Watch expert career recruiters and professionals discuss how they search for top talent and share their career paths. Trudy Steinfeld, Assistant Vice-President and Executive Director of the New York University's Wasserman Center for Career Development, moderated this conversation. The discussion helped students and recent graduates learn how to best prepare and market themselves in today's challenging environment. The panel offered networking tips, shared organizational insights, career advice and answered audience questions. Representatives from the Cato Institute, Deloitte, CommonHealth ACTION, the National Institutes of Health, the Office of the Inspector General, the Peace Corps and the World Wildlife Fund took part in this discussion.
Chip Bishop is the Director of Student Programs at the Cato Institute. He has worked on student programs at Cato since 2009, hosting policy events and debates, facilitating academic seminars, representing Cato at student conferences across the country, and overseeing the Cato internship program. He seeks to connect students with the ideas of free markets and liberty for academic, personal, and professional application.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from Carthage College with a triple major in Economics, International Political Economy, and Communication. In the years between college and moving to D.C., Chip lived in Seoul, South Korea, teaching English literature and lecturing at Kyung Hee University. He also holds a master’s degree in economics from George Mason University.
Carey Clinton joined Peace Corps staff as Regional Recruiter for New York City in October 2012 and is excited transition to the Strategic Outreach Specialist role for ODNO. Carey served as a Community & Economic Development Volunteer in Bulgaria (2005-2007), working at the National Historical-Archaeological Museum in Veliki Preslav—Bulgaria’s medieval capital.
Carey’s primary assignment was working with tourism and infrastructure development at the museum, focusting on grant development for an archival database and English language translation and redaction. While a volunteer, Carey worked with efforts to collaborate with museums in Italy, Czech Republic, and Bulgaria in arranging and developing exhibition exchanges between the Veliki Preslav museum and respective museums. His secondary projects included work at a local orphanage aiding in literacy and English language education efforts among minority (Turkish and Roma) children aged 6-13. Carey also served as a Volunteer Advisory Committee (VAC) member for his training group.
Carey received his M.A. (2005) from The Ohio State University in Educational Leadership and Policy with a focus in higher education administration and B.A. degrees (2003) in history and political science from The University of Georgia.
As an Assistant Program Manager with CommonHealth ACTION (CHA), Rejane Frederick provides technical support in many areas of CHA’s programmatic activities including researching current public health and policy topics, assistance to community groups, local governments, and coalition partners; development of educational campaigns surrounding local public health issues; and other organizational development tasks including proposal development and grant writing.
Rejane’s public health portfolio includes technical assistance, research, and policy analysis to both non-profit organizations and the Federal government. Her work spans many areas of the public health field including access to care, environmental effect on health outcomes, health policy development and analysis, and communications.
A graduate of Juniata College with a degree in Public Health and Comparative Politics, Rejane has conducted extensive research of which include biomedical analysis of medicinal properties within honey bee venom and award-winning climate research, for the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), on aerosol composition, global warming, and impact upon sea ice depreciation within the northern arctic region of Alaska.
In 2007, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation selected Rejane to serve in the first class of its Emerging Leaders Program where she was placed in the office of U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (OH) to research legislative issues that disproportionately affect minority communities with a particular focus on health disparities. Upon completing the program, Rejane remained with the Office of Senator Brown where she served as a legislative staffer in the areas of health, civil rights, criminal justice, immigration, and social policies pertaining to reproductive rights, social security, and social services.
Prior to joining CommonHealth ACTION, Rejane served as Special Assistant to the Senior Vice President and Executive Director of the National Urban League Policy Institute where she managed departmental communications with congressional offices, National Urban League affiliates, and coalition partners as well as supported initiatives focused on community health-based programming, staff development, funding, and educational campaigns geared towards improving local, state, and federal public health systems and policies.
Kriszta Miner is a seasoned higher education professional with an international background and experience spanning teaching and curriculum development, faculty and student affairs, international education and academic exchange program management, as well as grantmaking and grant writing. She is currently Academic Program Manager/Program Lead at the Graduate School of the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences at the National Institutes of Health. In this position, she oversees educational services at the Graduate School, including publicity and outreach efforts, student enrollment, school data reporting and integrity, budget planning and monitoring, as well as enhancement of all aspects of student and faculty services and delivery of academic programs. Prior to joining the Foundation, Kriszta served as Program Officer for the Fulbright Scholar Program at the Institute of International Education in Washington, D.C. In this capacity, she handled a portfolio of country programs in the Europe/Eurasia region and managed the program cycle from recruitment through academic review to selection and grantee support. Kriszta started her professional career in the U.S. as Project Manager of education grants and curriculum development at the science education center at the University of Chicago.
