Director of Career Experiences, Career Center DePaul University
Brenda J. Williams is an experienced higher education administrator with over 16 years’ experience designing and managing units & programs that support student success and retention. As the Director of Career Experiences at DePaul University, she has oversight of the teams that manage student employment, the EDGE program, employer engagement and the Alumni Sharing Knowledge Program. Her charge is to provide strategic oversight and leadership in the development of programming and partnerships that create opportunities for students to explore career options through on-campus and off-campus jobs, internships, job shadowing, mentoring and networking. In her former role as the Associate Director of EDGE and New Student Engagement, Brenda oversaw curriculum development, student placement and team leader training of a career and job skills development program for first year students – the EDGE (Education and Development Grant for Employability) Program. The EDGE Program was a 2016 recipient of NACE’s Career Services Excellence Award. In her former role as the Associate Director of the Financial Fitness Program, Brenda was charged with developing and expanding a financial literacy program for DePaul students and alumni. As the manager of this program, Brenda designed 14 workshops, a comprehensive website and social media strategy, a peer educator component and written/online materials.