Career Day 2018
Mary Virginia Swain '77C

Saint Mary's School's Career Day 2018 activities, March 7 and 9, continue the school's focus on the development in students of 10 key competencies that includes hands-on learning, real-world applications, and opportunities to learn from world-class experts in the Triangle.

The 10 key competencies are collaboration, communication, critical thinking, cross cultural intelligence, growth mindset, new media literacy and computational thinking, self-expression, self-directed learning, servant leadership, and social-emotional intelligence.

This year's Career Day programming provides students with a highly interactive experience set for engagement with guests that represent the emerging economies of the Triangle.

Career Day programming kicked-off with an assembly March 7 featuring an address by Ian Finley. Mr. Finley is a writer and an educator, holding an M.F.A. in dramatic writing from New York University and a B.F.A. in acting from the University of Utah. Deeply involved in the arts, Mr. Finley served as the 2012 Piedmont Laureate in the field of playwriting and acting and has served as director of education for Burning Coal Theatre Company. He teaches English and drama at Research Triangle High School, where he is chair of the Fine Arts Department. In the Career Day Assembly, Mr. Finley addressed the idea of following a calling - a career that inspires passion, engages talent, offers compensation, and enriches the world.

Programming continues Friday, March 9, with a keynote address by Brooks Bell, CEO and founder of Brooks Bell. Ms. Bell is an established leader in the emerging industry of conversion optimization. A recognized thought leader in analytics and entrepreneurship, Ms. Bell has been featured in national publications including Inc. Magazine, Forbes, the Washington Post, and Techonomy. A native of Alaska, Ms. Bell earned her B.A. from Duke University in 2001.

Following the Career Day keynote address, students will work in their advisory groups to participate in an interactive, app-based scavenger hunt to meet and engage with Career Day guests.

Career Day guests include:

Evan Kidd, Rockset Productions,

Cicely Mitchell, Art of Cool,

Josh Monohan, Carolina Kettle,

Jessica Pratt, North Carolina Museum of History,

Ashton Mae Smith, Citrix.


An extension of the Career Day 2018 programming features a book launch event in Smedes Hall, Remember Who YOU Are, with authors Paula Brown Stafford and Lisa T. Grimes. In their newest book, Stafford and Grimes, two well-known, Triangle-area female executives, offer career wisdom for working women, and insights to the men working with women. Join us Tuesday, March 20, 6:30 - 8 p.m., at Saint Mary's School, as the authors share highlights from their book and offer insights from their 30 years of experience as professional women. Click here for more information and to register by March 16!