The California Initiative promises to enhance the Notre Dame experience for students, parents, and alumni as it impacts diverse sectors of industry. This way of fulfilling our founding mission also opens opportunities for family, friends, and benefactors to participate in that work in direct and meaningful ways.…
A recruiting poster for the Alliance for Catholic Education’s (ACE) first cohort suggested: “Tired of getting homework? Why not give some!” Twenty-two years later, ACE has found a home in California, especially in the area of STEM education.
I was thrilled to receive the opportunity to deliver a lecture at the new Levi's Stadium in San Francisco – an amazing venue! I chose to highlight several strategic developments at Notre Dame that have helped us advance a deep and robust entrepreneurial ecosystem and laid the foundation for high impact in California and around the world.
Exposing students to the world of innovation is a key goal for The Career Center’s Silicon Valley Career Trek – the first one was held Oct. 19-22. With this experiential education that exposes them to industry, The Career Center hopes students gain information about how to pursue career paths within an industry or organization and how their skills can fit an organization’s needs in specific roles. They also connect with alumni in the region visited to garner advice, learn more about their individual experiences, and build their professional networking skills.
Each fall, the MBA program conducts a trek to the Bay Area with MBA students. This fall was a particularly successful trek that included 27 MBA students and one MSM student.
One thing is for sure… if Notre Dame has your contact info, you will never be void of an invitation! Accepting the Los Angeles ND Women Connect invite to the home of Amy Facinelli-Stone ‘84, for an up close and personal dialogue with the Founding Director of ND’s California Initiative was indeed a good move.
Recently, I traveled back to South Bend to watch our beloved Fighting Irish defeat the Texas Longhorns. The campus was beautiful and yes, while an Irish victory is always icing on the cake, the outpouring of emotions I experienced by being back on campus was overwhelming.
My experience as an undergraduate at Notre Dame remains formative in my career as a studio production executive. I left the Golden Dome to come to the Golden State, where I founded Faith Filmworks and now work for NBCUniversal. I am so excited that Notre Dame has decided to establish such a presence here to share its powerful education and mission.
The California Initiative aims to bring California to campus as well as Notre Dame to the West Coast. Recruiting top high school talent in the state is a vital part of that strategy. California students will enrich our undergraduate classes with their diversity of culture, ethnicity, nationality, and perspective. They will become part of our family and take back home our humane focus on values, virtues, and common good.
Experiencing everything from unicorns to design thinking, Notre Dame students arrived in California this year in full force – more than 100 – in environments from Fortune 500 companies to small startups.
The Notre Dame California organization is growing fast. Jessica Rizzo is our new Director of Development for the Bay Area, and Kaci Kelly will join us in January as Employer Relations Specialist, both based in Northern California.
Since the soft launch in August 2014, Notre Dame California has already: Engaged more than nearly 100 California companies and organizations; Boosted admissions yield among the state’s best and brightest high school graduates; Placed more than 100 students in internships at companies like Apple, Google, eBay, small startups and high-growth firms.