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‘How Liberal Arts Majors Find Success in the Job Market’

Thursday, 06 April, 2017

Have you always loved history, English, languages, American studies, philosophy, fine arts or theology but worried about how to launch a career with a degree in the liberal arts?

Come to Room 142 of Adorjan Hall, from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 6, to hear answers and ask questions of four St. Louis area corporate and non-profit recruiting experts.

Entering the corporate and non-profit world with a liberal arts degree requires learning how to showcase the skills and abilities learned there to those with degrees in other fields. This panel of four will share hiring tips, best practices, opportunities and general advice for the job market for undergraduates and graduate schools.

Providing tips on how to successfully enter the corporate world:
Steve McCarty, former vice president of Talent Development at Enterprise Holdings Inc. McCarty holds a BA from Monmouth University in New Jersey. His strategic thinking on talent mobility, career planning and leadership development helped form the outstanding employment brand for which Enterprise is known. Under his leadership, the company earned various accolades including the Association for Talent Development’s BEST Award and Chief Learning Officer Magazine’s Learning Elite.  

Julie Rush, lead human resources business partner at Reinsurance Group of America (RGA). Rush has worked as a human resources professional for more than 25 years. She has worked in a variety of industries such as hospitality, health care, environmental, airlines and food ingredients for organizations like Marriott Hotels, Doubletree Hotels, JetBlue Airways, Solae (a division of DuPont), People Ink and Reinsurance Group of America (RGA).

Giving advice on how to launch a career in a nonprofit sector:
Erin Budde, vice president at the United Way

Yemi S. Akande-Bartsch, Ph.D., CEO and president of FOCUS St. Louis. Budde served as the executive director of stl250, a volunteer-led nonprofit organization, developed to plan and execute the 2014 region-wide 250th year celebration of the founding of St. Louis in 1764. She also served as the senior vice president at Wells Fargo Advisors where she was responsible for planning and executing the firm’s nationwide strategy for charitable giving, volunteerism and community involvement. Akande-Bartsch holds a Ph.D. in communication from the University of Oklahama and had served as an assistant professor of communication at John Carroll University in Cleveland, a fellow Jesuit college.

For more information, contact Charles Parker at or 977-2902.