Career Chats

This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at Princeton. Career Chats provide an opportunity to network in a low-pressure environment, and are a good match for students interested in learning about:

  • How alumni navigated their Princeton experience 
  • What working in a particular job or field is really like
  • Tips to prepare for and land internships and jobs

Alumni have 30-minute time slots available on a first-come, first-served basis. Alumni participating in Career Chats are listed below by industry. In order to participate, you must fill out a form indicating which alumni you would like to speak with and a member of the Center for Career Development team will follow up to connect you and the alum contact so you can begin your conversation.

Arts

Jason Gold '81
Senior Architect, Richard H Lewis Architect

Jason is interested in speaking to students about careers in architecture and his experience navigating underrepresented career opportunities within Princeton.

Alex Volckhausen '93
Freelance Stage Manager

Alex is interested in speaking with students on topics related to the intersections of careers and identities, including: LGBTQIA.

Tula B. Strong '15
Performing Arts Professional and Choreographer

Tula is interested in speaking with students on topics related to the intersections of careers and identities, including: Black and/or first-generation students, and careers in entrepreneurship, and performing arts.

Joanna Wendel '19
Development Associate, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras

Joanna is interested in speaking with students about careers in nonprofit organizations and performing arts.

Biotech & Pharmaceuticals

Maximillian Yeh '91
Vice President, Evonik

Maximillian is interested in speaking to students about careers in chemical engineering.

Atray Dixit '12
CEO and Co-Founder, Coral Genomics

Atray is interested in speaking with students about biotechnology, entrepreneurship, healthcare, engineering, and social impact.

Business/Consulting

Antonio (Tony) Rodriguez '79
Retired, former Chief Operating Officer, Warner Brothers

Tony is interested in speaking with students on topics related to the intersections of careers and identities, including: first-generation and/or international students, and careers in business, consulting, finance, media and entertainment, and nonprofit organizations. Tony is also interested in speaking about navigating international career opportunities.

Hans Hageman '80
Executive Director, Hudson Valley Seed

Hans is interested in speaking with students on topics related to the intersections of careers and identities, including: Asian and Asian American, Black, first-generation, international, LatinX, LGBTQIA, women, and/or veteran students, and careers in business, communications, consulting, education, entrepreneurship, non-profit, social impact, and sustainability.

Marisa Femenia '01
Executive Vice President, Bain Capital

Marisa is interested in speaking with students on topics related to the intersections of careers and identities, including: Asian and Asian American, Black, first-generation, international, LatinX, LGBTQIA, and/or veteran students, and consulting.

Carlo Frem '12
EU Head of Social Media and Editorial Content, Amazon Prime Video

Carlo is interested in speaking with students on topics related to the intersections of careers and identities, including: international and/or LGBTQIA veteran students, and careers in business, media and entertainment, technology, and visual and performing arts.

Dana Schmitt ‘12
Perfumer, Givaudan

Dana is interested in speaking with students on topics related to the intersections of careers and identities, including: women-identifying students, and careers in business, healthcare and science.

Shane Blackman *14
Director of Product, Noom, Inc.

Shane is interested in speaking with students on topics related to the intersections of careers and identities, including: graduate students, careers in technology, and startups.

Aaron Katz '16
Product Manager, Thule

Aaron is interested in speaking with students on topics related to the intersections of careers and identities, including: international students, and careers in entrepreneurship, sustainability, engineering, and design.

Lexi Quirk '18
Associate, 645 Ventures

Lexi is interested in speaking with students about careers in entrepreneurship, technology, business, consulting and communications.

Education

Ann Tashi Slater '84
Self-Employed Author & Professor of American Literature

Ms. Slater is interested in speaking to students about how to develop as a writer. 

Dave Escoffery '95
Director, Graduate and Professional Education, Educational Testing Service (ETS)

Dave is interested in speaking with students about careers in education and seeking alternative academic careers for graduate students.

