Beyond Rochester: Career Conversations with Alumni

Exploring careers?
Want to meet some cool alumni and parents?

Please join us for our BEYOND ROCHESTER series!
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In a relaxed setting, a small group of UR students will explore careers and fields of interest, sharing a meal with a UR Alumnus or Parent. These career role models will share information on their backgrounds and career fields, inspiring you to explore your academic and career curiosities.  The Beyond Rochester series is held in the Career Center Conference Room (DEWEY 4-200) by SKYPE unless otherwise noted.

These events are sponsored by the Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center and Office of Alumni Relations. Questions?  E-mail Michelle Marks-Hook or call 585-275-5375.


Wednesday, September 24 at 12:00pm – Steve Lega ’05 [Economics and Math major]; Operations Manager – US & Canada, Carestream (IN PERSON)
Wednesday, September 24 at 4:00pm – Erin Bank ’03 [BioScience/Biochemistry major]; Research Development Specialist, University of California San Francisco
Wednesday, October 1 at 12:00pm – Alexander Chu ’79 [Economics major]; Head of North Asia International Banking & Country Exchange, Hong Kong Royal Bank of Scotland plc. Hong Kong, China
Wednesday, October 1 at 3:00pm – David Drury ’84 [Economics major]; Research Analyst, Big Data and Special Projects. Wegmans Food Markets (IN PERSON)
Thursday, October 2 at 12:00pm (noon) – Lauren Rush ’99 [Chemical Engineering major]; Senior Manufacturing Technology Engineer, DuPont Cyrel Packaging Graphics
Monday, October 6 at 12:00pm (noon) – Mark Dighton, Director of Law School Relations, Practising Law Institute (IN PERSON)
Wednesday, October 15 at 12:00pm (noon) – John G. Roman III ’11 [Political Science major]; Financial Associate, First Niagara Investment Services/LPL Financial (IN PERSON)
Thursday, October 16th at 4pmJPMorgan Presentation with Peter Wen, Kevin Regan, Neil Davids, and John Kodweis
Monday, October 20 at 3:00pmSaurabh Singh ’96 [Electrical Engineering major]; Executive Director, Fixed Income Commodities Trading, Morgan Stanley  presenting on Careers in Wall Street in Gowen Room * Note the different location
Wednesday, October 22 at 12:00pm – Chad Hunter ’12 [Chemical Engineering major]; Process Engineer, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering
Wednesday, October 22 at 4:00pm – “LAW DAY at the Career Center” John A. Marsella ’08 [Political Science major], Esq. Staff Attorney, Worker Justice Center of New York (IN PERSON) and Ali Anoff ’06 [Biomedical Engineering major], Counsel at Procter & Gamble (via Skype)
Wednesday, October 29 at 4:00pm – Katherine Sharp ’07 [BioScience/Biochemistry major], PhD student, Stanford University School of Medicine Department of Genetics
Thursday, October 30 at 2:00pm -Seth Bloom ’81 [Political Science]; Attorney, Bloom Strategic Counsel, PLLC; former General Counsel of the US Senate Antitrust Subcommittee (IN PERSON)
Wednesday, November 5 at 12:00pm – Ildem Akerman ‘02 [BioScience/Molecular Genetics major], Postdoctoral Fellow in Diabetes Research, IDIBAPS, Barcelona, Spain
POSTPONED UNTIL SPRING SEMESTER Friday, November 7 at 1:00pm – Nicole Kuzdeba ’10 [Psychology major]; HR Business Partner, Google (IN PERSON)
Thursday, November 13 at 2:00pm – Robert McNamara; Senior Attorney, Institute for Justice (IN PERSON)
Thursday, December 4 at 2:00pm – Dawne Hickton ’79 [English and Political Science], the CEO of RTI International Metals (IN PERSON)

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HOW TO REGISTER:RSVP for the career conversation(s) of your choice by sending the following via email to which conversation(s) you would like to attend (you may attend more than one)
(B) Class Year and Major(Please note that your RSVP means you will attend; should anything urgent arise which would prevent your attendance, please let us know as soon as possible).PAST HOSTS:
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