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Ready to Help: Meet the Experts at the Whitman Career Center

Ready to Help: Meet the Experts at the Whitman Career Center

Regardless of where students are in their career exploration journey, it’s never too soon or too late to visit Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management Career Center. The team wants to hear about the students’ interests and concerns and offer their professional assistance during any stage of their career or graduate school search. 

The Whitman Career Center is staffed with seven full-time team members, including career advisors who bring their unique training and experiences to guide students on determining postgraduate plans and administrative and recruiting professionals to deliver robust career programming and hiring opportunities. 

The Career Center team is ready to help students explore career possibilities in any industry, craft a cover letter for their first job application or assist with the development of a standout resumé. If students are looking for advice on acing an interview, navigating salary negotiation or even selecting a graduate school, the team can provide guidance that is both thoughtful and transformational. Each career advisor works with a designated cohort of students and is knowledgeable in specific business sectors that correlate to each major. They are all eager to support all students on their career journey.

Get to know the Whitman Career Center team below.

Sue Clayton
Senior Recruiting Specialist

Clayton manages the Whitman campus recruiting program, including the career fair program. She works closely with Whitman’s corporate partners, coordinating recruiting opportunities and events. Clayton holds an associate’s degree in travel and hospitality management from Bryant & Stratton College. Previously, Clayton spent 15 years in the position of recruiting coordinator at Syracuse University’s Career Services, where she worked collaboratively with campus partners to execute the campus-wide recruiting program. She also worked in various supply chain management positions at Raymour & Flannigan Furniture.

When asked what she loves most about Whitman, Clayton says, “It may sound cliché, but I love the team. I also enjoy working with the employers to bring them to campus, ensuring they are happy and that, in turn, brings them back so they can continue to hire our amazing Whitman students.”

Contact Clayton at srclay01@syr.edu

Kyle Danzey
Assistant Director

Danzey is the primary career advisor for undergraduate finance and real estate students. He also supports students in Adams House, while they are part of the IMPRESS program.

Danzey earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Virginia Commonwealth University and a master’s degree in higher education leadership from Old Dominion University. Before joining the Whitman School, Danzey served as the inaugural director of the Peace Corps Prep Program, and he also worked as the assistant director of the career center at the University of Mary Washington. He has also worked in a variety of other positions on the Syracuse University campus, including working in the First-Year Experience Office before coming to Whitman. 

His advice to students is to start planning early. “Four years of college go by in a heartbeat, and it’s best to start preparing for postgraduate plans as soon as possible,” he says. 

He also reminds students that all of the career advisors were once students themselves. Danzey says, “We realize the challenges of being a student searching for a job or internship. We will never forget our experiences as a student, and we are able to empathize with current students as they prepare for their future beyond Whitman.”

Contact Danzey at kdanzey@syr.edu

Celia DiRenzo
Administrative Specialist

DiRenzo is the first point of contact you will see when coming to the Whitman Career Center. She is also responsible for the day-to-day operations management and administrative support, as well as budget and financial management. DiRenzo coordinates a variety of programming and assists with internship and outcomes tracking. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from SUNY Potsdam. Prior to joining Whitman, DiRenzo worked in customer service and operations for the Walt Disney Company in Orlando, Florida, as well as program management and in a supervisory role with the YMCA of Greater Syracuse. 

She believes that working in the Whitman Career Center is the most rewarding job she has had. DiRenzo says, “Being able to have a hand in the development of students as they navigate their way into the professional world is truly an honor.”

Contact DiRenzo at adirenz@syr.edu

Linda McHugh ’79 
Temporary Graduate Career Advisor

McHugh will be working with graduate students and recent alumni with Christine Waby (see below) into the fall semester.  

McHugh is a graduate of Syracuse University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance. She has been working with the Whitman School since 2009 as an alumni mentor, mock interviewer and Capstone judge. She also has been managing the MBA Mentor Program since fall 2018 for the Whitman Alumni Club. Her work experience includes accounting software implementation and as a buyer of computer equipment-related software for Carrier Corporation. She also worked for a family business as chief financial officer.

