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Career Conversations:
Discovering Careers in Project Management and Consulting

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
2:00 – 4:00 pm
103 McLaughlin College (Career Centre Presentation Room)

In partnership with the Centre for Student Success, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies. Sponsored by York University Alumni Relations.

Registration on the Career Centre's online system is required for all panel events (you must sign up for an account on the system before you will be able to register for any events).

About the Event

Interested in a career working in project management or consulting? Want to meet York Alumni and other professionals working in diverse roles within this field?

Connect with professionals and get the inside scoop on what it's really like to work in this field. During this panel, professionals will share their personal career stories about breaking into the field, how their career paths took them from graduation to where they are now, what knowledge, skills and experience helped them succeed in their jobs and what types of opportunities are available in the field. The panel will be moderated by one of the Career Centre's team members and followed by an open forum where students will have an opportunity to ask the panelists their own questions.

Participating Panelists

Jamil Jivani
Innovation Expedition
York alumnus: BA International Development Studies, 2010

As an undergraduate my inexperience limited my imagination of what kind of career I can have. Since completing graduate school and joining the work force, I now better understand how what I learned at York University constitutes transferable skills that have allowed me to work effectively across a diverse range of organizations, including a New York law firm, a Kenyan youth empowerment program, and a grassroots think tank in Toronto.


Lisa Madokoro
Project Manager, ecentricarts inc
York alumnus: MA English Language and Literature, 2009

I am a project manager at ecentricarts. With a Masters in English Literature from York, I've held a number of different jobs in the tech and web industries that helped get me to where I am today. My current project management work focuses primarily on projects in the arts and cultural and non-profit sectors. I have worked with a variety of clients ranging from large Canadian media companies to small non-profits.


Brian Smith
Vice President, Cirrus Consulting Group

As a consultant, I have had the opportunity to work with mergers and acquisitions in retail, entry retail for both USA-Canada and Canada-USA, and retail strategy planning. I have also consulted in the medical/dental field with leasing, operations and dispositions. In addition to my consulting experience, I have spent time as a Sessional Professor at McGill University and have served on the board of directors for Hart Stores. My personal interests include travel, spy fiction, dogs and my grandchildren.


Graham Sue
Assistant Director, Admissions & Recruitment, Schulich School of Business, York University
York alumnus: MBA Business Administration, Schulich School of Business, 2009

Once an engineer, then turned business student, marketing professional, business owner, and now admissions representative, I have had the benefit of experiencing many different industries and job functions in my career so far. Looking back now, it all makes a lot of sense. Ten years ago, this was only a dream. My experience has been an amazing ride so far, and I am looking forward to seeing what lies for me in the future.


Carole Umana
Higher Education Consultant, Self-Employed
York alumna: BA Sociology & Latin American Caribbean Studies, 1991
MA Education, University of Toronto, 2006

In my life and career, I've been blessed to have been able to follow my passion. I began my 'career' in international development in the areas of communications and program development; moved to professional fundraising for a host of not-for-profit causes, and landed in higher education about 20 years ago.

The common thread through all of these 'careers' has been a commitment to making a positive difference.

That's my passion.... what's yours?

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