MHC Lynk: On the Road
Careers in Public Service
March 17th - 18th, 2014
Twenty-four Mount Holyoke students traveled to Washington D.C. over spring break to learn about careers in public service from esteemed MHC alumnae. The kick-off event featured a keynote address by Naomi Barry-Peréz ’96, Director of Civil Rights for the U.S. Department of Labor, with her motivational talk Women in Public Service: Engage, Connect, Step Up. A networking dessert reception followed where alumnae connected with students on everything from careers to resumes.
The second day of the trip featured two MHC alumnae panels on Careers in Public Service. Panelists shared their personal stories in how they came to work in the field, and discussed a range of topics with students such as the importance of networking and mentoring, opportunities for women in government and foreign service, information on internships, and provided individual students with advice, ideas, and tips. The panels were held at the office of Albright-Stonebridge Group (hosted by Suzanne George ’90, Principal for Albright-Stonebridge Group), and at the Pentagon (hosted by Jessie Babcock ‘03, Country Director for Argentina, Chile and Uruguay, the Office of Defense). The trip included a World Bank briefing and a Pentagon tour.