Carin Siegfried '95 has done it all in publishing-everything from acquiring some of the best and brightest authors in New York City to overseeing national sales for a major book wholesaler. Luckily, for Davidson students interested in careers in publishing, she volunteers her time and expertise in just about every way possible as well.
Now busy running her own company, Carin Siegfried Editorial, in Charlotte, Siegfried continues to maintain strong ties to Davidson. For years, she has worked with the Center for Career Development to organize and lead annual "Careers in Book Publishing" job talks, reviewed student resumes and currently is an eAdvisor with the Davidson Career Advisory Network (DCAN). Additionally, Siegfried has hired four Davidson students as interns for both her company and the National Women's Book Association, of which she currently serves as president. One of those past interns, Hannah Frail '14, now holds a job at Random House in New York, something Siegfried is particularly proud of.
"I learned so much from Davidson, even more than I expected I would," she said. "Some of the lessons, I didn't even recognize for years after graduation. I feel grateful and want to give back."
Siegfried's path to publishing began with a campus job working with the library's business manager. Initially hoping for a spot at the circulation desk instead, the introduction to the business of books quickly turned her longtime love of reading into a career.
On top of her work for CS Editorial, Siegfried is an active blogger, reviewing new books and writing about the various types of jobs available within the industry. She used some of those entries to publish a book, The Insider's Guide to a Career in Book Publishing. For Davidson students with a diverse range of talents and interests, these resources have been incredibly helpful and insightful looks into the world of publishing.
The span of Siegfried's outstanding work as an alumni volunteer reflects her belief that Davidson alumni are always willing to support others and reflect positively on the college.
"Before I decided to attend Davidson, people tried to tell me that the alumni network at school of its size would be too small. Through my experience, I find exactly the opposite. In helping Davidson students break into my field, I'm constantly expanding my network and gaining new colleagues and peers."
In helping Davidson students, Siegfried knows she can help bring bright and talented individuals into the publishing business.
"Wherever you are, wherever you go, when you meet a fellow Davidson alumnus from any year, there are certain things you already know you have in common with them," she said. "I know that Davidson students are some of the right people who would be very happy in publishing, and I want to help them get there."