Feb. 16, 2012
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -
The Council for Women of Boston College hosted its annual Eagle-to-Eagle networking event for female student-athletes on Wednesday, Feb. 15. More than 20 alumnae returned to campus to network and share their professional experiences with current students.
The alumnae in attendance ranged from the class of 1979 to the class of 2006, and included professionals from across the board: lawyers, doctors, nurses, marketing and public relations professionals, accountants, educators, graduate students, coaches and more. Among them were speakers Candy O'Terry Gaffny '79 and Peggy Fleming Strakosch '85.
The Boston College alums used the opportunity to address several issues with the current student-athletes, including interview skills, the advantages of internship opportunities, the use of social media in today's workplace and finding the right career path upon graduation. The group then spoke about additional concerns in smaller groups and in one-on-one conversations.
Liz Corcoran, class of '79 alumna and former field hockey, ski and lacrosse player, returned to The Heights to offer words of wisdom about balancing a career and family life, which she learned to do through her successful career as a business owner. Corcoran also noted employers' desire for fresh perspective and energy, in addition to presenting valuable interview advice.
Other guests, like alumna Kristen Lauze '06, offered guidance from the unique perspective of a recent graduate
"Employers appreciate someone who can act like a sponge, take in all elements that help you to learn the business and work hard - like you all have done in athletics," Lauze said.
Students did not hesitate to ask questions about what to expect upon entering the working world. Each alumna encouraged current students to embrace the unique edge of being student-athletes in a professional setting, as emphasized by Denise Hilger, class of '85 and former soccer player.
"These athletes have energy and a competitive spirit that will make them successful in any business or career."
Written by Megan McHugh