Wesleyan Social Impact Summit (Welcome, Keynote, and Student-Alumni Networking Reception)

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Date(s) - 11/13/2015
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Memorial Chapel


hand-bulb_3 copyThe inaugural Wesleyan Social Impact Summit, sponsored by the Shasha Seminar for Human Concerns, will take place on campus on November 13-14, 2015. The Summit is geared toward alumni in the social sector, but we are pleased to welcome students and community members to the Welcome, Keynote, and Reception on Friday, November 13. The Keynotes will consist of TED-style remarks by alumni on the topic The Change I Want To See.

Learn more about the Summit at http://www.wesleyan.edu/socialimpactsummit



Pro tip: Nearly 100 alumni and other professionals are coming to campus for this conference This is a terrific chance to meet people and expand your network.

“But how?,” you ask. Here’s how.

  1. Look at the registration list.

  2. Search Google, LinkedIn, and/or Wesconnect to learn about some people, and find someone you want to meet.

  3. Contact that person via email or LinkedIn.*

  4. Set up a time to meet in person. Prepare.**

  5. Be prompt for your meeting. Make eye contact. Enjoy getting to know a new person.

  6. Write a thank-you note.


Happy Networking!

–Your friends at the Allbritton Center, Patricelli Center, and Career Center

*We know outreach is hard. How about something like this?
Dear [NAME],
I’m [NAME], a member of the Class of ‘[XX] at Wesleyan. I see that you will be on campus this weekend for the Social Impact Summit, and I was wondering if you might have time to meet for coffee or a brief conversation while you are here. Your work with [ORGANIZATION] interests me because I [TALK ABOUT SOMETHING RELATED THAT YOU CARE ABOUT OUR DO]. I’d love to hear more about your career path and current work.
**Prepare? Yes!
Have a personal elevator pitch. Think about what you will share about yourself — upbringing, major, extra-curriculars, jobs, hobbies, passions, etc. Be brief. Practice.
Read that person’s bio and work. Read about their employer. See if you are already connected to them in some way.
Draft some questions you might want to ask.