Violet Talks Connecting Students to Industry Professionals Learn From Alumni And Network with Fellow Students

Violet Talks

The Violet Talks Program is a series of virtual events that provide an opportunity for students to connect with alumni based on career interest and network with fellow students who share similar professional goals. For alumni, it’s an opportunity to mentor students, share their experience, and make a difference in a future generation.

Whether you’re located in New York, Abu Dhabi, Los Angeles, Shanghai, Washington, D.C, Madrid, or anywhere else in the world, the Violet Talks program crosses all boarders to allow for student and alumni engagement.

Special Thanks to our Spring ’21 Violet Talk hosts. We are grateful to have alumni who also contribute to student life at NYU.

Michelle Perchuk (STEINHARDT ’94)
Ariana Sedighpour (STEINHARDT ’19)
Kevin Vincent Collymore (STEINHARDT ’20)
Anthony Rossi (CAS ’04)
Anshita Lalwani (TANDON ’20)
Alan Gallo (STERN ’87, ’90)
Mike Chen (NYUSH ’17)
Mark Refowitz (HEIGHTS ’72)

What to Expect

Due to the pandemic, Violet Talks are held as virtual industry talks. Each event is hosted by one or two members of our alumni community and centered on one career topic.

Throughout the series, violet talks have focused on business, entrepreneurship, entertainment, STEM and general career advice. Each event is open to up-to 15 students. Students are able to ask questions and receive advice from Alumni. Alumni share their insight to help guide students through their professional aspirations.

Violet talks create an impactful experience for students and alumni. As some of our past participants have commented:

“I think it is extremely important to have alumni in strategic conversations with students; both sides have so much to gain.”

“I thought the experience was relaxing, enjoyable, and generally a great way to connect with alumni during this quarantine season. It's a very innovative event that definitely allows our NYU community to stick together despite being separated.”

“My host was very candid and honest with all of us, and gave us a lot of great insight into post-grad life and the job search process”

Violet Talks with Michelle Perchuk


Michelle shares professional insight about gaining clarity and navigating through one's career with current students.