Making a living making a difference
                                                                                   You can change the world--come find out how

For you, salary alone will not determine your satisfaction with your career. Come learn about the many ways that you could make a living while making a difference. Talk to alumni who are out there today having an impact on the world, whether they are:

Intelligence analysts,

Social entreprenuers,

conservationists,

advocates,

education policy influencers,

non-profit consultants,

social justice workers,

many more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sponsored by the Cohen Career Center

Making a Living Making a Difference: Non-Profit, Government,making a living making a difference Environmental and International careers

March 28th, 2015 10:00 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. Sadler Center 3rd Floor

 


Participation is free, but LIMITED! Reserve your space today:

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9:30 a.m. Registration

Tell us which sessions you plan to attend:

10:00 a.m. Keynote speaker: Whitney Lester

Whitney Lester is the Director of Business Development for VersAbility Resources.  Whitney leads organizational efforts to develop, garner, and retain employment opportunities for people with disabilities.  Prior to joining VersAbility, Whitney worked for more than a dozen years in the Bureau of Labor Statistics in the US Department of Labor in Washington, DC. He served as their Regional Office Information Technology Manager after his role as an IT Security Specialist.  He subsequently worked as Business Consultant for The Educe Group in Bethesda, MD, and as Director of Business Development for The Moore Group in Norfolk, VA. 
Whitney received his Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the College of William & Mary.  He serves as a Board member of the Greater Peninsula Workforce Investment Board, a Board member of the Sertoma Club of Norfolk, and a volunteer for the Virginia Arts Festival.  Whitney is a graduate of the CIVIC Leadership Institute and the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce’s LEAD Peninsula.  He currently resides in Norfolk with his wife, Jenny and his four children & stepchildren.

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10:40 a.m. Concurrent sessions, choose which you plan to attend (you can always change your mind to attend a different session):

Museum Careers
Page Hayhurst:Executive Director at the Virginia Living Museum
Emily Feldmann:Donor Relations Associate at the Smithsonian Institution
Justin Reid: Associate Director at the Moton Civil Rights Education Center


Law Careers
Katharine Corcoran: Program Coordinator-District Judges Program at the Federal Judicial Center
Jesse Pound: Attourney Advisor at the U.S. Department of Labor
Jeree Thomas: Attorney at JustChildren

International Careers
Caroline Dolive: Senior Program Officer at the Institute of International Education
Christine Roddy: International Development Practitioner at the United Nations Foundation

11:35 a.m. Concurrent sessions, choose which you plan to attend (you can always change your mind to attend a different session):

Education Careers
Rachel Strawn, Ph.D.: Great Expectations Program Director at the Virginia Community College System
Chelsea Bracci: Distance Learning Coordinator at the Maryland Historical Society
Cam Wall: Vice President, Content at Hanover Research

Political Careers
Horacio Carreno-Garcia: Office Assistant at Netcentric Campaigns
Thomas Cross: Committee Clerk at the Senate of Virginia


Environmental Careers
Kara Davis: Owner & Sustainability Strategist at Loop Strategies
David Davis: Director, Office of Wetlands & Stream Protection at the Virginia Department of Environmental Quiality
Denee Reaves: Program Assistant for the International Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council

Amy Powell: Chief of Staff at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

I'm not attending any of these morning sessions


12:30 Reception Orientation (10 minutes, mandatory preparation for students)

12:45-1:45 Networking Reception with light refreshments: chat informally with our alumni speakers

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1:45 p.m. Concurrent Sessions: which do you plan to attend?

Advoacy Careers
Chelsee Woodey: Director, Legislative Affairs at the International Dairy Foods Association
Will Sealy: Outreach Coordinator and Policy Analyst at Consumer Financial protection Bureau
C. Alexander Guzman: Fair Housing Specialist at Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia, Inc.

