Alumna Chat with Christina Callegari (MSW ’18)

Global Public Affairs at UCLA Luskin continued its spring alumni professional development conversation series on May 14th by welcoming Christina Callegari “back to campus” to discuss her path since leaving Luskin. Christina currently serves as a Program Associate for International Programs at the Conrad N Hilton Foundation. In this role, Christina manages grants related to the Hilton Foundation’s work surrounding youth health around the world.

Some of the key takeaways:

  1. Finding a great mentor is crucial, especially during the transition after graduate school. A great mentor will not only teach and share advice, but serves as an advocate and source of professional encouragement that many need when re-entering the workforce.
  2. In nearly any organization, the work isn’t as glamorous as you had envisioned – and that’s okay. Moreover, organizational bureaucracy can be cumbersome. Focusing on the work and the causes that brought you to the organization will help you stay optimistic.
  3. Never be afraid to ask your network for help, a phone call, an informational interview – anything. The GPA alumni network is one of the best things about Luskin. Utilize it!


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