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Prezume for Laura Ledgerwood Garcia
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Laura Ledgerwood Garcia
Higher Education Professional with 8 years of experience working in collegiate career services, marketing and admissions. Strategic leader comfortable with public speaking, employer relations, marketing, social media, career counseling and, most importantly, turning
Bachelor of Science, Marketing
College to Career
When: Summer 2006
Where: Hakozaki Shinto Shrine in Fukuoka, Japan
Why: To practice my Japanese!
Futuristic, Activator, Relator
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Master of Science, College Student Personnel
Special Events Co-chair, Social Chair
Directly supervised homecoming float builds leading up to the first College GameDay visit to Clemson by ESPN to cover the GA Tech vs. Clemson football game
Oversaw 18 total participating groups consisting of 100s of volunteers
Parent Ambassador Director, Orientation Ambassador
Selected as 1 of 2 ambassador directors to lead group through training
Represented Clemson in a professional manner when answering student and parent questions
This experience is one that I am most proud of. I learned a lot about Japanese culture, the Shinto religion and how to adapt to new situations. I stayed with a host family and spoke only in Japanese for the duration of my three month internship.
NACE Chevron Award 2013: Career Guide e-book
NACE Chevron Award 2012: Web & Tech Integration
NACE Innovation Excellence Award 2012: Social Media Communications Plan
GACE Rising Star Award 2012: Social Media for the association
College Student Personnel Association
Vice President, Orientation & Recruitment
Coordinated the schedules of 20+ new students
Represented UT and the program to visiting students
Graduate Student Senate
Omicron Delta Kappa
• Acted as a liaison between students in the College of Business Administration and employers by connecting students with full-time, part-time, and internship opportunities
• Saw a caseload of approximately 5-10 students per week
• Assisted in teaching weekly class of 35+ students on resumes, job search techniques, interviewing, company visits, budgeting, and salary and negotiation
Created new MBA Workshop
Diversity Job Fair
UT Library Development Office
• Personally secured $2,500 in corporate sponsorships of the $4,000 raised for the Love your Libraries Fun Run
• Contacted all department heads in student affairs and over 10 local businesses to support and donate gifts
• Assisted in the formation of the Business Friends program to foster employer’s financial support of the library
• Conducted research on legacy programs, alumni gifts, and homecoming to benchmark to peer institutions
• Planned logistics for 60 participants to visit Pigeon Forge for the Alumni Summer College program
UT Alumni Affairs
Clemson Athletic Department
National Society of Collegiate Scholars
Leadership & Teamwork
Committee - Chair
Terry Team Programming
As a Career Consultant, I....
Career Consultant Survey
Business Professionalism Certificate Assessment
Career Center Assessment Committee
Provided guidance for general & industry specific job searches
Conducted mock interviews
Connected employers & students
Social Media Committee - Chair
Georgia Association of Colleges & Employers
Marketing & Communications Co-chair, Jan 2011-June 2014
Devised a way to increase interaction with social media sites by creating the Social Media Emcee contest
Oversee a $4,000 budget and secured several promotional items for the 300 member association
Initiated GACE's inaugural "Social Media Workshop" & coordinated logistics for 60+ registrants
Other leadership roles: Special Projects Chair, Professional Development Co-chair
Southern Association of Colleges & Employers
Marketing Chair, Aug 2013- June 2014
Social Media Co-chair, Aug 2012-Aug 2013)
Backpacks to Briefcases
Social Media Consultant
The UGA Career Center became 2nd in the nation for total # of Twitter followers for collegiate career services offices
Ranked the UGA Career Center as the 3rd best college career center in the nation when it comes to social media
- Career Consultant Surveys -
"Immediately after my meeting with Ms. Ledgerwood, I felt like a brand new person with a more defined perspective on my future as a student and potential career path after college. Laura is clearly an expert in her field and has a resume of accomplishments that speak volumes about her knowledge and insight into specific career paths. She helped transform my resume and gave me priceless assistance on how I can better market myself as a student and future businessman post-graduation. I highly recommend Laura to anyone who could use a motivation boost, some career consulting, or anything else within that realm. Her consulting has already paid dividends in my life just weeks after meeting with her."
"She is amazing! I felt so good afterward and the next two interviews I had, I got moved to the next step of the interview on the spot. THANK YOU SO MUCH LAURA."
"Laura is sharp, informative, and genuinely kind. Her efforts with my resume and interviewing skills were above and beyond my expectations. I've recommended Laura to many of my friends who wish to pursue the same career."
"My experience at the Career Center was far more helpful than I could have ever foreseen. I feel much more confident in the job-searching and interviewing process than I did before and truly feel that the appointment was a huge help."
"For the past several years, I have worked closely with Laura Garcia to provide career development services to business students at the University of Georgia. Laura is driven and hard-working, and I consider her to be one of the "go-to" people in our office, particularly when it comes to developing innovative new ideas or leveraging technology and social media. She is very organized, quick to pick up new tasks, and a great team player. To cite one example, Laura created a new marketing concept that essentially doubled student attendance at our programs. She is also responsible for the UGA Career Center's social media presence, which has grown to become one of the leaders of the industry under her leadership. She offers similarly significant contributions through involvement in state and regional professional groups, and is constantly looking to add value or increase efficiency in any way possible. In short, it has been a pleasure working with Laura and she has contributed greatly to our office, our team, and my own success as a co-worker."
~Andrew Crain, UGA Career Consultant, Co-worker
"Laura was an amazing asset to the UT Career Services team. She has a natural warmth and humor that made her immediately popular with everyone in the office as well as the students. Laura was never afraid to ask questions or come up with new ideas and always maintained a positive and professional attitude. As a teaching assistant , Laura was often the first one the students sought out for individual advice and questions. Laura is a great colleague and friend and I consider myself lucky to have worked with her."
~Jeannine Wirth Berge, Former UT Career Consultant, Supervisor
As the Assistant Director of Social Media and Marketing, I directly oversaw all posts that went out on social media. I utilized Hootsuite and bit.ly to monitor our reach.
Connect with me!
Laura Ledgerwood Garcia
Samples of communication I send out for the association.
Career Guide eBook
Interview with JobBrander where I dicuss the UGA
Career Center's social media strategy.
Feedback from Colleagues
Created all of the content in the Grad Student
Career Recources section on the UGA Career Center website.
May 2015-November 2015
Associate Director of Integrated Graduate Student Services (Modeling Cluster)
Modeling: Mathematical Risk Management, Actuarial Science, Analytics, Information Systems &Information Systems Audit and Control
Associate Director of Recruiting and Employer Relations
Nov. 2015 - present