Nov 16-20, 2020

Braving a New World

A series of events created by Communication students for Communication students and alumni, Parkside peers, and community guests to showcase what it means to study Communication and to be a Communication professional.

November 16

Braving a New Job Market

VIDEO: Braving the New Job Market: Career and Interviewing Tips for a Virtual World 

Premiere of the video Interview with Renee Young-Trego. Discussion will include tips on how to prepare for virtual interviews, as well as how to best market your abilities as a communication major/minor.

Mentioned in this video: Big Interview

November 17


3:00-3:30 pm

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Senior Showcase

3:30-4:30 pm

Alumni Networking Panel and Senior Resume Discussion 

4:30-5:30 pm


Political Communication Lecture: Gender in the Political Arena - How Far Have Women Come?

6:00 pm

Speaker: Dr. Linda Crafton

This presentation will provide an historical overview from the time women earned the right to vote to the current presidential election in which Kamala Harris is a Vice President nominee. For information on how to access this event, please contact Theresa Castor:

Political Communication Series 

November 18

Nov 18 Comm Week

VIDEO: What are Job Recruiters Looking for When Hiring? 

Premiere of the video Interview with a former recruiter for a Fortune 500 company. Discussion will include resume/Interviewing tips, as well as ways to stand out during the hiring process based on firsthand experience. 

COMMversations: Lamba Pi Eta, the Communication Honor Society

1:00-2:00 pm

Please come to this session to learn more about the LPH Honor society, including how to join and what it is about from Adrienne Viramontes, LPH advisor.

Join the Session  COMMversations Series  

November 19

KEYNOTE: Braving a New World

2:00 pm

Speaker: Monique Herena '93, Chief Colleague Experience Office, American Express and UW-Parkside Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient, 2020  

Join the Event on Zoom

Meeting ID: 879 8117 5870
Passcode: 617014


Monique Herena is Chief Colleague Experience Officer at American Express. As Chief Colleague Experience Officer, Monique is responsible for all aspects of the colleague experience, including talent management, leadership development and compensation and benefits. Monique leads all colleague experience functions globally. As part of the Executive Committee, Monique works closely with the Chief Executive Officer and other Executive Committee members to ensure we continue to build a culture that attracts, retains and develops the best colleagues. She also serves as an officer of the American Express National Bank.

Monique joined American Express from BNY Mellon, where she was Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) and Senior Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Marketing and Communications since 2014. She worked closely with the Chief Executive Officer and senior management team to lead the development and execution of a business and culture transformation strategy that has made the bank more competitive in the market for talent.

Prior to BNY Mellon, Monique was at PepsiCo for 13 years where she served in a number of increasingly senior HR leadership roles, including assignments in Dubai and Chicago, as well as in their Purchase, NY headquarters. Her career also included several years at both Honeywell and The Quaker Oats Company, where she held leadership roles in a wide range of HR disciplines. She began her career as an executive retained search and organization change consultant. 

Monique sits on both the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors of the Human Resources Policy Association, a leading professional organization. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Cornell Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies (CAHRS) as well as a graduate and faculty member of the Cornell ILR School CHRO Top Seat program. She is also a Board member of the Girl Scouts of Greater New York and co-leads their Strategic Development Committee. Additionally, American Banker recognized Monique as one of the "Most Powerful Women in Banking" and “Women to Watch” two years in a row (2017 and 2018).

She holds a B.A. in communication studies from the University of Wisconsin – Parkside, and two Masters of Arts degrees, one in Communications Studies from Northern Illinois University and one in Organization Psychology and Change Leadership from Columbia University.

Monique lives in Scarsdale, NY with her husband Louis, their three children, Matthew, Michael and Mia and their French Bulldog, Stella.

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