Public Health Careers
Lauren Austin, MSW: Social Worker at Sentara Healthcare
Michelle Burgess: Program Development Specialist at IntraHealth International
Rebecca Silverstein: Program Assistant, Health and Social Development Program at American Institutes for Research

Intelligence Careers
Mark McAlpine: DIA Representative at the Joint Forces Staff College
Sue Duclos: Retired Senior Intelligence Officer at the Federal Government

 

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Speaker Biographies


 

Whitney Lester
Whitney Lester is the Director of Business Development for VersAbility Resources.  Whitney leads organizational efforts to develop, garner, and retain employment opportunities for people with disabilities.  Prior to joining VersAbility, Whitney worked for more than a dozen years in the Bureau of Labor Statistics in the US Department of Labor in Washington, DC. He served as their Regional Office Information Technology Manager after his role as an IT Security Specialist.  He subsequently worked as Business Consultant for The Educe Group in Bethesda, MD, and as Director of Business Development for The Moore Group in Norfolk, VA. 
Whitney received his Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the College of William & Mary.  He serves as a Board member of the Greater Peninsula Workforce Investment Board, a Board member of the Sertoma Club of Norfolk, and a volunteer for the Virginia Arts Festival.  Whitney is a graduate of the CIVIC Leadership Institute and the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce’s LEAD Peninsula.  He currently resides in Norfolk with his wife, Jenny and his four children & stepchildren.
Cam Wall
One of Hanover Research’s inaugural employees, Cam has actively contributed to the company’s transformation from a small research shop to a leading information service. Cam’s career at Hanover has evolved from an analyst function to content manger to his current role as Vice President, Content, in which he oversees day-to-day research operations as well as the continued development of Hanover’s research services. He is grateful to work in such a fast-changing field and continues to enjoy the opportunity to help clients think about information resources and how they can be developed and applied to make good decisions. Cam is a graduate of the College of William & Mary where he attended as a Monroe Scholar and received a B.A. in English, summa cum laude

Page Hayhurst
Page Hayhurst is Executive Director of the Virginia Living Museum (VLM) in Newport News, Virginia.  She was appointed by the Board of Trustees in September 2005.
Since her appointment, Ms. Hayhurst successfully developed and completed a comprehensive strategic plan, the first in more than a decade, including a $2.2 million Capital Campaign and a $9 million debt elimination campaign.  She rebranded the Museum with a new logo, website and branding campaign featuring a public service announcement that won a regional Emmy in 2012. In 2009 the Museum achieved its first accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and in 2011 achieved reaccreditation from the American Alliance of Museums, making the VLM one of only 13 institutions in the country with dual accreditation. She authored and edited the Museum’s first guidebook, Wild about Nature and developed two national traveling exhibits for the Museum, one receiving the 2008 ATSC Leading Edge Award for Visitor Experience.  Ms. Hayhurst was awarded the 2010 Excellence for non-profit leadership prize from Volunteer Hampton Roads.
A native of Annapolis, Maryland, Ms. Hayhurst has a twenty-five year career in non-profit and higher education administration.   Most recently, she served as Director of Development of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS). Ms. Hayhurst holds a masters degree from the University of Richmond and an undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary.  She is a 2006 graduate of the Civic Leadership Institute and serves and as a Peer Reviewer for the American Association of Museums and Museum Reviewer for Institute of Museum and Library Service.  She is active with several regional and community organizations including serving on the Board of the Chesapeake Conservancy, as 2012 President of the Warwick Rotary Club, a member of Board of Trustees of Walsingham Academy and a member of the Board of Directors of the Peninsula SPCA.

Denee Reaves
Hailing from Boston, M.A., Denée Reaves graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2011 with a Bachelors of Arts in Linguistics and a Minor in Hispanic Studies. While on campus Denée was a member of the Intonations Acapella Group, where she served as President for two years, as well as a member of the Mu Upsilon Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., where she served as Historian and Secretary. After graduation, Denée relocated to Washington, D.C. where she began working as a Program Assistant for the International Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). During her time at NRDC, she worked on the Canada and Latin America projects, traveling to Fort McMurray, Canada and Santiago Chile respectively. Denée also blogged for NRDC focusing on issues such as climate change, the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, clean energy/energy efficiency, the proposed Hydro Aysén dams project in Patagonia, environmental justice issues and environmentally-minded youth.
Currently, Denée serves as the Special Assistant to the National Political Director at the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Here she engages on candidate focused and issue focused campaigns, pushing for communities to elect candidates that fight for working families, and ensuring that working family issues are highlighted for each candidate.

Amy Powell
Amy Powell is Chief of Staff to Commissioner Jeff Baran at the U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).  Commissioner Baran is one of five Commissioners that are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate to serve as the policy making body for NRC.  Ms. Powell joined the NRC in 2006 as a congressional affairs officer in the Office of Congressional Affairs (OCA).  In 2009, she was selected as the Associate Director for OCA.  For the majority of 2014, she served as Acting Director for OCA.  Prior to joining the NRC, Ms. Powell worked on a variety of policy issues in the private sector at the state and national level, most notably as the Deputy Director for the National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws.  Ms. Powell earned a bachelor of arts in government from the College of William and Mary (’90) and a master of arts in education administration from the University of Vermont.  A native of Roanoke, VA, she currently lives in Silver Spring, MD.

