Meet The Blog Team

Michelle BataMichelle Bata, Associate Dean and Director of the LEEP Center, Clark University

As the inaugural director of the LEEP Center—home to academic advising, career services, community engagement, study abroad, and the writing center—Michelle is responsible for efforts to engage students in opportunities outside of the classroom as well preparing them for life after Clark.
Prior to joining the Clark community, Michelle was both assistant dean and director of undergraduate research and a member of the sociology faculty at Fordham University. Michelle’s scholarly interests include the impact of advising and mentorship on student professional outcomes, and how engagement in experiential opportunities affects student learning.
Michelle has been selected to participate in NACE’s Leadership Advancement Program for 2015-6, and is a member of the NACE Honors and Awards Committee for 2015-6. She also serves as a NACE Ambassador. Michelle received both her M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Arizona. She received her A.B. in sociology and Hispanic studies from Boston College.

Tom BorgerdingTom Borgerding, President/CEO, Campus Media Group, Inc.
Twitter: @mytasca, @Campus_Media

Tom has been starting and running companies since the mid-1990’s. He founded Campus Media  in 2002 to help companies develop strong and effective marketing plans targeting 18-24 year olds that have a direct effect on their bottom line. He also developed and leads Mytasca, which helps university recruiters identify the right schools to recruit candidates and then connects them to the career centers, diversity, disability, LGBT, and veterans affairs departments. Tom lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with his wife, Patti. In his down-time, Tom can be found in marathons, duathlons, triathlons, in-line marathons, hiking, camping, volunteering, and traveling to many lesser visited countries helping people and communities.

 Susan BrennanSusan Brennan, Associate Vice President of University Career Services at Bentley University
Director–College on the 2016-17 NACE Board of Directors

Brennan is associate vice president of university career services at Bentley University. Previous roles at Bentley include alumni career services manager, executive director of corporate relations and career services, managing director of university career services, and director of undergraduate career services. Prior to Bentley, Brennan was director of M.B.A. career services at Hult International Business School, a consultant with The Hay Group, and a development associate at Columbia University.

Brennan’s volunteer involvement with NACE includes participation in the association’s Honors and Awards Committee and Face2Face Committee. Brennan earned a B.A. in history from the University of Pennsylvania and an Ed.M. in administration, planning, and social policy from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education before graduating with an M.B.A. in management from Babson College’s Franklin W. Olin Graduate School of Business.

amy brierleyAmy Brierley,  Assistant Dean of Career Education & Associate Director for Career Communities – Engineering & Earth, Standford University
Twitter: @amyb_stanford

Amy Brierley’s passion is helping undeclared freshmen and sophomore students identify and refine their career aspirations, connect them with alumni and employers, and discover how they fit into the world of work. During her seven years at Stanford, Amy served as the program coordinator for the Stanford Alumni Mentoring (SAM) Program, where she enthusiastically worked to connect students with alumni mentors. Amy has an M.A. in counseling with a specialization in career development from Santa Clara University. Amy loves all things outdoors, especially time at the beach and hiking with friends. She is also a dog fanatic – just ask her to show you a photo of her Australian Shepherd, Sadie!

Mark Broadfoot
Mark Broadfoot, owner and consultant, UR Consulting, Missouri City, Texas
Twitter @URRecruiter1

Mark Broadfoot graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in communications and soon after started his career in recruiting.  Mark now brings 20 years of experience in recruiting, from headhunting and experienced hiring to his current passion of college recruiting.  He moved into college recruiting at Shell Oil and brought his creative headhunting experience to the college arena allowing his teams to change their recruiting philosophy and increase hiring numbers on all his campuses.  Direct Energy, he says, gave him freedom to build their program from the ground up. This freedom allowed him to create a program that surpassed all expectations with zero turnovers in their rotational program, 90 percent acceptance rate on the intern to full-time offers over three years, and 95 percent approval rate from interns surveys during the summer. This is why he started his own company; to help other companies achieve the long term success they seek by building a unique and fit for purpose program.


