SophoMORE Connections

SophoMORE Connections provides second-year students an opportunity to explore their academic and career interests through conversations with alumni, faculty, staff, and upperclassmen.


SophoMORE Connections will be held on January 17–18, 2020

Meet the 2019 SophoMORE Connections Keynote Speaker

Clarissa Shah ’10 speaking at SophoMORE Connections in 2019

Clarissa Shah ’10 is a Commercial Sales Attorney at LinkedIn. Prior to LinkedIn, Shah worked at Emerson Electric Company as their supply chain counsel. At Colgate, she double majored in Chinese and Political Science, and still continues her language proficiency. Shah is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, where she concurrently earned her JD and master’s in Chinese literature and language. She was a member of Konosioni and the Student Conduct Board, as well as an active member of the Newman Community. She has also served as a former keynote speaker for the Colgate in Focus program with admission. She resides in Chicago with her husband, Tushin ’10, and their young son.

Industries Represented by Alumni

  • Advertising and Communications
  • Business Services
  • Common Good
  • Creative Industries
  • Consulting
  • Education
  • Entertainment
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Government and Public Policy
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Medicine
  • Public Health
  • Real Estate
  • Sciences
  • Sustainability
  • Technology and Computing

Past Keynote Speakers


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Amy Dudley ’06
Chief Spokesperson, Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative


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Jamil Jude ’09
Artistic Programming Associate, Park Square Theater


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Sian-Pierre Regis ’06
Pop-Culture/Millennial Issues Contributor at HLN, Founder of Swagger


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Yee-Ann Cho ’90
Senior Vice President, Colorado Education Initiative


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Lisa Hillenbrand ’79, P ’16
Director of Global Marketing, Proctor & Gamble


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Julian Farrior ’93
Founder of Backflip Studios