Black Alumni Week Career Panel  

Current students and recent Amherst alumni are invited to join the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning for a panel discussion with young Black alumni to learn about professions you might not have considered before.

For the first hour, participants will have the opportunity to listen to the panelists' describe their career journeys, talk about how their identities and backgrounds shaped their professional choices and experiences, and share advice. During the second hour, attendees will be able to network with the alumni panelists in a smaller, breakout Q&A format.

Black Alumni Week Career Panel
Wednesday, April 14th 2021
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us virtually! (Zoom) Please register in advance via Handshake.

This event is being offered as part of Amherst College's 2021 Black Alumni Week. Contact the Loeb Center at or (413) 542-2265 with any questions or accessibility needs.


Adrianna Turner Adrianna M. Turner '14 is a senior team manager consultant for Blueprint Talent Group LLC. Following graduation, she served as an Amherst College post-graduate fellow for diversity and inclusion as well as served as interim director for the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC). In 2016, she served on the College’s Presidential Task for Force for Diversity and Inclusion. Adrianna majored in neuroscience with a specialization in culture health and science and currently resides in Chicago, Illinois.



George Beecham George Beecham '18 is a Chicago native who graduated Amherst College in the class of 2018. After graduating, he returned home and served as a College Access Coach with College Possible during a one year term with Americorps. Subsequently, George joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a Public Health Advisor and has been in his current role for 1 year and 5 months. He enjoys playing basketball, gaming, collecting sneakers, building classic cars, and spending time with family and friends in his spare time.


Rebecca Cross Dr. Rebecca Cross '11 grew up in Chicago and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Amherst College in 2011. She completed medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine and was selected for induction into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. She completed her Adult Psychiatry residency at the OliveView-UCLA in Los Angeles and is currently a second-year Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. This fall, she will be starting a position at Compass Health Center in Chicago as an Attending Psychiatrist in their Child & Adolescent Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Programs. Dr. Cross and her husband welcomed a baby girl last fall. She is passionate about mentoring students and has been a mentor with a number of organizations including: RefugeeOne, Chicago Scholars and the University of Maryland Medical School.

Sign Up for Friday April 16th Office Hours with Dr. Rebecca Cross '11, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow at University of Maryland.


Jay Drain Jay Drain Jr. '18 is an associate at Maven Ventures where he invests in and supports founders building consumer software startups. Jay previously worked as an analyst in Goldman Sachs’ Global Markets Division for two years, and as a Summer Associate at pre-seed venture firm Amplify.LA. Jay graduated from Amherst College, where he earned a BA in Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought, and was a member of the Men’s Track & Field team. Outside of the office, Jay is an active member of BLCK VC, the Director of Programs for Project Love Chicago, and a Mentor Coach with America Needs You.

Sign Up for Friday, April 16th Office Hours with Jay Drain Jr. '18, Associate at Maven Ventures.

Nic Mollel Nicholaus Mollel '10 is a software engineer at Venmo. Nic spent a few years in the insurance industry and then moved into financial technology. Nic mentors African students from different schools in Boston that he has connected with through different personal networks. He also taught Swahili and provided English to Swahili translations for students and researchers with work and interest in Kenya and Tanzania.



Jillian Stockmo Chapman Jillian Stockmo Chapman '13 began her career in the classroom, teaching 1st and 2nd grade – since then she has had experience in the non-profit sector in teacher preparation and school and community partnerships. After graduating from Minneapolis Public Schools, Jillian went on to pursue a B.A in Religion and Anthropology from Amherst College, a M.A in Teaching (K-6) from Hamline University and is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Education as a part of Hamline’s Ed. D program.

Jillian currently serves as The Director of Learning and Impact at the Graves Foundation. The Graves Foundation is a youth development focused family foundation. The foundation funds and supports historically underrepresented communities' leaders and organizations. The foundation also incubates people and ideas, grows and nurtures networks, and acts collectively through campaigns and initiatives. The Director of Learning and Impact takes on work that allows the foundation to learn from the impact it is having in the community so that it can adapt and evolve how its resources are utilized and understand where the Foundation's strategic framework has been successful.

Jillian lives in Minnesota with her husband (fellow Amherst Alumni Tyler Chapman ‘11); together they love hiking, playing tennis, working on projects, and visiting National Parks.

Sign Up for Friday, April 16th Office Hours with Jillian Stockmo Chapman '13, Director, Learning and Impact, The Graves Foundation.

Tomi Williams Tomi Williams '16 is a second year corporate associate at Wachtell Lipton. Tomi received his B.A. in Political Science from Amherst College, where he was two-term Student Body President, Chairman of the Judiciary Council, and Editor-in-Chief of the Amherst College Law Review. He received his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was a James Kent Scholar and Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He also served as the first black male Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia Law Review and Community Service Chair of the Columbia Black Law Students Association.