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Smith alumnae are leaders and trailblazers. The Office of Alumnae Relations supports Smith College graduates with quality career management resources at every step of their ascent. Just starting out? Redefining your career? Looking for the next step? No matter what stage your career is in, we’re here to help you thrive and reach your goals. And no matter where your career takes you, the Smith College alumnae network is your most powerful resource. Stay connected through the Alumnae Directory, clubs and groups, your class and through the college's social media outlets.

The Smith College Business Network

Smith women are a powerful force in business. They lead some of the most influential companies in the world, start businesses that shake up the status quo, advise governments around the globe and change industries by advocating for fairness and equality. The Smith College Business Network provides tangible support among a group of the world’s most accomplished female leaders.

The world needs more women leaders. Smith women in business are making an impressive impact, yet the landscape still looks decisively male. With the Smith College Business Network, we aim to shift the tide, ensuring that more women—Smith women—have a voice at the decision-making table and make their way to the top of industries and corporations.

Smith College is committed to women leaders. We’re nurturing the next generation of game changers just as we’re supporting our alumnae who are working in the trenches, leading companies and tipping the demographics. Smith is an incubator of big ideas and a launching pad for bold and ambitious women. At Smith, we teach women to make their world.

Webinar Archive

Protecting Data: Your Customer’s and Your Own
Abigail Claiborne ’02

The Power of Saying "No"- or, How to Say "Yes" to Less
Leah Fallon ’01

Changing the Conversation
Marissa Fond ’03

Life Design 360
Nirupa Umapathy ’02

Fertility 101: Egg Freezing
Stephanie Beall ’96

Financial Wellness and Literacy: Overlooked Financial Details in Today's Households
Karen Van Voorhis ’95

Financial Wellness and Literacy: Demystifying Investing
Karen Van Voorhis ’95

The Promise Process: Goals to Get More of What You Want in Work and Life
Jamie Eslinger '96

Mindfulness-Based Emotional Intelligence for Leadership and Life
Jung Starrett ’83

Common Core for Parents: Understanding the Educational Shift
Emily Markussen Sorsher ’04

Legacy Letters: Share What Matters and Deepen Connections
Melanie Vetter ’80, founder of Wellfleet Circle

Welcoming What Is: Mind Body Practices for Accepting Challenging Parts of Ourselves and Our Lives
Beth Charbonneau ’96, LCSW-C psychotherapist

Finding Hope and Sanity in the Face of a Loved One’s Chemical Dependency
Madeleine Craig ’91 educator, professionally trained life coach, and gifted workshop facilitator

Alternative Family Building Strategies for the 21st Century
Julie DiBiase '90, Ph.D., MFA, MS,  Co-Active Coach and founder of Fertility Allies

Fit Beyond Fads
Helene Darmanin ’10, Personal Trainer, Medical Exercise Interventionist, and Group Fitness Instructor

A Roadmap for Expectant Parents: Navigating Parental Leave in your Workplace
Sarah Winawer-Wetzel ’05, Senior Project Manager and professional squeaky wheel at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Be Seen, Be Heard, Be Me: Self-Compassion and Beyond for Smithies
Jobie Summer ’91, Speaker, Author and Communication Expert

Resources for Raising Philanthropic (and Financially Fit) Kids
Dara Steinberg ’00, Executive Director, Lippman Kanfer Family Philanthropies 

Peeling Paint and Cracked Glazing: Basic Maintenance Everyone Should Know for Historic Homes
Lauren Drapala ’08, architectural conservator and historian

Parenting Through the College Transistion 
Jane Adams Ph.D. ’60, writer, speaker and psychologist/coach 

From Chaos to Order: Beginning a Mindfulness Practice
Allison Drude Cook ’10, MA, RYT, founder of OhmStyleLiving

The ROI of Self-care: Inspiring Greatness in Yourself and Your Organization
Pat Lynch ’74, president of Business Alignment Strategies

Have More Impact in Less Time
Christine Duvivier, leader/speaker/mentor

Ideas That Move
Lex Schroeder ’05, writer and editor at The Lean Enterprise Institute

The Time of Your Life! How to Have Time for the Things You Love,
When You Have No Time

Melanie Patterson, coach, ABC Solutions

Embracing Change
Sari Roth-Roemer ’86, Intuitive Psychology

Finding Balance in Your Life
Sari Roth-Roemer ’86, Intuitive Psychology

Ace the Interview
Amalia Francalangia ’08

Career Gaps, "You’re Overqualified" and Ageism: Difficult Conversations in Career Reentry
Carol Fishman Cohen

Interview Your Future Employer
Danielle Porak de Varna ’95 MEd, and Dr. Victor Porak de Varna

Working in Paradise: Jobs in National Parks, Forests, Scenic Areas, and Wildlife Refuges
Kate Picher ’82

Volunteering is Work! How to think about transferable skills 
Carrie Stewart ’81, Intercultural Communication Consultant

How to Network When You Don't Know What You Want to Do
Anna Graham Hunter ’89, Career Happiness Coach 

How to Use the Smith College Career Beam Success Center 
Rachel Katz, Senior Account Manager at CareerBeam

Life's a BITCH and then You Change Careers 
Colleen DelVecchio, Director of Smith College Alumnae Engagement

