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Mary M. Burns


Role and Company

Career Coach , Kellogg School of Management Career Management Team; AdviseU (private coaching practice)


25 years experience in general business


Chicago, IL

About Mary M.

I'm a former Marketer who worked for 17 years in the Advertising industry supporting consumer and business brands. In 2003, I made a career shift to Higher Education, teaching and coaching.

For the last dozen years, I have been a Career Coach (CDF trained) working largely with Millennials on strategic career planning, the job search and much more. I have been a coach for MLT, a non-profit providing coaching support for under-representative minorities attending the top 15 MBA programs in the U.S. In addition to my private coaching practice, AdviseU, I also work for the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Since 2012, I have been a member of the Career Management Center team where I support MBAs in two programs. In this role, I have worked closely with many Vets across all branches of our Armed Forces who have made successful - and exciting! - transitions to their civilian careers. I have a pulse on the market, am familiar with a wide range of business careers in all sorts of organizations - large and small, private or public sector firms.

I'm happy to "serve" as a Career Coach for ACP and contribute to helping those find their next career. Proud Aunt of active duty Special Forces nephew.

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Mary M. 's Recent Answers

2 months ago

Looking for an entry into the intersection of IT & Finance (any data analysts out there?)

Good morning Joseph, In addition to the other thoughtful responses here, I'm glad to share another perspective for you to...

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3 months ago

Business Development vs. Operations: Career path, responsibilities, and opportunities

Good morning Zach, I'm glad to weigh in on your request and agree with many insights of the previous messages,...

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7 months ago

Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) Career Opportunities

Hi Anthony, That's quite an amazing career at 21 years (and counting)...congratulations. I like your approach and being planful looking...

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8 months ago

Advice on transitioning from a military life to civilian life, how to get an employer to recognize I do have experience and above entry level?

Dear Melissa, Thank you for your long tenure serving our country and now considering how this important experience can evolve...

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10 months ago

How to get into Venture Capital?

Good morning Lieutenant Khazraee, I'll contribute to the worthwhile responses already received and share a few additional ideas for you...

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