Chuck Brooks, AM'81
Chuck Brooks is the Principal Market Growth Strategist for General Dynamics Mission Systems for Cybersecurity and Emerging Technologies. He is also Adjunct Faculty at Georgetown University’s Applied Intelligence Program and graduate Cybersecurity Programs where he teaches courses on risk management, homeland security, and cybersecurity. LinkedIn named Chuck as one of “The Top 5 Tech People to Follow on LinkedIn” out of their 550 million members. He was named by Thompson Reuters as a “Top 50 Global Influencer in Risk, Compliance,” and by IFSEC as the “#2 Global Cybersecurity Influencer” in 2018. In both 2017 and 2016, he was named “Cybersecurity Marketer of the Year by the Cybersecurity Excellence Awards. He is also a Cybersecurity Expert for “The Network” at the Washington Post, Visiting Editor at Homeland Security Today, and a Contributor to FORBES.
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Adam Zajac is one of only 53 Nationally Certified Résumé Writers (or NCRWs) in the world and is an accomplished career services and brand development professional who has contributed his expertise in résumé and LinkedIn profile writing, career strategy, strategic communications and marketing to benefit job seekers, organizations and small businesses for the past 13 years. Interested in writing from a young age, Adam honed his abilities as an English major at the University of Utah, and has furthered his business and writing knowledge and credentialing at North Central College, as well as through local and national training programs.
Since 2005, Adam has worked for Vocamotive, Inc., a vocational rehabilitation and career services firm located in Hinsdale, Illinois. Adam began marketing his résumé writing and LinkedIn expertise to individuals outside of the vocational rehabilitation environment in 2012, and soon became a well-respected and in-demand expert sought by experienced professionals, managers and senior executives throughout the country. He now runs a standalone Résumé and Career Services division at Vocamotive, and oversees a staff of talented associate writers. His résumé services client base has also grown worldwide and he has worked with clients in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. In 2015, Adam also began to also work with solo-entrepreneurs and small businesses, and has created LinkedIn and related content for medical, legal, finance, marketing, insurance, defense contracting, and real estate firms.
As a respected thought leader, Adam has been widely published and quoted. His contributions can be found on LinkedIn Pulse, Thrive Global, The Naked Truth Magazine, BuzzFeed and in many other publications, as well as Vocamotive’s blog. Career educators at universities in the U.S. and Great Britain utilize Adam’s techniques, and Executive MBA programs at both the University of Illinois and Northern Illinois University refer clients to Adam to provide their students with a professional edge.
Adam is also a proud member of the National Résumé Writers’ Association and Rotary International, and can regularly be found providing guidance, support and volunteer services to organizations throughout the Chicagoland area.
Tyler L. Hough
Tyler has experience in project management, financial management, human resources, startup ventures, international business development, fundraising, and strategic planning. He worked in a number of capacities at the University of Chicago and Loyola University Chicago prior to launching the Jefferson Group, a global strategy consulting firm, in 2016. He leads the #ThatTalkOn professional development series at the University of Chicago's Graham School. He's studied at Loyola University Chicago and the University of Chicago, and is currently pursuing his master's degree in education policy, with a certificate in leadership, at Northwestern University.
Brittney Beck, NCRW, CCELW is a Senior Associate Résumé and LinkedIn Profile Writer at Vocamotive with a focus on career development strategy for her clients. She is one of less than 60 Nationally Certified Résumé Writers (NCRW’s) in the country and holds an additional certification in LinkedIn profile writing. She is a regular presenter at industry conferences, networking events, and at universities on the importance of building a personal and professional brand, particularly as it relates to résumés and LinkedIn profiles. She has an education in strategic communications, as well as considerable experience in writing, career development, and personal branding.
Linda Levinson-Harvey, MBA'92
Linda is an experienced talent developer and career coach with more than 25 years of experience working with clients seeking to advance their personal and professional lives. Her practice includes career advisory and job search strategies for recent graduates as well as workforce re-entry for women and for seasoned professionals seeking promotion. With a hands-on and pragmatic approach she guides clients toward identifying and pursuing their best-fit career paths and in securing opportunities to make their aspirations a reality.
Linda has global experience working in career management and admissions with top-tier MBA programs such as Chicago Booth, Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and the London Business School. She was the inaugural staff director for the LEAD Program at Chicago Booth and more recently she served the school as a member of the Executive Education team.
Linda is active in workforce development, job readiness training and first-gen college programs in her community. Previously she worked in management consulting and in human resources in the health care sector. In addition to her MBA she is an alumna of the University of Chicago’s Graduate Program in Health Administration and Policy (GPHAP) and holds a BS in Psychology from Grinnell College.
Jennifer Atala, AB'02
Jennifer Atala is a global business, strategy and partnerships professional with expertise in technology, financial inclusion, and private sector development in culturally and politically-diverse environments. She has led initiatives in eight countries with the US government, international institutions, SMBs and local organizations. With her consulting practice, she has led and advised clients on entrepreneurship ecosystem building with assessments, project design and partnership initiatives for the US and Swiss governments, international organizations and MNCs in Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinian Territories.
From 2015-2017, Ms. Atala served as the Senior Technical Advisor on the U.S. Agency for International Development’s private sector competitiveness program in the Palestinian Territories – the Compete Project – where she led grant-investment and technical teams across seven industries. In this role, she accomplished the first pilot deal in the garment sector between companies based in Gaza and Tel Aviv since the 2007 political closure as part of then Secretary Kerry’s initiative, leading her team’s market research, due diligence, negotiations and relationship-building efforts. Prior, she was based in Washington, DC, where she led data analytics consulting projects for the US government and multi-lateral institutions, served as the liaison between USAID’s Civil-Military Office and Office of Transition Initiatives and on the US State Department’s Libya Task Force, and led investment process improvement initiatives within the Financial Institutions Group of the International Finance Corporation.
Ms. Atala is a Truman National Security Fellow, certified yoga teacher focused on trauma-affected communities, and graduate of both the University of Chicago and Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She regularly volunteers as a mentor and judge for startup acceleration programs and is on the Board of Directors for BuildPalestine, a social enterprise aimed at crowd-solving development challenges and mobilizing Palestinian Diaspora. Learn more at www.jenniferatala.com