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Thank you for your interest in attending "The Changing Professional" at the Columbia Club (15 West 43rd Street.) Unfortunately, online registration for this event is closed. If you would like to attend, please send an email to Lindsay Hotaling at with your request and include your name, class year, and school. We are accepting on-site registration and will accept cash-only payment. The cost to attend is $25 for alumni and $40 for guests. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow night!

Event Details
  The Changing Professional: Career Transition Stories 
  November 20, 2013 6:30 PM ET
  November 20, 2013 8:30 PM ET
  The Columbia University Club of New York
15 West 43rd St, New York, NY
Join the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) for an evening of exploration with alumni and experts who will discuss their significant career transitions or share valuable takeaways for those interested in following a non-traditional career path.

Speakers will provide insight on topics including: career management; the impact of risk adverse behavior; how people view choice over the life span; and the highs and lows of starting your own business. If you are making a shift, this will be a valuable session for you to analyze your own career goals. Attendees are invited to attend a networking reception for an opportunity to interact with alumni in a similar career stage.

The Modes of Decision Making
Elke Weber, Jerome A. Chazen Professor of International Business, Columbia Business School, Professor of Psychology and Earth Institute Professor, Columbia University

A major career change can happen by either being “pushed” by problems with a current situation or “pulled” by the promise of greater opportunities. Either way, this choice is never an easy decision and is often accompanied by fear and stress. To better how decision making can impact a career, hear a psychological explanation from Professor Elke Weber, expert on behavioral and neural models of judgment and choice under uncertainty and time delays. Understand how to differentiate between different decision modes to help resolve your own internal conflicts as you continue on down your own career path.

Just Take it With You
Rob Cox, '92 JRN, Global Editor and Founder of Reuters Breakingviews

Outsourcing, automation and globalization are only a threat if you lack one basic instinct: creativity. You don't need to be a member of the creative classes to get this simple lesson. Take it from someone who went to Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism hoping to spend his career in newsprint and wound up establishing a digital publication and a valuable brand. It is an experience applicable for any budding entrepreneur.

Understanding the Framework for Your Career
Dr. Mark Horney, '97 BUS, Executive Director, EMBA/MS Career Management, Columbia Business School

People deal with information overload and steadily increasing expectations about how many tasks we are expected to accomplish in both our personal and professional lives. These pressures lead us to cut corners to maximize efficiency, which often bleeds into the job search process. To avoid this behavior, there is a core set of activities that anyone - regardless of their professional goals - can engage in to effectively pursue a strategic career management process. To help move you forward with successful career development, you will learn about the framework that includes these core activities, hear best practices on key aspects of career management and understand the concept of career leadership.

How to Navigate Unplanned Career Transitions
Bill Haney '81 SEAS, Chief Risk Officer of FlexPath Capital Inc.

The opportunity to switch a career path might happen when you least expect it. If you are on the cusp of making a transition, get inspired by hearing a personal story about an alumnus who shifted from being a Wall Street finance professional to an emerging entrepreneur in the automotive industry. Bill will share what it was like to make a change out of necessity and shed light on the reality of being a self-starter.

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