Career Conversations

Advice and News From the Cohen Career Center

I'm glad that everyone has sailed through midterms and that Fall Break is right around the corner. I hope you all have a great break, whether you're traveling or just relaxing. You deserve it! As always, take a look at our calendar and this newsletter to get an idea of what's happening this semester. Be sure to follow us on social media (links at the bottom of this newsletter along with the weekly meme) to stay updated!

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Free Coffee Friday!

Friday, Oct. 20th, 12:30-3pm

180 Stadium Drive

Williamsburg, VA

Come get free coffee or hot chocolate and win awesome prizes in our giveaways!
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Mon October 9th, 1 - 4 pm - Diane Burgraff

Diane Burgraff has been employed in the utility industry for forty years. She was Vice President of Finance (including Rates and Regulatory Affairs) with The Peoples Natural Gas Company. She was responsible for all rate filings made by Peoples with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. She also managed all of Peoples regulatory matters and issues involving the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and was responsible for all of Peoples financial departments. Since leaving Peoples Gas, she has worked as an independent consultant and expert witness. Her clients have included gas, water, wastewater utilities, government entities, large utility customers, and trade associations.


Wed October 11th, 3 - 5 pm - Mark Andino

Mark Andino is a seasoned financial services industry executive with over 32 years of experience. His experience spans a variety of executive roles, including Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Administrative Officer, and Chief Financial Officer. His key accomplishments include significantly enhancing core profitability and operations at multiple financial institutions. His positions have given him extensive experience in treasury management, SEC and regulatory reporting, capital markets, and strategic planning.


Fri October 13th, 9 am - noon - Bill Cripe

Bill Cripe's most recent position was as an Executive Search Consultant in Talent Acquisition. Upon completing college, he began his career as a Director of Human Resources for a regional retail organization. He spent his entire career in human resources management, most at the executive level, in technology, real estate and retail organizations. In 2002, he bought a small retail business at Lake Anna, VA. Over the course of the next 10 years, the business grew from $600,000 to $2,800,000, which included an additional location and developing a marina on the lake. Selling the business in 2011/2012, he returned to Northern VA, where he started a new career in Executive Search.

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