Networking / Seeking Mentors

Patricia Elias, B.A. ’95

Patricia Elias is Chief People and Places Officer at CSG Systems, responsible for all aspects of human resources and workplace management, attracting and retaining top talent, and building a safe, inclusive, and diverse work environment for CSG employees worldwide.  Prior to CSG, Patricia served as Chief People and Legal Officer for ServiceSource International, overseeing global human resources and all legal and compliance matters for the company.  She also served as corporate counsel for ViaWest and Flextronics, and as a full-time lecturer of law and public policy at the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business. Patricia began her career practicing corporate and securities law at the firms Hogan Lovells; Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison; and Holland & Hart. She holds a J.D. from Georgetown University and a B.A. in Psychology from Duke University.  In her free time, she enjoys hiking and in-line skating, and supports the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado. 

Caitlin Thaeler, '17

Caitlin Thaeler is an experienced recruiter, having worked at Spencer Stuart, one of the nation's top executive search firms. Her more recent work experience includes strategy and project management at Walmart, the world's largest retailer. She loves helping companies find creative solutions to complex problems, whether that's a specific hire or streamlining processes.

Morgan Beard

Morgan helps clients overcome anxiety, depression, burnout, career stagnation, and self-doubt to create lives they are excited to live. She brings her personal and clinical experience, energy, enthusiasm, nurturing, patience and insight into every session. Whether it’s engaging in open conversation, creating a step-by-step plan, making art or tuning into the body, she intuitively combines the tools she's used over and over to help you overcome emotional and psychological blocks, illuminate the path to where you want to go and provide the right amount of support along the way to foster independence and self-actualization.

Mikaela Falk

Kayla brings an integrative approach to well-being and mindful living. She works with groups and individuals who are seeking personal growth in the form of greater presence, passion, and purpose in their lives and careers. She applies her knowledge of mindfulness, psychology, transformational learning theories, neuroscience, and philosophy to help others discover and deepen their own inner wisdom, resilience, and self-efficacy.

Julia Wuench

I am a life-long learner, omnivert and empath. I have been through many career and life transitions, but no matter my function, I have always been a coach and teacher first. An adopted North Carolinian, I have loved what this region has to offer, professionally and personally.
The Authenticity Guide was founded on the belief that knowing and embracing one's true self, and being vulnerable, honest, and imperfect, can lead to wonderful relationships, which in turn lead to professional and personal success. I help individuals chart and plan their next career moves, while honoring their authentic values. I am an expert in networking to your next job and nailing your interviews. Let's work together!

Angela Silak '09

Angela has worked in and hired for entry-level positions across Hollywood. In an industry where most jobs are filled through internal referrals, she believes that it’s crucial to impress not only the recruiters, but those in the actual departments that are hiring. After successfully helping numerous clients, she is eager to share her services with the Duke community.

Susan Gurnik - MBA'90

Susan specializes in clients that are looking for a change but not sure which direction to go, or don't know how to do the job search because they have no clarity surrounding the perfect job. She helps clients gain clarity, discover and define their personal brand, and network to that next job.

Heidi Giusto - PHD'12

Heidi has a diverse background and education that makes her comfortable working with a wide range of people. Her specialty is helping people transition by articulating their value to the new, intended audience. 

Kristin Meek '08

Kristin works with each client to develop unique action plans and capture key learnings and “a-ha’s” that help them discover greater purpose, productivity and well-being.

Lawrence Hedblom '78

Lawrence specializes in helping individuals make the transition from management to leadership in middle to senior level positions. He uses a variety of approaches and assessments to help clients make gains in confidence, satisfaction, and performance.