Talent Pipeline

A primary mission of our AUC institutions is to produce graduates across all disciplines who are prepared for tomorrow’s workforce. In an increasingly complex, technology-driven economy, talent has become the primary issue for corporate growth and re-location. Educating talent for an inclusive, diverse workforce is a priority for AUC and for the city of Chicago itself.

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We’re working towards this by partnering with the City of Chicago, The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, World Business Chicago, the Illinois Technology Association and industry to promote events showcasing the diverse talent educated at our institutions. Our work is coordinated through AUC’s Chicago Higher Education Career Services Executives Collaborative, (CHECSEC) consisting of the Career Services Directors of our members:


Thy Nguyen

Associate Vice Provost for Career Services
Illinois Institute of Technology

Erik Friedman

Associate Dean of Career Services and Industry Relations, Columbia College of Chicago

Career Service Directors:

Terrance Hopson

Assistant Dean, Careers and Continuing Education
Harold Washington College, CCC

Meredith Gallo-Murphy

Director of Career Planning and Placement
Harry S. Truman College, CCC

Ingrid Prioleau Byrd

Director, Career Planning and Placement Center
Kennedy-King College, CCC

Toya Johnson

Director, Career Planning & Placement
Malcom X College, CCC

Charlene Haymond-Bussell

Director, Career Planning & Placement
Olive-Harvey College, CCC

Dr. Julie MacCarthy

Director, Career Planning & Placement
Richard J. Daley College, CCC

Joe Reaves, MA LCPC

Director, Career Planning & Placement
Wilbur Wright College, CCC


Mary Laundry

Director, Student Affairs and Career Services
Adler University

Kathryn Kaysen Jackson

Director, Alumni Career Services
University of Illinois Chicago

Charles Kelley

Associate Director of Career Services
Chicago School of Professional Psychology

LaCael Palmer-Pratt

Director of Career and Experiential Learning Center
Chicago State University

Stephanie Krah

Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Success
City Colleges of Chicago

Karyn McCoy

Assistant Vice President, DePaul Career Center
DePaul University

Jane McGrath

Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management and Career Center
DePaul University

Dr. Nadia Hallak

Director Counseling and Student Affairs

East-West University

James Connon

Senior Associate Director of Employer Relations and Recruiting

Loyola University, Chicago

Colleen Reaney

Director of Executive and Professional Education Center
Loyola University Chicago


Natasha Kohl

Director of Career Development, Undergraduate College
National Louis University

Kris Pierre

Director of Career Development & Community Partnerships
Northeastern Illinois University

Mark Presnell

Executive Director of Career Advancement
Northwestern University

Rosalee Shemmer

Dean of Career Services and Professional Experience
School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Kate Schutta

Director, Career and Professional Experience
School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Jennifer Wonderly

Director, Career and Professional Development
Roosevelt University

Rachel Ward

Deputy Director, Career Advancement and Director, Student Services
University of Chicago

We have also established a partnership to help our institutions’ students find micro-internships. Parker Dewey has established a partnership with America’s Urban Campus and our member institutions to offer micro-internships (those lasting four to six weeks) to provide students with real-life but limited internship experiences.


Attendees at 2019’s ThinkChicago/Lollapalooza sponsored by Chicago/NEXT of World Business Chicago. Students selected from AUC institutions got to meet tech industry leaders and attend the nationally famous music festival