For more than 10 years, Heather Ferguson has been helping professionals transition into new roles and build transferable skills. During her time working with the SOAR (new student orientation) program, Heather supported more than 75,000 students and families transitioning to UW-Madison. In that role, she established partnerships, organized program logistics, and created comprehensive leadership training for her 11-person staff. Heather has also worked with operations, marketing, recruitment, and more through her past roles with the UW-Madison Office of the Registrar, Dane County Farmers’ Market, Kishwaukee College, and through several media outlets.
In addition, Heather has presented on giving effective feedback, leadership, organizational operations, conflict transformation, and partnership development at the local, regional, and national levels and has taught university career and seminar courses. Heather has a B.A. in English and Journalism from Northern Illinois University and an M.S.Ed. in Higher Education from Western Illinois University.
As Director of Employer Engagement with the UW School of Business, Brett Jones supports the exploration and career development of undergraduate business students through developing partnerships and engagement programs for a diverse set of industries and companies seeking UW talent. Brett works closely with companies to understand their internship and full-time recruiting needs, and helps develop customized engagement strategies to help companies meet their goals. Brett has worked within the School of Business Undergraduate Career Engagement Team for over 4 years, and has previously worked at Northwestern University, as well as in the private sector supporting partnerships with startups/small businesses and local government entities.
Kristina Rittel serves as the Student Employment Manager for the Office of Student Financial Aid at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In this role, Kristina supports the Federal Work Study program as well as the student employment experience. Kristina is passionate about working with students and enhancing the employment experience for all students at UW-Madison.