William Wong '02
Account Executive, ABM Building Solutions, LLC

William is interested in speaking with students on topics related to the intersections of careers and identities, including: Asian and Asian American students, and careers in advocacy and activism, business, consulting, education, and entrepreneurship.

Anna Kamen '15
MPP and MBA student, Harvard Kennedy School and MIT Sloan

Anna is interested in speaking with students (with a special interest for grad students) about careers in education, healthcare, consulting, social impact and government.

Eduardo Lerro *17
Teacher, NYC Department of Education

Eduardo is interested in speaking with students on topics related to the intersections of careers and identities, including: LGBTQIA, and careers in education, advocacy and activism, government and public service, nonprofit organizations and social impact.

Sustainability

William Atkinson '18
Research Assistant, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

William is interested in speaking with students about careers in sustainability, communications, government, public service, healthcare and science, nonprofit organizations, and research-to-policy topic areas.

Sonia Howlett '18
Agricultural Water Quality Specialist, Vermont Agency of Agriculture

Sonia is interested in speaking with students about careers in sustainability and government.

Entrepreneurship

Amy Nguyen-Chyung *98
Limited Partner, Next Wave Impact

Dr. Nguyen-Chyung is interested in speaking with students about entrepreneurship, strategy, and business school academia.

Eli Halliwell '93
CEO, Hairstory

Eli is interested in speaking with students about careers in entrepreneurship, business, and finance.

John Haller ‘97
Co-Founder and CTO, beatBread

John is interested in speaking with students about careers in consulting, engineering, entrepreneurship, media and entertainment, and technology.

Chris Chaney '07
Founder and Managing Partner, C4+

Chris is interested in speaking with students about entrepreneurship, gaming, esports, technology, finance, and consulting.

Isabel Wilkinson Schor '08
Founder, Attersee

Isabel is interested in speaking with students about careers in entrepreneurship, architecture and design, business, media and entertainment, and visual, performance, and fine art.

Sankalp Gosain '11
General Manager & COO, Moonpod

Sankalp is interested in speaking with students about careers in entrepreneurship, business, and social impact.

Finance

Yung Lim '87
Managing Partner, RDG Funds LLC

Yung is interested in speaking with students on topics related to the intersections of careers and identities, including: Black, first-generation, international, LatinX, LGBTQIA, and/or veteran students, and careers in finance, entrepreneurship, and nonprofit organizations.

Kin Chung *97
Vice President of Credit Innovation, MPOWER Financing

Kin is interested in speaking with students on topics related to the intersections of careers and identities, including: Asian and Asian American, first-generation, and/or international students, and careers in finance and business.

David Fritz '12
Investment Officer, The World Bank Group

David is interested in speaking with students on topics related to the intersections of careers and identities, including: international students, and careers in finance, investment banking, startups, government and public service.

Health & Human Services

Suzanne Morrison '89
Software Trainer, Massachusetts General Hospital

Suzanne is interested in speaking with students on topics related to the intersections of careers and identities, including: LGBTQIA, and careers in medicine, technology, and education.

Elena Martinez '11
Ph.D. Candidate, Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Elena is interested in speaking with students on topics related to the intersections of careers and identities, including: LatinX students, and careers in government, sustainability, nonprofit organizations, social impact, public service, healthcare, and research.

Rebecca Dresner '14
Orthodontist, UConn Health

Rebecca is interested in speaking with students about careers in medicine and dentistry.

Briana Christophers '17
M.D.-Ph.D. Student, Weill Cornell Medicine

Briana is interested in speaking with students on topics related to the intersections of careers and identities, including: LatinX and/or first-generation students, and careers in medicine, advocacy and activism, and social impact.

Government/Policy

Jackie Cremos '14
Financial Institution Policy Analyst, Federal Reserve Board of Governors

Jackie is interested in speaking with students on topics related to the intersections of careers and identities, including: first-generation and/or international students, and careers in finance, technology, and government.

Rebecca Kahn '18
Policy Advisor, U.S. Senate

Rebecca is interested in speaking with students interested in careers in government and public service.

