Partners & Progress Spring/Summer 2020

Staying Connected; PWA Career Roundtables; College Alumni Mentoring Series; and Penn Arts & Sciences at Work

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Staying Connected

We want the community of Penn Arts & Sciences alumni, friends, and students to stay connected and engaged while our physical events are on hold. To help facilitate student-alumni connections, Penn Arts & Sciences has launched a new online mentorship program, Ben Connect. Ben Connect allows students to interact with alumni, learn about different industries, and seek professional and educational opportunities and growth. If you’re interested in learning more about Ben Connect or joining the program, visit

To learn about University resources and virtual events, go to

Almost 50 College women participated in an on-campus Professional Women’s Alliance career roundtable led by PWA members.

Brooke Sietinsons

PWA Career Roundtables

College alumnae representing fields from medicine to banking to entrepreneurship visited Penn for a Professional Women’s Alliance (PWA) career roundtable that attracted 46 female students. PWA members are professionally accomplished alumnae of Penn Arts & Sciences who share an understanding of the value of a liberal arts education in the workplace, and the desire to assist students and young alumnae of the College through professional development and career networking opportunities.

For more information, visit

On campus in February for the College Alumni Mentoring Series dinner on alternatives to medical school are (L-R) Sundeep Bhan, C’94; Jean-Paul Rebillard, C’93, G’99; Kelly McCallion, C’13; Rebecca Setta, C’07; Amber Ashley Parker, C’11; Sara Levin, C’06; James Hinz, C’05; and Joseph Becker, C’14.

Brooke Sietinsons

College Alumni Mentoring Series

The Professional Women’s Alliance (PWA) hosts an aThe College Alumni Mentoring Series (CAMS) brings College undergraduates together with alumni in mentoring relationships to help students determine how their academic paths coincide with career aspirations. On-campus events like mentoring meals and roundtables give students a look at life beyond Penn. Two recent CAMS dinners focusing on careers in sustainability and alternatives to medical school drew more than 100 students.

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Penn Arts & Sciences at Work

Penn Arts & Sciences at Work is a photoblog series that highlights College alumni in their workplaces and encourages reflection on how and why their careers took shape.

Take a look at

Brooke Sietinsons

With someone trying to rebuild their life after they’ve been away in a carceral setting, whether it’s for a couple of months or decades, we walk alongside people.

-Joanna Visser Adjoian, C’04, L’10

Co-Founder and Co-Director at Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project (YSRP) | Philadelphia, PA | Urban Studies Major, Hispanic Studies Minor


Brooke Sietinsons

“The freedom to explore is a privilege—and I took full advantage at Penn. In my first year I studied everything from human biology to religious studies with a Star Trek twist!.”

-John Adractas, C’98
CEO/Founder of Encircle Labs; Board Advisor at Simplee; Angel Investor at One Shared Mind Ventures | San Mateo, CA | Mathematics Major