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Past Presidents Flashback

Before we head out for a long weekend we’ve got another dose of our presidential flashbacks with one of my favorite images sent in by Tom. I love that you can see the history of the organization in ONE image and so many of the people captured in this snapshot are still so active in EACE. It warms my heart to see the longevity of this organization and the friendships forged.

EACE picture - BeckyBecky Weir: 2004-2005
University of Maryland

  1. Where was your first EACE conference?
    My first was EACE’s first in Danvers, MA. I’m not sure if any of the other Past Presidents can say that they attended all of the EACE conferences that have been held these past 19 years, but I can. I plan to attend number 20 in Niagara Falls, too!
  2. What is your proudest EACE moment?
    • Looking back, a major accomplishment during my presidency (2004-2005) was having the annual conference in August. That was the year NACE shifted to an annual meeting format from its every three year model, and EACE experimented with an August date and a site near New York City (Westchester, NY). The conference theme “INVEST 2005” (Innovation – Networking – Value – Excellence – Strategies – Training) would be as appropriate today as it was back then. Not only did we successfully increase employer membership numbers that year, we also had a strong employer focus during the annual conference itself. Starting with a one-day program option targeted for employers, a keynote panel of human resource executives, multiple site visits including Bloomberg, the New York Stock Exchange and TVI Actors Studio, and then concluding the conference with Kwame Jackson, “The Apprentice,” attendees had opportunities to invest. We capitalized on the location for fun, too. Some attendees went to a Yankees game while others saw “The Producers” on Broadway, and all of us enjoyed being entertained by a steel drum band. Of note, a number of EACE leaders emerged from committee roles they served in that year, including our current president, Walter Tarver III, who was the site liaison for the August conference.
    • A first during that year was the inaugural use by our association of the “webinar” format for professional development programs. (It seems hard to believe that there was a time when this popular methodology did not exist.) Other technology-based developments included online membership registration for new members, an online process for award nominations and the redesign of the EACE website.
    • Throughout my involvement, I have found that a major strength of EACE is that it provides opportunities to stay connected with colleagues and current issues in the field, to network and share best practices and benchmarking information and to learn from leaders in our profession. Serving as President was an honor and privilege that I’ll always cherish.

Adam Forbes lowres_Nov2012 (1)Adam Forbes: 2006-2007

  1. Where was your first EACE conference?
    Bryn Mawr & Haverford College – 1997
  2. What is your proudest EACE moment?
    During my presidency, we took on the task of re-evaluating the board structure and annual conference model. IN both cases, we had two committees, which brought forward proposals, which were then adopted by the association. The board had positions re-aligned to best support the future direction of EACE at the time, and the conference model, focused on more disciplined professional development and learning, while still preserving the social/networking benefits the conference brings.

From Tom: “Here is one of my favorite pictures.  It is often said ‘it takes a village.’  Well, here is a community of familiar faces; all who share in their friendship and work for EACE. “

Tom Tarantelli: 2007-2008
Retired, [Formerly] RPI

  1. Where was your first EACE conference?
    Seven Springs, PA. I won’t tell you how many years ago that was but many of the first time attendees that year served on committees and the Board with me. We taught each other. We supported each other. We became life long friends.
  2. What is your proudest EACE moment?
    There are many proud moments. I had the honor of attending the Conference last year in Philadelphia. I met so many young, talented professionals representing the field and EACE. I am immensely proud of how far EACE has developed and how brilliant the future looks. You all are my proudest moment!

Past Presidents Flash Back

This year’s conference is a BIG DEAL – and not just because we get to see some of the most powerful waterfalls in North America – but because we will be celebrating 20 YEARS as an organization! That is something powerful. Almost as powerful as the flow of the falls (which is the highest of any waterfall in the world!). So to mark this anniversary we are going to take a plunge (see what I did there?) into the past and check in with some of the presidents of the organization. Starting each Friday, from now until the conference, we’ll be highlighting the fearless leaders that first dared to dream of merging two organizations into one powerful cascade of professional development.

We asked each past president just two simple questions:

  1. Where was your first EACE conference?
  2. What is your proudest EACE moment?

Let’s start at the very beginning, shall we?

marvaMarva Gumbs Jennings: 1997 – 1998
The George Washington University Center for Career Services

  1. Where was your first EACE conference?
    Can’t remember! (We will forgive you Marva – I can hardly remember yesterday let alone where I was in 1997!)
  2. What is your proudest EACE moment?
    I am proud of being the first President of the newly merged EACE organization (merger of ECEN and MAACE). This involved the merger of two distinct operational cultures and successfully leading the Board, committees and the membership through the first year of transition.

