The Penn Arts and Sciences Professional Women’s Alliance (PWA) connects professionally accomplished alumnae of Penn Arts and Sciences who share an appreciation and understanding of the value of a liberal arts education in the workplace, with students and young alumnae of the College, through professional development and career networking opportunities.
PWA hosts a variety of professional development events in New York City. All events have a career networking component to provide opportunities for young alumnae to meet PWA members, often a starting point for building mentoring relationships that last long beyond the events.
Each semester, PWA hosts a Career Roundtables event, which provides students with an opportunity to learn about the variety of career paths possible with a liberal arts degree and network with Penn Arts and Sciences alumnae. PWA’s network also supports other programs on campus including the College Alumni Mentoring Series (CAMS) and Discovery Days.
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Jamie Handwerker, C’83, PAR’19, a partner at KSH Capital, a real estate private equity firm, has chaired PWA since its launch.
“Our paths vary, but what we share is this deep appreciation and understanding of the value of a liberal arts education as it relates to the workplace and a commitment to being a resource, sharing advice, and creating professional development and networking opportunities for students and young alumnae of the College.”
PWA members make themselves available to provide career advice, informational interviews, mock interviews and review resumes to students in the College. To see a list of members and their contact information, sign into QuakerNet, and search SAS Professional Womens Alliance in the directory. Additionally, please join the Linkedin Group to stay up to date on news and events, and be part of the growing network of professionals who share a deep appreciation for their liberal arts foundation.
“It’s so important to pay it forward, to look out for each other, and to help each other. Having a network of women that I can reach out to across industries is really special and incredibly valuable.”
“We see the PWA members as role models – not only are they successful professionally, but they genuinely care and want to help. It’s really admirable what they’re doing and I hope that in the future I can play a similar role.”
“Since graduation, PWA has become an invaluable resource, helping me to connect with other professional women in NYC. The events and connections have helped me think critically about how to navigate my early career and realize the range of career paths a liberal education makes possible.”
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