Keeley Walsh '19
Program Assistant, Defense Security Cooperation Agency

Keeley is interested in speaking with students interested in careers in government and public service.

Law

Richard Ober, Jr. '65
Legal Analyst, Electoral Innovation Lab / Princeton Gerrymandering Project

Richard is interested in speaking with students about careers in consulting, finance, business, and nonprofit organizations.

George Bustin '70
Senior Counsel, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLC

George is interested in speaking with students on topics related to the intersections of careers and identities, including: Black, first-generation, and/or international students and careers in law, international law, and international relations.

Ronald J. Levine '74
General Counsel, Herrick, Feinstein LLP

Ron is interested in speaking with students on topics related to the intersections of careers and identities, including: Asian and Asian-America, Black, first-generation, international, Latinx, LGBTQIA, women, and/or veteran students and careers in law and advocacy and activism.

Leslie Margolis '82
Managing Attorney, Disability Rights Maryland

Leslie is interested in speaking with students about careers in law, advocacy and activism, education, social impact, and nonprofit organizations.

Laurie Blank '93
Clinical Professor of Law, Emory University School of Law

Laurie is interested in speaking with students about careers in law (international and national security), transitional justice, government, public service, and education.

Dina Brewer '88
Managing Partner, Princeton Law Partners, LLC

Dina is interested in speaking with students about careers in law (corporate and criminal), finance, private equity, business, startups, entrepreneurship, and nonprofit organizations.

Kristin Vassallo '97
Deputy Chief, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey

Kristin is interested in speaking with students about careers in law, government, public and service.

Ashley L. Oliver Kappel ‘99
Attorney, Kappel Law LLC

Ashley is interested in speaking with students about careers in law.

John Duffy '05
Vice President - Associate General Counsel, Corporate and Real Estate, Tiffany & Co.

John is interested in speaking with students about careers in law, business, real estate.

Jillian Hewitt '11
Attorney, Susman Godfrey LLP

Jillian is interested in speaking with students about careers in law and working in a trial-focused litigation boutique.

Shannon Togawa Mercer '11
Associate, WilmerHale LLP

Shannon is interested in speaking with students on topics related to the intersections of careers and identities, including: Asian and Asian American and/or international students, and careers in law, startups, technology, business, national security, corporate law, and cybersecurity.

Media/Communications

Barbara Eckman '76
Senior Principal Software Architect, Comcast NBCUniversal

Ms. Eckman is interested in inspiring hope during this uncertain time, and speaking to students about women in STEM fields. She is also happy to discuss technological challenges in Big Data, and share how an AB in a humanistic discipline can prepare you for success in a STEM career. 

Kimberly Ho Schoelen '81
Principal Consultant, Kimberly Ho Schoelen Marketing Programs & Communications Consulting

Kimberly is interested in speaking with students on topics related to the intersections of careers and identities, including: Asian and Asian American, and/or first-generation students, and careers in manufacturing, professional services, technology, nonprofit organizations, business, entrepreneurship, communications, and consulting.

Avery Miller ‘90
Senior Editorial Producer, CBS News Face the Nation

Avery is interested in speaking with students on topics related to the intersections of careers and identities, including: Asian and Asian American, Black, first-generation, international, Latinx, LGBTQIA, women, and/or veteran students, and careers in media and entertainment.

Brad (William) Davis, ‘90
Producer, NBC News

Brad is interested in speaking with students on topics related to the intersections of careers and identities, including: LGBTQIA students, and careers in communications, law, media, and entertainment.

Rebecca Chatman '94
Vice President and Coordinating Producer, NBC Olympics, NBC Universal

Ms. Chatman is interested in speaking with students about their potential career paths within media and communications.

Brian Rokus '99
Supervising Producer, CNN

Brian is interested in speaking with students about careers in communications and media.

Nonprofit & Social Impact

Donald Burnes '63
Founder, Burnes Institute for Poverty Research

Donald is interested in speaking with students on topics related to the intersections of careers and identities, including: Black, first-generation, international, Latinx, LGBTQIA, and/or veteran students, and careers in education, advocacy and activism, social impact, nonprofit organizations, consulting, healthcare, government, and public service.

