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kimberly KIMBERLY JOY DIXON

TITLE: Assistant Director of Employer Relations & Diversity
Contact:  kimberly.dixon@stonybrook.edu

Role:

Employer Relationship Management: As part of the employer relations team at the Career Center, Kimberly solicits and maintains relationships with employers from various industries who seek to recruit students for internships, full-time jobs, part-time positions, and volunteer opportunities.

Diversity Recruiting Student Preparation: Kimberly develops programs to connect students to employers that want to diversify their workforce. Among the various programs provided, Kimberly created the award-winning Diversity Professional Leadership Network (DPLN) program and the Early Career Success program, which serve undergraduate underrepresented students. In addition, Kimberly prepares students for the interview process for national diversity-related internship programs.

Business Career Interests: Kimberly’s industry area of expertise is in business. Since 2000, Kimberly has worked with students interested in various business career paths including operations management, accounting, finance, human resources, investment banking, and marketing.

Personal/Professional Background:

This native of Queens now lives on Long Island. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Lawrence University, where she majored in Political Science and minored in Sociology, Kimberly wanted to pursue a career as a lawyer. Kimberly worked for three years as a paralegal while volunteering at the St. Lawrence University Admissions Office interviewing prospective students and attending college fairs. Through her volunteer experience she discovered her interest in Higher Education Administration. Kimberly then obtained a Master's Degree in Higher Education/Student Personnel Administration from Teachers College at Columbia University and found her way to the Career Center, where she has been for over seventeen years.

Best career advice she's gotten:

"As a paralegal many years ago, I was given a piece of advice that has stuck with me, and I teach it to others all the time. One of the attorneys I worked for called me on the phone and asked me to come to his office. At the time I did not know why, so I immediately got up and went to his office. I sat down, and he began to give me a project to work on. I was listening so intently, and in the middle of his sentence, he looked up at me and said, 'How will you remember what I am telling you to do?' I was like a deer in headlights; I just looked at him. He then said, 'Never walk into my office or anyone’s office without a pen and pad. You never know when you will walk out with an assignment, and no one has time to repeat themselves to you.' He also said, 'You must always look prepared and be prepared, and the pen and pad give the other person the impression that you are always ready!' So now, when one of my interns or a student I am working with comes to my office and I am giving instructions, I give them the same lesson. I appreciate that attorney for sharing it with me, and I know how much he has helped me throughout the years, so I want to share it with others."

 

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