SMU Careers and Cocktails Part 2

The SMU D.C. Alumni Leadership Team put on its second Careers and Cocktails networking event last night. Like our first Careers and Cocktails it was a big success!

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SMU Pride!

Since our first one was such a big hit, the team and I really didn’t stray from what we did the first time the next time around. We stayed at the same restaurant, Mio, to maintain consistency and we kept the layout of the event the same. Instead of two alumni speakers, we had three alumni speakers this time around. After letting each of them talk for about 10 minutes we opened up the floor for Q & A. Not surprisingly a lot of people had questions!

Our three speakers were:

Dennis Dixon ’66, M.S. ’68, Mathematical Statistician, National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH)

Stacia Philips Deshishku ’90, Director of News Planning for CNN

Irfan Ali ’86, M.B.A. ’93, CEO and President of Advanced Reactor Concepts, LLC.

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Dennis Dixon speaking.

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Irfan Ali speaking.

Each of our alumni speakers had such interesting things to share. Dennis Dixon talked about his being on a committee to find a cure for AIDS when it first broke out, Stacia talked about her experience covering the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and Irfan talked about all of his scientific innovations throughout the years.

After the formal Q&A was over the speakers mingled about amongst the crowd talking to people. While the attendees of the event enjoyed picking the brains of our speakers, our speakers were eager to meet fellow SMU alumni and hear about their experiences after college.

The D.C. area alumni are so fortunate to have other alums that are more than happy to talk and mingle with fellow SMU alums.

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Alums mingling.

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We had a full house!

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A member of the leadership team and Dennis Dixon.

We had a record attendance at this event for the semester. Hats off to another successful Careers and Cocktails! On to the next one. 🙂


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