Collaboration Leads to Opportunity

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If you were in attendance at Northeastern’s Alumni Employer Partnership Forum on May 30th then you already know the event was brimming with opportunity. If you weren’t, fear not! You can still discover the benefits that attendees encountered. 

Speaking from Experience

Four powerhouse offices at Northeastern (Office of Alumni Relations, Employer Engagement and Career Design, Corporate Learning, Center for Research Innovation) came together to deliver a program that paired Northeastern opportunities with the stories of those who know from experience — Alumni.

Illuminating ways for alumni to partner with Northeastern for professional and personal benefit, the speaking panel, comprised of university leaders and industry alumni, outlined talent, learning, and research opportunities in conjunction with their personal experiences of each.

The Lineup

Talent opportunities

Manny Contomanolis representing Employer Engagement and Career Design and Andrea Cox of General Electric shared the value of Northeastern’s distinctive approach to integrating rigorous classroom study with real-world experience that creates a more powerful way for students to learn and prepare for the workforce. Cox, who utilizes the co-op program for discovering burgeoning talent, confirmed the critical thinking and problem solving skills that students gain from co-op enables immediate contribution to organizational success upon placement.

Learning opportunities

Joseph Griffin representing the Lifelong Learning Network and Stephen Howe of Copyright Clearance Center outlined the advantages of Northeastern’s customized corporate programs for providing organizations of all types with the vital learning they need to achieve strategic business and talent development goals.

Research opportunities

Jennifer Boyle-Lynch representing the Center for Research Innovation and Sean Kevlahan of Bio-Techne highlighted the benefits of Northeastern’s use-inspired approach that empowers researchers to actively seek out and embrace collaborative engagement with industry in order to generate tailored solutions to the most pressing challenges.

Given the abundant reception Alumni Employer Partnership Forum received, it is sure to be reproduced, so stayed tuned! (by signing up for the CRI newsletter)

And, rest assured, the CRI will be there, ready and willing to create connections between Northeastern research and industry resources so that life-bettering innovations continue to stream forth.


More about research at Northeastern?

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Profile of a Facilitator: Aatmesh Shrivastava

Profile of a Collaborative Researcher: Tommaso Melodia

Interested in Sean Kevlahan’s entrepreneurial approach?

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Written by Nikole Lynch

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