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Alumni will return to campus for the second annual Leopard Career Connections Day noon-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, in Pfenning Alumni Center.

All students can register for the opportunity to network and learn from their experiences. Interested students need to register in person by Friday in Career Services, 201 Hogg Hall, with a $10 refundable deposit.

Michael Weinstein ’70, former chief executive officer of Snapple, Inc. and a member of the Lafayette Trustee Committee on External Affairs, will present the keynote address, “Snap Judgments: The Incredible Story of the Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of Snapple.”

Students then will be able to choose between three presentations during each of two 50-minute sessions.

During the first session from 1:10-2 p.m., liberal arts alumni who work for Scholastic Books and Non-Profit Times will discuss their job search and marketing their unique education and skills to employers. Science and technology alumni, who work for Flowserve, Muhlenberg College, GlobalSource, Lockheed Martin, and Lutron, will present “Planning Your Future,” discussing the transition from a major to a career in research, education, and industry. Social science majors can listen to alumni from NBC, TIAA-CREF, and Major League Baseball discuss how to identify marketable skills and transfer them to a variety of careers.

The 2:10-3 p.m. session of presentations includes “Survival Skills from Young Alumni,” presented by graduates of the past five years who will discuss how to adjust to life on a budget and how to balance life and work obligations. Business graduates from Bloomberg, IBM, M&T Bank, Schy-Rys Redevelopment, and Snapple, Inc. will present “Business Careers — Advice from the Top,” which will include success stories, tips on interviewing, and industries that are considered “business careers.” Alumni who work for the Franklin Institute, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Armenian Assembly of America, and Thomas Jefferson Hospital will present “Public Service Careers – Working for the Greater Good,” covering opportunities available in the public service field and benefits of their work.

The final presentations include “The Power of Internships” and “Graduate & Professional School – Making the Decision.” Students will learn why internships are the top resource for hiring new graduates and the benefits of beginning graduate school right after college. Some alumni presenters represent Harvard University, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Liz Claiborne, and Air Products.

Students will have an opportunity to speak with alumni while enjoying free food and entering to win prizes during a reception.

Weinstein, an economics and business graduate with honors and member of Phi Beta Kappa, served with Pepsi-Cola, K&E Advertising’s account management for Coca-Cola, and as vice president of marketing to president and chief operating officer for A&W Root Beer Company, and chief executive officer of Snapple Inc. He was named Beverage Industry Executive of the Year in 1999 and Westchester County Executive of the Year in 2001. Weinstein was elected to the Beverage Hall of Fame in 2000 and was awarded the “Visionary Award” by Beverage Digest in 2004.

An avid scuba diver and distance cyclist, Weinstein earned his MBA from Harvard Business School. He is a board member of the American Red Cross and the National Federation for Teaching Entrepreneurship. He also is section secretary for his class at Harvard Business School.

The planning committee for Leopard Career Connections Day includes Alana Gallo and Rachel Moeller, assistant directors, Career Services; Nanette Cooley, Gateway counselor; Sarah Stauffer, assistant director, Lafayette College Fund; Grace Reynolds, associate director, Residence Life; and Career Services and Development and College Relations staff.

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