Boot Camp Speakers

Jamie Belinne
Assistant Dean, Career Services, University of Houston C.T. Bauer College of Business  

Jamie Belinne is the Assistant Dean for Career Services at the C.T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston's Rockwell Career Center. Prior to that she managed Recruiting and Staffing at The University of Texas at Austin. Earlier at UT, she built McCombs' first dedicated MBA Career Services division. Jamie is currently on the Fulbright Roster and a past president of MBACSEA. In addition, she was the winner of the NACE Professional Change Maker Award and the NACE Innovation Excellence Award. As the author of the book "The Care and Feeding of Your Young Employee," she has worked with organizations around the country on inter-generational management issues and productivity improvement through leveraging diverse, interpersonal styles.  

Alessandra Rober Christensen  
Head of University Relations for North America, Novartis

Alessandra recently joined Novartis as Head of University Relations. In this role, Alessandra will oversee and drive University Relations programs in the US. Prior to joining the company, she served as Senior Associate Director for Employer Relations and Recruiting Services at the MIT Sloan School of Management, where she was responsible for implementing and driving strategies to provide high-touch recruiting services for all students and alumni as well as providing team management, coaching and operational leadership. Prior to working at MIT Sloan, she led recruiting operations at the MIT Global Education and Career Development Office, served as Assistant Director for Employer Relations at Brandeis International Business School and worked as Assistant to the Dean of the Graduate School at University of Miami. She earned an Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership from the MIT Sloan School of Management, a Master in Higher Education Administration and Post-Masters certificates in Enrollment Management and Student Life and Development from University of Miami and she is a graduate of the NACE Management Leadership Institute.

Elana Givens

Director, Office of Career Services, The Fletcher School, Tufts University

Elana Givens is responsible for the general management and strategic direction of the Office of Career Services at the Fletcher School at Tufts University. Prior to working at The Fletcher School, Elana led the career center at the Brandeis International Business School. She moved to higher education following an established career in management consulting. Elana has served on the board of the MBA Career Services and Employer Alliance from 2012 – 2015 and held the position of vice president from 2014 – 2015. She was co-chair of the MBA CSEA's first Asian Conference in Singapore in 2014. Elana earned her master’s degree from MIT Sloan and her B.A. cum laude in Economics from Brandeis University.

Jeff McNish
Assistant Dean, Career Development Center, University of Virginia Darden School of Business

Mark Peterson
Director, MBA/Graduate Business Career Services, Ivy College of Business, Iowa State University of Science & Technology

After an early career in advertising and marketing strategy consulting, Mark Peterson has been involved in business school career management for more than 20 years. He is a frequent presenter at MBA CSEA conferences, and has held seats on numerous MBA CSEA committees. He has served on the organization’s former International and Technology Development committees, has co-chaired the Standards Committee, served on the Specialty Masters Standards Task Force, currently chairs the Awards and Recognition Committee, and is a member of the MBA CSEA Finance Committee. He has also served the Board of Directors in the roles of Treasurer, President, and President Emeritus, and is a recipient of the MBA CSEA Service Award for significant contributions. He has a BA in Marketing from Simpson College, and an MBA from The University of Iowa.

Derek Walker

MBA CSEA Standards Consultant, former Director of Careers, Said Business School, University of Oxford

Derek Walker is the MBA CSEA Standards Consultant – providing advice and guidance to member schools on the application of employment data reporting standards. He works as an independent careers and recruitment consultant, working with business school and other higher education institutions on the provision of careers guidance to students. Until the end of 2015, Derek was Director of Careers at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford for over 7 years, and before that, he spent 10 years in leadership positions in recruiting at Barclays Capital, Merrill Lynch and Lehman Brothers. He has been a board member of MBA CSEA and was part of the Standards Committee that undertook a major review of the Standards in 2011-12. Derek lives just outside London, and his major interests are sport (running, cycling & tennis), and music - he plays sax in a Steely Dan tribute band.