Nearly 1,000 Alumni, Students Gather for Break Through’s 10th Year

Susquehanna University marked 10 years of its student-alumni career networking conference, Break Through, with unprecedented participation from the SU community.

Nearly 200 alumni gathered virtually and in-person for Break Through 2022. Approximately 700 students attended 36 panel discussions on topics including working internationally, the art of networking, pursuing careers in earth science, finance, music, business and much more during the expanded six-day event Feb. 14–19.

The below stories present a snapshot of this year’s event.

Alumna Finds Self in Luxury
Beauty Biz

Ashley Spoto ’17 traveled a winding road marked by changes in major and varied internships before she found her dream job with her dream company.

Creative Writing Degrees Lead Grads to Vastly Different Careers

From criminal justice to publishing to human resources, these alumni demonstrate the many ways they have used their creative writing degrees to build careers they love.

Persistence, Perseverance Needed in Fellowship Process

Applying for fellowships and other post-graduate opportunities can be nerve-wracking and time-consuming work, but it’s worth it for the chance to have a life-changing experience.

Alumni Advise Students on Freedoms of Entrepreneurship

Hear from two alumni who took a leap of faith and leaned on their entrepreneurial mindsets to pursue fulfilling, self-designed careers.

Failing Forward – When Plan ‘A’ Doesn’t Work Out

This year’s Break Through included a panel to help students with a skill that is not in the Central Curriculum but is essential to their futures: how to persevere in the face of disappointment.

The following companies were represented at Break Through 2022


84.51°, Cincinnati
Align Technology
American Conservation Experience, Flagstaff, AZ
American Red Cross, Scranton, PA
Barings, Charlotte, NC
Beacon Hill Staffing, Boston
BlackRock, New York City
BML Public Relations, Florham Park, New Jersey
Brenda McFarland Executive and Leadership Coaching
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh
Central Pennsylvania Food Bank
Charter Cities Institute, Washington, D.C.
Chicago School of Violin Making, Skokie, IL
Citizens and Northern Bank
City of Philadelphia
Clark Associates
CMI Media Group
Coach, Tapestry, Inc., New York City\
Community Services Group
Corteva Agriscience
Costco, Bethlehem, PA
CUNY Building Performance Lab, New York City
David’s Bridal, New York City
Defender Association of Philadelphia
Delaware Court of Common Pleas – New Castle County
Department of Environmental Protection
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Wilmington, DE
Drayer Physical Therapy Institute
Education in Museums
Eli Lilly
ESPN, Hartford, CT
Eye Care Specialists
Fall Mountain Regional School District
Falling Up Therapy Services
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Federal Emergency Management Agency, Washington, D.C.
FICO Pharmaceutical Practice
Financial Research Associates
Flywheel Digital
Geisinger Medical Center
Genesis Biotechnology Group, Hamilton Township, NJ
George Washington University Medical Center
George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, D.C.
Girl Scouts of the USA, New York City
Goldman Sachs, Luxembourg
Hampton Roads Eye Associates
HarperCollins, New York City
Hawk Mountain
Hershey Entertainment and Resorts, Hershey, PA
Believers Academy
Hirtle Callaghan & Co, LLC, Conshohocken, PA
Horizon Media, New York City
Indie Strings
J.P. Morgan Asset Management Solutions
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Janssen Pharmaceuticals
Jimmy Kimmel Live, Hollywood
Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering, Baltimore
Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, NJ
JPMorgan Chase, New York City
KPMG, Washington, D.C.
Kreischer Miller
L’Oreal Paris, New York City
Libertae, Inc., Bensalem, PA
LifeStage Personal Finance

Lincoln Memorial University
Lindsay Gaines Consulting
Managing Director, XLS PRO
Marywood University
Master Gardener
Maternity Care Coalition, Philadelphia
Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget, New York City
Members 1st Fed. Credit Union
Memorial Health
Meredith Corp., New York City
Miramar Global, Philadelphia
Morgan Stanley
Muck Rack, New York City
Northwestern Mutual
Office of New Student Programs at West Chester University
Orchestra Miami
Oregon State University
Paoli Hospital
Penn State Health, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Pennsylvania College Advising Corps, Lancaster, PA
Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA
Prudential Financial
Public Management Financial
PwC, Pittsburgh
Randolph-Macon College
Rick Alcantara Consulting
Ruder Finn
Selinsgrove Area School District
Seneca Insurance Companies
Sherwin-Williams Paint
Sigma Kappa
Social T Marketing & PR
Sompo International, New York City
Susquehanna International, Group
Susquehanna University, Dallas, Texas
Temple University, Philadelphia
The Conservation Fund, Arlington, VA
The Farzy Show, Philadelphia
The Predictive Index
Theorem Inc.
Thermo Fisher Scientific, LLC
Transparent Language
Trinity College, Hartford, CT
U.S. Department of Defense, Washington, D.C.
U.S. Department of State, Costa Rica
UC Davis
Ultimus Leverpoint
University of Miami
University of the Sciences
University of Vermont
USAID Office of HIV/AIDS, Washington, D.C.
USB Financial Services
USDA Agricultural Research Service, Washington, D.C.
Vanguard, Malvern, PA
Vault Communications
Village Capital, Washington, D.C.
White Plains Hospital
Wix, Wenger & Weidner
WTAJ News, Altoona, PA
Wyndham Hotels, Chicago