Career access that benefits America

Who we’re for

First Gen Students & Grads

Students and graduates whose parents did not attain a 4-year college degree. Understand your career options, learn how to pursue them with advice from real-world professionals, and launch your career. Already working? Serve as an advisor to help others follow in your footsteps.

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Educators

Secondary school networks, colleges, and universities with significant numbers of first generation students or alumni. Gain career exploration tools, a network of advisors, and access to job placement services that take your students to the finish line.

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Employers

Businesses searching for early and diverse top talent. Enrich your workforce with exclusive access to the first generation talent pool and increase your organization’s social impact by participating as career role models and advisors.

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Volunteers

Professionals looking for an opportunity not only to guide first generation college students and graduates toward a successful career, but also enrich America’s workforce. Make a lasting impact while enjoying a personalized volunteer commitment that is efficient and rewarding.

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What we do

One Network. Three functions. Thousands of careers. All through a state-of-the-art Platform.

First generation students and graduates are successful careers just waiting to happen. The challenge? Not having the information, network, or social capital they need to capitalize on their potential. The solution? CareerSpring. Our Platform’s service model is straightforward, strategic, and successful.

We inform

Our Career Video Library enables first gen students to explore career options, develop well-informed aspirations, and learn fundamental tips for the college to career transition.

We advise

Our Career Advisor Forum connects first gen students to real-world professionals for personalized career advice and the opportunity to develop social capital within a broader network.

We place

Our Job Placement services bridge employers searching for diverse talent with first generation graduates searching for high-quality employment.

How it works

01

Join

Complete our easy on-line registration process to tell us about you, your needs, and goals. Once registered, your Career Platform account becomes your digital gateway into CareerSpring’s Network of information and social capital.

02

Link, Share & Learn

Whether you’re a student exploring careers, an employer looking for ideal candidates, or a volunteer with professional wisdom to share, our Career Platform connects you to the right information and the right people – for career access, social impact, and collective success.

03

Soar

Find your job. Hire your next employee. Engage with the community. CareerSpring empowers students, employers, educators, and volunteers to realize their fullest potential and contribute to a Career Platform that enriches America’s workforce. Ready? Let’s soar.

A letter from our Founder

After spending 20 years as a leader in the energy industry, I was blessed with the opportunity to become the president of a high school for students of limited economic resources in Houston, Texas. That experience fundamentally changed the way I view the world. It deepened my appreciation for the delicate relationship between human potential and life circumstances and opened my eyes to the challenges and opportunities we face as a society.

I believe in the dignity of work and that labor is a part of God’s plan for our lives. Unfortunately, with growing education and income inequality in the United States, finding a living wage job will become more challenging for the low income population. Fortunately, we have millions of Americans who are rising above their socioeconomic challenges and are often the first in their family to attend college. These first generation students bring grit, determination, and a set of life experiences that would add significant value to our labor market, but they often lack the social capital and information necessary to find meaningful employment. As a result, millions of first generation graduates are under-employed despite their education and massive potential. At the same time, the demographics of our labor market are evolving rapidly, and employers will need to find ways to attract high quality candidates with diverse backgrounds.

The combination of these factors creates an incredible opportunity to facilitate the movement of underemployed Americans into jobs that maximize their potential, and importantly, provide the dignity of meaningful work. To seize this opportunity, we have developed an efficient and scalable model to connect hundreds of thousands of young Americans with information and social capital that facilitates their career readiness and unlocks their employment potential. Our model also assists employers to reach their goals for diverse talent recruitment within a dynamic labor market. When we look forward, we see an America that optimizes the God given potential of every first generation student. Welcome to CareerSpring.

Paul Posoli

Founder

Mission & Vision

Unlocking potential by creating access

We envision a future where every first generation student in the United States acquires meaningful, high-quality employment that maximizes their God given potential, provides dignity of work, and enriches the labor market. But we know access is key. Which is why we’re all about creating a Platform that makes access possible. Together with our Network, we can realize our mission to unlock the employment potential of first generation students by providing career information, social capital, and job placement services.

5MM+

Or 30% of the 17MM undergraduate students in the US are first generation

54%

Of first generation college students come from families making less than $45,000

1/3

Of first generation college students drop out of college before their junior year

25%

Of low-income, first-generation college students get quality jobs or attend graduate school

Meet our partners

Empower Sponsoring Partners ($25K+)

Impact Sponsoring Partners ($10K+)

Inspire Sponsoring Partners ($5K+)

Education and Community Partners

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Meet the leaders behind the mission

Stephanie Arias

Director of College Initiatives, Cristo Rey Network

About

Stephanie Arias

A formerly undocumented Ecuadorian Chicagoan, Stephanie Arias understands firsthand the power of a high-quality education for all young people. As the Director of College Initiatives for the Cristo Rey Network, which exclusively enrolls historically underserved students in 37 high schools across 24 states, Stephanie supports College and Alumni Advisors to drive positive student outcomes and manages the network’s 54-member University Partners Program. Previously, Stephanie served as Manager of Talent & Special Programs at the Illinois Network of Charter Schools, an organization dedicated to influencing education policy for public school students. Stephanie has also served as a Northwestern University Public Interest Fellow, College Counselor, and Alumni Advisor at Urban Prep Academies.

Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Psychological Services from Northwestern University and is a proud former Surge Institute Fellow.

John England

Senior Partner, Deloitte

About

John England

John England is a senior partner in Deloitte’s oil and gas division, leading relationships with some of the organization’s largest clients. He previously served as the U.S. Oil & Gas leader for Deloitte LLP across all businesses, including consulting, risk and financial advisory, audit, and tax services. Prior to taking over his industry leadership role, John led the energy trading and risk management practice for Deloitte where he helped organizations solve challenges related to business model, risk management, and performance measurement.

John is a frequent author and speaker for energy industry topics and has been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, CNBC, BNN, and Bloomberg Radio. John has also appeared before groups such as the American Petroleum Institute, American Gas Association, Edison Electric Institute, and Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants Energy Conference, among others. He currently serves on the National Petroleum Council as well as on the Board of Directors for the Southeast Texas chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and the Houston Chapter of the World Affairs Council.

John holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Stephen F. Austin University and is also a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Texas.

Catherine Flax

Managing Director, CRA, Inc.

About

Catherine Flax

Catherine is a Managing Director at CRA, Inc., providing leadership coaching to executives in Financial Services, Fintech, Commodities, Professional Services and the Non-Profit sectors. Previously, she has held numerous executive leadership positions, including that of CEO at Pefin, Managing Director and Head of Commodity Derivatives, Foreign Exchange and Emerging Markets Sales and Trading for the Americas at BNP Paribas, and Chief Marketing Officer of J.P. Morgan. She brings decades of experience in business and strategic growth, innovation, talent development, regulatory affairs, diversity and inclusion, and more.

A leader in Financial Services, Catherine is currently on the Advisory Board of Jai Kisan (India), Darisami (Mauritius), Parameter Insights (Canada), and the Living Centerline Institute (US). A long-time champion of diversity, Catherine has also served on the J.P. Morgan Investment Banking Inclusive Leadership Council as well as on the J.P. Morgan Chase Diversity Council. Catherine has also worked with several non-profit organizations. She is currently on the board of Cristo Rey Brooklyn, as well as on the Wall Street Advisory council for the Texas A&M business school.

Catherine holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance from Texas A&M University, and a Master’s in Economics from Brown University.

Justice Eva Guzman

Texas Supreme Court Justice

About

Justice Eva Guzman

Justice Eva Guzman has served at all levels of the Texas judiciary. Her judicial service began after a successful ten-year legal career when then‑Governor George W. Bush appointed her to the 309th District Court in Harris County. In 2001, then‑Governor Rick Perry appointed her to the Fourteenth Court of Appeals in Houston, where she served nearly a decade before her appointment to the Supreme Court of Texas in 2009. When elected to a full term in 2010, Justice Guzman became the first Hispanic woman elected to statewide office in Texas. In 2016, she won re-election with 4.88 million votes, the highest in Texas election history. An American Law Institute member since 2006, Justice Guzman was honored as the 2016 Appellate Judge of the Year by the Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists. She also serves on the Duke University School of Law Board of Visitors, chairs the Supreme Court’s Children’s Commission, and is the Court’s liaison to the Texas Access to Justice Commission.

Justice Guzman holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Houston, a Juris Doctor from South Texas College of Law Houston, and a Master of Laws from Duke University School of Law.

Aileen McCormick

Retired Healthcare Executive

About

Aileen McCormick

Aileen McCormick is a retired healthcare executive with over 30 years of experience in commercial and Medicaid managed care. She is a recognized leader in all operational aspects of managed care and has built and led teams of professionals with a particular emphasis on professional development. Aileen is experienced in implementing complex managed care programs in new states as well as expansion of programs in existing states, having served as the CEO of Amerigroup Texas and later the CEO of Amerigroup’s Western Region until her retirement in 2015.

Aileen has served on the boards of the University of St. Thomas Cameron School of Business and the Nature Discovery Center. She is currently the board chair of Strake Jesuit College Preparatory, the President of the Mary Ann Wallace Scholarship Fund and a Board member of 180 Health Care Partners based in Nashville, TN. She has spent extensive time volunteering since her retirement, particularly at Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School of Houston.

