St. Viator alumni discuss career paths at women’s event

Freshmen to seniors took part in Saint Viator High School’s first all-girls event on February 15. The young women heard from eight Sacred Heart and Saint Viator graduates in a comprehensive panel discussion before meeting more than 25 other graduates from the schools individually in separate career path discussions.

“We were very pleased to see so many young women take advantage of this unique opportunity,” said Krystal Harris, Alumni Relations Manager (SVHS ’15). “It was wonderful to see the interaction between our alumni and the students.”

Harris said one of the main goals was for female students to hear from their predecessors about the process of developing a career plan and to help build their confidence in pursuing their career goals.

Panelists included members of the Sacred Heart Class of 1979 and others through the Saint Viator Class of 2015, each sharing their thoughts on what it takes for women to succeed in fields ranging from social work and from medicine to consulting and economics.

“The tips shared by our panelists will be of great benefit to the young women who participated,” Harris said.

The students then spent an hour interacting with the graduates in one-on-one group discussions spanning careers in business, health sciences, social sciences, and non-traditional careers.

Attendees were also able to have a professional head shot taken for use in their college and professional studies. Participants in the breakout sessions included members of the Sacred Heart of Mary classes from 1969 and others up to the St. Viator class of 2016.


The event lasted over a year under Harris’ leadership, with an active committee of more than a dozen alumni.

“As we celebrate our school’s 60th anniversary, this event truly demonstrates our commitment to Lions for life,” said Harris. “We believe in having a strong community that welcomes and nurtures students from our first contact while they are in primary school until they are well established as alumni and in their career.”

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