Carnegie Mellon University

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Carnegie Mellon University is dedicated to providing a culture of inclusion and breaking down barriers that inhibit our students, of all needs and abilities, from reaching their full personal, academic and professional potential. 

The goal of The Olitsky Family Foundation Career Readiness Program is to break down the barriers-of-entry for students with emotional and cognitive differences in their career-search process.  The program takes a unique, 3-pronged approach by engaging our 1) students, 2) local campus community and 3) employer partners in various events to achieve long-term, sustainable success for our students.


1-on-1 Student Coaching


Receive individualized, on-going coaching from a career-support staff dedicated to helping them achieve their career goals.

Work 1-on-1 with a career coach to:

  • Develop your own individualized goal plan
  • Build the skills needed to write a resume
  • Receive support on the career search process
  • Find a job &/or internship
  • Practice your interview skills

REGISTER HERE today via Handshake


Spring Break Seminar


March 12th, 13th and 14th

Participate in a 3-day career-readiness workshop that will teach you the basics of the job-search process, and allow you to practice professional skills in a safe, risk-free environment. 

  • Day 1: Build personal career goals, improve skills for the job-search process, and hear from NY Times best-selling author and speaker, John Elder Robison.
  • Day 2: Develop effective professional communication strategies to improve networking and interview skills, led by a Think on Your Feet FOUNDATIONS professional speaking and communication coach.
  • Day 3: Visit the American Eagle Outfitters corporate campus on the South Side for an on-site mock-interview experience with a recruiter.

 REGISTER HERE today via Handshake


Student-Employer Connect Event


April 12th, 4:30 – 6 p.m.

Students and employers will engage in a unique opportunity to connect and network in a structured environment.  This event will enable our students to apply the professional skills they have developed through the program, as well as provide our employers with a chance to meet candidates from many local Pittsburgh universities.


Employer Training Seminar


April 12th, 1 - 3 p.m.

Learn how other local companies have taken steps toward enhancing their diversity hiring and retention strategies, specifically for individuals with diverse needs.  Then participate in a discussion around how we, as a community, can support these initiatives and bring creative solutions back to their respective organizations. 

Note: There will be a break from 3 - 4:30 p.m., food will be provided


Student-Employer Connect Event


April 12th, 4:30 – 6 p.m.

Engage in a unique opportunity to connect and network with students from Pittsburgh-area universities in a structured environment.  This event will enable our students to apply the professional skills they have developed through the program, as well as provide our employers with a chance to meet candidates from many local Pittsburgh universities.


Campus Partner Education & Training Sessions
Session 1: Monday, March 12th
Session 2: Wednesday, April 18th


We invite our campus partners (faculty, staff, counselors and advisors) to attend a two-part series that is designed to 1) educate our campus community on the needs of this unique population of exemplary students and 2) provide hands-on opportunities to learn how to best coach and support our students.

  • Session #1: Identifying and understanding cognitive and emotional differences
    March 12th from 10:00 a.m.12 p.m. in CUC Danforth Conference Room

    We will explore how to better identify and understand cognitive and emotional differences and hear from NY Times best-selling author and speaker, John Elder Robison (http://www.johnrobison.com/).

    In his talk, "Being Different: Turning Childhood Disabilities into Adult Gifts," Robison describes how the differences of autism and ADHD can disable us as children even as they confer powerful competitive advantages upon us as adults. Though poignant examples from his own life, Robison shows how traits that crippled him as a child actually facilitated some of his greatest accomplishments as an adult. He shares a new way to look at disability, difference, and giftedness, and offers a different paradigm for educators, parents, and neurodiverse people. Anyone who is personally affected by autism, Asperger’s, or ADHD will find this talk illuminating and inspiring.
  •  Session #2: Strategies for coaching students with cognitive and emotional differences
    April 18th from 11:30 – 1 p.m. in CUC Connan

    Develop strategies to implement when coaching ours students with cognitive and emotional differences through group discussions and practice scenarios, led by Megan MacGillivray (CPDC) and Heather Conroy (Evolve Coaching).
If you are interested in learning more about the program or would like to participate in any of the above events, please email Valerie Quatrini at vquatrin@andrew.cmu.edu or Megan MacGillivray at mmacgill@andrew.cmu.edu.