What a weekend! My first John Carroll Weekend in Seattle, Washington (also my first time to the Pacific Northwest). Alumni panels. City tours. Flying fish. Chihuly Glass Gardens. John Carroll Awards Banquet. Inspiring panels featuring notable alumni. The weekend had it all!
Alumni Career Services managed two John Carroll Weekend programs: a panel entitled The Future is Female: Empowering Women and Girls as Change Agents, Innovators, and Influencers and the Second Annual Alumni Pitch Competition.
The Future is Female panel was introduced by Julia Farr Connolly (C’88) and the Honorable Nancy Pelosi, moderated by the Honorable Melanne Verveer (SLL’66, G’69, Parent’94), and featured four Hoya women who are leading the way for women’s engagement nationwide:
- Helen Brosnan (C’16), Executive Director, Rise to Run
- Terri Carmichael Jackson (C’89, L’92), Director of Operations, Women’s National Basketball Players Association
- Elizabeth Nye (F’94), Executive Director, of Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest
- Sasha Spencer Atwood (B’01), Director of External Affairs, TrackTown USA
Speaker Pelosi’s remarks at the beginning of the panel set the tone for the discussion: “There is an evidence-based case that we’ve never had before,” she said, “that it’s not just the right thing to do, but the great moral imperative of the 20th century, to achieve women’s equality.”
The Second Annual Alumni Pitch Competition was held at the WeWork Holyoke building, an historic building just a few blocks from the Four Seasons where the Future is Female panel took place. Four alumni entrepreneurs competing for the coveted title of Winner and the monetary prize to aid them in continuing their startup dreams took to the stage to pitch their startups to a panel of alumni judges.
The 2018 pitch competitors were:
- Ada Vaughan (MBA’06), CEO of Chore Check, LLC
- Sarabeth Boak (C ’11), co-founder of Stitchbridge, Inc.
- Giana Korth (B’10), founding member of Tampon Tribe
- Jake DeCicco (B’16), co-founder and COO of SUNNIVA Super Coffee
This year’s panel of judges included: David G. Brown (Parent’14), Managing Partner, Oak Hill Venture Partners and Vice President, Keystone Inc.; Monica Ferguson (B’00), Co-Founder and CEO, Solemates; Douglas Knopper (MBA’85), Co-Founder/Co-CEO, FreeWheel TV; Alan D. Gould (F’83), Co-Managing Partner, Peak Opportunity Partners; Mike Shim (C’95), Managing Member and Founder, True North Cos.; and Eric Woods (B’91), Founder, Paladin Ventures.
After a lengthy decision-making process, the judges named Tampon Tribe the 2018 Pitch Competition Winners!
Many thanks to our generous sponsors for their contribution to the Pitch Competition prize: Devon George (B’01), Shulman Rogers, Netcito, Social Lens Research, and Spotluck.
Now that John Carroll Weekend is over, the Alumni Career Services team turns its attention to the upcoming Women’s Forum as its next major programming milestone. We look forward to bringing you more programming updates throughout the year as our calendar marches on!