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Undergraduate students and alumni gather for Network Manhattan and Network San Francisco events

About 100 alumni, faculty and current students gathered on July 13 for the annual Tepper Network Manhattan event held at Lexington’s Lounge in midtown Manhattan.

Organized by the undergraduate business and economics programs of the Tepper School of Business, the networking events aim to strengthen the relationships between current students and alumni. Midtown Manhattan is chosen for its central location and proximity to major companies.

Suren Wanasundera, a senior economics and statistics major, attended the event to meet with alumni in consulting and project management fields to discuss tips and tricks in the upcoming recruiting season.

“I met with an alumna who works in product management for Mashable. As she rightly pointed out, product management is a difficult field to enter into right out of school, so it was great to be able to freely ask her questions and get some pointers in preparation for the upcoming recruiting season,” Wanasundera said.

Lexie Ulven, a senior economics student and summer analyst at Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, networked with alumni to learn about their experiences after graduation.

“It was a great way to connect with current students and alumni,” Ulven said. “I particularly enjoyed my conversation with an alumna who left a big company to work for a small start-up. We discussed how those different experiences compared in terms of value added and job satisfaction.”

Burton Hollifield, PNC professor of finance and head of the undergraduate business administration program, also participated in the festivities and particularly enjoyed having a chance to speak with former and current students.

“It was exciting to reconnect with several alumni. It was great to see how well the current students are doing in their summer internships and to see the generations of CMU students connect with each other,” Hollifield said.

Network San Francisco

On the west coast, the inaugural Network San Francisco was hosted by alumna Jackie Xu, BS ’06, at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers on July 14.

Xu, a talent partner at Kleiner Perkins, earned her undergraduate business administration degree with a minor in finance in 2006 and began her career in investment banking at Goldman Sachs. She has worked in various technical recruiting positions at Facebook, Twitter and the Broadreach Group.

At the first Network San Francisco, the undergraduate programs aimed to establish connections with Bay Area alumni and students participating in internships.

Kevin Monahan, associate dean for career and professional development for Carnegie Mellon, sees these network opportunities as a way for former students to give back to the CMU community.

“Network Manhattan and San Francisco instill a culture of ‘paying it forward,’” Monahan said.

Monahan continued to say these types of events foster communities between alumni and students allowing for advisement and mentorship.

“Having Carnegie Mellon University alumni advise and mentor current students will create a future generation of Carnegie Mellon alumni who understand their responsibility to help the next generation of Carnegie Mellon students,” Monahan said.