Manny Photo copyManny Contomanolis, PhD: 1999 – 2000
RIT Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education

  1. Where was your first EACE conference?
    First “EACE” meeting was a MAPA ISTP conference at Franklin & Marshall College in 1981 or 1982.
  2. What is your proudest EACE moment?
    My proudest moment came as EACE President when I handed out the various awards for service to the association. To me, that was representing the association and the profession in the most essential and important way – by recognizing the volunteer leaders who make us all successful!

Tune in next Friday when we hear from 2 more of previous presidents of EACE!

New Member Spotlight – “We Are EACE” – Meet Jill Pajak, Employment Coordinator, Stevenson University

EACE has been asking new members to share some fun facts about themselves. Here we get to know Jill Pajak from Stevenson University.

What do you do in your current position?
I am the Employment Coordinator, so my job is to connect the students with employers to get them hired.

Where are you originally from?
Baltimore, Maryland

Where do you live now?
A tiny town called Hampstead, Maryland

Outside of work, what are some of your favorite things to do?
My favorite thing right now is called “Lunch Around the World” where I invite my family and friends over once per month to celebrate a different country’s cuisine. We all have to make a recipe from scratch to share with the group. So fun and educational!

Why do you do what you do?
My number one value in the workplace is “making a difference.” I feel like I do this every day at Stevenson. My team works really hard to connect our students with the exciting world of work!

What is your educational background?
I have a BA in English from Towson University (Towson, Maryland) and I’ve started taking courses toward an MA in Human Resources Development.

What was your first job?
Counter Girl for a local pizza joint.

What is the best advice you ever received?
Don’t ever ask someone to do something you wouldn’t do yourself.

For someone starting in your field, what advice would you give?
In higher education, you gotta bring passion. None of us are in it for the money. We’re here to make a difference in students’ lives. So listen to the needs of others and try to make connections where they make the most sense.

What is something that might surprise us about you?
I was the Homecoming and Prom Queen of my high school. I’m still so humbled by that. Never saw it coming.

New Member Spotlight – “We Are EACE” Meet Claire Kilbourne, Armstrong World Industries

EACE has been asking new members to share some fun facts about themselves. Here we get to know Claire Kilbourne from Armstrong World Industries:

What do you do in your current position?
I am the Talent Acquisition Manager. That means that I work with a fantastic group of people to bring outstanding talent into the organization.

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Launching Your Legacy with EACE

Jeffery Alston is the Assistant Director of Employer Relations, The College of Brockport, Office of Career Services. He received the EACE research grant in 2016 for work on "Ethnic Minority Student Usage of Career Services ." We can't wait to hear more on Jeffery's research when he completes the project at the end of June 2017. Until then read up on Jeffery's thoughts and progress.

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Membership Spotlight: Dawn Lazar

Excited for one of our 1st new #EACE member spotlights feat. Dawn Lazar of Cenlar FSB. #WeAreEACE

profile-pic_2What was your career path to get your current role? My career path is funny because I looped around a bit, but recruiting has always been the reoccurring theme.  As an undergrad at Florida State University (FSU), I had the unique opportunity to work in the admissions office as a telecounselor.  It was probably the coolest job ever at the time.  I called high school students and I spoke to them about the application process and why they should pick FSU as their school of choice.  From there, I did a stint in the staffing industry doing technical recruiting.  Agency wasn’t really my thing, so I moved back into higher education and spent 10 years of my career there focusing on admissions, academic advising, continuing education, and finally once I completed my master’s degree, I landed in career services.  After 5 years of building the undergraduate wing from the ground up as an assistant director in career services at the College of Business Administration at Florida International University (FIU) I felt it was time for a change.  I spent so much time advising companies on campus recruiting best practices, I wanted to switch to the other side and just do it.  I worked at BlackBerry running their US Internship Program for 18 months, moved on from there to start the university relations program for the Retail Marketing Division of Bluegreen Vacations and personal reasons brought me to the Northeast earlier this year and now I truly get to merge my experience advising, coaching, training, and developing young career seekers with my love for recruitment as the Program Manager – Talent Development for Cenlar FSB.  My primary responsibilities include overseeing all program planning, development, and recruitment for our Summer Internship Program and Leadership Development Program.

