Jayhawk Career Network: How to talk about yourself and your value

Posted on Mar 20, 2019 in Career/Life and News

Bill Mar | Jayhawk Career Network
Half the battle of getting a job is putting in the hard work to be prepared and gain relevant experience. The other half is conveying that work and experience to prospective employers.

How do you effectively talk about yourself and your value? Bill Mar, a KU alumnus and computer science expert in San Francisco, is involved with NOVA, a nonprofit employment agency that offers customized services to job seekers in Silicon Valley. Through his work, Mar has learned some tips and tricks to landing a job.

Put your best foot forward

Often, it’s not what you know, but who you know (which is where KU Mentoring can help!). However, once you’re in front of someone, what do you say?

Mar, c’88, explains how to position yourself for success when talking to people, whether it’s a first introduction or during an interview.

“You don’t go in and say ‘Get me a job,’” Mar says. “It’s more about informational meetings and finding out the culture. If you focus on giving, you’ll naturally get back.”

If you’re not asking for a job,  Mar says it’s still critical to convey your value, but you don’t have to be “rah rah” about it. It’s okay to be humble while making sure the person you’re talking to understands what it is you do.

Practice your elevator pitch

One way to speak plainly of your value is by providing scale and quantifying your work. Mar also suggests telling your story in the form of PSRs, which stands for Problem, Solutions, Results.

“That’s the way that things about yourself should be described,” he says. “They can be used in different orders depending on what you’re trying to get across to people.”

It’s important to practice these two- to three-minute-long PSRs so that you’re able to tell a fluid and coherent story. Think of it like an “elevated” elevator pitch.

Learn from your mistakes

How do you talk about your qualities that might be less than ideal? Mar, who helps KU students by conducting mock interviews,  warns against being blindly honest.

“[In an interview] they’ll ask you, ‘What’s your least favorite characteristic?’” he says.  “Some people will take it really literally and tell me. You have to not say anything toxic to the industry that you’re in.”

Mar explains this question is typically asked to see how well you deal with adversity and learn from your mistakes. For example, if you want to go into the tech industry, don’t say you’re resistant to change. Instead, follow up a shortcoming with an action plan.

“The issue is not ‘I will fail,’” Mar says. “The issue is ‘I know how to deal with failure and I won’t repeat the same mistakes.’”

—Brianna Mears, digital media intern

 

The Jayhawk Career Network provides a central hub to coordinate career connections and networking opportunities for students and alumni at every life stage. Services include KU Mentoring, a job board, informational articles and more. For more information about the Jayhawk Career Network, contact Kristi Laclé, assistant vice president for the Jayhawk Career Network, at kristilacle@kualumni.org.

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Jayhawks in the News | Mar. 15

Posted on Mar 15, 2019 in Career/Life and News

Jayhawks in the News

Find out what University of Kansas alumni are up to in our weekly edition of “Jayhawks in the News.” It’s like an online version of Class Notes. If you’ve seen Jayhawks in the news who should be featured, email us at share@kualumni.org.

 

Alumnus joins KU Law development team | KU Law Blog

Matthew Richards — a KU Law graduate (l’99), former transactional attorney and business owner — recently joined KU Endowment as a development professional for the University of Kansas School of Law. Under the direction of Assistant Vice President of Development, Kristen Toner, l’06, Matt will work alongside Lauren Luhrs, l’13, in meeting with KU Law alumni and friends across the country.
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Disability Rights Oregon Names New Executive Director | Willamette Week

Disability Rights Oregon, the watchdog group that has won landmark settlements for disabled Oregonians, has named Jake Cornett, g’10, to be its new executive director. Cornett, who currently advises U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) on policies relating to disabilities, will replace Bob Joondeph, who is retiring after 33 years at DRO.
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Lawrence attorney, nonprofit board member Brad Finkeldei files for City Commission | Lawrence Journal-World

