Reprinted from Exchange Fall 2016
Natalie Lampas is a mentor at heart. The 2003 alumna built on her experiences at Central to achieve success in her career. Along the way, she brought College of Business Administration students and career programming with her.
Lampas began her CMU journey in 1999 while visiting her sister on campus. This offered her a glimpse of the opportunities available at Central.
"It was the culture and the people who drew me to CMU when I visited. It felt like a home away from home," said Lampas.
Once a student, she got involved with Alpha Kappa Psi, which she credits with much of her early business skills such as networking and mentoring. This put her on a learning path in information systems and business.
It was through the Alpha Kappa Psi Career Fair that Lampas would meet representatives from the company where she would find her first job. She began working in product support at what is now known as Thomson Reuters. From day one, her tenacity and work ethic led Lampas to volunteer for a variety of projects as a way to get to know the company better and excel in her own role.
Lampas learned about various departments and how they worked together. The partnerships she forged across the company helped her advance and led to partnerships that would forever change the way Thomson Reuters approached recruiting.
Creating a talent pipeline
Rick Kursik, vice president of sales for Thomson Reuters, mentored Natalie, offering her the chance to recruit. Natalie soon realized that recruitment was simply a different type of sales — one that would allow her to continue helping the next generation find career success of their own.
In 2008, Thomson Reuters was busy formalizing a new sales internship.
Lampas was able to build recruiting from the ground up starting with two schools, including CMU. At the same time, the university's professional sales program was taking off.
"I thought back to my time at CMU and remembered how amazing it was to have guest speakers who could link lessons to the challenges or opportunities they were facing that day," Lampas said. She used this insight to build a partnership that would bene t students and Thomson Reuters. When recruiting, Lampas also spends time talking with students one-on-one about personal branding and works with CBA faculty, students and student organizations — such as Pi Sigma Epsilon to train mock interviewers.
Today, Central is one of Thomson Reuters' most recruited schools.
"Because Thomson Reuters is engaged in CMU's classrooms and student organizations, we are able
to get to know students and have them get to know us before they ever apply for a job," Lampas said.
"I couldn't be more proud to be a CMU Chippewa," she said. "We've had incredible experiences hiring interns and staff from CMU. Those are stories I share with others because I want students to be able to find a place that is the right fit for them."
Lampas is continuing to move forward. In addition to recruiting for sales, she is working to build relationships and recruit at select schools for sales, business and technology positions.
As manager of academic relations and programs she works with counterparts across the business to link students to their career passions. She also is working to expand the relationship between the university and Thomson Reuters by deepening the company's engagement on campus and finding new avenues to reach students across majors.
For Lampas, seeing the success of those she has recruited and mentored is one of the most rewarding parts of her job.
"To see an intern or staff have a great experience or watch them grow as a professional — that is an incredible feeling," she said.