Career Cafe Piques Design Interest

Maria Ruotolo, 4th from left, is passionate about careers in design and shared ideas on what is possible for those with talent, tenacity, and willingness to try new things.
Maria Ruotolo, 4th from left, is passionate about careers in design and shared ideas on what is possible for those with talent, tenacity, and willingness to try new things.

This past week, Maria Ruotolo, a Digital Marketing lead for IBM, was the latest guest speaker at our Career Cafe.  Ms. Ruotolo, the mother of Isabel and Ben Sakarin, Seniors at Walt Whitman High School, leads world wide digital efforts encompassing web, social and mobile tactics to drive interest and leads for the enterprise hardware division while protecting the IBM brand.

In the past she has been the Design Manager for The New York Botanical Garden and the Art Director for The New York Hall of Science, responsible for all things design related.

She has run her own design consultancy and has been a Thesis Advisor and an Adjunct Instructor for Design Management and Marketing at Pratt Institute. She is passionate about careers in design and shared ideas on what is possible for those with talent, tenacity, and willingness to try new things, in the ever-changing field of design.

The purpose of our Career Café Speaker Program is help students learn about possible careers from the people who are in those careers. Our mission is to bring in guest speakers to talk to students about their careers, schooling requirements, job expectations, workplace environment, and lifestyle. While we are actively recruiting speakers to participate, we would greatly appreciate any volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Mr. Callahan, College and Career Ready Coach for Walt Whitman High School at: RCallahan@shufsd.org