Barone ’94 supports professionalism series
January 28, 2013
Jim Barone ’94 returned to his alma mater on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 to share networking tips with Toledo Law students. The “Networking How To” session was a part of the Office of Professional Development’s first annual 1L Professionalism Conference, which also included panels on interviewing and summer employment options.
During a lively session in which he engaged the audience with questions and encouraged students to role-play with him, Barone stressed that students must be authentic in any networking situation. He also shared stories from his own career and directed students in how to quickly establish relationships in professional networking settings.
“Everything Barone did was connected to teaching students how to interact, network, and succeed in the professional world,” said Scott Miller ’15. “It was neat to see that he made it a point to remember the name of each person that he spoke to before, during, and after the presentation.”
Immediately following the talk, students were encouraged to put Barone’s networking advice into action at a reception with friends and alumni of Toledo Law in the Law Center Forum.
The 1L Professionalism Conference is a part of the Barone Professional Development Series, established in 2009 by Barone to support and highlight important issues of professionalism initiated by the Office of Professional Development.
Barone is vice president of marketing, sales, and media relations at Curtis Inc. Visual Communications, a visual arts/media company in Cincinnati, Ohio. Before joining Curtis Inc., he worked in sales and marketing at the insurance companies ARAG North America and Anthem, and at Luxottica Retail.
“Jim’s career path is an example of how a law degree can be used to bring value to other professional fields,” said Heather Karns, assistant dean for law career services and alumni affairs. “We appreciate Jim’s enthusiasm for supporting initiatives that showcase skills valued in all professions.”
The Barone Professional Development Series has supported past programs on business etiquette and alternative careers, and brought national experts Ari Kaplan and Susan Gainen to the College of Law to speak to students.
Barone is a member of the College of Law Advisory Board and serves on the College of Law Campaign Committee.