On the evening of Tuesday, April 14th, nearly 75 students gathered in the Sky Lounge at the top of SWIG residence hall. After enjoying a beautiful view of the sun setting over the Silicon Valley, they took their seats, refreshments in hand, for a program titled, International Careers: At Home and Abroad Panel and Networking Event. SCU Study Abroad in the Global Engagement Office organized and coordinated the event with support from several campus partners including: the Career Center, SWIG Resident Staff, International Admissions, and newly hired Study Abroad student ambassadors. In addition, over a half dozen SCU staff members attended. Students had a unique opportunity to hear how global and multicultural engagement at and beyond Santa Clara equips students with unique knowledge and skills that prepare and position them for internationally-focused career pathways in the U.S. and abroad.
Each of the 7 panelists (4 are SCU alums) had spent significant time abroad and elaborated on how their global experiences led them to professional success. Their time spent abroad enhanced not only foreign language fluency, but also cross cultural competence, creative problem solving, relationship-building and flexibility. For example, Francesca LeBaron, (Class of 2010), recalled how working on an elephant game reserve in Botswana taught her important life lessons and enhanced her profile during the job search process. (She now works at Accenture). The panelists came from many industries and sectors and are as follows:
Danny Fant, Deloitte, Senior Consultant
Santa Clara University / Class of 2010 / Major: Finance, Minors: International Business and Spanish
Jack Bird, Linkedin, Business Leadership Program Associate
Santa Clara University / Class of 2014 / Majors: Environmental Science and Political Science.
Madeline Wu, David and Lucile Packard, Program-Related Investment Specialist
University of California, Berkeley / B.S. in Business Administration / Pursuing MBA at the University of California, Berkeley.
Omari Williams, Stanford Health Care, Network Engineer
University of Phoenix / B.S Information Technology, Specialization Network and Telecommunications
Francesca LeBaron, Accenture, Business Strategy Consultant
Santa Clara University / Class of 2010 / Major: Economics
Kiana McCormick, Deloitte, Consultant
Santa Clara University / Class of 2015 / Major: Accounting and Information Systems
Joyce Osland, Executive Director at Global Leadership Advancement Center
Case Western Reserve University / Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior
Long after the event concluded, students and panelists mingled to network and share stories. The panelists had made a powerful case for the value of a global perspective and skills for engaging with difference. Many thanks to all who helped make this successful event possible!