Attorney and nonprofit board member Brad Finkeldei, l’99, has filed for election to the Lawrence City Commission. Finkeldei graduated from the University of Kansas law school and has lived in Lawrence permanently since 2000. He has served on the boards of various local organizations and the Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Commission.
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Hawks to Watch: Marlon Marshall, Grassroots Campaign Organizer | KU College Stories

It’s no secret that politics, campaigns, and social movements can be contentious subjects, to say the least. So much so that it often feels as if there’s an ocean of ideological difference separating communities. Marlon Marshall, c’13, wants to help build bridges to mend those widening gaps, and his career is a testament to the power of authenticity, collective action, and connecting with the public on a personal level by running campaigns with both strategy and heart. And it’s clear to him where that vital, immensely challenging work must begin in order to catch fire and create visible change for the better: at the grassroots level.
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Jayhawks in the News | Mar. 8

Posted on Mar 8, 2019 in Career/Life and News

Jayhawks in the News

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‘Goodnight everybody’: 50-year voice of Salthawk sports signs off | The Hutchinson News

The 50-year voice of the Hutchinson Salthawks, often interrupted by former students embracing their calculus teacher with a hug, has said his last “goodnight everybody.” Rusty Hilst, g’66, dabbled in radio for the first time in 1969 after a friend and then-Hutchinson High School basketball coach Dan Justice recommended Hilst to fill in for a sick broadcaster. “Some people would say I haven’t shut up since,” Hilst said.
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New novel sends powerful message to divorced people | Chicago Tribune

“The death of a dream” might be the hardest part about going through a divorce, according to Beth Bear Shields, c’92. “When my boys were 1 and 3, I was walking on the beach, and I saw a couple walking with a toddler on the husband’s shoulders and I thought to myself, ‘This is something I will never have.’ I was right,” said Shields, a North Shore-based mom, who went through a divorce in 2003.
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New Kansas Governor Picks Federal Prosecutor as Chief Lawyer | U.S. News & World Report

Kansas Gov.-elect Laura Kelly has picked a federal prosecutor to serve as her office’s top attorney and filled other key staff positions. The incoming Democratic governor announced Tuesday that Clay Britton, c’04 l’09, will be her chief counsel. He has worked as an assistant U.S. attorney in Kansas since October 2016 and previously was an assistant Kansas attorney general and attorney in private practice. Cory Sheedy, c’03, will serve be Kelly’s legislative director after working as the Kansas House minority leader’s chief of staff.
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Kansas City Jayhawk shares Rock Chalk Ball memories

Posted on Mar 6, 2019 in Career/Life and News

Sasha Boulware Rock Chalk BallKU’s biggest party is coming soon to Kansas City.

Rock Chalk Ball, the annual celebration of KU and its alumni is set for April 27 at Bartle Hall.

Sasha Flores Boulware is entering her third year as a Rock Chalk Ball chair, after attending the ball for years with her husband Al, c’98, l’02, g’02.

Boulware, c’98, g’00, earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and remained at KU to complete her MBA. She formerly worked for Pfizer and Accenture Foundation and is currently a part-time consultant. Sasha also has volunteered for Jayhawks for Higher Education and the Emily Taylor Center’s advisory board.

We reached out to Boulware, who lives in Fairway, to hear about her experiences at KU and with Rock Chalk Ball.

Why did you want to be a co-chair of Rock Chalk Ball?

The ball is one of my favorite events and it never disappoints. Every year there is a new twist on what is offered to attendees. The detail I’m most excited about this year is the beneficiary of the Fund-A-Need, the Jayhawk Career Network. This tool gives Jayhawks the ability to truly connect and help each other far beyond their days on the hill and I love that!

What is your favorite Rock Chalk Ball memory?​​​

Watching Dan Besco do a live carving of a Jayhawk in 2017 was amazing. I will always remember his excitement that day when he finished and presented the sculpture. That positive vibe is what Rock Chalk Ball is all about!

What advice do you have for young professionals looking to take the next step in their careers?

