The Alumni Council Careers Conference has been a fixture on the Reunions calendar for nearly a decade, and this year, against a backdrop of economic uncertainty, alumni are taking a keen interest in the event’s theme: “How to Tune Up Your Career in a Down Market.”
Alumni Lisa Baar Baird ’89, an executive recruiter at Spencer Stuart, and John Jannarone ’03, who writes the “Heard on the Street” column for The Wall Street Journal, will open the May 29 conference, offering their assessments of the changing job market. Participants then will split into groups of about a dozen people and meet with career consultants to discuss topics ranging from assessing skills to setting career objectives. Organizer Jolanne Stanton ’77 said the event aims to help alumni in all stages of their careers, not just job seekers.
Elsewhere at Reunions, the economy will be a popular topic. The alumni-faculty forums, held Friday and Saturday mornings and Friday afternoon, will delve into the status of the bailouts, regulation on Wall Street, investing strategies for uncertain times, and America’s role in the global economy. (Forums on race, politics, medicine, and athletics also are scheduled.)
PAW will sponsor a panel titled “Money, Greed, and the Economy: Views from the Fourth Estate,” featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and television commentator George F. Will *68; The Nation editor and publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel ’81; and other alumni journalists, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in McCosh 50.
President Tilghman will hold her annual conversation with alumni Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in Richardson Auditorium. The P-rade begins at 2 p.m., and the Class of 1984 has agreed to join the marching order inside FitzRandolph Gate in hopes of speeding up the procession. The University Orchestra will perform at Finney and Campbell fields at 8 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:15 p.m.The struggling economy does not seem to be hurting attendance for Reunions. Through mid-April, registration figures were in line with the last few years, according to Milbrey Mara, the Alumni Association’s assistant director for Reunions.
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