Kara BrownKara Brown, Associate Director of Career Development, Gwynedd Mercy University

Kara Brown is the Associate Director of Career Development at Gwynedd Mercy University. She provides career counseling to students and alumni, facilitates career development workshops, and teaches a first-year experience course to freshman students. Kara also volunteers with the Wounded Warrior Project, and reviews resume for wounded veterans returning to the work force.
Kara earned an M.S. in counseling from Villanova University, and a B.A. in psychology from McDaniel College. Before working in higher education, Kara was a mental health counselor for a small nonprofit organization.

Amanda Carchedi

Amanda Carchedi, University of Connecticut Marketing and Communication Manager, Center for Career Development

Amanda Carchedi is the Publicity and Marketing Administrator at the Center for Career Development at the University of Connecticut, where she has worked since 2013. Amanda is responsible for the marketing and promotional efforts for all career-related events, programs, workshops, and services. In addition, Amanda oversees the Center for Career Development website and social media accounts. Amanda handles all publicity matters for the center.

Amanda earned a B.A. in graphic design and art history from Assumption College. She later received her master’s degree in digital media and design from the University of Connecticut. Prior to joining CCD, Amanda was a graphic design representative for the Office of Student Activities at Assumption College. Before finding her passion in higher education Amanda worked as a graphic designer for an event planning company out of Massachusetts.

jane christiansonJane Christianson, Career Advisor, National University, Fresno/Bakersfield Region

Jane Christianson is the career adviser and regional alumni relations liaison for National University’s campus in Fresno, California where she provides critical face-to-face and online individual and group support in career services for students and alumni in the entire Central Valley region. She also actively serves as a member of both the Fresno Chamber of Commerce’s Business & Education Committee and the Fresno County Women’s Chamber of Commerce. Prior to coming to National University, Jane had eight years of experience in higher education career services management, including six years in professional development course instruction.

Her industry background includes more than 20 years in temporary staffing/direct hire placement management supporting the nursing and allied healthcare, health services management, information technology, accounting, and general business sectors. Jane is a native Californian and a graduate of San Diego State University with a B.A. in fine arts and humanities from the School of Education. Outside of work, her interests include calligraphy, interior design, reading crime drama/mystery fiction, spending time with family and friends and actively supporting the Northern California Special Olympics.

Lee Desser

Lee Desser, Career Advisor, University of California, San Diego

Before becoming a career advisor at UC San Diego, Lee served as an academic/career adviser at both Middlebury and at UC Berkeley. Lee possesses a range of experience within student affairs including admissions, academic advising, career counseling, and residence life. She earned a master’s of education in postsecondary administration and student affairs from the University of Southern California, and a bachelor’s in English from The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. In her spare time, Lee enjoys taking her dog on long walks and playing tennis in the California sun.

KKathryn Douglasathy Douglas, Senior Associate Director Career Development Office, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
Twitter: @fescdo

Kathy is an experienced career development professional strongly committed to supporting a unique global population of dynamic graduate students interested in high-impact, solution-based environmental careers, advanced research, and thought leadership. Before moving to the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, she sourced and managed on-campus recruiting for non-academic opportunities for Yale Ph.D.s in more than 70 degree fields.

Kathy holds two M.F.A.s—one in Museum Studies from Syracuse University and one in Creative Writing and Literature from Bennington College—and a B.A. in Studio Art from SUNY Potsdam.

Marc Goldman, Executive Director, Career Center, Yeshiva UniversityMarc Goldman, Executive Director, Career Center, Yeshiva University
Twitter: @MarcGoldmanNYC
Blogs from Marc Goldman

Marc has been the Executive Director of the Yeshiva University Career Center since 2007. In his role, he manages a two-campus career center providing comprehensive services to undergraduate liberal arts and business students. Prior to his position at YU, Marc was an Associate Director at New York University’s Wasserman Center for Career Development, where he worked for 13 years. Currently, Marc is also an adjunct instructor at NYU in career, education, and life planning. Marc serves as Co-chair of the NACE 2013-2014 Honors and Awards Committee and served on numerous other NACE committees. He recently completed a 2-year appointment to the NACElink College Advisory Group and has been involved with the development of the NACElink career services management system from its earliest stages. Marc attended the NACE Management Leadership Institute, has presented and moderated at NACE Annual Conferences, and won a NACE Excellence Award in 2007 for Business Boot Camp for Liberal Arts Students. Marc completed his undergraduate work in Psychology at Cornell University and received a Master’s in Counseling and Personnel Services from the University of Maryland.

