The inaugural Global Career Services Summit emerged from a conversation at the 2015 NACE conference when we were considering crafting a proposal featuring a global career services workshop at a future NACE conference. How we made the leap from a workshop to a major international training and development event still remains a mystery to us.

Although, after a few months of planning the event, we wondered whether our concept was beyond our capabilities!

Fortunately, the first Summit at the University of Leicester was extremely successful and as result of the encouragement of the participants, we have gone on to host three further Summits in: Limerick, Ireland; Newcastle, UK; and Toronto, Canada. 

The concept of bringing together career colleagues from all parts of the globe truly resonated with a broad range of career professionals and we have been extremely gratified with creating a venue to build a network of career services colleagues.

Tom Devlin

Thomas C. Devlin is the Executive Director of the Career Center at the University of California, Berkeley. Before joining Berkeley in 1997, he was the Executive Director of University Career Services at Cornell University.

Tom served as president of the US national professional organization, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) for 2009-10. Tom also received the NACE Kauffman Award for his significant contributions to the career profession and he co-wrote the chapter, “The Future of Career Services” for NACE’s book Leadership in Career Services: Voices from the Field. 

In addition to Tom’s consulting work and speaking engagements, he has traveled to Algeria, China, Rwanda, and the Philippines to assist in establishing the first career centers there. He was in China during the fall of 2015 to address the International Career Forum. In 2004, Tom was elected to the prestigious NACE Academy of Fellows.

The Berkeley Career Center has been awarded national honors by NACE for producing the best publication for students, for the most innovative program in the country, and for Career Ladders. In 2009 Tom received Berkeley’s Excellence in Management Award.

Tom’s avocation is traveling and he has visited more than 70 countries. He received a BA in History from the State University of New York at Geneseo and a MA in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio.

Bob Athwal

Award-winning coach, author, speaker and recruitment specialist

Bob Athwal is the Global Lead for Racial Diversity and Early Careers at Skyscanner. Bob has a unique background and perspective as he has been an employer, a vendor and a University senior leader. He is a regular International conference speaker specialising in Early Careers, Social mobility and Racial Equity, Student Experience and Student Outcomes. He has been the recipient of several industry awards relating to graduate recruitment and development as well as careers preparation within universities. Bob is the co-founder of the Global Career Services Summit which now includes the International Network of Employers and University Career Service Associations. He is also the co-founder of the 1 Hour Project, an initiative designed to level the playing field based upon his PhD to help advance social mobility amongst graduates. Bob was the first recipient of the ISE fellowship who did not serve as CEO or Chair, recognising his contribution to the sector as an employer and university educator.

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