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Senior director appointed for MBA career development

by Kathleen Joyce, Notre Dame News and Information

January 18, 2005

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Karen Dowd has been appointed senior director of MBA career development in the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, effective Jan. 1. She and her staff work with local, national and international companies and organizations interested in hiring MBA students for internships and full-time career opportunities.

Most recently, Dowd served as a consultant and practice leader with The Empower Group in New York City, where she advised more than 200 companies on human resource management, staffing and communication issues. She also taught in the College of Business at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va.

Dowd is co-author of "The Ultimate Guide to Getting the Career You Want" (McGraw-Hill, 2003) and "Interpersonal Skills in Organizations (McGraw-Hill, 2002). She earned her bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary’s College, her master’s degree from Indiana University and her doctorate from the University of Virginia.

Dowd has enjoyed a long and successful career in the career services field, including directorships at the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business, where she was a co-founder of the International MBA Placement Directors’Group, and the University of Denver Graduate School of Management and Public Management.

Dowd’s husband, Tom, a Notre Dame graduate, is senior director of program development, national and international programs, in the University of Virginia’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies. The Dowds will reside in South Bend.


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