At the recently held Explore Your Future - A Career Day for Students more than forty women, predominantly alumnae, spent the day on campus to discuss their professions.
Hon. Lisa Grasso Egan, ’81, P’21, Superior Court judge in the Bridgeport Judicial District courthouse, served as keynote speaker. Lisa delivered an informative and eye opening keynote on women in the workplace. She brings a wealth of experience in breaking paradigms for women in law. In addition to having attained the status of senior partner at the Milford/Westport law firm of Berchem Moses PC, her past experience includes representing government entities in labor contract negotiations. Before her appointment to the judiciary, Lisa was Connecticut’s undersecretary for the Office of Labor Relations.
Women professionals in various fields—allied health, arts, communications, education, engineering, entertainment, entrepreneurship, law, marketing, medicine, non-profit administration, sales, science, technology, and more—participated in Career Day. Sessions offered on LinkedIn were very popular with the students as were the skyping sessions.
Panelists gathered with students in group sessions to paint realistic pictures of their careers, their journeys, and the challenges and rewards of their professions. “Our students engaged with our panelists and actively learned about prospective careers, as well as about navigating the working world as women,” said Caroline Raynis ’07, director of alumnae relations and coordinator of Career Day.
President Sr. Sheila O’Neill, ASCJ, Ph.D.,’71 noted that Career Day helped students prepare for their working lives, including planning the educational track they will need to follow. “Often,” she added “classroom study does not seem to relate to the actual working world. This day helped our students to make those connections while networking with our alumnae and friends.”
Thank you to all of the Excelsior Women who joined us for Career Day to inspire our students to build a better world!