4 & 5, 2019 for the next C3 Conference. Check back later for more details.


October 1, 2018

See the Hollins Alumnae Network in action on October 1 at the seventh annual Hollins Career Connection Conference (C3). Learn from approximately 50 alumnae conference leaders how their liberal arts educations have contributed to the development of their careers – and their post-grad lives. 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! 

Online registration is now closed. On-site registration opens at 10:30 am on Monday, October 1, in the lobby of the Moody Student Center. 

Photos from 2018’s Conference

What Does the C3 Day Look Like?

  • Classes are condensed, ending at 12:25 pm. That’s how important career exploration and development is! View the condensed academic schedule to find your class’s condensed time period.
  • Networking Lunch Reception11:45 am – 1:15 pm; come when you can after classes end.
  • Opening Session with keynote speaker Meg Jay, Ph.D., 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
  • Conference Programming, 2:45 pm – 5:30 pm. See the full C3 program (which includes alumnae biographies) and “day at a glance” graphic for program details. 
  • Students Closing Connections – Continuing the Conversation, 5:30 pm: Campus staff will help you engage in follow-up networking with alumnae and solicit future session ideas to inform the Career Center’s ongoing “How Did YOU Get There?” mentoring series.

Photo of Meg Jay

2018 keynote speaker

Meg Jay
Clinical Psychologist and Narrative Nonfiction Writer

Meg Jay is a clinical psychologist and a narrative nonfiction writer. In her books, Supernormal and The Defining Decade, she weaves the latest research with what she hears everyday: the behind-closed-doors stories of real people. Her books reveal the complex realities that lie behind stereotypes and misconceptions about development, changing how we think about topics such as whether our twenties matter and how resilience works and feels. Dr. Jay earned a doctorate in clinical psychology and in gender studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She earned a B.A. with high distinction in psychology from the University of Virginia. Her work has appeared in numerous media outlets including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Psychology Today, and on the BBC, NPR and TED. Meg Jay is an associate professor of education at the University of Virginia, and maintains a private practice in Charlottesville. She is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional as well as a Certified Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional.

Understanding the tracks at C3

The refreshed C3 Curriculum demonstrates the versatility of the liberal arts by featuring a cross-sector, interdisciplinary approach to each session topic.


Each session in this track aims to showcase 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., arts, education, business and entrepreneurship, healthcare, STEM, and mission-driven pursuits). 

  • Educating the World 
  • Inventing the Future 
  • Creative Endeavors (Canvas, Choreography, Story)
  • Healing the Planet
  • Driven By Mission 
  • STEM Frontiers


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 meaningful perspectives and strategies for moving forward on such issues as gender, diversity, and adversity and resilience in the workplace. 

  • Overcoming Adversity, Finding Resilience
  • Diversity and/as Work
  • Time’s Up/It’s Our Time


This track is devoted explicitly to the “how to’s” of career exploration and transition. Alumnae conference leaders will reflect on and field questions about specific aspects or stages of the process, from the first five years out of college; deciding whether or when to pursue an advanced degree, and the many unexpected twists and turns life may take. 

  • Life After Hollins: The Early Years 
  • Do I Need an Advanced Degree? 
  • Virtual You: Managing Your Digital Presence
  • The Winding Path
  • Chasing the Unicorn: Work/Life Harmony
  • The Signature Internship Experience


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 and general networking, or gaining resume feedback and suggestions for revision. Limited spots available; students may participate on a first-come, first-serve basis! 

  • Speed Connection
  • Rapid Resume Review (Please plan to bring 3-6 copies of your resume with you!)

Want to know more?

Contact careerconference@hollins.edu for more information.