Steppingstone Alumni News - Fall 2017

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FALL 2017

An Alumni-filled Summer! Reminiscing at Alumni Reunion 2017 On July 11, nearly 30 Alumni joined us at Central Bistro in Boston for a great night of catching up with old friends. Alumni reunited with their fellow Scholars as well as former Steppingstone staff members, and reflected on Steppingstone memories while browsing through photos in old yearbooks.

Robyn Gibson ’00, Ying Wang ’02, Ms. Ostberg, and Tran Vu ’00

Danielle Bynoe ’04, Dean Ebozue ’04, and Megan Riley ’04

Felix Liang ’06, Angie Isaza ’06, Megumi Milla ’06, Javon Ryan ’06, Vanessa Lecky ’06, and Tyrone Li ’06

A special thank you to Steppingstone Alumnus Dean Ebozue ’04 who spoke about the importance of staying connected to Steppingstone and giving back to the next generation of Scholars. Dean also shared about his new hat company, Hyde Park Pride, which you can learn more about on his website: We are grateful to all of you who were able to take time to attend. We hope to see you all next year!

Discovering Careers in Law On July 17, Steppingstone hosted a career panel with internationally-renowned law firm Ropes & Gray LLP, bringing together current Scholars and Alumni to learn more about careers in law. Panelists included lawyers from a variety of law practices–prosecutors, defense attorneys, and litigators–who discussed their career paths, including coursework suggestions and internship opportunities. Thank you to Steppingstone Alumna, Joanne Jacquet Araujo ’98, who participated as a panelist, sharing her experience as an Assistant District Attorney with the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. Stay connected with Steppingstone on the “Alum Steppingstone” Facebook page to receive updates about future career panel opportunities! If your company might be interested in hosting an industry career panel for Steppingstone Scholars and Alumni, please contact Ashley Goliti-Chase at

Thank You! Alumni donations last year surpassed a record breaking $5,000! We’re proud to have such a generous Alumni community and couldn’t be more grateful for everything you give back to Steppingstone. We hope you’ll consider making another gift this year. Every dollar donated by Alumni matters, and no gift is too small to make a difference. In the first half of 2017, Steppingstone received gifts from the following Alumni*:

Welcoming Scholars Home On August 12, Steppingstone Alumna Miranda Haymon ’05 addressed the Steppingstone Class of 2017 at this year’s Commencement Ceremony. Joined by her mother in the audience, Miranda shared this bit of wisdom: “J.K. Rowling has said about the world of Harry Potter she created, ‘Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.’ I think this quote is apt in this moment if we make a little adjustment: Scholars, Steppingstone will always be there to welcome you home. If you ask for it, the Steppingstone community will be there each and every single moment after today to welcome you back home.” We couldn’t agree more, Miranda. Pictured: Miranda Haymon ’05 with her mother, wearing her blue L.L. Bean Steppingstone backpack.

Kousha Bautista-Saeyan ’98 Ashley Diaz ’02

Alumni Survey Results

Dean Ebozue ’04

Thank you to the nearly 200 Alumni who participated in Steppingstone’s recent career pathways survey. The valuable information you shared will help inform ongoing career development curriculum for current Scholars. Below are a few highlights from the survey:

Reggie Farina ’94 Daraiha Greene ’02 Marcus Haymon ’95 David Hernandez ’06 J. P. Jacquet ’95 Roudna Joseph ’03 Felix Liang ’06 Carlos Pacheco ’96 Megan Riley ’04 Kevin Tran ’94 Rochelle Williams-Belizaire ’94 A huge thank you to Steppingstone Alumnus Donald Medor ’01 for recommending Steppingstone as a grant recipient of his employer’s giving program. Because of Donald’s recommendation, Steppingstone recently received a $3,500 grant from the Staples Foundation to support The Steppingstone Academy. Thank you, Donald!

• 97% of respondents earned a bachelor’s degree or higher • 76% of respondents had a job or internship during college in their career field of interest • 72% of respondents obtained their first full-time job within six months after graduating from college • The average current salary of those who are employed full-time is $50,000 - $74,999 • 88% of respondents report being satisfied with their current position If you are interested in learning about Steppingstone’s career services for Alumni, please contact Ashley Goliti-Chase at

Steppingstone at TFA! Steppingstone Alumni Felix Liang ’06, Vicky Arroyo ’02, and Mariel Novas ’00 shared this photo with us. All three Alumni worked together at Teach for America in Boston and enjoyed a mini-reunion while at work!

Does your company have a corporate giving program? If so, contact Ashley Goliti-Chase at if you would like to discuss how to potentially nominate or involve Steppingstone!

We love receiving photos and notes from Alumni just like this one, so be sure to send us your updates by emailing Ashley Goliti-Chase at

*Gifts through 8/1/17


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