Networking for Success

On Jan. 3, St. John’s Alumni Council hosted their second annual SJC Young Alumni Business Network event for the classes of 2013-2019.
The half-day program is designed to meet the needs of college freshmen through college graduates. It provides young alumni with a unique opportunity to learn from SJC alumni who are leaders in the business community and begin the important process of networking – one of the most essential career development and job search tools. 
This year’s keynote speaker was Conrad Bolston ’03, a senior associate with the Vinson & Elkins law firm where he focuses on environmental litigation and regulatory compliance. He reflected on his unusual journey from successful University of Maryland football player and NFL hopeful to Georgetown law graduate, sharing the trials and challenges that led him to his current career. He encouraged the young alumni to reflect deeply on their lives at this moment and discover what they really like to do, instead of what job they want to have. He also emphasized that they should be open to opportunities and ready to take advantage when they present themselves, as well as the importance of being able to ask for guidance from those around them. 
The attendees then separated into three targeted breakout sessions. Anthony Aquino ’88, president of EMI Services, an employee-owned company based out of Idaho that operates military bases and ranges, discussed what recruiters are looking for with the classes of 2013-2016. Harrison Beacher ’04, founder of The Harrison Beacher Group and managing partner of Coalition Properties Group, Keller Williams Capital Properties in DC, talked about personal branding with the classes of 2017 and 2018. SJC Director of College Counseling Rosemary Martin advised the Class of 2019 on the best ways to take advantage of their college’s career office.
From 10:30 am through 12:30 pm, participants had the opportunity to network with business representatives from 30 companies and forge new professional relationships. “The power of the SJC alumni community was evident at the Young Alumni Business Network event. Alumni were able to connect with businesses to receive advice and find employment opportunities. This second annual event built upon the success of last year, where several alumni secured internships that led to full-time positions,” said St. John’s President Jeff Mancabelli.