LH Career Day Encourages Students to Explore Skills and Professional Passions

What happens when you mix 38 high-achieving female professionals and over 300 interested and engaged students, all under the historic towers of Lauralton Hall?  The answer is a very successful Career Day 2022. 

Monday, April 11 marked a return to a special activity as Lauralton alumnae came back to campus to present "A Day in the Life" of their respective professions to our students.  From female entrepreneurs and jewelry designers to corporate CEOs, an architect and an accountant, Assistant U.S. Attorneys, a criminologist, health care professionals, engineers, a radio host, a detective, a nutritionist, a coordinator of the Witness Protection Program, and so much more, the campus was #LHStrong with the power of women.

According to School Counselor Sue Fracker, who envisioned the scope of Career Day and has coordinated the program since its inception in 2008, Lauralton’s unique signature program utilizes the time and talent of our own alumnae to introduce students to the demands of the working world. “We also expose students to opportunities to shadow a professional or establish opportunities for possible summer internships, and in some cases, to use the LH power of women as a springboard for career options,” Mrs. Fracker explains.  And there are many success stories that evolve from LH Career Day.  “Students often choose their major, and even their college, based on a session or a presenter. Through continued networking, upon college graduation, the possibility of full-time employment exists.”

The Lauralton student body finds immediate and intrinsic value in the day.  One senior commented, “even though it’s not a formal day of classes, I learned so much about what’s out there in the working world and what might fit my own interests and skills.”  After listening to a creative presentation about risk-taking in creating a business plan from Amanda Forth ’03, CEO and Creative Director of The Crystal Boutique (with its flagship store in Bali and a new storefront pending in Westport, CT), senior Rebecca Schindler notes that her takeaway from this year’s Career Day is to “go out, explore, and discover my passions.”  That certainly is a lesson well worth learning.

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