2020 Beyond the Gates: Preparing for Life and Work after Sewanee

Juniors and seniors are invited to participate in this fast-paced and engaging weekend (January 10-11, 2020) staffed by alumni and parents from a variety of career fields and areas of the country. The sixteenth-annual weekend includes networking opportunities, practice interviews, business dining etiquette, career-specific panel discussions, and advice on life and work after Sewanee.  Register on Handshake by November 15, 2019.

Beyond the Gates 2020

Students who participate in Beyond the Gates have the chance to network with helpful alumni and parents and to learn about

  • various careers and career paths
  • how to begin and conduct a job search
  • helpful tips on interviewing and the opportunity for a practice interview
  • resumes and cover letters with the opportunity for a critique
  • what it's like to live and work in various cities from those who are there
  • personal finance and budgeting
  • business dining etiquette and networking techniques
  • succeeding in the first year on the job


‌This year's keynote speaker is Kristen Morrissey Theide, C’98, CEO, First Step Project and SVP, Two Sigma (Prior: Google).

As CEO at First Step Project, Kristen and her team match female insurance brokers with women-owned and led companies to better source insurance at more affordable prices, as a means to raise funds and re-invest in women. As a member of the Executive Advisors Network for Columbia Technology Ventures, Kristen works with entrepreneurs and inventors at Columbia University to facilitate the transfer of research innovations from the lab to the market, as well as supporting start-up efforts. 

Prior to First Step Project, Kristen was the Senior Vice President of Business Development and Corporate Strategy at Starry,  a Boston- and New York-based technology company focused on re-imagining and revolutionizing how consumers access and connect to the internet. In this capacity, Thiede led the business development and corporate strategy for Starry as it built and expanded its fixed wireless broadband network nationally and globally. 

She has also served as an advisor at Metamorphic Ventures, a New York City-based venture capital firm that invests in start-up and early-stage technology companies. Prior to Metamorphic Ventures, Thiede spent 14 years at Google, leading business development and content licensing for Google Fiber and early stage efforts across Google's global portfolio, including Google.org's Crisis response team to Haiti, Chile, and Pakistan, and the launch of AdSense for Content and distribution efforts globally. 



Networking Etiquette and Business Dining Etiquette will be taught for the twelveth time by Sewanee parent Virginia "Gina" H. Johnson, former associate vice president for Auxiliary Services at the University of Alabama and certified by the Emily Post Institute. 

Now in its sixteenth year, the event is often full prior to the registration deadline.  Successful registration also involves approval of an up-to-date resume by Career Center staff, uploading your resume on Handshake, completing the StrengthsQuest assessment, and completing the Statement of Understanding and registering with Residential Life to return early to your room. (Links to be provided soon.) Until these steps are complete, you will not be considered a registered participant. All registered students will be sent links, instructions and deadlines for competing the steps to be considered completely registered as an attendee.

Past attendees said: 

"I learned so much from the weekend! It was such a helpful experience. I was unsure about what I wanted to do with my future, but after talking to everyone, I feel more confident about future career choices, along with the fact that I can actually survive after college!"

"As the first of my family to graduate college looking for a professional job, Beyond the Gates has thoroughly established an extensive foundation on how to seek employment and succeed once employed."

"It was reassuring to know that many who have attended grad school had a waiting period in between their graduation from Sewanee and their entrance into grad school. It helped me realize that I should set my goals on entry level jobs that will help me focus on what I really want to do with my future."

"Sewanee alumni really do want to help you!"‌




Gailor Auditorium and Classrooms, Convocation Hall, Sewanee Inn

Sewanee Career Center

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