Networking: Anytime, Anyplace
Peg Kelsey Cornwell '79, director of career planning who is on sabbatical
in Spring 2001, reports on how the St. Lawrence network works, and expands
in the least expected ways:
A little over a year ago, Michael W. Clark '81 gave a very generous
financial gift to the University with the intention that we in career
planning use some of the money to take students to New York City for
networking and job interview events. Accordingly, last fall we arranged
for a van to take students to our annual Alumni in Finance Networking
event, which we have held in New York for the past four years.
In order to hold the event, we need a space we can afford to rent or
borrow. Fred Taylor P'94, vice chair of US Trust, had given us the space
for the past three years, but was unable to this year. Assistant Director
of Career Planning Kathy Archibald contacted James W. "Jay"
Ireland III '77, president of NBC television stations and parent of
Ben Ireland '00, and was able to secure their dining room overlooking
In the middle of this planning we were invited by Merrill Lynch to
bring 25 students to New York for a day so the students could learn
about and meet their financial consulting group. We later learned that
Keith Henry '84 had recently become a sales manager in their World Financial
Center office and was responsible for getting us invited.
So we drove 14 students in two vehicles to New York City. At the NBC
dining room we were joined by nine alumni (Jonathan Biele '92, Anya
Burke '00, Stephen Dow '99, Penn Egbert '99, Ramsey Goodrich '91, Jared
Heuer '97, Manish Kapoor '97, Chris Yoshida '00 and Holly Young '96),
who talked about their work and gave suggestions about how to get started
in a job search. Two of them, Anya and Steve, got their jobs directly
as a result of alumni networking, and several of the others used the
The next day at Merrill Lynch, Keith let us in on his role in getting
us there. During the day we enjoyed presentations by Kari Bayer '94
and Andy Katchen '96.
But the most remarkable networking moment was yet to come. On the way
home, we got stuck in traffic coming up the West Side Drive. Kathy was
driving the van when she saw someone in the car next to her signaling
her to roll down the window. He yelled, "I'm an alum--what are
you doing here?"
After Kathy explained the day's events, he said that she should contact
him because he would be interested in getting involved as well. He introduced
himself as a principal at Morgan Stanley. It's wonderful the way Laurentians
connect to SLU, even in New York City traffic!