|Century Group representatives joined the Riordan Programs Alumni Association (RPAA) Board for the 7th Annual Los Angeles Diversity Mixer at the Los Angeles Athletic Club on April 26, networking with approximately 200 attendees. One of three Gold-level Sponsors, Century Group was proud to continue supporting a program that provides opportunities for future business professionals.
“I’ve represented Century Group at this event the last three years, and this is one of those evenings I really look forward to,” said Dave Dutt, an Executive Recruiter with Century Group. “I enjoy reconnecting with alumni from the program and meeting the up-and-coming business professionals in our community. The air is always filled with positive energy and purpose – this event has certainly distinguished itself as a premier networking opportunity for the Los Angeles business community.”
Diversity Mixer attendees are all high-caliber, ambitious professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds at different points in their careers working to better their professional networks and expand their career opportunities. Through this annual event, they have the opportunity to meet professionals and organizations representing a wide range of fields including accounting, finance, marketing and information technology.
|Dave Dutt and Phil Bruno with RPAA Board Members Michelle Gavilanes, VP Strategic Initiatives; Denice Gonzalez-Kim, President; and Judith Florido, VP External Affairs|
“I was honored to offer our expertise to the motivated and driven Riordan Program alumni,” said Phil Bruno, Managing Director of Century Group’s San Fernando Valley Office. “The Diversity Mixer is a great platform for the future business leaders of Los Angeles to exchange ideas, share successes and network with each other. It also allowed the burgeoning professionals to explore current opportunities and gain valuable insight into career progression through discussions with hiring managers and executive recruiters from Century Group.”
Proceeds from the event benefitted the RPAA’s Saturday Business Academy, a program that prepares traditionally disadvantaged and underserved students at Los Angeles area high schools with the skills and academic guidance necessary to become future business leaders through mentorship, college preparatory workshops and a curriculum that instills a basic competence in financial literacy.
The Riordan Programs, co-founded by former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan and UCLA Anderson School of Management Professor William Ouchi, consists of a set of pioneering, career-based outreach programs geared toward high school and college students, and recent graduates from diverse backgrounds and under-served communities. The programs focus on education, mentorship and professional development in order to prepare the participants for careers in business management. The RPAA was established to provide continued support of its members as they pursue educational and professional endeavors, and leadership roles in the community.