Fords on Friday
Fords on Friday is an opportunity for students to chat with alumni about their career path and industry trends. Alumni offer career advice and field questions from students.
Fall 2020: Social Justice Series
Get to know alumni who have dedicated their careers to socially-just causes in a low-pressure virtual environment!
All sessions will be on Zoom. Register in Handshake to receive the Zoom link!
September 11, 2020
12 p.m. EST
Dorrit Lowsen '97
President & COO, Change Finance
Computer Science Major
Co-sponsored by the Department of Computer Science, the Department of Economics, and the Microfinance and Impact Investing Initiative (MI3)
Dorrit has two full-time jobs. She is Co-Founder, President and COO at Change Finance where during the course of a day she may do anything from work with outside counsel to solve a challenging legal or compliance issue, develop a corporate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion policy, work with her co-founder to design an investment product to have a meaningful impact on climate change, or develop a shareholder advocacy campaign to persuade companies they invest in to commit to racial and gender pay equity. Her second full-time job, at the moment, is mom and distance-learning supervisor for a rising first-grader. Mixed in with her Change Finance work, she troubleshoots Zoom calls, reads books with only three-letter words, turns cardboard boxes into Yertle-the-Turtle shells, finds lost astronaut gloves, fetches snacks, and negotiates screen time.
Dorrit's 20+ career has taken a circuitous route. She started her career at a Fortune 500 tech company in an IT role that gave her the opportunity to participate in projects supporting virtually every aspect of the business - logistics, manufacturing, marketing, sales, communications, legal, finance, HR, etc. She went on to manage some of the largest IT projects at the company. After 7 years at Seagate, Dorrit went on to earn her MBA at the NYU Stern School of Business then spent a year at a tech start up in Beijing before returning to the US to make a major career change. She joined Agora Partnerships, brainchild of a fellow 'Ford, as COO where she oversaw development of the first accelerator program to channel investment capital to impact-driven companies in Latin America. She went on to produce award-winning work on energy and environmental policy at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing during the preparation for the Paris Climate Agreement before returning to the U.S. to join Change Finance’s founding team. Over the course of her career, Dorrit has developed professional experience across a range of industries including IT, environment, and finance, and a range of modalities including Fortune 500, start up, government, and non-profit. She holds an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business, an MS in Computer Science from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and a BA from Haverford College where she did an independent major in Computer Science.
September 18, 2020
12 p.m. EST
Vince Warren '86
Executive Director, Center for Constitutional Rights
Political Science Major
Co-sponsored by the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship, the Department of Political Science, the Peace, Justice, and Human Rights Program, and the Department of Sociology
Vincent Warren is a leading expert on racial injustice and discriminatory policing and is the executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights. He oversees CCR's groundbreaking litigation and advocacy work, using international and domestic law to challenge human rights abuses, including racial, gender and LGBT injustice. Under his leadership, CCR successfully challenged the NYPD’s Stop-and-Frisk policy and profiling of Muslims, ended long-term solitary confinement in California’s Pelican Bay Prison, and the torture of prisoners in Abu Ghraib prison. CCR is currently challenging the abuse of migrants at the US southern border, the Muslim Ban and the criminalization of transgender people, as well as providing legal and policy support to Black, Brown and Native organizers across the country.
Previously, Vince monitored South Africa's historic Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings, was a Senior Staff Attorney at the ACLU and a criminal defense attorney for the Legal Aid Society in Brooklyn. He is a graduate of Haverford College and Rutgers School of Law.
September 25, 2020
12 p.m. EST
Julie Min Chayet '91
Managing Director, Private Client Advisor, Bank of America Private Bank
Political Science Major, East Asian Studies Minor
Co-sponsored by the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, the Department of Economics, and the Department of Political Science
Julie Min Chayet is a Managing Director and Private Client Advisor with Bank of America Private Bank in Westport, Connecticut. Julie collaborates with a client’s broader Bank of America team and external advisors to oversee investment, trust, philanthropy, credit and lending services.
