On Tuesday night, my college alumni chapter leadership team in D.C. hosted a networking event at Mio called D.C. Careers and Cocktails. (I have been a member of this team since 2007ish).
For this event we asked two alumni living in the D.C. area to come speak about their work experiences in and out of D.C. and offer any wisdom they had for other alumni in the area. After the two speakers made some remarks, the room was open for Q&A from audience members.
Our two speakers for the evening were Robert Bobo, the Communications Director for the U.S. Travel Association and Mark Seibel, the Chief of Correspondents for McClatchy’s foreign bureaus.
Both Robert and Mike were wonderful guest speakers. Some interesting tidbits:
- Robert directs national, political and trade communications strategies, as well as advertising and media activities for advocacy campaigns. He also oversees the industry’s multimillion-dollar research and awareness campaign called Travel Effect.
- Prior to joining U.S. Travel, Robert was director of media relations for Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where he led traditional and social media programs, crisis communications and event production. His public relations programs twice received a Circle of Excellence Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
- Mark was one of the few people to view the body of Archbishop Romero almost immediately after his assassination. He recalled being one of the few in the hospital with a handful of nuns praying around the disrobed body and staring clearly at the bullet hole that pierced the archbishop’s chest.
- Mark was at the Miami Herald, serving as assistant managing editor for state and local news where he directed coverage of the Elian Gonzalez immigration saga. His daughter recalled that the evening before the early morning raid where federal agents removed Elian Gonzalez from the Miami home where he’d been with relatives, Seibel never came home from work, worked throughout the night only briefly pausing to come home for morning ‘dad duties’ before returning back to the paper. For this the Miami Herald won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News in 2000.
Here are some more photos from the evening.
This was the first time our alumni group did an event like this. The response was really good – we probably had about 51 people attend. We hope to make D.C. Careers and Cocktails a series of some sort. It’s always nice hearing how people used (or didn’t use) their majors in college and where life has brought them!
Is your college alumni group active in your city? What are some of the events they put on?