Director | Construction Administration, Information & Knowledge Strategy, Insurance Management Career Coach
Diane Spizzirro is the Director of Career Education and Development and a Lecturer at Columbia University, School of Professional Studies. She is a seasoned Career Development professional with experience in higher education, corporate training and development as well as private practice. She has a strong business background having been in the Insurance and Risk Management fields and successfully transitioned her career into counseling. She holds a M.S. in Career Development and a B.A. in Business. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor, a New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and Executive Career Development Coach and certified in distance counselling. She is a certified trainer of the DiSC, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator MBTI and Strengthsquest. Diane formerly served as the Director of Career Development at the College of New Rochelle and taught graduate classes in counseling and career development. Diane is the pasted President of the New York Mental Health Counseling Association (NYMHCA) and an active member of the National Career Development Association (NCDA) and National Association of College and Employers (NACE). Diane was recognized for her innovative ideas and received first place for the NACE 2016 Innovation challenge. She has also presented at both the NACE and NCDA conferences in 2019. Diane is most in her element when she is facilitating a dynamic and engaging career development program, which helps participants to gain insight on how to move forward! She has developed and facilitated numerous career training programs for individuals and diverse groups.
Degree PathsConstruction AdministrationInformation and Knowledge StrategyInsurance Management
Director, Career Design Lab | Actuarial Science Career Coach
Gregory Costanzo joined the School of Professional Studies (SPS) at Columbia University as Associate Director of Industry Relations in January 2018 after a successful career as Director of Career Services for the College of the Arts (CART) at Montclair State University. At SPS, Gregory engages the private, public, and non-profit sectors to cultivate relationships that result in gainful employment opportunities for students and alumni.
Gregory’s holistic approach to delivering career management and development strategies focuses on helping students and alumni increase self-awareness and promote intentional job and internship search strategies. At Montclair State, Gregory developed, implemented, marketed and evaluated a college-wide career services program designed for CART students and alumni. As a former adjunct for Loyola’s Quinlan School of Business, Gregory has taught academic internship courses which has reinforced his belief in the value of experiential learning. Along with this understanding, he has experience in redesigning curriculum, developing mentorship programs, and managing career outcomes.
Gregory is a former Senior Operations Analyst at Lehman Brothers, and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Rutgers University in Finance (B.S.) and College Student Affairs (M.Ed), respectively.
Degree PathsActuarial Science
Associate Director | Sports Management & Strategic Communications Career Coach
Barbara McGloin is the Associate Director at the Career Design Lab and Lecturer at Columbia University School of Professional Studies. In this role, she advises students in M.S. Programs in Sports Management and Strategic Communication. She develops programs to ensure their successful entry and progression in the field. She maintains and builds relationships with a core group of industry leaders and alumni to strengthen hiring relationships with the Career Design Lab, programs and the school. Earlier in her career, Barbara directed career management services in the M.B.A. and Executive M.B.A. programs at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and counseled M.B.A. students at New York University’s Stern School of Business. She belongs to several professional associations including the New York Women in Communications, Women In Innovation, the Metropolitan New York College Career Planning Officer’s Association and the National Association of Colleges and Employers, where she presented at their national conference in 2019. Barbara earned an M.A. in Counseling from the Steinhardt School of Education at New York University and a B.A. in Psychology from SUNY College at Cortland. Barbara is a Lecturer in the MS Strategic Communication program and currently teaches the Practicum course.
Degree PathsSports ManagementStrategic Communication
Assistant Director | Human Capital Management, Negotiation & Conflict Resolution, Sustainability Management Career Coach
Cathy Gibbons has over 15 years experience as a Career Coach. At Columbia she has worked in career services at SIPA, CCE and now the Career Design Lab. Cathy’s first career was in International Development where she served in a variety of roles in Talent Management, Human Resources and Organizational Development in the United Nations and a number of NGOs. In these roles she helped staff to build competencies, manage their careers within organizations and make career transitions. During this time she was fortunate to have worked for the United Nations and lived in Asia, Africa and Europe. At the Career Design Lab, Cathy provides individual advising and workshops to enable students to successfully plan, market and manage their careers. Her goals are to help students feel confident about presenting themselves professionally and build satisfying careers. She strives to help students develop the professional development skills to remain resilient throughout their working lives. Cathy earned her MA in Curriculum and Instruction for Higher Education from Michigan State University and a certificate in Career Planning and Development at NYU.
