February 16, 2016  

New Rising Professionals program to bring young alumni to campus

Five young alumni who have shown success in their early careers will return to the West Lafayette campus March 6-7 as part of the new Rising Professionals program to share how their Purdue journey affected their lives after graduation.

Built as part of the Old Masters program, Rising Professionals was developed to inspire current Boilermakers and give them the opportunity to interact with some exceptional recent graduates.

The 2016 Rising Professionals are:

* Carlos Banks, BS 2008, accounting and finance. Assistant vice president at GENPACT and former senior financial analyst at Goldman Sachs.

* Rachel Cumberbatch, BS 2007, animal sciences; DVM 2011. Health care policy fellow for U.S. Sen. Al Franken. Former Purdue student trustee.

* Shane Hageman, BA/BS 2008, political science and agricultural business; MS 2012, food and agribusiness. President of Hageman Group.

* Jayme Huber, BS 2008, aeronautical and astronautical engineering, physics. Associate director at Joss & Main, formerly at Bain & Company.

* Jill Zeller, BS 2009, agricultural economics and agricultural communications. Brand manager at Dow AgroSciences. Former Purdue student trustee.

The Rising Professionals will talk about their careers at a presentation at 4 p.m. March 6 in the Krach Leadership Center lobby. The event is free and open to the public. Students and faculty also are encouraged to request a Rising Professional for a classroom talk or organization group meeting by filling out a form on the Purdue Old Masters website by Friday (Feb. 19).

The Old Masters Program has been a Purdue University tradition since 1950, celebrating distinguished professionals while inspiring students to embody the value of the Boilermaker experience.  

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