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Bringing Grinnell to Google

Megan Goering '08 went from Kansan to San Franciscan by way of Grinnell.

A global vendor manager at Google Enterprise, Goering talks about how the diversity she encountered at Grinnell prepared her to build and lead teams across countries and continents.

Since graduating from Grinnell, Goering has helped other Grinnellians by assisting with the coordination of a Silicon Valley Industry Tour for current students.

For more information about career services at Grinnell, see the Center for Careers, Life, and Service.

Meet Grinnell in a minute and a half, then go deeper with our latest videos (below) about the diverse facets of the Grinnell experience:

Dev/Iowa Bootcamp

Dev/Iowa Bootcamp is a 9-week, intensive training program created to turn you into a professional web developer. 

Designed and led by industry experts, the program will offer an unprecedented, hands on, immersive learning environment emphasizing fundamental web development skills sought after by employers everywhere.

You are invited to come and hear more about this unique program.  Andrea Flemming of the Entrepreneurial Center at the University of Iowa will be presenting an information session at 12:15 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center, Room 203.

The application deadline is Friday, May 2, 2014 with the actual dates of the Bootcamp being June 2-August 1, 2014.

From Pakistan to NY Finance

Ahsan Rahim '11's path to a finance career started in his native Islamabad, Pakistan, took him to Grinnell College in Iowa, and landed him in New York City.

A portfolio analyst at Alliance Bernstein, Rahim — and his supervisor, Martin Atkin, an investment director — talk about how his Grinnell liberal arts education gave him the skills needed to excel in finance.

Grinnellink, the internship program Rahim mentions, is just one of many ways our alumni help current students and recent graduates gain the experience and information they need to succeed in today's economy.

Rahim is now helping the next generation of Grinnellians, including providing internship information and visiting campus to share his experience with current students.

For more information about career services at Grinnell, see the Center for Careers, Life, and Service.

Meet Grinnell in a minute and a half, then go deeper with our latest videos (below) about the diverse facets of the Grinnell experience:

Rural Education Summit

Grinnell College is hosting Iowa’s first-ever Rural Education Summit Friday and Saturday, April 4-5, 2014. Nearly 100 K-12 educators, leaders in the field of rural education, and education majors from Grinnell and other colleges will gather to discuss issues facing rural school systems.

Among the featured speakers is Kai Schafft, director of Penn State’s Center on Rural Education and Communities.

Summit topics include:

  • The challenges of recruiting teachers
  • Consolidation
  • Increased poverty

A full schedule and registration information are online.

The Summit is sponsored by Grinnell’s new program on Careers in Education Professions. The program is designed to encourage students to consider long-term careers as teachers and to bring added prestige to the field.

Cambridge Associates on Campus

The Center for Careers, Life, and Service is developing a recruiting relationship with Cambridge Associates LLC, a privately held independent consulting firm. The firm, headquartered in Arlington, Va., provides consulting and investment oversight services to more than 900 clients worldwide. Cambridge Associates is looking to expand their list of core recruiting schools and is very interested in Grinnell College students.

March 4-5, Casey McIntyre, managing director at Cambridge, will be on campus to interview Grinnell students for their operations associate role, a solid entry-level position for students interested in a career in business, investments, and/or financial services. The full position description is posted in PioneerLink. The operations associate position at Cambridge Associate is open to all majors, but candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

McIntyre will be hosting an information session at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, in Rosenfield Center Room 209 and invites students to attend to hear more about the company and opportunities. [This event was rescheduled from Monday, March 3 due to weather.]

Making Music Happen Symposium

Making Music Happen Symposium: Working in the Music Industry Post-Grinnell
Thursday-Friday, March 6-7, 2014
A Grinnellink Event

About the Symposium

More than perhaps any other in recent history, the music industry has engaged in the act of reshaping and redesigning itself. The process of imagining a different structure and professional culture has elevated the value of individuals and companies who are able to demonstrate professional adaptability, a core tenet of what Grinnell students do every day.

This two-day symposium will bring to campus four Grinnell alumni who represent a variety of music-industry professions. Through the symposium events, these alumni will articulate the challenges and opportunities associated with careers in the music industry for liberal arts graduates. They will engage with the campus community through a panel discussion, one-on-one meetings, shared meals, and networking opportunities.

Symposium Schedule

Thursday, March 6, 2014

1–4 p.m. Rosenfield Center, second floor
Career Consultations (Student/Alumni Individual Appointments)
Students interested in meeting one-on-one with up to two alumni guests should call the Center for Careers, Life, and Service at 641-269-4940 to arrange a 20-minute appointment.

4:15 p.m. Rosenfield Center Room 101
Panel Discussion, moderated by KDIC station manager Daniel Kisslinger ’14.

