Last Thursday, February 21, over 400 City Year corps members, staff and alumni filled the auditorium at Credit Suisse for our annual 18 Minute Networking event. This signature alumni event was planned by the City Year New York Alumni Board. The goal of the event was to give our 294 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.
Our emcee for the evening, Sean McDevitt, National Alumni Director for City Year, Inc & Boston ’02 alumni, welcomed everyone and introduced the flow of the evening to the corps and facilitators. We also had the opportunity to hear from Moira Girard, Vice President, Talent Development at Credit Suisse, who addressed the corps and shared her experience of achieving her position at Credit Suisse through networking.Thank you, Moira, for encouraging our corps to take advantage of this unique opportunity.
Nearly 70 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 38 tables in total covering dozens of career fields and educational options in two separate rooms, the corps left feeling inspired.
After 3 rounds of 18 real minutes of networking, Nan Shearer, Alumni and Career Services 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. Finally, Itai Dinour, Senior Vice President and Chief Organizational Advancement & Alumni Officer at City Year (and former CYNY Executive Director), closed the ceremony by sharing with the corps the importance of staying connected to the organization after they finish their City Year.
A huge thank to our partners Keiko Akashi and Credit Suisse for opening your space to us once again, the City Year New York Alumni Board, all of the facilitators for holding meaningful conversations and networking with our corps, and to the corps for participating, remaining engaged, and taking the best next steps to become powerful alumni and “Leaders for Life”.