What was your first job?  First job out of college – Technical Recruiter for TEKsystems / First job ever – cashier at Publix (grocery store in the South)

Why did you choose this career?  I love working with people, helping them discover their passion and coming up with a plan on how to get there.  I am especially drawn to working with those early in their career, because I feel college students and recently college grads are at such a pivotal point in life where the possibilities are endless if they just take advantage of the resources allotted to them.

What is the skill that is most important in your current role?  Listening intently and then taking action.  It seems simple, but I feel it’s really important in any role, not just mine.

How did you develop this skill and how do you fine-tune it regularly?  In every role, not just in our field, it’s important to listen in order to truly help someone get to where they want to be and truthfully in order for everyone to win.  I learned early in my career that in order to successfully recruit, coach, advise, develop someone you need to listen to what their wants and needs are before acting, otherwise you will sell someone on something that they don’t really want and in the end everybody loses.  Life moves so quickly sometimes things happen that remind you to go back to this basic principle in order to stay on track, so yes I would like to think I’m constantly evolving and trying to get better with it.

Did you have a mentor? Yes, I have several.  I think seeking out mentors and accepting those that offer mentorship is a key ingredient in being successful.

What is your biggest career accomplishment?   Building a department that didn’t exist prior to my arrival in a position.  I’ve done this 3 times in my career (2 at the university and once in corporate).  I think being able to leave a legacy behind is something I’m most proud of. 

What is your advice to students looking for their first job?  Take full advantage of the resources afforded to you at your college/university career center and NETWORK!  Get involved in organizations both inside and outside of school that are aligned with your interests and career goals.

What is your advice to young professionals in the field who aspire to your current role?  Network, ask a lot of questions, join professional organizations get involved as much as possible, set informational interviews with those that have the position that you aspire to have, and continue your education.  All these things will make you more visible and more marketable in the long run.  Be willing to take chances and open to relocating. 

What was the best career advice you have ever received? You don’t get what you don’t ask for….this goes with everything in life and I really try to live by it.

What would you like colleagues to know about your organization? Cenlar FSB, is a national leading loan servicing provider, engaged in mortgage loan servicing and subservicing as a core business for more than 40 years.  Located in the greater Trenton area, we are an employee owned company, that is currently growing exponentially.  As a result of this, talent development has become a major organizational focus which opens doors for not only internal employees but for recent grads and other driven newcomers that wish to truly have a career path.  Two college programs that are a part of these initiatives include the Summer Internship Program and Leadership Development Program which start each May/June.  Feel free to reach out to me with questions.

Bio: Dawn Lazar has dedicated over 15 years of her career to career services, recruiting and talent development roles. She’s had the pleasure of working on both sides of the house, spending 10 years of her career in student/employer services at Florida International University and later taking a leap over to corporate managing the US Internship Program for BlackBerry, building the University Relations Program for the Retail Marketing Division of Bluegreen Vacations and now managing the University Talent Development Program for Cenlar FSB.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from The Florida State University, Master of Science in Adult Education from Florida International University, and holds the SHRM recognized, Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) Certification from HR Certification Institute (HRCI).

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Spotlight – Lauren Giardino, Bryant University

Lauren Giardino

Lauren Giardino

Lauren is Manager, Employer Relations & Recruiting Programs at Bryant University. She has bachelor degree from Providence College. Lauren has been with Bryant University and  in her current role for 1 year and six months.

What was your career path (previous roles) to get your current role?: Prior to joining the Amica Center team at Bryant, I worked at State Street Corporation in Boston within Talent Acquisition. While I held a number of different positions throughout my 7 years at State Street, my roles were always very closely aligned with campus recruitment initiatives and entry-level hiring. My recruitment background and employer perspective helped me to land my current role managing our corporate partnerships. This role has been the start of a truly incredible career! 

What was your first job?: My first job after college was a Recruiting Coordinator position at State Street. I learned the fundamentals of recruiting and found working with entry-level candidates to be very rewarding.

Why did you choose this career? : I’ve always had a passion for helping people, so I greatly enjoy being able to advise and assist students with career planning and development, and how to successfully transition from college to career!

What is the skill that is most important in your current role?: I believe we really never stop learning, so for me, it is important that I have both the ability and drive to learn as much as I can every day. In order to maintain a successful recruiting program, I need to stay abreast of industry, economic and recruitment trends so I can best serve my employer partners and students.

