Accelerate to Industry

Accelerate to Industry

Accelerate to Industry (A2i) is a workforce development program that allows graduate students to explore diverse career paths with our industry partners in the Charlotte region and beyond.  The program offers a variety of modules that teach students how to transfer the skills they’ve acquired in their degree programs to meet the needs and challenges of industry. From one-day company site visits to semester-long team projects, A2i creates a host of meaningful interactions between sponsor companies and top UNC Charlotte graduate students.

Spring 2021: A2i Leadership Series

March 5 - April 1, 2021 | Online


Difficult Conversations: How to Manage Up, Down, and Across the Hierarchy

Kim Harris, MSc, Business Operations Specialist | Internal Consultant


Leading from Behind

Chris Cardwell, Head of Product Go To Market

Alex Feliciano, Director of Client Delivery

Kristen Koehler, Technical Sales Lead

3.19 Behind the Ball: Diversity and Inclusion at the Charlotte Hornets

Nadia Thomas, Manager of Accounting, Finance & Co-Chair Diversity & Inclusion Council

Josh Rosen, Senior Director of Communications & Co-Chair Diversity & Inclusion Council

Ronnie Bryant, Chief Information Officer, IT & Co-Chair Diversity & Inclusion Council

4.1 Goal Setting and Tracking at JELD-WEN

Holly Milanese, JELD-WEN, Corporate Onboarding & Early Career Programs Lead

Nicole Schachter, JELD-WEN, Talent Development Business Partner

Cammeron Jacobs, JELD-WEN, University Relations Program Lead


Fall 2020: A2i Job Search Strategies

In this 8-week developmental series, experts from industry will provide virtual workshops, career panels, and presentations that will help graduate students from all disciplines prepare for internship and job searches. 

 October 2 - November 20, 2020 | Online

10.2 Job Search Due Diligence: Researching Opportunities and Potential Employers Ivanna Garibaldi Campbell, Executive-in-Residence and Managing Partner, People Tech HR Consulting Group

Negotiations & Networking Essentials  Amir Ismail, Founder

The Seven Ingredients to Success Kim Henderson, Chief of Staff to CEO, SVP of Executive Leadership Development
10.23 Showcasing Your Experience on Your Resume

Candace Coaxum-Richardson, Requirements Officer 

George Meeks, Recruiter

Kayla Dyson, Recruiter

10.30 Are You Even Remotely Successful? How to Thrive in a Remote Environment

Amy Kazmiercak, Chief People Officer

Angela Genaro-Ruilova, Director of Talent Management

Jamie Martin, Manager of Talent Acquisition

11.06 Life-Long Learning and Adaptive Leadership

Susan Clifford, Lead Director & Sr. Human Resources Business Partner

Mark Berkowsky, Senior Director of Recruiting & On-boarding

Michelle Schultz, Lead Director, Innovation & Design Office 


Translating Your Academic Career to the Workplace

Jennifer Hull, Ally, Early Talent Recruiting Manager

Holly Milanese, JELD-WEN, Manager, Corporate Onboarding  Program & University Relations

11.20 Diversity, Inclusion, & Talent Acquisition at Atrium Health

Tanya Bacon, VP, Talent Acquisition & Recruiting

Beatriz Rodriguez, HR Business Partner

Arlene Cash, Program Manager, Diversity & Inclusion




For more information, please contact Dr. Jill Huerta, Director, Center for Graduate Life.