New Name, New Faces

Emili Sperling Bennett knew she wanted a career in higher education ever since she was in high school. In her new role as the associate director and career coach for Career and Professional Development with the IU Alumni Association, she is helping alumni in northern Indiana and Chicago gain clarity about their professional careers. "Even the most elite Olympic athletes have coaches," said Bennett. "As a career coach, I support all phases of our alumni's careers. It's not just for alumni looking to change jobs, but also for those who want to grow in their current positions and expand their skills."

After graduating from IU Bloomington with a degree in Spanish, Bennett worked there as the assistant director of admissions, recruiting students in St. Joseph County to attend the Bloomington campus. Later, she joined the IU Alumni Association, providing transition programming and supplementary career services for Student Alumni Association members.

When a survey revealed IU alumni wanted lifetime career services, Bennett was tapped to join the IU Alumni Career Services team.

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Emili Sperling Bennett

Bennett is a certified Global Career Development Facilitator and a certified interpreter for the Myers–Briggs Type Indicator, the Strong Interest Inventory and Gallup StrengthsFinder 2.0. She is a frequent speaker on career empowerment and professional development.

With family in northern Indiana, Bennett negotiated with the IU Alumni Association to be a telecommuter and support alumni in the South Bend and Elkhart area with career services at the IU South Bend Elkhart Center. She also holds offi ce hours at IU's Chicago Regional Advancement Center the second Tuesday and Wednesday of each month.

Also a newlywed, Bennett is looking forward to establishing roots in northern Indiana with her husband, who is beginning his career as an optometrist in the area.

In addition to assisting IU alumni with their job searches, Bennett also offers career management and leadership coaching to help alumni attain their career goals. "Whether a person is currently employed, or looking to re-enter the job market, looking for a job or managing a career can be daunting," said Bennett. "I find it very rewarding to help my clients successfully navigate the process."