February 1, 2018

Rising Professionals: An Old Masters Program to hold campuswide panel

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue’s Rising Professionals, which helps support the Old Masters program, will celebrate successes and inspire current students during a two-day event, March 4-5.

At 4 p.m. March 4, there will be a free and open “WALC the Talk” in the Wilmeth Active Learning Center’s Hiler Theater. At “WALC the Talk,” the Rising Professionals will share how their Purdue journey impacted postgraduate success. Students and faculty will be encouraged to ask questions and submit questions ahead of time via twitter. Free pizza will be provided as well.

A Rising Professional is a distinguished alumnus who not only has shown success in their early career, but was involved on campus during their time as a student, taking full advantage of the opportunities Purdue has to offer.

The 2018 Rising Professionals are:

Frank Garofalo, Bachelor of Science in computer graphics technology, minor in management marketing (Purdue, 2008); Master of Science in computer graphics technology (Purdue, 2010). At Purdue, Garofalo was involved in Purdue Student Government, Purdue Athletic Promotions, Purdue Office of Admissions tour guide, Cary Club, WCCR, University Residences (RA and staff resident), Disney College Program, ACM Siggraph, Mortar Board, and Iron Key. He is the principal consultant and founder of Garofalo UX and the creator and principal consultant of Reslife Portal in San Diego.

Chelsea Hayes, SPHR, Bachelor of Arts, public health promotion and public relations (Purdue, 2011); Master of Science, corporate communication (Northwestern, 2012). At Purdue, Hayes was involved in the College of Liberal Arts (dean’s ambassador), Delta Sigma Theta sorority, EMV Retreat, Black Voices of Inspiration at the Black Cultural Center, Mortar Board, and D.R.I.V.E.N.  She previously worked at GE as a human resources specialist and in sales support.  She serves as the director of human resources for the AFRICA channel and the CEO and principal consultant for The Coaching Factory in Los Angeles. 

Lane Konkel, Bachelor of Science, industrial engineering (Purdue, 2013); Master of Science in supply chain management (Penn State, 2017). At Purdue, Konkel was involved in Sigma Kappa sorority, Old Masters, Institute of Industrial Engineers, Purdue Foundation Student Board, Paint Crew (exec board), Boiler Gold Rush (team leader), and Gimlets. Konkel works for GE Healthcare as a brilliant factory lean leader in Phoenix.  She has been awarded Forbes 30 Under 30 in Manufacturing and Industry.

Bradley McKinney, Bachelor of Science, agricultural sales and marketing (Purdue, 2007); Master of Science, agricultural economics (Purdue, 2016); MBA (Indiana University, 2016). At Purdue, McKinney was involved in Purdue Student Government (vice president), Iron Key, Old Masters (host & Central Committee), College Republicans, and Sigma Chi fraternity. He previously worked as a legislative and regulatory affairs specialist for the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture and as a public policy adviser for FaegreBD Consulting. Bradley now works as the director of government affairs at Michael Torrey Associates in Washington, D.C.

Tom Seto, Doctorate of Pharmacy (Purdue, 2011); MBA (Duke, 2017).  At Purdue, Seto was involved in Iron Key, Delta Sigma Phi fraternity (national board of directors), Interfraternity Council (president), Homecoming Court (king, 2007), Mortar Board, Boiler Gold Rush (team supervisor and team leader), Pharmacy Student Council (president), Purdue Student Government (senator), Pharmacy Orientation Program (co-director), Phi Lambda Sigma, Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy, Purdue Dance Marathon, President’s Leadership Class, Association of Big Ten Students, and many more organizations. He is a management consultant at PwC in Chicago.

Tom Trachtman, Bachelor of Science, management, and Master of Business Administration (Purdue, 2011: 3+2 Program). At Purdue, Trachtman was involved in Old Masters (host and Central Committee), Iron Key, Sigma Chi fraternity, Student Managed Venture Fund, Krannert School of Management Council, Krannert Executive Forum (TA), and Krannert Leadership and Ethics Series. He previously worked as a senior financial analyst at General Mills and currently works as a consultant for Health Care Futures in Minneapolis.

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

For more information, email: directingrpcc@gmail.com, or visit: http://www.purdueoldmasters.org/rising-professionals/welcome-from-directing/ 

Contact: Daniel Hopfensperger, publicityrpcc@gmail.com

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