Critical Thinking in the Real World

Alumni & Industry Leaders Panel: Outside Looking In: What does Critical Thinking Look Like in the Real World?

This panel brings together recent alumni of the UNC system and community partners to discuss how critical thinking skills are valued and defined by employers.  The panelists will respond to the Keynote address and offer their perspective on how our educational system is preparing students to succeed in the “real world.” 



Kersten Metz, Recruiting Manager, Duke Energy

Kersten Metz, Recruiting Manager, Duke Energy: 

Kersten Metz is a Recruiting Manager focusing on campus recruiting at Duke Energy. Kersten has over 7 years of experience in the talent acquisition field. She focuses on internship, co-op and entry level hiring within Duke Energy, as well as building relationships at 4 year colleges, 2 year colleges, high schools and military campuses. Kersten’s role spans Duke Energy’s enterprise from positions in generation, transmission and distribution. Prior to joining Duke Energy, Kersten was a Talent Acquisition Manager at Enterprise Holdings/Enterprise Rent-a-Car in Charlotte. During her 9 year career at Enterprise, Kersten spent 6 of those years recruiting for Enterprise’s award winning Management Trainee Program and Management Trainee Internships.  Kersten is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio.


Caitlyn SwettCaitlyn Swett, Dance Maker and Freelance Arts Administrator: 

Administrative Assistant for Helen Simoneau Danse, Program Coordinator & Co-Organizer for On Site/In Sight: a downtown Winston-Salem dance festival. Caitlyn has traveled around the state as a dance maker and arts administrator.  She graduated with a BA in Dance from the UNC-Charlotte in December 2013.  While in Charlotte she co-founded Triptych Collective, danced for independent choreographers, co-produced multi-disciplinary events, and worked in arts administration and marketing.  Swett is the Administrative Assistant for Helen Simoneau Danse and Program Coordinator and co-organizer for On Site/In Sight: a downtown Winston-Salem dance festival. She currently lives, works, and creates in Winston-Salem, NC.


Rebekah Weisgerber, Applied Technology Program and RAMP Up Team Lead, Bank of America 

Rebekah graduated from UNC Charlotte with a BA in Management and Operations & Supply Chain Management. During her time at UNC Charlotte, she worked within the University Career Center and interned with the Applied Technology Program at Bank of America. Upon graduation, Rebekah continued her career with Bank of America. She is currently the lead for the Applied Technology Program and the RAMP Up Program that serve as talent pipelines into various teams within the bank. She is an active member with employee networks, serves with LEAD for Women on the Programs & Events Committee, and is the Operations Chair for the Bank of America UNC Charlotte Alumni Network.



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