PWA Summer Networking at BuzzFeed; College Alumni Mentoring Series; Cocktails & Conversation; and Penn Arts and Sciences at Work

Tuesday, October 9, 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: Penn Arts and Sciences Professional Women’s Alliance: Summer Networking at BuzzFeed; College Alumni Mentoring Series Roundtable Dinner; Cocktails & Conversation with Penn Arts and Sciences Overseers; and Penn Arts and Sciences at Work.


Penn Arts and Sciences Professional Women’s Alliance: Summer Networking at BuzzFeed


Holly Buechel, C’07, Soonia Wahi, C’13, Rachel Cooper, C’04, Alexa Fecca, C’16 (L–R)



Penn Arts and Sciences alumnae and students gathered at BuzzFeed in New York City for a summer networking reception. A brief presentation on networking tips, along with designated industry tables, made for an evening filled with meaningful conversations and lasting connections.

The Professional Women’s Alliance (PWA) connects professionally accomplished Penn Arts and Sciences 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. For more information, visit the PWA website.


Left: Lisa Thompson, C’87, Krista Saunders, C’01, Leslie Koch, C’01 (L–R); Right: Suzie Cohen, C’04 (host), Danielle Love, C’04, ENG’04, Carolyn Grace, C’16 (L–R)





Roundtable Dinner: Entrepreneurial Career Paths

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 academic paths correspond to career possibilities.

College alumni who have made their careers as entrepreneurs or working for start-ups led roundtable discussions with students, sharing their career journeys, advice, and a glimpse into a day in the life.


Left: Chip Gross, C’92, Director, Digital Product Portfolio, Hearst Autos (R); Right: Jennie Ripps, C’03, Founder of Owl’s Brew (R)





Cocktails & Conversation with Penn Arts and Sciences Overseers


Left: Matthew Herbster, C’07, ENG’07, Ian Seltzer, C’09, Alexandra Wu, C’01, W’01, Steven Nichtberger, C’83, W’83, Pravin Manglani, ENG'01, W'01, Swapna Podlich, C’01 (L–R); Right: Kristin Sahradnik, C’04, Jane Silfen, C’07, Marina Field, C’96 (L–R)



Alumni gathered at the NoMad Hotel in New York City for an opportunity to meet volunteer leaders and learn about the Power of Penn Arts & Sciences Campaign. Guests heard remarks from Michael Price, W’79, Penn Arts and Sciences Overseer and Power of Penn Arts & Sciences Campaign Chair, and Adam Levin, C’05, WG’09, Penn Arts and Sciences Ambassador Council Chair, about ways to get involved and have an impact during the life of the campaign and beyond.


Left: Katie Stitch, C’04, W’04, Mathias Stitch, WG’04, and Shirin Green, C’05 (L–R); Right: Raph Osnoss, W’08, Adam Levin, C’05, WG’09, Kimberly Osnoss, SPP’14 (L–R)





Penn Arts and Sciences at Work

Penn Arts and Sciences at Work is a photoblog project where we tell the story of the extended Penn Arts and Sciences community. Through images and personal vignettes, we aim to capture the diverse paths of our alumni, focusing on their daily work life. Visit Penn Arts & Sciences at Work to see more.


Babacar Diene, C’04, Vice President of Acquisitions and Development, Voltage Pictures

Photo credit: Loraine Terrell



“I had no idea that I was going to end up working in movies when I was a freshman. I didn’t realize there was actually a place where my passion would be something I could do every day.”

– Babacar Diene, C’04, Vice President of Acquisitions and Development, Voltage Pictures; Los Angeles; International Relations Major