When Denisonians talk about their post-college lives and careers, one thing that comes up again and again in conversation is the power of the Denison network. Denisonians help each other find that first job, get the important introduction to a valuable connection, and become lifelong friends and mentors. Jeannie Goldstein ’88 and Emily Marguerite ’15 are stellar examples of that constructive, almost magical, Denison connection.
In 1988, Goldstein, a French major and a Spanish minor, was ready to graduate and share her appreciation of languages and cultures with young students. She thought she was headed into a career teaching French, but a January-term internship — which she acquired through Denison alumni — changed all that.
“The January before graduation, two Denison alumni, Kari Volk Mutscheller ’82 and Garrison Miller ’81, helped me get a short internship with ProServ, a sports marketing agency,” said Goldstein, who was a dedicated tennis player on the Big Red team.
“I worked on tennis events with great players like Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras. For a college tennis player, it was pretty amazing.”
Her enthusiasm for the work netted her a job offer with the agency, a subsidiary of Leo Burnett. “Both Kari and Garrison helped me continue my career at ProServ after the internship. They both became friends and mentors to me, and I ended up working directly for Kari.”
Goldstein worked on the pro-tennis circuit for years before she asked herself: “Why am I not doing this for myself?”
She found two like-minded business partners and took the plunge in 2009, forming Chicago Sports and Entertainment Partners. Today she represents athletes and manages their appearances at events and as motivational speakers for workshops.
Thinking about her business needs, as well as an opportunity to “pay it forward,” a couple of years ago Goldstein attended a Denison Connecting event in Chicago, where she co-led a break-out group in marketing. She mentioned that she had an entry-level marketing job open — and by the end of the evening, she had resumés from Denisonians in her hand.
Emily Marguerite ’15, an economics and environmental studies double major, stepped into the position shortly after her graduation.
“It was a pretty cool entry-level position,” says Goldstein. “Emily worked hard and learned from all three of us founding partners.”