Your Major, Your Career

Curious how your selection of an academic major will impact your career? Join us for a panel discussion highlighting alumni with backgrounds from a variety of different fields, including healthcare, government and policy, consulting, and media production. We will talk about how to pick a major, how to build your skills through both coursework and experiential education, and how to chart a career path based on your strengths, interests, and values. This panel is perfect for students who have yet to declare a major.

Panel Participants

Erin Archer, AB'00, MBA'06

Interim Treasurer & Director of Investments, DePaul University

Ms. Archer graduated from the College in 2000 with concentrations in biological sciences and law, letters & society. She received an MBA from Chicago Booth in 2006. After graduation from the College, she spent 15 years working in Equity Research on both the buy-side and sell-side, in Chicago, Minneapolis, London and South Africa. In late 2015, Ms. Archer joined DePaul University in Chicago as Director of Investments. In June 2017, she took on the role of Interim Treasurer, with oversight over the university's debt program, cash management, investments and external real estate. Finally, she is a former Trustee of The Thacher School and a former member of the Visiting Committee of the College of the University of Chicago.

Maria-Alicia Serrano, AB'00, MPA, Indiana University Bloomington

Senior Director, Strategic Research & Analysis, YMCA of the USA

Ms. Serrano began her career at the Chicago Housing Authority leading the development of strategic plans. She then joined AREA, Inc., a national research and public policy consulting firm where she became Vice President and led evaluations of programs for marginalized populations. In 2014, Ms. Serrano joined YMCA of the USA where she is the Senior Director, Strategic Research & Analysis. She directs national research and analytical projects to ensure organizational activities are informed by data. Her team designs interactive data visualizations and other decision-analysis tools to provide insights and recommendations to YMCAs. Ms. Serrano graduated from the College in 2000 with a degree in Law, Letters & Society. At the College, she joined Alpha Omicron Pi and served as chair of the philanthropy and chapter relations committees. She also holds a Master of Public Affairs Degree from the School of Public & Environmental Affairs at Indiana University.