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Pelicans Share Workplace Experiences on Shadow Day

Thirteen seniors had a first-hand experience observing Loomis Chaffee alumni, parents, and community partners at their workplaces on the first Shadow Day organized by the school's Office of Experiential Learning on Thursday, May 18. Each student spent the day at one of six locations in New York City and Hartford, Connecticut.

"I want to thank our alumni, parents, and business associates who generously hosted the students," said Fred Kuo, director of experiential learning at Loomis. "The feedback from the student participants and their hosts was overwhelmingly positive."

In New York City, the contingent of seven students spent the day at Citigroup, where Jen Podurgiel '96 is senior vice president of investor services; with Sarah Napier '03 at IMG, a global entertainment company, where Sarah is director of original content development; and at Rubicon MD, where Gil Addo '03 is co-founder and chief executive officer. The six-student Hartford contingent spent the day at the Wadsworth Atheneum alongside Director of Museum Design Cecil Adams, a parent of alumni; at Dunkin Donuts Park, home of the Hartford Yard Goats minor-league baseball team, with Steve Mekkelson, corporate partnerships executive; and at the law firm Robinson & Cole LLP, where students connected with partner Britt-Marie Cole-Johnson '00 and law associate Kathryn Mullin '08. Peter Knight '85 is also a partner in the firm and helped make arrangements for the students' visit.

Eric Wang shadowed at IMG in New York. "I learned about the media and entertainment industry and the history of IMG," he said. The people he met talked with him about current industry trends, shared how they got their start in the business, and gave him educational and career advice.

At the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Anika Bhargava was one of two students who learned about both the artistic and administrative side of museum management from Cecil. Anika said Cecil gave them a comprehensive overview of the working operations, including how paintings are shipped and stored, how museums loan artwork to each other, and how museums develop entrance pricing strategies.

Yusef Ishmaeel spent the day at Citigroup in New York. Having the first-hand experience at Citigroup and an opportunity to ask questions of applications developers and mortgage trading specialists helped him gain understanding of and add context to what he's been learning at school, Yusef said.

Kevin Jung shadowed at Robinson & Cole, where he was introduced to Alfred Covello '50, senior U.S. District Court judge in Connecticut, before attending a sentencing hearing with Kathryn — experiences that Kevin said confirmed his interested in pursuing a law degree.

After a detailed tour of Dunkin Donuts Park, Eisuke Tanioka and Warm Ayanaputra learned about aspects of sales, marketing, and graphic design — important facets in determining the team's financial success.

"I learned that there were so many paths that one could take into the sports industry," Eisuke said.

Based on the success of the first Shadow Day program, Fred said he hopes to expand on the program in the coming year.

Connect to the school's webpage to learn more about Experiential Learning at Loomis Chaffee.

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