2018-19 Adviser Forum East has ended
**Reminders: Please bring a notebook and pen to every session, and wear your CAC name badge at all times.**

Dear CAC family,

Welcome to our Adviser Forum East in New York City! We are thrilled to have you here in the Big Apple and are grateful to our host chapter, the awesome NYU Corps!

Our theme this year goes to the heart of CAC’s mission -- Advancing Opportunity. The goal over the next few days is to recommit ourselves to advancing opportunity in various ways. We hope you will discover best practices from your peers, engage with the research, reflect on your journey and what may lie ahead by interacting with the alumni panel and industry workshops, and be inspired by our guest speakers whose stories capture in powerful ways the journey to advancing opportunity.

On behalf of our national team and Board of Directors, we are grateful for the work that each of you — 716 advisers serving 210,000 students in 16 states across the country — do every day. We continue to build a national movement at a critical time in our nation’s history. Let us commit to ensuring every student hears those four key words, “I believe in you” and, together, we advance opportunity.

It is an honor to serve with you!

Nicole Hurd
Founder and CEO
College Advising Corps
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Pharen Bowman-Crooks

McKinsey & Company
MBA Recruiter
Pharen is a MBA recruiter at management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, where she co-leads the Firm’s campus recruiting process at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.  She served as a college adviser at West Charlotte and West Mecklenburg high schools in Charlotte, NC, from 2008 until 2010 and later served as a Trainer in The Posse Foundation’s Boston office. After Posse, Pharen worked as an undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid Officer at Harvard University, where she also led the Harvard Financial Aid Initiative, a recruitment program for students from low-income backgrounds. Pharen holds a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a M.S.Ed. in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania.