Professional Networks Professional Networks are created to support undergraduate
professional development, promote alumni engagement with Colgate, and cultivate new professional
opportunities for members.
Each Professional Network addresses four strategic outcomes on an annual basis. The following outcomes are considered part of the mission of each group:
- Professional Advancement: Provides an opportunity for alumni members to find professional mentors, learn industry trends, identify new employment leads, develop practical skills, and advance their professional and/or business success.
- Brand Advancement: Professional Networks serve to advance Colgate's public brand by increasing its visibility and highlighting innovation that Colgate has brought to the world.
- Student Success: Provide an on-ramp for students to professional industries by offering advice and mentorship, internships and job shadows, hiring opportunities, as well as access and participation in the Professional Network’s events and programs as appropriate
- Support for Colgate: Deliver a consistent message that Colgate University is the shared thread between alumni and students and should support the institutional needs for philanthropy and service.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are Colgate Professional Networks?Colgate Professional Networks are communities of alumni who assemble under common and/or complimentary professional industries or interests. Following pilot programs in entertainment and real estate, Colgate Professional Networks began in the summer of 2013 to cultivate new professional opportunities for members, promote alumni engagement, and support undergraduate professional development. Through regular discussions and events, these networks offer a unique blend of professional opportunities for alumni, students, and the university.
How do I join?Colgate Professional Networks are open to all alumni. If alumni are employed in a related industry and updated his/her Colgate profile, they are automatically part of the network. Interested in participating in other networks? Simply visit your profile in the alumni directory and indicate which networks you'd like to join. If you are interested in taking a more active role in an existing Colgate Professional Network, please contact the volunteers listed for the appropriate network or Tim Mansfield, Associate VP and Director of Alumni Relations.
There is no professional network for my industry. Will you be creating more?There is no professional network for my industry. Will you be creating more?
After the first year, the success of the Colgate Professional Networks will be evaluated. From this point, the appropriate steps will be taken to meet the employment trends of alumni and the students’ needs. These adjustments could involve assembling new networks, promoting existing groups to official Colgate Professional Networks, or reshaping current networks.
How are the Colgate Professional Networks funded?Colgate Professional Networks are funded (in part) by the Office of Alumni Relations operating account. Funds are used for events and networking purposes, and (in some cases) to provide resources for students to attend alumni programs. More often, registration fees for events help offset the cost to support these groups. Alumni may make contributions to a Professional Network, but they are not considered charitable gifts to Colgate unless it benefits students or the university.
|Tim Mansfield |
Director of Alumni Relations
|Jillian Arnault '10 |
Alumni Engagement Coordinator
|Tim McEvoy '13 |
Assistant Director of Alumni Relations