Christendom’s career development office will welcome speakers from the fields of political journalism, communications, business management, and event planning to campus this spring for the Outside the Box and Life on Tap speaker series. Geared to help students discern their career paths, the talks will offer students practical guidance in how to excel after graduation.

A liberal arts education opens doors to many different careerpaths, but discerning which one to take can be a difficult task. These speaker series offer students the ability to learn more about different fields from successful figures, all without having to leave campus.

The Outside the Box speaker series, which brings Catholic professionals to campus, will welcome political journalist John McCaslin and Vatican communications expert Sean-Patrick Lovett this spring. McCaslin has worked as a radio station news director, White House correspondent, assistant national editor, and regular columnist for The Washington Times. He has been a regular guest of MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends, and C-SPAN’s Washington Journal. He has been guest host for Rush Limbaugh, Mary Matalin, Sam Donaldson, Oliver North, and Michael Reagan, among other syndicated radio hosts. Currently, McCaslin is the editor of the Rappahannock News.

Lovett, head of the English section of the Dicastery of the Holy See, which oversees all communication offices of the Holy See and the Vatican City State, will speak to students about the communications field. Previously, Lovett has headed the English Department of Vatican Radio. Lovett has also worked as a professor of media and management at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Lovett is a frequent guest of Christendom College’s St. Columcille Institute in Ireland each summer.

The Career Development Office’s other speaker series, Life on Tap, will welcome successful alumni from a variety of fields to campus throughout the spring semester, all ready to mentor interested students.

Jackson Kulick (’09) and Dan Beller (’12) will speak to students about how to succeed in business management. Kulick is the joint CEO of Blue Ridge Graphics, a consultant for a Solar company and has also helped to start two non-profits. Beller is the chief operating officer of Econize Closets & Blinds, where he has been employed since before his graduation. Beller manages all aspects of operations including scheduling, sales, inventory, custom material orders, HR, and accounting.

Alex Klassen (’04) and Maria McFadden (’18) will speak to students about careers in event planning. Klassen is the development coordinator at Chelsea Academy and has coordinated the primary fundraisers for both Chelsea and Gregory the Great Academy, as well as multiple other large events and gatherings. McFadden initially worked as a florist at the Inn at Little Washington after graduation before taking on her current role as an event planner for the Hewell Events Group in Washington, D.C.

Christendom alumni graduate with the ability to think critically and communicate clearly, giving them an edge in today’s fast-paced and information-packed world. Equipped with a strong intellectual and moral foundation, Christendom alumni continually go on to excel in a wide array of fulfilling and important careers. 

To learn more about Christendom’s career development office offerings, click here.

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