On February 26, 2015, current Business Honors students met up with alumni at the White Stag Block in Portland for dinner and networking at the annual honors alumni networking event.
The alumni networking event was a great opportunity for us to meet and interact with past Business Honors students who are currently excelling in their respective fields. We met alumni from various graduating classes who currently work in industries like investment banking, management consulting, tech, accounting, and many others. Being able to network over dinner meant gaining personal insight about current industry trends, as well as unique job and internship opportunities.
The night started with networking over dinner. Honors students were able to sit near professionals with similar career goals and talk while enjoying the catered food. The event then transitioned into a panel discussion about career paths, the impact of the honors program, and other topics sparked by a question and answer session. The alumni panelists—Ryan Dangaran, Brian Feeney, Ashley Lund, Nicole Wickswat, and Renn Anderson—spoke about their experiences in the program and described the traits they look for when hiring. The panel discussion helped us learn how we could stand out when we apply to competitive jobs and industries.
After the panelists finished taking questions, attendees were free to continue building connections with the professionals on a more casual basis, which created a great networking atmosphere.
— Xiao Liang ’17 and Josh Bryant ’17
Bio: Xiao Liang is an accounting major and economics minor who will graduate in 2017. His dream career is to work for a Big Three consulting firm.
Bio: Josh Bryant is currently a sophomore studying business administration with a concentration in finance and economics. He hopes to one day work in private equity. A fun fact about Josh is that his parents own a blueberry farm in Albany, Oregon.