Julie joined the firm in 2014. Prior to her current role, she served as a Market Trust Executive for four years, leading a team of Trust Officers in Connecticut, upstate New York and Long Island. Her experience includes ten years with Fiduciary Trust Company International, where she served as a Business Development Officer and Trust Counsel. Previously, Julie practiced law in New York and Connecticut, with a focus on estate planning and settlement.* She holds a B.A. from Haverford College, an M.P.A. from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and a J.D. from Fordham Law School.
Julie is a former board member of the Estate Planning Council of New York City and is a speaker on wealth transfer. She has written articles for Trusts & Estates, Metropolitan Corporate Counsel and Director’s Monthly. She is a member of the New York Bar Association—Section on Trusts and Estates—and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, as well as its New York and Connecticut affiliates. Within the firm, she serves as a Champion for Diversity and Inclusion.
Julie also volunteers with a number of alumni and community organizations. She is past president of the Connecticut chapter of the Fordham Law Alumni Association, past president of the Alumni Association of Haverford College, and current co-chair for the Class of 1991 Annual Giving Fund. In 2016, she received the William E. Sheppard Award for exemplary service to Haverford College for her work in alumni relations. She is a member of the Wildlife Conservation Trust/Timber Owners of New England, a conservation organization in New Hampshire.
*In her role at Bank of America Private Bank, Julie does not provide legal advice.
October 2, 2020
3 p.m. EST
Caitlin Hutchison '06
Assistant Director, Arlington County Department of Human Services
Co-sponsored by Health Studies and the Department of Religion
Caitlin Hutchison has worked for the Arlington County, Virginia Department of Human Services (DHS) since 2009, where she has held a number of positions working with diverse populations and programs related to health and human services. As the DHS Assistant Director since 2016, Caitlin has taken a lead role in initiatives covering wide-ranging issues from homelessness and housing, to child care, to data integration, to racial equity. Caitlin also served as the Acting Housing Assistance Bureau Chief from April-November 2017, and was the Arlington County Human Services Branch Director during the COVID-19 emergency activation from March-July 2020. In addition to a bachelor’s degree in Religion from Haverford College, Caitlin holds a master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from George Mason University, was named one of the Washington, D.C. region’s “40 under 40” by the Leadership Center for Excellence in 2018, and is a 2020 graduate of Leadership Arlington. Prior to working with DHS, Caitlin was the inaugural Coordinator for the Campus Kitchen at Washington and Lee University, and a Program Analyst at the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.
October 9, 2020
3 p.m. EST
Anna Hendrick Karpatkin Benjamin '13
Lead Organizer, Prints for Protest
Visiting Instructor of Fine Arts, Haverford College
Fine Arts Major
Co-sponsored by the Department of Fine Arts and the Hurford Center for Arts & Humanities
Born and raised in New York City, Anna Hendrick Karpatkin Benjamin currently lives and works out of her home studio in Philadelphia, PA. Beginning her arts education at LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, she continued at Haverford College where she received a B.A. in Fine Arts (Printmaking) and Education (2013). After teaching in museums, schools and community art centers in the Philadelphia area, Benjamin went on to receive an M.F.A. in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design (2017). In 2018 she was the inaugural recipient of the West Bay View Foundation Fellowship at Dieu Donné Papermill in Brooklyn, New York, and a Studio Workspace Resident in papermaking at Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, New York in 2019. She utilizes paper, print, drawing and hand cut papers to construct spaces through pattern, repetition and ritual. In addition to her personal practice, Benjamin is the lead organizer of Prints for Protest, a collaborative portfolio project raising funds for communities at risk. She is an Assistant Professor of Drawing at Haverford College and Kutztown University. Her work has been exhibited in New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Ohio and Japan. (annabenjamin.com | @abenjami | email@example.com)
October 16, 2020
3 p.m. EST
Jenny Bogoni '88
Executive Director, Read by 4th
Growth and Structure of Cities Major
Co-sponsored by the Bi-College Education Program, the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship, the Department of Growth and Structure of Cities, the Hurford Center for Arts & Humanities, and the Department of Sociology
Jenny Bogoni is the executive director of Read by 4th, a citywide initiative managed by the Free Library of Philadelphia working to protect every child's right to read. A collective effort of more than 150 organizations, hundreds of individual volunteers, and countless small businesses, Read by 4th is transforming communities, mobilizing volunteers and engaging families to ensure children enter 4th grade reading on grade level. The campaign focuses on kindergarten readiness, school attendance, reading instruction, summer learning and home literacy routines. Prior to leading Read by 4th, Jenny has led a number of other nonprofit initiatives in Philadelphia on issues from the dropout crisis, social emotional development for middle schoolers, youth workforce development and civic engagement and volunteerism. A graduate of Haverford College with a B.A. in the growth and structure of cities, Jenny also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Gabon.
