Diversity Connect: Owning Your Career
The Diversity Connect Event is an exclusive opportunity for sponsors, employers and multicultural groups to build relationships with student leaders, alumni and members of Babson College’s underrepresented minority populations as part of the Black Affinity Conference Weekend. This event will kick off the conference weekend and provide a venue for employers and groups from varying industries to come together, connect with students and alumni, network, and build their brand with Babson to grow their talent pipeline.
Compared to the traditional “career fair”, this event will allow employers and affinity groups to meet a broader pool of candidates at various stages of their career development, who are interested in exploring varying career and volunteer opportunities. This event will be open to current undergraduate and graduate students as well as Babson alumni.
The event will kick off with an interactive career exploration workshop led by Boston-based social impact company, Fast Forward, followed by 1:1 coaching for students, open forum networking, and other career exploration and professional development activities. This will be a critical opportunity to teach students about the power of building a professional network, and giving them an opportunity to put these skills into practice.
The Fast Forward workshop is focused on helping students become more aware of themselves, others and their community to make intentional decisions to accelerate their careers. Realizing one's strengths and weaknesses, making the right connections and developing one's personal brand are key steps students need to take ownership of not only their careers but also in creating value in our community. The result of the combination of these activities will be one's true differentiator to attaining the right career for you. Topics to be discussed during the workshop include:
Realizing Your Potential / The Fast Forward Story
Identifying Your Career Interests
Making The Right Connections and its Importance
Developing Your Personal Brand
Taking Ownership of Your College and Professional Career
Pichon Duplan’10 M’11
Co-Founder of Fast Forward
Pichon is the co-founder of Fast Forward, a social impact organization that helps students accelerate their career. Co-authored the book, Fast Forward: What Is Your College Degree Worth?, and created multiple platforms with Tucker Matheson to help young leaders make intentional decisions to maximize their time and investment in school. They are currently partnering with several colleges and universities as well as the Boston Chamber of Commerce to design unique programs and initiatives aligned with their mission.
While attending Babson College, he cofounded a nonprofit organization called iStandAbove (iSA) which equips students with leadership tools and resources to become the best version of themselves. Pichon was nominated to serve on his company’s National Staff Council and to lead the Northeast Staff Advisory Council, working with senior leadership to create a true and unique development experience for the company’s staff. In addition, he was elected to serve on the Advisory Board of the Managing Market Partner for the Northeast region of his company to provide his perspective and potential solutions to business and diversity and inclusion issues and topics. Pichon is a Green Belt in Six Sigma. His leadership and entrepreneurial endeavors fueled his passion for helping students achieve their life long goals.
Co-Founder of Fast Forward
Tucker is the co-founder of Fast Forward, a social impact organization that helps students accelerate their career. Co-authored the book, Fast Forward: What Is Your College Degree Worth?, and created multiple platforms with Pichon Duplan to help young leaders make intentional decisions to maximize their time and investment in school. They are currently partnering with several colleges and universities as well as the Boston Chamber of Commerce to design unique programs and initiatives aligned with their mission.
Outside of management consulting, Tucker previously taught for three years as an adjunct professor at his alma mater, Suffolk University, and is now a member of Suffolk’s Young Alumni Advisory Board. Tucker was also nominated to lead a thirty-eight-member National Staff Council, providing recommendations on pressing topics and company initiatives to his company’s senior leadership team. Tucker is a Certified Public Accountant in MA His experience teaching and coaching students and his leadership roles within the company he works for inspired his eagerness to give back and help other college students jump-start their careers.