Nonprofit Tax Assistance I Sarah Louise Smith I ’06

Sarah Louise Smith didn’t grow up dreaming about tax returns. Her parents didn’t work for the IRS or serve as high-powered tax attorneys. For Smith, taxes were not an inherent passion—they were something she learned to love over time. Following graduation, Smith returned to her home state of Alabama… Continue reading »

Coffee Enthusiast & Café Owner I Julie McGuire I ’88

What is a legitimate job? If you spend four years at an academically elite institution that costs tens of thousands of dollars to attend, are you obligated to do something big and world-changing? If so, what qualifies as big and world-changing? For the past two-and-a-half decades, Julie McGuire has… Continue reading »

Clothing Designer (and TV Star) I J.J. O’brien I ’05

After starring on the most recent season of “The Bachelorette,” he’s become a household name across teenage America. He has tens of thousands of Instagram followers and can hardly take the train without being stopped for a picture. For more than half a decade, though, J.J. O’brien’s post-Williams life… Continue reading »

Macroeconomist I Philip Bartels I ’03

Seniors who have no idea what you want to do, you’re not alone. Not only did Philip Bartels leave college unsure of his path, it took him nearly a decade of searching before he found a position that truly excited him. During stints as a legal assistant, banker, and grad… Continue reading »

Sports Executive I Will Kuntz I ’06

The Williams alumni network is an amazing thing. Just ask Will Kuntz ’06. Kuntz, an avid sports fan, spent all his undergraduate summers working for the New York Yankees. After graduation he joined the Yankees full time, working his way up to director of pro scouting or “Yankees’ Whiz Kid,”… Continue reading »

Social Entrepreneur I Imran Khoja I ’12

In January 2012, Imran Khoja ’12 and Katy Gathright ’12 won the first ever Williams College Business Plan Competition. Following graduation, they took the prize money and started Designed Good — an online marketplace for socially responsible products. After eight months in Williamstown in an apartment with no… Continue reading »

Google’s Green Czar | Sam Arons | ’04

Sam Arons ’04  Interested in working on climate change? Think you’ll end up as a researcher or activist working for a nonprofit somewhere? For as long as he can remember, Sam Arons has been interested in the environment. After two years of grad school at UC Berkeley, he sought real-world… Continue reading » | Mariam Naficy | ’91

Mariam Naficy, ’91 CEO San Francisco, CA Mariam Naficy is the founder and CEO of, a website that crowd-sources design for stationery and paper goods. Mariam’s previous venture, the beauty retailer, was acquired by LVMH’s Sephora.     What is Minted? And how… Continue reading »

Real Estate Developer | Akilah Rogers | ’04

Akilah Rogers is an entrepreneur and real estate developer based in Chicago. She created her company, Rogers Empire, in the final semester of her M.B.A. program at Harvard. What is the Rogers Empire? It’s a real estate company. I buy foreclosed properties on the south side of Chicago (in… Continue reading »

Connected Health | Tracy Heilman | ’88

Tracy Heilman is co-founder and vice president of product at ConnectedHealth, a Chicago-based start-up that helps educate consumers about health insurance and match them with plans. Her previous company, Subimo, was acquired by WebMD in 2006.     What is ConnectedHealth and how is it different from… Continue reading »

Line Cook | Payson Cushman | ’05

Line Cook Momofuku Ssäm New York, NY   At the time of this interview, Payson Cushman was a line cook at Momofuku Ssäm in New York City. He is now at Craft (, also in New York City. What… Continue reading »

Social Media Specialist | Anna Morrison | ’07

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Carmichael Lynch Spong Minneapolis, MN You work as a social media specialist. How is that different from traditional public relations? Social media is any digital application where people are sharing ideas and information. That could mean a blog or a traditional social network… Continue reading »