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Alumna leadership coach set to teach students about career advancement on November 5

Julia Winston ’02, a leadership and executive coach, will visit Randolph College on November 5 to help students learn about the foundations of a strong career.

julia-winstonWinston will participate in a career lunch that is open to all students from 12:50 to 1:50 p.m. in the Darden Alcove conference room. Then she will present “Position Yourself for Promotion: How to have your boss begging to give you more money and more power” at 7 p.m. in Nichols Theatre.

The event is part of an effort to connect Randolph students with more of the College’s graduates who have forged successful careers. Through these opportunities, “They will learn about how our alumnae started in their careers and how their liberal arts background has enabled them to be successful,” said Krista Leighton, Randolph’s director of career development. “The earlier a student starts networking, building relationships, and finding out as much as they can from successful people in the world of work the more successful they are likely to be themselves.”

The career lunch will also include Gayle Morris, a vice president for Wells Fargo at Work, a program that helps companies administer employee benefits.

“During the time you’re in college, you have to prepare to work with a lot of different kinds of people and to communicate well with other people,” added Kim Sheldon, director of student success. “These particular women can help students understand how to do that.”

In addition to the events that are open to all students, the two speakers will make presentations to two first-year seminar courses. Winston also will meet with groups of students from populations that are underrepresented in business to talk about gaining traction in a career.

Winston majored in communication studies and later earned a master’s degree in education with an emphasis on human resource development from Xavier University. She then started a career in training and leadership development. In 2012, she opened her own company, Brave Communication LLC.

The event was organized by the Career Development Center and the Student Success office. Winston’s presentation is supported by a Network2Career grant from the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges.

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