This past March, the Alumni Association hosted its 2nd Annual Career Panel and Networking Night – A Technology Panel at the home of Heidi and Robert Silverstone. The event featured five panelists – Mark Mezrich, who moderated the panel, Michael Reifman, Josh Mohrer, Kara Levy, and Rachel Burkhoff, each of whom shared insights and personal experiences from their careers, and offered their own unique experience and perspectives on various aspects of the industry. In addition to the five panelists, about twenty people attended the event, and both the panelists and the audience contributed to a really interesting and engaging discussion, which covered everything from recommendations for thinking about careers in the technology sector to the role technology can and should play in Camp.
The goal of the Alumni Association is to bring alumni together to support and reinforce our appreciation for and connection to Camp. In addition to providing an opportunity to reminisce about old times and make new friends, alumni associations can be a great opportunity for networking and making helpful career and community connections. For those of us who attended the Technology Networking Event, the evening offered an opportunity to learn, talk about an interesting topic, network with other professionals with interesting and successful careers, and at the same time to catch up with old friends we don’t often get the chance to see (or in some cases haven’t seen in many years) and to share some old memories about Camp. It was a great way to bring Berkshires Alumni together to connect about shared interests (both professional and Camp-related).
The Alumni Association also brings alumni together through its annual summer internship program. Each summer, returning staff members, can be placed with alumni for an 4-5 week internship experience. This program helps returning staff members to get some experience in an area of interest to them, and also helps to facilitate connections among Camp alumni from different edot.
As our networking initiatives continue to grow, I hope we will continue to be able to bring together Camp alumni in this way to discuss relevant topics, facilitate networking opportunities, and create opportunities to share our connections to Machane Ramah!