Alumni Engagement Speaker Series

Alumni Engagement Speaker Series

Join us as we feature a UM-Dearborn alum or faculty presentation in our Alumni Engagement Speaker Series. The series will highlight Wolverine thought leaders sharing career advice, innovative ideas, leadership lessons, and more.  

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Please note, the University of Michigan-Dearborn does not necessarily endorse speakers’ views.

Navigating Your Career Path: A Discussion with UM-Dearborn Alum Steve Maier CECS, '78 B.S.

Presentation Summary: UM-Dearborn alum Steve Maier shares how to diversify your experience towards a goal.  Mr. Maier reflects on his professional experience with the Transportation Security Administration, where he managed the largest peacetime recruitment program since WWII. He also touches on the need for flexibility, necessary skill sets, critical thinking, and managing stressful situations. This event was hosted in partnership with the Office of Alumni Engagement and the Office of Career Services and is moderated by Laurel Draudt, Career Services Director.

View the video or click on the video below.  Video Length 1:08:43

Panelist's Bio:

Steve MaierSteve Maier ('78 B.S.) is currently the President of Management Concepts, an enthusiastic leader who prioritizes people and customers. He focuses on fostering strong business relationships with top-tier executives, guiding the company's vision and mission, and overseeing strategy, business development, and operations to enhance the quality and delivery of training, professional development, and talent management services.

Throughout his career, Steve has been actively involved in the Federal Government marketplace and possesses valuable knowledge of workforce development, technology, leadership, and trends. Steve has experience in large scale defense systems integration, software solutions, building global delivery teams, and optimizing revenue and profitability.

Additionally, he serves as the Board Chairman of CIVDEF LLC, a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business, CEO Advisor to Exceed LLC a Minority Owned HUBZONE Business, and a former board member for Privia, a software developer.

Steve holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer and Information Science from the University of Michigan-Dearborn (’78) and a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University (’85).

Moderator's Bio:

Laurel DraudtLaurel Draudt has been working in the higher education industry for the past 20 years and has a passion for helping students develop and reach their academic and career goals. Having served students, alumni and employers and collaborated with faculty and colleagues at multiple R1 universities, she also brings programming, development and strategy insights from a small liberal arts perspective. Her experience spans from Schools of Law, Pharmacy, and Education to most recently directing a Business Institute with a focus on professional development and experiential learning which included an academic curriculum and internship requirement. Each institution and role has offered a wealth of knowledge that allows for a holistic approach in working with colleagues and advising students. Laurel earned her Master of Arts degree in Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Marietta College in Spanish.

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