On January 12, 2019 five alumni returned to campus for our first ever Networking Essentials with Webb Alumni session. The panel of speakers represented several industries including law, real estate, green energy and marketing. Eager students spent their Saturday afternoon with our incredible alumni learning about the vital skills needed to effectively network and succeed in the increasingly complex job market. Each panelist spoke about a different aspect of networking and gave a brief background of their journey after Webb.
Ed Ratinoff ’83, Managing Partner at James Investment Partners, began by introducing the concept of networking and giving an overview of the program. Ariel Fan ’10, CEO at GreenWealth Energy, discussed her “15 Ways to Get People to Like You”. As a business owner, Fan wanted to stress the importance of marketing yourself to stand out, especially if you plan on starting your own business. Katherine Kilmer ’10, Associate at Haight Brown & Bonesteel, spoke about creating and building a resume. She emphasized being yourself on your resume, ensuring its accuracy before submitting to an employer and highlighted some ways in which resumes for different professions will vary. Rachael Schiffris ’11, Associate Account Executive at PatientPop Inc., spoke about the importance of utilizing social media as a networking tool, specifically LinkedIn and maintaining a positive image on all social media platforms. It is important to uphold the highest level of professionalism on all social media outlets regardless of who you think can view your content. Josh Ratinoff ’17 concluded the speaking portion of the session by talking about the resources that students can access through their university to help them secure an internship.
For the interactive portion of the afternoon, Sarah Sun ’10, Assistant Project Manager at The Walt Disney Company, lead a mock introduction session where she gave students tips on their handshakes. She emphasized that making eye contact with the person you are meeting, smiling and having a firm grip are all crucial to making a good first impression. Kilmer and Schiffris finished the session by speaking about the importance of preparation and proper dress for an interview and role played a mock interview to give students a glimpse of what to expect.
Students learned a lot from this two-hour program. From tips and tricks on how to prepare for an interview to learning that “handshakes are everything” according to Malika Neogi ’20, there was no shortage of invaluable information. One of the biggest takeaways from the session was that “Webb has a vast alumni directory with all sorts of people willing to help you out” said Lydia Toy ’20. Our speakers are a perfect example of this and the strength of our alumni network is truly remarkable.
A big thank-you to Ed Ratinoff for helping organize this event!
S. David Webb '53, PhD, a member of The Webb Schools' founding family, passed away on September 12, 2019. Webb was a Distinguished Research Curator Emeritus of Vertebrate Paleontology at the Florida Museum of Natural History and a Distinguished Research Professor of Zoology and Geology at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He was also a past President of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. In 2010 Webb was the keynote speaker at the Alf Museum's annual Peccary Society Dinner. Please read more about Webb's long and storied life and career in the remembrance offered by the Florida Museum.
One of the best ways to fully appreciate a Webb education is to look at the lives and achievements of our alumni. Each year, we honor a group of alumni for their accomplishments since graduation and pay tribute to their continued commitment to the mission and success of Webb. These awards recognize distinguished graduates who reflect the character and leadership qualities developed at Webb.
Thank you to the 1,500 alumni, parents, past parents, grandparents and friends who enabled Webb to end the 2018-19 Webb Fund year successfully on June 30. Your generosity helped The Webb Fund to raise over $1.9 million, plus additional support for endowment and capital improvements, bringing total gifts to $7.9 million, including 13 new estate gifts, which has become an ever-increasing and important part of our advancement program. Over 799 alumni, spanning nine decades, participated with gifts received from nearly every class between 1937 and 2018. Thank you for your contributions!
The Los Angeles Timesput together a dreamy four hour itinerary in the "City of Trees and PhDs." A destination it brands "delightfully smart,"is highlighted in a wonderful gallery of 20 photographs. Included in the piece are links to both The Webb Schools and the Alf Museum. Again, read more in the LATimes about the place Sunset Magazine labelled in 2016 "the best suburb in the West." Claremont--Home of The Webb Schools!
Vivian Webb cross country runner, Lily Miller ’21, is on a winning streak this week with two wins in her last two races. Webb’s cross country teams are noted for their exceptionalism. The Vivian Webb team is four-year San Joaquin League Champions and their teammates in Webb School of California have won a League Championship five years in a row. Lily was named Runner of the Year two years in a row and broke her own school record in the 1600m last season on the track team.