Aileen holds a Bachelor of Science in Business, Management, Marketing and Related Support Services from Montclair State University and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from The University of St. Thomas.

Rob Metzger

Clinical Associate Professor, University of Illinois Gies College of Business

About

Rob Metzger

Rob Metzger is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Finance, the Director of the Investment Banking Academy, and the Faculty Director of the Business Honors Programs at the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition to his roles at Gies Business, he also serves as a Senior Advisor to Mission OG, a Philadelphia-based investment firm, and is a member of the Board of Directors of South Mountain Merger Corp., a special purpose acquisition corporation, and Payroc, LLC, a privately held payments processing business.

Previously, Rob was a Partner at William Blair & Company, L.L.C., where he held several leadership roles, such as the head of the Technology group and the head of the Financial Services Investment Banking Group. Prior to joining William Blair, Rob worked in the Investment Banking Division of ABN AMRO Incorporated, in the Financial Institutions Group at A.T. Kearney, Inc., and in the Audit and Audit Advisory Services at Price Waterhouse.

Rob holds a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Strategy from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Deborah Mouton

Writer, Educator, Activist and Houston Poet Laureate Emeritus

About

Deborah Mouton

Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton is an internationally known writer, educator, activist, and Poet Laureate Emeritus of Houston, Texas. Formerly ranked the #2 Best Female Poet in the World, she was the founder of Houston VIP Slam – the longest running poetry slam venue in Houston, Texas. Currently, as the Executive Director of VIP Arts Houston, Deborah seeks to build more bridges that amplify the voices of artists in and around the nation.

Deborah’s work has appeared in Houston Noir by Akashic Press, Black Girl Magic by Haymarket Books, Fjords Journal, Crab Orchard Review, and on such platforms as NPR, BBC, ABC, Blavity, Upworthy, and TedX. A fellow with The Writer’s Hotel and The Poetry Foundation’s Poetry Incubator, D.E.E.P.’s collaborations with The Houston Ballet, The Houston Rockets, and the Houston Grand Opera have opened new doors for performance poetry. As a finalist for Texas State Poet Laureate, a Kennedy Center Citizen fellowship, and the prestigious Breadloaf Retreat, her work has been highlighted and studied in Canada, England, New Zealand, and Germany.

Deborah holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and African American Studies from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Arts in Education from the University of St. Thomas.

Paul Posoli

Founder and President, CareerSpring

About

Paul Posoli

Paul Posoli is the Founder and President of CareerSpring, a networking and job placement platform for first generation students. He recently served for five years as President of Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School of Houston, which provides a college preparatory education and work-study program to students of limited economic resources.

Before taking the role at Cristo Rey Jesuit, Paul spent 20 years as a leader in the energy industry. Most recently, Paul served as Managing Director in Commodities and Head of the Global Energy business for JPMorgan. Prior to JPMorgan, Paul was a Senior Managing Director at Bear Stearns and President of Bear Energy. Paul joined Bear Stearns from Calpine Corporation where he was an Executive Vice President and President of Calpine Energy Services. Paul serves on the advisory boards of Orion Energy Partners, a credit oriented private equity firm focused on energy, and Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores. He is also a member of the President’s Council for the University of Miami.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Miami and a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Kevin Reeves

Vice President, BP Energy Company

About

Kevin Reeves

Kevin Reeves is Vice President over Natural Gas and Power Origination for BP Energy Company. He has more than twenty years of energy industry experience, having previously worked for Enron North America, Reliant Energy, and American Electric Power.

Prior to embarking on a career in the private sector, Kevin served as a PATRIOT missile battery launcher platoon leader in Germany and Saudi Arabia during the First Gulf War. A native of Indianapolis, Indiana, Kevin is married to Kathryne Reeves and is the father of a daughter Camille (18) and a son Kevin Wiley (16). Kevin currently resides in New Albany, Ohio and is involved with several community and charitable organizations. He currently sits on the boards of KIPP Columbus, Rev1 Ventures and The Columbus Metropolitan Library. He is also a past president of the Columbus Academy Board of Trustees.

Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Peter Tumminello

Group President, Southern Company Gas

About

Peter Tumminello

Peter Tumminello is group president of Commercial Businesses for Southern Company Gas (formerly AGL Resources). In this role, he is responsible for all operations outside of the regulated entities, including wholesale services, retail energy, and all midstream businesses including pipeline investments and gas storage. Peter also serves on the Board of the Southern Company Gas Foundation and is a member of the company’s management council.

