Kelly Dries

Executive Director

Kelly Dries

Education

Ph.D. Educational Leadership & Policy, 2019
University of Utah

M.A. Professional Studies: Student Affairs, 2012
Towson University

B.S. Secondary Education, English Teaching, 2008
B.A. English, Literature, 2007
East Stroudsburg University

NACE Leadership Advancement Program Graduate (2017)

Gallup Certified Strengths Coach (2016)

NACE Management Leadership Institute Graduate (2015)

NACE Career Coaching Intensive Certification (2015)

Professional Background

Kelly has over 10 years of experience in higher education and the K-12 sector.  As the Executive Director for the Office of Career & Professional Development at the University of Redlands, Kelly oversees the integration of career education across campus, with the goal of creating an ecosystem for career development at the University.  Kelly comes to the University of Redlands from the University of Utah, where she served as associate director for counseling services and operations in the Career and Professional Development Center.  In this role, Kelly supervised a team of 10 career coaches, overseeing the hiring, onboarding, and training of the career coaching team.  Kelly also set the overall strategy for outreach to academic departments and senior/administration to build institutional support.  Previously at the University of Utah, Kelly served as the Assistant Director for Programming and prior to that she served as a career counselor.

Prior to getting her start in Student Affairs, Kelly gained experience as an Educator in the MD Public School System, as well as a researcher at an elite Pediatric Research Institute in MD.

Areas of Expertise

Staff development, leadership training, career center transformation, change management, strategic planning, strengths based theory, management training and coaching, career education, teaching, resume writing, job search strategies, networking, mentorship, salary negotiation, and event planning.

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Tips to Land a Data Science Job in 2020

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Career Advice from a Serial Job Hopper

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Be honest: Do all of your professional contacts look and sound the same? Did your boss and all your work friends go to the same kind of school as you? Did everyone in your network take similar paths to get …

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Want a Job in Tech? Here Are 4 Tips to Get Started

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Pursuing a career in tech is an exciting, ever-evolving journey with a myriad of benefits and opportunities for growth. The tech industry today spans more niches than ever before. From pet-tech to agriculture-tech to data-heavy warehouses, the impact software has …

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9 Tips for Running Successful Online Events

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Here’s How Unconscious Racial Bias Can Creep Into Recommendation Letters—and How You Can Avoid It

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10 Common IT Interview Questions and How to Answer Them

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It’s easy to get excited about the job prospects for Information Technology (IT) professionals. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projected a 12% growth rate in IT jobs between 2018 and 2028, which translates to more than 545,000 new positions. …

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How to Ace Your Virtual Interview

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