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Opening Mega Session Panel

Expanding the Ecosystem Sponsored by CareerShift
Monday, June 24, 2019 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM | Ballrooms B & C


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As the changing nature of work continues to grow more dynamic and more global, higher education is uniquely poised to respond in new and integrated ways to best support our students in their academic and career success. As educators, we've spent a significant amount of time in the past few years looking at future of work trends and talking about ways to prepare our students to be agile and adaptable individuals ready to make sense of the world around them. The time for systemic change has never been greater. We must view our ecosystem as a bit wider than before and come together to solve these complex challenges we face just as we encourage our students to tackle the world's biggest issues with a multidisciplinary focus. Through active and intentional change, we can begin to create structures that reach every student and remove barriers to access and opportunity. Join us for an interactive panel discussion with thought leaders from talent acquisition, higher education, consulting, and educational/talent acquisition technology. Directly following the panel, will feature breakout sessions facilitated by the panelists, giving attendees the opportunity to engage in deeper discussions.


Christine Yip Cruzvergara
VP, Higher Education and Student Success

Christine Y. Cruzvergara currently serves as the VP of Higher Education and Student Success at Handshake, leading their efforts to deepen partnerships with the higher education community to ensure greater and more equitable student career success. She is recognized as a change agent within the field of career education and has diligently contributed thought pieces, led trainings, and consulted extensively with colleagues across the nation and internationally.

She was most recently at Wellesley College as their Associate Provost and Executive Director for Career Education where she received national recognition for her forward-thinking work and innovative model bringing home the 2017 Career Excellence Award from NACE and the 2017 Innovation Award from Eduventures. Christine is well-known in the profession for the seminal article she co-authored on “10 Future Trends in College Career Services.” She has a reputation of being a creative problem-solver and organizational change agent leading her teams to embrace and drive transformation.

Christine has held senior level positions and board roles at multiple institutions and organizations including Wellesley College, George Mason University, Georgetown University, The George Washington University, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), and the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). Christine earned her Master’s degree in College Student Personnel from University of Maryland, College Park and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from James Madison University.  

Featured Panelists:

Jeanette Maister
Managing Director and Head of Americas

Jeanette Maister is the Managing Director and Head of Americas at Oleeo, an award-winning provider of innovative talent acquisition technology built using intelligent automation and machine learning. As a front-line HR practitioner who made the jump to HR technology, Jeanette currently leads the Americas region for Oleeo. Prior to Oleeo, Jeanette held senior Talent Acquisition roles at Lehman Brothers and Credit Suisse, where she was a customer of Oleeo. In 2018, Jeanette was recognized as an IT Women of the Year finalist and in 2017 received the Stevie silver Female Executive of the Year and the SmartCEO Brava Award. Jeanette regularly speaks about Talent Acquisition at national HR events  including the HR Tech Conference, Disrupt HR, SHRM’s Talent Management Conference, Recruiting Trends & Talent Tech Conference and the NACE conference.  During her spare time, Jeanette serves as a career coach at Columbia Business School’s Career Management Center. A graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, Jeanette also holds an MBA in Management from Columbia Business School.

Mary E. Scott
Founder and Managing Consultant
Scott Resource Group

Mary Scott is founder and managing consultant at Scott Resource Group (www.ScottResourceGroup.com), a university relations and recruitment consulting firm based in West Hartford, Connecticut. Her professional services include client- specific primary research, student surveys, focus groups, best practices benchmarking studies and retention analysis.

Scott Resource Group [SRG] provides client organizations with unbiased and unfiltered comprehensive analysis and actionable recommendations to identify, attract, select and retain targeted campus talent. Prior to founding her professional practice, Mary was Director of Staffing at Aetna Life & Casualty. She holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Connecticut [GO HUSKIES!!!], and a BA in English from the University of St. Joseph, where she began her recruitment career as an Admissions officer.

Bruce Soltys
Head of Talent Acquisition Sourcing Strategies

As the Head of Talent Acquisition Sourcing Strategies, I am tasked with leading a team accountable for the design and delivery of the enterprise strategy for sourcing, attracting, and recruiting talent for our College & University Relations, Military/Veteran, Inclusive Disability & Diversity portfolios.

Additionally, I serve as the Director for the Human Resources Leadership Development Program (HRLDP) which aims to build a team of highly talented, well-rounded Human Resources professionals at Travelers.

Prior to Travelers, I held Campus Recruiting leadership positions with Prudential Financial and Verizon.  My previous experience also includes HR Generalist and Experienced Recruiting roles with Citi, Ernst & Young and Lucent Technologies. I hold a BA in Economics from Rutgers University and am a graduate of the National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE) Leadership Advancement Program. I currently serve as a member of the NACE Board of Directors for the 2017-2019 term.

Joseph A. Testani
Assistant Dean & Executive Director, Gwen M. Greene Center for Career Education and Connections
Associate Vice Provost for Career Education Initiatives
University of Rochester

With over 15 years of career services and student engagement experience in diverse institutional settings, Joe has been recognized for his leadership and strategic planning on the departmental, institutional, and professional association level.  He has spent his career advocating for students and the value of career services within higher education. More recently, he has turned his attention to helping others develop strategic planning initiatives, manage change, and make data-informed decisions to positively and proactively impact higher education. Joe was named the Assistant Dean and Executive Director of the Gwen M. Greene Center for Career Education + Connections at the University of Rochester in 2015 and more recently as Associate Vice Provost for Career Education Initiatives. Initiatives that he has helped lead or develop focus on curriculum initiatives, career communities, corporate engagement, volunteer engagement structures, storytelling, and data analytics. Joe has contributed to the profession in other capacities as well: he serves as a consultant domestically and internationally for higher education institutions on career services and organizational change, has authored and co-authored articles about change in the field, and was awarded the Fulbright International Education Administrators Program in Germany in 2014.  Joe has served on multiple committees and boards for the National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE) and the Council for the Advancement of Standards (CAS). 


Thank you to CareerShift for sponsoring the EACE19 Opening Mega Session Panel!