Alina GuariseDesalina (Alina) Guarise, Associate Director of Career Advancement Center at Lake Forest College

Desalina (Alina) Guarise is the Associate Director of the Career Advancement Center, at Lake Forest College, a small, private liberal arts institution where she oversees employer relations, assessment, and office operations. Alina has more than eight years combined experience in consulting, nonprofit management, and career services. She started her higher education at Lake Forest College in the Career Advancement Center. She later moved to New York University to pursue her M.P.A. and work at the Wasserman Center for Career Development. She holds a bachelors of science degree in finance from the University of Illinois – Champaign/Urbana.

Samantha HaimesSamantha Haimes, Middlebury College Center for Careers and Internships
Twitter: @sghaimes

Samantha Haimes is a career services professional with a passion for connecting and educating both students and employers. She works in marketing and communications at Middlebury College’s Center for Careers and Internships. Prior to her current position, she was employed at the University of Miami in various roles at the Toppel Career Center, most recently as the Associate Director for Career Readiness. She earned a master of science in higher education from the University of Miami and a bachelor of arts in advertising and public relations from the University of Central Florida. She has also worked at Cabrini College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Joe HayesJoe Hayes, Assistant Director, Employer Relations & Internships, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Twitter: @_JosephHayes


Joe Hayes is Assistant Director of Employer Relations & Internships at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). There he identifies and builds relationships with employers for recruitment of UNO students and alumni. Prior to joining UNO, Joe served in similar capacity at Connecticut College as Associate Director, Recruiting and Employer Relations. Before entering higher education and career services, Joe led up recruiting and operations at Global Health Strategiesan international consulting firm based out of New York City.

Christol Johnson

Christol Johnson, Career Services Manager, El Centro College, Dallas, Texas
Twitter: @ccbj70

Christol Johnson is the manager of career services at El Centro College in Dallas, Texas. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Midwestern State University in applied arts & sciences. Her 20-year background in human resources developed into a desire to help students reach their career goals. For Christol, career services can be summed up into one word, empowerment. She believes that if you expose students to career options and provide the right tools to accomplish their goals, students will transition from college to career successfully. Christol empowers students to not only find a job, but discover a rewarding career that aligns with their academic pathway.

James W. Kostenblatt

James W. Kostenblatt, Associate Director, New York University’s Wasserman Center for Career Development

James W. Kostenblatt holds a B.A. in international relations from Boston University and is currently pursuing a master of public administration from the New York University Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service. James is an Associate Director at New York University’s Wasserman Center for Career Development, where he leads the Assessment and Program Evaluation Team. In his role, James oversees a team responsible for collecting career outcomes data on NYU graduates each year, analyzing the data, crafting reports for NYU stakeholders, and responding to media data requests.

Janet LongJanet R. Long
Founder, Integrity Search
Career Liaison to College of Arts & Sciences, Widener University
Twitter: @IntegritySearch
Blogs from Janet Long.

After founding and leading a national talent consultancy for 20 years, Janet pursued her own career transition and recently joined Widener University’s career services team as the counselor and liaison to the College of Arts & Sciences and the Center for Social Work. A lifelong liberal arts champion, she brings an “insider” recruiter’s perspective to helping students channel their talents and passions into meaningful career opportunities. A certified Myers Briggs practitioner, Janet continues to advise senior- and mid-level professionals through her career counseling practice, In Your Own Voice, a division of Integrity Search.

Val MattaVal Matta, Vice President of Business Development at CareerShift
Twitter: @CareerShift

Val Matta is the Vice President of Business Development at CareerShift, a job hunting and career management solution for companies, outplacement firms, job seekers, and university career centers. She is an enthusiastic advocate of networking and believes generosity is the real currency of networking. Val has more than15 years of experience in career counseling services and holds a B.A. in psychology from Saint Francis University and an M.B.A. in healthcare administration from Cleveland State University.

