C3: Career Connection Conference

 

Photos from 2021’s Conference

Thursday, September 30, and Friday, October 1

The Hollins Alumnae/i Network was in action on September 30 and October 1 for the 10th annual Hollins Career Connection Conference (C3). Alumnae/i conference leaders showcased the lifelong power of a liberal arts education, shared their insights on life and work, and helped students connect to others in their networks. Whether you are a first-year or a senior, a double major or undecided, career-ambitious or career-confused, there is a place for you at Hollins C3!

C3 2021 kicked off with networking sessions and mock interviews on Thursday evening then on Friday, heard from alumnae about pathways in their industry and how they navigated the world of work. Since most jobs don’t come from postings but through personal and professional connections, students could maximize their future opportunities by connecting with the Green and Gold network at C3!


Check out the New hybrid schedule for C3 2021!


LaNita Jefferson

keynote speaker

LaNita Jefferson ’07

Entrepreneur and educator LaNita Jefferson is a licensed professional counselor and adjunct professor in Columbia, South Carolina. She is also a social justice activist who raises awareness on the benefits of mental health to marginalized communities.

Jefferson graduated from Hollins University with a B.A. in sociology and went on to complete her master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling at the University of South Carolina (USC) School of Medicine. Presently, she is a Ph.D. candidate in counselor education at USC. Her ten years of human service work have provided her with a range of knowledge for servicing individuals holistically.

Jefferson is co-CEO of Carolina Assessment Services LLC, where she works with persons who are experiencing depression, anxiety, and trauma. She is also co-CEO of The Cohort LLC, which specializes in empowering others to fulfill their dreams through entrepreneurship. Her current research focuses on implementing antiracism pedagogy through hip hop interventions to improve cultural competencies in counselor education.

View her keynote on YouTube


Full Schedule:

Thursday, September 30

Check-in and information
Center for Career Development and Life Design
First floor, West
Check in to pick up your conference packet and prepare for C3.

All Thursday sessions will be held via Zoom.

5:30 – 8:30 pm
Interactive Connections: Mock Interviews with Alumnae/i
Sign up for a 15-minute mock interview with an alumna/us to practice your interviewing skills. Have an internship interview coming up? A mock interview mirrors an actual job interview giving you the opportunity to practice what to say and do during an interview and receive immediate feedback. As the saying goes, “practice makes perfect.”

6 – 7:30 pm
Identity in the Workplace
Session offered in partnership with Nakeshia Williams and the office of diversity, equity, and inclusion; LeeRay Costa, professor, gender & women’s studies and anthropology; and student organizations: Black Student Alliance and Asian Student Alliance.
Identity is at the root of how we as individuals experience the world. We do not shed our social identities when we enter the workplace. Instead, they inform how we work with others and often determine who has access to power within the organization. For that reason, it’s important to take time to discuss social identity and how it impacts your work, including relationships with colleagues and organizational culture. These sessions will discuss how you might find a support network (even when a formal one does not exist), ways to determine if a company is inclusive and equitable, and how others have navigated the intersection of identity and the workplace.

Keynote speaker: Krishna Davenport ‘96
Krishna DavenportKrishna Davenport ’96 has been a mainstay on Wall Street and in the world of Fintech for 27 years. This lengthy career lead to creation of The Baobab Wellness Collective, a nonprofit with focus on the complete financial, physical and mental wellness of Black mothers. Krishna is an activist and advocate for equal treatment of Black Women in the workplace, specifically Black Mothers. Her visual project “Black Motherhood in Times of Quarantine” launched during the height of pandemic and has been widely received for giving a voice to the added labor of being a Black Mother.  She has worked within the anti-racism space for 8 years both independently and in the corporate world, and has been instrumental in organizing many of the NY rallies associated with the Black Lives Matter Movement.

Read more of her musings at: http://baobabwellness.org/ and https://medium.com/@TheKrsna.


Friday, October 1

Check-in and information
Moody Lobby
Check in to pick up your conference packet and prepare for C3.

1– 2 pm
Keynote Session with LaNita Jefferson ’07
Hollins Theatre

Entrepreneur and educator LaNita Jefferson is a licensed professional counselor and adjunct professor in Columbia, South Carolina. She is also a social justice activist who raises awareness on the benefits of mental health to marginalized communities. Jefferson graduated from Hollins University with a B.A. in sociology and went on to complete her master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling at the University of South Carolina (USC) School of Medicine. Presently, she is a Ph.D. candidate in counselor education at USC. Her ten years of human service work have provided her with a range of knowledge for servicing individuals holistically. Jefferson is co-CEO of Carolina Assessment Services LLC, where she works with persons who are experiencing depression, anxiety, and trauma. She is also co-CEO of The Cohort LLC, which specializes in empowering others to fulfill their dreams through entrepreneurship. Her current research focuses on implementing antiracism pedagogy through hip hop interventions to improve cultural competencies in counselor education.

View on YouTube 


2:15 – 3 pm

Global Health
Babcock Auditorium, Dana Science Building

The need for individuals to enter the field of public health has been illuminated by the pandemic. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment in health care occupations is projected to add approximately 2.4 million new jobs by 2029. The study of public health is an interdisciplinary endeavor that allows students to build an integrated approach to health issues by combining sociocultural disciplines with the natural sciences. This session will help students understand the range of opportunities within the public health sector.
Moderator: Abubakarr Jalloh, assistant professor, public health

Business, Finance, and Data
Niederer Auditorium, Wetherill Visual Arts Center

Hollins students mean business. Graduates go on to use every part of their creative and critical minds to reflect on real-world challenges. This session explores different tracks in the area of business as well as the increasing role of data analytics in the finance industry.
Moderator: Lucas Long, Ph.D.; assistant professor, business and economics


3:15 – 4 pm

Driven by Mission: Working in Nonprofits
Babcock Auditorium, Dana Science Building

Some people choose to enter “a field,” while others know only one thing: there’s a problem to solve, a constituency to serve, or a wound to heal. This session will feature alumnae/i who followed a sense of passion or purpose wherever it led into their current roles and work/life configurations. Be inspired and learn from them how to follow your calling.
Moderator: LeeRay Costa, professor, gender and women’s studies and anthropology

Museums and Archives
Niederer Auditorium, Wetherill Visual Arts Center

Museum work can be extremely rewarding with a large variety of roles for different interests. In this panel we will hear from alumnae/i who have found ways in different roles and work/life configurations to express their commitment to the arts and culture. Alumnae/i in this session will discuss how they keep the arts and humanities alive—for themselves and others.
Moderator: Jenine Culligan, director, Eleanor D. Wilson Museum


4:15 – 5 pm

Landing in Unexpected Industries
Babcock Auditorium, Dana Science Building

Hollins graduates are not only going places, but the routes they take are varied and unpredictable. Alumnae will consider the twists and turns they’ve experienced in their careers, as well as reflect on roads not taken. This is a great session for those who think they have their lives perfectly planned and those who have no idea what to do next!
Moderator: Lorraine Lange, director of M.A.L.S., M.A.T., and M.A. in Teaching and Learning

Entertainment and Media
Niederer Auditorium, Wetherill Visual Arts Center

The digitization of content and ongoing innovations in technology will continue to drive growth and force changes in the media and entertainment industry. Publishers and broadcasters alike will continue to experiment with new revenue streams, particularly to reap the benefits from digital subscriptions and online advertisements. This session explores the in-demand skills to be successful in the new media/entertainment industry.
Moderator: Heather Toro Derrick, visiting lecturer; director, oral communication across the curriculum


Want to know more?

Contact careercenter@hollins.edu for more information.