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Sharing Success: Second Annual Professionals Week

This February's career and networking programming brought together more than 1,200 alumni and friends

April 14, 2020
By Claire De Lisle M.B.A. ’21

TRIBE@WORK: Ten businesses, from Deloitte in Arlington, Virginia (pictured) to Facebook in San Francisco, held events for employees who are also in the W&M community to get together during Professionals Week.

On February 24-28, 2020, the second annual Professionals Week brought the W&M community together to celebrate our Tribe network, help each other grow professionally and strengthen our connections. More than 1,200 people participated in 33 events over five days, from panel discussions and happy hours to webinars on topics like “Developing your Leadership” and “Creating a Career You Love.”

Participants included alumni and current students from W&M’s undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as their parents, spouses and guests. They ranged in age from the Class of 1957 to the Class of 2020 and hailed from across the nation and around the world.

There was also a social media component: throughout the week, alumni and staff shared how they show their Tribe Pride at work, from displaying W&M swag on their desk to connecting with other alumni in their workplace.

“Although the Alumni Association offers career and networking events and resources year-round, Professionals Week provides an opportunity for us to come together as a community and focus on helping each other achieve our professional goals,” says Michael Steelman, director of alumni career management and professional networks.

“Many thanks to our 58 volunteer hosts, organizers and speakers, and everyone who attended events or contributed online – we couldn’t have done it without you!”

Next year's Professionals Week is tentatively scheduled for February 22-26, 2021.

View photos from Professionals Week 2020 on Facebook

Career and networking opportunities (including many online options!) are available year-round on the Alumni Association’s One Tribe. One Network. website,