Christendom’s Career and Professional Development Office will host multiple speaker series this spring, offering students the opportunity to receive mentorship from successful professionals from a variety of career fields.
Beginning in February, the popular Life on Tap Alumni Speaker Series will return to campus, featuring informative discussions and chances for students to receive one-on-one advice from successful alumni in several fields. While discerning a career can be daunting, the Life on Tap series gives students opportunities to learn more about potential paths toward finding their vocation.
The series will kick off on February 2 with alumni Jim Clark (’97) and Ben Ferri (’09), who will share their expertise in the field of real estate. Clark is the owner of Mint Enterprises, LLC, which features the firms Mint Realty, Mint Mortgage, Mint Property Management, and Mint Men Handyman Service. Ferri, on the other hand, is the owner of Inform Real Estate Group, serving buyers and sellers in Virginia since 2015.
On Wednesday, February 16, students will have the opportunity to learn more about pursuing missionary work as a career post-graduation, with alumni Ben Marsh (’19), Helena Briggs (’19), and Rosemarie Olszewski (’20) all speaking at the event.
Marsh, who now works at Christendom as an Admissions Counselor, previously worked as a missionary with the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) from 2019-21, serving as a campus conference liaison, leading over 50 bible studies, and more. His classmate, Briggs, is currently a missionary outreach coordinator with Catholic Sports, running sports leagues, organizing social events, and leading Bible studies for young adults in the Northern Virginia area. Finally, Olszewski previously served the poor and homeless in Washington, D.C., going door to door or tent to tent building relationships with the poor. She now works as an administrator at Renaissance Montessori School.
The final Life on Tap event of the spring will be held on April 6, with alumni Leif Pilegaard (’15) and Dominic McFadden (’21) returning to campus to speak on careers in sales and customer service. Since graduation, Pilegaard has spent the past 7 years focusing on business development efforts ranging from software sales for international companies to healthcare education programs in Europe and South America. In the case of McFadden, he currently works as a Sales Management Trainee for Enterprise, working with customers on a daily basis to meet their needs.
In addition to the Life on Tap series, the Career and Professional Development Office’s Outside the Box speaker series will also return this spring, with lawyer Julian Heron coming to campus to speak to students about being “Catholic in D.C.” Heron, who is a partner at Tuttle Taylor & Heron, has an extensive practice in the areas of administrative law and foreign trade and is admitted to practice law in Kentucky, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. He has also been admitted to practice law before the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Claims Court, and more.
The Outside the Box speaker series has previously hosted such notable guests as U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, philanthropists Tim Bush and Declan Ganley, Sr. Joseph Andrew, O.P, and more.