History With a Future: A Conversation with Marissa Davis '08
12:00 PM
1:00 PM
A proud member of Swarthmore's Class of 2008, Marissa is delighted to return to Swarthmore to share her perspective on how majoring in history impacted her career trajectory thus far. Marissa is currently serving as a Management Consultant with RISE San Diego, an organization dedicated to fostering leadership and civic engagement in urban communities in San Diego. She received her Master's in Public Policy from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, where she was a recipient of the school's prestigious Public Service Fellowship, the Cultural Bridge Fellowship of Harvard's Women and Public Policy Program, a fellow of the Harvard Graduate Student Leadership Institute(HGSLI) through the Kennedy School's Center for Public Leadership, and Co-Chair for two consecutive years of The Black Policy Conference. Prior to the Kennedy School, Marissa was a Research Associate for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) where she worked to support the Center for Policy Analysis and Research (CPAR) and the Avoice project on research and programs related to inequality reduction in African-American communities. She also founded the organization NOLArize! while at Swarthmore, which worked to raise social and cultural awareness about New Orleans and continue efforts in directly aiding its local communities after Hurricane Katrina. She is a budding “bridge-figure” with an insatiable appetite for travel and originally hails from Kingston, Jamaica.
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Black Cultural Center
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This event is co-sponsored by Black Studies.
The Public
Jonathan R Lax ’71 Conference on Entrepreneurship
9:00 AM
5:30 PM
Join fellow and aspiring entrepreneurs for this daylong conference showcasing innovation from members of the Swarthmore community. At the Lax Conference, doers and thinkers turn big ideas into actions. 

Highlights for the 16th Annual Lax Conference include:

Three TEDx-style SwatTalks, including one from Dorwin Cartwright Professor of Social Theory and Social Action Barry Schwartz.

Third annual SwatTank Student Innovation Competition moderated by Shalom Saar ’74. This year's finalists are:
Discussion sessions covering a wide range of entrepreneurial experiences 

Come when you can and leave when you must!
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Alumni Relations Office,, 610-328-8402
Science Center
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The Lax Conference is sponsored by the Advancement Office, Career Services, and the Center for Innovation and Leadership.
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Consulting Careers Explained
12:30 PM
1:15 PM

Koof Kalkstein ’78, former Managing Director at BCG provides an overview of consulting careers. 
Location: Parrish 159

Career Services, Gathering/Meeting, Lecture/Talk/ Reading/ Panel, Student Events, Workshop/Training