A Career Coach's Perspective on the Global Conference in Boston

By Cathy Merlo, MBA Program Manager and Career Adviser, Northeastern University

I just returned to my office on Huntington Avenue after 2.5 days at the MBA CSEA's 25th Global Conference in my home town of Boston.  

As always, it was incredibly interesting, thought-provoking, fun, and hugely beneficial in my evolving role as a career adviser, instructional designer, social media maven, and facilitator. It was my second conference, and it was chock full of interesting breakout sessions, keynote speakers, panels featuring several reputable employers, students, and senior administrators – all brought together to help us hone and develop our skills as coaches, advisors, and trainers. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to attend with some of my colleagues and humbled to see so many coaches who traveled across the country and the globe to participate. 

There is clearly a passion for the work that we do, and a lot of thought and care went into creating a robust schedule that featured dozens of learning opportunities, cutting-edge vendors, and thought leaders. Hats off to the committee for creating another very successful and worthwhile event.

The gala at Fenway Park was such a treat!  The view from the State Street Pavilion was truly amazing on a perfect summer night.  A special shout-out to my colleague and friend, Zoe Sullivan from Rice who took me under her wing and ensured that working on the conference marketing committee was not only rewarding, but also fun. 

I look forward to blues and beignets at next year's conference in New Orleans!