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Christine Cruzvergara

Presentation Topic: The Future of Work + The Future of Us

As the changing nature of work continues to grow more dynamic and more global, higher education and career professionals are uniquely poised to respond in new and integrated ways to best support our students and workers in their career success. As educators, coaches, and counselors, 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 workers 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 for these complex challenges we face. Through active and intentional engagement, we can begin to create systems that reach every worker and remove barriers to access and opportunity. This opening keynote will provide insight on the changing landscape of work, education, and new models to better influence career success for our students and workers.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Attendees will be able to list the 4 major future of work trends
  2. Attendees will be able to evaluate their own (and their teams’) readiness for change
  3. Attendees will be able to apply the concepts, trends, and questions to drive more agile change within their own work and their teams’ work with students / clients

About Our Keynote Speaker:

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.

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