Simone Partridge '14
Director of Communications, Read by 4th
Growth and Structure of Cities Major
Simone Partridge knows the power of a good story. Simone is a communications strategist with a love of behavioral science, cities, and photography. But mostly she’s a storyteller looking to use creativity to make positive change. Simone recently joined Read by 4th as the Director of Communications. There, she’s focused on telling neighborhood stories, sharing family literacy lessons, and highlighting the great work of over 150 partner organizations. Previously, Simone worked at Ogilvy helping FEMA grow a culture of flood-readiness across the Mid-Atlantic. And before that, at Mighty Engine, where she made sure great nonprofits had communications to match. Although Simone graduated Haverford in 2014 as a Growth and Structure of Cities major, she can occasionally be spotted on campus making her way around the nature trail.
October 23, 2020
3 p.m. EST
Marcus Williams '12
High School Japanese Teacher, New Heights Academy Charter School
East Asian Studies Major
Co-sponsored by the Bi-College Education Program, the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship, the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, the Hurford Center for Arts & Humanities, and the Office of International Student Support
Marcus returns to his role at New Heights Academy, teaching Japanese language and culture to students in New York City's District 6. Before returning to this role, he worked as the Assistant Director of International Outreach Support at College Board, where he supported colleagues in strategy implementation, managed various databases for international secondary and higher education institutions, training and building resources for his colleagues. He has been a part of events such as their 2019 Chinese Bridge Delegation to connect US district and school leaders to Chinese schools, and a summer workshop series in Abu Dhabi to support the instructors of Advanced Placement.
Moving into his sixth year of teaching, Marcus has developed teaching materials to support students of various learning styles and levels to explore Japanese language and culture. Over the summers he has also taken high school students on one month overseas exchanges through organizations such as World Learning's The Experiment in International Living and CIEE's High School Summer Abroad.
Outside of work, Marcus is an avid student of world languages and dabbles in music, he also mentors a number of former students and current college-aged alumni to support their post-collegiate goals. He previously has participated in a panel for Multicultural Alumni Action Group's (MAAG) panel on networking. He is passionate about world language instruction in classrooms, and exploring methods to increase better awareness for students of color to be supported in cross-cultural opportunities in their secondary and collegiate careers.
October 30, 2020
12 p.m. EST
Saumya Varma '18
Project Director, Calcutta Foundation
Co-sponsored by the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship, Health Studies, the Microfinance and Impact Investing Initiative (MI3), Peace, Justice, and Human Rights Program, and the Department of Sociology
Saumya graduated from Haverford College in 2018 with a major in Sociology, minor in Health Studies and a concentration in Peace Justice and Human Rights. After working for a year in a law firm in Philadelphia, she returned to Calcutta to start Project Mayuri, an initiative under her grandmother's foundation, Calcutta Foundation. Project Mayuri is working in suburban and rural West Bengal to increase access to healthcare for women and children through monthly rural outreach clinics. It aims to highlight issues faced by women concerning their health that are often overlooked or unaddressed because they are considered taboo. Due to the start of the pandemic in March 2020, Mayuri redirected its efforts to provide COVID relief, sending dry rations, cooked food, masks, and other material to daily wage workers in the villages in the Diamond Harbor and slums in and around Kolkata. While these efforts were still underway, the catastrophic effects of Super Cyclone Amphan required Mayuri to shift gears and begin relief efforts for the thousands of people left without shelter, food, and safety.