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This panel was sponsored by Grinnell College's Alumni Council, the Center for Careers, Life, and Service, and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations.

Alumni Wisdom: Job Search in a Recession

Navigating the job and internship market during an economic recession presents unique challenges. This talented group of Grinnell College alumni found themselves in a similar situation: seeking opportunities during and following the financial crisis of 2007-08. They shared their experiences and offered insights on how to traverse the uncertainty, make connections, and set yourself apart. 

Moderator: Phillip Hales '02

 

Panelists: Leslie Bleichner '07; Rex Chien '09; Gillian Hemme '10; Jasmine Sanchez '10; Jordan Levine '10

Health Pros Community Conversation - Maternal Health & Birth Justice Careers

In this conversation with the Health Professions Career Community, Latona Giwa ’09 shares how her interests at Grinnell in sociology and community organizing led her to a career in birthwork and registered nursing. Ultimately, she channeled her passion for social justice and organizing into advocacy for perinatal health, birth justice, and equitable working conditions for birthworkers. Latona shares insights into the various roles of birthworkers and how members of a perinatal medical team can work together to improve outcomes for Black pregnant people and their babies. 

This discussion was sponsored by Grinnell College's Center for the Humanities, and the Center for Careers, Life, and Service.

Promoting Child Health Through Integrative Care with Nicole Alcorn '92

After graduating with a degree in biology, Nicole Alcorn '92 pursued BSN a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Acute Care DNP degree. She has been a pediatric nurse at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital for 24 years, where she has worked with a variety of acute and chronic pediatric and young adult patients. Her areas of interest include integrative therapies, palliative care, and ethics. In this conversation, she shares her path into nursing, the differences between integrative and palliative care, and the unique insights the nursing philosophy of care brings to patients and families. 

Day in the Life: Insights from Medical Residents

New interns Joe Abraham '14, MD, and Emily Clennon '14, MD, share their paths from Grinnell through medical school and on to residency. Hear their insights on how to be a competitive applicant, the impact of undergraduate research, maintaining perspective during undergrad and med school, and how to adapt when success is not linear. 

Day in the Life: International Alumni Panel 1

Join a panel of International Alumni as they discuss their campus contributions, share helpful tips for navigating the internship and post-Grinnell work world, and provide advice to current students about how to make an impact across the globe through work, continued academic study, civic engagement, and lasting relationships in the greater Grinnell alumni community.
 

Led by Leslie Bleichner '07, director of the Ed Pros Career Community


Featuring: Tolu Alabi '13, Yousuf Hafuda '16, Vivek Venugopal '01, Liyan Chen '12, Raghav Malik '13

Day in the Life: International Alumni Panel 2

Join a panel of International Alumni as they discuss their campus contributions, share helpful tips for navigating the internship and post-Grinnell work world, and provide advice to current students about how to make an impact across the globe through work, continued academic study, civic engagement, and lasting relationships in the greater Grinnell alumni community.
 

Led by Leslie Bleichner '07, director of the Ed Pros Career Community

Featuring: Rohan Mandelia '05, Ahsan Rahim '11, Cynthia Wu '12, and Arpi Karapetyan '10

Day in the Life: Posse Alumni

Join a panel of Posse Alumni as they discuss their campus contributions, share helpful tips for navigating the internship and post-Grinnell work world, and provide advice to current students about how to make an impact through leadership at work, continued academic study, civic engagement, and lasting relationships in the greater Grinnell alumni community.

 

Led by Leslie Bleichner '07, director of the Ed Pros Career Community. 

 

Featuring: Javon Garcia '14, Lisa Eshun-Wilson '14, Summer White '18 

Day in the Life: Alumni in Studio Art

Hazel Batrezchavez '17 and Serena Hocharoen '17 join Arts, Media & Communications Career Community Director, Rachel Edwards Harvith '00, to discuss their work, grad school, exhibitions, awards, residencies, and more.

Theatre, Themed Entertainment, and Communications

Clara Rice '99 and Rachel Edwards Harvith '00 were classmates at Grinnell. In Fall 2020, they discussed Clara's career trajectory from Theatre and Economics double major to Director of Communications at JRA, an attraction design company.

Day in the Life: Questbridge Alumni

Questbridge Alums discuss their campus contributions, share helpful tips for navigating the internship and post-Grinnell work world, and provide advice to current students about how to make an impact across the globe through work, continued academic study, civic engagement, and lasting relationships in the greater Grinnell alumni community.

 

Moderated by Leslie Bleichner '07

 

Featured Panelists: Carina Wilson '19, Kayla Estes-Romero '18, Timer Burnette '19, and Ben Nguyen '19.