Samantha McGurgan

Samantha McGurgan, Career Counselor, California Polytechnic State University, Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo

Samantha McGurgan is a career counselor at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and college success adjunct at Cuesta College. She encourages students to strive for career fulfillment as they work through the process of identifying and planning their career path. She is a passionate advocate for personal development as it relates to college and career success, and challenges her students to reflect on past experiences to capture deeply meaningful connections to their life’s work. Her greatest moments of joy involve expanding the career horizons of first generation students and supporting military-connected students in their transition to civilian careers. She holds an M.A. in education, with a specialization in counseling and guidance in student affairs from Cal Poly SLO, and a B.S. in human ecology from The Ohio State University.

Ali MearsAli Mears, Career Services Consultant, Center for Career Opportunities, Purdue University
Twitter: @alimears

Ali Mears joined Purdue CCO as a career services consultant in May 2013. In addition to providing job search and career counseling, Ali leads the CCO peer consultant program, where she hires, trains, and supervises 20+ students who facilitate workshops, help peers during drop-ins, and work on special project teams. In addition to this role, she uses her creativity to develop new marketing strategies, and targets career services to students with disabilities. Prior to coming to Purdue, Ali was an intervention specialist for students with hearing impairments. She earned her   master’s in college student personnel from Ohio University.

Chris MotleyChris Motley, founder and CEO of Better Weekdays and The Whether
Twitter: @ChrisBMotley

Chris Motley is founder and CEO of Better Weekdays, the first inbound recruiting platform that powers brand-driven campus hiring. Its flagship application, The Whether, matches top talent with personalized career pathways.  Prior to Better Weekdays, Chris spent six years as an EVP and director at 1888 Mills, a global textile manufacturer, where he led its expansion into Ghana, Africa, and headed its apparel division. Previously, Chris spent four years at Goldman Sachs as a commodities and interest rate products trader.  He is a graduate of Columbia University with a B.A. in history and the Kellogg School of Management with an M.B.A., concentrating in entrepreneurship.

Yolanda NormanYolanda Norman, Cooperative Education Program  Manager, Cullen College of Engineering at the University of Houston
Twitter – @FirstGenCollege
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Yolanda Norman is the Cooperative Education Program (CO-OP) Manager in the Cullen College of Engineering at the University of Houston.  In her role, Yolanda works closely with faculty, staff, and students to ensure all UH co-op interns take full advantage of their internship opportunities of gaining valuable work experience in preparation for their future careers. She provides specialized career counseling and support to all UH engineering students. With more than15 years of progressive experience in higher education and K-12, Yolanda strives to share her experience as a first-generation college graduate to encourage, inspire, and support all students she comes in contact with at UH and around the world. Through social media and public speaking, she enjoys sharing advice with students and campus leaders as she develops in her role as an educator and thought leader. Yolanda earned her B.A. and two master’s degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi and is currently pursuing a doctorate of education from the University of St. Thomas with a focus on first-generation college student success. Outside of work and school, Yolanda enjoys spending time with her husband, three kids, friends, and enjoying a little “insanity” workout every now and then.

ongDavid Ong, Director, Corporate Recruiting, Maximus, Inc.
Twitter: @dtong2565

David Ong currently oversees corporate and college recruiting activities at MAXIMUS Inc. in Reston, VA. Prior to joining MAXIMUS in 2004, David managed college recruiting programs at Booz Allen Hamilton, Citigroup Corporate and Investment Bank, and Capital One. He served on the NACE Board of Directors from 2011-2013 and will be assuming the role of Vice President, Employers, in July of 2014. He is a proud graduate of the University of Richmond, where he majored in business.

Kathleen Powell

Kathleen Powell, Assistant Vice President, Student Affairs, Executive Director of Career Development, Cohen Career Center, William & Mary
President, National Association of Colleges and Employers
Twitter: @powellka

Kathleen has more than 25 years of progressive experience in career services in higher education. She is an effective leader and creative programmer; able to create, develop, and implement programs supporting office vision and strategic planning. Kathleen has a solid understanding of career development, student development, and organizational and leadership theories.

She holds a master’s of science in student personnel services from Miami University of Ohio and a bachelors of arts degree in psychology from the University of Akron.

