Jan. 18, 2011

Alumni will share "Pearls of Wisdom" with students

A. Gidget Hopf '72

Every year, dozens of alumni return to campus to share insight about their careers and personal success with current students.

One of those programs is the "Pearls of Wisdom from Successful Leaders" series, run through Geneseo Opportunities for Leadership Development. The workshops resume for spring 2011 with five sessions planned. It kicks off on Friday, Jan. 28, with A. Gidget Hopf '72, who will discuss "Casting the Net for Your First Job."

Hopf is president and CEO of The Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired-Goodwill Industries (ABVI-Goodwill), a $21 million nonprofit organization in Rochester. ABVI-Goodwill prepares and empowers people who are blind or visually impaired to be self-sufficient and contribute to their families and communities through services, work training and other opportunities. Hopf has been recognized nationally for her work in the human services profession. With students, she will provide insights into her successes by sharing stories and offering specific tips and advice on how to land a first job, explore a new opportunity or change course, and how important relationships and networking is in securing a position.

Hopft will lead the workshop on Friday, Jan. 28, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., in the GOLD Leadership Center, MacVittie College Union, Room 114.

Other upcoming topics highlight being a successful leader, being successful with your own business and success in urban planning.

On Tuesday, Feb. 8, Scott Allen, CEO of the Center for Leader Development, will discuss "Exploring Emotionally intelligent Leadership." 

On Monday, Feb. 14, Bob Gardner '84, CEO of Northeast Audit Services, Inc., will share insight into "Running Your Own Business ... It's About More Than Just Your Degree."

On Friday, Feb. 25, David Turner '72, managing director and head of private equity for Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, will speak with students about "From Geography and Urban Planning to Private Equity."

On Monday, March 28, Deb Gaidula Rapone '81, president of bc&j solutions, LLC, will discuss "Building a Corporate Training Business."