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Alumni are too busy

Why networking platforms are plateauing (2 of 5) Your alumni are too busy By MAX LEISTEN In the first post of my “your networking platform is not dead, but it’s not alive either” series, I reviewed that alumni already have…

Practitioner Perspective – Claudia Attarian

practitioner perspective Claudia Attarian Duke University By RYAN CATHERWOOD Last month Protopia’s Ryan Catherwood interviewed Claudia Attarian, Senior Director of Alumni Relations and Visitor Services at the Duke Alumni Association. In her role, Claudia works the front lines of engagement…

Alumni have too many apps already

Why networking platforms are plateauing (1 of 5) Your alumni already have too many apps By MAX LEISTEN We’re drowning in apps. Microsoft offers over 35 million apps through its online store, Google about 3.5 million, and Apple about 2.2…

Storytime – Pitt Entrepreneur

storytime PITT ALUM ENTREPRENEUR EXPLORING FINTECH STARTUP By MAX LEISTEN Alumni communities are amazing gold mines of expertise and connections. That’s particularly true for entrepreneurs building and growing their startups. Asking for help and insights is (should be) second nature…

Storytime – Duke Syrian Refugees

storytime DUKE STUDENT AIDING SYRIAN REFUGEES By MAX LEISTEN “Needs” don’t have to be super long (although we do recommend a proven formula for getting help) if you’re concise. The below is a great example for this – but more…

Storytime – Michigan Econ Musician

storytime MICHIGAN FINANCE MAJOR PURSUING HIS PASSION FOR MUSIC By MAX LEISTEN It’s pretty hard to “find our calling.” Most of us never do (I was fortunate enough to be able to “jump” into Protopia). It takes courage, persistence, mentorship,…

Practitioner Perspective – Samantha Varner

practitioner perspective Samantha Varner Cal State Northridge By RYAN CATHERWOOD Last week I had the opportunity to sit down with Samantha Varner, Director of Alumni Engagement at California State University – Northridge (CSUN).  I asked Samantha to share with our…