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Economics Department Hosts 13th Annual Student-Alumnae Networking Dinner

March 22, 2013

Dean Renée White and Department Chair Masato Aoki with Networking Dinner attendees

On March 21, 2013, the Economics Department welcomed 43 alumnae and 35 students to the 13th annual Economics Student-Alumnae Networking Dinner. Attendees came from diverse fields of expertise, including entrepreneurship, management consulting, investment finance, banking, law, nonprofit development and government administration. 

"[It's] a great opportunity for undergrads to make connections, cultivate relationships and investigate the opportunities an economics student has," said Andrea Ferrante (2014). 

Associate Professor and Economics Department Chair, Masato Aoki notes that the dinner is not just beneficial to the undergrads, but to the alumnae that participate as well. 

"By engaging with current students, our alumnae provide reassurance that, wherever the student is in her academic life…she will succeed and the alumnae community will be there to provide support and encouragement," said Aoki. 

"In this way, the Networking Dinner provides our alumnae with a chance to give back in a concrete and meaningful way," Aoki said. "I know from talking with many seniors and young alumnae, the sense of professional community starts at the Networking Dinner and grows in subsequent years, as they receive e-mails, forwarded by the Department, from alumnae who want to pass on to their Simmons sisters notices about job openings in their company." 

Since its inception in 2001, the dinner has expanded to include a Pre-Networking Dinner Meeting, where alumnae provide networking advice under the Economics Department's Transitions Program. The program also includes an annual Mock Interview Session, where alumnae come back to help juniors and seniors practice their interview skills. 

"As the original organizer of the Economics Student-Alumnae Networking Dinner and now as department chair, I am deeply gratified that our loyal alumnae and our active Economics Student Liaison have helped the Department create a wonderfully effective networking community that supports both current students and the ever-growing Economics alumnae family," said Aoki.

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