QUEST Corporate Hosts First Annual Corporate Partners Networking Reception

Last month, QUEST Corporate hosted its first annual Corporate Partners Networking Reception for QUEST students in the Stamp Student Union on September 16th. The reception aimed to give QUEST students an exclusive view of recruiters prior to the fall recruitment rush.

QUEST Corporate Networking ReceptionThe event was a huge success with over 100 students in attendance as well as representatives from twelve companies including Accenture, APT, BD, Bloomberg, Booz Allen Hamilton, Constellation, Dante, Deloitte, Google, PwC, Thales, and Under Armour. Many of the representatives from the companies were QUEST alumni who were excited to be able to network and interact with current students. Many acknowledged that they wish they had had a similar event during their time in the program.

Danny Laurence, a Q19 alumni representing Dante, stated:

“A lot of the sponsors I talked to were not only impressed with the quality of QUEST students, but also the way in which the event was conducted – it’s rare to have access to students who genuinely want to engage in networking. I think that from a student/alumnus perspective, events like these are immensely important: this is where students can hone their soft-skills and give back to the corporate sponsors that help make the program a continuing success.”

Pictured (left to right): Bobby Fitzgerald, Andrea Kyeremeh, Hargun Kalsi, Victoria Zhao, Ilan Gold, Liya Ai, Naomi Lieberman, & David Howarth

Pictured (left to right): QUEST Corporate Committee Members- Bobby Fitzgerald (Q21), Andrea Kyeremeh (Q22), Hargun Kalsi (Q23), Victoria Zhao (Q24), Ilan Gold (Q22), Liya Ai (Q22), Naomi Lieberman (Q22), & David Howarth (Q21)

For QUEST students, the event also provided a unique opportunity to bond with students from other cohorts.

QUEST Corporate is the newest student-led committee in the QUEST program. Q22 students Ilan Gold and Andrea Kyeremeh saw an unmet need to provide more professional development opportunities and events for QUEST students and came up with the idea for QUEST Corporate last spring.

Ilan said, “I decided to form QUEST Corporate after experiencing the ‘back-end’ of QUEST, through the Scoping course [BMGT491]. Like many other students, I felt that QUEST could be doing more to provide professional development opportunities to our students, so I decided to take my knowledge of QUEST’s corporate outreach process and apply it to building new corporate partnerships.”

According to Andrea, the committee “seeks to increase the visibility between students and QUEST corporate sponsors.”

The committee spent the entire summer planning for the networking reception and is currently working to plan more events for the rest of the year.

 

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