Networking and more networking, and not just with people in your current industry. I found that when I was ready for a change, it was the people I had meaningful relationships with who took a chance on me. It’s also how I learned about different opportunities that I wouldn’t have otherwise considered.

Hosted by the KU Alumni Association and the Greater Kansas City Network, Rock Chalk Ball unites Jayhawks in the nation’s largest KU community and raises funds for Association programs to advocate for KU; communicate to alumni and friends in all media; recruit students and volunteers; serve current students, alumni and KU; and unite all Jayhawks.

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How a sponsor changed Jessica Palm’s career

Posted on Mar 6, 2019 in Career/Life and News

Jessica Palm and Stauffer-Flint Hall at the University of Kansas
Kansas City Jayhawk Jessica Palm was recently featured in Fast Company’s article “7 successful women explain how they got the sponsor that changed their careers.” Palm, j’11, is past president of the Greater Kansas City Alumni Network and is Vice President, Lead Executive for TeamKC: Life+Talent at the Kansas City Area Development Council. An excerpt of the article featuring Palm is below.

After Jessica Palm had worked a year at the Kansas City Area Development Council as a public relations specialist, her CEO challenged her to create a talent attraction and lifestyle marketing initiative.

At the time, Palm, now a vice president at the organization, was 23 years old and knew that winning the trust of executives at the company and business leaders representing top employers in the region was going to take a lot of effort. She turned to Martin Mini, a chief marketing officer at her organization, for help.

When Palm ran into roadblocks securing funding for her initiative, Mini advocated on her behalf both internally in the organization and externally in the community. Today, the initiative is recognized nationally as a top talent attraction and lifestyle marketing effort in economic development, says Palm. She believes that Mini’s sponsorships is also one of the driving forces behind the five promotions she’s had in the eight years she’s been at the organization.

How she attracted the attention of a sponsor

Palm learned about sponsorship in the workplace in 2007 in a women’s studies class in college. The class taught her that being intentional when identifying a sponsor is critical in a career. In many ways, the onus of a sponsor relationship falls on the person wanting to be sponsored. When Palm knew she needed support for her new initiative, she identified Mini, a senior leader in the organization who she knew had the influence she would need to get the job done.

The Jayhawk Career Network provides a central hub to coordinate career connections and networking opportunities for students and alumni at every life stage. Services include KU Mentoring, a job board, informational articles and more. For more information about the Jayhawk Career Network, contact Kristi Laclé, assistant vice president for the Jayhawk Career Network, at kristilacle@kualumni.org.

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Jayhawks in the News | Mar. 1

Posted on Mar 1, 2019 in Career/Life and News

Jayhawks in the News

Find out what University of Kansas alumni are up to in our weekly edition of “Jayhawks in the News.” It’s like an online version of Class Notes. If you’ve seen Jayhawks in the news who should be featured, email us at share@kualumni.org.

 

On the Job with J-School Grads | William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications

On the Job blog features the new careers and advice from recent graduates of the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Check out the recent post about Jackson Kurtz, j’18, to learn more about how he got his role as Reporter/Multimedia Journalist for WJCL News.
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Black-owned hair studio ‘Prestige’ reports success ahead of first anniversary | University Daily Kansan

For Prestige Hair Studio, celebrating one year in business means silencing doubters and creating more opportunities. Siblings Breanna and Isaiah Bell started their business, located on Sixth Street, on Feb. 21 of last year.  Breanna Bell, a current student at KU, said the journey didn’t come without people who didn’t believe they would make it this far.
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Evidence professor retires after more than 30 years on law faculty | KU Law Blog

From the beginning of his teaching career, Dennis Prater was committed to helping nervous law students transform into formidable advocates. That commitment didn’t waiver during his 34 years on the KU Law faculty. Prater retired in December. A 1973 graduate of KU Law, Prater had been a student director of the Legal Aid Clinic and knew how invaluable the experience could be for future lawyers. When he took the helm in 1984, he became the first practicing attorney to lead the Clinic.
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7 successful women explain how they got the sponsor that changed their careers | Fast Company

