Engaging Alumni

June 11, 2015

When she graduated with a degree in English, Sofia Chang, C’91, didn’t know she’d be leading a global division at a renowned media company, but as she told students at the Robert A. Fox Leadership Program’s Lessons in Leadership, each career experience helped her further define who she was and what she wanted. Fox Leadership Program’s Lessons in Leadership Series

When she graduated with a degree in English, Sofia Chang, C’91, didn’t know she’d be leading a global division at a renowned media company, but as she told students at the Robert A. Fox Leadership Program’s Lessons in Leadership, each career experience helped her further define who she was and what she wanted. Now Executive Vice President and General Manager at HBO, Sofia advised students on the importance of self-awareness and curiosity, transferable skills, and the ability to build strong relationships with both mentors and peers.

Claudia Meer, C’83, Managing Director of Energy and Structured Finance at Clark Construction, encouraged students to take full advantage of the wide variety of courses that the liberal arts curriculum provides because the interdisciplinary knowledge and critical thinking skills will set them apart in any career path they choose to pursue. She also shared advice on how to understand an organization’s corporate culture and how to effectively identify and market transferrable skills.

College Alumni Mentoring Series (CAMS)

Vince Szwajkowski, C’07, Senior Director of Global Brand Strategy at Hilton Worldwide, began his career at The Boston Consulting Group, where he developed his passion for travel and work in strategy. Vince shared insight on how to maximize undergraduate years through coursework, internships, and extracurricular involvement. He also emphasized the importance of developing strong relationships with mentors who can advocate for you and provide access to career-altering opportunities.

Ben Lerer, C’03, Founder of Thrillist Media Group and Managing Director of Lerer Hippeau Ventures, advised students on taking an entrepreneurial career path and gave the inside scoop on what qualities he looks for in new hires. Ben underscored the importance of being genuinely passionate about the company you work for, or aspire to work for, in order to fully excel.