Dinner with a Dozen ‘Hawks

Posted on Feb 28, 2014 in Alumni News, Career/Life, and News


Members of the Student Alumni Association had an opportunity to get a leg up on the competition this week at “Dinner with a Dozen ‘Hawks.” The career networking event for students was free for SAA members and featured a dozen successful KU alumni ready to share their secrets of success with the crowd at the Adams Alumni Center.

Keynote speaker and former Olympian Scott Huffman, j’88, inspired the audience to prepare. 1911139_10152030150592736_1982197466_oThe Kansas native from Quinter talked about the work ethic he brought to KU that enabled him to set an American record in the pole vault en route to making the ’96 U.S. Olympic Team. He also noted the lessons learned from failed efforts to qualify for the Olympic team in ’88 and ’92 and demonstrated how his willingness to learn and develop contributed to his success, both in athletics and in his professional career in pharmaceutical sales for Sanofi.

After a three rounds of “speed-networking” where students could ask questions of each alumni representative, the group reconvened for a moderated panel discussion. The exchanges could have lasted all night, as the students ate up the advice from alumni, which several students took time to scribble down or tweet to their friends. A special thanks goes out to the stellar alumni volunteers who donated an evening to spend time with these young Jayhawks about to embark on their careers. A list of participating alumni can be found on the event page, and a sampling of Twitter posts are featured below.

– David Johnston

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