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Paving the way for the next generation

Lisa Dubler ’09 (center) pays it forward by mentoring Bulldogs and participating in a career survey from the U of R Office of Career and Professional Development, whose team members include Executive Director Kelly Dries (right) and Assistant Director of Alumni and Community Relations Tracy Telliard (left).

It wasn’t until Lisa (Yochelson) Dubler ’09 was a first-year student at the University of Redlands that she recognized what it meant to have someone invest in her learning and development.

“There were countless professors and staff who encouraged me to get involved and think more deeply, and it wasn't just one person or department,” she shares. “The foundation of who I am today personally and professionally was shaped by my Redlands experience.”

Dubler is one of the University of Redlands alumni who took the National Alumni Career Mobility Survey (NACM) which launched on Monday, July 15. She encourages other members of the Classes of 2009 and 2014 to participate as well.

“Today's ever-changing job market does not make it easy for soon-to-be or recent grads to find their next step after graduation,” she says. “Ten years out of college, I hope that my professional story and experience can play a small part in helping those navigating this process, which is why I completed this survey and hope my friends and classmates will, too.”

The survey, conducted by the University of Redlands in partnership with the higher education solutions group Career Leadership Collective, will be open through November 2019. The aim is to gather information to help the University community better understand the career paths graduates are taking. This, in turn, will help shape programs to prepare Bulldogs for continued and improved career success.

More than that, says Kelly Dries, executive director of the U of R Office of Career and Professional Development, “It will also help students expand their awareness of the possibilities that exist, and how their degree is preparing them for a lifetime of opportunities.” Dries says the data will also “help the University make great connections between alumni and students in the future.”    

Dubler, who majored in global business and minored in French at Redlands, starts a new position this week as a Program Officer on the Leadership and Talent Team at the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. A global organization, the Schusterman Foundation seeks to improve lives, strengthen communities and reduce inequality through investing in efforts to improve public education in the United States, strengthen the Jewish people and Israel, and address the needs of marginalized individuals and communities.

Before this position, she was an organizational development consultant at The Washington Post, where she developed and produced culture-building experiences, centered around innovation, collaboration, and growth throughout the company.

While she was at the Post, the U of R Office of Career and Professional Development, along with the Alumni and Community Relations, connected Dubler with sociology/anthropology major Alexandra (Allie) Kuroff ’19, a Hunsaker scholar. They arranged a meeting, and Kuroff says she “learned a lot” and appreciates the additional guidance Dubler provided applying for jobs at the Post.

Taking the NACM survey and helping current students are ways Dubler pays it forward, giving back to the U of R community. Members of the class of 2009 and 2014 will have already received an email about the survey. For more information, please contact ocpd@redlands.edu.