In November, NU for Life — an initiative dedicated to the professional growth of Northwestern student-athletes from the moment they arrive on campus — hosted its second annual Wildcat Professional Excellence Program (WPEP) at Hardin Hall. WPEP is an event aimed at providing student-athletes in their junior year the chance to meet and learn from professionals representing a wide range of career fields, giving the 'Cats insight into the roads they'll travel after graduation and a network of industry leaders to call upon for advice.
More than 40 professionals attended this year's WPEP, representing such diverse organizations as William Blair, Abbott Labs, Accenture, Creative Artists Agency, PepsiCo, Under Armour, Leo Burnett, Lurie Children's Hospital, Merrill Lynch, the Chicago Sports Commission, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, among others. Over the course of the networking sessions, each of the approximately 100 Northwestern student-athletes who attended WPEP met in small groups with five different professionals of their choosing.
NU For Life began in 2012 following a generous donation to Northwestern Athletics by David Kabiller ’85, ’87 MBA, a member of the University's Board of Trustees and a former Wildcat tennis player.