By Jackie Einstein Astrof, C’93, and Bleema Bershad, W’95
On February 8, 2017, several members of our class spent the evening together in Midtown Manhattan as part of a group of 50 volunteers supporting the clients of Upwardly Global, an organization which helps highly skilled new immigrants embark on their American job search. Jackie Einstein Astrof, Brett Barth, Jennifer Bernstein, Jennifer Jarett, Heather Pavell and Ralph Sutton also participated in the event planning committee. Other members of the class who participated were: Todd Aronoff , Valerie (Broadwin) Mutterperl and Walt Piecyk.
Penn 1993 classmates at the PennPAC event in New York City: Todd Aronoff, Jackie Einstein Astrof, Jennifer Eisenberg Bernstein, Jennifer Jarrett, Heather Caslow Pavell, and Valerie Broadwin Mutterperl
Volunteers worked with 18 new immigrants from 18 different countries, conducting mock interviews and networking exercises. As depicted in the photo, the room was full and loud. Volunteers literally “leaned in”, so engaged in their conversations. At the end of the evening there was a full group debrief which provided many good ideas to the job seekers. Several volunteers even noted that they gathered some good advice to apply to their own job searches. Kudos to our very own Valerie (Broadwin) Mutterperl who was especially helpful in identifying several tips for job seekers.
A full room for the PennPAC event in New York.
Walt Piecyk found the event to be a “good use of time to give back and help some people if even just a little bit”. Another participant felt that “it was inspiring to see what the job seekers are doing; it felt good to be able to help and was nice to do it as a Penn community. I also really enjoyed learning about UpGlo and PennPAC.”
The event was co-hosted by the Class of 1993, the Penn Club of NY and PennPAC (Pro bono Alumni Consulting.) PennPAC brings together alumni to support nonprofits in New York, Philadelphia and Silicon Valley. This “ImPACt” event is a signature PennPAC event, occurring 2-3 times per year. PennPAC offers alums volunteer opportunities throughout the year. Visit www.pennpac.org to learn more.
PennPAC and Penn 1993 in the DP!
The Daily Pennsylvanian covered the event in their Feburary 9, 2017 issue. You can read the article here.
Penn Class of 1993 Reunion Countdown
February 17 – 18, 2017, marked 64 weeks until the 25th Reunion of the Penn Class of 1993 (May 11 – 13, 2018)!
Join us we count down the weeks to our reunion #93tothe25th:
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Authors: Marvin Rocha and Nicole Svonavec, GeD’09
Last month, yPenn launched its inaugural yPenn Speaker Series at The Penn Club of New York. The Speaker Series connected young alumni in the New York Area with CEO and Chairman of Travelers Companies, Trustee Jay Fishman (W’74 WG’74). The following is an excerpt from Jessica Trief’s write-up of the inaugural yPenn Speaker Series event.
On Monday night, I attended the yPenn Speaker Series at the Penn Club of New York with Jay Fishman, CEO and Chairman of The Travelers Companies. I was pleasantly surprised by the turnout and appreciative of the value of the event and Mr. Fishman’s insights.
The event began with a cocktail reception on the 10th floor where we spent time catching up with fellow young alumni. Despite there being more than 40 people, the space felt intimate and there was ample opportunity to chat with Mr. Fishman. As expected, many of the alumni attending the event were financial professionals, but there was a surprising amount of diversity. I, for example, a young alumna who works at a brand consultancy was happy to connect with an ’06 alumna who started her own gorilla marketing company.
When Mr. Fishman spoke to the group he provided great advice for us young alumni. He briefly discussed the economic state, but really focused on the essentials of professional development. He told us to keep our options open rather than narrowing them and specializing. He emphasized the importance of learning both how to receive and deliver feedback. He said the people you work with are even more important than where you work and you should always feel like you are learning. He recommended treating every project given to you, whether perceived as important or not, as an opportunity to demonstrate your ability and skills. In addition he fielded questions from the group about Sheryl Sandberg’s most recent career advice, his daily responsibilities at Travelers and his involvement on many prestigious Boards.
Mr. Fishman was a strong start to this yPenn Speaker Series. He is truly an admirable leader. He takes a long-term point of view calling financial performance a marathon, not a sprint. He takes few, but calculated risks and he hasn’t strayed from his strategy. Forbes had an article about him called “Wall Street’s Honest Man” and said “he has nothing to hide.” In fact, he is a remarkable tale of straight-talking his way to success.” He was truly inspiring, motivational and engaging.
We look forward to expanding our yPenn Speaker Series programming soon.