Although the atmosphere was relaxed and informal, the purpose of the gathering on April 15, 2019, was serious: to provide current students and recent graduates with career mentoring advice. The initiative was organized by the USAID University Scholarship Programs (USP) Alumni Chapter in collaboration with AUB’s Office of Alumni Relations. “This is one of many initiatives that our offices in Beirut and New York are organizing for students and alumni who are seeking help with their careers,” explained Associate Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Salma Oueida. “We are very fortunate because there are many alumni who are well established in their professions who are eager to lend a helping hand to AUB students and alumni.”
The dozens of students and alumni who attended the USP Chapter’s first career mentoring event heard from four AUB alumni: Tina Badran Kfoury (BBA ’94), Souheir Fakhreddine (BEN ’92, MBA ’01), Nada Kerbage Eid (BBA ’98), and Dr. Samir Traboulsi (BEN ’73, MEN ’75, MBA ’80). They are all active advisors on the AUB Alumni Mentoring Platform, an online platform that the Office of Alumni Relations introduced last year to make it easier for young alumni and current students to connect with AUB alumni around the world and benefit from their invaluable experience and professional advice.
The networking event on Monday evening also provided ample opportunities for informal networking. The Office of Alumni Relations is teaming up with various AUB faculties and alumni chapters to organize similar mentoring events around the world. “These types of events are invaluable to our students as they look ahead to their lives after graduation,” said Professor Malek Tabbal, director of AUB’s Leadership, Equity, and Diversity (LEAD) Initiative and provost designee for USAID-USP programs.
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