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NEW Northern California reaches out to UC Berkeley students

Wednesday, February 27, 2013  
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Fifty graduate and undergraduate students at University of California, Berkeley gathered on campus to gain career advice from executives at an outreach event held by the Network of Executive Women Northern California, Feb. 12, 2013. 

Linda Nordgren, vice president and general manager, homecare and general merchandise at Safeway Inc.; Geetha Solheim, green chef at Method Products Inc.; Mary Tarczynski, chief marketing officer at Collective Bias; Caroline Winnett, head of business development at Nielsen Neurofocus; and Nicola Moss, national account manager for The Clorox Company, offered advice on "Thinking Outside the ABC's: Business Careers in the CPG Industry.”

Topics covered by the panel included practical job-hunting techniques, what employers look for in candidates and how new graduates can leverage their skills to land their first job.

"The event was a great opportunity to meet some very influential women in the relevant fields that I am interested in,” said Maria Vercetti, a 2013 graduate of UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business, "but the most important thing that stuck with me is the fact that there is more than just one way to success and flexibility is the key.”

The panelists also offered insights on developing networking skills. "I especially liked the emphasis placed on networking,” said Jason Teh, who is studying civil and environmental engineering. "There were so many opportunities provided to students to communicate with these well-respected professionals.”

The event directly fostered new relationships. "I ended up having so much fun chatting with an executive that we now will be keeping in touch over lunches in the Bay Area,” said Christine To, a 2013 Haas School of Business graduate. "This event was great at bringing mentors to young people. I hope these events continue and I one day can give back by mentoring a student when established.”

Industry executives offered career advice to 50 graduate and undergraduate
UC Berkeley students during a NEW Northern California outreach event.

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