Chrys Tsilibes

Assistant Director, Corporate Partner Relations

Hometown: Rochester, NY (Brighton)

My goal is to work with employers from all different sectors, sizes and organizational cultures to ensure UConn students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS)  have the opportunities to translate their UConn academic experiences into post- graduation jobs.

Given my years as a  professional marketer, business leader and manager of young professionals at Fortune 1000 companies and global nonprofits, I can “speak the employer language”. With my insider view, I listen, collaborate and guide employers on what is right for UConn students.

I guide employers on how to best navigate posting and promoting their opportunities on Handshake, and then, find ways for employers to meet you. This could be in person, through a virtual meeting or even through email messaging.

Things I enjoy:  I have a long-standing commitment to volunteerism.  I am a member of organizations that promote education, the arts and provide support for marginalized groups.  I have volunteered in many capacities including service projects, event planning and fundraising and securing donated items.  My other interests include music and sports.  I am a violinist since the age of 5 – playing in school and community orchestras and teaching the Suzuki method.  When it comes to sports,   I also grew up playing soccer in a wide range of teams including playing internationally with my corporate Danone/Dannon team- a great employee benefit.  I am also a sports fan especially during March Madness – and while I do cheer for UConn – I cheer a bit louder for another “blue uniformed” team.

Advice to students:
Emphasize, Explore, Experience to gain Employment;  Emphasize taking the time in your fun and busy schedules even as First Years– to think and plan for your post graduate journey, Explore what is out there by meeting with Career Consultants, attending career fairs or employer sessions, and Experience working as a young professional – in part time jobs, internships- that may or may not be in a field  you ultimately land.  This formula will help you when you do graduate and are seeking Employment for your first job post UConn.  This helps you become a  “life long employment seeker”  help you as you eventually find your “dream job”.

Education

New York University/Stern School of Business, New York, NY
MBA, Marketing and International Business
Summer Internship, (Mondelez (RJR Nabisco): Vice President of Urban Business Assistance Corporation (student-owned consulting business for minority-owned businesses), Duke Symphony

Duke University, Durham, NC
A.B. Public Policy and History

Summer Internship: National Consumer League, communications and lobbying assistant
Study Abroad: Queen Mary College/University of London, Suzuki Violin Instructor, Club Soccer

Previous Roles

  • Nonprofit Agencies: Director, New Business Save the Children, Marketing Project Leader, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
  • Consumer Products Manufacturers: Marketing Director and Manager positions for numerous brands and product lines: Edgewell (Schick/Playtex), DANONE North America (Dannon yogurt),Georgia Pacific/James River (Brawny, Quilted Northern, Dixie), Mondelez/RJRNabisco (Cream of Wheat/Toastettes)
  • High Tech Manufacturers: Marketing Director, Pitney Bowes – Small Business Division including internet postage
  • Financial Services: Commercial Lender and Management Trainee, Wells Fargo,N.A., (First American Bank) Washington, DC

Volunteer Roles

  • Women’s Service Organizations:  National Charity League (Grade Level Advisor), Association of Junior Leagues International – Connecticut and NYC chapters (Fundraising and Cultural arts), Greek Orthodox Philoptochos Society (Community Service)
  • Community: Parent Teacher Association (PTA) at Fairfield Public Schools (Board of Education Representative, Secretary and Programs): Asistant Coach Girls’ Recreation Soccer
  • Higher Education: Alumni organizations:  Community Service, Reunion Committee and Sports-watching
  • Music:  Board Members, Bridgeport Symphony (Finance Committee), InterSchool Orchestra Society (Marketing Committee)

 

 

 

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Six UConn Stamford Students Named Spectrum Scholars

Six UConn Stamford students are among the 20 Spectrum Scholars chosen by Spectrum for its newest class of scholars. The Scholarship, designed for underrepresented college students with financial need, grants each recipient with a $20,000 scholarship, a professional Spectrum mentor, and the opportunity for an internship at one of the company’s corporate campuses.

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The Calling to Work for a Faith-based Organization

Curious about working for a faith-based organization? This interview deep dives with an experienced top corporate brand marketer who switched his career to follow his calling in faith inspired non-profits.

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MarketingEDGE First-Gen Initiative

MarketingEDGE is a 50-year-old national nonprofit committed to shaping the future of marketing leadership by connecting students, academics, and professionals to the resources and relationships they need to see, move, and stay ahead.

In Spring, 2021,  first-generation students will be …

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What and Who is an Entrepreneur?

Many of us hear the word “entrepreneur” when we discuss an individual who has “made it big” with their idea. Some household names who began as entrepreneurs, such as Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and Oprah Winfrey are now the leaders of …

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