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Keynote Speaker

Meg Flournoy

Program Director for Alumni Career Services at Duke University

About Meg Flournoy

Meg Flournoy has more than 20 years of experience in providing career coaching and programming for traditional undergraduate and graduate students, as well as returning adult students, and alumni in transition. Additionally, Meg enjoys all opportunities to coach and mentor new and experienced career services professionals. Currently, Meg is Program Director for Alumni Career Services at Duke University. Meg is experienced coaching across the various degree programs at, which are in person, global, and online. Additionally, Meg is an Academic Advisor to undergraduate Duke first and second year students.

Outside of Duke, Meg is part of the faculty with NACE teaching the Career Coaching Intensive, and other coaching curriculum in the Board Certified Coach program. Meg just completed an 8 month consulting project with NACE revising the career coaching curriculum for the Board Certified Coach program.

Flournoy developed coaching skills through positions working with undergraduate liberal arts students, engineering students, community college students, and part time graduate school students. She has also worked with divisions of companies on the topics of staff development, self-assessment, and team building.

Flournoy holds a master's degree in counseling psychology from Lehigh University, and a bachelor's degree in political science from Susquehanna University. Meg is a Board Certified Coach (BCC), certified through Stanford University’s Design Your Life program, and  a mindfulness instructor with The Center for KORU Mindfulness. She is a past president of the Susquehanna University Alumni Association, and involved philanthropically in her home community.

Advising Like A Designer!

Betsy McCalla-Wriggins, long time leader in academic advising writes: Students often begin their college experience with the hope of attaining a better career after graduation, but may struggle to articulate a clear professional goal or a process by which they might evaluate the academic and career choices needed to get there (McCalla-Wriggins, 2009). Advisors and faculty members, however, are uniquely positioned with the resources to assist students in exploring their strengths, skills, interests, and passions to make effective academic decisions that hold both personal meaning and the potential to maximize their future career opportunities (McCalla-Wriggins, 2009).

College is a transformational learning experience, where the learning happens inside and outside of the classroom.  We know that our students are going to college to explore new academic pursuits, internships, experiential learning, trying out new ways of thinking, and interacting with the world.

Life design is a way forward, it’s a way to consider how we ask questions and try stuff!

What does it mean to design a purpose driven advising and career program? What do we even mean by “purpose?” What are we trying to accomplish with our advising and career programs? What does it mean to create a rich and diverse college experience? And then…how do all the experiences through academic and career advising go hand in hand with career choices?