Professionals to Network with Students at Annual AGSA Graduate-Professional Networking Forum at UCLA

The Armenian Graduate Students Association (AGSA) at UCLA will be hosting its Second Annual Graduate-Professional Networking Forum ("Forum") on Thursday, April 2nd at 6:30 pm in Kerckhoff Hall Charles E. Young Grand Salon at the UCLA campus. The Forum will create an opportunity for UCLA graduate students to meet and network with Armenian-Americans from major national companies in various sectors, as well as to familiarize themselves with a number of Armenian-American professional organizations.

The Forum is one of the signature events in the UCLA AGSA portfolio of projects, along with the Annual Yacht Gala, Mentorship Panel and Graduate Student Colloquium in Armenian Studies. “As economic conditions continue to deteriorate, it is more important now than ever for students to have a solid professional network as they prepare to graduate,” said Armen Karakashian, Project Coordinating Officer for the AGSA. “This event will help students not only strengthen their professional networks, but also learn from the experiences of a number of successful Armenian-American professionals.”

Professionals from a number of prominent companies will be in attendance at the event, including, but not limited to: Deloitte Consulting LLP, International Finance Lease Corporation, The History Channel/E!, Sun Capital Partners, Inc., O’Melveny & Myers, Pepsi Bottling Group, Disney ABC Television Group, Reed Smith LLP and MTV Networks. "The inaugural year of the Forum was a great success because strong networking relationships were built between graduate students and professionals," said Elina Mnatsakanyan, Executive Officer for the AGSA. "We are excited and grateful to once again have an impressive line-up of professionals from leading companies dedicating their time to the Forum to share stories of their experiences and provide advice to our attendees."

In addition to networking with professionals, the goal of the Forum is to provide graduate students with the opportunity to learn about post-graduate community involvement in various organizations tailored to their profession. To serve this purpose, the AGSA has invited representatives from the Armenian Engineers and Scientists of America (AESA), Armenian American Medical Students & Housestaff Association (AAMSHA), Armenian American Medical Society of California, Armenian Bar Association (ABA), Armenian Professional Society (APS), ARPA Foundation for Film, Music and Art, Armenian National Committee Professional Network (ANC-PN) and Armenian General Benevolent Union Young Professionals (AGBU-YP) to table and distribute their literature. If you are interested in receiving more information about this event contact the AGSA at agsaucla@ucla.edu.

The Armenian Graduate Students Association at UCLA, established in 2002, provides a forum through which graduate students in the various programs at UCLA can make use of their field specific skills to promote academic as well as professional development by means of participation in events that increase awareness of Armenian culture, communities and issues.

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