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.
Dalia Katan ‘15, CEO/Founder, Presently
Ms. Katan is interested in speaking to students about how to design their careers/lives, find creative sabbaticals, and define their professional values.
Dalia Katan is the founder and CEO of Presently, a platform that aims to reduce the environmental impact of excess gifts and empower conscious consumerism. Dalia is also business strategist and speaker, and consults startup leaders on designing business strategies that better engage consumers and drive growth. Previously, Dalia worked as a management consultant at Deloitte, was also an innovation fellow at the Center for the Edge, led marketing and user experience at several tech startups, and held internships at IBM and UBS.
Graham Turk ‘17, Innovation strategist, Green Mountain Power
Mr. Turk is interested in speaking with students about the breadth of career paths within the realm of decarbonization. He is also interested in helping students narrow their search for jobs that align with their values.
Graham develops innovative pilot programs at an electric utility in Vermont, focusing on electric vehicles, battery storage, and flexible demand management. The goal of these programs is to transform our energy system into one that is more resilient and less carbon-intensive. At Princeton, Graham concentrated in computer science with a certificate in sustainable energy, and researched local energy markets in Stockholm on a Fulbright fellowship. He regularly stocks six different types of maple syrup.
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.
Laurie Morgan Silver ‘76, Psychotherapist, self-employed
She is interested in speaking to students about all aspects of their career in sharing her insights about the mental health field.
Ms. Silver "found" her calling in her 40s after returning to graduate school to work in the mental health field after an early career in broadcast journalism and marketing. She finds the field of psychology to be fresh, challenging, and sacred.
Robert Falk ‘85, General Counsel, Truth Initiative
Mr. Falk is interested in speaking with students about legal careers serving nonprofits.
Mr. Falk is the General Counsel to Truth Initiative, the nation's largest nonprofit seeking to inspire youth to lead tobacco, vaping and nicotine free lives. He has also served as the general counsel of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest LGBTQI civil rights organization; Whitman-Walker Health, a LGBTQI focused health and social services non-profit, and a large urban public hospital. When he was a lawyer in private practice, he specialized in Medicare and Medicaid issues.
Sara Aliabadi ‘02, Assistant United States Attorney/federal prosecutor, Department of Justice/District of New Jersey
Sara is interested in speaking with students about Intellectual curiosity and professional grit in the job search.
Ms. Aliabadi arrived at Princeton as a bright-eyed premed student; the only child of a doctor and a surgeon. By the time she graduated, she had decided to change course and go to law school. Over the course of her legal career, she has practiced at two large law firms and completed two federal clerkships, one for a District Court judge and one for a Circuit Court judge. For the past 5 years, she has worked as a federal prosecutor in Camden, New Jersey, where she handles a wide variety of cases ranging from fraud cases to bank robberies to threats against public officials.