Mark Schlafly, who is currently the interim director of the WCC, has accepted a position as executive vice president of Waddell and Reed.
At Waddle and Reed, Mark will assume responsibility for their 1,850 advisors, lead their advisor acquisition strategy, oversee the recruiting department, and manage the investment products group. It is a tremendous opportunity for Mark and we celebrate his success.
I’m happy to share that Mark will remain affiliated with our Olin family, though with far fewer hours to spend with us as he moves forward in his new endeavor. To quote Mark, “It is too hard to leave these incredibly talented students, and I would be honored to remain a part, even though small, of their future dreams.”
We are pleased to announce that Karen Heise will serve as our new interim director of the Weston Career Center. Karen, a 13-year Olin veteran, is highly qualified for this role. She served as interim director of the career center in 2008, which ensures that the WCC has an experienced leader at the helm. Karen is currently an employer relations manager with the WCC team, partnering with firms to develop and implement recruiting strategies to hire talent from across Washington University. She also leads Olin’s alumni strategic initiatives to involve alumni in employer relations, student development, and career preparation. Prior to Washington University, Karen was a recruiting and HR manager with EY, Capgemini and Towers Watson where she led university and experienced-hire recruiting programs.
Please join me in thanking Mark for his contributions to our outstanding career services and congratulating Karen as our new interim director of the Weston Career Center. We are in good hands as we continue our national search for a permanent career center director.