Prior to joining Southern Company Gas, Tumminello was Vice President of Energy Supply for Green Mountain Energy Company, and he worked for TPC Corp and ARCO Oil and Gas Company in capacities of energy marketing, storage and transportation, asset management, petroleum engineering, finance and planning, and project evaluation. With more than 30 years of experience in the energy industry, Tumminnello joined the executive management team of Sequent in August 2003 as Vice President of Asset Management and Origination and has held several positions that have increased his roles and leadership responsibilities throughout the organization. He is also an advisory board member for Cristo Rey Jesuit Houston.

Tumminello holds a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Louisiana Tech University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southwestern Louisiana.

Champ Warren

Managing Director, Merrill Lynch

About

Champ Warren

Champ Warren is a Managing Director and senior partner on one of the largest Private Banking teams in the Southwest region of Merrill Lynch. Champ has thirty-one years of experience specializing in wealth management, corporate finance and business succession planning. He has been recognized by The Financial Times, Forbes, and Barron’s as one of America’s top wealth management advisors. Prior to joining the Private Bank, he co-managed the firm’s Business Finance Group in Houston. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, Champ worked as a banker in the Middle Market Lending Group of First City Bank (now JP Morgan Chase).

Champ is a founding member of the Merrill Lynch National Advisor Growth Network and a national representative on the Merrill Lynch Advisory Council to Management. He has received several accolades including Barron’s Top 50 Private Wealth Advisory Teams in America. He was also recognized by the Chairman of Bank of America as a Global Diversity and Inclusion Award Winner. Champ’s community and charitable efforts have supported organizations such as KIPP Texas Public Schools, Strake Jesuit College Preparatory, Cristo Rey Jesuit Houston, and many more.

Champs holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin.

Stephanie Arias

Director of College Initiatives, Cristo Rey Network

Naveed Bandukwala

Consultant, Egon Zehnder

J'ai Brown

HR Director, HUB International

Guy Caprio

Staff Therapist, Loyola University, Chicago

Daniel Chavez

Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Geoff Dybas

Executive Managing Director, Duff and Phelps Investment Management

Alyse Faour

Assistant Director of Alumni Relations and Development, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Scott Gwilliam

Managing Director, Keystone Capital

Cheri Hubbard

President, CDH Consulting Group

David Kirshenbaum

Managing Director, Virtas Partners & Chairman, TIGER 21 Chicago Group 4

Ron Lewis

Project Manager, The Academy Group

Sheila Matuscak

Co-Founder and CEO, Coeo Space

Rob Metzger

Clinical Associate Professor, University of Illinois Gies College of Business

Solange Velasquez

Director, William Blair

Sofia Adrogué

President, S.A.P.C. & Partner, Diamond McCarthy LLP

Steve Amstutz

Director, Institute for Research and Reform in Education

Tony Annunziato

Retired Energy Trader

Gerald Balboa

Chief Operating Officer, Skylar Capital

Dennis Hatchett

CEO, Vessel Group

Stephen Lewis

Principal, Bernstein Private Wealth Management

Marty Makuski

Principal, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Marvin Pierre

Executive Director, Eight Million Stories

Greg Piper

Energy Industry Executive and Advisor

Selena Stuchly

Human Resources Executive, Oxy

Katherine Taylor

Executive Director, Genesys Works - Houston

Dr. Liz Travis

Associate Vice President, MD Anderson

Terri Austin

Host and Legal Analyst

Christon Cabey

Vice President, Financial Institutions Coverage Banker

Trish Dever

Managing Director, JPMorgan Human Resources

Rob Feingold

Lecturer, UMass - Amherst, Isenberg School of Management

Catherine Flax

Managing Director, CRA, Inc.

Yaseen Gholizadeh

Investment Banking Analyst

Bill Henson

Cristo Rey Brooklyn High School, Vice Chair

Paul Kelly

Senior Managing Director, The Blackstone Group

Idara Otu

Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Barclays

Bill Reed

CEO, Castleton Commodities, Inc

Rob Rusk

Co-Founder and Partner, Orion Energy Partners

Brian Smith

CEO, Argent Development Group

Angela Barsallo

Southern Methodist University

Trina Bean

University of Oklahoma graduate

Margot Bolaños-Gamez

University of Chicago

Jorge Cantu

University of Texas

Isaiah Culpepper

UT Health

LaMaya Davis

University of Miami

Amy Garcia

University of Houston graduate

Janneicia Harrison

Loyola University

Toby Irenstein

Vanderbilt University

Rason Irvin

Southern University

Manuel Lopez

Texas A&M graduate

Karina Muniz

University of Houston Clear Lake graduate

Kandace Nguyen

Boston College graduate

Peter Obi

Ohio State University graduate

Alexis Ramos

Texas A&M graduate

Amairani Rucoba

University of Houston Downtown graduate

Rebeca Salas

Bryn Mawr College graduate

Sylvester Washington

Texas A&M University

Yesenia Zetino

Loyola University, Chicago graduate

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