35-37 Leon Street
307A Meserve Hall
Boston, MA 02115
ATTN: Jennifer Shire, 301 ME
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
- MBA in Finance, Columbia University
- BA in English Literature, Mount Holyoke College
What are the specifics of your educational/career background?
Wow, where do I begin! My education and career have evolved to meet both my personal and professional passions at different points in my life. I began as an English major with a love for literature that lead me to a career in publishing. I then tried Wall Street on a whim and fell in love with the pace and entrepreneurial spirit which lead me to an MBA in Finance and a career as an Investment Analyst and Corporate Financial Analyst. I transitioned into recruiting for these professions which lead me to a career in HR beginning with Fidelity Investments and on to Cisco, MathWorks and Charles River Development (now part of State Street). I have stepped in and out of higher education along the way given my passion for helping young people find their way professionally. After a brief sabbatical preparing a startup for an acquisition, I am back at Khoury College doing what I love most.
What are the key aspects of your role at Northeastern? What do you enjoy most about what you do?
I love meeting my students and getting to know them in the classroom and 1:1. It’s such a privilege to meet them wherever they are on their journey and help them build their confidence. I try to find different ways (depending upon who they are and what they need) to offer my knowledge, tools and processes that will help them own their professional journeys now and throughout their lives. In addition I care about connecting employers to these talented students. It’s exciting to introduce a new employer to co-op and the value these students can bring to their companies. Even better is to help each employer grow their relationship with the college and our students is a variety of ways to meet their business needs.
What’s the most compelling thing to you about the work that goes on at CCIS?
Our research is so relevant to the world of work and society! The Khoury College faculty are just so outstanding in the classroom and out across multiple dimensions in the world of academia, business and politics.
Where did you grow up or spend your most defining years?
I grew up in Allentown, PA but spent my formative years every summer in a tiny fishing village on the northern coast of Maine picking wild blueberries, beach combing and deep see fishing. Love the quiet peace of a foggy day in Maine with a good book.
What led you to work in your field?
While I grew up in PA and summered in Maine, my career has taken me to NYC, California and Boston. Travel for work, school or personal pleasure has led me to countries all over the world from Europe to Africa and Asia. My husband and children are global citizens, raised (I hope) with a global mindset and appreciation for the diversity of humanity.