Chalvonna Smith is responsible for the overall strategic direction of SEAS Career Services. She believes that the most effective career services infuse professional development with the student experience. Chalvonna strives to create collaborative talent pipelines by connecting students to corporate, non-profit, government, and academic professional opportunities through hands-on employer engagement. Prior to her role at The George Washington University, Chalvonna worked at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business in employer relations and event management.
Chalvonna graduated in 2014 with a M.S. in Management from University of Maryland, University College and in 2008 with a B.A. in Philosophy and a minor in Rhetoric from the University of Maryland, College Park. As a Pittsburgh native, she is a proud Steelers fan.
Senior Career Counselor
Kendra is the Senior Career Counselor and works with SEAS graduate students on their career development. She believes that everyone has an interesting story and her goal is to empower students to tell their story well as they navigate career transitions. She also works with the International Student Career Ambassadors to improve the international student experience.
Previously, Kendra was a career counselor at Georgetown University and research assistant for a social services evaluation firm. She earned her MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from GW’s School of Education and Human Development, and a BA in Psychology from Duke University. She is a National Certified Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor in the District of Columbia, and a Certified MBTI Practitioner. Kendra is originally from Lexington, KY, is a passionate Kentucky Wildcat basketball fan, and any Prince song is her favorite song.
Specialities and InterestsCareer Development, Graduate Student Experience, International Students,
SEAS Career Services Fellow
Amber Samuels is the Graduate Career Services Fellow at GW’s School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS). She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Randolph-Macon College and a Master of Science degree in Counseling & Human Development from Radford University. She is currently a student at GWU’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development and is working toward a Ph.D. in Counseling. Amber is interested in both clinical practice and higher education and would ultimately like to teach and practice counseling.
Prior to her role at The George Washington University, Amber worked as a Resident Assistant and Orientation Leader at Randolph-Macon College. She also worked as a Professor of Record at Radford University and taught 3 sections of an undergraduate career decision course, COED 260: Seminar in Career Development. In addition, she enjoyed working directly with students as a Career Counselor at Radford University’s Career Center. Amber currently participates in various associations including the American Counseling Association (ACA), the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), the Association for Adult Development and Aging (AADA), and Counselors for Social Justice (CSJ).
Specialities and InterestsCareer Development, STEM Students, International Student Experience
SEAS Career Ambassador
Born and raised in China, Yiwen moved to the US for college. She holds a BBA degree from GWSB, and she is currently pursuing an MS in Business Analytics. Yiwen is aspired to use her analytical skills to drive actionable insights and solve complex problems. In her free time, she enjoys trying new restaurants and exploring museums.
SEAS Career Ambassador
My name is Jared Bach, and I am a junior at The George Washington University School of Business. In GWSB, I study business analytics and am minoring in Hebrew. I am passionate about solving complex problems with innovative tech-based solutions, storytelling through social media, helping students perfect their resumes, cover letters, and interviews, and supporting diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Prior to working at the SEAS Career Center as a career ambassador, I worked as an operations assistant at the GWSB F. David Fowler Career Center. Last summer, I was an intern at Deloitte Israel in their operations practice. Currently, I also serve as a Student Cabinet Member at Hillel International.