National Career Advisory Board Established to Provide Insight and Advice for Job-Seekers

CareerBuilder, Cisco, IBM, Microsoft representatives serve on expert board sponsored by DeVry University

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., February 23, 2011 - A fragile economy has left today’s job-seekers looking for direction as they navigate a complex and confusing U.S. job-market. Today, in honor of its 80th anniversary, DeVry University is forming the Career Advisory Board, a panel including leading representatives of business, academia and recognized career experts and authors who can deliver valuable insights on today’s most important career trends and provide real and actionable advice for job-seekers.

The Career Advisory Board will generate proprietary research and commentary, and create tools and resources to prepare job-seekers for success. The mission of the Career Advisory Board is to provide insight, advice and counsel on trends, economic forces and cultural shifts that impact career opportunities for today and tomorrow. Career Advisory Board members were selected based on their expertise, knowledge of career trends and ability to provide insight to facilitate career advancement.

“We established the Career Advisory Board to offer relevant perspective about today’s job market and opportunities to help anyone seeking to advance on their career path or be more competitive in their field,” said Dr. Claude Toland, vice president of student and career services, DeVry University and chairman of the Career Advisory Board. “Our founding board members have the experience and expertise to tackle some of the biggest issues in the job marketplace today and offer concrete advice.”

Founding members of the Career Advisory Board include:

  • Vito Amato, solutions manager, Cisco Systems, Inc.

  • Jesus Fernandez, associate provost, curriculum, DeVry University

  • Pete Joodi, distinguished engineer, IBM

  • Dan Kasun, senior director of developer and platform evangelism, Microsoft Corporation

  • Kristin Machacek Leary, vice president of executive and leadership development, Hewlett-Packard

  • Alexandra Levit, workplace author, speaker, and consultant

  • Dr. Sanja Licina, senior director, talent intelligence and consulting, CareerBuilder

  • Erica Orange, vice president and career futurist, Weiner, Edrich Brown, Inc.

  • Jason Seiden, author, speaker and co-founder, Ajax Social Media

  • Dr. Claude Toland, vice president of student and career services, DeVry University

“Our economy is slowly recovering; however, the last few years of financial turmoil have transformed the career landscape and today’s job-seekers are faced with the challenge of navigating this new territory,” said Levit. “As part of the Career Advisory Board, I am eager to work with my fellow Board members to offer counsel to job-seekers that paves a clear path to success.”

The Career Advisory Board is slated to release the first in a series of research results and a white paper in spring of 2011. Each study will focus on a unique topic in an effort to provide accessible and relevant information for those looking to advance their careers and grow professionally.

About DeVry University

Founded in 1931, DeVry University is one of the largest, private sector universities in North America, with nearly 93,000 students enrolled in the United States and Canada. The university’s mission is to foster student learning through high-quality, career-oriented education integrating technology, business, science and the arts. With more than 90 locations, DeVry University delivers practitioner-oriented undergraduate and graduate degree programs onsite and online that meet the needs of a diverse and geographically dispersed student population. Home to five colleges of study, including Business & Management, Engineering & Information Sciences, Health Sciences, Liberal Arts & Sciences, and Media Arts & Technology, DeVry University’s outstanding faculty members, work in the fields that they teach, providing students with real-world experiences that prepare them for high-growth careers.

DeVry University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, DeVry University, a part of DeVry Inc. (NYSE: DV), is based in Downers Grove, Ill. For more information about DeVry University, find us on Twitter @DeVryUniv, Facebook /DEVRYUNIVERSITY or visit


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