The Two Page Resume: When is it OK?
Colleen DelVecchio, Director of Smith College Alumnae Engagement

Creating a Dream Career in Any Economy or Market
Anna Graham Hunter ’89

Staying Motivated During a Long Job Search
Jason Bauer-Clapp, Associate Director of the Lazarus Center

Getting Ahead with Headhunters
Cathy Muldoon ’88

Using Social Media to Boost Your Job Search
Rachel Pryzby ’09, Founder of Resumes by Rachel

A Job Hunter's Guide to Social Media
Tish Grier AC ’01, Social Media Strategiest

Framing Your Volunteer Experience
Colleen DelVecchio, Director of Smith College Alumnae Engagement

Fight the Label: The Job Search for Individuals with Disabilities
Colleen DelVecchio, Director of Smith College Alumnae Engagement



A Career Arc from Science to Business
Deebie Symmes ’81

Bringing Your Whole Self to Work
Aiko Bethea ’96

Getting Unstuck: Career Renewal is Within Your Reach
Nayla Bahri ’95

Defining Your Professional Image
Karen Gray ’78

Energetic Interviewing
Danielle Porak de Varna ’95 ME.d., and Dr. Victor Porak de Varna

To Be or Not to Be an Employee or an Entrepreneur?
Rebecca Reynolds Moore ’86 and Miki Feldman Simon

Communicate Courageously in your Career to Increase Confidence, Credibility and Connection
Jobie Summer ’91, speaker, author and coach

Following Your Strengths Leads to Success
Mary Hubbard ’80, Dependable Strengths Facilitator and Dr. Kate Duttro, career coach

Building a Robust, Durable Social Media Platform: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Karen Gross ’74, author, educator and senior counsel to Widmeyer Communications and, Hadley Dreibelbis, Senior Account Executive for Finn Partners' Higher Education team 

Funded! Pursue Your Passions Through Fellowships
Lucy Gent Foma ’09, dancer, city planner, and writer

Building Meaningful Connections: The Coffee Lunch Coffee Approach 
Alana Muller ’93, networking speaker, workshop facilitator, coach and author

Speak Your Truth: Hot to Win Over Audiences + Build Your Brand 
Angela Lussier, award-winning speaker, author, and trainer

What's Holding Women Back in Business 
Erin Moran McCormick '83, director of the Entrepreneurship Center at UMass Boston, founder of Year of Action, and author

Your Story, Your Success
Elaine Bennet ’81, Award-Winning Corporate Speech Writer

FINANCIAL WELLNESS:  Overlooked Financial Details in Today's Households 
Karen Van Voorhis ’95 CFP, Vice President of the Wealth Management group at Sapers & Wallack

Developing Stronger Women
Donielle Albrecht MS ’04

Mom Corps YOU: Jessica Bacal, Using Your Mistakes as a Stepping Stone to Achieve Success
Jessical Bacal, director of the Smith College Narratives Program and the editor of the book, "Mistakes I Made at Work"

LinkedIn 101
Colleen DelVecchio, Director of Smith College Alumnae Engagement

Storytelling for Leadership
Ayla Schlosser ’09, Co-founder & CEO of Resonate

Playing Big: Practical Wisdom for Women Who Want to Speak Up, Create, and Lead
Tara Mohr

How Women can Gain Professional Confidence
Terri Tierney Clark ’81, author

Making the Most of Board Membership
Dorie Clark ’97 and Robin Jenkins ’90

"In the Beginning..." Presentation Creation 101
Kayla Schwartz ’84, presentation and communications coach

Negotiating Salaries, Raises and Promotions
Katie Slater, career infusion coaching

Applying to Graduate School
Daryl Gehman, Assistant Director of Smith’s Lazarus Center for Career Development

Networking Your Way to the Top: Strategies for Connecting With Smithies
Colleen DelVecchio, Director of Alumnae Engagement

How to Blog: Blogging Like You Mean It
Kate Sheehan, special projects coordinator for Bibliomation

Play to Win
Christine Duvivier, leader/speaker/mentor

How to Be a Mentor
Colleen DelVecchio, Director of Smith College Alumnae Engagement

How to Find a Mentor
Colleen DelVecchio, Director of Smith College Alumnae Engagement

Savvy Negotiation: How to Ask with Confidence to Get What You Want
Jamie Lee ’04, negotiation trainer 

The Gig Economy: Taking the Leap to Freelancing
Leah G. Fallon ’01, founder of Eleven Eleven

HR Issues for Start-Ups and Small Businesses
Kara M. Maciel '96founding partner of Conn Maciel Carey

The Power of Choice: Navigational Tips for Entrepreneurs
Dr. Sari Roth-Roemer ’86

Tips for Entrepreneurs: Getting Your Heart and Mind in Sync
MaryAnn Whitney ’74

How to Connect to the Media
Janice Beetle, Beetle Press

How to Write a Business Plan
Janice Beetle and Mark NeJame

Magnetize Your Ideal Clients and Fill Your Pipeline Forever!
Melanie Patterson AC ’04


The Lazarus Center for Career Development offers career-related services to alumnae up to five years out. Request an advising appointment and access industry programs, resources, job opportunities, graduate school information and career fairs. Alumnae may also post positions at their organizations. Sign up through Handshake.


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