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Executive Director, Career Development

Schulich School of Business

§Reported directly to the Dean (CEO) of one of the world’s top ranked educational institutions, I recruited, trained, developed and lead a global team of 24 career professionals.I developed the vision, strategic marketing and business plans and directed world class services to 21,000 alumni and 3,000 students that met their career and professional needs.


§Enhanced the image of the school into a prestigious and desired global brand (Top 1%), allowing the school to attract more than $100 Million in Endowments and Financial Support.

§Initiated and nurtured value-added relationships, leveraged to fund a $110 Million Capital Expansion.

§Prepared and presented reports and summaries for Board Chairs, Committee Chairs and Deans.

§Developed strategic alliances for delivery of services in China, India, Dubai, S. Korea and Russia.

§Increased the number and quality of job opportunities by more than 200%, $40 Million annual value

§Delivered leadership workshops, appointed as exclusive Executive Coach for Kellogg Schulich Executive MBAs, average 16 years of experience, on average deliver $100k in services per year.

§Consulted with H/R and senior executives to: understand their strategic imperatives, discover our brand’s sustainable comparative advantages, test the effectiveness of our value proposition.

§Developed content and delivered hundreds of career and leadership workshops, panel discussions and keynote presentations to thousands of students and professionals globally.

§Organized and conducted hundreds of national and international fundraising and alumni relationship building trips with senior executives, board members and senior alumni.

§Developed effective relationships with many high profile CEOs, CFOs and Board Directors.

§Negotiated superior tools and resources at below market prices.

§Ensured that we consistently ranked Top Ten (outside of the US) in all media rankings.

§Initiated the first and only life-time career support program for alumni on a global basis.

§Led initiatives including: a reorganization into a matrix organization, streamlining processes and systems, roundtable sessions, fundraising teams, Board Appointments, and Executive Coaching

Improved the effectiveness of public relations, media, web and marketing communication efforts

Jun 2007Present

CEO - Canada

ESP Consultant

CEO of the America’s division for one of India’s largest, independant and most prestigious retained Executive Search firms.

Jun 2006Present

Chairman of the Board

United Way of Peel Region

Lead the CEO and Board of Directors for the 2008/09 Year. Member of the Campaign and Governance Committees.

Aug 1995Aug 1997

Manager - University Programs

CMA Ontario

Liason between all universities and colleges in Ontario and the Certified Management Accountants Association of Ontario.


Sr. Treasury Analyst

Managed $2 Billion portfolio of financial products that included swaps and derivatives.


Sr Accounting Supervisor

  • Co-managed the grand opening, transition and running of a 45 person branch office.
  • Improved closing rate on dormant million dollar investor accounts from 5% to more than 25%.
  • Effectively trained and evaluated all accounting personnel across Canada, created training manuals


Jun 2007Jun 2007

CEO & HR Certificate

Completed 1 week certificate program for senior HR leaders called Forging the CEO and HR Alliance

Jun 2005Jun 2005

Certificate - Strategic HR

Completed 1 week program for senior leaders called Strategic Decision Making and Human Resources.

Jan 1999Jun 2001


Top ranked school in Canada and Top Twenty in the world.

Jan 1992Oct 1995

Certified Management Accountant

CMA Ontario

Administrative Studies


20+ years leading teams and working on strategic partnering initiatives
Brand Management
Responsible for branding Schulich and the Career Development Centre globally.
Business Development
13+ years as an expert Relationship Manager who creates win/win scenarios for global clients.
13+ years of sourcing and helping the worlds most successful organizations source talent that has a business background.
Board Governance
12+ years of Board Governance Experience including a current Board Chair and 4 years as Treasurer.




NFP Leadership

Corporate Social Responsibility




Leadership Development

Executive Coaching

Career Coaching







Joseph Palumbo has the rare knowledge of what organizations desire from their future leaders and what tomorrow s leaders want from their organizations. With a keen eye for assessing and motivating talent, he has successfully built teams for many of the world s top organizations on a global basis. Joseph is an executive coach, a leadership trainer, a leader and motivator



Emotional Intelligence (EQi)

Talent Smart

Business Career Assessment

Harvard University & Career Leader

Certified Management Accountant

CMA Ontario