Spring Forward! 
With barely two weeks until Daylight Savings Time and three weeks to the official start of spring, the semester is in full bloom. For the Class of 2020, this comes with the excitement of settling on a post-graduate plan. Our new "Senior Week" program is just in time to assist soon-to-be Williams graduates at every level of preparation (details to come soon). For first through third-year students, spring often includes the search for a summer internship to explore options, cultivate connections, and acquire skills. Students, be sure to check Handshake for alumni and employer programs. Stop by Quick Questions M - F between 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. or make a 30-minute advising appointment. Happy spring to Ephs everywhere!

- Don Kjelleren, Director

Catch up on the latest at the '68 Center!

Annual Career Treks
Over 100 students traveled to New York City, Washington DC, and Boston at the end of January and the beginning of February with 68 Center colleagues participating in four career treks: Media, Finance, Foreign Affairs, and the first-ever Tech Trek. The students networked and connected with alumni, learned the behind the scenes of several different industries, and heard about job/internship opportunities. We thank all of the alumni and recruiting partners that were involved in each of these treks, we couldn't have done it with you. 
Media Trek (top left): Organized and led by '68 Center colleague Kristen McCormack. Pictured at VaynerMedia with Matt Hogan ’19 & John Shuck ’17. 
Foreign Affairs Trek (top right): Organized and led by '68 Center colleagues Anthony Pernell-McGee and Dawn Dellea. Pictured at the U.S. Capitol Building with Stacy Thompson ’15, Jesús Espinoza ’16, Jaelon Moaney ’19, James Hitchcock ’15, & Ryan Hamilton ’16. 
Finance Trek (bottom left): Organized and led by '68 Center colleague Robin Meyer. Pictured at Nasdaq's closing bell. 
Tech Trek (bottom right): Organized and led by '68 Center colleague Kristen McCormack. Pictured at CogoLabs. 

SPEC 26: Essentials for Entrepreneurship: An Immersion in the San Francisco Startup Culture

Students interested in entrepreneurship joined '68 Center colleague, Tonio Palmer, for his winter study course to see first-hand what it takes to launch a venture. This course has been designed to give students interested in Entrepreneurship in-depth insight into the Customer Discovery process, i.e. how startups figure out if their ideas are worth pursuing. Tonio and the students met with the founders of 10-15 start-ups in the Bay Area and tracked their professional and personal journeys. 
Left photo: Students with Mariam Neficy '91, Founder and CEO of Minted.com. Right photo: Students pictured with Dan Wohl '15, Business Operations & Finance at Tesla. 
Finance Boot Camp & Stock Pitch Competition
In a ’68 Center partnership with Noriko Chen ’89 & Capital Group, 48 students completed an on-campus Finance Boot Camp taught by Training the Street, the industry leader in financial valuation instruction.  The students then worked in teams over two weeks, with guidance from 6 peer coaches and 12 alumni volunteer mentors, to create and present a stock pitch in front of alumni judges Noriko Chen, Ian Lapey, and Tim Bock.  Congratulations to our winning teams! 
1st Place (left-right): Zach Chen ’23, Nick Altman ’22, Jon Stasior ’21, & Sarah Ryu ’23
2nd Place (on left) (left-right): Christina Zhou ’23, Michael Medvedev ’22, Emery Zahner ’22, & David Brewer ’22. 3rd Place (on right) (left-right): Nicholas Langel ’23, Nilay Neelaveni ’22, and Shayan Moazeni ’22. 
February How'd You Get There Speakers
Tracy Hu '13 spoke with current Ephs interested in the health professions and shared her experiences as she continues in her last year of medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. She expressed to students that she plans to go into Family Medicine with a focus on Integrative Medicine. 
Lisa Frelinghuysen P'22 spoke to students about her experience as a Law Clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and women's reproductive rights. All students were fully engaged and asked thoughtful questions. 
Claiming Williams: Affirm and Celebrate One's LGBTQA+ Identity While Navigating One's Career Path
Anthony Pernell-McGee, Associate Director/Director of Inclusive Career Exploration led an organic panel discussion with alumni, staff, and students to affirm and celebrate one's LGBTQA+ identity as they navigate their career paths. Panelists shared and developed best practices on how to navigate one's identity in the workplace. Panelists included: Gina Munoz '94, Landon Marchant '20, Abby Held '94, Marissa Lowe '14, and Nakita VanBiene '15. The following day, Marissa and Nakita were also both featured How'd You Get There speakers. 
Faculty Luncheons
This February we hosted two first-ever faculty luncheons to build new partnerships, discuss student needs, and share some of our signature resources. We look forward to continuing these luncheons and creating new relationships with faculty. Thank you to all that have attended so far! Stay tuned for future dates.

Upcoming Events...

2020 Alumni Sponsored Internship Program Workshop

Fri, 02/28/20, 4:00 p.m.
Mears House, Lewis Room

Science & Health Professions Community Corner
Fri, 02/28/20, 12:00 p.m.
Fri, 03/13/20, 12:00 p.m.
Driscoll Lounge
How'd You Get There? With Soraya Membreno '12, Writer and Digital Strategist @ Bitch Media
Thurs, 03/05/20, 12:00 p.m.
Mears House, Lewis Room

Coffee Chats with Soraya Membreno '12
Fri, 03/06/20, 9 - 11:00 a.m.
Paresky, Lee's Snack Bar

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Lunch and Learn: Paths to Teaching! with Professor Susan Engel and Education Career Advisor, Emma Cutrufello
Tues, 03/10/20, 12:00 p.m.
Paresky Center, Room 114

Peer2Peer: On-Campus Opportunities for Building your Tech Resume
Weds, 03/11/20, 12:00 p.m.
Paresky 201, Reading Room
*Will be in Handshake soon
Peer2Peer: "Breaking into the Tech Industry" Experiences from Fellow Ephs
Weds, 03/18/20, 12:00 p.m.
Paresky 201, Reading Room
*Will be in Handshake soon

Career Exploration Tools and Tips for International Students
Tues, 03/17/20, 6:00 p.m.
Hopkins 001

SAVE THE DATE: Annual Venture Pitch Competition is Happening, Sunday, April 26th!
The annual Venture Pitch Competition is being organized and teams are forming to compete in the April 26th event.  Last year eight teams participated for a chance to win the $15,000 first prize.  Last year's winning team used their prize money to outfit multiple sports teams with wearable devices to collect data for a concussion detection idea.
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