Alumni Café

Alumni Café is a casual lunch-and-learn speaker series that connects a small number of our undergraduate business students per session with a local Warrington alum. The goal is to facilitate our students' understanding of classroom concepts by offering the experienced and balanced perspectives of our diverse alumni base. The intimate and relaxed setting, with catered lunch, creates an environment that encourages meaningful engagement.


Katharine Burks

Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving Coordinator

  • Email (katharine.burks at

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • How can I best develop my idea or launch my business while still in school? How can Heavener help me get my new venture off the ground? (i.e. what is true entrepreneurship?)
  • What will the environment for investing, growth and expansion be within Florida by the time I graduate?
  • What is networking? How do I effectively network? What is the power of social networking?
  • What skill sets adjacent to traditional business are the most valuable for career success? How do I best collaborate and partner with other disciplines?
  • Beyond course selection, what are the intangible qualities that a hiring manager looks for? How do I develop those qualities while still in school?
  • How important is career development while working in a job? How do I find time for career development while still remaining committed to my daily tasks? What are the best outlets/ways to go about building a curriculum for myself that caters to career development?
  • Business ethics: firing employees, employee privacy, conflicts of interest, etc.
  • Job transitions and success

No PowerPoints, flashy handouts or suits are required. We’re simply recruiting great storytellers who appreciate the learning process. This is your chance to give back to Warrington and connect with students in a very unique way.

Fall 2015 Speakers

Don’t miss out—sign up early! To accommodate additional participants, registration is being limited to two sessions per student. If you are interested in attending additional sessions, please email Katharine Burks to be added to the waitlist. Registration for each session will open at 8:00 am, two weeks prior to the session date and is on a first-come first-serve basis. If you would like to be added to the wait list for a session that is full please email Katharine Burks (katharine.burks at

    2014-2015 Speakers

      2013-2014 Speakers

        2012-2013 Speakers


          College Info

          Warrington College of Business
          BRY 100
          PO Box 117150
          Gainesville, FL 32611-7150
          Phone: 352.392.2397
          Fax: 352.392.2086

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