The Consortium’s 53rd Annual Orientation Program & Career Forum (OP) in Houston, Texas, was a great success, thanks in large part to the efforts of the 28 volunteers who contributed 158 hours of service. Through their invaluable assistance, they helped ensure a positive, impactful and memorable experience for The Consortium class of 2021.
Volunteers included alums from the class of 1985 through 2019, who helped by greeting and checking in guests, directing students and scanning them into sessions, distributing materials and more. Alumni truly showed their Texas hospitality as every volunteer slot was filled weeks prior to the event and alums continued to reach out asking how they could help.
In addition to giving their time and energy, OP volunteers also gained a lot from the experience. With access to development and networking opportunities as well as social activities, they were able to experience OP through an alumni lens.
Volunteers learned how to leverage their strengths in the workplace to become more engaged, craft a value statement to assist them with their next career change and improve their negotiation skills to obtain the compensation and title they deserve. They were able to catch up with old classmates and friends — and make new ones — during several social events, including a chocolate and wine pairing, a salsa dancing workshop and a cocktail hour.
Volunteers committing to at least four hours of service gained complimentary access to the Career Forum, while those putting in eight or more hours received full, complimentary registration access to the conference.
The Consortium extends its heartfelt appreciation to all those who dedicated their time to help make the 2019 OP a success. We look forward to seeing you again next year at the 54th Annual Orientation Program & Career Forum in Seattle!