Our recent networking events were a success! More than 50 Pirates were able to network in Charlotte and Raleigh earlier this month. The Charlotte reception on November 11 had 36 people in attendance, and the Raleigh breakfast on November 12 had 25 in attendance.
“As a Charlotte resident, it is always good to come across other Pirates,” said Atul Bhula, who attended the Charlotte event. “Seeing that ECU is over four hours away, staying connected with friends through events like this, and meeting other fellow Pirates, is always great.”
Bhula enjoyed hearing from featured alumnae Michaelina Antahades ’08, ’10, group and event sales manager for the NASCAR Hall of Fame, and Nicole Kloss ’02, director of corporate health and network development for Novant Health.
“I would highly recommend other alumni, or even any others that have some connection to the university, to attend events like this as it could open new doors,” Bhula said. “I plan to attend as many alumni events as I can, whether I am in Charlotte, Greenville, Raleigh, or any other cities. It’s always great to see purple and gold outside of Greenville, and I think that’s something that bonds our Pirate Nation together.”
The featured alumni in Raleigh were Jessica Calise ’03, marketing manager at PetPartners, and Tim Willis ’12, associate quality assurance engineer at Fidelity Investments and member of the East Carolina Alumni Association Board of Directors.
“I enjoyed the alumni breakfast because it’s nice to be around people who essentially come from the same place. We’re all advocates for the benefits and strengths that we’ve gained from attending ECU,” said Lindsay Saunders, who attended the Raleigh event.
“My favorite part of the event is the introductions when everyone gets up to just say who they are, what their background is, when they went to ECU, and where they are now,” Lindsay continued. “It’s neat to hear that in just a few moments without the static of walking around to each person making small talk. I also love hearing the speakers. I’m intrigued at the variety of people they have speak at these events.”
Many thanks to our networking event sponsor, Liberty Mutual, and our venues, Queen City Q and Irregardless Café.
Our next networking events are in Norfolk, VA on December 1 and in Washington, DC on December 2. The deadline to register for both these events is November 26. Advance registration is required. Come meet fellow Pirates in your area and expand your professional and social networks!