Networking Workshop Offers Students Tips on How to Develop Valuable Contacts
Web Editor - Published: April 20, 2009

Arthur J. Bousel and Janaki Catanzarite

“The key to building relationships is to help others, and others will help you,” said Arthur J. Bousel of Lawyer 2 Lawyer Coaching in addressing a group of Widener Law students as part of a networking workshop in the Barrister’s Club on April 13th.

Sponsored by Parents Attending Law School and the Career Development Office, the workshop offered students valuable tips on how to develop and maintain a network of contacts. In addition to Bousel, students heard from Janaki Catanzarite, a graduate of Widener Law who works for Pepper Hamilton, LLP.

Parents Attending Law School President Shana Pinter offered a warm welcome to everyone in attendance and introduced both panelists. Bousel opened the event by covering what he considered the most important principle of networking, emphasizing that people should endeavor to try and be helpful to those they come in contact with. Catanzarite echoed that thought as well, noting that it is easier to develop contacts by asking how you might help them than it is by asking favors of them before you know them.

The evening offered the students in attendance a chance to hear practical suggestions for developing professional connections, and tips on how to find employment in the current economic climate.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, Arthur J. Bousel earned his JD-MBA from Columbia Law School and Graduate School of Business. He worked as the Dean for Professional & Legal Career Development at Valparaiso University School of Law and Director of Professional Development for the law firm of Stradley Ronon before becoming a legal career coach.

Janaki Catanzarite is an associate in the Investment Management Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP and a member of the firm's Sustainability, CleanTech and Climate Change Team. She graduated from Sydenham College of Commerce & Economics in Bombay, India and earned her legal degree from The Government Law College. She came to the United States in 2000 and earned her LL.M from Widener Law in 2002.