How did you develop this skill and how do you fine-tune it regularly?: I’ve been utilizing this skill from a young age, but it was truly fine-tuned once I became a professional. I stay current by reading articles and reports, attending conferences and events, networking with peers and speaking directly with employers.

Did you have a mentor? If so, how did that mentor help in your career development?: N/A – however, I do serve as a mentor through my involvement with Bottomline, a non-profit organization that provides mentoring opportunities and support to at-risk urban youth. I speak with students interested in pursuing a similar career path and share my experiences, helpful information and advice. 

What is your biggest career accomplishment?: My biggest career accomplishment was successfully managing my first career fair! While I had oversaw events in the past, this was my first large-scale event managing all logistics. I’ve always enjoyed event planning and look forward to managing our upcoming spring fair!

What is your advice to students looking for their first job?: Take an active role in your career planning: seek out opportunities to learn about potential career paths or industries of interest, get involved with clubs or organizations on campus that will help you acquire or strengthen your skills, and ensure you know how to effectively articulate your personal brand to employers!

What is your advice to young professionals in the field who aspire to your current role? : Build and maintain relationships with contacts in the industry. Once you build rapport with these individuals, you can leverage these contacts as you take the next step in your career.

What was the best career advice you have ever received?: Networking is a truly powerful tool – always be ready with your personal elevator pitch as anyone you come in contact with could become a potential job lead! 

What would you like colleagues to know about your organization (i.e. hiring practices/programs)?: We offer lots of fantastic opportunities for employers to access Bryant talent! Visit to learn more!

Spotlight – Rosalie Shemmer, Temple University

Rosalie Shemmer

Senior Director, Temple University Career Center

shemmer-rosalieRosalie received a BA in Applied Psychology and a MS in Counseling from Pace University.  She has been in her current role with the Temple University Career Center for less than a year.

What was your career path to get your current role?  This is my second career. After twenty years in retail management, I decided to make a change and pursue graduate education. My education led me to the field of Career Counseling. I began working in Higher Education as an academic advisor while I was pursuing a MS in Counseling. After completing my degree, I was a Career Counselor, Assistant Director of Employer Relations and Director of Career Development at a Liberal Arts College, which led me to my current role at Temple University.

What was your first job?  My first job was in the retail industry. I was completing a degree in Retail Merchandising at Harcum College that required an internship. My internship was at B. Altman’s Department Store in St. Davids, PA. This internship launched my career in retail management and eventually higher education. My own experience is why I understand the importance of internships for students. It set me on my own path.

Why did you choose this career?  I was inspired by a professor who taught a Career Read more

Spotlight – Donna Jackson-Robertson, Seton Hall University

Donna Jackson-Robertson

Associate Director, Seton Hall University

Donna_RobertsonDonna received a BA from the University of Delaware and MPA from American University.  She has been with Seton Hall for 6 years and in her current role 4 years.

What was your career path to get your current role?  I was hired initially as the Senior Assistant Director at Seton Hall. Prior to Seton Hall, I held multiple positions with INROADS including Manager, Manager/Team Lead, National Accounts Manager and Strategic Accounts Manager. I began my academic career path as a Career Planning Coordinator at American University.

What was your first job?  My first professional position after college was working in the public affairs office of a local non-profit.

Why did you choose this career?  I completed my undergraduate degree in Read more

Spotlight – Dan King, Career Planning and Management, Inc.

Dan King

Principal, Career Counselor and Coach (in private practice), Career Planning and Management, Inc.

dan-kingDan received a BA from Wayne State University and a M.Ed. from Northeastern University.  He has been in his current role with Career Planning and Management for 28 years.

What was your career path to get your current role?  Outplacement Consultant, Boston Corporate Recruiter, Boston General Manager / Training Director, Marriott, Washington DC Hotel and Restaurant Manager, Detroit Wine Captain, Machus Red Fox (restaurant in Michigan where Jimmy Hoffa was last seen!)

What was your first job?  I worked after school for an Automotive Engineer from Ford Motor Company to help him start a side business. I made $10 hour and thought I was rich — and as a 16-year old in Detroit, I probably was.

Why did you choose this career?  I didn’t have strong role models or mentors, so I spent many years in careers that just “happened by accident” with little thought about where they would lead. By the time I reached 30, I realized that I was developing skills that I didn’t really enjoy using. My work seemed meaningless. This disconnect forced me to take more responsibility for my career development. Based on personal interest, I Read more

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