What, if any, connection is made between curriculum and career?


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What, if any, connection is made between curriculum and career?

More business students are expressing interest in pursuing careers in social impact, corporate responsibility and sustainability. Business schools are responding by developing curricular and co-curricular programs and experiences to meet this growing demand from students. Join us for a conversation that explores the challenges and opportunities for students seeking these careers and the companies hiring them.


Philip Heavilin II

Executive Director, Career Development Office, Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University
Phil currently serves as the Executive Director of the Career Development Office at the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University. His team at Rice Business supports MBA students in all of Rice Business’ programs (Full-time MBA, Professional MBA, Executive MBA and alumni) with career development programming, coaching and employer relations. Prior to joining Rice Business, Phil was the Executive Director of the Graduate Career Management Center at the Mason School of Business at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg Virginia. During his time at William & Mary, Phil led a strategic initiative to consolidate careers services to a centralized model serving all of the Mason School’s graduate degree programs. Under Phil’s leadership, the business school realized a marked improvement in student satisfaction with career services, innovative career programming, improved operational efficiencies and internship and post-graduate employment outcomes. He has over 17 years in the fields of education, training, graduate-level career services and project management. Phil is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, studying Higher Education Management. Originally from Michigan, he earned his M.A. degree in higher education administration from Michigan State University and a B.S. from Western Michigan University. Phil also holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute.

Abigail R. Kies

Assistant Dean, Career Development Office, Yale School of Management, Yale University
Abigail Kies, Assistant Dean leads the Career Development Office at the Yale School of Management. Prior to joining Yale SOM, Abigail led the Career Center for Working Professionals at NYU Stern. She has also worked as a leadership coach and trainer, in consulting at the Mitchell Madison Group, in marketing at American Express, and in financial services at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. She holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA in anthropology and history of art from Johns Hopkins University.