MPower luncheon provides leadership, alumnae networking opportunities for students

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MPower is a program initiated by our alumnae board that exposes girls to career opportunities and professions.

The purpose is to create professional mentoring opportunities with Marian alumnae.

“Starting in 2012, it has evolved over the years. It used to be only open to juniors for one-on-one mentoring, however this year it is open to juniors and seniors and it is more collaborative. Twenty girls were chosen from an application process,” alumnae director, Mrs. Nancy Casey said.

On Tuesday, Oct. 11, MPower students and Marian alumnae met in the Performing Arts Center lobby for MPower’s kickoff luncheon.

These alumnae with various professions came to the luncheon with opportunities for students they wouldn’t find elsewhere.

“They provide networking connections in order to encourage mentoring and job shadowing,” MPower member senior Claire Janecek said.

“We talked about all sorts of things from our family lives and past Field Day themes to the alumnae’s careers and how they came to choose their current career path,” Janecek said.

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The talk of table Students Cassie Palmer ’18 and Claire Janecek ’17 chat with alumnae at the MPower luncheon on Tuesday, Oct. 11. The luncheon began with mingling before lunch was served. emmaherold

“It is an amazing opportunity for Marian students to connect with alums in this way. Alumnae who have volunteered include two engineers, a doctor, a physical therapist, an accountant, a speech pathologist, a mental health social worker, an IT expert, a human resource executive from Gallup, a marketing director and others,” President Mary Higgins said.

Over the year, the group will meet four to five times. MPower plans to meet next on the evening of Thursday, Nov. 3 at HDR, where people will present different ideas to expose girls to various professions.

A Human Resource Department representative will come to explain all sorts of things, such as the job interviewing process and how to dress correctly.

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