Life After Rice

“What will life after Rice be like?
How do I build a successful career and a meaningful life?”

Sponsored by the Association of Rice Alumni and in collaboration with campus partners, Life After Rice is an exciting series of interactive panel discussions and networking lunches typically held at Cohen House three times each semester.

The series provides undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to gain real-world advice from alumni on various topics and industries. Panels generally have between three to five alumni who engage in open and honest dialogue with students about their career experiences and life journey. Alumni share with students professional insight aimed to help establish and advance their career and achieve life success.

Students greatly benefit from the connections made with alumni panelists. They can also build their professional network with fellow peers over complimentary lunch.

Join Us:

Students: All undergraduate and graduate students are invited to attend the Life After Rice luncheon and panel sessions for free! Seating is very limited. If you’re a leader within a student organization or college and you’re interested in collaborating with the Association of Rice Alumni on a new Life After Rice event, contact Alexa Schwartz, assistant director of Alumni Programs at alexaschwartz@rice.edu or 713-348-2856.

Alumni: Are you interested in serving as a panelist? Looking to share your wisdom with Rice students? Contact Alexa Schwartz, assistant director of Alumni Programs at alexaschwartz@rice.edu or 713-348-2856.

Past Events:

Life After Rice: Advocacy & Political Engagement
Presented in partnership with the Center for Career Development and the Center for Civic Leadership.
Thursday, September 17, 12:00-1:00pm CST over Zoom.
Panelists included Estevan Delgado ’13, Eliza Martin ’19, Blaque Robinson ’16, and Raj Salhotra ’13.

Life After Rice: How to Succeed in Graduate School
Presented in partnership with the Graduate Student Association and the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
Wednesday, August 5, 12:00-1:00pm CST over Zoom.
Panelists included Karen Book ’11, Shawn Simmons M.S. ’00, Carlos Solano M.S. ’14, MBA ’14,and Kristjan Stone M.S. ’08, Ph.D. ’10. Moderated by Vanity Hill, assistant director, Alumni Regional Outreach.

Life After Rice: Careers in Sustainability
Presented in partnership with the Administrative Center for Sustainability and Energy Management and the Rice Environmental Society.
Wednesday, July 22nd, 12:00-1:00pm CST over Zoom.
Panelists included Bruckner Chase ’90, Rande Patterson ’14, Rachel Powers ’93, and Claudia Vassar ’99. Moderated by Richard Johnson ’92, director of the Administrative Center for Sustainability and Energy Management at Rice

Life After Rice: Alumni in Tech
Presented in partnership with the Center for Career Development and Lilie.
Tuesday, June 23rd, 12-1:30pm over Zoom.
Panelists included Ryan Aipperspach ’04, Dr. Ning Li ’97, Veronica Saron ’14, and Karey Tsang ’97. Moderated by Leora Gabry Semble, Career Advisor with the Center for Career Development.

Life After Rice: Career Pivots & Transitions
Presented in partnership with the Center for Career Development and the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.
Thursday, June 11th, 12-1:30pm over Zoom.
Panelists included Ed Chao ’06, Omar Nava ’07, Spencer Randall ’13, and Coco Seney ’12. Moderated by Dr. David Vassar, Assistant Dean for Professional and Corporate Programs, Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.

Life After Rice: Graduating into a Recession
Presented in partnership with the Center for Career Development.
Tuesday, May 19th, 12-1:30pm over Zoom.
Panelists included Mary Kathryn Campion '84, Leonard Cahn '07, Lila Holzman '09 and Kathryn Sorte '08. Moderated by Judy Le '00.