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Cate Connect allows alumni to engage with the School and interact with current students in and out of the classrooms. It enables students to network with Cate alumni from various career fields and affinity groups. 

Professional Development

October 18, 2023
Christopher Chau ’06
EMEA Head of Morgan Private Ventures

Student members of the Cate Business Club spent an afternoon chatting with Christopher to learn about the personal qualifications that finance firms look for when hiring. Christopher also shared how students can prepare for life and careers beyond the Mesa.

October 18, 2023

Alisa Ahlstone Lewis ’89 and Hilary Keller ’93 shared insights regarding the MBA application process based on their experience and roles as Business School Admission Officers.

November 02, 2023
Brent Bennett ’10
Buzzfeed Senior Video Producer & Manager
Eleanor Bennett ’10
Aspen Public Radio Morning Edition host, reporter and podcast producer
Brennan Cusack ’11
MFA candidate at USC’s John Wells Division for Writing for Screen
Will Meldman ’08
Founder & CEO of Double Down Pictures

Invited by the Career Club, Brent, Eleanor, Brennan, and Will shared stories about their experiences and journeys in their respective professional fields as film producers, radio hosts, and print journalists.

November 14, 2023
Gregory Lemmons ’96
Intellectual Property Attorney

Student members of the Art Club learned about various writing competitions available in addition to how Gregory, Script2Comic contest winner, balances his law career and passion for the arts.

December 06, 2023
Walter Douglas ’73
Retired Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, East Asian and Pacific Bureau (EAP)

Ewe Speaks, Cate’s speech and debate club, learned strategies to improve their public speaking skills from Walter. Students also gained insights into a career path in the foreign services field.

December 07, 2023
Jenny Dearborn P’16,’19,’21
Chief People Officer of Productboard

Jenny shared advice on how the Class of 2024 can prepare for their next chapter beyond Cate. Students participated in discussions regarding résumé writing, interviewing skills, and establishing LinkedIn accounts.

January 18, 2024
Anne Sewall ’08
Westfield Real Estate Asset Management

Cate’s Investment Club met with Anne to learn basic concepts and terminologies from the real estate asset management world. Anne provided students with mock scenarios of properties in three different cities and led a discussion focusing on the advantages and disadvantages of each location.

January 31, 2024
Tina Brown ’05
Clean Grid Alliance Consultant

Diving deep into the industry’s history and predicted projections, Tina Brown provided insights regarding the clean energy field to Environmental and Business Club students. Tina encouraged students to find their purpose by allowing themselves to take meandering roads as they explore future career paths.

Affinity Groups

October 17, 2023
Karla Casariego ’08, Fernando Hurtado ’12, Stephanie Flores ’12, Vanessa Lizárraga ’12, Edgar Martin ’13, and Yansy Salmerón ’13 gathered with members of the Hispanic and Latino Alliance to celebrate each other’s achievements and share the challenges that they have overcome.

February 24, 2024
Returning to the Mesa to join the Black History Month celebrations, Daniel Cherry III ’96 encouraged the students to learn from their mistakes and to have the courage to think differently when it comes to the quest for Greatness.