McHugh loves Whitman because of the passion the staff has for helping students. She enjoys helping students succeed. Her piece of advice to everyone is: “If people treat every experience as an opportunity to gain knowledge, then they will never feel like they have failed. We learn from everything, even our negative experiences.”

Contact McHugh at lfmchugh@syr.edu.

Kara Primrose
Director

Primrose primarily oversees the professional development of accounting students, while overseeing the Whitman Career Center’s strategic planning, goal setting and assessment efforts with a team of highly skilled and dedicated professionals. She also earned her Bachelor of Arts in communications with a minor in English from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Primrose has been supporting students since joining the Whitman Career Center in 2008. Prior to that, she worked for more than 10 years in admissions for Hobart and William Smith Colleges, where she focused on recruiting, alumni engagement, program development and implementing scholarship programs. 

Primrose loves the spirit, values and people at the Whitman School. She is always eager to learn about individuals’ interests, activities and backgrounds — especially the students she directly supports. Primrose encourages students to stop by the Career Center even if they might be unsure of what they need help with. “Simply come in or engage with us online. We are here to help, and it is never too early to get ahead on a career plan. We will meet students where they are and help them move forward,” she says.

Contact Primrose at kprimros@syr.edu.

Emily Shaughnessy
Undergraduate Career Advisor

Shaughnessy is eager to help entrepreneurship, management and supply chain management undergraduate students. She also is the primary career advisor for Harrison and Marshall IMPRESS houses.

Shaughnessy holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational communication from SUNY New Paltz, where she was captain of the women’s soccer team, and a master’s degree in management from Keuka College. Before joining the Whitman Career Center, she spent a decade working in admissions and career services at Bryant & Stratton College and, prior to that, as a recruiter for a staffing service. 

One aspect of being a career advisor that Shaughnessy enjoys is sharing the power of networking and making meaningful connections, which many times requires students to go out of their comfort zone. Shaughnessy says, “It is such a great feeling to see students build their confidence, be able to communicate their potential and connect with our vast network of corporate partners and alumni.”

A lesson that Shaughnessy has learned from her career path is that opportunities can present themselves at any time. Her advice, “Even if students are not sure about what major to pick, they can do anything that they want to do. Be bold. They might just have the diverse background that employers are looking for.” 

Contact Shaughnessy at eeshaugh@syr.edu.

Christine Waby ’09 (FALK)
Graduate Career Advisor

Waby is the primary point of contact for full-time on-campus graduate students who are seeking career guidance. Waby is a graduate of Syracuse University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in hospitality and food service management. She also holds an MBA from SUNY Oswego. Prior to becoming a career advisor, she worked in operations for four- and five-star resorts as identified by Forbes. She also managed a sales team that worked in the emergency response industry. 

She says, “My favorite part about working with our graduate population is engaging with students to help them build a customized approach towards their career goals that leverages their individual backgrounds and aspirations. It is a rewarding experience that enables me to build an ongoing professional relationship that extends past Whitman, to the alumni level.”

Contact Waby at cawaby01@syr.edu.

Alicin Welsh
Assistant Director

Welsh has been supporting marketing management and retail management students for many years. She is also the career advisor for Waverly House in Whitman’s IMPRESS program.

Welsh earned a bachelor’s degree in human resources and a master’s degree in education from SUNY Oswego. She also holds a Ph.D. in management with a concentration in human resources from Capella University. Welsh previously taught business management and human resource courses at a variety of institutions. She also worked at Wells College as the director of career services and at SUNY Oswego as assistant director of experience-based education.

A piece of advice Welsh gives to students is to bring a resumé and questions when visiting the Career Center. She says, “The resume lets advisors learn about the students’ professional experiences quickly, and the list of questions keeps us on topic and makes sure they get the most out of the visit.” 

Welsh loves working with students and firmly believes that the experiential opportunities that students have – internships, exploration trips, workshops, networking events and study abroad, among others – prepare them to find a career that fits their interests. 

Contact Welsh at aawelsh@syr.edu.

Students can contact the Whitman Career Center by calling 315-443-4140 or emailing wsmcc@syr.edu. The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the academic year, and you can find the Career Center in Suite 115 of the Whitman School. Additional information and resources are available here.

Maya Bingaman