Her career services work included positions at Ashland College (OH), Knox College (IL), Marietta College (OH), Grinnell College (IA), and The University of Akron (OH). Immediately prior to her appointment as Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Executive Director of Career Development at William and Mary, she served as the director for Career Exploration and Development at Denison University in Granville, OH. Kathleen has written chapters in several different publications and served as an academic adviser and adjunct faculty member at Marietta College teaching career planning, leadership development and communication.

Kathleen has served in a variety of leadership positions for NACE as is currently the sitting President-Elect.

Laura RileyLaura Riley, Career Consultant and Student Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Twitter: @lauratriley

Laura Riley is a career consultant and student affairs educator. She works at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the School of Education Career Center. She received her B.B.A. from St. Norbert College and her M.S. in student affairs in higher education from Miami University. She is passionate about writing, adventuring, and assisting individuals throughout their career and professional development journeys. She finds fulfillment in helping people realize and articulate their stories—encouraging them to envision and establish lifestyles (and careers!) they enjoy. She combines diversity and inclusion efforts with career education; values efficient and effective communication; and engages in innovative problem-solving. She strives to fill her personal and professional networks with good people who like to laugh.

Ashley RitterAshley Ritter, human resources recruiter, Swedish Covenant Hospital

Ashley Ritter considers herself a vocational enthusiast and is dedicated to building the kind of work place culture which empowers people to thrive. Previous to her work as an HR recruiter for Swedish Covenant Hospital, she was the Assistant Director of Employer Relations at North Park University where she worked with employers to form their recruiting strategies and students to define their professional brand and career path goals. She also brings experience in nonprofit community development and international recruitment. Ashley coaches and consults with organizations who are interested in change management, millennial retention and engagement, and equity and diversity initiatives. She resides in Chicago with her partner and two young children. The most direct way to reach Ashley is through a very good cup of coffee.

kelly d. scottKelly Scott, Campus Recruiter at Liberty Mutual Insurance

Kelly Scott is a campus recruiter at Liberty Mutual Insurance where she primarily supports the recruiting efforts for Liberty’s analytical programs filling both full time and internship roles. Prior to Liberty, she worked in higher education as a career counselor advising undergraduates, graduates and alumni on topics spanning from job search through career exploration. She has a master’s in college student development and counseling and a bachelor’s in communication studies from Northeastern University.

Chaim ShapiroChaim Shapiro, Director of the Office for Student Success,  Touro College
Twitter: @chaimshapiro
Blogs from Chaim Shapiro.

Chaim Shapiro is the Assistant Director of Career Services at Touro College, a freelance writer, public speaker, and career services LinkedIn leader. He earned a master’s degree in college student personnel from Loyola University, Chicago, and also studied in the Institutional Leadership and Policy Studies Ph.D. program at the University of California, Riverside Graduate School of Education. He has more than 16 years of experience working in organizational administration with more than 12 years experience working with college students.

Lisa Simmons

Lisa L. Simmons, Associate Director, Employer Experience, Wake Forest University

Lisa is the Associate Director of Employer Experience at Wake Forest University. She leads the campus-wide Employer Experience team, which is responsible for recruiting at Wake Forest University. Lisa has been employed at Wake Forest since the fall of 2002. She has more than 20 years of work experience in various roles in entrepreneurship, higher education, and trust account management. Lisa is also a veteran of the United States Air Force. Lisa earned a bachelor’s in business administration from Rollins College and a masters of arts degree from Wake Forest. She is a technology and social media enthusiast and has presented on social media topics for Intern Bridge and the North Carolina Career Development Association. Outside work, Lisa enjoys reading, blogging, and spending time with her family, standard poodle, and her horse. She is an equestrian who is training in the discipline of dressage.

katie smith at duke universityKatie Smith, Ph.D. student at North Carolina State University
Twitter: @ksmith258

Katie is a Ph.D. student at North Carolina State University in the educational research and policy analysis in higher education program, where she is conducting research on career decisions and women in STEM. Katie also works as a graduate research assistant in the NCSU Office of Institutional Research and Planning. Prior to returning as a full-time student, Katie worked for three years as an assistant director in the Duke University Career Center, working primarily with undergraduate students in the STEM fields, and spent one year as a career advising fellow at Elon University. Katie is originally from western New York and earned an M.S. in higher education at the University of Rochester and received her B.A. from SUNY Geneseo.

