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“Leaders In The Industry” Career Webinar Series Kicks Off


Saint Leo’s new career planning webinar series will give students the inside track on a variety of career fields.

Career.webinar.Leaders-in-the-industry“What are employers looking for in today’s college grads?”

“What’s it really like to work in human resources, law enforcement, health care, marketing, or any particular field?”

Chances are if you’re a college student with your sights set on gainful employment in the not-too-distant future, you won’t find the answers to common questions such as these in a textbook – or even online.

Sometimes you just need to consult an expert – someone with experience in your intended field.

Introducing “Leaders in the Industry”

Thanks to a new, live webinar series sponsored by the Center for Online Learning’s Student Services Department, all Saint Leo students will have that opportunity.

Titled “Leaders in the Industry,” the webinar series is open to all Saint Leo University students – online students, as well as those studying at University Campus or any Education Center.

“Students are very interested in finding out what exactly companies are looking for in new hires,” says Katrina Wahlstrom, undergraduate career advisor. “It’s a question we hear from students in every degree program. We’re hoping that the Leaders in the Industry webinars will provide students with that big-picture perspective, as well an opportunity to get answers to their specific career concerns.”

Some of the topics speakers will address include:

  • Industry culture
  • Salary expectations
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Required skills and experience

Upcoming Presentations

Leaders in the Industry kicks off in February with a focus on the health care industry, followed by presentations on criminal justice and communications in March.

Mark CampbellTuesday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. EST
Healthcare Industry
Mark Campbell, Vice President of Materials Management, Tampa General Hospital

Mark Campbell plays an integral role in managing the procurement strategy for Tampa General Hospital. He directs a variety of materials management activities, including purchasing, supply distribution, minority business development and sterile processing for the hospital.

Prior to his current position, Campbell served as TGH’s director of Health Information Management, during which time he strategically realigned the department resulting in increased productivity and decreased time to produce patient bills.

Joe DurkinWednesday, March 12 at 7 p.m. EDT
: Criminal Justice/Business - Communication
: Joe Durkin, Senior Director of Corporate Communications, Bright House Networks-Tampa Bay Division

Joe Durkin serves as the official spokesperson for Bright House Networks, Tampa Bay Division. He develops communications plans for new product deployment, business objectives, public affairs initiatives, and public policy issues.

Prior to joining Bright House, Durkin was a member of the Tampa Police Department for 23 years, serving as an officer and then as agency spokesperson. As TPD spokesperson, he was interviewed numerous times by local, national and international media. Durkin is a U.S. Navy veteran and a Saint Leo University alumnae.

Register to attend

Each live webinar last approximately 45 minutes to an hour, and participants will have the opportunity to ask questions in real time or via online chat.

Space is limited and registration is encouraged.

To RSVP, contact: Katrina Wahlstrom at or (813) 226-4848 or Zulie Mendoza at or (813) 226-4855.

Sessions will take place via Blackboard Collaborate (Click here to access webinar link. Click on "start session" on left-hand side of page and enter your first and last name to log in.)

Image Credits: Mediocre 2010, Mark Campbell, Joe Durkin


The Logistics Program within Saint Leo University's Management Department has received certification from the American Society of Transportation and Logistics. Graduates from SLU's undergraduate logistics program immediately receive the Professional Designation in Logistics and Supply Chain Management (PLS) without having to take the required exam. This is an awesome accomplishment and the Management Department Chair, Dr. Lowder, thanks Dr. Chuck Oden for his hard work in attaining this designation.
Posted @ Tuesday, February 04, 2014 8:15 PM by Dr. Tim Lowder
Awesome news, Dr. Lowder! If anyone is interested in learning more about Saint Leo's Logistics specialization, go to: 
Posted @ Wednesday, February 05, 2014 6:52 AM by Mary Beth Erskine
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