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Students learn from outstanding alumni during Executive Forum

Marc Hochman with students

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

One of the coolest things I get to be a part of here at Purdue is the Krannert Executive Forum. While this is a class you can take for credit, there is also an option to participate as a student associate. Every Friday, an esteemed alumnus of Purdue (either graduate or undergraduate), comes back to campus to speak with the class about their career path. This is an incredible opportunity to hear from successful professionals who were once in our shoes. As one of the student associates, I spend the morning hosting the speaker. As a result, I have been able to spend time with high level executives from a variety of industries.


All of the guest speakers are highly accomplished and have a lot of wisdom to impart. They discuss topics that will resonate with the students who are considering their own paths. Community members are able to sit in on this talk, and many faculty and non-enrolled students take advantage of this as well. It is a pleasure to hear our guests talk about their achievements beyond college and reminisce on their time spent here.


Often their path has included both successes and failures, risks and sacrifices. They are able to give extremely helpful and relevant advice to students getting ready to head into the work force. However, sometimes the best and most rewarding part is hearing about their time at Purdue. It is encouraging to think that we are building on the same foundation as these impressive individuals. You have something in common with the successful person in front of you. You can both say: “I’m a Boilermaker.”


I would highly recommend, if you have room in your schedule, to consider taking this class. It is one of the ways in which Krannert goes above and beyond to help students in our career and professional growth.


Caleigh Tiley is a junior at Purdue University studying Supply Chain in the Krannert School of Management with a concentration in Management Consulting and a minor in Political Science.
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