Friday, March 7, 2014

9–11:30 a.m. Rosenfield Center, second floor
Career Consultations (Student/Alumni Individual Appointments)
Students interested in meeting one-on-one with up to two alumni guests should call the CLS at 641-269-4940 to arrange a 20-minute appointment.

Noon–2 p.m. Rosenfield Center Marketplace Pavilion (Whale Room)
Networking Lunch
Seize this opportunity to connect with and learn from these four active participants in the vibrant world of music. Sponsored by KDIC 88.5 FM, the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, and the Center for Careers, Life, and Service.

Alumni Bios

Cameo Carlson ’93 (political science) - Head of digital business development, Borman Entertainment and former executive vice president of Universal Motown Republic Group

About Cameo… Cameo Carlson has been at the forefront of the digital music revolution from its earliest stages. From terrestrial radio to online radio to digital and mobile commerce, she has demonstrated an ability to stay one step ahead of the industry throughout her career. Her roles have included mobile, online, and digital sales, product development, and marketing for artists such as Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Amy Winehouse, Lil Wayne, and Jack Johnson. Carlson has been responsible for marketing and selling three of the ten biggest digital albums in history as well as breaking mobile ringtone records for first week sales, top-selling of all time, and number of multi-platinum sales. In September 2008, Carlson was named one of the top mobile executives by Billboard Magazine for her work at UMRG. Prior to her work at UMRG, Carlson worked as the editorial and label relations manager for iTunes, and the alternative and rock programmer for Spinner.com/Radio@AOL, where she earned two U.S. patents for her work in online radio. All of this from humble beginnings as the host of "Music to Solve Your Rubik's Cube" on KDIC from 1991-1993.

John Chavez ’05 (music) - Agent, Ground Control Touring

About John… John Chavez graduated from Grinnell College in 2005 with a degree in music and a concentration in gender/women’s studies. While at Grinnell he served on the Concerts Committee for three years, chairing the committee for two of those years. He participated in various music-related extracurricular activities including running Freesound, publishing The Creature magazine, playing in various bands, coordinating Music Haus, and working with the campus administration to establish a college-hosted, semi-permanent, on-campus rehearsal space for campus bands.

After graduating from Grinnell, John embarked on a career in the music business, first as an employee of the Olympia, Wash.-based Kill Rock Stars record label, then as the co-founder and sole employee of The Free Agency. The Free Agency was a boutique booking agency that was founded in 2006 and was folded into Ground Control Touring in 2008. Funding for his initial internship at Kill Rock Stars was provided by Doug Cutchins and the CLS (then, the Career Development Office), and he gained invaluable work experience as the Student Government Association Concerts Chair while at Grinnell College.

His work in music is the defining characteristic of his life. He is personally responsible for the income of over 100 professional musicians and relishes the fact that his personal tastes in music and actions have some sort of influence and impact on the larger music landscape.

Ken Braun ’77 (religious studies) - Producer, Sterns Music

About Ken… Before coming to Grinnell, Ken Braun had lived most of his life in Ghana. After graduating, he relocated to the most Ghana-like place in the U.S. he could think of, New York City where his editorial and writing jobs focused increasingly on music, mainly rock ‘n’ roll, reggae, salsa, and African pop. His articles appeared in Rolling Stone, The Beat, The New York Times, and other publications. In 1986 he returned to Africa, volunteering for three years with Habitat for Humanity in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo), and on returning to New York, he took a job in the Africa section of an international non-profit development organization. In 1993 he accepted an invitation to head the New York office of Stern’s Music, a British record company devoted to African music. He’s been with Stern’s ever since. Among his productions is a widely-reviewed and well-received series of retrospectives of the greatest Congolese musicians of the 20th century. Learn more about Ken's work in The New York TImes' Out of Africa, Passionately Packaged.

Andrew Ettenhofer ’00 (music) - Business development at Event Creative/Venue One

About Andrew… After graduating from Grinnell, Ettenhofer headed to Chicago where his first job was at the Sears headquarters, executing corporate A/V set-ups for meetings and events. Next he returned to Bloodshot Records, where he had interned during his senior year, to help build a system for tracking royalty payments. He then spent 13 years with the creative event firm, Fig Media, doing everything from deejaying private parties, to producing video projects, managing sales and production teams, and learning the art of sales and networking. In 2003 Andrew attended culinary school to enhance his love of food, and became a Le Cordon Bleu-certified chef focusing on gluten-free and other special diets. His other studies included postgraduate work at the Wright Institute in transformational leadership, team empowerment, and emotional/social intelligence. Last year he joined a new firm, Event Creative, as director of new business development and is responsible primarily for generating sales opportunities.