|For the fourth consecutive year, Century Group was proud to support the Riordan Programs Alumni Association‘s (RPAA) Los Angeles Diversity Mixer as an Executive Sponsor. The annual program, held recently at the Los Angeles Athletic Club in Downtown Los Angeles, is a premier networking opportunity for up-and-coming professionals in the Southern California business community.
Proceeds from the event benefit 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.
“I always look forward to meeting the next generation of professionals, in addition to seeing familiar faces,” said Dave Dutt, an Executive Recruiter with Century Group who has spearheaded the firm’s efforts each year. “This year, I especially appreciated speaking with those individuals who were making a direct impact to local high school students through the Saturday Business Academy.”
Members of Century Group’s Executive Search and Project & Interim teams with RPAA Board Members
The Diversity Mixer is geared toward high-caliber, ambitious professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds at different points in their burgeoning careers, working to expand their professional networks and career prospects. At the event, they have the chance to speak with representatives from organizations in a variety of fields, including accounting, finance, marketing and information technology.
“This was a fantastic opportunity to meet a group of intelligent and motivated candidates,” said Chantel LeBoff Greene, Director of Recruiting for Century Group’s Project and Interim Services team. “While we normally focus on speaking with those individuals with accounting and finance backgrounds, it was a pleasure connecting with young professionals in various areas of business.”
“This mixer gave me the opportunity to reconnect with colleagues from college and meet other professionals with a variety of educational backgrounds,” said Lauren Lugo, Associate Director of Recruiting for Century Group’s Project and Interim Services team. “Building relationships through face-to-face contact and explaining how we can help them find new opportunities fuels my passion for recruiting.”
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.