Alums Discuss Careers in Environmental Studies

Posted: December 15, 2009

“Always be opportunistic, and have a mission statement.” These were just a few gems of advice given to students at the Center for the Environment’s Careers in Environmental Studies Alumnae Panel, held October 19 in Willits-Hallowell Center. Alumnae met with students to discuss career or graduate school opportunities, life after college, social choices, and personal passions. This event was part of the Center for the Environment’s Student Alumnae Mentor Network and was cosponsored by the environmental studies program.

Participating alumnae included Barbara Kwetz '70, planning and evaluations director for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection; Janot Mendler de Suarez '77, deputy director and program coordinator for International Waters: Learning Exchange and Resource Network Global Environmental Facility; Noelle Thurlow ’87, program director for Outward Bound Education Center; Anne McBride '97, conservation project manager for Monadnock Conservancy; and Danielle Connor '05, director of outreach and public relations for Planted Seeds Productions, a nonprofit film production company.

(left to right) Director of the Center for the Environment Tim Farnham, Anne McBride '97, Danielle Connor '05, Barbara Kwetz '70, Janot Mendler de Suarez '77, Professor of Environmental Studies Lauret Savoy, and Noelle Thurlow ’87

The event was geared toward MHC seniors but all students were encouraged to attend. Alumnae participants shared career-path stories and discussed the circumstances that led to current careers and insights picked up along the way. Students asked questions about grad school options, advice on paying back school loans, and tips on finding and following aspirations.

“The purpose of the event was to connect students to the possibilities and pathways after Mount Holyoke,” said Center for the Environment program coordinator Ruby Maddox-Fisher, “those that are charted and uncharted.”

In early November, the Center for the Environment also cosponsored a similar program with the Career Development Center regarding careers in environmental law and public policy. The event featured alumna Marilyn Levenson ’89, an environmental lawyer from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, and representatives from Vermont Law School, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and EarthJustice.

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