Backpack-to-Briefcase (B2B) Series

Students network with B2B Alumni panelists

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 skills, 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 6:30 p.m. with a networking reception, with the workshop program beginning promptly at 7p.m.

Careers in Entertainment
Tuesday, November 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Katie Fellion '06
Founder & Head of Business Development & Workflow Strategy, Light Iron

​Kimi Buser '05
Actor and Voice Actor

Douglas Sloan '83
Writer/Producer, Dreamworks Animation

Careers in Federal Government 
February (Date TBD), 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Careers in Sports
Wednesday, March 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Careers in STEM
Tuesday, April 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m.