Caren Howley

Associate Director

Caren Howley

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 Interests

Second-Year Career Coach