Ben Talks in NYC; Professional Women’s Alliance Career Roundtables; and College Alumni Mentoring Series

Friday, March 30, 2018

This Partners and Progress section of OMNIA is dedicated to highlighting Penn Arts and Sciences’ vibrant and generous community of alumni, parents, and friends. In this issue we spotlight: Ben Talks in NYC; Professional Women’s Alliance Career Roundtables; and College Alumni Mentoring Series.



Penn alumni, friends, and parents gathered in New York City for the Penn Arts and Sciences Ben Talks program, generously hosted by Penn Arts and Sciences Overseer and Penn Trustee Dhan Pai, W'83, and his wife Heena Pai, PAR'12, PAR'15. This year’s program featured 3 faculty speakers discussing how students and faculty from the arts and sciences are addressing pressing issues in communities around the world through the Making a Difference in Diverse Communities

Left: Lee Chaikin, W'95, Wendy Chaikin, C'98, Terry Laufer, C'87 | Right: Peter Decherney, Professor of English, presenting his talk, "Reclaiming Refugee Stories."

Steven J. Fluharty, Dean of Penn Arts and Sciences, Bethany Wiggin, Associate Professor of German and Founding Director of the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities, Peter Decherney, Professor of English and Director of Cinema and Media Studies, Heena Pai and Dhan Pai (hosts), and Michael Weisberg, Professor and Chair of Philosophy.


PWA connects professionally accomplished College alumnae, united by their deep appreciation and understanding of the value of a liberal arts education as it relates to the workplace, with students and young alumnae of the College. PWA hosts programs in New York City and on campus to facilitate networking, mentorship, career exploration, professional development, and intellectual engagement.

Each semester, PWA hosts Career Roundtables event, to provide students with an opportunity to learn about the wide variety of career paths possible with a liberal arts degree.

Left: Suzie Cohen, C'04, Vice President of Brand Development at BuzzFeed | Center: Eileen Simon, C'87, W'87, Chief Franchaise Integrity Officer at MasterCard | Right: Jamila Justine Willis, C'06, Associate at DLA Piper


The College Alumni Mentoring Series (CAMS) hosts a variety of programs throughout the year, including small mentoring meals and large themed roundtable dinners to give students an opportunity to learn from College alumni and understand how their current academic paths coincide with career aspirations.

Mentoring Meals

Left: Laura Alber, C’90, PAR’20 – CEO, Williams-Sonoma | Right: Robin Yuxiang Ren, C’95, EE’95 – Vice President, Asia Pacific, Tesla


Careers in Health: Beyond the M.D.

From research to non-profit management, pharma to consulting, alumni discuss the multitude of health careers that Penn graduates can make an impact in. 

Dr. Julio Arias, C’93, Latin America Regional Access Manager, Neurosciences at Jansen Pharmaceutical of Johnson and Johnson

Careers in Law and Policy

College alumni working in law and policy talk about their journeys and how their time at Penn shaped their careers. 

Patrick Steele, C’89 – CEO, Politico