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Elon Administrator Dave Porter P’11 P’19 recently toured the renovated space while on campus and discussed its impact with several Elon students.

For the past decade, the Porter Family Career Development Center has connected Elon students to career opportunities while helping them hone their skills as they enter a competitive job market.

Now, the newly renovated space in the Koury Business Center is even more welcoming to students looking for help with resumes and interview techniques or looking for connections to internships or alumni networks. students.

Administrator Dave Porter tours the newly renovated Porter Family Professional Development Center Friday, April 8, 2022.

New graphics along a brighter hallway make the center easier to find and reflect its role in professional development. The new glazed entrance to the center welcomes students as they come to connect with center staff, with the reception now clad in Elon oak. An updated interior includes a photo wall showcasing a wide range of Elon students embedded in companies and organizations through internships or jobs.

“The renovations not only allow students to see the Porter Family Career Development Center as they enter the Koury Business Center, but the updated lobby provides an inviting space for them to sit, stay and have a conversation about their professional journey,” said Brooke Buffington. , Director of the Student Professional Development Center.

Recent visitors to the center included its namesake, Elon Trustee Dave Porter P’11 P’19, whose major gift in 2011 funded the establishment of the center. Owner and managing partner of Baystate Financial Services in Boston, Porter made the donation after being impressed with his son, Tim Porter ’11,’s experience at Elon and the caliber of Elon’s students who worked as interns in his company.

“The best universities in the world are dedicated to experiential learning, and that’s what it’s all about,” Porter said after visiting the center on Friday, April 8. “It shows the truth that experiential learning is at the heart of what we do here at Elon.

Porter was joined on his visit by Raghu Tadepalli, Dean of the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business, as well as Vice President for Academic Advancement Jim Piatt and Associate Vice President for Academic Advancement John Barnhill , but the emphasis was on discussion with the students. the impact the center had on their time at Elon.

Left to right, Meredith Mackenzie ’22, Lilly Rothschild ’22, Vice President for Academic Advancement Jim Piatt, Associate Vice President for Academic Advancement John Barnhill, Dean of Martha and Spencer Love School of Business Raghu Tadepalli and Administrator Dave Porter meet at the newly renovated Porter Family Professional Development Center.

During her visit, Meredith Mackenzie and Lilly Rothschild chatted with Porter, two finance majors who have already secured positions in the financial services industry after graduating in May. Mackenzie will take on an investment banking role at Wells Fargo in Charlotte and Rothschild will take on a role at Ernst & Young in New York.

Mackenzie shared with Porter the role the center has played in connecting her to the growing network of Elon alumni, especially those in the business sector. Mackenzie recently “paid it forward” by participating in internship panels hosted by the center that allowed her to share her experience and connect with her peers.

“Through meet-and-greet events and personal email introductions, I was able to interact with parents and alumni who provided valuable advice, feedback and connections,” Mackenzie said. “The Elon Job Network has helped me find more opportunities with private companies in addition to traditional public companies, and Porter Center counselors have guided me on how to prepare for each type of interview. “

Porter said the Center responds to the growing desire of students to build a base of experiences earlier in their careers at Elon. “Students are now exploring and seeking internships in their freshman year at Elon rather than as juniors, and that sets the stage for multiple meaningful experiences,” Porter said.

Rothschild has been involved with the Porter Center since her first year at Elon and has formed relationships with several staff members there. “When I sit down with one of the Porter Center staff members, I feel welcome to imagine my greatest career potential,” she said.

Last fall, she leaned on the staff as she sought to pivot and find the right opportunity following her summer experiences working in risk for major banking institutions. “The Porter Center has helped me hone my personal brand to reflect the skills I can offer in a new capacity, such as financial consulting, an area I will move into after graduation,” Rothschild said. . “The Porter Center recognized that exploring through conversations was the best way to clarify my career path. They quickly connected me with former senior and junior Elon students whose guidance helped me paved the way for a successful career in finance.

The Porter Center’s refresh and renovation helps center staff as they expand ways to connect with students and help them achieve their career goals, Buffington said.

“Love School of Business student achievement has continued to rise, and the Porter Center is working hard to meet the needs of all students seeking business opportunities,” Buffington said. “It is imperative that the physical space of the center reflects the exceptional level of work carried out in the office every day. »

Learn more about the Porter Family Professional Development Center here or by stopping by the center at Koury Business Center 106.

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