Michelle Burgess
Michelle Burgess works as a Program Development Specialist in the business development unit of IntraHealth International, an international non-governmental organization focused on supporting health workers and human resources for health in developing countries. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Benin, West Africa where she worked as a health volunteer supporting health education at a local high school and maternal clinic. At William and Mary, Michelle majored in international relations with a second self-designed major in intercultural communications.  She was heavily involved in founding William and Mary’s Campus Kitchens and worked with both the campus’s Writing Resource Center and the Project on International Peace and Security. 

 

 

Katherine Corcoran
Katharine Corcoran graduated from William and Mary in 2008 with a double major in Government and Psychology. Katharine served two appointments at the Supreme Court of the United States, including as the Aide to Chambers for Justice Elena Kagan. After her appointment ended in 2012, Katharine became a Program Coordinator with district judges programs for the Federal Judicial Center, an independent agency in the judicial branch. She works with an education attorney to create and plan special interest programs and orientations for newly confirmed district judges around the United States. She graduated from Virginia Tech in December with a Master of Arts in Public and International Affairs.

Tomas Cross
Thomas Cross majored in Government and minored in Anthropology at William and Mary. His first job out of school was working for a startup brewery outside of Richmond, called “Center of The Universe Brewing” which is actually co-owned by another William and Mary alum, former MLB pitcher Chris Ray. He interned at McGuireWoods Consulting for the 2013 General Assembly session and has worked as a Committee Clerk for the past two General Assembly sessions for the Senate of Virginia. In between General Assembly sessions he worked on Former Governor/Incumbent Senator Mark Warner’s campaign as a Field Organizer.

Emily Feldmann, ‘12
Smithsonian Institution

Emily Feldmann joined the Smithsonian Institution’s Central Office of Advancement as an independent contractor in January 2013 and has been a full-time employee since August 2014. In her current position, Emily is responsible for centralized donor relations and stewardship. This includes reporting donor impact on the Smithsonian, managing the Secretary of the Smithsonian’s acknowledgement process, organizing donor recognition at different giving levels, and collaborating with stewardship colleagues across the Institution. Sadly, her responsibilities do not include regular hangouts with Bao Bao.

A native of Massachusetts, Emily gained valuable work experience through multiple summer internships with UMass Memorial Health Care’s Marketing and Communications Department and the Worcester Art Museum’s development team.

Emily graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Art and Art History. While in college, Emily was a member of the Alpha Mu Chapter of Delta Delta Delta. Currently, Emily resides in Washington, DC, but escapes to a lake in Wolfeboro, NH whenever possible.

Rachel Strawn, Ph.D.
Rachel began her career in Richmond, working as an educator with the Valentine Museum’s educational programs for under-served youth.  She was the curator of education for the Muscarelle Museum of Art, where she developed the first student volunteer group.  She also taught with Williamsburg-James City County Schools where she served as a mentor to at-risk students and later taught English as a Second Language to adult immigrants in Gloucester County, VA.  Rachel recently completed her Ph.D. in Educational, Policy, Planning and Leadership in Higher Education Administration at William & Mary in 2014.  She has served as Program Director of the Great Expectations program for foster youth at the Virginia Community College System since spring of 2014.

Abbitt Woodall
Executive Director
Housing Partnerships, Inc.

Abbitt Woodall has spent the past thirteen years working in affordable housing in both the state government and the non-profit field.  As Executive Director of Housing Partnerships, he manages a series of housing programs targeted to low- income persons in James City County, York County and the City of Williamsburg.  The agency serves approximately 150 households a year through its various programs.  The agency provides emergency home repair assistance, home modifications for persons with disabilities, home replacement projects, new first time home ownership opportunities, manages Community Development Block Grant projects,  and administers the Indoor Plumbing Rehabilitation Program for Region 6 which includes 27 counties in the eastern portion of Virginia.  Abbitt also serves as Executive Director of Housing Partnerships Funding Group, a sister agency, that provides low and no interest loans to low and- moderate income households.
Prior to his role with Housing Partnerships Abbitt worked for the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development as Community Representative.  In that role he was responsible for

 


 

 

 


 





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