Volunteer Spotlight: Young Alumni Advisory Board
We asked Kris Dabrowiecki, the new Chair of the Young Alumni Advisory Board, why he volunteers and stays engaged with the Northeastern community.
How has your unique path at Northeastern positioned you for success?
When I arrived on campus, I was a bit more on the reserved and quiet side. I played on the Varsity Baseball team at Northeastern and later became the President of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee within the Athletics Department. These two experiences, along with the obvious co-op program taught me that getting involved in many groups, activities, and networking opportunities was critical to my success. So many careers are all about relationships and learning how to successfully navigate networks. I knew I wanted to be a leader in anything I was going to do, but in order to do so, I needed to step out of my comfort zone and be more vocal. Northeastern provided me with a safe place to build on those soft skills.
Mentorship has also been a key theme that I have been thinking about lately. It is critically important for everyone to find a mentor figure early in their life to help them navigate the challenges they will face in their careers. I was able to meet and take lessons from several mentors while at Northeastern that I still keep in touch with today, 8 years after graduation. I am doing my best to serve as a mentor for current co-ops and young employees where I work.
What do you do in Boston? What do you like to do in your free time?
In addition to my duties on the Northeastern YAAB, I currently work at the private bank, Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. within our Investor Services Line of Business as a Relationship & Sales Manager. My specific focus is on the Institutional Asset Management and the Institutional Insurance client base. BBH is a very friendly place for the Northeastern community; as we currently employ 50 co-ops and also have over 100 alumni working in our global offices. Because of this, we created a BBH Alumni network at the company, which also started a mentoring program where co-ops are matched with a Northeastern alumnus during their co-op term. Part of my down time at BBH is spent working with this BBH Alumni group and also collaborating with the Northeastern Circuits program through the Office of Alumni Relations. I will be moving to NYC late in summer 2017 and plan on trying to enhance the alumni and co-op community there.
Apart from work and Northeastern responsibilities, I enjoy playing golf, traveling, photography and experiencing all that the New England area has to offer with my friends.
What was your favorite event this past year? As the new chair, what is your main priority for the next year?
I really enjoyed the Sharks & Chardonnay event at the New England Aquarium. This was an event that attracted a wide range of alumni in a unique setting, with a great speaker. All recent Northeastern Office of Alumni Relations events have felt very welcoming to alumni and a great place to catch up with old friends and meet new people. They have not felt like formal networking events or a place where you will be encouraged to make donations.
My main priority as chair is to bring together the very diverse group of Board members we have and ensure that their relevant affinity groups feel engaged and represented at every single alumni event. The YAAB structure has evolved significantly over the past several years and we need to ensure that we are utilizing everyone’s talents as much as possible. My hope is that we can reach a very wide range of alumni groups and increase the number of first time event participants.
For alumni looking to expand and utilize their Northeastern Network, where do you recommend they start?
The most important step is to participate. Make an effort to go to at least one or two Alumni events each year and connect with someone new. A great first event for anyone who has yet to come back to campus after graduation is 1st Thursday. It is a laid back atmosphere with food and drinks and a lot of alumni. There are also great industry specific events run by the Northeastern Circuits program that can help you in your professional career.
FUN FACT: If a movie was made of your life what genre would it be, who would play you?
Ideally it would be a James Bond movie because I love the franchise and the cars etc., but more likely it would be some sort of cheesy sports romcom like Summer Catch. I would try and cast Ryan Reynolds as he is a pretty cool guy and also a fellow Canadian.
FUN FACT: What is the most interesting thing you have in your wallet?
I draw inspiration from quotes that really resonate with me. I keep a few of my favorites in my wallet.