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Christie Kennedy

Smith Staff

Christie Kennedy with her husband and dog.

Office of Alumnae Relations and Development

Director of Alumnae Professional Networks and Career Programs

What brought you to Smith?
I returned to Smith in 2018 as a philanthropic officer. I was looking to take the next step in my career as a fundraiser and could think of no better place to do so than my alma mater. In 2021, I transitioned into the new role of director of alumnae professional networks and career programs. I'm thrilled that I've been able to continue growing my career at a place that means so much to me.

What do you do here?
I have one of the best and most interesting jobs ever: connecting alums with one another around their careers and professional goals. I also get to think about how alums can support current students as they navigate their paths to their post-Smith careers. I love nothing more than connecting people with one another, so this is a dream role for me.

Please share something you are proud of about the impact of your work.
I love seeing the connections that Smithies make with one another through our events and programs. It is so gratifying to help people access the support they need to meet their personal goals.

What’s your favorite spot on campus?
I love the tree outside of the Lyman Plant House and Conservatory. When I visited for admitted students weekend back in 2006, I fell in love with Smith’s beautiful campus, and I had my mom take a picture of me in my new Smith T-shirt in front of that tree. That moment holds a special place in my heart—it was when I knew I would choose Smith.

How has your background prepared you for your current job at Smith?
I have a deeply personal connection to Smith, given how transformative my time here has been, both as a student and now as an alum employee. At Smith, I learned how to write well, analyze problems and identify solutions. I also learned firsthand the power of the Smith network, which is at the center of my current role.

What are you reading/watching/digging into these days?
I love to cook and have been experimenting with cooking without any recipes. It's fun to learn the basics and then play around with flavors, though it means I sometimes can't recreate a dish I've really loved!

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
My husband John and I met in Berlin, and it is hands down our favorite city in the world. We visited again for our long-delayed COVID honeymoon, and it was magical.

What’s a project you are passionate about?
I'm passionate about pretty much everything I do, but I am really excited to think about how technology can facilitate deeper connections and remove barriers to resources and support for our alums and students.

What’s a fun fact about you?
I am a singer! I was a member of the Smithereens [one of Smith’s a cappella groups, and the fourth oldest traditionally all-female a cappella group in the country], and I am constantly singing, sometimes without even realizing it. I miss performing, though I do give a mean car concert.

Favorite Smith tradition?
The Ivy Day Parade

Who would you most like to have dinner with?
My future children in 20 years—I want to know how our family turns out!

About Christie

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