Leander Hamilton with AACSB International and Kelly Cofer from The Tampa Tribune are the next two speakers in the Leaders in Industry webinar series.

Are you preparing for a career in human resources or marketing and want to find out how to land that first job?

If you're a student enrolled in either Saint Leo University's online or on-ground human resources management or business-marketing degree programs, take note. You can get the inside track on careers if you register now for one of the upcoming sessions in the Leaders in the Industry webinar series.

Launched earlier this year by the Center for Online Learning's Student Services Department, the webinar series offers students the opportunity to better understand what companies are looking for in new hires by hearing directly from professionals in the industry.

Here's the schedule for these next two sessions:

Wednesday, April 9
7 p.m. EST
Human Resources Management
Leander Hamilton, Senior Associate, Human Resources, Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business

In her position with the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) – a global non-profit membership organization that accredits business and accounting schools – Leander Hamilton works closely with the assistant vice president-human resources. She helps coordinate departmental operations, including employee communications, recruiting and on-boarding, organizational training and development, employee performance reviews, and personnel file and electronic records maintenance. She also handles benefits administration, which involves conducting open enrollment for all benefits plans, managing benefits reconciliation and invoicing, and acting as the first point-of-contact for employees when they need related assistance.

Prior to her position with AACSB, Hamilton acted in a similar role with EDSA, a landscape architecture firm in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She holds a bachelor's degree in human resource development from the University of Florida and a master's degree in conflict resolution from Nova Southeastern University.

Thursday, May 15
7 p.m. EST
Kelly Cofer, National Digital Sales Manager, The Tampa Tribune (TBO.com)

As the National Digital Sales Manager at the Tampa Media Group, Kelly Cofer oversees the online national advertising efforts for Tampa Bay Online (tbo.com), which includes the sales, operational, management, business development, and billing aspects for agencies, programmatic, and remnant partnerships.

Before joining Tampa Media Group, Cofer managed the Remnant Solutions Group at Intermarkets, where she led the department on all indirect sales and operational items for exclusive online news publishers, including the Drudge Report. Prior to her position at Remnant Soultions, Cofer handled online inventory, digital sales, and CRM duties for a Chevrolet franchise. She started in the media industry writing copy, photographing, and selling advertisements for an automotive publication. Cofer holds a bachelor's degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay.

Register now to attend.

"Our first two webinars, which featured Mark Campbell from Tampa General Hospital and Joe Durkin from Bright House Networks were very well received by students," says Katrina Wahlstrom, undergraduate career advisor.

"The insight the speakers provided based on their years of business experience was relevant to today's job market. Plus, students took advantage of the opportunity to ask questions in a stress-free setting that lead to candid discussion.

"I'd like to encourage all students interested in careers in human resources or marketing to take advantage of this great opportunity and sign up for one of these sessions."

Each live webinar will begin at 7 p.m. EDT and last approximately 45 minutes to an hour. Sessions will take place via Blackboard Collaborate, and participants will have the opportunity to ask questions in real time or via online chat.

Space is limited, and reservations are needed to ensure webinar access. To register, contact:

The presentation is accessible at the link below on the webinar date:

(Upon access, please scroll down and click on "start session" on the left-hand side of the page. Also, please enter your first and last name per our student records, as it is required for webinar log-in for attendance/participation purposes.

Image Credits: Mediocre 2010, Leander Hamilton, Kelly Cofer