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SU Expert Breakfast series connects aspiring professionals to established alumni

Long known as a hub of innovation, Boston-area SU alumni and friends have consistently embraced new ways of networking, conducting business, and supporting Syracuse University’s changing initiatives. From the formation of the first Regional Council to being the first city with a program focused on volunteer fundraising, many new ideas that ensure SU’s long-term growth have been rooted in Boston. Now, once again, Boston is at the forefront—as the first city to host a Syracuse University Expert Breakfast.

Frank BrittBoston Regional Council member Frank Britt ’88 came up with the idea for the event in an effort to provide meaningful connections between recent SU graduates and those who are well established in the region.

Britt, CEO of Penn Foster and advisory partner to Bain Capital Ventures, hosted the first expert breakfast in April, welcoming six Generation Orange alumni (graduates of the past 10 years) to his South End office. Britt discussed his own career, what he’s learned, and lessons that could be universal. The young alumni were able to ask questions, make comments, and connect with Britt and each other in a relaxed setting.

“Massachusetts is a primary market for sourcing and placement of SU graduates, and helping recent grads better chart their career pathways is a role we can all play across sectors and disciplines,” Britt says. “The notion that it takes a village has never been more true than today, and the greater Boston SU community can play an important role in helping folks realize their highest potential.”

According to Bill McEvoy ’07 one of the Generation Orange alumni who attended the breakfast, “It’s no wonder Frank is where he is today. Hearing Frank’s story inspired me to think outside the box when it comes to traditional networking and career development. It was an invaluable experience to have access to such an established and successful Syracuse alum in the Boston area.”

“We’re always looking for ways to keep alumni connected to the University and each other,” says David Wishart ’07, director of regional advancement at Syracuse University. “For example, the annual SUccess in the City event is very popular in Boston and elsewhere, but our goal is to offer a number of these exclusive career networking opportunities throughout the year at various spots in the region. The Expert Breakfast series is a new way to make the University’s presence in Boston even stronger.”

The next SU Expert Breakfast is scheduled for Tuesday, August 27, 2013, at Grove Street Advisors. For more information, or to attend the next breakfast event, contact David Wishart at awishart@syr.edu.