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Cornell University & Conenza Event April 24 in NYC – Converting Alumni to Employees for Life

APRIL 24, 2019 | 4:30pm – 7pm EDT

Cornell University, ILR School NYC Conference Center
570 Lexington Ave., 12th floor
New York, NY 10022

Join us for a knowledge-sharing event co-hosted by Cornell University and Conenza. Researchers from Cornell’s renowned Industrial Labor Relations (ILR) School will present their groundbreaking findings on corporate alumni research. Drawing on data collected from over 4,000 alumni across five different alumni networks, they will provide insights from their research including what motivates alumni to join, the benefits that address these motivations, and why organizations should invest in alumni programs.


Becky Paluch is a doctoral candidate in the ILR School at Cornell University. Her research focuses on her interest in individual and organizational responses to evolving employment trends; specifically, declining employee tenure rates, growing employee mobility, and rising diversity in the workforce. Having worked in consulting and HR prior to starting the doctoral program, her interests in corporate alumni programs stemmed from personal experience as an alum of different organizations. Her current research focuses on understanding why alumni participate in relationships with prior employers and how the provision of alumni benefits and services can facilitate desirable outcomes for organizations.

Dr. Lisa Nishii is the vice-provost for undergraduate education at Cornell University and is an associate professor of human resource studies at the ILR School. Dr. Nishii is an expert on inclusion in organizations, and her research focuses on the confluence of organizational practices, leadership behaviors, and climate for inclusion on individual- and group-level outcomes. She serves on a variety of college and university-level councils for diversity, globalization, and engaged learning, and has consulted with a variety of multinational companies on organizational assessment and diversity and inclusion issues.

The ILR School of Cornell University is the leading college of the applied social sciences focusing on work, employment, and labor policy issues and practices of national and international significance. ILR studies many areas that shape the working world and contribute to an organization’s success in a global economy. These topics include human resource management, organizational behavior, diversity management, management development, labor-management relations, labor economics, and international and comparative labor.

4:30pm – Event Check-in & Networking
5:00pm – Presentation followed by Q&A
6:00pm – Networking with Small Bites & Drinks
7:00pm – Wrap up

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