Time, talent and treasure

University leader drives opportunities for alumni engagement.

Barbara Cambia receives DIAMOND award.
Barbara Cambia ’80 is executive director of the Hannifan Center for Career and Alumni Connections.

Barbara Cambia ’80 is just over a year away from her 40th anniversary as a Lynn University alumna. She is a transformational leader on campus and a familiar face in the Boca Raton-area community. Cambia’s success building opportunities for students and passion for connecting people earned her a new challenge under Lynn 2025: mobilize alumni to participate in activities that support our mission.

Meet Career and Alumni Connections, directed by Cambia.

Linking students and alumni

Cambia brought her sales and marketing experience to higher education in 2011. As Lynn’s director of corporate relations, she was integral to fundraising for the presidential debate. Soon after, she was challenged to use her experience and relationships to revamp career connections.

Under Cambia’s leadership, Lynn’s Hannifan Center for Career Connections opened in 2014 and became an extension of the classroom. Today, the number of students who participate in internships is over 10 times the number in 2014. Cambia also enhanced career preparation exercises and established new programs.

“I had a clear vision for career connections and immediately developed strategies to get there,” said Cambia. “Connecting people and creating new opportunities are my favorite things to do. This community has a great core of alumni who want to give back to students, and I want to help them do that.”

Senior Vice President for Development and Administration Gregory J. Malfitano ’73, ’75 helped lead the alumni affairs transition.

“Many alumni want to give back to Lynn, but may not be able to financially. Bringing together career connections and alumni affairs helps us find more ways for alumni to support student success with their experience and professional knowledge,” said Malfitano.

A new connection

The new center focuses on building professional relationships between alumni, students and the Lynn community. Cambia and a new alumni engagement facilitator, Laura Gilli ’14, ’15, immediately began engaging alumni to learn their needs and interests.

“Right now, we are discovering our alumni’s strengths, understanding where they can contribute to the student experience, and identifying opportunities to connect them with students who need real-world learning experiences and professional mentors,” added Cambia.

The alumni team hosted luncheons at local businesses like Cendyn and The Breakers Palm Beach, where large groups of Lynn alumni work. There, they held one-on-one meetings and conference calls, and reviewed what was important to this group.

Cambia speaks with Lynn alumni who work at local businesses.
Cambia speaks with Lynn alumni who work at local businesses.

“Our relationships with alumni should be so strong that we can pick up the phone and call them like we do with local businesses now,” said Cambia. “It’s taken me years to create that level of rapport for the career center, and it won’t happen overnight with alumni, but I know we can get there.”

New center, new benefits

Alumni can take advantage of new and old offerings. For details, visit lynn.edu/alumni.

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