Caren has had a diverse career with experience spanning the corporate, nonprofit and higher education sectors. She began her career in investment banking with Credit Suisse, advising large and mid-cap industrial companies on capital raising and strategic growth opportunities before moving into a leadership position as director of the worldwide financial analyst program. In 2003, Caren made a career shift into nonprofit leadership, where she remained for a decade before entering higher education. As a former Associate Director of UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School’s MBA Career Management Center, Caren provided career guidance and individual coaching to MBA students seeking commercial real estate, investment banking, and finance-related positions. She also spent two years leading employer engagement and alumni relations for UNC Kenan-Flagler’s Wood Center for Real Estate Studies, where she had the opportunity to share career insights with both MBA and undergraduate students and lead diversity initiatives for the real estate program. As an Associate Director with NC State’s Jenkins MBA program, Caren provides career coaching support to the full-time MBA population, and manages the Peer Coach program.
Caren earned an undergraduate degree from Amherst College and an MBA and Masters in Education from Stanford University. She serves on the board of the Stanford Alumni Association of the Triangle, and resides with her family in Apex.
Specialties and InterestsSecond-Year Career Coach
Annie is an established MBA Career Services professional who has delivered world-class MBA career education and coaching to top-tier MBA talent at the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University and the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University.
Annie’s coaching specialties include: resume and cover letter review, behavioral mock interviewing, effective networking tactics (finding and leveraging professional job search contacts), job search strategy development, MBA offer evaluation and negotiation, and all aspects of US MBA job searching for International MBA Students. Annie is also well known for giving excellent pep-talks when the job search gets tough