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—by Marianne Amoss ’04

As an undergraduate, Kristi Fogle Halford ’01 discovered the power of the Notre Dame alumnae and alumni network. “I had the experience when I was a student at Notre Dame with alumnae who were extremely supportive,” says the senior account executive at Nevins & Associates, a public relations firm based in Towson. “I started my career through the support of alums.”

After graduating, Ms. Halford found that although graduates were routinely invited to events on campus, no formal networking events were held that would connect Notre Dame graduates and allow them to leverage the professional knowledge, experience and connections of their fellow graduates. In 2011, she joined forces with Emilia Poiter, director of Alumnae and Alumni Relations, to do just that.

Ms. Halford now chairs the Networking Initiative Committee of the Alumnae and Alumni Association. The group is made up of graduates working in business, law, education, grant writing, event planning and other fields; it meets several times a year to plan Power Hour Plus, a series of networking events, just-for-fun activities and professional and personal development workshops. Events are generally held on evenings and weekends throughout the academic year and are open to Notre Dame graduates as well as the general public. “The job market is really competitive today,” Ms. Halford says, and professionals need a strong support network to be successful. “And where else better to start than your college?”

For details on upcoming Power Hour Plus events, turn to the calendar on the back inside cover of this issue. For more information on the Networking Initiative Committee, contact:

Office of Alumnae and Alumni Relations
410-532-5201
ndmalum@ndm.edu

 

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Continuing a Literary Tradition

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