Alumni Share Career Stories with SESP Undergraduates at Special Event

Alumni Share Career Stories with SESP Undergraduates at Special Event

Fred Tye

Certain SESP alumni returning to campus for Homecoming will be doing much more than attending the football game. For the annual Alumni Career Luncheon, 13 accomplished alumni are leading small-group sessions with SESP undergraduates to give students ideas about career paths.

Alumni participants in the special career event are Edith Bostic (BS74), Adam Case (BS05), Jennifer Darling (BS11), Ben Eisenberg (BS13), Jessica Fain (BS09), Jeniece Fleming (BS09), Nicholas Kazvini-Gore (BS14), Sara Larson (BS09), Jon Marino (BS06), Kate McKenzie (BS13), Sharon Reshef (BS14), Gayle Shier (BS07) and Fred Tye (BS13).

Their participation allows students to explore potential careers and forge connections with alumni whose careers range from health care to human resources to research. Sixty SESP undergraduates are attending the special career event. The students will participate in small-group question-and-answer sessions with alumni in locations throughout Annenberg Hall from noon to 2 p.m. on October 17.

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“Our students are eager to hear about potential career paths and life after Northwestern,” says adviser Megan Redfearn (MS12), who organized the event. The alumni interaction is intended to help students think about careers — by getting ideas, finding advice and starting to build a network through alumni of SESP.

Edith Bostic is on the Board of Regents for Northwestern University and serves on the Clemson University Foundation Board. After graduation, Bostic, who also has a master's degree in education from Clemson University, taught for several years. An active volunteer, she received the 2007 Northwestern University Alumni Service Award and also gave the featured address at the 2007 SESP Convocation.

Adam Case is COO of Right At School, an education services company that provides enrichment programs. For seven years, Case worked in Chicago City government, including as chief of staff of the Chicago Public Schools; he also oversaw customer communications at the Chicago Transit Authority and was an assistant to Mayor Daley. Afterward he worked in the White House as a senior adviser to the deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget.  

Jennifer Darling, a social policy major, advanced to the position of research manager in the Strategic Planning Division at ECRA Group, Inc., a research firm. She has completed her own research on new Illinois principal evaluation system.

Ben Eisenberg, who currently lives in the Chattanooga area, is a resource planning specialist at Cigna Healthcare, where he’s a member of the Operations Leadership Program. Eisenberg was a learning and organizational change major.

Jessica Fain works in customer success for, a technology company that offers file sharing and cloud storage services. An earlier impactful experience for her was living in Israel for three years working for nonprofits and facilitating conversations on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Fain majored in learning and organizational change.

Jeniece Fleming of Indianapolis is outreach coordinator for Metropolitan Indianapolis-Central Indiana Area Health Education Center. In addition, she’s a full-time school counseling student at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis. During college, she majored in social policy and interned at Urban Prep Charter Academy.

Nicholas Kazvini-Gore is an intern at German Bundestag, the legislative branch of government in Germany. At Northwestern, he majored in social policy and co-chaired the Global Engagement Summit. Kazvini-Gore says, “My internship for a nonprofit in India at the Institute of Local Self-Governance gave me new perspective and taught me the merits of the ABCD [Asset-Based Community Development] model.” 

Sara Larson is nurse care manager at Whitman-Walker Health, a health center specializing in HIV and LGBT care in Washington, D.C. She continued her education after Northwestern, earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing and a master’s in public health from Johns Hopkins University. She says, “During grad school I gained experience in environmental health and health systems and policy.” 

Jon Marino stayed at Northwestern after graduation to staff the Center for Global Engagement before taking a position at Chicago Public Schools as coordinator of service learning. “I've also done Fulbright research in Uganda, a master's in philosophy in Ireland (random, but I can explain!), staffed the 'innovation lab' of the organization that serves the 50 state superintendents of education, and most recently co-founded,” he says.

Kate McKenzie is a Deloitte federal human capital analyst. Her interests include mentoring, leadership development, Millennials and emotional intelligence. Prior to joining Deloitte, her jobs included working for Levy Restaurants, U.S. Paralympics, camps and coaching soccer. McKenzie's major at SESP was learning and organizational change.

Sharon Reshef, a social policy major, is “currently having a fantastic time as a research associate for the Super PAC Correct the Record.” Earlier she interned at the White House, on President Obama's 2012 campaign and at the Center for American Progress.

Gayle Shier, who earned a master’s degree in social work, is a doctoral student at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine in healthcare quality and patient safety. She says, “My practicum at Rush University Medical Center's Health and Aging Department introduced me to geriatrics and health policy.” Shier majored in human development and psychological services.

Fred Tye is now an advisory associate at KPMG in the People and Change practice. A learning and organizational change major, he recalls as an outstanding college experience leading an Alternative Spring Break trip to do volunteer work for a wolf sanctuary in remote Colorado. “The experience was a challenging exercise in becoming more self-aware and mindful of my surroundings, learning to become comfortable with living/working conditions that were very unfamiliar, and thinking about career options outside of the ones I grew up with and pursued at Northwestern,” he says.

Photos: Fred Tye (BS13) and Maryam Ahranjani (BS98) at the 2013 Alumni Career Luncheon.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 10/16/14