Simmons alumnae prove to be great resource for current students
Carmen Baez '79 with Simmons students during annual trip to Omnicom in NYC.
Simmons College has an alumni network of more than 50,000 career professionals who are making an impact on society. Simmons alumnae are an invaluable resource to the Simmons community, and many are more than willing to help students achieve their career goals.
Due to the small, intimate size of Simmons, it's easy for students to reach out, connect, and receive support from alumni across various industries. Mentorship programs, networking events, and annual trips help bring together current students with the alumnae network.
For 12 years, Simmons alumna Carmen Baez '79, president of Latin America at Diversified Agency Services (DAS), has hosted a group of Simmons students at an Omnicom Group office in New York City. Omnicom is one of the largest advertising, marketing, and corporate communications companies in the world, and it maintains a premier client list that includes Apple, McDonald's, and Volkswagen.
What first started as a small group of students traveling to NYC in a rented van has now evolved into a highly anticipated annual event. This year, a group of 17 students met with Carmen for a full day of meetings, presentations, and networking with industry leaders.
"Every year I look forward to engaging with the Simmons students who visit us at Omnicom for an immersion afternoon," says Carmen Baez '79. "It is refreshing and inspiring for me to spend time with the fabulous young talent that is coming out of Simmons. It recharges me and reminds me that there is a cadre of fantastic women coming into our industry and that the future is bright."
The Omnicom trip is co-sponsored by the Simmons chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and it is open to all students interested in communications. Students on the trip are taught how to excel in the competitive communications industry, and are exposed to the various career and internship opportunities that are available to them.
"Simmons has a great number of successful graduates whose ties with the college make them proud to connect with current students in hopes of helping them to succeed after graduation," says Vice President of PRSSA Elin Boman '13. "Their stories give us the ability to learn from their mistakes and successes, while their willingness to help gives a crucial boost to the start of our professional careers."
Are you a Simmons alumna interested in connecting with current students? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.