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Director, Professional Development Candidate

Jerry Donahue
Northwestern University
Evanston, IL


Your current position:

Assistant Director, Career Services | Northwestern University

Describe your past experiences that will help you be successful in this role:

I am currently co-chairing the Membership Committee, and have recently co-chaired the Trends Conference which has allowed me to interact with MWACE Executive Board leaders, and their view of how MWACE can best serve its members. This has provided me with an opportunity to collaborate with other MWACE committee leaders and members as well resources outside of the Association to improve our member services. I have lead numerous workshops on career-related topics and have moderated numerous sessions at MWACE Conferences. I have co-chaired an Annual Conference, and worked to increase the number of employer members who belong to the Association through the Membership Committee.
MWACE has been the single most rewarding professional group that I have belong to in my career, and it has provided the leadership opportunities that have greatly enhanced my career.


Brief paragraph on why you would be the ideal candidate for this role:

Professional Development is one of the most useful services that MWACE can provide its members. Through connections with current members I have had, and continue to have, a much increased level of knowledge than I possessed before the opportunity for interactions with either in-person meetings or through technology. Having been a MCPA, and now MWACE member, for more than 20 years, I have contributed to this development of our current members, and would be honored to use my experiences both past and present to further strengthen the fine work that is being done through this leadership position!



What goals do you hope to accomplish during your term:

In concert with the Executive Board and its strategic plan for MWACE, I would focus on the resources available to improve the professional development of our members. Using technology such as webinars discussing current issues of interest to our members has been an effective means to do this and should be continued and enhanced. In addition there may an opportunity to have members post their best presentations on specific topics of interest such as working with international students, the use of social media in the recruiting process, rotational training program success, and the like. Addressing the needs of special populations could be another area to consider. Topics for review could include: Native Americans in the work place, physically challenged individuals and their career plans, non-traditional community college students’ career challenges among many other topics. Best practices on topics could be posted for viewing by our members from contributions from their fellow members. Social media such as the MWACE Twitter and LinkedIn accounts could further discussion and development of members’ knowledge of specific challenges they may face in their workplace. Clearly there is room for tremendous innovation given the resources now available to career services and college recruitment staffs! I would welcome the opportunity to advance MWACE and its resources for our members!




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