Professional Development Retreat

The Professional Development Retreat (PDR), a two-day career development initiative for select students that assists in cultivating professional growth and making connections with members of Merrimack’s Board of Trustees, the College’s Boards of Advisors, alumni and corporate partners. This distinctive program illustrates Merrimack College’s commitment to its students’ success and the impact of the College’s network.

Topics throughout the Retreat include:

  • Utilizing strengths and skills to influence outcomes in a project-based environment
  • Networking, both a workshop and sessions with alumni, friends, and industry partners of Merrimack College
  • Effective collaboration and the impact of professional presence within a group
  • Communication styles, and articulation of strengths and skills in an interview setting

Read how Jack Rich ’22 credits Merrimack’s Professional Development Retreat with giving him the edge he needed to score his dream job.

Hallmarks of the retreat include distinguished speakers, interactive learning sessions, team building exercises, public speaking and problem-solving activities to help students strengthen essential workplace soft skills. Industry partners are invited to participate in sponsorship opportunities and participate in the skills fair. For more information, please email