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Ride the Career Wave 

Lisa and Cory Rapkin sponsored inaugural career-planning event 

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Lisa and Cory Rapkin

June 7, 2013

Mary Sparacello
msparace@tulane.edu
 

To prepare Tulane University students to navigate the job market, Lisa and Cory Rapkin generously sponsored the inaugural Career Wave.   

More than 500 sophomores, juniors and seniors attended the intensive career-planning event, held on Tulane's campus in January 2013, on two days before the spring semester began.

The seed of the idea for Career Wave was planted in fall 2011 when Lisa Rapkin and several other members of the Newcomb-Tulane College Dean's Advisory Council were discussing how Tulane could better prepare students for the career search. The Rapkins underwrote the first Career Wave, and fellow DAC member Edana Heller Desatnick (NC '83) helped drive much of the programming.   

Lisa Rapkin praises Tulane employees who pulled together Career Wave in nine months, with hard work from the Newcomb-Tulane College Dean's Advisory Council and the career centers from both Newcomb-Tulane College and the A. B. Freeman School of Business.   

"At Tulane, things get done, and it's just incredible," Rapkin says. "Every student I spoke with afterwards was so empowered by the event."   

Organizers assembled an impressive group of alumni, parents and speakers who are experts in law, finance, medicine, the media, retail and a variety of other fields.   

"The level of the panelists was incredible," says Rapkin, an independent television and film producer.   

Lisa and Cory Rapkin joined the Tulane Parents Council when their oldest daughter, Rachel (LA '12), was a student. Their son Jacob is a sophomore in the A. B. Freeman School of Business. Lisa Rapkin is active on the Newcomb-Tulane College Dean's Advisory Council.   

The Rapkins saw tangible results from their donation. An influx of students flocked to Career Services after the event, and spin-offs from the popular inaugural Career Wave are planned.   

"Tulane has provided us with the opportunity to give in (such) a way that we're able to see all these wonderful things come to fruition," Rapkin says. "To see students inspired is a gift to us."

Mary Sparacello is a writer in the Office of Development.

 

 

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