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Regional ACE Webinar April 2016
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Regional ACE Webinar

Meet International Students' Career Services Needs




Wednesday, Apr. 13, 2016

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. CST | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. EST



With more than 900,000 international students studying during the 2015/16 academic year at thousands of U.S. colleges and universities, career service professionals must find effective techniques to help these students with their career aspirations for positions in the U.S. This webinar will highlight some of the cultural & communication issues, career services options for help, and suggested resources to assist students through career services offices.

Specifically, the session will:

(a) provide suggestions to help career services professionals improve their work with international students;

(b) improve their understanding of international students’ needs vis-à-vis career planning and job search techniques and strategies; and

(c) provide resources career services professionals can share with their international students.


Qiang Fitzgerald
Founder and CEO
Huang and Fitzgerald Consulting

Graciela Kenig

Director  Internships, College of Communication 
DePaul University


Jerry Donahue

Assistant Director, Medill Career Services 
Northwestern University


Qiang Fitzgerald provides strategic consulting to local universities on designing and executing programs on professional and career development for international students. Qiang also runs coaching seminars on job search strategies and career development for college graduates and young professionals. She draws her expertise from over 20 years’ management experience in China and in the US, within industries ranging from retail to finance to higher education. Before starting her consulting firm, Qiang held management positions in business development, IT project management, marketing, and eCommerce at global firms such as HSBC. Qiang is also an adjunct faculty on business communications and career development at DePaul University, Loyola University Chicago, and Illinois Institute of Technology. She volunteers for Upwardly Global, an organization that helps skilled immigrants rebuild their professional careers in the U.S.

Graciela Kenig is a communications professional with extensive experience in journalism,media and public relations, public speaking, training and teaching. Her experience ranges from non-profits to corporate settings, and includes varied industries such as retail, manufacturing, banking and finance, consulting, government, arts and culture, and higher education. Prior to joining DePaul in 2009, Graciela was a career columnist and management consultant, offering career advice, training and coaching to college students, corporate employees and their supervisors. Her book,Best Careers for Bilingual Latinos: Market Your Fluency in Spanish to Get Ahead on the Job (1998, McGraw-Hill) pioneered the concept of cultural differences in career development. She managed a Q&A board for and her articles appeared in the Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times, and in a variety of magazines. She also was a blogger and Multicultural Management Expert for LatPro, one of the largest minority recruitment job boards on the Internet. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she is Spanish/English bilingual and has traveled extensively to Europe, the Middle East, Latin and Central America, along with several Caribbean and Pacific islands.

Jerry Donahue has had a long and successful career in higher education career services. He has been a director of career services offices at Indiana University Northwest, Canisius College, Moraine Valley Community College, and St. Norbert College. He has used his technical background working with engineering and computer science students at the State University of New York at Buffalo and the University of Michigan - College of Engineering. Jerry's involvement in professional associations has included leadership roles in the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) in their Northwest Indiana and Green Bay, WI chapters. He has been co-author of a National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE), formerly CPC, monograph on “Small Employers Connection to College Career Centers.” In addition, he has been in leadership roles with the Midwest Association of Colleges & Employers (MWACE) including co-chairing both an annual conference and a Trends in Recruiting Conference. He currently serves on the MWACE Executive Board focusing on professional development.



Regional ACE webinars are designed specifically to meet the professional development needs of Regional ACE members, but participation is open to anyone who wishes to register.



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