Jenny Korn '96
Research Affiliate and Founding Coordinator of the Race+Tech+Media Working Group, Harvard

Jenny is interested in speaking with students about careers in academic research with a focus on topics related to the intersection of race, gender, interviewing, activism, and email management.

Emily Liao Master '01
Executive Director, Friends of the Israel Antiquities Authority

Emily is interested in speaking with students on topics related to the intersections of careers and identities, including: Asian and Asian American, and/or international students, and careers in the nonprofit sector, social impact, consulting, media, and visual arts.

Hannah Rosenthal '15
Graduate Support Counselor, Loyola Academy of St. Louis

Hannah is interested in speaking with students about careers in K-12 Education, social justice, advocacy and activism, and nonprofit organizations.

Andres Parrado '15
Data Associate, GiveDirectly

Andres is interested in speaking with students on topics related to the intersections of careers and identities, including: first-generation, and/or Latinx students, and careers in advocacy and activism, social impact, nonprofit organizations, consulting, government, and public service.

Paloma Aguas '18
Communications Associate, ACLU of New Jersey

Paloma is interested in speaking with students on topics related to the intersections of careers and identities, including: Latinx and/or LGBTQIA students, and careers in advocacy and activism, communications, social impact, nonprofit organizations, government, and public service.

Tech

Peter Woolford '83
Talent Partner and Market Manager, Kforce Inc.

Peter is interested in speaking with students about careers in business, technology, startups, and entrepreneurship.

Noemi de la Puente '86
Principal Engineer, Trenton Water Works

Noemi is interested in speaking with students about careers in engineering, government, public service, media, and performing arts.

Santhosh Balasubramanian '13
Head of product, Notable Labs

Santhosh is interested in speaking with students on topics related to the intersections of careers and identities, including: Asian and Asian American students, and careers in business, education, engineering, entrepreneurship, government, public service, healthcare, nonprofit organizations, and technology.

Nusrat Ahmed '17
Learning Designer, CAIS

Nusrat is interested in speaking with students on topics related to the intersections of careers and identities, including: Asian and Asian American, Black, first-generation, international, Latinx, LBGTQIA, veteran, and/or woman-identifying students, and careers in advocacy and activism, business, education, entrepreneurship, finance, social impact, and technology.

Rachel Marek '17
Project Engineer, McNamara Salvia

Rachel is interested in speaking with students about careers in civil and environmental engineering.

Clare Jeong '18
Talent Development - Senior Analyst, Xandr

Clare is interested in speaking with students about careers in business, communications, sustainability, and technology.

Pranaya Anshu '19
Product Marketing Manager, Amazon Web Services

Pranaya is interested in speaking with students on topics related to the intersections of careers and identities, including: Asian and Asian American students, and careers in business, consulting, entrepreneurship, and technology.

Nathan Mytelka '19
Software Engineer, Microsoft

Nathan is interested in speaking with students about careers in technology, education, and engineering.

Resources and tips

 

Prior to conducting an informational interview, it is beneficial to review alumni biographies and prepare questions in advance. We have created some helpful resources that will help guide your conversations with alumni. Review our resource on informational interviews prior to your Zoom or phone conversation.

In order to build a lasting connection and to show appreciation for the alum’s time, we encourage you to send a thank you email within 24 hours of your Career Chat. You can find an example in our Five-Step Networking Guide. We also hope for all students to connect with their alumnus/a within 48 hours of the connection email.

Be sure to: 

  • Follow-up with the alum in a timely manner (48 hours) after we connect you
  • Set up a time to talk over Zoom or conduct a phone call rather than exchanging emails
  • Dress in professional attire
  • Research the alum's background prior to the Career Chat
  • Ask thoughtful questions about their work, education and skills 
  • Take notes about potential leads, next steps and advice 
  • Send a thank you note after the discussion