Career Webinars

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Join us for a webinar series hosted by alumni industry experts and career coaches on an assortment of supportive career subjects.

Getting Back to Work After a Career Break: What to say, what to write, and what to do to get hired after time away

Date: Tuesday, January 18, 2022 @ 12 pm ET
Speaker: Carol Fishman Cohen
Carol Fishman Cohen

Get expert guidance on relaunching your career in fields ranging from social work to academia to tech and finance. Learn actual language for what to say when asked about your career break, exactly what you need to include on your resume if you are applying to an employer return to work program vs. no program, and success stories of real “relaunchers” in a range of fields, highlighting the key steps they took to get hired. Plus, discover what’s different in the “COVID era.”

Don’t miss this highly tactical, no-fluff, no-generalities approach to career reentry. It’s for all alumni on career breaks from one to over 20 years, due to a wide range of reasons. Also, early-stage alumni anticipating a future career break who are interested in steps to take now to ensure a smoother return later can benefit.

Carol Fishman Cohen is the CEO and co-founder of iRelaunch, a career reentry consulting, training, and events company focused on bringing professionals back into the workforce after extended leave. iRelaunch works with employers to build and expand in-house return to work programs, produces the iRelaunch Return to Work Conferences, and leads a community of over 96,000 relaunchers looking to return to work. Cohen, a relauncher herself, hosts the 3,2,1 iRelaunch podcast and writes regularly for Harvard Business Review. Her TED talk, “How to get back to work after a career break,” has over 3.6 million views.

Understanding Your CareerLeader Self-Assessment Results

Date: Tuesday, February 15, 2022 @ 12 pm ET
Speaker: Marybeth Kimball Sgambelluri, Vice President, Operations/Customer Service
Marybeth Kimball Sgambelluri

The CareerLeader Self-Assessment is a learning tool that can be used to validate — or invalidate — assumptions about what is “ideal” in a career. Join us and CareerLeader expert Marybeth Kimball Sgambelluri to learn how to interpret the results of your assessment to develop a path, or get unstuck from a career that is underway but not satisfying. Insights from the assessment results can help you learn to leverage your strengths and work better with others, both on the job and in life.

We encourage all participants to take the CareerLeader self-assessment prior to this session. CareerLeader is available for purchase by members of the Alumni Association. Save $15 by entering discount code CLWEBINAR at checkout (valid thru February 15). Not a member? Join today!

Marybeth has been a member of the CareerLeader team since 1999, bringing the highest level of customer service commitment and expertise to her role. Prior to joining CareerLeader, Marybeth worked in the Career Services office at Harvard Business School, where she coordinated the customer service team. An alto who performs a diverse repertoire, Marybeth enjoys singing with her church choir and also performs with House Theatre, Inc.

Reversing the She-cession: A Moderated Conversation on Empowering Women and Getting Back to Work

Date: Thursday, March 17, 2022 @ 12 pm ET
Speakers: Tiffany Marra (moderator), Lynn Perry Wooten (panelist), Natalie Paul (panelist), Jill Sacher (panelist)

In conjunction with Women’s History Month and the Alumni Association’s Diversity Dialogue Series, join three panelists as they provide advice and tangible career insights for alums navigating re-entry into the workforce after a career gap or break due to COVID or other reasons.

Featuring alumnae panelists, Dr. Lynn Wooten will address her research on the she-cession and Natalie Paul will discuss insights and advice from a recruiter perspective and the use of LinkedIn. Last but not least, hear the empowering story of fellow alum Jill Sacher, who got back to work after a 14-year career break. This panel will not only provide advice that is practical and backed by research but connect you to a network of alums and their empowering career stories.

This session is a partnership event between the University of Michigan Alumnae Council, The Center for the Education of Women+, and the Alumni Association’s Diversity Dialogue Series.

Tiffany Marra
Lynn Wooten headshot
Natalie Paul

Tiffany Marra (moderator)

Dr. Marra, MS’98, PHD’06, received her PhD in Education from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor with a specialty in maximizing the use of technology to bridge digital divides. She has worked for the University of Michigan for 20 years, focused on creating systemic change to increase enrollment and participation of diverse students across campus. Tiffany is currently the Executive Director at the Center for the Education of Women+, ensuring the services of CEW+ address the needs of women and underserved individuals at U-M and in the community through career and education counseling, funding, workshops, events, and a diverse, welcoming community. Tiffany hosts the Strength in the Midst of Change podcast to highlight each guest’s resiliency and determination.

