Meet Karen Dankers & Kathy Spillane, Career Advisors for Finance, Consulting, Entrepreneurship & Business

Greetings, students! Welcome to the Finance, Consulting, Entrepreneurship & Business career community.  We’re glad to be your advisors for this community, and we encourage you to explore the resources available on the page. Schedule an appointment with either one of us to check in on your goals and next steps.

Schedule an Appointment with Karen or Kathy

A bit about Karen …

I love helping students figure out which career path is the best fit for them. I work with students to create resumes, cover letters, find internship and job opportunities, and improve networking and interviewing skills, including preparation for technical finance and consulting case interviews.

I grew up in Rhode Island and majored in Finance at the College of William and Mary. After college, I worked in management consulting at PricewaterhouseCoopers and in project management at CIGNA. I completed a Master’s degree in Higher Education Management at the University of Pennsylvania.  Prior to joining the Tufts Career Center in 2007, I worked as the Associate Director of Career Services for Wharton Undergraduates. I am excited to continue building relationships with Tufts students and aim to meet students where they are, academically, professionally, and personally. Outside of work, I love to run, hike, play tennis, and spend time with my 3 kids.

My most interesting/unusual job: Writing interface and data conversion computer programs during my consulting days!

A bit about Kathy …

I am thrilled to join the Tufts Career Center to help students prepare & navigate through their job searches.  I bring 20+ years’ experience working in every aspect of Corporate & Independent Talent Acquisition within the Financial Services & Technology industries. I’ve overseen the hiring of thousands of professionals over the course of my career. I spent 10+ years in house at Fortune 100 Financial Services Companies & Tech startups leading the Talent Acquisition functions while always remaining a hands-on recruiter.

I am a first-generation college student from suburban Boston and earned a degree in Finance from Villanova University.  I have a passion for entrepreneurial endeavors and have started, run & sold a few small businesses of my own. I also enjoy helping individuals advocate for themselves, particularly when it comes to negotiating pay & job offers in general. Outside of work, I specialize in being a taxi driver and hockey & dance mom for my two children.  I love live music, live sports & skiing!

My most interesting/unusual job: I worked for the postal service delivering mail one summer during college!  Professionally, my most interesting job was leading Talent Acquisition for a Tech company scaling & going public in the middle of a global pandemic.

By Karen Dankers
Karen Dankers Associate Director, Director of Tufts Finance Initiative