BardWorks Program 2017

2017 Schedule

Below is the schedule from our 2017 program. The 2018 schedule will be posted AFTER it is completed, around January 28th. For more information, email

Sunday, January 22

3:30-5:00 PM Check-In
Bito Hall, Main Lobby
4:00 PM Navigating the Job Search as a First Generation College Student
Bito 210
Join Assistant Professor of Biology Brooke Jude and Director of Residence Life Darnell Pierce to have a conversation of what it means to be a first gen college student going through a post-college job search. Talk through good ideas and challenges, and get advice and tips for your search.
5:00 PM Arrive and Check-In at Bito Hall
Dinner (catered by Chipotle)
6:00 PM Welcome Panel
Members of the Bard Works team talk about the week, talk about who they are, and talk about how they can help you in the program and through the rest of their college experience.
Writing an Introduction for Your Mentor
Contact assigned Bard mentor to schedule Skype or phone appointment, and 
develop rolodex and timeline/wish list for Bard Works
Erin Cannan, Associate Director, Center for Civic Engagement, Bard College

Monday, January 23
MPR, Campus Center
Interview Skills day

8:30 – 9:30 am Breakfast at Kline Commons
9:30-9:45 AM Morning Catch-Up – Check-In on Mentor Communication
Erin Cannan, Associate Director, Center for Civic Engagement, Bard College
9:45-11:00 AM Panel: Human Resources Professionals and Hiring Managers
Learn about general hiring and recruitment practices, including the application process, background and reference checks, and interviews. Panelists will share insights and tips for successful job search and networking strategies.
Moderator: Maureen Aurigemma, Career Development Office,
Eileen Kern ’09, MAT ’13, Product Marketing Manager, iCIMS
Sean Brix, Manager of Talent Acquisition and Diversity, Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union
Jenna Kelly, Administrative Staffing Division Manager, Ethan Allen Workforce
11:00 AM-12:30 PM Workshop: Résumé Round Table
Led by Career Development Office staff
12:30-1:30 PM Lunch (catered by Taste Budd’s)
1:30-3:30 PM Value Based Work
Ariana Stokas ‘00, Dean for Inclusive Excellence
Erin Cannan, CCE
3:45-5:30 PM Elevator Pitch & Interview Prep Workshop
Elisabeth Giglio, Career Development Office
5:30-6:30 PM Dinner
Kline Dining Commons

Tuesday, January 24
MPR Campus Center
Resume/Writing Day

8:30 – 9:30 am Breakfast at Kline Commons
9:30 – 10:00 am Morning Catch-Up
9:45-11:00 AM Workshop: Writing for the Workplace
Explore ways of professional writing and get practice developing your writing voice for the workplace.
Jordan Bolte, Area Coordinator, Office of Residence Life
Jacob Testa, Area Coordinator, Office of Residence Life
11:15 AM-12:45 PM Funding Your Dream: Finding and Writing Grants
                        Bonnie Goad, Development Manager, CCE
12:45 - 1:30 PM Lunch -- Taste Budds
1:30-2:30 PM Etiquette for the Workplace
Erin Cannan, CCE
Debra Pemstein, Vice President, Office of Development and Alumni/ae Affairs
6:00 PM-6:45 PM Cocktails
Manor House
6:45 PM Dinner
Etiquette: Debra Pemstein, Vice President, Office of Development and Alumni/ae Affairs & Erin Cannan, CCE
Wine Education: Alan Wolfzahn, Assistant Director of Dining Services & Catering Director

Wednesday, January 25
MPR, Campus Center

8:30 – 9:30 am Breakfast at Kline Commons
9:45-10:00 AM Morning Catch-Up
10:00AM - 12:00PM Workshop: Using LinkedIn for Networking and Your Job Search
Bring your laptop to follow along and develop an effective LinkedIn profile. We will also explore LinkedIn’s resources for networking, job searches, and more.
Sarah Drabick, Assistant Director, CDO
12:00-1:15 PM
Lunch + Mentor Check-In
Kline Commons
1:15-3:15 PM Workshop: Telling Your Story
Paul Marienthal, Dean for Social Action & Director, TLS Program
David Register, Academic Advisor, Bard Prison Initiative
3:30-5:30 PM Demystifying Difference: Finding Common Points of Interest with Colleagues, or not, and Being a Rockstar at Work
Many of us have heard about connecting with people who are different from us. What does that look like when there are no common points of interest? How do we maintain our authentic selves and take risks with people who aren’t like us? This session will give participants an opportunity to engage across difference, have a difficult conversation, to ultimately begin demystifying difference and use empathy as a tool to engage.
Carlos iro Burgos, Search Analyst at On-Ramps
5:30-6:30 PM Dinner
Kline Commons
6:30-8:00 PM Reducing Interview Anxiety
Erica Kiesewetter, Associate Conductor for the Bard College Community Orchestra; Visiting Associate Professor of Music

