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Career Paths and Journeys

Panelist address an audience of LSOE students and alumni
Panelists discuss their career journeys

(CHESTNUT HILL, MA—4/11/12) Last month the Lynch School of Education, in collaboration with the Council for Women of Boston College, hosted “Career Paths and Journeys as Told by Boston College Alumni,” a career development event featuring a panel of six alumni who work as academics, human development program directors, and business professionals. The event was emceed by Trustee Sue Shea ’76 and drew over 70 students and alumni.

Featured speakers included:

  • Linda Dowling Almeida, Adjunct Professor, New York University, New York
  • Amy Chapman, Director of Faith Formation, St. Ignatius of Loyola, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
  • Kathleen Clements, Professor, Saint Joseph's College, Maine
  • Angela Crispi, Associate Dean, Harvard Business School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • MarieElena McGonigle, Afterschool Program Director, Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation, New York
  • Susan Santoro, Vice President, Nexera Consulting, New York
  • Susan Shea, Council for Women at Boston College

The esteemed speakers shared stories from their professional journeys and networking advice with the audience. 

“Networking is not adding someone on your Linked-In account,” MarieElena McGonigle advised the audience. “It is an in-person interaction. It is meeting for coffee to talk about your career goals and how you can reach these goals with someone who has been there before.”

Many attendees were there for advice on how to make career transitions using a Lynch School degree; others were in search of their first job after graduation.

“It was great to get advice from alumni with such illustrious backgrounds,” said Liz Pomerantz, a Higher Education Master’s students graduating this May. “I found their advice to be thoughtful and practical. I left feeling inspired and ready to start networking.”

Interim Dean Maureen Kenny knows that networking is important in supporting the career pathways of Lynch School students, and that today, more than ever, graduates are applying their degrees in creative ways to work in a variety of fields.

“In the twenty-first century, career paths are inevitably marked by shifts and redirections in response to technological, social, and economic change. The seven alumni sharing their experiences in the fields of education, academia, business, student formation, and human development are examples of the heights that alumni of Boston College can reach, and demonstrate the range of professional endeavors that are enhanced through the study of education", said interim Dean Maureen Kenny. “Whether entering the workforce for the very first time, or making a career shift or advancement—this conversation encouraged our students and alumni to think critically and imaginatively about their professional paths.”

The Lynch School hopes to hold similar programs in the future. For up-to-date event information please visit

Interim Dean Maureen Kenny, Trustee Sue Shea '76, Trustee Kathleen McGillycuddy '71
Interim Dean Maureen Kenny, Trustee Sue Shea '76, and Trustee Kathleen McGillycuddy '71 pose for a photo before the panel discussion.