Career chats provide students the opportunity to speak with Princeton alumni from a range of industries and backgrounds. These conversations will offer insight into different career paths and help you start to develop your own network.
Alumni have 30-minute time slots available on a first-come, first-served basis. Learn more about the participating alumni and their backgrounds. In order to participate, you must fill out a form. A member of the Center for Career Development team will then connect you and the alum so you can begin your conversation.
Rebecca Dresner '14, Orthodontist UConn Health
Dr. Dresnder is interested in speaking to students about careers in dentistry.
Dr. Dresner spent four years completing her DMD at the University of Pennsylvania, where she also received her MBE (Master in Bioethics) from the Perelman School of Medicine. She is currently finishing up her orthodontic residency and Masters in Dental Sciences at UConn Health in Connecticut.
Aaron Katz '16, Product Manager Thule
Mr. Katz is interested in speaking with students about pathways into a career in product management.
Mr. Katz is a product manager and engineer designing consumer products in the outdoor sports industry. After graduating from Princeton with a degree in civil and environmental engineering, he joined Tough Mudder's Product Team, designing obstacles and event formats across the world. He has developed roadmaps and launched strategies for dozens of product lines and acted as Race Director for nationally televised competitions. At Thule, he currently manages the kayak and ski carrier product lines for the Americas.
Hiba Elbuluk ‘17, Manager of digital strategy, Bloomingdale's
Hiba is interested in speaking to students about how to maximize the Princeton experience in a virtual environment.
Ms. Elbuluk was an architecture major at Princeton and a member of Cannon Dial Elm and Whitman College. After college, she worked in sales and trading at Goldman Sachs, where she had previously interned, then went onto working at a seven person consumer tech startup, followed by working for a large retailer.
Marisa Femenia '01, Executive Vice President, Bain Capital
Ms. Femenia is interested in speaking with first generation students about future careers in consulting and finance.
Ms. Femenia joined Accenture Strategy consulting immediately after graduation and worked for four years in the Retail and Consumer group, consulting for a variety of large companies.
Afterwards, she attended Columbia Business School in New York City from 2005-2007, and then went to work at McKinsey & Company where she continued to focus on Retail, Luxury and Consumer goods consulting.
In 2010, Ms. Femenia left McKinsey to work in Shipping/Oil and Gas in operating roles and then joined Bain Capital in 2017, where she focuses on software and technology investments.
Sydney Montgomery ‘15, Owner/Founder/Independent Educational Consultant, S. Montgomery Admissions Consulting
Ms. Montgomery is interested in talking with students about their future career plans, and the importance of professional development.
Ms. Montgomery is the owner and founder of S. Montgomery Admissions Consulting, an educational consulting company offering personalized 9-12th grade college counseling and law school admissions consulting. After graduating Princeton in 2015, and Harvard Law in 2018, Ms. Montgomery moved back to her hometown in Maryland with her family. A former family law attorney, Ms. Montgomery has been consulting students since 2012 through the application process. Ms. Montgomery lives in Montgomery Country, Maryland with her family and enjoys playing the piano and baking in her free time.
Akshay Kumar ‘14, Engineering manager, Google
Mr. Kumar is interested in mentoring and providing career advice to students.
Mr. Akshay Kumar graduated in 2014 from Princeton in as an ORFE major with a COS certificate. He did a brief stint as an options trader before realizing he really missed coding and was fortunate enough to get a job at Google. He worked on the search team for a couple of years before switching to the bigtable team, where he now manages a team of engineers working to make Google's Cloud Bigtable product more reliable. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with people, yoga and meditation. Any way I can help give support, mentorship or advice.