Since 2012, Colgate has hosted nearly 100 Professional Network events around the country. These events have afforded thousands of alumni and students with an opportunity to network and grow professionally. “The response from the Colgate community at these events has been inspiring,” said assistant director of Professional Networks, Jillian Arnault ’10. “These events have created many business connections and both alumni and students attendees have landed jobs and internships as a result.”
Up until now, much of the opportunity to connect with the Networks has been afforded to those who are able to attend an event in person. In early January, Colgate partnered with Brazen to deliver virtual networking opportunities to all alumni, regardless of location. The Brazen platform, which is mobile friendly, allows alumni to connect with one another virtually. “Think of it as speed networking – online,” said Arnault. “This is an easy, but meaningful way to expand your network and make connections with alumni you might not otherwise have met.”
Devon Skerritt ’00, Colgate’s Dallas club president, believes strongly in the power of connectivity within the Colgate community. “When I lived in Boston after graduating, it was easy to connect and network with fellow classmates and alumni through in-person events and casual gatherings. When I started advancing in my career and moved to Dallas, it became more important but also more challenging. An online networking platform will be an incredibly powerful tool to intentionally connect the entire Colgate alumni community and help people develop their career network.”
The first virtual networking event will take place on February 3. Watch your inbox for details or visit the registration page.