Seniors & Young Alumni Leadership Symposium

Are you ready to make inspiring connections and realizations that will last a lifetime?
The Seniors & Young Alumni Leadership Symposium is an annual event that provides outstanding seniors and young alumni with the opportunity to come together and learn from one another. The 2017 Symposium welcomed 42 young alumni from around the country to join 70 seniors in Baltimore for a day of reflecting, connecting, and pursuing their individual paths. 

Our Young Alumni come from a variety of backgrounds and career paths, including finance, banking, research, engineering, law, film and acting, publishing, politics, public and foreign policy, consulting, health care, education, business, academic administration, communications, development, and philanthropy. 

Our Students are a diverse group of seniors actively involved in leadership across campus. 

The heart of Symposium is its meaningful 1:1 interactions. The Symposium experience offers a variety of small mentor group sessions that allow students and young alumni to get to know one another in significant ways. Each mentor group is composed of 2-3 alumni and 4-6 seniors who share similar backgrounds and aspirations. Alumni facilitate many of these sessions, and become mentors for students throughout Symposium and beyond.

Guests during the 7th annual Seniors and Young Alumni Leadership Symposium had the opportunity to hear from alumni who are thriving in their respective fields including Nick Gilson, KSAS ’11, founder and CEO of Gilson Snowboards, and Liz Specht, WSE ’09, food scientist.  Students were able to forge meaningful connections and left the Symposium with a renewed sense of energy towards their steps after Hopkins and enthusiasm for the Alumni Association.

Class of 2018 Symposium

Date: TBD

If you are interested in attending, please contact Arif Nuri.


“The Symposium brought together a group of people who were remarkable in their ability to be frank and open with each other.”

“The connection we were able to make with the facilitators is an amazing part of the symposium!”

“I learned more about myself and am more confident about my decisions post graduation and look forward to the challenges.”

“Thank you for the wonderful Leadership Symposium. The reflective exercises and the wonderful new connections came at the perfect time in my life. To me, the experience was truly invaluable. I cannot express enough how happy I am that I was invited.”

“This symposium was of equal value to me as it was to the students. As I am in the heat of the transition period from college to real world, I had answers, epiphanies, etc, but needed to realign my values and in every sense, refocus.”

“I learned that others had similar experiences to me — some of my struggles/hurdles are the same as what others have experienced, and it's reassuring to know that.”

“I really enjoyed being there and meeting so many impressive undergrads with truly innovative ideas. It was also great to reconnect (and to meet)...other young alumni.”

“I learned I really do have a lot to give back, and students can learn from my experiences.”