Real-World Advice from Segment Switchers

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 12 pm (Central)

What do you do when you realize your work is no longer where your passion lies? What about when you doubt the whole professional sector your work in?


If you have thought about segment switching and making a career jump between the nonprofit, for-profit, or public sectors, don't worry. You're not alone. Join us as we hear from a panel of UChicago alumni who have taken the leap and switched segments in their careers. Join us and hear from our panelists on:
  • What made them decide it was time to change sectors
  • How to get a foot in the door when your network doesn't carry over
  • What challenges exist in the segment switch


About the Presenters:

david-klein-headshotDavid Klein, AB’10, works as a community development relationship manager for Fifth Third Bank. His career has followed a path of passion for developing equitable communities for young people in Chicago working with several nonprofits and more recently within community development for financial institutions. When not visiting schools and nonprofits around Chicago, he can be found at home in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood with his husband and their dog. 
erin-kelsey-headshotErin Kelsey, AB’12, MBA’18, is a financial adviser at Pekin Hardy Strauss Wealth Management, a Chicago-based investment advisory firm and certified B Corporation. Kelsey started her career in the nonprofit sector, working as an institutional fundraiser, first at Court Theatre on the University of Chicago campus and then at the Trust for Public Land, before transitioning into wealth management. She holds a BA in English language and literature and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
bill-bila-headshotWilliam Bila, IMBA’02, is a leading advocate for Roma rights in Europe and internationally. He has served as the vice president for the Roma Community Centre in Toronto and has served on the boards of Roma Education Support Trust in the UK; Roma Education Fund in Switzerland, Slovakia, and Romania; and as president of La Voix des Rroms in France. He is also president of the University of Chicago Alumni Association of France. Bila has more than 20 years of strategic planning and project management experience coordinating with stakeholders in large multinational corporations, consulting firms, and nongovernmental and governmental organizations across Europe and North America.





Date: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 12pm (Central)

Cost: Complimentary
Location: Online




Event Contact

Adam Sylvain
Assistant Director, Career Development
UChicago Alumni Association Contact