Thursday, January 26

(All panels and lunch will take place at New York Law School, 185 West Broadway, NYC).
A special note of thanks goes out to our parent sponsors David Brooks and Patricia Lambert whose generous support made this day possible.  
Thank you to our wonderful NYC host Ella Mae Estrada, New York Law School.

6:30 AM Continental Breakfast
Kline Commons
6:45 AM Board Bus to New York City
10:15 AM       Introduction
Jeff Schwartz, Deloitte
10:30 am Panel: Communications
Moderator, Erin Cannan
Yvonna Groom ‘13, Social Media Strategist, Egami Group
Dirk Standen, Editor-in-Chief, 23 Stories, Conde Nast
Zach Kussin ‘09, Real estate and travel reporter, New York Post
Ben Powers ‘14,  Executive Associate and Freelance Writer
Stephana Bottom, Food Stylist | Writer | Producer
Nadine Tadros, Global Producer, The Moth 
11:45 Break
12:15 Lunchtime Conversation
Natalie Leonard, Recruiting Manager at Core Staffing
1:00 PM Panel: Careers in Social Justice Education
Moderator, Bethany Nohlgren
Gabe Blau ‘02, LGBT Rights/Nonprofit Strategy Consultant
Jonathan Chavez ‘12, College Persistence Counselor, Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation
Ting Ting Cheng ’02, Trial Attorney, Brooklyn Defender Services
Cynthia Conti-Cook ‘03, Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Society
Scott Osborne, Social Advocate, Writer, Teacher
Ato Williams ‘12, Social Worker, Services for the Underserved
Diane Menio, Executive Director, Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly
2:15 PM Break
2:30 PM International Affairs
Moderator, Rachel Meyer
Adam Samson, Reporter, fastFT
Mia McCully, Consultant, United Nations Women
Jared Rabinowitz, Staff Writer, Development, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
Elias Primoff, Deputy Editor, Doctors Without Borders (MSF)
John Spangler, Senior Associate, Global Health Strategies
Jonathan Cristol, Fellow, World Policy Institute, Senior Fellow, Center for
Civic Engagement at Bard College
4:00 PM 4:15 PM

6:00 -7:30 PM

Roundtable: Working in the Arts  
Adam Brightman, Producer
Nicole de Jesus ’94 Director of Development, TON
Peri Mauer ’76, Composer, Cellist
Brennan Cavanaugh ’88, Professional Freelance Photographer
Mark Street ’86, Professor of Film, Fordham College Lincoln Center
Aaron Warman, Celebrity Makeup Artist
Jennie Goldstein, Assistant Curator, Whitney Museum
Jenna Breiter, Graphics and Print Shop Manager at The Specialists, Ltd.
Karen Shapiro ‘78, Producer, BDKS Productions

Bard College Alumni/ae Association Board of Governors Reception
Welcome Remarks: Brandon Weber ‘97, Alumni/ae Trustee;
Vice President, Bard College Board of Governors

Friday, January 27

10:30 – 10:45 am Morning Catch-Up
10:45 am–12:15 pm Workshop: Next Steps
Set goals, finalize your resume, draft that cover letter, brush-up your LinkedIn profile, and clea- up Facebook. Sit with Bard staff and Bard Works peers to tackle your career and networking to do list.
12:15 – 1:30 pm Closing Lunch & Taste Budd’s Chocolate Tasting
Eat a yummy local lunch and network with each other
1:30 – 3:00 pm Moving On
Paul Marienthal, Dean for Social Action and Director of the Trustee Leader Scholar Program, Bard College