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Virtual Professional Networking Symposium

Save the Date: September 25 - 26, 2020


About the Professional Networking Symposium

The Professional Networking Symposium is designed to help students and young alumni better understand potential paths after graduation, including career and graduate school options. There are also many opportunities for students, alumni, and friends of Westminster College to meet and network with others in their field. The Symposium includes a career fair, breakout sessions and an opportunity to connect with students and other alumni. Sessions are designed to address specific topics and interests, include participants with directly relevant experience, and are moderated by experienced professionals.


Virtual Format

Given current circumstances with regards to COVID-19, this year's symposium will be entirely virtual. This innovative approach will allow us to enlist the help of alumni from across the country without the barriers of physical distance to campus. We encourage our community to take advantage of this opportunity and make it a point to join us!



The College will utilize Zoom Online Web Conferencing to facilitate the symposium. We strongly encourage you to familiarize yourself with the platform prior to the event. For an ideal experience, a working web camera, speakers and microphone is optimal. You can also download the Zoom app on your smartphone.


Registration for Alumni and Friends

Click the registration button above to register. Please note that not all fields will apply to all attendees. Guests are welcome to attend. As always, there is no cost to attend the Symposium, as we greatly appreciate the participation of alumni and friends of Westminster College. Your participation enables us to offer a differentiated experience to students and young alumni. You should also expect to be able to do some networking of your own.

Important Registration Note: The nature of this event lends itself to being transparent with those who plan to attend. As such, by registering , you're granting permission for your name to appear online as an attendee.


Registration for Employers

Click the registration button below to register. Please note that employers need to register for a Handshake account before they can register for the fair.


Career & Networking Fair

A career & networking fair that will be facilitated using the Handshake platform.

 Career Fair Participants


Schedule of Events

Friday, September 25

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Career & Networking Fair via Handshake (Participants must register for an account).   Register.

9:45 - 10:15 a.m.

Opening Session

  • Welcoming Remarks
  • Student Networking Success Awards
  • Resume Competition Awards

10:30 - 11:20 a.m.

Session 1

  • Music Education Related Careers
  • Careers in the Environment and Sustainability for Scientists and Non-Scientists
  • Psychology & Neuroscience in the community
  • You Aren't Your Major: Think outside the box!
  • Medical Professions
  • Public Relations/Marketing/Digital and Social Media
  • Internship in Business for Sophomores and Juniors
  • Studying and Working outside of the US/International Experience
  • Sales
  • Ask the Experts in Education
  • Sports Management
  • Honors Programs Success Stories

11:30 - 12:00 p.m.

Session 2: Skill Building Lightning Sessions

  • Resume Workshop with Ashley Patton from Carnegie Mellon University
  • Digital Footprint Facelift with Macaya Yao from Dynamis, Inc.
  • LinkedIn 101 with Leigha (Krivacek) Tipley from The Haskell Company
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Westminster College with Candace Okello from WC’s Office of Student Affairs

1:30 - 2:20 p.m.

Session 3

  • Drinko Center Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships
  • Careers in Music (not education related)
  • Medical School Perspectives & Medical Research
  • STEM in the Real World
  • IT/Engineering and Computer Science Analytics
  • The Business of Real Estate
  • Job Seeking During COVID
  • Government, Lobbying and Policy
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Network with award-winning storytellers & professionals from ESPN

7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Alumni Networking Happy Hour via Zoom

  • Living or Working in the Southern States or the West Coast
  • Tech Round-table
  • Ohio Alumni
  • Using an English and Arts Degree
  • Education Roundtable
  • Northeast Corridor


Saturday, September 26

9:30 - 9:45 a.m.

Welcome & Alumni Awards

9:55 - 10:15 a.m.

Session 1

  • Expand your Professional Expertise: Find out more about WC Online Graduate Programs
  • Early Career Development

10:25 - 10:50 a.m.

Session 2

  • The Impact of Alumni on Crowdfunding Efforts
  • Job-searching in COVID (for alumni)

11:05 - 11:25 a.m.

Session 3

  • Considering Graduate School Programs
  • Virtual Interviews

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Alumni Council

For current Alumni Council Members Only