Day in the Life: A Conversation with Elizabeth K. Lee '99 & LGBTQI+ Diplomats

Grinnell Alum and Consul General Elizabeth Lee '99 joins fellow diplomats Austin Richey-Allen and Antonio G. Agnone, for a panel discussion as part of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy's "Diverse Diplomacy Leaders" series. You can find Liz's bio below, and the bios for all panelists in the video description on YouTube.

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Consul General Elizabeth K. Lee arrived in Thessaloniki in August 2020.

Ms. Lee is a career member of the Foreign Service with fourteen years’ experience as a foreign policy leader, manager, and negotiator on a diverse range of regions and issues, including the Middle East, East Asia, and the United Nations Security Council.  Previous assignments include the U.S. Embassies in Seoul and Baghdad, the former U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem, the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York City, and the Israel and Palestinian Affairs Desk at the State Department in Washington D.C.

Ms. Lee holds an M.A. degree in Public Policy and International Affairs from Princeton University, a law degree (J.D.) from the University of Minnesota, and a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Grinnell College.  She is proficient in Greek, Korean, and Hebrew, and has studied Arabic and Spanish.  She is from California and is accompanied by her Golden Retriever, Pumpkin, aka Kolokithoula.  She was the President of glifaa (LGBT+ Pride in Foreign Affairs Agencies) from 2018-2019.  ​​​​​​​

Interested in getting in touch with Liz? She would be happy to chat with anyone interested in public service or foreign policy. Reach her at LeeEK2@state.gov

Day in the Life: Silvia Foster-Frau '15 & Stephen Gruber-Miller '15

Silvia Foster-Frau ’15 writes for The Washington Post about the nation’s emergence as a predominantly multicultural society. Stephen Gruber-Miller ’15 covers the Iowa Statehouse and politics for the Des Moines Register. Listen in as Silvia and Stephen discuss how Grinnell prepared them for a career in journalism, their roles as members of the Fourth Estate, and the specific issues they cover as newspaper reporters.

 

Interested in getting in touch?

 

Contact Stephen at sgrubermil@registermedia.com or Twitter: @sgrubermiller; Silvia at Silvia.Foster-Frau@washpost.com or Twitter: @SilviaElenaFF.

Blazing Your Trail to Med School: Thomas Auen '16

The journey to medical school is rarely a linear path from NSO to commencement. The challenges and success encountered along the way provide opportunities for growth and reflection as you work towards your professional goals. Hear from Thomas Auen '16 about how he navigated his years at Grinnell, got the most out of his gap years and made the decision to join the very first class of a brand new medical school.
 

About Thomas:

 

Originally from Sioux City, Iowa, Thomas Auen '16 fell in love with Grinnell on his first campus tour. As a first-year student, he pursued the sciences and considered a career in medicine, but soon questioned his trajectory as he discovered an appreciation for coursework in areas of environmental studies, religious studies, art history, sociology, and music - his activities at Grinnell include orchestral and symphonic band performance, French horn and advanced piano lessons, and advanced vocal instruction, in addition to two years of cross country. Ultimately, Thomas completed a major in Biochemistry along with medical school prerequisites, but he was initially unsuccessful in gaining admission.

 

Thomas then spent two years working as a research assistant at Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Med in the Department of Endocrinology while completing additional courses and prepping to repeat the MCAT. In the fall of 2017, he was offered a seat in the inaugural class at the newly founded Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has since completed his initial two years of didactic work and is currently on clinical rotations at Bingham Memorial Hospital in eastern Idaho. His intent is to apply for OB/GYN residencies and train for a future in rural women's health, allowing him to serve underrepresented communities like the ones in which he was raised.

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Day in The Life with Grinnell Alumni

Listen in as Grinnell Alums share their experiences - including their paths from Grinnell College to their current roles, the most useful skills they've used in their careers, what a typical day looks like for them, and so much more!

Day in The Life Podcast
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Meet the Podcasters!

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Sydney Devine '13

 

Major: Russian with Policy Studies Concentration

 

Title: Sr. Analyst in Business Insights

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Elizabeth Eason '17

 

Major: Mathematics with Statistics Concentration

Title: Data Science Specialist

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Eric Paige '19

Major: Economics

Title: Small Commercial Automation Business Insights Analyst

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Niko Takayesu '17

 

Major: Computer Science & Physics

Title: Software Engineer; Full Stack Developer

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Phil Gemmel '17

 

Major: Political Science & Chemistry

Title: Grad Student/PhD Candidate at University of Chicago in Chemistry

 
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