MPA-PNP - 2007
How did being in New York impact your professional journey?
New York did not just impact my professional journey, it defined it entirely. Inspired by my mother’s transfer to New York City to lead global child development efforts in her position at UNICEF, I joined her in relocating from Armenia to pursue a career shift, looking for a graduate-level program that had the magnitude, academically and experientially, to challenge my potential and propel my career in directions I didn’t know existed. New York City’s worldwide leadership when it comes to growth, sustainability, and resiliency, fueled my ambition to set clear and aggressive career goals, while Wagner’s MPA program equipped me with the necessary tools, knowledge, and skills to make a difference in many people’s lives.
How did you find your first post-Wagner job?
Within my two years at Wagner, I held one or two internships at a time, taking on a diversity of roles in a number of prominent organizations across all sectors. I felt safe to explore and take risks, and valued the precious two years that allowed me to do so. From working with the NYC Dept. of Small Business Services to create historic policies supporting minority and women-owned businesses to compete for 9/11 reconstruction contracting opportunities, to revamping the entire marketing approach of thoracic oncology treatment for a major hospital system, NYU Langone Medical Center, I took a deep dive into new initiatives and every day was inspired by the real world leaders who were my professors. During my last internship at one the nation’s largest workforce development intermediaries, I was offered a full-time position and ended up managing multi-million dollar workforce and asset building programs to strengthen communities across eight states.
Describe your current job.
Last year I took over the leadership of the city’s Healthcare Workforce1 Career Center, as part of ResCare Workforce Services - the most comprehensive provider of workforce services and solutions on a national scale. With my teams of dedicated operations, business services, and career professionals, I provide center-wide strategic leadership in all areas including talent recruitment, business development, career advisement, strategic operations, and customer service. My role is to design, shape and implement the strategic vision of the Center to provide best-in-class business services in the healthcare sector and position us to provide high-quality recruitment tailored to seamlessly link credentialed talent with employers in the healthcare industry. Ultimately, my responsibility is to be front and center - to create widespread impact within local and national arenas for thousands of people in growing clinical and non-clinical healthcare occupations.