Industry Conference Calls


RAN Industry Captain Calls

The Rensselaer Alumni Network (RAN) is excited to announce the next phase of our networking initiative. Beginning in January 2012, the RAN will launch a series of virtual networking events, each one targeting a specific industry or career focus and led by a Rensselaer alumnus/a experienced in the field. The goal of these conference calls is to provide a rich environment within each industry or focus area and serve as another touch point for alumni in addition to the geographic-based networking events that have been successfully rolled out throughout the U.S.

Why call in?
This program is for Rensselaer alumni who wish to meet other alumni in their industry for networking, career advice, and professional growth. The discussions on these calls will address industry trends, career guidance and share insights among peers.

How it works
Each conference call will be hosted by an Industry Network Captain who will moderate the call. The captain will first present on the topic of the day which includes a Q&A period, facilitate discussions, and allow time for each participant to give a brief background on themselves and their interests. It is expected that alumni who participate will develop friendships, career, and business relationships with the other participants outside the conference calls. All those who participate are encouraged to update their contact and career information within the Rensselaer Alumni Directory. Contact information of those participating will be shared with all who are on the call, to enable alumni to follow-up and further connect with other alumni.

How to get on a call
Take a look at the initial series of conference calls and find one of interest. Then register, and you will receive the call-in information. Due to the anticipated demand, we will limit these calls to the first 15 participants who register, so if you are interested, act quickly.

If you are interested in being an Industry Network Captain, please contact Christopher Marshall Dayton ’01 at or Lauren Thomas ’01 at
Session Date/Times

Business in Latin America
Monday, March 5 @ 8 p.m. ET
Adolfo Gutierrez ’95
There is no doubt that the Latin American (LATAM) region is generating high-paying jobs faster than the European Union or the United States , a trend likely to continue as productivity increases and regional companies become global operations. There is high demand for executives and professionals, and even countries such as Chile now face net immigration for first time in more than 50 years. US, EU, and Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) citizens are relocating to LATAM in large numbers and the societies are becoming more heterogeneous and diverse. Undoubtedly, many leading global careers will now start or expand in the region. On this call we will discuss the most prominent trends of expanding industries and what kinds of opportunities exist for those who are interested in doing business with that booming part of the global economy.

Business Process Outsourcing
Monday, March 12 @ 8 p.m. ET
Carol Thorney ’03
BPO is a commonly used strategy for companies to improve performance by controlling costs and reducing risk. The talk will focus on current trends in BPO services and how companies in the U.S. are changing how they look at and use BPO services. The presentation will include a look at how BPO impacts Healthcare reform, shedding light on what type of work may be outsourced oversees and which is driving all offshore companies to establish U.S. locations.

Wall Street Technology
Monday, March 19 @ 8 p.m. ET
Mark Ameres ’87
Financial services companies have specialized IT needs. Mark Ameres will conduct a discussion of IT and financial service industry topics. Each participant will be asked give a 20 second introduction to specify their interests and experiences. Please bring your most pressing questions and issues. This call is open to people interested in the industry as well as established practitioners.

Patent Law
Monday, March 26 @ 8 p.m. ET
John Mutchler ’89
On the Patent Law topic, Attorney John Mutchler will present the process and cost of obtaining patent protection and types of patentable subject matter. Criteria for novelty and non-obviousness of patentable subject matter will also be presented. Strategies for assessing the likelihood of obtaining patent protection and for analyzing the possibility for infringement will also be covered.

Registration Questions
Office of Alumni Relations
Troy, New York
(518) 276-6205

Event Questions

  Elisabeth Cain