Just how do you identify and invest in the kind of relationship that gets you noticed by senior-level executives and considered for big promotions? Seven women share how they got the sponsorship that shaped their careers, including Jessica Palm, j’11.
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Jayhawks in the News | Feb. 22

Posted on Feb 22, 2019 in Career/Life and News

Jayhawks in the News

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Polsinelli Shareholders Dan Boulware and Greg Kratofil Named Influential Lawyers by Missouri Lawyers Weekly | Polsinelli LLP

Polsinelli Shareholders R. Dan Boulware, b’68 l’72, and Greg Kratofil, Jr. are among five honorees for Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s 2019 Influential Lawyers award, which recognizes Missouri lawyers who have made substantial contributions to the legal community this year. Boulware and Kratofil will be formally recognized this Friday, Jan. 25, during the annual Missouri Lawyers Awards luncheon at The Four Seasons Hotel in St. Louis. The 2019 Missouri Lawyers Awards recognize a collection of attorneys in several categories, including Lawyers of the Year, Influential Lawyers, Legal Champions, Influential Appellate Advocates and Law Firm Leaders. “Dan and Greg are among the most talented and experienced attorneys our firm has to offer,” said Polsinelli Chairman and CEO Chase Simmons.
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Governor Parson Appoints Kyndra J. Stockdale as the Associate Circuit Judge of the 16th Circuit, Division 32 | Office of Governor Michael L. Parson

Governor Parson appointed Kyndra J. Stockdale, ’00 l’03, as the Associate Circuit Judge for the 16th Circuit, Division 32. Mrs. Stockdale will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Robert L. Trout. Stockdale, of Kansas City, is a Senior Attorney at Foland, Wickens, Roper, Hofer & Crawford P.C. She earned a B.A. in Political Science and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Kansas.
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IU East School of Business and Economics to welcome new dean | Indiana University East

Indiana University East will welcome a new dean of the School of Business and Economics. Denise Smith, g’94, will be the new dean beginning May 15, 2019. Currently Smith is the interim chair for the School of Business at the Lumpkin College of Business & Technology at The Eastern Illinois University. She is also an associate dean and professor with the School of Business. As dean of the IU East School of Business and Economics Smith has the administrative responsibility for all aspects of the school, providing leadership for student success and retention, faculty recruitment, development and evaluation; program development, assessment and improvement; budget management and fundraising; and other matters related to the continuing well-being of the school and its faculty, staff and students.
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Devon Reese: City of Reno’s newest council member | KRNV News 4

A Reno attorney & father of three is taking his seat on the City of Reno Government council for the first time this Friday. We took a deep dive into City of Reno Government councilman Devon T. Reese, l’00, on KRNV News 4 last night. Hear why he says he wanted to get involved in local politics:
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Lawrence Group of Arborists Climbs, Suspends From Trees | U.S. News & World Report

Even on winter days, arborists around Lawrence are ascending taut ropes high into trees. When the branches are bare, it’s easier to examine a tree, making this a busy time for certified arborists. While some arborists keep their feet firmly planted on the ground, others work from a bucket truck. But those known as climbing arborists specialize in using ropes to access tree tops to prune, remove deadwood and examine the health of a tree, the Lawrence Journal-World reported. It’s a skilled profession that’s also something of a sport. A local group of climbing arborists gathers during the arborists’ time off to practice their skills. Chris Johnson, c’03, owner of Tuft’s Tree Service, Erin and Eric Massie, with Massie Tree Service, and Ryan Rastok, District 1 Forester with the Kansas Forest Service, who also has a tree service, meet to try out different techniques — and just to literally hang out.
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Governor announces acting Secretary of Revenue | Kansas Office of the Governor

