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Congratulations and welcome back to the region to BizComm alum Tara Shishmanian, who has accepted a job as a meetings project manager at Paralyzed Veterans of America in Washington, D.C. Tara left her position as the coordinator of volunteers at the St. Bernard Project in New Orleans to travel back to the Metro area. The Paralyzed Veterans of America is a congressionally chartered veterans service organization founded in 1946 that advocates on behalf of veterans of the armed forces who have experienced spinal cord injury or dysfunction.

Here she is during her internship at Grow & Fortify. Congratulations, Tara!

Word reached us from 2016 grad Conrad Ellis that he has relocated to Chicago, Illinois, and started a job at Lakeshore Sport and Fitness in the children’s programming department. His blog tells us a little more about his work that will rely heavily on his communication skills and background in athletics, as a former member of Stevenson's NCAA Div. III tennis team. While he was a student, he served as the departmental intern, and has since used those planning skills in his new position.

Congratulations, Conrad! The department looks forward to hearing more about your new career.

Congratulations to Business Communication alum Sterling Cooper Smith, class of 2016, who tells us that he's been offered a job with Toyota Financial Services in Owings Mills, Md. His strong interpersonal skills and his understanding of business processes helped him ace the interview and secure the career position. He's in the photo here, on the right, during his internship with Greg Royce, Stevenson's SID.

We heard from Business Communication alum Michelle Larkin, who writes to us from Orlando about her most recent promotion:

"I found my way over to the Disney Corporate Alliance team supporting runDisney races as a permanent coordinator. We work as the go-between with our corporate sponsors and runDisney. On a normal day, I might have a brainstorming session with a company like Coca Cola about what cool things they could do at the next race or a logistic-focused event meeting with our runDisney partners. During my first week, our team flew out to Disneyland in California to work the Disneyland Half Marathon! I got to see a race firsthand from a Corporate Alliance standpoint and jump right into my new job. 

From my understanding, I ultimately got this job thanks to my strong communication skills and having a strong, influential network of people backing me up. I strongly believe the skills I gained in college helped me get to where I am today. There were so many times where I didn't want to learn how to network, because it's not fun or easy. But it's a huge part of how I got this job, and I'm really thankful that you pushed me to work on those skills. I'm excited to see what my future holds, and I will always keep you up-to-date on how business communication has set me up for success."
Congratulations, Michelle! We are so proud of you and happy for your success doing what you love.

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