Kriszta’s interest in higher education, K-12 public education, as well as grantmaking stems from holding several grants from the governments of Hungary, the United Kingdom as well as the European Union Commission, among others, which allowed her to complete a Ph.D. in English Literature at the University of Bristol, U.K, an M.A in English Literature as well as a B.A. in Education and Teaching English as a Second Language at the University of Debrecen, Hungary.
Shayna Priluck Bergman leads Deloitte's Washington National Tax Practice in her role as Talent Business Advisor, and is an adjunct professor of communications at The George Washington University. In addition, she serves as a private coach for a wide array of clients who wish to begin, renew or enhance their careers – from students to executives. Her prior experience includes building out and managing the Human Resources department at Axiom, a law firm in New York City, and teaching graduate-level coaching courses at New York University. Shayna received her B.A. from The George Washington University and her M.S. in Human Resources Management and Development, concentrating in Executive Coaching, from New York University. She currently resides in Fairfax, VA with her husband. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends, dining out, hiking and organizing anything she can find that needs organizing.
Jennifer Riedinger currently serves as the Congressional Affairs Liaison for the Inspector General’s Office at the General Services Administration, a position she has held since 2012. In this capacity, she handles all congressional matters for the Inspector General, including testimony preparation and briefings on audits and investigations for committee staff and Members of Congress. Prior to becoming the Congressional Affairs Liaison, she was the staff assistant to the Deputy Inspector General for two years.
Before joining the federal government, Jennifer spent three years at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, beginning as a corporate relations manager for mid-market companies. She later moved to the Chamber’s political and federation division where she handled local chamber and trade association summits, as well as policy issues for small business members. Additionally, Jennifer has held a variety of internships at CNN and the U.S. House of Representatives.
Jennifer holds both a Masters in Political Management and a Bachelors in Political Communication from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Sarah Ruggiero is a Media & External Affairs associate at World Wildlife Fund where she contributes to WWF’s U.S. communications strategy to conserve nature and reduce the most pressing threats to life on earth. She supports a dynamic team responsible for positioning the organization’s work while enhancing access and influence with decision-makers at all levels, from individuals to governments. Her work on WWF’s Stop Wildlife Crime campaign helped leverage WWF's efforts to combat illegal trafficking and secure unprecedented commitments to end poaching and wildlife crime.
Prior to WWF, Ruggiero worked as an environmental journalist in Australia and East Timor. She holds a Master of Journalism from Bond University in Australia and earned a B.A. in public relations and writing from Juniata College in Pennsylvania.
Trudy Steinfeld is the Assistant Vice-President and Executive Director of the New York University Wasserman Center for Career Development and oversees over 30 full-time and 25 part-time staff. Trudy has extensive experience in the field of career development, experiential education and recruiting, and is considered a national expert on the job market and employment trend. She has been a frequent media contributor to: The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Fortune, New York Daily News, New York Post, Crain’s, NBC, CBS, ABC, MTV, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, NPR, CBS Radio, The Newshour with Jim Leher and several international television and print news outlets. Trudy was a featured career expert on the cable show "The Job Hunt" as well as the CBS Morning Show. Trudy is a visiting instructor at the NACE Management Leadership Institute and a facilitator at the highly acclaimed Career Services Institute (CSI).
Currently, Trudy is a contributor to Forbes.com. In her column, Career Warrior, she comments on important strategies for college students and graduates seeking career advice. She is also the co-editor and a contributor to Leadership in Career Services: Voices from the Field, a collection of individual voices and perspectives of experienced college and university career services leaders and corporate recruiting professionals. Additionally, Trudy has been a presenter and keynote speaker at over 100 national meetings and conferences including National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) annual meetings, Universum, Women for Hire, and the Global Work and Integrated Learning Conference held in Durban, South Africa. She continues to chair and serve on several key committees, task forces and major conferences for NACE, and advises on several national conferences such as the first ever Global Recruiting Symposium.
Trudy is also a recipient of both NASPA and multiple NACE Excellence awards. Trudy earned her Bachelor’s degree in American Studies and Education from Ramapo College and holds a Master’s degree from the Graduate School of Arts and Science at New York University. She has also completed extensive coursework in Counseling Psychology from the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Outside of her professional life, Trudy is passionate about coffee, her dog Norm, and the NY Mets.
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