Donating your time, expertise, and professional experience can be every bit as valuable to the students of Northeastern as a more traditional contribution—and many of our alumni, parents, and friends choose to do both. Through a volunteer leadership program called WeServe, there are dozens of ways to “pay it forward” while making a personal connection with the leaders of tomorrow. Your experience and advice can be crucial to someone starting out in your chosen field, whether you provide guidance as a guest speaker, as an individual mentor, or through any number of other enriching opportunities to get involved.

S14_Empower_CournoyerChristine Cournoyer, MA’75
CEO, N-of-One Therapeutics Inc.
Of her experience as a panelist at the inaugural Women Who Inspire speaker series event, Cournoyer says, “It was a great forum for networking with industry professionals, students, and faculty.” She has also been a guest lecturer in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences. “My education and experiences at Northeastern have been a critical element of my success, helping me understand the importance of thinking globally, using a multidisciplinary approach to business strategies, and building outstanding organizational capability supported by teamwork,” says Cournoyer.

S14_Empower_TraudtErin Traudt, AS’01
Senior Marketing Manager, Customer References, Amazon.com
Traudt was a guest speaker at the ongoing “Beyond CAMD,” which brings alumni of the College of Arts, Media and Design to campus to share career advice, industry knowledge, and field experience with current students. “Co-op was a great experience for me, and I wanted to share those experiences and some of the lessons that I’ve learned since graduating,” she says.

S14_Empower_BarrettPeter Barrett, PHD’79
Senior Partner in the Life Sciences Group, Atlas Venture
Barrett served as a judge at Northeastern’s annual Research, Innovation, and Scholarship Expo (RISE). “Meeting young entrepreneurs who are enthusiastic about their ideas—and asking them questions that otherwise may not be asked—helps them refine their projects,” he says. “It’s a great experience to see how these promising entrepreneurs have worked hard to develop their products and ideas.” Barrett also lends his time as an advisory board member for the university’s Barnett Institute of Chemical and Biological Analysis, which is dedicated to cutting-edge chemical and biomedical research.