Men's Lacrosse Travels To Boston For Annual Career Networking Day

Jan. 11, 2018

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Providence, R.I. – On Monday, January 8, the Providence College lacrosse team traveled to Boston for the program's Annual Career Networking Day. It marks the fourth-consecutive year of this event and the first year that it was held in Boston.  The previous three years were hosted in New York City.

The day kicked-off at New Balance headquarters where the team was hosted by former Friar lacrosse alumnus Garrett Kanter ’10.  Kanter and his team including John Gregory, Jared Hager, Paul Heffernan, Paulina Kelly, Dave Kent, Zach Schreier and Josh Wilder presented to the team on the history of New Balance and how they have carved their niche as a premier brand in the ultra-competitive environment of sports apparel and equipment.

From there the team traveled to Wellington Management where a panel of executives provided an inside look at the many different facets of an investment firm.  The panel included Andrew Bayerl ‘07, Chris Kamm ’97, Mike Stack ‘14P, Justin Stephan ’93 and Ed White ’95.  The student-athletes gained insight on the career paths of these professionals and advice on how they can gain internships and jobs in their demanding industry.
The next stop was a presentation by Ken Leahy ’00, Orthopedic Device Sales Manager at Surgi-care Inc.  Leahy spoke about how the work ethic and teamwork required to be successful in lacrosse has helped him in his career in sales.  He also provided guidance on what the student-athletes should be doing from the time they are freshman until they graduate to position themselves for success after college.

Colliers International was the next stop of the day where the team was treated to a presentation from Jeff Black ’06 and Lauren Vecchione ’08.  Both Black and Vecchione spoke about the power of the Friar alumni network and how it opened doors for them to obtain successful careers.   Kevin Phelan ’66 was instrumental in setting up this visit and has been a tremendous mentor to many of our lacrosse student-athletes over the years.

The team then visited Income Research and Management where they were hosted by Matt Conroy ’92 as well as Paula Romanchuck and Jack Sommers.  Corporate culture and the commitment to growth as a person and as a team were the driving message from this panel of executives.  They gave specific examples of the qualities they are looking for in applicants at their company and emphasized the importance of a team centric work environment.

The final stop was at the Boston Bruins where Sarah McMahon, Billy Ricci ’14 and Christine Rossi ’10 gave an interactive presentation to the team about the results driven, customer focused work space that they thrive in.  They shed light on the day to day schedule of what it is like to work in professional sports and the dynamic opportunities that they encounter.

The day concluded with a Friends of Friar Lacrosse Reception at the Granary Tavern.  More than 40 alumni, parents and friends of the program joined Head Coach Chris Gabrielli and his staff at this signature event and more than $25,000 was raised for the program.  The event was hosted by Michael Glynn ’87.

“Looking back at the last four years, this program has provided our team with direct access to the most successful Friar alumni and the most elite companies in the world.  From Facebook and Twitter to Wall Street and everything in between, the strength of our Friar network continues to open doors for our student-athletes and is evidenced through our host of seniors who have already accepted job offers for next year,” said Head Coach Chris Gabrielli.    “I want to thank all of the alumni and friends who hosted us on Monday as well as Michael Glynn for hosting our evening reception.  This has become a signature event for our program and puts our student-athletes on an inside track for success after PC.”



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