Tufts alumni pursue fascinating careers in a variety of industries. Every fall and spring, the Career Center brings talented alumni volunteers back to campus — virtually in Spring 2021! — to share their career experiences and advice with students of all class years and majors. Through both 1-on-1 appointments and an interactive Lunch & Learn, these alumni provide insider info about jobs, employers, career paths, and more.
Spring 2021 Professionals in Residence
Careers in Biotechnology with Deborah Meshulam — Tuesday, March 9
Since 2019, Deb has served as Vice President of Operations at Scholar Rock, a biotechnology company located in Cambridge, MA where we “eat, sleep, and breathe good science.” She has more than 30 years of experience in biotechnology in the development, engineering, and manufacturing areas. She previously held a variety of leadership positions at ImmunoGen, BioTransplant, and BioGen. Deb Meshulam is a double Jumbo who received her BS in Chemical Engineering and an MS in Life Sciences, both from Tufts University.
Deb’s talk will take place from 12 – 12:50 pm ET, followed opportunities for individual 20-min. sessions.
Careers in Product Management and Marketing with Charles Wartemberg ’09 — Thursday, March 11
As both an engineer and a storyteller, Charles works on helping employees discover, connect, and grow at Microsoft. In this role, he leads product design, development, and global implementation, in partnership with stakeholders from Engineering, Design, Services, and LinkedIn. His experience has included Product Management and Product Marketing roles on products within Xbox, Windows, and Office. Prior to Microsoft, Charles worked at Amazon in Seattle and McMaster-Carr Supply Co. in Chicago, IL. Charles received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts and an MBA with a concentration in Statistics, Econometrics and Managerial & Organizational Behavior from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. As a proud Ghanaian & African, Charles is passionate about technology and mentoring. As a lifelong learner with a bias for action, Charles’s mission is to lead innovative products, and to unlock the potential of the next-generation.
Charles’s talk will take place from 11 am – 12 pm ET, followed opportunities for individual 20-min. sessions.
Careers in Public Policy and Government with Giovana Manfrin ’17 — Wednesday, April 7
Giovana is a Research Fellow with the Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP) at the Harvard Kennedy School, where she analyzes data-driven policies, interventions, and evidence-based tools for creating gender equity. In this capacity, she works closely with policymakers around the world on creating strategies for public policy innovation and gender inclusion. Outside of WAPPP, Giovana co-chairs the Confronting Racism and White Supremacy Working Group of the Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security, and Conflict Transformation (WCAPS). Originally from Brazil, Giovana is fluent in English and Portuguese, and is currently self-teaching Arabic and coding for data science. Giovana received her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations with a concentration in International Security and minor in Economics from Tufts, where she also completed graduate-level courses at Fletcher. Giovana is also a proud graduate of Miami Dade College and a recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award. Before her career in politics, Giovana was a professional classical ballerina.
Giovana’s talk will take place from 1 – 2 pm ET, followed opportunities for individual 20-min. sessions.
Careers in Sports and Media with Tim Bunnell ’87, MA ’93 — Wednesday, April 14
Tim is a Senior Vice President, Programming at ESPN. He leads programming efforts in tennis, golf, baseball, soccer, and motorsports, in addition to spearheading ESPN’s endeavors around the world, including managing ESPN’s relationship with Tencent Digital in China, and serving as a board member on NBA China and on CTV Specialty in Canada. Bunnell joined ESPN in 1994 as manager of distribution, Americas. In 1998, he was promoted to director, responsible for managing programming relationships with affiliates throughout Latin America and Canada. In 2000, Bunnell joined ESPN Internet Group, where he oversaw the launch and development of ESPNdeportes.com and managed the reorganization of ESPNsoccernet.com (now ESPNFC.com). Since 2002 he has been involved with ESPN’s content efforts across the globe. Prior to joining ESPN, Bunnell was an upper school teacher at the American International School in Vienna, Austria, where he taught courses in modern European history and world literature (1989-1991). A 1987 graduate of Tufts University, he has a bachelor of arts degree in English literature. In 1993, he received his M.A. in International Relations with honors from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He is fluent in Spanish.
Conversation with Tim will take place from 12 – 1:30 pm ET, followed opportunities for Q&A.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect from a virtual 1-on-1 appointment with the Professional in Residence?This is a great opportunity to learn from someone who has first-hand knowledge of a career path that interests you. Your meeting is known as an informational interview, and you can consult our website for more about the process, including sample questions to ask the alumnus/a. You’ll want to make the most of your 20-minute appointment; it can go quickly! Come prepared with 5-7 questions to ask, and prioritize them so you get to your most important questions first.
What can I expect from a virtual Lunch & Learn with the Professional in Residence?The lunch discussion is another nice way to interact with a visiting Professional. You’ll benefit from opportunities to both ask questions and learn from questions asked by peers.
Do I need to bring a resume to my 1-on-1 appointment with the Professional in Residence?The Career Center provides links to student resumes for Professionals in Residence prior to the 1-on-1 appointments so they can get a sense of the students with whom they are meeting.As far as having your document ready to show on screen during your 1-on-1, it depends! Perhaps you’d like to ask the Professional in Residence for a quick opinion about one of the bullet points on your resume or the order of your section headings. In these cases, you may want to have your document open and ready to share. The individual appointment isn’t intended to be a resume critique, however, so be sure to keep any resume questions brief and specific. In addition, please remember that the majority of our alumni volunteers are not hiring for particular jobs, so they won’t be collecting resumes the way career fair representatives would.
How should I follow up after my appointment? May I stay in touch with a Professional in Residence?Following up with a thank you email is a wonderful way to express gratitude for the person’s time and advice. We offer sample notes on our website if you’re looking for a point of reference.As with any networking scenario, options for keeping in touch are often part of the conversation. With a Professional in Residence, you might say, “May I have your email address? If it’s okay with you, I’d like to follow up in a month or so to let you know how my job/internship search is progressing.” OR perhaps “This conversation has been really helpful, and I’d like to stay in touch. May I send a LinkedIn connection request?” Important note: If you express an interest in keeping in touch with the person, make sure you actually do keep in touch in whichever way you specify.
What should I do if I need to cancel my virtual individual appointment or participation in the lunch discussion?When you reserve a time to speak with the Professional in Residence or sign up for the lunch discussion, it means we’re holding that spot for you. While we understand that true emergencies do occur, please let us know as soon as possible (ideally before the day of the event) if you need to cancel your appointment. This makes it more likely that another student will be able to take your place. In addition, the decision to no-show for an appointment may prohibit you from signing up for future Professional in Residence programs.