Jasmine Williams attends industry night at Lasell University 

Published: 02-08-2023 6:34 PM

Jasmine Williams, a Lasell University student from New Ipswich, attended the institution's annual exercise science industry night, "Change Makers: Shaping Lives and Cultivating Diversity and Inclusion Through Health, Human Performance, and Creative Expression."

The virtual conference invited the students to "come as you plan to be" -- that is, to attend as their future selves, envisioning where they might be in 10 years and selling that narrative as a means of networking with current industry professionals.

More than 170 attendees attended the keynote panel featuring Daryl Nelson, director of organizational development for the New England Patriots; KaleenaLadeairous, head coach and ownerof Just Fitness CrossFit; Sandra Ciavarella, executive well-being coach and consultant; LennaSalbashian, a licensed mental health counselor and art therapist and CEO of Creatful; and professional football player Nate Robitaille.

Lasell University adjunct professor Tim Hanway and graduate student Alahna Mild moderated the event.

"Industry nights help our students enter the workplace well-skilled, knowledgeable and ready to help the future well-being of others," said CrisHaverty, dean of Lasell's School of Health Sciences.

The goal of the evening, according to Hanway, was to explore the holistic landscape of human betterment beyond just fitness or exercise science and gain "insight into the power of human movement, innovation, and creative expression to change lives."

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