The 2012 Hill School Career Day participants
On Friday, March 23, The Hill School welcomed home 27 members of our extended Hill family to participate in the 2012 Leadership and Career Summit as Career Day speakers. These talented, diverse, and generous alumni, parents, and friends took time out of their demanding schedules to spend time with The Hill’s fifth and sixth formers as they explore future career possibilities. Guests spent the morning through lunchtime meeting with students in small group sessions sharing their stories and tips for success. Many of our alumni in attendance spoke about their professions, as well as the value of their Hill education and how their experiences at The Hill influenced their future.
Some of our alumni speakers included: Andrei Herasimchuk ’88
, director of the design team at Twitter, who not only presented at Career Day, but also visited with classes on Thursday, spoke to students about his career in design and technology at large companies such as Adobe and Twitter. Duncan Banfield '91
, vice president and consultant of Greenwich Associates, talked about the world of finance and what it means to be a consultant; he also urged students to pursue their personal passions as much as their careers. Michael Barbiero '67
, Grammy-award winning recording engineer, producer, and song writer, talked about his journey into the music industry and offered advice to students interested in embarking on a similar path. Bob Potter ’68
, a marketing, communication, and non-profit executive, spoke about his varied career and offered advice to students such as “learn by listening and be a good listener, don’t just talk.”
Bob Fagan ’69
, writer, performance coach, and management consultant, gave students numerous important tips for establishing one’s self as a professional that he has learned throughout his 40 years in the “real world.” Bob Wyman ’72
, staff software engineer for Google Inc., talked about the constantly evolving software industry and explained how he switched from wanting to be a politician to becoming involved in the computer industry in the 1970s. Peter Abrams, M.D. ’92
overviewed his transformation from a Russian language and Western Philosophy double major at Georgetown to becoming a transplant surgeon. Brad Charron ’96
, Under Armour’s head of marketing in China, spoke about Under Armour’s competition with Nike to become the premier athletic apparel brand and offered students tips on successful business and marketing techniques. Bill Moss '68
, senior managing director at CBRE Orlando, stressed the importance of good communication skills - both written and verbal - and reminded students that finding the right career is “a journey, not a 100-yard dash, nor is it a straight line." Read more about all of our 2012 Career Day speakers.
The morning activities were folowed by an afternoon of career networking for fifth and sixth formers as well as young alumni. Alumni owning or employed by firms offering internships opportunities were on campus to discuss these opportunities with interested students and young alumni.