STOCKTON Calif. - The second annual ALC Leadership and Career Academy was a success as the Athletics Leadership Council (ALC), Pacific Athletics and the Pacific Career Resource Center teamed up to put on this extraordinary event to benefit junior and senior student-athletes as they prepare for life after Pacific.
On Monday, October 16 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the DeRosa University Center, 110 junior and senior student-athletes learned from multiple business leaders in the community and staff from Pacific Athletics on how to translate the skills they have obtained as student-athletes at Pacific to the professional world they will soon encounter. The Academy provided the student-athletes with resources, tools and networking opportunities they will need in order to become successful in life after college.
"The second-annual ALC Career and Leadership Academy was a complete success thanks to all of our wonderful sponsors, keynote speakers and networkers," said Assistant Director of Athletics for Student-Athlete Services Danielle Kelly. "It was a total collaborative and team effort, and we all had a wonderful evening celebrating our student-athletes and helping them with their success for life after Pacific. We look forward to continuing our special programs in years to come."
The event featured two keynote speakers, both of whom are decorated Pacific alumnae. The opening keynote speaker was Kristen Birtwhistle who graduated from University of the Pacific and played on the women's tennis team during her time at Pacific and obtained a Master's degree in Sports Medicine. Kristen has been recognized with multiple awards including the ATHENA award, Erickson Diversity Award, Business Manager of the Year from the Stockton Chamber of Commerce and the Amos Alonzo Stagg Award. She continues to serve the Stockton community and is a founder of the Advancing Women's Leadership Conference, serves on multiple boards and is a staunch advocate for mentorship of women leaders within our community. She claims that while at Pacific she learned the important foundational elements of leading and giving back for which she will be eternally grateful.
The event closed with a word from the second keynote speaker, Brad Schumacher. Brad established himself as one of the all-time greats in aquatic sports earning two gold medals at the 1996 Olympic Games and representing the United States in water polo at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. He is the only aquatics athlete in the world to become a world champion in both swimming and water polo, as he helped the U.S. National water polo team win gold in the 1997 FINA World Cup held in Athens, Greece. He earned All-America honors for water polo in 1992, '93, 94', and '96, while collecting All-America honors for swimming in 1994 and '95. As a swimmer at Pacific, he recorded the fastest ever times in Big West Conference 50, 100, 200 freestyle events. Brad is now the President and co-founder of Kap-7, a water polo supply company and is the director of SET, which is a swim and water polo non-profit youth aquatics organization offering programs to children from when they enter the pool through high school graduation.
"I'm honored to have the amazing opportunity to help facilitate the event earlier this week," said Christiana Ferrari, a 2016 Pacific graduate and former member of the women's tennis team. "As a former student-athlete who attended and benefited from the event the first year, it was great to be able to be on the other side and help my fellow student-athletes prepare for their futures."
Through the Academy, student-athletes gathered knowledge on how to market themselves, how to strategically network, and how to confidently articulate how their skills as a student-athlete will help them excel in the workforce. Attendees also worked together to move into a creative frame of mind and increase innovation to better their skills as problems solvers and working in teams.
The night concluded with a networking session and dessert with 30 table hosts and networkers.
The event could not have been possible without multiple sponsors of the event who helped raise $8,750 to put on the event for Pacific student-athletes. A special thank you to Cory Clemetson, Kristen Birtwhistle, Andreini & Company, Eberhardt Career Management Center, Bill Jeffery, Tuleburg Program and Invitation Design, Pacific Athletics, New York Life, Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits, Downtown Sportsmen Club and Bank of Stockton for their generous support.
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