Has COVID-19 impacted your career and now you are looking for work? Seeking employment during good times is challenging enough, so finding a job during this crisis can feel daunting. How do you search for work from home? And what if you receive a call to do a video interview, how do you prepare a space in your home? And which companies are even hiring right now?
We will be sharing a community resources list with you that contains free career development and job sourcing websites, and encourage you to complete our session with a “What’s Next?” personal action plan. Need help in staying on track? You can volunteer to be matched with a "follow up friend" after the virtual discussion.
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Laurie Cirillo is the Executive Director of Career and Life Planning at Bay Path University. She leads the Sullivan Career & Life Planning Center, which is part of the Strategic Alliances division. Her passions include helping people thrive academically, professionally and personally. Before coming to Bay Path nine years ago, Laurie was an HR Practitioner focused in the areas of leadership, performance/team development and career planning through independent consulting practice. Before launching her practice, Laurie was Vice President of Training & Development for 7 years with a commercial bank. She earned a Bachelors in Leadership Studies from the School of Education, an MBA from Isenberg School of Management at UMASS is a certified life coach and has assessment experience with a variety of instruments, profiles, and inventories. Laurie is a member of NACE, NCDA, the Career Leadership Collective, and CIC-NetVUE. She has been involved in teaching and learning activities related to team leadership and team development for many years and looks forward to sharing her knowledge with you.
Crystal Senter-Brown, MS
Crystal Senter-Brown's life's purpose can be summed up in four words: Empowering Women and Children. And Crystal lives her purpose every single day, whether it is by publishing books that teach children the importance of being kind to others, leading writing workshops in the community or speaking at local schools.
Born in Morristown, TN to a bass playing Baptist preacher and a painter, Crystal discovered poetry at the age of 6. She has since graced the stages of hundreds of stages across the United States and abroad. She has authored seven books to date: AJ and the Magic Kite, But Now I See, But You Have Such a Pretty Face, Doubledutch, Gabby Gives Back, Gabby Saturday and the Rhythm in Blue, which was turned into a feature film and won 13 awards at film festivals around the world.
Crystal’s writing has been featured in Oprah Magazine, Essence Magazine, Redbook Magazine, Vibe Magazine, Proverbs 31 Magazine, The Upper Room and Lioness Magazine.
A first-generation college student, Crystal is a two-time graduate of Bay Path University where she earned her B.S. and Masters in Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy. Crystal also taught in the Women as Empowered Leaders and Learners Program at Bay Path for four years where she earned the Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award. Crystal has worked in the nonprofit/ education field for the past 20 years.
Most recently, Crystal is the recipient of numerous awards including BusinessWest Difference Maker, Bay Path University’s Pathfinder Award, 100 Women of Color, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.’s Trailblazer Award and 25 Women to Watch. She has also recently received grants from the Springfield Cultural Council and Unify Against Bullying for her children’s books.
A proud member of the Springfield Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Crystal is the Director of Employer Relations at Bay Path University. She lives in New England with her husband, son and a hair tie-stealing dog named Venus.
Like many others in staffing, Carolyn found the industry by chance. After graduating from Wheaton College (a women’s college, at that time), Carolyn was working for an individual who recommended that she go see his wife, who was a manager in a staffing agency. To him, something about Carolyn’s people skills and energy just seemed like staffing could be a perfect career path for her, and he was right! She soon got her start and worked her way up to Area Sales Manager for a national staffing firm in the Boston area. Since then, Carolyn has worked in staffing across a number of industries, giving her a wealth of perspectives and insights.
Having lived and worked in western Massachusetts now for over 25 years, Carolyn has weathered her share of economic challenges. For those seeking work, she brings a much-needed level of practicality and an enthusiastic “get things done” type of attitude to the job hunt. Some areas of expertise include knowledge of the market, current recruiting trends, and resume/interview coaching. She enjoys bringing her sense of optimism to any situation to help others from various backgrounds to strategize and make an actionable plan during their job search.