Governor Laura Kelly announced today Mark Burghart, b’76, as her choice to lead the Kansas Department of Revenue. Burghart will take over for Mark Beshears who led the agency for an interim period. “I’m pleased to have Mark Burghart on board to lead the Department of Revenue for my administration,” said Kelly. “His experience, knowledge and skills will be critical to addressing the significant challenges facing the department.” Burghart is a partner at Alderson, Alderson, Conklin, Burghart, Crow & Slinkard, LLC, in Topeka where he is responsible for litigation of state tax matters.
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HPU Names Woods as Chair of the Department of Biology | High Point University

High Point University has named Dr. Brett Woods, g’01, as chair of the Department of Biology. In his new role, Woods will head the department and teach courses in physiology and help pre-health professional students find their educational paths. Woods has been a member of HPU’s faculty since 2016 as associate professor of biology teaching animal physiology and biology. Woods is also director of HPU’s pre-health advising program. He helps students navigate their journey to the best professional health programs.
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Jayhawks in the News | Feb. 15

Posted on Feb 15, 2019 in Career/Life and News

Jayhawks in the News

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Kansas City-Area Family Law Attorney Christine Pina Rosengreen Merges with Joseph, Hollander & Craft LLC | Joseph Hollander & Craft LLC

Distinguished family law attorney Christine Pina Rosengreen, l’06, has merged her Kansas City-area practice with that of Joseph, Hollander & Craft LLC, a 17-attorney firm serving clients throughout Missouri and Kansas through its offices in Overland Park, Lawrence, Topeka and Wichita. Rosengreen’s family law practice concentrates on divorce, paternity, custody and support modification, guardianship, Guardian ad Litem, and adoptions. “This is our second merger in Kansas City and our fourth overall since 2016,” said Julia A. Craft, chair of the firm’s family law division. “We’ve been fortunate to attract top-notch talent from area firms as we are expanding all practice sectors across the firm.”
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Alumni Spotlight: February 2019 | KU College Office of Graduate Affairs

Mark White, g’16 PhD’18, is currently a Analytics Engineer at a progressive, digital communications agency. He shares what his job entails, why he loves what he does, and current graduate students can make the most of their time in school.
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KU alumnus helps voters gain access to provisional ballots | University Daily Kansan

A University of Kansas graduate is working to help an organization to ensure provisional ballots are not thrown out during elections. Lauren Bonds, c’09, Kansas American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) legal director and interim executive director, is representing Loud Light, an organization which tries to increase voter turnout. Davis Hammet, president of Loud Light, requested the names of provisional ballot voters back in October in hopes of informing people what they need to do to fix their ballots, so they can avoid the situation in the future. Johnson County Election Commissioner Ronnie Metsker denied the request. “Mr. Hammet reached out to us and said that he thought he should be entitled to this information. We took a look at the laws and agreed that this is something under the Kansas Open Records Act that he should have access to,” Bonds said.
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KU professor digitizes National Park Service typeface | University Daily Kansan

A new typeface called National Park — based on wooden signs in national parks — has been created by University of Kansas professor of design Jeremy Shellhorn, f’99. Shellhorn was introduced to the park signs during a sabbatical in 2012 where he worked for the National Park Service to help design Rocky Mountain National Park’s newspaper. He had been working on the newspaper for a short while when he began looking for a new typeface for the hiking section, and wanted to use the same typeface used in the signs around the park. “You see those signs everywhere. And most of the time, the lettering on those signs is all pretty consistent, all this same kind of typeface,” Shellhorn said.
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Jayhawks in the News | Feb. 8

Posted on Feb 8, 2019 in Career/Life and News

Jayhawks in the News

Find out what University of Kansas alumni are up to in our weekly edition of “Jayhawks in the News.” It’s like an online version of Class Notes. If you’ve seen Jayhawks in the news who should be featured, email us at share@kualumni.org.

