Inaugural Arrupe Quinlan Career Panel
On Monday, June 20th Arrupe College and the Quinlan School of Business co-hosted a Career Panel for Arrupe students interested in pursuing careers in business. Arrupe Dean and Executive Director, Steve Katsouros, SJ, and Quinlan Dean, Kevin Stevens, co-moderated the panel.
The panel consisted of six professionals of color from various sectors of the business world, including financial services, marketing, information technology and not-for-profit. Five of the panelists were either graduates of Quinlan or currently pursuing an MBA at Quinlan. Jasmine Shells, CEO and Founder of Five to Nine, is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.
Panelist LeRoy Chalmers, a Quinlan alumnus who serves as the Executive Director of the Greater Roseland West Pullman Food Network, emphasized the importance of being a lifelong learner. He recommended keeping up to date on the latest developments in your field of interest by reading industry-related articles, attending conferences, and networking with others in your field in person and online through LinkedIn.
Panelist and Quinlan MBA student Icela Diaz earned her undergraduate degree in engineering and then switched her professional field to marketing. She stated that students should not fear making a career change if a new field interests them, and that her prior professional experience as an engineer was a great building block for her marketing career. Diaz and fellow panelists Nicole Lawrence and Gonzalo Borges, also current MBA students at Quinlan, recommended joining or volunteering for clubs or organizations related to your field of interest so that you are able to learn from those working in that field and hone your networking skills.
Nearly sixty Arrupe students attended the panel, asking questions ranging from how to start your own business to how to find mentors. After the event, Arrupe student Isaac McKeever commented, “I got to talk to Jasmine Shells after the panel and she gave me a lot of advice; advice on how to start up a business, what are different ways to get your name out, things I could do now to start building a foundation for myself, and the finances of it all - business school in general and being an entrepreneur.”