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O’Brien Center for Career Development

Professional Development Retreat

Merrimack College launched a career development initiative for select upper class students in April 2016. The program is designed to build emotional intelligence and skills to assist in professionalism, communication, and networking. 

Merrimack College will be hosting two Professional Development Retreats, both will be held at the Battery Wharf Hotel in Boston. Through an application process, 60 members of the class of 2018 and 60 members of the class of 2019, from a wide range of academic disciplines, will be invited to participate.

Sample Schedule

Day 1: 

  • 9:15am: Welcome Address by Michael Shunney ’80, President & Chief Operating Officer, The Advocator Group sponsored by The Advocator Group
  • 10:30am: Session 1 - Understanding & Communicating Your Strengths sponsored by Huron Consulting
  • 12:30pm: Your Connections, Your Future: A Lunch & Learn with Young Alumni 
  • 2:00pm: Session 2 - Team Problem Solving sponsored by the State Street Foundation
  • 4:00pm: Session 3 - The Art of Networking 
  • 6:00pm: Networking Reception featuring President Christopher E. Hopey, Ph.D, Merrimack College
  • 7:30pm: Etiquette Dinner

Day 2: 

  • 8:00am: Staying Connected: Networking Breakfast
  • 9:30am: Session 4 - Telling Your Story
  • 12:00pm: Lunch featuring Joanna Catalucci ’88, Senior Management Director & Guggenheim Funds Chief Compliance Officer, Guggenheim Investments sponsored by Patriot Energy Group
  • 1:00pm: Wrap Up & Conclusion

How to Apply

Applications are open, click here to apply for this exclusive opportunity today! All applicants will be notified of their acceptance status on October 6, 2017.

The deadline for applications is midnight on October 1, 2017.

Contact Emily Gehrdes with questions: