Building one's own professional network in today's competitive job market is a critical step toward achieving success. Whether reaching out to friends, classmates, business associates or organizations, having accessible contacts is an invaluable resource.
In 2010, Archbishop Molloy High School recognized the evolving needs of its alumni by founding several professional networking societies, each appealing to very different, very large sectors of the professional landscape. Headed by volunteer alumni committees, Molloy's Lawyers and Finance Networks have pioneered the movement, hosting successful events at venues including Venable LLP – one of America's top 100 law firms – and the Park Avenue offices of UBS, the renowned Swiss global financial services company with a tradition of excellences for over 150 years. "Molloy's Finance Network is important to me because it represents where my career all started," says Philip Adesso '90, Head of Product Strategy and Product Management: Machine Readable News (NASDAQ OMX). "I see the network in place to give alumni entering the job market, or switching careers, insight into what an industry is really like. I think the network also helps with career placement."
Following these successful models, Molloy also established the Badges Alumni Network, Real Estate Network, and the Womens' Alumnae Network. Each has seen success, and they look to continue their growth in the coming years thanks to ongoing interest from our alumni.
The success of Molloy's professional networks is only limited to the imagination and commitment of our alumni. We encourage anyone interested in joining this effort to contact the Stanner Alumni Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or 718.441.9210.
Lawyers Alumni Network
Stanner lawyers, judges, paralegals, mediators, law students and all other law professionals have gathered for alumni networking events since 2011. Each event, planned in collaboration with our Lawyers Committee, has offered a reputable guest speaker, including US Magistrate Judge Henry B. Pitman '71, Assistant Dean of Fordham School of Law Robert J. Reilly '68, and even the Brooklyn District Attorney, the Honorable Charles J. Hynes '52. Our speakers have all shared deep insights into the current landscape of the legal profession, and in turn have provided a wealth of knowledge for our motivated alumni, all of whom are eager to make an impact in their careers. These presentations have also facilitated discussions amongt alumni representing a broad range of firms and companies, which has helped to create new working relationships.
Finance Alumni Network
The Molloy Alumni Finance Network is an important feature for the alumni community in two very important ways. First, it opens up a vast network of contacts and resources across all financial markets. Second, it allows for alumni and others in our community to not only tap into these resources for career advice, jobs, or referrals, but also to use these contacts as a source of assistance in their own personal financial needs."Stanners Helping Stanners" is a prominent function of this large, far-reaching network.
Real Estate Alumni Network
Molloy's Real Estate Alumni Network was officially established in November 2015. Its very first event was hosted by RFR Realty LLC in the remarkable open concept leasing and marketing center of their redevelopment project at 285 Madison Avenue. Whether a veteran of the real estate/construction industry or a college or entry level candidate, the networking opportunities available through this network are truly diverse. The network is geared toward alumni working in real estate, construction, architecture, building maintenance, building engineering, and other sectors. | Read More in The Beehive.
Badges Alumni Network
"The Badges network helps keep retired alumni in touch, whether they represent law enforcement, firefighters, or any other badges. The network also seeks to open doors for younger Stanners who are just beginning their careers. Many of us come to the events to see familiar faces, but we're also ready to 'pay it forward' for younger alumni, whether it be by making a phone call on their behalf or introducing them to the right colleague. Our events can be very advantageous to recent grads because everyone is looking to help each other. The network maintains a strong community through Molloy's older generation, but as it continues to grow it will become more important for the younger alumni to get involved and take more of a leadership role. They are the future." - Ed Shannon '84, Badges Committee Founding Member
Womens' Alumnae Network
Since 2011, the Molloy Womens' Alumnae Network has focused its efforts on hosting events appealing to a diverse population of Stanners. The network's first event invited Molloy alumnae to participate in a panel discussion in which speakers and guests explored their own experiences as women in the professional world. Since then, committee members have attempted to broaden the horizons of the network by hosting events including happy hours, receptions, and a New Year's Brunch. These events have attracted alumni male and female, old and young, and even spouses, parents and friends. As of 2016, the network is still evolving. We encourage interested alumnae to step forward to help make significant contributions toward establishing a strong, well-defined community.
Above: Chief Investment Strategist & Head of UBS Wealth Management Research Americas Michael Ryan leads a seminar on Market Outlook Post Election.
Above: Stanners gather for an Alumni Brunch sponsored by members of the Womens' Network.