On Monday, December 11 the Parents Association sponsored George School’s annual career day with the newly transformed Career Pathways Program. The interactive all-school assembly began in Walton Auditorium with keynote speaker James Kingham ’99, who is the director of career coaching at NYU Stern School of Business. Students then had the opportunity to attend a variety of career workshops on campus to ask questions, and participate in small collaborative group discussions. The industries highlighted in this year’s program included law, sports, art, business, music, and education.
Other alumni speakers were Whitney Trevelyan Louchheim ’96, who is an attorney, an adjunct professor at Georgetown University School of Law, and co-founder of Open City Advocates; and Sam Moyer ’93 who is a professional furniture maker in LA and NYC.
Industry speakers included sports agent, and founder of EMG Sports Ed Wasielewski; Ashley Horne, a professional violinist and graduate of the Juilliard School; Dr. Stuart Chen-Hayes, professor of counselor education at CUNY – Lehman College; Doug Keith, a business leader, entrepreneur, and writer; and Vivian Francesco, licensed professional counselor and certified schema therapist.
During his keynote address, James discussed the three elements of a successful career with students: know your strengths, ask for help, and bring the humanity. “I appreciate how realistic he [James] was about future careers, and about staying in your own lane—everything will fall into place if you do,” said Damara Lowery ’18.
Sam Moyer ’93 shared what it means to turn your art into a career. “The path to being where you are can be winding. It’s important to be open-minded,” Sam said. Dr. Stuart Chen-Hayes talked to students about narrowing down their career choices with the use of evidence-based tools. Ashley Horne discussed the importance of organizational, writing, and number skills, as well as being punctual in connection to having a career in music and the arts.
Michelle Tyson ’18, who is a violist, attended Ashley’s workshop. “I loved hearing about his experiences in LA with music, and the connections he has made,” Michelle said. “I also appreciated how he talked about the prep work that it takes, and the importance of always being on time in music.”
This year’s Career Pathways Program provided valuable insight to students, and a strategic approach of identifying a career that best suits their own personal growth and professional vision.