Smith Women Connect: Careers

THE OFFICE OF ALUMNAE RELATIONS AT SMITH COLLEGE OFFERS a variety of career-related services, from helping those just starting out to assisting seasoned professionals who want to jump start a stalled career or start something new. We can help you connect with other alumnae in a variety of fields who are willing to share advice and expertise, and we can provide you with the information you need to get your career on the right track.
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On-Campus Events


Smith Moms Connect: An Evening with Rachel Simmons


Tuesday, May 6

5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Smith College Campus Center


How do you know if you have a toxic friend and what can you do about it? What are the 10 Commandments of Instagram? How can you learn to speak up in your friendships?

For the answers, join bestselling author and girl expert Rachel Simmons for an interactive session for parents and daughters ages 8+.


Pizza will be served. Please RSVP to


Off-Campus Events

Boston, Massachusetts

Entrepreneur Round Table:

Clearing Legal Hurdles – All the Law Your Startup Needs to Know


Tuesday, April 29

6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Gesmer Updergrove

40 Broad Street, Boston, MA


Lynne Zagami Riquelme ’00, an attorney at Gesmer Updegrove, LLP, welcomes Nancy Cremins and Bill Hilton for a discussion on what laws you need to know as an entrepreneur. From patents and trademarks to employment law and dispute resolutions, Nancy and Bill will walk you through clearing the legal hurdles your business may have.  Please RSVP to


New York, NY

Negotiation Skills – Ask for What You Deserve!

Monday, June 2, 2014

6:30 to 8:00 pm

Laura Parsons Conference Center, Conference Room A

281 Park Avenue South (at East 22nd Street)


Many women have difficulty negotiating without feeling overly aggressive.  Worse, in an effort to be perceived as nice, women often give up our power by not asking for what we really want. Whether you are striving for your next promotion, salary increase or buy‐in for a new idea, good negotiation skills are critical to your success. Join Colleen DelVecchio, Director of Alumnae Engagement, to learn tips on preparing for negotiation, developing the courage to ask for what you want, knowing when to push and when to back off, building your credibility before and during a negotiation and when and how to get support from others in achieving your goals.

This event is free, but you must register here.


For more information about any of the above events, please contact Colleen DelVecchio, associate director for alumnae engagement at or 413-585-2588.


Smith clubs: Host a career event

The Office of Alumnae Relations can bring career-related workshops to your hometown through your local Smith club. Workshop topics include changing careers, negotiating a return to the workplace for moms, updating your job search skills, using social media, the ins and outs of successful networking, and more. In addition to providing workshops, individual career advising appointments can also be arranged with club members.

The Office of Alumnae Relations provides for round-trip air travel, ground transportation, meal expenses, and overnight accommodations for events. The club is responsible for securing a location, advertising the event, and organizing registration.




Meet with an advisor
Alumnae who have graduated within the past five years can contact the Lazarus Center for Career Development at 413-585-2582 or to set up an appointment with a career advisor.
Alumnae who are more than five years out may request a half-hour long individual appointment with Colleen DelVecchio, associate director of alumnae engagement, to be held either in person or by phone. Very limited times are available from September through June. Call or email Colleen at or 413-585-2588. Please note that due to family leave, there will be no appointments available from November 15 – January 6.
If you think you have good advice to share or would like to offer your skills in other ways, consider volunteering. Click here to see the kinds of volunteer opportunities available.

Join a Webinar

The Office of Alumnae Relations hosts a range of Webinars throughout the year that enhance your skills and broaden your knowledge. Click here for the schedule. Click here to view past webinars.