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Common Good Network Leads to Positive Outcomes in First Year

By Contributing Writer on June 13, 2015

Joining with alumni affairs, career services and advancement, we saw many successes in the first full year of the Common Good Professional Network. Together we hosted a wide variety of events to allow alumni and students to connect around shared interests in careers in the common good sector.  These events helped students to see pathways to careers that are not always straightforward and elevated the work of alumni in the common good sector.


Events included:

Responsible Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship Livestream via Unite for Sight bringing thought leaders in the space to Colgate students and alumni

Ethics & Leadership in the Common Good at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, October 29, 2014, featuring Yee-Ann Cho ’90, senior vice president at Colorado Education Initiative and Mark Falcone ’85, founder and CEO of Continuum Partners LLC

New York City Non-Profit Student Immersion Trip and Alumni Reception, November 24, 2014

More than 20 students visited four nonprofit organizations with Colgate ties: Fiver, Malala Fund, Rockefeller Archives, and Cities of Service then shared what they learned at an evening reception with NYC-based alumni.

What to Expect from the New Congress Panel at GMMB Inc. in Washington D.C., February 26, 2015

Amanda Terkel ’04, senior political reporter and politics managing editor at the Huffington Post, led a discussion covering a variety of topics, from veterans affairs to financial reform, and from environmental and energy legislation to congressional oversight and the minimum wage. Panelists included, David Smith ’88, GMMB, Inc; Paul Lobo ’89, Policy Integration Partners LLC; Amy Dudley ’06, Office of U.S. Senator Tim Kaine; and Elizabeth Oblinger ’10, Office of U.S. Senator Rob Portman. WATCH VIDEO

Day of Impact

On Colgate Day, Friday, March 13, 2015, more than 1,700 Colgate community members in 34 states and 9 countries came together for a “Colgate Day of Impact” by pledging more than 2200 acts of impact.

New York City Hackathon, March 14, 2015, at Markers Studios, NYC

Thirty-five alumni, parents, and students came together for the first-ever, off-campus Colgate Hackathon in New York City. This event gathered smart, capable problem solvers to wrangle with real-world problems for a student-run venture called Children & Youth First USA (CYFUSA), a not-for-profit run by Amanda Brown ’15 designed to educate young women in Nepal. READ STORY or WATCH VIDEO

Common Good Career Week, March 2327, 2015

More than 50 students came together to hear from three alumni working in the common good sector: Samantha Darche `01, ‎chief of staff and legislative counsel to NY Assemblymember Aravella Simotas; Sarah Lange `87, founder and principal of New Era for Non-Profits; and Corinne Ribble `97, principal, Riverview Strategies LLC.

In 20152016, we are excited to host the first-ever Be the Change Weekend, a weekend dedicated to highlighting the work of alumni and students engaged in social change work.  Please plan to join us on campus October 23 and 24!


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