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Connect with Alumni

You have access to a powerful network of alumni who are willing to share information and referrals. LinkedIn and VUconnect are two online resources you can use to build your personal network.


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As the world's largest professional career-oriented social network, LinkedIn is a terrific tool for finding and creating connections with Vanderbilt alumni and other professionals.

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The Center for Student Professional Development's main networking group is open to all Vanderbilt University students, alumni, parents, employers, and other members of the Vanderbilt community. This group aims to help Vanderbilt students establish professional connections and build relationships with alumni, parents, and employers, and it provides a forum for sharing internship and job-related information and referrals.

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To join the Center's group, you'll need to register for an account and set up your professional profile. If you are new to LinkedIn or would like advice on improving your profile, drop by the Center during walk-in hours and speak with one of our coaches. View current walk-in hours and locations on our home page.

Industry Champions Subgroups

Want inside information about the culture at a major financial firm? Interested in knowing what consultants actually do? Get answers to these questions and more by joining the Center's two LinkedIn subgroups for students interested in the consulting and finance industries.

These private subgroups are open only to current Vanderbilt students and carefully selected Vanderbilt alumni, known as Vanderbilt Industry Champions. Through group discussions, these subgroups provide an open forum for sharing industry-specific career, internship and job-related information and referrals. Group members are encouraged to post and respond to questions within the group.

Our alumni industry champions are recruited by team leaders Leslie Labruto (B.E.'11), Jason Levine (B.A.'10), Zach Barrett (B.A.'10), and Sam Walter (B.S.'10). Industry champions are employed by top-tier companies including Accretive Health, Capgemini, Deloitte, J.P.Morgan and McKinsey.

Vanderbilt Industry Champions - Consulting Vanderbilt Industry Champions - Finance

Consulting Industry Champions

Finance Industry Champions

Chandler Anthony Jeff Derbyshire
Dan Astrachan Jordan Fixler
Zack Barrett Brandon Fried
Andrea Goldberg Jonathan Kurzner
Alex Holman Leslie Labruto
Risa Kavalerchik Jason Levine
Ian Kobernick Chip Robie
Jeff Nichols Leo Selya
Ross Shahinian Diana Sher
Art Svidler Jacob Sucoff
Sam Walter  
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Before you can join the subgroups, LinkedIn requires that you first request to join and become a member of the main Center for Student Professional Development LinkedIn group

→ Join the Vanderbilt industry Champions - Consulting group
→ Join the Vanderbilt Industry Champions - Finance group



VUconnect is a global, online Vanderbilt resource that will put you in touch with alumni who are willing to share information and referrals. With VUconnect you can build alumni networking relationships, search for career advice and find a VU alumni chapter near you for fun and educational events.

Alumni Chapters

Connect with fellow Commodores wherever you are. The Alumni Association has chapters in most major U.S. cities and several foreign countries. All students are invited to attend every Alumni Chapter event!

Check out the Alumni Association Chapter events in your hometown or target location to make new connections and network.

For more information on networking and creating your elevator speech, visit our Networking page.