Kelli Smith Director of University Career Services at the Fleish

Kelli K. Smith, Director of University Career Services, Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development, Binghamton University
More blogs by Kelli Smith

Kelli Smith has 22 years of experience in higher education, most recently serving as the Director of University Career Services at Binghamton University (SUNY) in upstate New York. Prior institutions include University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska Wesleyan, Georgetown University, Doane College, and Indiana University, primarily in career services and as an adjunct faculty member in leadership studies. She has served on the Directorate for an ACPA commission and the NACE First Destination Survey Task Force. She is the author of the Jossey-Bass/Wiley sourcebook, Strategic Directions for Career Services Within the University Setting. Kelli is passionate about helping college student success, the field of career services, and leadership and higher education.

Sarah SteenrodSarah Steenrod, Director, Undergraduate Career Consultation and Programs, Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University
Twitter: @SarahSteenrod

Sarah Steenrod is the Director of Undergraduate Career Consultation and Programs in the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. In her role, Sarah leads a team of graduate assistant career consultants and oversees undergraduate career consultation services, coordinates the Fisher Fall Career Fair, and oversees the data collection and analysis of post-graduation outcomes and satisfaction surveys.

Sarah has been actively involved with Ohio State’s University Career Services Committee and served as Chair from 2010-2011. She also supported Ohio State’s Buck-I-Serv program through service trips to New York City and Boston, as well as a Fisher Global Business Program in Hong Kong in 2011. Sarah is the faculty adviser to the Alpha Kappa Psi Mu Chapter at OSU and was awarded the Undergraduate Program Staff Award from the Fisher College of Business in 2014.

She earned a master’s of education degree in college student personnel from Ohio University and previously worked in career services at Ohio University and in human resources at Neiman Marcus. Sarah loves to travel, cook (and eat), run, and, most importantly, spend time with her husband (Scott), two-year-old daughter (Mara), and miniature Dachshund (Beau).

lisa tandanLisa C. Tandan, Director of Career Development and Assessment, Hofstra University
Twitter: @lisatandan

Lisa loves building relationships, outcomes and  assessment, and purposeful innovation. She has worked with students and employers from North Carolina to New York, at all levels of higher education, including a community college, a large public university, and small and mid-size private colleges. Lisa is Director of Career Development and Assessment at Hofstra University, with a B.A. from Wake Forest University and an M.Ed. from The College of William & Mary. She is a National Certified Counselor.

Tiffany Waddell TateTiffany Waddell Tate, Associate Director for Career Development, Davidson College
Personal blog:
LinkedIn: Twitter: @tiffanyiwaddell

Tiffany is the Assistant Director for Career Development at Davidson College. She has coached hundreds of budding young professionals on how to create strategic action plans for academic and career-related goals. Affectionately known for her “tough love” approach to coaching and people development, she is an avid connector of people and ideas.  She is passionate about helping others develop themselves professionally while adding value to organizations and the world. Waddell received both her B.A. and M.A. from Wake Forest University.

Heather TranenHeather Tranen, Associate Director, University of Pennsylvania Career Services
Twitter: @htranen

Heather Tranen is higher education professional and digital media enthusiast. She enjoys brainstorming creative ways to reach students and university constituents efficiently and effectively through a cross-section of platforms. Through her work, she collaboratively develops customized programming and innovative communications strategies that ensure students, alumni, and employers are actively engaged. Heather’s work in social media has been featured in JobBrander, and Career Services Professionals Group. She has also presented her thoughts on effective communication strategies at the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and NASPA conferences. Additionally, Heather has provided consultation to and presented to organizations on how to leverage social media platforms to reach college students. For her efforts creating dynamic online communities through the power of social media, Heather received a NACE Excellence Award for Innovation. Heather studied English and minored in Italian at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, and completed her master’s degree from New York University in higher education and student affairs with a focus on global perspectives and social justice. She finds great fulfillment supporting liberal arts students at the University of Pennsylvania articulate and accomplish their career goals. Previously, she worked in both the media and the hospitality industries in liaison and client development roles. She is now a recovering New Yorker, enjoying exploring the City of Brotherly love with her husband, toddler, and two puppies.

