Smith Career Day: Careers in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Smith Career Days are sponsored by the Joel A. Smith III Fund for Career Exploration. These career days are organized twice each year by the Babson Center for Global Commerce and Career & Leadership Development; the fall event focuses on careers in the financial sector, and the spring event explores careers in a variety of industries. Alumni serve as panelists, and the event provides students with an overview of career options, practice interview opportunities and the ability to network with Sewanee alumni. 

Five alumni and one friend of the University will be on campus on February 23 to talk with students about their careers in entrepreneurship and innovation.  Students can attend a networking lunch, panel discussion and have one-on-one time with the visiting professionals through practice interviews.  The participants are:

  • Whitaker Elledge, C'07 - Director of Artist Development, Dualtone Music Group, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Robert Henderson - CEO, JumpCrew, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Jordan Long, C'14 - Director of Business Development and Product, Americas, John Paul an Accor Company, New York, New York
  • Mike Mondelli, C'93, Senior Vice President, TransUnion, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Chase Spurlock, C'09 - Founder and CEO, IQuity, Inc.; Faculty, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Kathryn Thompson, C'96 - Partner and CEO, Thompson Research Group (TRG), Nashville, Tennessee


Smith Career Day Schedule for February 23

Lunch,  McGriff Alumni House - Register on TigerNet by February 20.

Noon-1 p.m.
Students will be assigned to tables based on potential career interest, and alumni will share their career path with the students at their table.

Career Panel, Gailor Auditorium - Register on TigerNet by February 20.

1:15-2:30 p.m.
Each panelist will speak for 7-8 minutes and cover these points:

  • Characterize the employment opportunities their industry/sector and what skills and preparation students will need to succeed in being hired
  • Describe the nature of their current work

Question and answer session will follow.

Networking Break, Gailor Lobby

2:30 - 3 p.m.

Practice Interview Opportunities, Gailor Classrooms. Sign-up on TigerNet by February 21.

Alumni will simulate an interview environment and provide feed-back to each student.

3:05-4:15 p.m. Interview Opportunities (three @ 20 min/each)

  • 3:05-3:25 p.m.
  • 3:30-3:50 p.m.
  • 3:55-4:15 p.m.


Luncheon - McGriff Alumni House; Panel and Practice Interview Opportunities - Gailor Auditorium and Classrooms

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