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Professionals in Residence - Interested in a finance career and contributing to the social good? Learn about where money meets mission with a Columbia alum!

Date:March 14, 2013 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm EDT
Location:Center for Career Education, Conference Room
Contact:For further information regarding this event, please contact Malla Haridat by sending email to or by calling 212-854-5609.

Are you interested in meeting a professional over lunch? 

CCE would like to invite you and a small group of students to a casual lunch and discussion with an alum. If you have ever wanted to "pick the brain" of an industry insider about trends in their industry, best practices for students in the hiring process, and advice about career paths, join us for this event at the Center for Career Education.   This is your opportunity to connect with an executive in a mentoring conversation and is limited to 20 students.  Please register today!

Our speaker is Raji Kalra, CC’97

Raji is currently the CFO for the David Lynch Foundation, an organization that funds the implementation of scientifically proven stress-reducing modalities, including Transcendental Meditation for at-risk populations. She transitioned into this role after holding the CFO position at the Museum for African Art, where she was responsible for the financial functions of their operations as well as their capital project.

Raji started on the management consulting track after her undergraduate years at Columbia by working as a management consultant at Accenture and  project manager at a smaller niche consulting firm.  However, she realized that she was spending quite a bit of time volunteering and wanted to combine her passion of helping others with her analytical skills and private sector work experience.  She attended John Hopkins for her MA in International Development & Environment and Columbia Business School for her MBA in Finance and Social Enterprise.  It allowed her to make the switch to the nonprofit sector in management-level roles, including Director of Finance for the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) NYC for 5 separate entities,  Consultant for educational non-profits and start-up charter schools in New York, Pittsburgh, and post-Katrina New Orleans, and CFO  at Harlem RBI and the DREAM Charter School.

Currently, Raji serves as an alumni career coach to current Columbia University MBA students who are interested in pursuing careers in the public and social sectors, and as Treasurer on the Board of another non-profit, the Bronx River Alliance.   She is very active within the Columbia alumni community and has participated as a Reunion Class leader, as an interviewer with ARC and is one of the founding members of the Ivy Council.

Raji spends her free time traveling and exploring new cuisines and cultures.  She will soon be crossing one more thing off her bucket list with her upcoming trip to the Galapagos Islands.

Business casual attire.
Registration REQUIRED.
interested students must apply by filling out the registration form. We will share a tipsheet with you about the event once you have been approved to attend.  
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Eligibility: This event is open to all Undergraduate and Graduate students served by the Center for Career Education (CC, SEAS, GS, SCE, SOA, GSAS and GSAPP.  Note: This event will be limited to 20 students.

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