iyad uakoub
Iyad Uakoub, M.S., B.Eng., Manager of Branding & Digital Communities/User Experience, BEAM, Stanford Career Education, Stanford University
Twitter: @iyadsy

Iyad’s mission is to craft remarkable experiences for Stanford students throughout their journey to meaningful work. He has more than 13 years of experience with the U.N., private, public, and non-profit sectors. Before Stanford, he led the Operations & Communications team at Purdue University’s Center for Career Opportunities, co-founded and consulted career and entrepreneurship centers and hosted a live TV show on career skills. Iyad is a mentor through NACE, Top 10 Under 40—Lafayette Commerce, Fulbright Scholar, and State Department’s Alum. He served on the board of SHRM-Lafayette and International Center. Iyad has a M.S. in human resources and organizational behavior from Purdue and a B.Eng. in Computer Systems from Damascus University. He is a multilingual trainer/interpreter, Certified HR Professional (PHR, SHRM-CP), and Certified Project Manager. He enjoys reading, learning/teaching languages, playing soccer, and martial arts, collecting resources, and doing unplanned events with his wife and daughter.

Kayla Villwock_Kayla Villwock, Manager of University Outreach and Recruitment at SAS
Twitter: @KaylaRenee8

Kayla Villwock is the Manager of University Outreach and Recruitment at SAS. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in human resources and a minor in French from North Carolina State University. Kayla has spent six years in the university recruiting field both in Research Triangle Park, N.C. and the San Francisco Bay area. She has held various roles from program management to recruitment. Her most recent endeavor has been building a university recruiting team from the ground up at SAS. Kayla is an active member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers where she has served as a member of multiple committees, participated in the Leadership Advancement Program, and contributes to the NACE blog. When she isn’t focusing on student recruitment, she can be found biking, watching Wolfpack and Cleveland sports, and spending time with her Shichon puppy, Ernie.

Melissa L. WhatleyMelissa Whatley, Associate Director, Career & Professional Development, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Twitter: @mleawhatley

Melissa is an Associate Director in the Career & Professional Development department at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Melissa has been in higher education leadership for 10 years, five of those being in career services. Melissa is driven by her commitment to servant leadership, focusing on ethical decision making and quality service provision. Outside of work, Melissa enjoys reading, hiking, and riding her motorcycle. Melissa advocates for social justice wherever she can, she works hard at being an unpublished writer, and she exerts a lot of energy questioning the world around her.


Pamela Weinberg
Twitter: @pamelaweinberg
Blogs from Pamela Weinberg.

Pamela Weinberg is a career coach and personal branding strategist, working with a multitude of populations ranging from students and alumni, professional organizations and corporations, and women in transition. Pamela provides a wide range of services for clients including: resume and LinkedIn profile development, social media training, interview preparation, and job search techniques. She has developed a niche in personal branding and frequently presents on the topic to colleges, universities, corporations, professional organizations, and non-profits. Her presentations include tips on developing a personal mission statement, doing your own personal public relations, and using social media for branding. A frequent speaker on college campuses, I run workshops and webinars for students and alumni at universities such as New York University, Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, The Ohio State University and more. Popular presentation topics include: “Personal Branding for Job Search” and “Redefining your Professional Identity after Raising a Family”. She is an adjunct instructor of Career Management at New York University-SCPS and teaches classes geared toward career changers and women returning to the workplace after a career break.

Andrea WynnAndrea M. Wynne, Career Development Specialist and Global Career Development Facilitator, The University of Washington – Tacoma

Andrea is a native of Meridian, Mississippi. She has lived in the Tacoma, Washington area for four years. She has been a career development specialist at The University of Washington, Tacoma campus for a year and a half and greatly enjoys working for a campus that embraces diversity and first-generation students. Andrea has worked in career development for more than six years. She is an Air Force veteran and has a background in human resources and administration. As a first-generation college graduate, Andrea is driven by the opportunity to assist others in realizing their fullest potential. She holds a B.A. in human resources and an M.A. in education with a specialization in family and community services.

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