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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The 4 Easy Ways to Build a Network Using LinkedIn

“Dig your well before you’re thirsty.” This is one of my favorite sayings. You don’t want to wait to develop a network until you need a job. Rather, you want to build those connections before you need them. Not only …

By Kelly Dries
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Career Advice from a Serial Job Hopper

I’ve lived, worked, and studied across three different U.S. cities, six countries, and nine organizations, in a dizzying fourteen positions. My mother jokes that I am a “flight risk;” I have not stayed in any role for more than two …

By Sheena Daree Miller - Idealist Careers
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How to Diversify Your Professional Network

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 …

By Marietta Gentles Crawford - The Muse
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10 Tips to Help You Land Your First Marketing Job

So you want to get into marketing. Perhaps you studied marketing in college and are ready to apply what you’ve learned in the real world. Or you had a different major but have been leaning toward marketing as a career …

By Kevin Payne - The Muse
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9 Tips for Running Successful Online Events

With the future of in-person gatherings still uncertain and likely to remain so through the end of the year, more and more nonprofits are shifting their events to virtual. Technology can be an incredible tool—and it also requires a bit …

By Ashley Fontaine - Idealist Careers
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Here’s How Unconscious Racial Bias Can Creep Into Recommendation Letters—and How You Can Avoid It

Got a great student, junior scholar, or former employee who is a person of color (POC)? Planning to write them a super letter of reference? That’s great. Remember that letters of reference can make or break a candidate’s application for …

By Asmeret Asefaw Berhe and Sora Kim - The Muse
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10 Common IT Interview Questions and How to Answer Them

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. …

By Michael J. Solender - The Muse
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How to Ace Your Virtual Interview

As market conditions shift the way we hire, more companies are moving to virtual, online interviewing over face-to-face connections. The practice helps healthcare providers meet with candidates more quickly, especially those who are not nearby geographically, but even locals benefit …

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Five Ways to Retain Top Talent – Onboarding & Beyond

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You’ve spent countless hours planning and collaborating to recruit top talent, and your target has accepted your offer. Is it time to sit back and pop open the good stuff? Before opening up or ordering your favorite beverage, …

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How Can I Build a Winning Cover Letter for a Student Job?

Milinda from New Mexico State University asks:

“What would be an example of a good cover letter for a student job?”

Thanks for your question, Milinda.  Writing a cover letter for a student job is no different than for a …

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