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​Above: Keynote speaker Adam Benjamin ’91 rein-
forces his messages with signs.
Below: Julie Moura ’95, center, speaks during the
Employer Panel as peer panelists Lauren
Giardino ’06, left, and Elizabeth Collins ’98 listen.
(Photos by Saadia Ahmad ’14)

Benjamin ’91 Tells Business Conference: PC Paved Career Path

Adam Benjamin ’91, a group director at Facebook, explained the importance of making connections within the Providence College community in his keynote address at the “Pathways to Success” business conference.

The 7th annual conference, presented by the Future Friar Executives student organization, featured career advice and anecdotes from 10 alumni and was sponsored by the School of Business, the Career Education Center, and Office of Alumni Relations.

The conference began with remarks from Benjamin and continued with two sets of breakout sessions with alumni on such topics as “Mapping out a Future of Success” and “Making a Difference in a Non-Profit World.” The conference concluded with an employer panel of alumni.

Benjamin described his experiences once he left PC and entered the professional world. The business administration major first joined the founding team of HeartBeat Corporation and then worked for several companies, including Prodigy Internet, Reuters of America, and DoubleClick Inc. After leaving DoubleClick, Benjamin collaborated with a former colleague and co-founded UGENmedia. 

As he related his work experiences, Benjamin shared some of the many lessons he learned along the way. He encouraged the audience of students to “stick to your vision” and “remember that anything can happen.” One lesson he noted in particular is to always respect your peers, which is essential in making connections.

Benjamin is now a group director at Facebook in the Global Marketing Solutions division. He emphasized three concepts that Facebook stands for — identity, sharing, and connecting. He explained that his Facebook account allows him to show the world who he is, to share with others, and to connect with others, especially those within the PC community.

“The atmosphere and community that is built at this school is tremendous,” he said. “I guarantee you will run into PC grads in your professional career in all different places and it will help you.”

Benjamin is grateful for the community that PC provided, which is why he “jumped at the opportunity to share a few stories,” he said.

“The education, guidance, and school culture truly set me up for my future endeavors,” Benjamin said. “But at PC, it was so much more than just the education — it was the community. I was able to surround myself with people who were so much better than me in many different aspects, and I learned from them. That helped shape who I am today.”

Alumni lead workshops, employer panel

After Benjamin spoke, students attended workshops led by alumni. There were three workshops in each of two breakout sessions.

In the first breakout session, alumni presenters were Dan Gleason ’05, a wealth advisor for UBS; Stephen Woelfel ’05, a commercial real estate broker for Cushman and Wakefield; and Warren Howe ’87, national sales director for stable value at MetLife.

Presenting workshops in the second breakouts were Carolyn Murray ’83, senior director for F/S Capital Consulting, LLC; Christen Rinaldi ’03, a wealth strategies analyst at Bank of America; and Julie Casimiro ’84, director of agency advancement at Children’s Friend & Service.

The conference concluded with a panel of human resources professionals who shared tips about searching and applying for jobs. Panelists were Elizabeth Collins ’98, staff recruiting manager at WilmerHale; Lauren Giardino ’06, university relations consultant and an officer at the State Street Corporation; and Julie Moura ’05, human resources manager at Hasbro, Inc.

Students found the program very helpful, and some, like Emanuele Abbrancati ’15 (Smithtown, N.Y.), even made connections with the alumni who were present.

“I went to the session about the non-profit world by Julie Casimiro and I made a good connection with her,” Abbrancati said. “I’m meeting with her to go visit the organization and learn more about it.”

“I took away a good connection that hopefully could be of use for the future,” he added.

— Nick Tavares ’16

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