Where They Are Now – Stacey Brown, NASA/All Native, Inc.
Senior Leadership Development Specialist, NASA/All Native, Inc.
Stacey has a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a M.A. Student Affairs in Higher Education at University of Maryland, University College and a M.S. Management in Human Resources. She has been with her current organization for less than a year.
What was your career path to get your current role? Following graduation from my first Masters program, I worked in several positions in university career centers including Assistant Director at UMBC and Program Director at the University of Maryland. While at the University of Maryland, I obtained a second Master’s degree in Human Resources. I was offered a job as a Senior Consultant in Human Resources at Booz Allen Hamilton following graduation, where I worked for a little over 2 years. I then went to Grant Thornton as a Senior Associate in Human Resources for about a year. I then accepted the position as a contractor at NASA for an opportunity to learn a new aspect of Human Resources.
What was your first job? My first professional job was as a Coordinator in the Career Center at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. My first job ever was at Mrs. Field’s Cookies in Pittsburgh, while I was in high school.
Why did you choose this career? As I neared undergrad graduation, I realized that I did not know what I really wanted to do with a degree in Art. I did not know how to search for a position in Graphic Design, and I really wasn’t sure that was my passion any longer. I met with my mentor at IUP, and after some soul searching, and discussion of the lack of support and guidance for African American students at predominantly white institutions, applied for graduate school to obtain a degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education. Through my work in career centers, and working with HR professionals, I developed an interest in HR, so I returned to school, while working full time. After several years of government consulting, I was able to see several aspects of the HR field. I was still interested in providing learning opportunities to people, so I searched for positions that incorporated my passion for educating with my love of HR.
What is the skill that is most important in your current role? Active listening. I work with clients who come in with an idea of the type of learning opportunities they are interested in, but through discussion, often learn that there may be other courses that will be more valuable to their development.
How did you develop this skill and how do you fine-tune it regularly? I began developing this skill through my counseling experience in career centers, working with college students to find their career path. It is something that you have to practice on a regular basis,in your professional and personal life. I also read about different counseling techniques and attend workshops and development opportunities.
What is your biggest career accomplishment? Completing my M.S. in Management while working full-time, and successfully transitioning from higher education to private industry.
How many years were you a member of EACE? 10 years
Did you serve on the Board of Directors or as a Committee Chair? I was the Public Relations co-chair for a year, and the Public Relations chair for 2 years for the annual conference.
How did EACE help you in your personal career development? I developed my networking skills through my association with EACE. I was able to connect with career professionals in the organization for personal and professional needs. I had a network of HR and career center professionals along the east coast to learn from and share ideas with. They were also instrumental in my transition from higher education and aided me in my job searches.
Did you have an EACE Mentor or another member of EACE serve as your unofficial mentor? Adrienne Alberts has been an unofficial mentor during my years at EACE and beyond, especially having made a similar transition from higher ed. Linda Lenoir and Becky Weir instrumental in acclimating me to EACE and helping me to grow and learn as a career center professional.
What is your advice to current EACE members who aspire to your current or a similar role to yours? Attend events and network. Your circle should constantly grow. Make sure that you keep in touch with people and offer support. Get involved!
Stacey did not visit her career center when in college.