Backpack-to-Briefcase (B2B) Series

Backpack-to-Briefcase (B2B) workshops present students with the opportunity to connect with successful and seasoned alumni to receive mentorship, learn and develop practical career skillStudents network with B2B Alumni panelists s, and to investigate traditional and not-so-traditional career paths.

Discussions at each session center around diverse career options and paths in a variety of professional fields, and broach topics such as how to choose a "relevant" major; critical professional skills development to find and secure that first job; and the true benefits of internship/work experience during the undergraduate years.

In 2012, Whittier College's Backpack-to-Briefcase Series was honored with a Gold Award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

Alumni Panelists

Alumni who participate in the program hail from a wide variety of industries and career progression. Click here to read more about our past alumni panelists. If you would like to get in touch with one or more of these mentors, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations, 562.907.4222 or

Upcoming B2B Events

All B2B events take place on Wednesday evenings in Dezember Alumni House. Events begin at 6:45p.m. with a networking reception, with the workshop program beginning promptly at 7p.m.

September 25, 2013
Careers in...National Security & Emergency Management

October 23, 2013
Careers in...Educational Advocacy & Governance

November 13, 2013
Careers in...Finance: Risk & Chance

December 4, 2013
Careers in...Social Justice & Human Rights

February 5, 2014
Careers in...Ingenuity & Innovation

March 5, 2014
Careers in...Medical Fields

April 9, 2014
Careers in...Arts & Entertainment