In the first of a three part alumni-student mentorship series, alumnae Deprise Brazel, Esq. ’10 and Morgan Justice-Black ’01 spoke to Parker internship students about leveraging networks, experiences, and skills to benefit their careers on Thursday, Jan. 11. After a brief introduction and brainstorming session, students broke into two groups for breakout sessions with each guest speaker.

Deprise, who recently passed the bar exam and is interviewing for music attorney positions at major firms in Los Angeles, advised students that today’s world is all about who you know. She spoke of the importance of standing out by doing exceptional work and advised students to get to know people in different departments to expand their networks.

Morgan, who works as Community Relations Manager at San Diego Gas and Electric, realized after working as a Development Director in the non-profit sector that she wanted to be the person giving money away, not asking for it. She dedicated her evenings to networking groups and volunteer organizations to gain pertinent experience and expand her professional network, and leveraged social media to help identify people she wanted to connect with.

Thank you to Deprise and Morgan for sharing your valuable insight and stories with students. Fellow alumni – want to share your professional knowledge with Parker internship students? We have a couple of sessions left, email [email protected] to get involved!