 

Two Riley doctors. 25,000 heart surgeries. Many plaudits and lives saved. | Indianapolis Star

Normally, the two heart surgeons might have found work more pressing than an awards ceremony. Even that afternoon, Dr. John Brown had demurred, only agreeing at the last minute to attend what he thought was a celebration of his team at Riley Hospital for Children for achieving a coveted three-star rating from a professional society. His partner Dr. Mark Turrentine, m’83 m’89, however, had long had the Thursday event on his calendar. The three-star rating celebration provided cover for the true reason behind the gathering: Turrentine had successfully nominated Brown for a Sagamore of the Wabash award. Brown received the honor as planned but that was not all.
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Iona College President Joseph Nyre leaving for Seton Hall | Westfair Communications

Joseph E. Nyre, g’96 g’00, president of Iona College since 2011, will leave the New Rochelle Roman Catholic college this summer to take leadership of Seton Hall University in New Jersey. Iona College announced Nyre’s planned departure this morning, shortly after a separate announcement from Seton Hall heralded Nyre’s appointment to its presidency. Iona said it will start a “nationwide search” for its ninth president, but has not yet provided details on the timeline for Nyre’s replacement. A college spokesperson said Nyre will remain in his role at Iona through June 30.
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University alum takes a break from feature film to direct music video | University Daily Kansan

University alumnus Josh Doke, c’12, got a pretty good grasp of what he could do with his next directorial effort after just one sit-down meeting before production started. This project won’t be seen on the big screen, though. Instead, it came as a music video for a cover of Sia’s “Underneath the Christmas Lights.” Music videos are a medium Doke’s explored before and thinks have plenty of room for experimentation. “You can try out things that you’ve been wanting to try out but don’t know if they’ll work for a full-length feature,” Doke said. “You can kind of flex your filmmaking muscles in music videos. It’s also one of the few forms you can get really experimental with anymore.”
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KU Mentoring offers double-play with experience and volunteering

Posted on Feb 6, 2019 in Career/Life and News

Jayhawk Career Network | Jason Booker
The Jayhawk Career Network offers KU alumni the opportunity to give back with both their time and expertise— and alumni are stepping up to the plate.

Jason Booker serves as the senior director of corporate partnerships and broadcast sales for the Kansas City Royals. His sport management degree from KU pitched him into a sports marketing career that’s going 20 years strong.

Booker, d’00, currently serves on the board of the Greater Kansas City Network for the KU Alumni Association, as well as the Kansas City Sports Commission Board of Directors. Jason and his wife Susan, d’99, live in Olathe, Kansas with their daughter Ava.

We recently met up with Booker to learn how his Jayhawk experience has kept him from striking out in the corporate world.

What made you choose a sport management degree?

I knew I wanted to go into sport management, so the program really led me to KU. What really sold me on my visit was this great sense of tradition and the feeling that I was joining a university that cared about the success of their students.

What’s your favorite memory on the Hill?

My favorite KU memory was interning in the athletic department, especially getting the chance to be a part of the 100 years of basketball celebration where I had the opportunity to meet Wilt Chamberlain and Dean Smith.

Why are you a proud member of the KU Alumni Association?

I love staying connected to students through the KU Mentoring platform, and I get to meet new Jayhawks through the various networking events that we host in KC. I had so many people help me on my career path, so it is important for me to stay connected and try to give back.

Why should Jayhawks join the Alumni Association?

The best part of being a member is that it keeps me informed of everything that is going on with KU through all of the digital and social correspondence and Kansas Alumni magazine.

There is a great opportunity to connect with Jayhawks you’ve never met through KU Mentoring and the many KU Alumni events. Being a member also gives you the ability to give back through volunteer opportunities in your local communities.

What is your favorite part of serving on the Greater KC Alumni Board?

I love making an impact in Kansas City through our KU Cares volunteer efforts and the mentoring platform.  I also enjoy being involved with Rock Chalk Ball to help raise money for all of the great programs that KU Alumni holds throughout the year.

The Jayhawk Career Network provides a central hub to coordinate career connections and networking opportunities for students and alumni at every life stage. KU Mentoring is part of the Jayhawk Career Network and provides a mentor matching program for students and alumni to create connections as well as provide professional insight and opportunities. The Jayhawk Career Network is open to all KU alumni and students.

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