Director, Employer Engagement & Operations, Professional Services Portfolio
Leah Mills is the Director of Employer Engagement and Operations, working with employers across the Professional Services industries including Accounting, Consulting, Human Resources and Marketing, Advertising, & Public Relations. Her role supports the development of recruitment and engagement strategies to effectively connect employers with top talent at the W. P. Carey School of Business. Leah believes that delivering exceptional client experiences by creating seamless ways to access talent, navigate the university recruiting ecosystem, and execute high-value engagements are the keys to fostering sustainable and successful partnerships. Within the Career Management and Employer Engagement unit, she has supported on-campus recruiting execution, technology system implementation and management, and the enhancement of recruiting partnerships during her tenure. Prior to joining W. P. Carey, Leah worked in intercollegiate athletics and holds a B.S. in Sport Management and Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and a M. Ed. in Sport Administration from the University of Minnesota.
Senior Assistant Director of Employer Engagement, Technology Portfolio
Toni Cortright is a Senior Assistant Director on the Employer Engagement team at W. P. Carey School of Business, working with employers across the Technology industries including Computer Networking, Electronic & Computer Hardware, Internet, Software, and Telecommunications. He served for more than 20 years as a Telecommunications Operations Chief in the United States military, educating and leading soldiers, earning three Bronze Stars for efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. After retiring from military service in 2015, he changed careers to focus his leadership skills on the business of talent. His role as a recruiter helped Veterans, and College students start new careers at the two Fortune 500 companies he was a part of. At W. P. Carey, Toni works directly with firms to help them assess, plan, and execute the most effective, innovative and strategic ways to find the talent they need. He is a pathfinder and a team player who loves connecting and building relationships with employers and students. Toni holds a B.S. in Business Administration and MBA from the University of Phoenix.
Assistant Director of Employer Engagement, Manufacturing and Logistics Portfolio
Jennifer Redd is an Assistant Director on the Employer Engagement team at the W. P. Carey School of Business, working with employers across the Manufacturing and Logistics industries including Consumer Packaged Goods, Food & Beverage, Logistics & Transportation, Manufacturing, and Retail. Jennifer believes the power of education is only as good as the opportunities that exist upon graduation. To that end, she develops recruiting relationships with industry partners, tracks market trends to inform student programming, and strategizes on ways to build bridges between education and industry. She brings more than 20 years of experience in relationship management where she has cultivated win-win solutions for customers and clients. Jennifer holds a B.S. in Communication with a Minor in Editorial from Indiana University.
Assistant Director of Employer Engagement, Diversified Portfolio
Mara DeFilippis is an Assistant Director on the Employer Engagement team at W. P. Carey School of Business, partnering with companies in diverse industries such as utilities, government, healthcare, aerospace, and defense. She believes in collaboratively building a common strategic vision with clients, focusing on client goals and outcomes, and consistently exceeding client expectations. Mara has worked in program and project development for more than seven years at ASU, strategically bridging local and international client needs with the complex resources and capabilities of the university. She is the founder and founding CEO of The Phoenix Green Chamber and has launched and facilitated board retreats for several community organizations and committees. Mara holds a B.S. in Accounting, has been a C.P.A, and is currently pursuing a M.A. in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in ethics from Claremont Lincoln University.
Assistant Director of Employer Engagement, Financial Services
Mike Sanders is an Assistant Director on the Employer Engagement team at the W. P. Carey School of Business, working with employers across the finance industries including Commercial Banking & Credit, Construction, Insurance, Investment/Portfolio Management, Investment Banking, and Real Estate. He brings a high level of experience and understanding of the corporate landscape through years as a commercial banker, and has adapted his consultative approach in the private sector to his role at ASU. Mike has also served in a student-facing role on the career management team at the W. P. Carey School and has merged his corporate knowledge with his understanding of student interests to aid employers recruiting at the W. P. Carey to access the right students for their talent needs. Mike holds a B.A. in English from Arizona State University, and an M.A. in Technical and Professional Writing from Northern Arizona University.