Degree PathsHuman Capital ManagementNegotiation and Conflict ResolutionSustainability ManagementSustainability Science
Associate Director | Applied Analytics Career Coach (A-M)
Tiya McIver, Associate Director joined the School of Professional Studies Career Design Lab team in February, 2018. She has over 15 years’ employer relations experience working in career development and advising, providing students with the support and tools necessary to achieve their goals in the classroom and beyond. Committed to building relationships, staying connected and on the pulse of industry trends, ensures career readiness and employment success. Prior to joining the Career Design Lab team, she spent many years as the On-Campus Recruiting Manager on the Career Management team at University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. There she developed strategic processes and organized events that helped students acquire skill-sets and knowledge on industry specific trends that aligned with their employment goals.
Degree PathsApplied Analytics
Associate Director | MS Bioethics, MS Narrative Medicine, MS Technology Management Career Coach
Nicole is a Career Coach with a passion for education and empowering individuals in their careers. With a Master’s in Education, Curriculum and Instruction, and over 10 years of experience working in dynamic educational settings, she has experience teaching high school students in rural public schools, advising graduate Psychology and Art Therapy students in private university settings in Chicago, coaching tech talent within skills certificate training programs throughout NYC, and in both admissions and career development at Columbia University. As a former Recruiter for Platinion of the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), as well as a former Recruiter for Premier Staffing, Inc., her experience working in education is supplemented with her role in the recruitment of digital, risk, and IT professionals and in creating hiring partnerships with both startups and Fortune 500 companies. In her current role as Assistant Director of Industry Relations, Nicole is energized by innovative employer partnerships that offer students and alumni opportunities to create impact, an individualized approach to career coaching, executive development, and initiatives that promote personal growth, wellbeing, and fun! Outside of work, Nicole enjoys creative writing, live music, and supporting STEAM initiatives in underrepresented communities.
Degree PathsBioethicsNarrative MedicineTechnology Management
Assistant Director | Applied Analytics Career Coach (N-Z)
Kat Castro is currently serving as Assistant Director of Industry Relations at the CDL, specifically working with the talented Applied Analytics students. Prior to Columbia, Kat worked in Career Services at her Alma Mater Hofstra University and Marymount Manhattan College. Before her career in Higher Ed, Kat worked in the busy life of television. She scouted locations for the long-run show Law and Order, worked as a Production Manager for NBC Sport’s Football Night in America and managed the NBC Page Program. She started her TV life as an NBC Page, just like Kenneth from 30 Rock! Kat holds a BA in Television/Video Production and is a born-and-raised Queens New Yorker, currently residing in Forest Hills with her husband, two daughters, and a pup named Bo.
Degree PathsApplied Analytics
Assistant Director | Enterprise Risk Management Career Coach A-P
Mariela Torres is the Assistant Director of Industry Relations at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies (SPS) Career Design Lab (CDL) since May 2019 and works with students with the last names A-P in the Enterprise Risk Management program. Mariela is an experienced professional with over 24 years of experience in Career Counseling and business. Mariela has experience managing small to large Career Services Centers that provide comprehensive career and internship services to college students and alumni. She has held Director level positions at The College of New Rochelle, Berkeley College, and LIM College. She is also a certified Myers Briggs (MBTI) Practitioner. Mariela is very passionate about student success and has provided career coaching for students and alumni, advised student clubs, and taught undergraduate and graduate-level career preparatory courses. Mariela has worked for organizations such as Avon Products, Perry Ellis, and Macy’s Merchandising Group. Mariela has been on the Executive Board of MNYCCPOA since 2015. MNYCCPOA is a professional organization consisting of career services counselors representing more than 60 colleges in the metropolitan New York area. She is the current President of MNYCCPOA. She has also held the 1st VP, 2nd Vice President and Treasurer roles. Mariela holds a Master of Science degree in Career Development from the College of New Rochelle and a Bachelor of Professional Studies from LIM College in Fashion Merchandising. She is married and has one son and one daughter. Her ten-year-old son with special needs has taught Mariela to be resilient in times of adversity.
Degree PathsEnterprise Risk Management
Assistant Director | Enterprise Risk Management Career Coach (Q-Z)
Paul Maniaci has worked at four institutions of higher education across New York City in career development. He has over ten years of experience helping students find internships and prepare for career opportunities. Paul spent eighteen years living internationally in Mexico City, Hong Kong, and London. He received his Bachelors of Arts in Communications at Syracuse University and his Masters in Public Administration at Baruch College.
Degree PathsEnterprise Risk Management
Associate Director | Nonprofit Management, Wealth Management Career Coach
Onika Richards, MBA, GCDF joined SPS in January 2018 as the Associate Director of Industry Relations. She is a forward thinking Industry Expert and Career Development Professional with over 10 years of experience in higher education empowering students and alumni to achieve their academic and career goals. She specializes in building programs and designing strategic missions, workshop design and implementation and career counseling. She is very passionate about building high-quality, long-lasting relationships with employers and matching their unique talent needs with talented candidates.