Lynn Perry Wooten (panelist)

Dr. Lynn Perry Wooten, a seasoned academic and an expert on organizational development and transformation, became the ninth president and first African American to lead Simmons University on July 1, 2020.

Specializing in crisis leadership, diversity and inclusion, and positive leadership — organizational behavior that reveals and nurtures the highest level of human potential — Dr. Wooten is an innovative leader whose research has informed her work in the classroom and as an administrator.

She first joined a university faculty in 1994 and has served in administrative roles since 2008. Dr. Wooten came to Simmons from Cornell University, where she was the David J. Nolan Dean and Professor of Management and Organizations at the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. She also has had a robust clinical practice, providing leadership development, education, and training for a wide variety of institutions.

Dr. Wooten is the author of two books, “Positive Organizing in a Global Society: Understanding and Engaging Differences for Capacity Building and Inclusion” (2016) and “Leading Under Pressure: From Surviving to Thriving Before, During, and After a Crisis” (2010), nearly 30 journal articles, and more than 15 book chapters.

A graduate of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, where she earned a BS in accounting, Dr. Wooten also holds an MBA from the Duke University Fuqua School of Business, a PhD in business administration from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, and a Certificate in Advanced Educational Leadership from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

Dr. Wooten began her career as assistant professor at the University of Florida Warrington College of Business. In 1998, she returned to the University of Michigan, where she was on the faculty of the Ross School of Business for nearly 20 years and served as Co-Faculty Director of the Center for Positive Organizations, Co-Faculty Director of the Executive Leadership Institute, and Senior Associate Dean for Student and Academic Excellence. She left Michigan in 2017 for the deanship at Cornell.

Natalie Paul (panelist)

After a decade at Google’s Ann Arbor office in sales and recruiting, Natalie recently made the jump to LinkedIn to serve as a senior recruiter for their Global Business Organization. At Google, Natalie was a member of the diversity and inclusion taskforce working to increase Black and Latinx hiring at the leadership level. She is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance. She loves to discover talent with rich experiences and unconventional backgrounds and is a testament to a varied career journey.

Jill Sacher (panelist)

Jill does partner recruiting at Greene-Levin-Snyder, a legal search firm based in New York. Upon graduating from the University of Michigan, Jill attended Georgetown University Law School and practiced law for two years. She then joined Goldman Sachs and transitioned to Human Resources where she managed various recruiting programs. After a decade at Goldman Sachs, Jill left the workforce to be home with her children. Fourteen years later, Jill participated in Morgan Stanley’s Return to Work Program, a 12-week internship for women who have taken a career break and want to re-launch their careers. Jill worked at Morgan Stanley in Human Resources until joining her current firm in 2020. She has had an exciting journey back!


How to Negotiate and Choose the Right Job Offer

Date: Tuesday, April 19, 2022 @ 12 pm ET
Speaker: Crystal Lee, Head of Career Agents, Rora
Crystal Lee

Choosing a job offer is a complex decision. There are personal and professional factors that have to be taken into account all while trying to make sense of what the company is presenting to you. Negotiating a job offer effectively is the only way to choose a job offer effectively.

Rora helps job candidates negotiate better job offers. They have helped hundreds of candidates negotiate offers at MANGA, hedge funds, startups, biotech companies, and more. In this webinar, Crystal Lee, Head of Career Agents at Rora, will share some of the real-life negotiation tactics she’s seen companies use. She will also talk about how candidates should be negotiating so that they can make an informed career decision and the mistakes candidates frequently make in the process. Other topics include:

  • How to understand your market value
  • How to optimize your recruiting for career success rather than simply employment
  • How to understand your leverage in an offer negotiation

Crystal Lee is the Head of Career Agents at Rora, a company focused on improving job offer negotiations. Rora provides the support and guidance for candidates who could really use an agent in their corner while they go through potentially one of the most nerve-wracking moments in their lives, advocating for themselves to an employer.

In the span of just over a year, Crystal has negotiated 1,000+ offers, supported 100+ clients, and put millions of dollars back into the pockets of employees. Her background expertise as a VP of Recruitment (for tech, accounting, real estate, law, etc.) and as a tax manager for high net worth individuals lends well to clients considering their offers from a more holistic view while also advocating for their worth.

As for extracurriculars, Crystal is the first Recruitment Chair for the University of San Francisco’s inaugural NY Alumni Chapter. She is also the former Chair of the NextGen Committee for the largest membership chapter (Manhattan/Bronx) at the NYSS.

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