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Riggs Hailed for Working Weekend

By Anna Mann on September 22, 2016 05:17 PM

Adam Riggs ’95 brandishes the Babson Award, presented by Alice Harra, Director of the Center for Life Beyond Reed, at the Volunteer Recognition Dinner last week.

Digital entrepreneur Adam Riggs ’95 was honored with the Babson Society Outstanding Volunteer Award last week for his leadership in establishing Working Weekend, an annual conference that connects Reed students to alumni with similar career interests.

Alice Harra, Director of the Center for Life Beyond Reed, presented Adam with the award, hailing Working Weekend as an inspiring event that helps Reed students connect with alumni mentors and explore career fields and paths. The success of the program was echoed by student testimonials and has proven so popular that it has now spawned a series of focused events such as Mindstorm, TechFayre, and the Winter Shadows.

The presentation took place at Reed’s annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner, which honors alumni volunteers who, through their generous contributions, help advance Reed and support student success. Trustee Dr. Deborah Kamali ’85 recognized many other individuals and groups who make a significant impact, including

  • Past Babson Award recipients

  • Rich Roher ’79, Alumni Board President

  • Alumni Board and Nominations Committee members

  • Alumni Chapter Leaders and Representatives

  • Alumni Fundraising for Reed Steering Committee

  • Reunions volunteers

  • Reedies for Reedies

  • SEA Council

  • Volunteers with the Center for Life Beyond Reed

The Babson award was established in honor of the legendary trustee Jean McCall Babson ’42 and recognizes outstanding volunteer efforts by Reed alumni.

Dr. Marcia Yaross ’73 closed the program by talking about ways alumni can volunteer with Reed.