Career Services provide a vital link between students’ present life of study with their future life of work, thus helping to shape the way graduates will contribute to society. In recent years, career services have evolved into an integral part of a student’s entire university journey, while also playing a part in addressing issues of employment equity and access, such as the gender gap.

In this webinar, we explore:

  • How educators are preparing students for today'd workplace?
  • What role educators can play in addressing employment equity issues?
  • Recommendations and resources for enhancing career services


  • Lynette Correas-Velez is the Director of Tech Launchpad, an equity-centered tech initiative, at Kennedy-King College - one of seven City Community Colleges located on the South Side of Chicago. Lynette is a 3rd-year doctoral student in the Diversity and Equity in Education with an emphasis in the Human Resources Development program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). As a trained Career Coach, Lynette has co-empowered over 30,000 diverse learners throughout the U.S. and internationally.
  • Jim Beirne has taught and provided career advice to Washington University students, alums, and colleagues for 18 years. He has been a member of the Global Curriculum Innovation Advisory Board of the Future Talent Council, the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the past Associate Dean of the Olin Business School, and the Director of the Weston Career Center, amongst others. His career has included not only the academic perspective but also corporate roles. He led Hewlett Packard's Americas recruiting organization, which hired 6,000 full-time employees annually.
  • Amy Refaat is the webinar moderator for this session as well as Senior Private Sector Specialist for IFC's Vitae program for employability in higher education.