2017 Beyond the Gates: Preparing for Life and Work after Sewanee

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Juniors and seniors are invited to participate in this fast-paced and engaging weekend (January 13 and 14, 2017) staffed by alumni and parents from a variety of career fields and areas of the country. The thirteenth-annual weekend includes networking opportunities, practice interviews, business dining etiquette, career-specific panel discussions, and advice on life and work after Sewanee. Registration closed on November 15, 2016.

Beyond the Gates Schedule 2017

2017 Beyond the Gates Alumni and Parent Participants - will be available at a later date.

Students who participate in Beyond the Gates have the chance to network with helpful alumni and parents and to learn about

  • various careers and career paths
  • how to begin and conduct a job search
  • helpful tips on interviewing and the opportunity for a practice interview
  • resumes and cover letters with the opportunity for a critique
  • what it's like to live and work in various cities from those who are there
  • personal finance and budgeting
  • business dining etiquette and networking techniques
  • succeeding in the first year on the job


‌This year's keynote speaker is Mercedes Abramo, C'92. Ms. Abramo is CEO and president of Cartier North America, a role she has held since 2014. She joined Cartier in 2008 after leadership roles at Tiffany & Co. Prior to her work at Tiffany’s, she was in the hospitality industry and worked at Loews Hotels, Doral Golf Resort and Spa, and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.

She graduated from Sewanee in 1992 with a degree in political science and continued her education, earning an MBA in International Luxury Brand Management from ESSEC Business School in 2002 and studying at Columbia Business School in their General Management Leadership Program in 2013. Ms. Abramo serves on the board of Jewelers of America and on the Advisory Board of the Luxury Education Foundation. 



Networking Etiquette and Business Dining Etiquette will be taught for the ninth time by Sewanee parent Virginia "Gina" H. Johnson, former associate vice president for Auxiliary Services at the University of Alabama and certified by the Emily Post Institute. 

Registration will close on TigerNet, at midnight, November 15, 2016. Now in its thirteenth year, the event is often full prior to the registration deadline.  Successful registration also involves approval of an up-to-date resume by Career & Leadership Development staff, uploading your resume on TigerNet, completing the StrengthsQuest assessment, and completing the Statement of Understanding and registering with Residential Life to return early to your room. (Links to be provided soon.) Until these steps are complete, you will not be considered a registered participant. All registered students will be sent links, instructions and deadlines for competing the steps to be considered completely registered as an attendee.

Past attendees said: 

"I learned so much from the weekend! It was such a helpful experience. I was unsure about what I wanted to do with my future, but after talking to everyone, I feel more confident about future career choices, along with the fact that I can actually survive after college!"

"As the first of my family to graduate college looking for a professional job, Beyond the Gates has thoroughly established an extensive foundation on how to seek employment and succeed once employed."

"It was reassuring to know that many who have attended grad school had a waiting period in between their graduation from Sewanee and their entrance into grad school. It helped me realize that I should set my goals on entry level jobs that will help me focus on what I really want to do with my future."

"Sewanee alumni really do want to help you!"


2015 BTG Alumni and Parents

Gailor Auditorium and Classrooms, Convocation Hall, Sewanee Inn

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