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Life After Politics 2016

2016 Life After Politics


What Next? Life After Politics 2016

Friday, October 28th in Nau Hall 211

Box Lunch Networking

Alumni Panel (Register here, includes box lunch)

Stuart Pape
Shareholder, Head of FDA Practice, Polsinelli PC
Ethan Thrasher
Legislative Correspondent, Senator Mark Warner
Kyle Matous
Chief of Staff, U.S. Representative Pete Sessions
Vicki Ballagh
Director, The Incite Agency
Langdon Greenhalgh
Director & Co-Founder, Global Emergency Group

Flash Mentoring (Register here)

Haley Anderson
Speech-Language Pathologist
Margaret Brennan
CBS News Foreign Affairs Correspondent
Mary Kate Cary
Speechwriter, Columnist, Documentarian
Jennifer Clarke
Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice
Cameron Kilberg
Partner, Rubin & Rudman
David Mrazik
Managing Partner at Hamburger Law Firm & Managing Director at MarketCounsel
Gabriel Noronha
Staff Assistant, US Senate
Peter Page
Founder and President, SageWater, Inc.

What can you do with a degree in Politics? What is life like after graduation?

Gabriel NoronhaLife After Politics is our annual event featuring alumni mentors, panel participants, and networking opportunities. Presented by the Politics Alumni Board and The Career Center, this half-day interactive session reveals career paths and insider advice to all politics undergrads. Alumni participants come from a wide range of fields, demonstrating the great diversity of career choices.

Additional information at the Career Center Life After Politics page.

2015 Participants
kimAlbert Kim
1st Sergeant
Arlington Police Department



Gabriel NoronhaGabriel Noronha
Staff Assistant
U.S. Senate



Anna SchollAnna Scholl
Executive Director
Progress VA and Progress VA Education Fund



Margaret BrennanMargaret Brennan
Foreign Policy Reporter
CBS News



Katherine FauldersKatherine Faulders
Reporter & Digital Journalist
ABC News

Life After Politics: A Near Life Experience

Life After Politics 2015Fifty students had their eyes opened when eight alums showed up to share what actually happens after you get a degree in politics. Professor Paul Freedman’s Life After Politics panel and speed mentoring activities showcased five post-degree alumni now in the worlds of journalism, law enforcement, non-profit advocacy, and the U.S. Senate staff.

Five panel members spoke about their efforts at life/work balance, though only Albert Kim, First Sergeant Arlington Police Department seems successful at this, including marathons and triathlons into his days. The two journalists Margaret Brennan and Katherine Faulders have chosen careers where politics are a major part of their coverage. They both emphasized how necessary it is to be available all the time, carrying several cellphones and other devices. Like the journalists who have to be hyper-responsive, Gabriel Noronha, Staff Assistant U.S. Senate also has a 24/7 workday. He recommends working on a presidential campaign, if you can find a place as an intern and don’t mind sleeping on the floor. Anna Scholl, Executive Director, ProgressVA & ProgressVA Education Fund, had a less stressful early career, but recommends just saying “Yes” to the menial work and smile as you do it—it will set you apart from those who don’t.

Speed mentoring works much like speed dating, except each alum migrates from a circle of students to a circle of students. At this level of interaction the students get close exposure to ask specific questions and get an immediate response at a personal level. Alumni gain by adding potential employees, associates, and peers to their networks, as well as giving back to the University on a fundamental level. In addition to the panel members, Haley Anderson, Speech and Language Pathology, Jennifer Clarke, Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, and Cameron Kilberg, Attorney and Entrepreneur participated in speed mentoring.

Life After Politics was sponsored and hosted by the Career Center in conjunction with the Department of Politics. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook for an announcement of next year’s event and other thought-provoking seminars.