Sandy Schwan (MS03) to Speak at Day with Northwestern

Sandy Schwan (MS03) to Speak at Day with Northwestern

Sandy Schwan
Volunteering can be a distinctive learning experience that fosters community connections and increases happiness. At A Day with Northwestern on April 16, SESP alumna and adjunct faculty member Sandy Schwan (MS03) will speak on how to make the most of volunteering. 

A Day with Northwestern, a seminar day for alumni and the general public, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Norris University Center. The daylong event features 14 talks by prominent Northwestern faculty and alumni on topics ranging from personalized medicine to post-9/11 civil liberties, an update on the economy and young voices in fiction.

Schwan's talk at 10:15 a.m., "Getting the Most Out of Volunteering," will discuss learning how to identify passions, skills, experiences and interests to best match them with an avocation. An organizational change consultant, Schwan teaches in SESP’s Master of Learning and Organizational Change program.

In addition, she volunteers for the nonprofit Light and Leadership Initiative in Peru, which seeks to transform the futures of women and children living in poverty through education and leadership training. Schwan also donates her time to Inner City Stars, a nonprofit group formed to develop community leaders among high school graduates by advancing their skills in business and technology.

A Day with Northwestern, which is presented through the Northwestern Alumni Association, features talks by prominent professors and alumni. Participants in the 42nd annual seminar day can choose lectures on a range of topics focusing on medicine, music, economics, politics and more. In addition to the keynote address given by history professor and author Garry Wills, speakers include PBS political editor David Chalian and Nobel Prize-winning economics professor Dale Mortensen.

In addition, SESP alumna Alexandra Solomon (MS98, PhD02), a clinical psychologist at Northwestern’s Family Institute, will speak on “Helping Children with Autism.” She will discuss a family-based treatment approach that offers children with autism a chance to build relationships and foster neural development. Her talk is at 1:15 p.m.

Registration for the daylong seminar or for individual lectures at A Day with Northwestern is available online at Tickets are $65 for a full day with lunch, or $55 before March 18; a discounted rate of $45 is available to young alumni. Northwestern students qualify for a special rate of $10. Registration is open until April 1.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 3/16/11