18 Minute Networking 2012

Last night, over 300 corps and alumni filled the auditorium at Credit Suisse for the 8th Annual 18 Minute Networking event. This Signature Alumni Event was planned by the City Year New York Alumni Board. The primary goal of the event was to give our 254 corps members the opportunity to meet and network with City Year alumni and friends, who have found success in fields that current corps members hope to break into following their year of service.

To kick off the event, our Alumni Board 18 Minute Networking planning committee chair and NY ’10 & ’11 alumna, Leah Hoffman, welcomed the corps and introduced our emcee for the evening, Sean McDevitt, National Alumni Director for City Year, Inc & Boston ’02 alumni. We also had the opportunity to hear from Tara McDonald, Securities Recruiter for Credit Suisse, who addressed the corps and shared her experience of achieving her position at Credit Suisse through networking. Thank you, Tara, for encouraging our corps to take advantage of this unique opportunity.

Jason Martinez, NY '05 & Jeff Mastin, LA '08 lead a round table for corps members interested in fellowships.

Over 60 City Year alumni and professionals facilitated round table discussions to provide corps members with an honest perspective of what to expect when entering the professional and academic fields. With 32 tables in total covering over 17 career fields and educational options, the corps left feeling inspired about their futures and hopefully with some business cards.

After 3 rounds of 18 real minutes of networking, Nan Shearer, Career and Alumni Manager, City Year Inc. & DC ’08 & ’09 alumna, shared some of the great resources for professional and educational development that can be found on our Alumni Website.

A huge thank to our partners Keiko Akashi, Eric Williams, and Credit Suisse for opening your space to us once again, all of the facilitators for holding meaningful conversations and networking with our corps, and to the corps for participating, asking great questions, and taking the best next steps to become powerful alumni and “Leaders for Life”.

To see all of the pictures from the event, please check out out Flickr slideshow here.