On Sunday, October 9th, the Economics Club, a student-led organization, sponsored an Alumni Panel in Chancellors Hall. This event was planned by the club under the leadership of its recently elected executive council, President-Abby Kitila, ’24, VP of Communication Ellie Wess ’24, and VP of External Relations Sam Cooper ‘25. The panel included several alums who had traveled to Williamsburg to take part in the panel in addition to other Homecoming Events.
The panelists were:
- Britany Young, Class of 2020, Economist at RTI International
- Keven Lee, Class of 2015, Senior Associate, The Riverside Company
- Hodan Seager, Class of 2018, Settlement Specialist, Jane Street
- Corey Bridges, Class of 2021, Assistant Producer, NPR’s The Indicator from Planet Money
- Jordan Wallace, Class of 2018, Financial Systems Engineer, Capital One
- Alex Schwartz, Class of 2016, Village Planner, Village of Hanover Park
As several students noted. "The Alumni panel contained a wide array of panelists that provided very insightful and informative advice on where a William and Mary economics degree can take you. All of the panelists were able to utilize the electives provided within the economics major to guide their career paths. I particularly enjoyed hearing one panelist work with the Schroeder Center for Health Policy and the influence it had on their current career in health policy research. All in all, this event provides a great opportunity for students to converse with former economic students and gain an understanding of the different paths one can take through this degree. "
“Overall, I really enjoyed the alumni panel and found a lot of value in talking with the panelists. From those who spoke about Financial Economics and economic applications in accounting, to hearing from those who work with the FED and fiscal policy, I gained a variety of new information and learned about ways I could apply to an economics major. I really appreciate networking with the panelists and must emphasize how important it is to continue expanding this event for incoming classes.”
“The alumni panel was a great opportunity to gain inspiration and advice from former William and Mary Economics students. Seeing the diverse array of career paths, the alumni have pursued reflected the power and versatility of an economics degree. I particularly enjoyed hearing about how all of the alumni apply an economic problem-solving mindset to their day-to-day work.”
The department thanks our student leaders for coordinating the event and our wonderful alums for sharing their time and expertise!